Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology

The Open University

Program Description

Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology

The Open University

Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology

What is the link between poverty and crime? How are inequality and injustice factors in anti-social behaviour? Can crime prevention schemes provide an effective alternative to punishment through the criminal justice system? This fascinating and wide-ranging diploma explores the debates and controversies surrounding crime and disorder in a time of recession, rising unemployment, and deepening public sector austerity.

Key features of the course

  • Investigates issues of crime and social policy in local, national and international contexts
  • Explores concepts and theories that underpin contemporary criminology and social policy
  • Develops the skills you need to evaluate the range of policy alternatives
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study

Educational aims

This is an interdisciplinary diploma that will provide you with an introduction to the social sciences but will focus on advancing your understanding of social policy and criminology.

The qualification will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • understand and apply social science concepts and theories to complex areas of social policy and criminology
  • understand the overlaps and connections between social policy and criminology and how these influence policy and practice
  • acquire the skills, knowledge and confidence to move to OU level 3 study
  • develop professional and practical skills that can be applied to further learning and the world of work.


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 for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £10,528 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 4 years
  • Time limit – 12 years

Career relevance

The skills you’ll develop by studying this diploma will help you to develop skills that are relevant to a wide range of careers in social policy, criminology and beyond. It will open up employment opportunities in health, education and social care as well as in the criminal and youth justice systems, in the statutory, public and voluntary sectors.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Aug. 2017
4 - 12 years
Part time
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