Community Justice Learning

Professional Qualification in Probation

This course offers an integrated vocational and academic programme leading to the professional qualification needed to work in the UK Probation Service. You will undertake 9 months of academic study, delivered through a distance learning model, all of which takes place within a 15-month training programme that includes online seminars, masterclasses delivered in your Probation Division, and regular contact with our team of tutors.

On this programme, you will study:

  • Core Processes of Change
  • Critical Issues in Risk Assessment
  • Public protection
  • Work Based Learning Project

You will also attend masterclasses in:

  • Diversity and Equality
  • Public protection
  • Core Processes of Change
  • Critical Issues in Risk Assessment

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.


To apply for the PQiP please speak to your National Probation Service or Community  Rehabilitation Company employers.

For further information about the PQiP at the University of Portsmouth please contact Madeline Petrillo on or 02392845389.

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