University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Risk and Security Management (Distance Learning)

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Course summary

Overview If you’re already working in security, or want to break into the field, this flexible BSc (Hons) Risk and Security Management distance learning degree course will give you the skills, knowledge and experience to take on ambitious roles and realise your potential. We've developed this course with the private security sector, so the skills and knowledge you develop are relevant and valuable to your career. You'll study topics including strategic and operational management, risk management, security management, business continuity management, cyber security, investigations and counter fraud. With your expertise in the latest security and risk management techniques, processes and approaches, you’ll graduate from this course with enhanced career opportunities and the ability to contribute more value to your current employer. You'll also learn skills you can apply to your current role before you graduate. What you'll experience On this Risk and Security Management course you’ll:

  • Develop academic and professional expertise in the security sector
  • Work at your own pace, in your own time and in your own location, with interactive online learning materials
  • Join virtual study days with live seminars, interviews and question and answer sessions
  • Have optional opportunities to attend the University
  • Get the same support and similar benefits to students based on campus
  • Develop academic and professional expertise in the security sector
  • Have full access to the University Library's online resources
  • Be taught by leading academics from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Specialise in areas that are relevant to you, by choosing modules that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Have the chance to complete the course more quickly if you have relevant prior learning or work experience
  • Get a Certificate of Higher Education after 18 months and a Diploma of Higher Education after 36 months, even if you don't complete the full course
Careers and opportunities When you finish the course, you’ll boost your career prospects and be prepared to take on roles across the public, private and military security sector. If you're not already in work or want to take on a new role, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career. "Each course through research opened my eyes to a changing world and provided me with the tools necessary to be a better security manager in this dynamic domain." – Oneil Wildgoose, BSc Hons Risk and Security Management student

Course details

Modules

Stage 1 Core modules in this stage currently include:

  • Introduction To Management
  • Introduction To Research Skills
  • Introduction To Security Management
  • Studying Criminology
There are no optional modules in this stage. Stage 2 Core modules in this stage currently include:
  • Business Continuity And Crisis Management
  • Information Security
  • Introduction To Investigation
  • Research Methods
  • Risk Management
  • The Development Of Counter Fraud
Options to choose from in this stage currently include:
  • Anti-Fraud Strategies
  • Crime, Media And Culture
  • Frameworks Of Investigation
  • Fundamentals Of Forensic Investigation
  • Global, State And Corporate Security
  • Investigation: Psychology And Law
  • Issues In Criminal Justice
  • Issues In Criminology
  • Penology
  • Police Operations And Policing Processes
  • The Fraud Problem
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice
Stage 3 Core modules in this stage currently include:
  • Corporate Security
  • Internet Risk and Security
  • Dissertation
Options to choose from in this stage currently include:
  • Business Administration in the Security and Justice Sectors
  • Counter Terrorism and UK National Security
  • Critical Issues in Public Protection Policing
  • Major Crime Investigation – Success and Failure
  • Organised Crime
  • Victimology - Victimisation And The Criminal Justice System
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through essays and reports, with essay titles provided at the beginning of the academic year. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows: Stage 1 students: 100% by coursework Stage 2 students: 100% by coursework Stage 3 students: 100% by coursework


How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no specific qualification requirements, we will assess your application on its own merits. Applicants may be required to produce a short written artefact to better assist the course leader as to the suitability of the applicant.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

**Undergraduate fees for 2022 entry will be available shortly.** For further fee information please visit https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance
Risk and Security Management (Distance Learning) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS