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CertHE Criminology and Criminal Justice

Location: Online Qualification: CertHE Mode of study: Part-time Indicative duration: 16 months Places available: July 2019 Tuition fee: £6,160 (learn more) Funding available: Call 0800 0527 526 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

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CertHE Criminology and Criminal Justice

Location: Online Qualification: CertHE Mode of study: Part-time Indicative duration: 16 months Places available: July 2019 Tuition fee: £6,160 (learn more) Funding available: Call 0800 0527 526 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

Apply now

Student testimonials

Nicola Turner
BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice

My foundation degree has completely transformed my professional life, helping me develop my ... Read more

Amir Sheikh
CertCE Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Tutor biographies

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

Susy Menis completed a Dottorato in Giurisprudenza (BA Hon) at the University of Bologna, Italy and ... Read more

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

Ajoy recently retired as a Detective Inspector in the London Metropolitan Police Service. Over his ... Read more

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

Carol holds an undergraduate degree in Politics and a postgraduate in International Relations and ... Read more

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This short online Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Criminology and Criminal Justice programme is broad-based and aims to develop your understanding of the rapidly changing criminal justice environment and operations of the current criminal justice system. It focuses on national, international and transnational legal and policy issues facing policy-makers and criminal justice practitioners. You will explore broad criminological issues such as theory, research, crime prevention, punishment and rehabilitation. You will also have an opportunity to apply your subject knowledge to develop innovative solutions to increasingly complex problems in the criminology field.

The course also equips you with an understanding of crime and social and personal factors enabling you to develop critical thinking and become confident in considering and reflecting upon sociological, legal and criminological theories. You also gain skills in research, time management and written communication, which are readily transferable to the world of work.

Our CertHE Criminology and Criminal Justice course can be achieved as a stand-alone qualification or used as a stepping stone towards a full BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Course structure

The CertHE Criminology and Criminal Justice is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 120 credits.

Level 4 modules:

Upon completion of your CertHE Criminology and Criminal Justice, we offer the opportunity for you to progress on to study for a full Bachelors degree (360 credits).

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

Learning and assessment


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.

All of our online courses have an indicative study duration 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.

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

Teaching methods and style

As we are a 100% online university, we utilise a virtual learning environment instead of a traditional campus. The system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials.

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. All courses are delivered in English only.

You are supported throughout your course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor. To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.


We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. CertHE Criminology and Criminal Justice assignments are based on real-life work experience and assessed by tutors on an ongoing basis.

You are always 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.

Career prospects

We are dedicated to improving employability amongst our graduates. Our online courses give you the opportunity to improve your career prospects and earning potential with a mix of key skills that are directly transferable to the workplace.

This course provides you with underpinning knowledge for a career in the criminal justice sector and may also confirm your competence if you are already working within the sector as part of your continuing professional development. By demonstrating that you have the skills to study at university level you could also go on to complete a full degree programme and the credits gained on this programme can be used towards the first year of a degree programme of a similar nature.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

We believe that education should be accessible for everyone, so we offer an Open Entry Route that means you do not need any previous academic qualifications to start our CertHE Criminology and Criminal Justice course.

You will be allowed to start the Criminology and Criminal Justice course and make an assessment of whether it is right for you during the first three weeks. You must pass your first assignment set during this time in order to continue with your studies.

If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0. If you do not hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, we require students to pass a free online English test.

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

21-day money back guarantee

We want to give you the opportunity to experience a University of Essex Online course for a 21-day trial period. That’s why we have introduced our money back guarantee. If you start the course and decide it’s not for you during the first three weeks, you will receive a full refund.