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

The complementary subjects of law and criminology come together within this thought-provoking short online course, which allows you to develop your interpersonal skills while gaining key knowledge about criminal law.

Within the course, equivalent to the first level of undergraduate study, you will explore:

  • civil and criminal aspects of the English Legal System
  • criminal law, burden of proof and proposal for reform
  • the criminological, psychological, biological and sociological explanations of crime

There are also several optional law and criminology modules available, allowing you to tailor your study to your interests. You will have the opportunity to improve your understanding of the course matter through engaging discussion forums with your peers as well as live Q&As with tutors and regular feedback from academic staff.

Why we’re great

  • Gain a recognised qualification in just 16 months.
  • Global recognition and validation by the University of Essex rated 29th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
  • Following completion, you can progress onto the only 100% online and part-time LLB Law with Criminology course available, with no requirement to travel to assessment centres or complete timed examinations.

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


Level 4 modules:


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

Upon completion of your CertHE Law with Criminology we offer the opportunity for you to progress to study for a Bachelors degree (360 credits).

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 CertHE Law with Criminology 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.

Legal knowledge is a highly useful commodity in a range of roles, including management, finance, human resources, education, local and central government and the voluntary sector. Tying in your new criminology knowledge will benefit you when applying to roles within the police, prisons, probation and other criminal justice positions.

Once you finish your CertHE course you are also able to progress onto the LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology course, a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) which allows you to complete the academic stage of legal education. If this is your objective, you must complete all your degree studies in no more than six years and achieve a minimum of a lower second class honours degree. See more about the path to qualifying as a lawyer here.

We believe that education should be accessible for everyone. That’s why we offer an Open Entry Route – meaning you don’t need any prior academic or work experience in order to start studying with us. You will also need to meet our English Language Requirements.

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.
  • 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: Siobhan Walsh
Programme: LLM International Trade and Commercial Law

Siobhan is practitioner in the subject area having worked for a medical indemnifier for eight years. Prior to this, she tutored adults and children including those with special learning needs. As a result she takes pride in finding creative ways to explain a point (both verbal and written) so as to ensure that the message is conveyed effectively to a student. In addition to her full-time job she has sat on the Judicial Panel for the Rugby Football Union for six years; first as a member of the Anti-Doping Panel and now as a Judicial Panel Member. Siobhan completed her LLB in 2008 followed by the LPC in 2009. She started her Masters in Sports Law and Practice in September 2018.


Name: Dr Elina Konstantinidou
Programme: LLB (Hons) Law

Elina received her PhD from Surrey University in 2014 and her research is in corporate crime/white-collar and economic crime, with special emphasis on bribery and corruption. Elina’s research is of socio-legal nature and she is a member of the Socio – Legal Studies Association. Elina has over ten years’ experience of teaching law, particularly Criminal law and Evidence, Corporate law, and English Legal System and Skills.


Name: Robert Jago
Programme: LLB (Hons) Law

Robert Jago studied a BA (Hons) in Law and History at the University of Kent and then a MPhil in Criminology at the University of Cambridge. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Law at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has taught at a wide range of institutions in a wide range of both compulsory and optional subjects on the LLB. He started his career in law and criminology as a research assistant for Home Office funded research projects including young offenders experience of military training regimes, the classification and monitoring of sex offenders in the community and parents experience of parenting orders as part of New Labour’s crime reduction programme. His research interests broadly fall under the umbrella of social inclusion where he has written about certain groups within society who find themselves excluded by law and policy. He has a particular interest in law and corruption and law in health care regulation. He also sits as a Justice of the Peace for the Surrey and Sussex Bench and he is a tier 1 judge of the unified Family court and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

What our students say


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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