Criminology and Criminal Justice (Distance Learning) BSc (Hons)


Develop your interest in criminology and the justice system to an advanced level or gain the qualification you need to start or advance your career in areas such as policing, probation or security on this BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice course.

Studying by distance learning, you'll examine the causes and consequences of crime and how this intersects with related disciplines such as law, sociology and psychology. You'll also develop the knowledge to assist you with a successful career in a criminal justice profession or for organisations that seek to reform and change the justice system and responses to crime.

Don't worry if you're new to University learning or returning to study after a break – you'll get a grounding in the key academic and research skills you need for studying at degree level.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Debate and question contemporary crime, control and punishment and criminal justice system issues such as investigation methods and forms of policing
  • Explore responses to crime from multiple perspectives as you study its relationship with other disciplines including law, sociology, psychology and the history of police science
  • Shape your learning to match your interests or career ambitions with modules covering specialist topics like organised crime, forensic psychology, cybercrime and terrorism
  • Be taught by leading academics from the University's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice who are experts in fields such as victimisation, police training and surveillance
  • Gain a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE ) after 18 months and a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) after 36 months, even if you don't complete the full course
  • Have the chance to achieve your degree quickly if you have relevant prior learning or work experience
  • Study modules that allow you to qualify for Probation Officer training after the course

Work experience and career planning

Get work experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role. On top of this you'll get bespoke careers support through our faculty 'career-ready' programme.

Module Details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. As a distance learning student, you'll study modules worth a total of 80 credits each year. This will be a combination of core modules, worth 40 credits each, and optional modules worth 20 credits each.

A degree is split into three levels (level 4, level 5 and level 6), each made up of modules worth a total of 120 credits. Completing all three levels of this course takes 4 and a half years.

By studying the following modules, you can reduce the amount of study you need to do to qualify as a probation officer after the course:

  • Criminal Justice and the Legal System (core module in year 1)
  • Questioning Criminology and Justice (core module in year 2)
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders (optional module in year 3)

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Programme Assessment

This course is delivered by supported distance learning. You will receive high-quality course materials via Moodle, our online learning environment.

You'll get to chat with fellow students, discuss and present your work and keep in touch with tutors. You'll get plenty of support throughout your studies, including help on writing and structuring essays, and how to undertake research.

You'll need access to a computer and a Web connection. You may be able to access some of the resources through a tablet or smartphone, with limited functionality. You don't need to be especially computer literate, although typing skills are useful.

You’ll be assessed through essays and reports, with essay titles provided at the beginning of the academic year.

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

As a distance learner, you can get support via video and phone from teaching and support staff when you need it.

Student Destinations

Crime will unfortunately always be part of society. So there will always be a demand for graduates with the specialist skills you learn on this course.

With your degree, you can start or advance your career in areas such as:

  • probation service
  • the police
  • crime prevention
  • community safety
  • security
  • campaign and reform groups related to justice
  • youth justice
  • crime analysis and research
  • victim support
  • post-conviction support
  • the courts and legal system

The transferable critical thinking, analytical and communications skills you learn will also be in demand in other industries.

BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Part-time, Distance Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

There are no specific qualification requirements, we will assess your application on its own merits. Applicants may be required to produce a short written artefact to better assist the course leader as to the suitability of the applicant.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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