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Psychology and Criminology BSc (Hons)

About the course

How do social divisions affect people’s experience of criminal justice? In this introduction to crime and deviance you will explore the workings of the criminal justice system. Examine responses to criminal behaviour in the context of both law and economics while building valuable transferable skills in research, critical thinking and communication.

This DETC accredited award covers core areas of social, biological, cognitive, developmental psychology as well as a range of exciting options as you apply psychological and criminological theory and research methods to your understanding of criminality investigation, management, treatment and prevention.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn about individual differences, psychological theories of criminal behavior, the criminal justice system, assessment and treatment of offenders, social and developmental theories of criminal behaviour
  • Study why offenders offend; current issues in crime and justice – up-to-date responses to offending; biological psychology and neuropsychology; problem-solving and reasoning; and cognitive social and developmental psychology with researchers and practitioners who lead their field
  • Develop your ability to apply psychological and criminological theory and research methods to the understanding of criminality, its consequences, investigation, management, treatment and prevention
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the workings of the criminal justice system and the responses to behaviour labelled as criminal
  • Explore your own interests through a research project
  • Benefit from a degree accredited by the British Psychological Society
What will I learn?


  • Foundations To Psychology Compulsory
  • Introduction To Criminology And The Criminal Justice System Compulsory
  • Introduction To Psychological Research Methods And Data Analysis)Compulsory
  • Psychology In Every Day Life Compulsory
  • Biological And Cognitive Psychology Compulsory
  • Methods Of Research In Psychology Compulsory
  • Rehabilitation Of The Offender Compulsory
  • Social Processes And Lifespan Development Compulsory
  • Victims And Victimology Compulsory
  • Culture And Individual Differences Compulsory
  • Psychology Honours Project Compulsory
  • Violence In Modern Society Compulsory
  • Atypical Child And Adolescent Development: Theories And Applications Optional
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology Optional
  • Critical Social Psychology Optional
  • Occupational And Organisational Psychology Optional
  • Problem Solving Optional
  • Psychology Of Language And Vision Optional
  • Psychology Of Mental Health Optional
How will I be assessed?

Throughout your degree you will encounter a wide variety of types of assessment collectively designed to suit the variety of individual learning styles. Each assessment will provide the opportunity to offer you feedback to help with your development and inform the completion of your future assessments.

There will be an opportunity in each year of your study to develop and refine a number of key academic skills, many of which will be transferable to the workplace. These include team-working, report writing, oral presentations, constructing a coherent written arguments, the ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate complex information from a range of sources, reflective writing and, personal and professional development planning.

Whilst you will be expected to undertake a few examinations, the assessment is more heavily weighted in favour of coursework assignments.

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

At least 112 points with 96 points from at least 2 A level passes At least 112 points with Distinction Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction* Distinction* in BTEC Diploma A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma (with 12 merits and 12 distinctions at level 3) Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Graduates from this course who achieve a Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society are eligible to apply to study any psychology at post-graduate level. Graduates will also have the option of pursuing postgraduate study in the areas of criminology, victimology and criminal justice. Typically students opt for an accredited Forensic MSc programme,

How to Apply