CertHE Law with Criminology

University of Essex Online
United Kingdom (GB)
Online Course
24 Feb 2021
26 Mar 2021
Courses, Legal
Contract Type

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Course overview

Our short online Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Law with Criminology course gives a specialised combined understanding of the two disciplines. Students will obtain a broad theoretical understanding of the rapidly changing environment, practice and operations in criminology while gaining a solid grounding in the fundamentals of the English Legal System and other key legal topics.

Law and Criminology are both widely recognised and highly respected subjects and the knowledge gained on our CertHE Law with Criminology will open up many opportunities for you to develop your career both inside and outside the legal and criminal justice fields.

Alongside subject-specific knowledge, this course helps you develop skills in a number of areas including research, presentation and critical thinking.

Duration study load

  • 16 months – part-time

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 Law with Criminology course.

You will be allowed to start the CertHE Law with Criminology 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.

Course features

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.


We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. CertHE Law with Criminology assignments is 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 grade book, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform
  • The rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your grade book is always up to date
  • Assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for the 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 the 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.


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.


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

  • Fundamentals of Effective Learning (15 credits)
  • Criminal Law (30 credits)
  • English Legal System (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Criminology (15 credits)
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law (30 credits)

And more!

Job outcomes

Careers in:

  • HR
  • Civil Service
  • Accountancy
  • Criminal Justice
  • Legal Services
  • Police
  • Probation
  • Prison Service


  •  LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology

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About University of Essex Online

Online learning is a cost-effective, convenient and flexible way to enhance your career. Our quality-assured distance learning courses allow you to work towards your qualification in a unique virtual learning environment and still have access to all the support and facilities you would expect to receive on campus.

University of Essex Online courses are delivered by Kaplan Open Learning, an experienced online learning provider, part of Kaplan International Pathways. The University and Kaplan have developed their partnership since 2007 in order to offer high-quality online courses.