People commit crimes for all kinds of reasons – out of ignorance or fear, for example. Sometimes they do so as a result of complex psychological reasons or compulsive behaviours. Some people have a blatant disrespect for the law, for the safety of others but other people are not always aware that their actions and behaviours are criminal or breaking the law.
In this complex field, there are many professionals and one is a criminologist. These professionals and their teams work with perpetrators and the victims of crime in an attempt to right a wrong, as well as to inform the criminal justice system of how to work in a way that favours the victim, without trampling the human rights of the perpetrator.
It is a balancing act but presents an opportunity for a dynamic career. It is not a career that suit everyone, but if you enjoy learning how people tick, why people can act in the way that they do and so on, then criminology could be the career-field for you.
A wide career field
Criminology is a wide career field, with many interesting avenues to explore. People with qualifications in psychology and criminology can work in various settings, such as law enforcement agencies, youth work settings, the prison service and so on.
There is no doubt, however, that to work in this field you need not only a heightened sense of self-awareness but also a qualification that underpins your practice. This is why choosing a valuable and valued qualification is key, from your initial qualification to any specialist or advanced course you complete in your career.
Studying from home – do home study courses have the same value and quality?
Many people still assume that there is one drawback of studying online or at home – the courses are not of the same value and not as well respected.
This has changed, as educational establishment and employers, as well as students themselves, realise that just because a student is not sat in a classroom that the course is of a lesser value. In fact, the self-discipline required to study at home can be a skill that is very much needed in a career, including work within the criminology and justice fields.
But how else will you benefit with studying at home?
- Realistically achievable – for many people, committing to a three or four-year degree course is a big chunk of their time and life. A lot can change in a few weeks, let along across three years. Learning new skills, gaining knowledge and so on in a bite-size way makes learning not only more accessible, but success more realistic. It is also a great way of underpinning your ‘on the job’ practice with a sound knowledge base too.
- More affordable – student loans and debt walk hand in hand, with some students leaving university with a level of debt that is frightening. By studying from home, you can make the cost of studying more affordable and not just in the fact that many online courses are much cheaper. You don’t have to take out loans to fund living; you will not be left with a debt either. Better still, you can carry on working and study in an evening, on a weekend, at any time in fact that suits you.
- You set the pace – for many students, learning a new skill, signing up for a new course etc. is daunting. There are many things that concerns students and for some, it is ‘keeping up with the class’. Once you start to fall behind, despondency follows with many students failing to complete their course. With home study, it is YOUR course thus YOU set the pace. NCC Home Learning courses come with a 12-month comprehensive tutor support package so there is no need to worry as help is at hand every step of the way.
You do need to be realistic about committing to an online criminology diploma. You will need to commit several hours a week to your study, although when you study depends on you.
But, you can start today! Enrol online either choosing to pay in one lump sum, or in handy instalments. Some courses come in both paper and online format so choose the one that suits you best and the way that you think you will learn best.
You could be taking the first steps into a new and exciting career. Why not find out more about criminology and whether this is the career choice for you?