Whether you're looking to start a career in policing, probation or security, or advance in your current career in these sectors, this BSc (Hons) Crime and Criminology distance learning degree course will help you get where you want to be.
As well as developing subject-specific expertise around crime, deviance and control, you'll improve your intellectual and critical skills and get expert teaching from leading academics from the University's Institute of Criminal Justice Studies.
You'll use our virtual learning environment so you can learn at your own pace and combine your studies with other commitments.
After the course, you'll be set for a career in areas such as the police, probation, crime prevention and community safety, security, youth justice, crime analysts and research and victim support.
What you'll experience
On this Crime and Criminology course you'll:
- Explore the issues, debates and arguments associated with crime, control and punishment
- Work at your own pace, in your own time and in your own location, with interactive online learning materials
- Get mentoring and guidance through online seminars in the evenings
- Tailor your studies, by choosing modules that match your interests and career ambitions
- Join virtual study days with live seminars, interviews and question and answer sessions
- Have optional opportunities to attend the University
- Get the same support and similar benefits to students based on campus
- Get a Certificate of Higher Education after 18 months and a Diploma of Higher Education after 36 months, even if you don't complete the full course
- Have the chance to complete the course more quickly if you have relevant prior learning or work experience
- Complete modules that allow you to qualify for Probation Officer training after the course
This course is delivered by supported distance learning. You will receive high-quality course materials via Moodle, our online learning environment.
You'll get to chat with fellow students, discuss and present your work and keep in touch with tutors. You'll get plenty of support throughout your studies, including help on writing and structuring essays, and how to undertake research.
You'll need access to a computer and a Web connection. You may be able to access some of the resources through a tablet or smartphone, with limited functionality. You don't need to be especially computer literate, although typing skills are useful.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through essays and reports, with essay titles provided at the beginning of the academic year. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Stage 1 students: 100% by coursework
- Stage 2 students: 100% by coursework
- Stage 3 students: 100% by coursework
Careers and opportunities
What can you do with a Crime and Criminology (Distance Learning) degree?
When you finish the course, you'll be able to work in areas such as:
- the police
- crime prevention
- community safety
- youth justice
- crime analysis and research
- victim support
- post-conviction support
- the courts and legal system
Work experience and career planning
Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry or support you in getting a promotion. During your course, we can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary opportunities that will complement your studies.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.