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Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: BA (Hons) Indicative duration: 48 months
Start date: September 2019 Tuition fee: £18,500 (learn more) Funding options: Call 0800 0527 526 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

What causes crime? Why does one person commit a crime, when another in a similar situation doesn’t? How should we punish offenders, and what gives society the right to assign punishment? Criminology explores some of the most pressing issues that face society, and our online course invites you to consider the answers to these questions yourself.

This practical course explores essential areas of criminal justice, introducing students to the basics of criminology, psychology and the legal system. As students progress, they will explore more advanced and specialist topics such as:

  • the historical development of policing and issues affecting its future
  • the importance of forensic psychology within the criminal justice system
  • cyber-crime and its economic and social impact
  • the theory of criminal rehabilitation and the crisis in the penal system

Towards the end of your studies, you will apply your new knowledge and skills to developing a criminal justice project on the criminological issue of your choice.

Alongside improving your subject-specific knowledge, which will be useful in many roles within criminal justice and related fields, you will also develop your skills in critical analysis, report writing, research and presentations.

Why we’re great

  • No need to take a break – complete this course 100% online and part-time around your existing work.
  • We’re the only exclusively online provider to have received a gold rating in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – the highest quality found in the UK.
  • Our student satisfaction is among the highest in the UK, according to the National Student Satisfaction Survey 2019.

The Bachelors degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 360 credits.

Level 4 modules:

Level 5 modules:

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) Criminology and Criminal Justice course has an indicative study duration of 4 years, 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. 

We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. 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.

 

Academic Entry Route

In order to satisfy the Academic Entry Route requirements for our BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice, you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • two A-levels or equivalent

 

Work Experience Entry Route

In order to satisfy the Work Experience Entry Route requirements for our BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice, you must meet the following criteria:

  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above, or equivalent
  • three years’ relevant work experience

 

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: £18,500
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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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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