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Psychology and Criminology

BSc (Hons)

Professional body accreditation

British Psychological Society (BPS)

100% student satisfaction 

National Student Survey 2018

Study in our £30m Science Centre

Enjoy specialist laboratories with the latest equipment

UCAS code:
CMV1
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years
Academic year:
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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Our exciting and versatile Psychology and Criminology degree will broaden your knowledge of the key psychological approaches, towards understanding and explaining 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.

Our emphasis on key learning practices will ensure that you are well prepared for careers in Criminology and/or Psychology  or for postgraduate study.

The course is delivered by specialist staff teaching in our multi-million-pound purpose-built Science Centre, equipped with industry standard facilities.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology, BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies - Students who choose not to, or who are unable to, follow an accredited route can transfer to BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology, BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies - Students who choose not to, or who are unable to, follow an accredited route can transfer to BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology, BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies - Students who choose not to, or who are unable to, follow an accredited route can transfer to BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies.

Work placements

Students on all undergraduate Psychology courses at Staffordshire University can opt to undertake a placement (sandwich) year; a structured work experience opportunity which enables you to develop and implement psychology specific and transferable skills whilst getting experience in a professional working environment.

Placements take place between levels 5 and 6 of our undergraduate degrees and last for a period of 9 months, from September to June. The Placement Year is an assessed, pass/fail year that would be added to your existing programme of study. The assessment is by written reflection and submission of a placement activity log.

Throughout your placement period you will be supervised by a Workplace Supervisor, (usually your line manager) and you and your supervisor will have regular contact with the University through an allocated University Placement Supervisor. Contact with both you and your workplace supervisor may at times be via phone or SKYPE, and you will also receive at least one planned visit by your University Placement Supervisor to the workplace towards the beginning of the Placement.

Course content

Through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical laboratory work, you’ll be encouraged to develop your critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills.

Assessment is varied and interesting and is aimed at developing you for prospective work and further study. In Year 3, you’ll have the opportunity to focus on a specific area of interest, where you can apply the skills that you’ve developed throughout the course and contribute to existing research in the field.

Throughout your studies, your Psychology modules will pay great attention to unravelling the intricacies of the mind and will help you to explore why different people act the way they do, whilst your criminology modules will focus on the different relationships between crime victimisation and the justice system.

Through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical laboratory work, you’ll be encouraged to develop your critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills.

Assessment is varied and interesting and is aimed at developing you for prospective work and further study. In Year 3, you’ll have the opportunity to focus on a specific area of interest, where you can apply the skills that you’ve developed throughout the course and contribute to existing research in the field.

Throughout your studies, your Psychology modules will pay great attention to unravelling the intricacies of the mind and will help you to explore why different people act the way they do, whilst your criminology modules will focus on the different relationships between crime victimisation and the justice system.

Through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical laboratory work, you’ll be encouraged to develop your critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills.

Assessment is varied and interesting and is aimed at developing you for prospective work and further study. In Year 3, you’ll have the opportunity to focus on a specific area of interest, where you can apply the skills that you’ve developed throughout the course and contribute to existing research in the field.

Throughout your studies, your Psychology modules will pay great attention to unravelling the intricacies of the mind and will help you to explore why different people act the way they do, whilst your criminology modules will focus on the different relationships between crime victimisation and the justice system.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The British Psychological Society

Professional body accreditation

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The British Psychological Society

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Foundations of Psychology
Perspectives in Psychology
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
Psychological Contexts of Crime and Punishment
Year 2 compulsory modules
Cognitive and Biological Determinants of Behaviour
Understanding the Social World
Criminology
Evolutionary Psychology
Further Research Methods in Psychology
Year 3 compulsory modules
Psychology Project
Typical and Atypical Development
Forensic Psychology Applications

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • 2 A level: 96 points
  • BTEC: DMM

    Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

    • A levels: BBC
    • 2 A level: 96 points
    • BTEC: DMM

      Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

      • A levels: BBC
      • 2 A level: 96 points
      • BTEC: DMM

        Facilities

        Careers

        You will be provided with opportunities to prepare you for employment.

        Graduates from our Psychology and Criminology degree embark on a wider range of careers. Many secure work within the Police, Prison and Parole Services. Some enter postgraduate study, whilst others work in caring and guidance professions, youth / community work, and teaching.

        Teaching

        Students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach students through a blend  of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course.

        Students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach students through a blend  of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course.

        Students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach students through a blend  of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course.

        Assessment

        Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

        Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

        Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

        Learning support

        In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

        Additional support

        Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

        Feedback

        You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

        You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

        You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

        Staff

        You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

        Mel Hall
        Mel HallCourse Leader

        Mel’s research interests include legal and criminological psychology and the impact of psychology in E-learning and the web.

        She is module leader for ‘People Behaving Badly’, ‘The Psychology of Crime’, 'Psychological Contexts of Crime and Punishment', and ‘The Psychology of Crime & Criminal Justice’.

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        For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

        Mode of study
        Full-time
        UK / EU / Channel Islands
        £9,250 per year of study
        International (Non-EU)
        £12,500 per year of study

        For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

        Mode of study
        Part-time
        UK / EU / Channel Islands
        £4,620 per year of study

        For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

        Mode of study
        Full-time
        UK / EU / Channel Islands
        £9,250 per year of study
        International (Non-EU)
        £12,500 per year of study

        UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

        **RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

        International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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        Rules and regulations

        If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

        Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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