CertCe Criminology and Criminal Justice, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 8 months
Take up the Certificate of Continuing Education in Criminology and Criminal Justice programme online at University of Essex Online to develop a basic yet thorough understanding of criminal justice, criminological issues, theories and much more.


The certificate in Continuing Education in Criminology and Criminal Justice programme at University of Essex Online is broad-based and aims to equip you with an understanding of the rapidly changing criminal justice environment. It focuses on national, legal and policy issues facing the criminal justice system and introduces you to the problems facing policy-makers and practitioners. You explore broad criminological issues such as theory, research, crime prevention, punishment and rehabilitation.

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.

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.

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date We have monthly start dates so you can begin your studies as soon as you’ve been accepted and your student loan application has been received or you have paid your course tuition fee.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 8 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments
  • More information

Programme Structure

The CertCE Criminology and Criminal Justice is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 60 credits.

Courses include:
  • Fundamentals of Effective Learning
  • Introduction to Offender Profiling 
  • Introduction to Criminology 
  • Introduction to Psychology 

For more information, please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score.

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Academic Requirements

We believe that education should be accessible for everyone, so you do not need any previous academic qualifications to start our CertCE 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3080 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3080 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 8 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3080 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3080 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 8 months.
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