Psychology And Criminology BSc (Hons)

Psychology and criminology student using the eye tracker
UCAS code CMV1
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
LocationModeStart dateApply
Stoke-on-Trent CampusFull-time2017/18 Academic YearApply via UCAS
  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership

  • Highly ranked for the quality of our courses and the excellent support.

  • Develop skills that will launch you into a career in the justice system or in psychology

  • Use our Human Sciences Lab, Observation Suite and Cognitive Investigation Lab

Course outline

The degree will give you an understanding of key psychological disciplines as well as insight into criminal behaviour and the justice system.

You'll learn about the social context of crime, criminal behaviour and the criminal justice system from sociological, legal and psychological perspectives. And you'll learn how this relates to victimology, punitive justice, treatment and rehabilitation.

The course is delivered by specialist staff teaching in our multi-million pound purpose-built Science Centre. You'll work with a range of dedicated facilities, including:

The core elements of the course include social psychology, research methods, cognitive and biological psychology, individual differences, criminology and approaches to crime and deviance. There is a range of option modules, meaning that you can specialise in other key areas of psychology later in your degree such as Health Psychology, Psychological Interventions and other relevant topics.

 

Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 120 credits in your first year of study and the other 240 credits, split equally over your second and third years of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £9,250 for your first year in 2017/18. The fee for your second and third year of study will be broadly the same, except that an inflationary uplift may apply each year.*

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

 

Undergraduate Loans:

UK and EU students who are studying for their first undergraduate degree may not have to pay these fees up front. For eligible students a loan is available from the Student Loans Company to cover the cost of tuition so you don't have to find the money to pay your tuition costs before or while you are studying. You won't have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 a year.

A loan is also available for part-time students studying at least 25% (30 credits) per year.

However, if you already hold a degree, or another qualification at the same level, you may not qualify for this loan.

For further information on eligibility and how to apply visit apply-for-student-finance.

 

Repayment (current arrangements):

9% of income over £21,000 per year.

Interest on the loan is charged at up to Retail Price Index** (RPI) +3% = 4.6% as of 2016/17.

If you are living in the UK: Your employer will deduct repayments when your salary reaches the threshold (currently £21,000 per year). Different arrangements are made to collect repayments from those living outside the UK.

For further information on repayment visit student loan repayment.

 

*The fees listed are for the 2017/18 academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an inflationary uplift.

**RPI – the Retail Price Index is a measure of UK inflation. The UK Government uses the rate of RPI to set the interest rate charged on student loans.

Entry requirements

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

Accreditation

bps_accredited

Full accreditation with the British Psychological Society (BPS) means that selecting and successfully completing specified modules in this programme, and achieving at least 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.

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 65% 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

This degree will provide an especially useful foundation for postgraduate study in criminology, criminal psychology and related areas. A number of psychology graduates pursue careers as professional psychologists in the area of forensic psychology.

All our graduates leave with a wide range of skills that are suited to many different roles – not just as a forensic psychologist.

Employers value skills in problem analysis, computer skills, design investigations, social and legal knowledge and awareness of human relations. Your insights into the mind will be valuable in industries such as advertising, journalism, business and human resource.

Many of our graduates have been very successful after completing this course. For example, Angela Dew (graduated 2006) now works at the Institute of Naval Medicine, investigating occupational stress in submariners and the effects of vessel motion at sea on the well-being of RN personnel.

Graduate destinations

Graduates from our Psychology and Criminology degree embark on a wide range of careers. Graduates are able to analyse problems, use computer skills, design investigations, understand social and legal issues and are especially aware of human relations. This degree will provide an especially useful foundation for postgraduate study in criminology, criminal psychology and related areas. 

A number of psychology graduates pursue careers as professional psychologists in the area of forensic psychology, while others find employment in a variety of professions, including business, guidance, social care and journalism.

Many of our graduates have been very successful after completing this course. For example, Angela Dew (graduated 2006) now works at the Institute of Naval Medicine, investigating occupational stress in submariners and the effects of vessel motion at sea on the well-being of RN personnel.

Programme specification

Have you also considered?

Contact

Enquiries Team
Cadman Information Point
College Road
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
ST4 2DE
United Kingdom
t: +44(0)1782 294400
Enquire about this course