Degree programme in prison and probation services, 90 credits

A degree in prison and probation services qualifies graduates to work in duties relating to supervising and managing prisoners and more specifically as prison officers. The degree programme consists of 90 credits and takes 16 months to complete.

The next course begins on September 2018 and ends in December 2019.

The course gives students the ability to implement punishments in a goal-orientated, safe and effective manner that also respects human dignity and the rights of individuals.

The degree programme is comprised of basic studies, vocational training, a dissertation and optional courses. The fields of competence covered by the vocational training are

  • law and ethics
  • rehabilitation and guidance
  • supervision and safety

The optional courses amount to five credits. Students can broaden or deepen their competence in a field of their choice. There is a wide range of optional courses available. Supplementary training provided at the institute, training and development courses run by individual Criminal Sanctions Regions, open university courses as well as study track courses in prison and probation services provided by Laurea University of Applied Sciences.

The degree programme is composed of several classroom-based courses and on-the-job training placements. Classroom teaching takes place at the Training Institute for Prison and Probation Services in Tikkurila, Vantaa. On-the-job training accounts for approximately nine months of the degree programme and classroom teaching for approximately seven months. On-the-job training is designed to give students experience of both closed and open prisons according to their learning plan. Students also learn about the work of community service offices. Students must be able to travel to different towns for on-the-job training to complete their degree.

Apart from the first, introductory on-the-job training placement, students are remunerated for the work they do. Students can apply for financial assistance for their classroom-based courses.

Published 21.4.2020