Qualification: FdA Criminal Justice (Police)
Mode of study: Part-time
Duration: Flexible - up to six years
Places available: There are places available for next month's intake
Tuition fee: Visit our undergraduate tuition fees page
Funding available: For more information call our admissions team on 0800 0527 526
Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning
Further information: For more information, please e-mail us
Studying online offers you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – you can learn at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else where you have internet access.
You can determine the speed of your studies. A unique feature of an online degree is that you can dictate how long it takes until you attain a degree. You can choose how many modules to take at one time and how quickly you move from one module to the next.
It will take a minimum of two years and eight months to complete your Foundation degree in Criminal Justice (Police) or you may elect to study at a more relaxed pace and take up to six years.
Teaching methods and style
Unlike a traditional university environment, our online degree courses utilise a Virtual Learning Environment. The system is designed to track and manage the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials wherever you are.
This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet. Studying is carried out entirely online and the programme of study can fit around your work and personal commitments.
You are supported throughout your criminal justice course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor.
Methods of assessment
We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Criminal justice assignments are based on real life work experience and assessed by tutors on an ongoing basis.
You will always be aware of your current provisional grade right from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve.
We believe that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your course. We achieve this by:
- showing your marks clearly in your gradebook, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform;
- the rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your gradebook is always up to date;
- assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for end of year exams;
- ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser;
- the simplicity and transparency in the design of our assessment criteria.
We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.
On successful completion of your Foundation degree in Criminal Justice (Police), you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.