Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons)

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UCAS code C890
Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 3 Years
Fee

2017/18 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £9,250 per year of study
  • International students: £10,900 per year of study
Course start September
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  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership
  • Facilities include: Human Sciences Lab, Observation Suite and Cognitive Investigation Lab.
  • Highly ranked for the quality of our courses and the excellent support.
  • Learn from experienced lecturers who share their knowledge of psychological theory and research.

Course outline

Discover what drives people to crime. Along with having an insight into human psychology, you’ll study criminal behaviour and the workings of the criminal justice system

On this course, you’ll learn about the underlying motivations for criminal behaviour. You'll gain a broad understanding of the human mind. As well as covering the fundamental principles of psychology, you will also learn about forensic investigation, antisocial behaviour.

You’ll learn in our multi- million-pound Science Centre. Our facilities include an observation room, psychology labs, latest equipment and a crime scene house.

You'll work in groups and on your own projects. You’ll develop your presentation skills and learn to use techniques such as fingerprinting, drug analysis, eye-tracking and galvanic skin response (lie detector).

You’ll be led by an academic team that encourages you to aim high. Many of our lecturers are active in research. And many have experience working within the legal system.

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer: 120 points. BTEC: National Diploma 128 points. All applicants are individually assessed.

Accreditation

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The BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology programme is accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS) meaning that successful completion of this programme (with a minimum of a 2:2 degree) will enable you to claim Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) after graduation, which is the first stage towards becoming a professional psychologist. (Students who choose not to or who are unable to follow an accredited route can transfer at the start of Level I (5) to an alternative degree, BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies).

Teaching and learning

Our knowledgeable teaching team will help you master skills that a wide range of employers look for, such as problem-solving, presentation skills and data analysis. You’ll benefit from your lecturers’ experience and their pioneering research into psychology.

Different people learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach students through a blend of:

  • Lectures

  • Guest speakers and master classes

  • Tutorials

  • Workshops

  • Seminars

  • Virtual Learning Environment online

There is also a wealth of additional online resources available such as electronic journals, databases and e-books from our well-equipped library. We have recently moved into new purpose-built accommodation with specialist facilities, such as cognitive research cubicles, counselling suites, IT labs and psychophysiology equipment.

Assessment

Your lecturers will give you constructive feedback that builds your confidence as a problem solver and decision maker. You’ll also be able to give your own feedback and use these discussions to help achieve the best possible results.

We measure your progress through a range of different assessment techniques. Over 59% of your assessment is through coursework

You’ll have a chance to show how your skills are developing through:

  • Assignments

  • Presentations

  • Research projects
  • Examinations

  • A professional online e-portfolio

To prepare you for your future career, we keep the assessments focused on real life situations and scenarios where possible. In your final year, you’ll work on a research project.

All of our awards are accredited by the British Psychological Society, but you have the option to follow a non-accredited award instead (for example if you are not interested in accreditation, or if you are unsuccessful in completing some modules, you may be able to replace them and transfer to a non-accredited award).

Employment opportunities

All our Psychology courses are fully accredited by the British Psychological Society.

We currently have graduates responsible for gathering and analysing statistical crime related data for the Home Office, and graduates who work as Forensic Psychologists, working with offenders on an individual basis. Some of these graduates work on organising and delivering assessments, parole board recommendations and managing group-based interventions and therapies.

Our graduates leave with a wide range of skills that help them adapt to many different roles – not just as a future forensic psychologist. Your insights into the human mind and behaviour will be valuable in industries such as advertising, journalism, business and human resource management.

Many of our graduates have been very successful after completing this course. They pursue careers in organisations such as:

  • The Police

  • The Probation Service

  • Prison Service

  • Home Office

 A number have pursued further postgraduate training in order to become professional psychologists in the area of forensic psychology.

Graduate destinations

Many of our graduates have been very successful after completing this course. They pursue careers in organisations such as the Police, the Probation Service and Prison Service or Home Office. A number have become professional psychologists in the area of forensic psychology. Some have become professional psychologists after completing postgraduate study. And others have sought careers in social and welfare, health and management.

We currently have graduates who are responsible for gathering and analysing statistical crime related data for the Home Office, and graduates who work as Forensic Psychology trainees, working with offenders on an individual basis, as well as organising and delivering assessments, parole board recommendations and managing group-based interventions and therapies.

Programme specification

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