Community Justice Learning

Level 4 Community Justice Preparation Certificate

This course, combined with recognition of a prior learning portfolio, offers experienced Community Justice Practitioners, and those in affiliated roles, a certificate proving their readiness for the Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) Community Justice.

The taught part of the course (40 credits) provides a flexible and accessible route for the significant numbers of staff in the National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC) with extensive knowledge of a range of professional issues in community justice and experience of working with offenders. It is delivered through the distance learning methods developed by the University of Portsmouth's Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, which bring together written learning materials, visual and aural learning resources and peer learning through our web-based virtual learning environment.

You will complete the course over a 3 month period, gaining a thorough grounding in the range of knowledge, skills and academic qualities needed for studying in Higher Education.

You will also prepare a recognition of prior learning portfolio, demonstrating learning equivalent to 80 level 4 credits. 


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

  • Provision of Online Interactive Reading lists which leads to fast delivery of reading material on the learner’s own computer
  • Provision of a named unit coordinator and personal academic tutor to access support and guidance
  • Free dispatch of books and offprints of journal articles to all e/distance learning students when these are not available online


To apply for the Community Justice Preparation Certificate:

Either: speak to your National Probation Service or Community Rehabilitation Company employers for possible sponsorship;

Or: If you have a level 3 HEI award, A Levels or a Level  3 Vocational Qualification which  involved working with  difficult or vulnerable groups and  wish to fund the Preparation Certificate yourself, please email for a discussion about enrolling on the Certificate.  Once you have been accepted please go to the Community Justice Learning: Level 4 Community Justice Preparation Certificate at the University of Portsmouth Online Store.

For further information about the Community Justice Preparation Certificate at the University of Portsmouth please contact Megan Thomas on or 02392845071.

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