Community Justice Learning

Diploma in Higher Education in Community Justice

The Level 5 Diploma in Higher Education in Community Justice (DipHE) offers the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge in community justice, criminology and rehabilitation - all in a 12-month distance learning programme led by specialists in the field.

On this programme, you will study:

  • Critical Thinking in Community Justice
  • Penal Policy and Punishment of Offenders
  • Crime and Criminal Behaviour
  • The Rehabilitation of Offenders
  • The Criminal Justice System
  • One of: Hate Crime; Victims and Restorative Justice in Criminal Justice; Dual Diagnosis

At the core of the University of Portsmouth Distance Learning delivery model is the University of Portsmouth blended learning approach which incorporates written learning materials, visual and aural learning resources and web based communication and peer learning. The University of Portsmouth utilises the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment to facilitate e- learning between tutors and amongst students. You will also bring prior study and recognised prior learning materials to the programme.


You will have access to the following, to maximise your progression:

  • Provision of a named module coordinator and personal academic tutor to access support and guidance where required.
  • Access to Induction Moodle site to  facilitate effective signposting of all  University of Portsmouth learning resources prior to  starting
  • E Learning Teaching and Learning Technologies for all  units
  • Provision of Online Interactive Reading lists ensuring a speedy delivery of reading material on the learner’s own computer.
  • Instant access to an ever-growing library of e-books and e-journals in the criminology/ community justice field.  Currently, there are  500,000 relevant e-books and 24,000 relevant e-journals available to all ICJS students
  • Free dispatch of books and offprints of journal articles to all e/distance learning students when these are not available online.
  • After successful completion of the Knowledge Entry Modules you will be entered into the University of Portsmouth Community Justice Learning Gateway  Assessment Service (GAS) for formal  verification of your achievements to  the National  Offender Management Service.


If you are employed by Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) or a Community rehabilitation Company (CRC) please apply for the Diploma in Higher Education in Community  Justice by speaking to your National  Probation Service or Community  Rehabilitation Company employers.

If you are a self-funding student please go to and apply on line.

For further information about the Diploma in Higher Education in Community  Justice at the University of Portsmouth please contact Dr Aaron Pycroft on or 02392845067.

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