Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

At The Open University we believe education should be open to all, so we provide a high-quality university education to anyone who wishes to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.

How much time do I need?

  • Most of our students study part time, completing 60 credits a year.
  • This will usually mean studying for 16–18 hours a week.
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How much will it cost?
Ways to pay for your qualification and other support

How much will it cost in England?

We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost.

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification up front.
  • A qualification comprises a series of modules, each with an individual fee. Added together, they give you the total cost.
  • If, like most OU students, you study part time at a rate of 60 credits a year, you'll take six years to complete an honours degree.
  • Our current fee for 60 credits is £3,096*.
  • Our current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £6,192*.
  • At current prices, the total cost of your qualification would be £18,576*.
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*The fee information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2021. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees.


Skills for career development

As well as the specific knowledge gained from studying this OU degree, you'll develop many transferable and work-related skills that are highly valued by employers. These include:

  • analytical and problem-solving skills
  • IT skills
  • search, retrieval and interpretative skills
  • self-reflection skills
  • responding to feedback skills 
  • personal and career development skills.

You will also develop subject-specific skills, such as critically scrutinising and reassessing everyday understandings of crime, law and criminal justice, as well as in-depth knowledge of key concepts in law and criminology, and the key institutions which make up criminal justice and legal systems. You will study two of the foundation subjects for an English Qualifying Law Degree, and develop legal research skills as well as skills of comprehension, analysis and presentation. Independently plan, study and manage a sequence of work to an agreed timetable which includes the meeting of deadlines.

Please note that completion of this degree will not provide you with a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD).

Career relevance

This degree opens up a diverse range of career paths, including:

  • advice work
  • community development
  • the crown prosecution service
  • housing services
  • human resources
  • local and central government
  • mental health support and drug rehabilitation
  • the police, prison and probation services
  • refugee and victim support
  • social research and policy analysis
  • social and youth work. 

You might use your degree to access a law conversion course, to qualify as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales. Some students choose to undertake further study, such as a postgraduate course.

Outside of criminal justice and legal professions, typical employers include:

  • banks and insurance companies
  • 'third sector' organisations such as charities
  • the NHS
  • educational institutions
  • HR departments
  • local and central government. 

Some career paths relate directly to criminology and law, others draw upon the graduate skills that you’ll acquire through this qualification. This degree does not provide direct entry to the career fields listed, but it may ease access and increase your employability in relation to them. It may also enhance your prospects for progression within a chosen field once you are qualified for entry.

Exploring your options

Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice. This includes online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. Some areas of the careers service website are available for you to see now, including help with looking for and applying for jobs. You can also read more general information about how OU study enhances your career.

In the meantime if you want to do some research around this qualification and where it might take you, we’ve put together a list of relevant job titles as a starting point. Some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree):

  • adult guidance worker
  • advice worker
  • chartered accountant
  • Civil Service administrator
  • community development worker
  • housing manager/officer
  • human resources officer
  • local government officer
  • police officer
  • prison officer
  • probation office
  • social researcher
  • policy analyst
  • trading standards officer
  • social/youth worker

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Start dates
Credit transfer: apply by 13/08/2020
Credit transfer: apply by 17/12/2020

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