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Short Course Online

Law with Criminology

University of Essex Online

16 months
4625 GBP/year
4625 GBP/year
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On this 100% online and part-time CertHE Law with Criminology you will explore key topics within the complementary fields of law and criminology. 

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No prior qualifications or work experience? Not an issue, because our online CertHE courses have an open entry route. This short course is focused on the complementary disciplines of law and criminology. You will delve into the fundamentals of the English legal system, while gaining an understanding of criminological, psychological, biological, and sociological explanations of crime. 

This online CertHE Law with Criminology can be completed in as little as 16 months – and it’s easy to progress onto the full LLB. 

CertHE Law with Criminology teaching methods

We’re a 100% online education provider, so we use a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment (VLE) to deliver our teaching, resources and assessments. Our system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials. The VLE is accessible 24/7 and allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and live seminars.

CertHE Law with Criminology assessment methods

All assessments are delivered through our virtual learning environment (VLE). There is no requirement to go to external test centres; instead, you will submit written assignments through the VLE. For the few courses where exams are required, we use a virtual system that allows you to take academically rigorous exams from the comfort of your own home.

We believe you get the most out of your time spent studying when you are kept informed of your performance, and we achieve this by:

  • assessing you throughout modules rather than waiting for end of year exams
  • showing your marks in your grade book which can be viewed whenever you log onto the VLE
  • rapid turnaround on work assessed to ensure your grade book is always up to date
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Support team

We also have a policy of ensuring that the work submitted by students is authentic – we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

CertHE Law with Criminology career prospects

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to progress onto our online LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology, a qualifying law degree (QLD) which enables you to complete the academic stage of legal education. If you would like to qualify as a lawyer, you must complete your degree studies in no more than six years and achieve a minimum of a Lower Second Class Honours degree. 

Legal knowledge is highly valued by wide a range of sectors and you would also be well prepared for roles, in management, government and the voluntary sector. Additionally, your criminology knowledge will be beneficial for roles within criminal justice, the police, and prison and probation services.

Programme Structure

You can study the following modules on the CertHE Law with Criminology:  

  • Legal Skills and Context*
  • Criminal Law
  • Public Law
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Crime and Society
  • Dealing with Offending Behaviour
  • Justice and Punishment

* This module is core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 16 months
    • 15 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

University of Essex Online have regular intakes throughout the year – apply now and you could start your course soon! 


120 alternative credits


  • Semi-structured
  • Regular optional meetings
  • Proactive tutoring and support
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

At University of Essex Online, we believe that everyone should be able to access education. That is why we offer an open entry route onto our CertHE Law with Criminology. This means you don’t need any prior academic or work experience in order to start studying with us. However, you will need to meet our English language requirements.

English language requirement

Our courses are taught in English so to study with us you must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 or equivalent. If you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, you will be required to pass a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4625 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6167 GBP for the full programme during 16 months.
  • National

    4625 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6167 GBP for the full programme during 16 months.

This fee excludes any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where applicable, the University is required to add the sales tax.


Our CertHE Law with Criminology tuition fee includes all teaching materials and required reading, and there aren’t any hidden charges for assessments or resits. 

  • Designated for undergraduate student loans in England.
  • Monthly payment plan available for those who are self-funding.
  • Full payment discount if you pay fee upfront.
  • A range of scholarships are available subject to applicants meeting certain criteria.**

Please note that you can only apply for a maximum of two discounts or scholarships.

** To find out whether you’re eligible for our scholarships contact University of Essex Online’s Admissions team.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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