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Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: BA (Hons) Indicative duration: 16 months
Start date: September 2019 Tuition fee: £6,167 (learn more) Funding options: Call 0800 0527 526 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

If you have previously completed a Foundation degree in a criminology-related topic and wish to update your skills and knowledge of the latest changes in criminal justice, take a look at our exciting top-up course.

Modules explore some of the more fascinating areas of this subject, and you will gain an understanding of many cutting-edge areas of criminology such as:

  • the effect of factors such as age and gender on criminal deviance
  • the historical development of policing and issues affecting its future
  • cyber crime and its economic and social impact

The course culminates in the research and development of an in-depth dissertation, exploring any area within criminal justice. Throughout the module, your discussion forums with your peers and reflective journal entries will develop your communication, analysis and critical thinking skills, improving your value to future employers as well as your personal capabilities.

Why we’re great

  • No need to take a break – complete this course 100% online and part-time around your existing work.
  • Improve your CV by upgrading a previous qualification to a full degree.
  • Global recognition and validation by the University of Essex rated 29th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

The Bachelors degree in criminal justice (Top-up) is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 120 credits.

Level 6 modules:

*These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

Teaching Methods

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

Our courses are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students
  • live Q&A sessions with your tutors
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • support from academic staff and your personal Student Adviser

To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

 

Assessment Methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you will be assessed exclusively through assignments. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, or by submitting longer written pieces.

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

  • Our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent.
  • You will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme.
  • You will be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log onto the learning platform.
  • There is a 7-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work.
  • You will have regular contact with your Student Adviser, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.

 

Study Duration

Our BA (Hons) Criminal Justice (Top-up) course has an indicative study duration of 16 months, which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year.

On successful completion of your degree, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

A range of roles within the criminal justice sector would benefit from the skills and knowledge you gain throughout this course. Positions within police, probation, prisons, custody work, youth work, substance abuse and the private and voluntary sectors are particularly suited, however the skills gained could also be used within journalism, project management and the civil service among others. 

Our top-up courses are designed for those with some prior university level education. As such, you must have completed one of the following within the last five years:

  • a relevant Foundation degree from University of Essex Online or another recognised institution
  • two years of a relevant BA (Hons) degree from a recognised institution
  • a relevant Higher National Diploma (HND) from a recognised institution

You will also need to meet our English Language Requirements. Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within the first three weeks of the course in order to continue with your studies.

 

English Language Requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Full tuition fee: £6,167
Monthly tuition fee: £385

  • Designated for undergraduate student loans in England.
  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
  • Full payment discount of 10% of the tuition fee if you pay upfront or annually.
  • International scholarship of 10% of the tuition fee if you are based outside the EU.

Please note that the up-front payment discount can be used in combination with the Alumni discount or international/Executive Scholarships. The Alumni discount cannot be used in combination with the international/Executive Scholarships.

Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships here.

Our course fees are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included, and there are no hidden charges for assessments or resits. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students.

Name: Susy Menis BA (Hons), MSc. 
Programme: BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice 

Susy Menis completed a Dottorato in Giurisprudenza (BA Hon) at the University of Bologna, Italy and a Msc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Surrey, and has completed a PhD at Birkbeck London University, School of Law. Susy has been teaching with Essex University Online since 2009 on the Criminology programme. She has delivered and designed a number of modules. Her teaching includes: Introduction to Criminology, Introduction to Psychology, Crime and Society, Justice and Punishment, Criminal Justice System, Custodial Care, Risk Assessment and Management, Legal System, Dealing with Offender Behaviour, and the Criminal Justice Project. Susy has been teaching as an Associated Lecturer and Visiting Lecturer on the QLD LLB and LLM programme for Birkbeck London University, the Open University and St Mary’s University, Twickenham. She also delivers the Certificate in HE in Legal Methods at Birkbeck School of Law. Susy is an external examiner on behalf of Plymouth University for the Criminology and Psychology Foundation degree in South Devon College; she has been a member of the Prison Monitoring Board since 2010. Susy’s research interests are in the area of socio-legal studies, criminal law and criminology.

 

Name: Ajoy Gosain BA, MSc. 
Programme: BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice 

Ajoy recently retired as a Detective Inspector in the London Metropolitan Police Service. Over his career Ajoy has gained considerable experience serving as a detective in a variety of major enquiry investigations including his work Scotland Yard’s Anti-Terrorist Branch (SO13). Alongside Ajoy’s vast professional experience he has completed an undergraduate degree and has also completed a postgraduate degree at the University of Leicester. Ajoy has also gained considerable experience teaching internationally as a visiting Faculty Fellow at the American University Washington. Ajoy is currently a corporate investigator for a major international airline, dealing with fraud and internal investigation in the UK and overseas.

 

Name: Carol Harris BSc (Hons), Postgraduate Diploma, BA (Hons) 
Programme: BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice 

Carol holds an undergraduate degree in Politics and a postgraduate in International Relations and Security Studies. After first researching International Relations, then a career in IT, Carol returned to academic study. She achieved an undergraduate degree in Community Justice and a Diploma in Probation Studies, qualifying as a Probation Officer in 2004. In this role, Carol has held a number of different positions, working with life-sentenced prisoners, a youth offending team, the Crown and Magistrates Court, various field probation teams and in accredited programmes. Carol later specialised in working with female offenders and this area is her main practitioner and academic interest. Carol has been working as a Freelance Tutor since January 2011 and enjoys working with students via the online education platform. .

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Adam Newman, CertCE Law - CertHE Law

It’s never too late to follow your passions. I have always had a keen interest in law, this is mostly because when you think about it, there isn’t much in life that isn’t affected by law in one way or another. I am employed full time as the owner of my own company and really can’t afford to take time away to attend a university. The University of Essex Online has offered and delivered on flexible learning. The course structures are easy to follow, and I can fit my study around both work and family life. It is a struggle at times, but nothing worthwhile is ever easy. I have discovered over my studies that the University of Essex Online are there to help you succeed. They will support you through the challenges and help you to achieve your goals. When I have finished my degree, I hope to be able to continue studying further. This will include completing a masters. It has

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Adam Newman, CertCE Law - CertHE Law

It’s never too late to follow your passions. I have always had a keen interest in law, this is mostly because when you think about it, there isn’t much in life that isn’t affected by law in one way or another. I am employed full time as the owner of my own company and really can’t afford to take time away to attend a university. The University of Essex Online has offered and delivered on flexible learning. The course structures are easy to follow, and I can fit my study around both work and family life. It is a struggle at times, but nothing worthwhile is ever easy. I have discovered over my studies that the University of Essex Online are there to help you succeed. They will support you through the challenges and help you to achieve your goals. When I have finished my degree, I hope to be able to continue studying further. This will include completing a masters. It has

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