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.

Counting previous study

You could save time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study towards this qualification if you have:

  • already studied at university level (even if you didn't finish your studies)
  • other professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.

Find out more about credit transfer

Your next step

Call us on +44 300 303 0266 or book a call back. Our friendly team of advisers will discuss your study options with you, and help you decide on the best starting point for you.

In this section:
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 £2,864*.
  • Our current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £5,728*.
  • At current prices, the total cost of your qualification would be £11,456*.
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*The fee information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2018. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees.


An OU qualification will always help you stand out from the crowd, now and in the future – whether you’re just starting out, developing your career, or changing direction entirely.

Skills for career development

Employers value the diverse skills of psychology and law graduates very highly. Combining psychology with law in this diploma course will provide you with a broad set of transferable skills. These include the ability to:

  • identify, gather, analyse and assess evidence
  • present reasoned and coherent arguments
  • understand and analyse data and information
  • apply legal and psychological principles and methods to real world problems and to resolve issues
  • conduct independent work and research thinking critically about your own learning and performance and taking steps to improve them.

Career relevance

This diploma is relevant to a very broad range of careers including those within the criminal justice system, such as the police, prison and probation services, and organisations concerned with:

  • the law
  • the care and resettlement of offenders
  • civil liberties
  • human rights
  • social justice
  • victim support
  • crime prevention
  • community safety
  • conflict resolution.

Other careers

The psychological and legal skills you’ll develop will also be valuable to occupations in many other sectors, including education, health, human resources, management, social services, advertising, and career counselling.

In addition to improving your career prospects, studying with the OU is an enriching experience that broadens your horizons, develops your knowledge, builds your confidence and enhances your life skills.

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 – including 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 (note that some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience):

  • health worker
  • case manager
  • police officer
  • human resource adviser
  • staff training and development
  • crime prevention coordinator
  • crime analyst
  • teacher
  • advice worker
  • marketing executive
  • researcher
  • civil servant
  • legal adviser
  • outreach worker
  • market research analyst.
 

Want to see more jobs? Use the career explorer for job ideas from the National Careers Service, Prospects and Plan IT Plus in Scotland and Prospects across all nations. You can also visit GradIreland for the Republic of Ireland.


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Start dates
Credit transfer: apply by 30/11/2017

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