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BSc(Hons)

Criminology with Psychology (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
M98F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
48
Department:
Health and Social Sciences
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; part-time
Delivery:
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
Dr Anne Foley
Key fact:
BSc(Hons) Criminology with Psychology at UWE Bristol gives you the applied knowledge, practical experience and transferrable skills to rapidly progress in the career of your choice.

Page last updated 9 October 2017

Introduction

Why study criminology with psychology?

By studying crime, with the science of the mind, we can get a deeper understanding of how crime impacts individuals and society.

Exploring people's attitudes, beliefs and behaviour by looking at the theories, policies, processes and relationships that influence them is a crucial part of helping us develop better forms of crime deterrent, support and rehabilitation.

The knowledge base and skills these subjects give you will set you up strongly for many careers.

Why study at UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Criminology with Psychology is split equally between criminology and psychology, so you'll study both before choosing which to major in.

Supported by staff who are leading practitioners and active researchers, you'll study specialist modules, and get a deep understanding of crime, criminal justice, offenders and victims.

Apply theories and the latest research to real, contemporary issues.

Learn how to think critically, write reports, interpret data, formulate arguments, and make ethical judgements.

You'll carry out your own research, hear from guest speakers, and take part in work-based learning through our links with organisations such as Bristol Young Offenders Scheme, Bristol Youth Education Service and the police.

Activities such as volunteering, placements and internships will deepen your professional skills and knowledge further, to make you highly sought after when you graduate.

Where can it take me?

Criminology with psychology studies society in all its forms so it's the ideal platform for many jobs.

You could work in government, the police and prison services, the court services, the NHS, educational institutions, or non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working with young offenders or victims of crime.

You could also go into social welfare or the private sector, working in private security or law.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Academic Skills for Social Science
  • Exploring the Social World and the Problems of Crime
  • From Plato to Nato
  • People and Social Science .

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You will study:

  • Introduction to Criminological Theory
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research Design and Analysis.

Year two

You will study:

  • Policing and Prisons
  • Developing Self and Society
  • Nature and Use of Research.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Criminal Psychology
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice
  • Drugs, Crime and Society
  • Transgression.

And one optional module from:

  • Mind, Brain and Development
  • Identities in Psychology.

Final year

You will study:

  • Critical Criminology
  • Social Sciences Project and Placement Module.

Plus up to two optional modules (depending on credit requirements) from:

  • Victims and Victiminology
  • Comparative and Transnational Crime
  • Terrorism
  • Protest, Policing and Public Order
  • Childhood Disorders and Disordered Childhood
  • Representations of Crime and Deviance
  • The Family, Community and Crime.

And up to two optional modules (depending on credit requirements) from:

  • Advanced Developmental Psychology: Theory and Practice
  • Applied Developmental Psychology
  • Clinical Aspects of Mental Health
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Constructing Gender in Society
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology in Practice
  • Human Sexuality
  • Methods in Neuroscience
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Neurophysiology and Brain Imaging
  • Principles of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Psychological Perspectives on Political Violence
  • Psychology and Social Justice
  • Psychology in the Community
  • Psychology of Addiction
  • Psychology of Appearance and Embodiment
  • Psychology of Consciousness
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Psychology of Work, Business and Organizations
  • Psychopharmacology
  • The Arts and Mental Health.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

At the end of year one, you'll choose whether to major in criminology, or to major in psychology and continue with criminology as a minor subject (see Psychology with Criminology for more details).

If you want a degree that's recognised by the British Psychological Society, choose psychology as your main subject.

Learn through a mix of formal lectures, seminars, workshops, one-to-one tutorials and ICT-based learning. Seminars have a maximum of 20 students, to give you a good level of tutor input and support.

Work with experienced and enthusiastic academics, who incorporate their research into their teaching, to give you access to the latest ideas.

Carry out your own research, focusing on real-world issues that link into your career plans.

Take part in industry events and attend regular presentations from guest lecturers to learn about the latest industry challenges and best practice.

You'll build your research and IT skills, your literacy and numeracy, and your understanding of individuals, social institutions and processes.

We offer modules that differ in learning approach, so you can choose those that match your style.

Your tutors will be on hand to support you, and you'll have your own personal academic tutor, as a mentor and guide.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
024%76%0%100%
129%71%0%100%
224%73%3%100%
320%80%0%100%

Assessment

We'll assess your academic and practical skills using essays, seminar presentations, projects, literature reviews, and 'unseen' and 'seen' examinations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
022%65%13%100%
145%55%0%100%
235%48%17%100%
342%49%9%100%

Features

Placements

Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

You'll have opportunities to go on a work placement in year two and again in the final year.

We have links with lots of organisations. You could work with Avon and Somerset Police, Bristol City Council or Victim Support, for example.

We also offer volunteering and other work-based experiences, to deepen your knowledge and skills.

You'll get help to find a placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Study facilities

Learn in our modern, well-equipped department facilities, including our advanced psychology labs where you can do your practical project work.

Carry out psychological tests using the latest systems, software and analytic instrumentation.

Record physiological data from participantsusing industry-standard biopac amplifier equipment.

Investigate perception and eye movements related to psychological phenomena in our advanced eye-tracking and perception lab. 

You'll also have 24 hour access to our well-equipped university library, which has spaces for silent and group study and rooms you can book. 

You'll have use of books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases both on and off campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

BA(Hons) Criminology with Psychology at UWE Bristol provides the ideal platform for many careers.

Employers will value you for your level of practical skills, such as strong communication and critical thinking, and your industry-based experience.

Students go into careers in research, education, social work, counselling, charity work, healthcare, prison and court services, the police and the legal sector.

You could also go on to postgraduate study or a research degree.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

The Guardian - what to do with a degree in psychology

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you think you'll achieve a higher tariff score, you may be interested in our BSc(Hons) Criminology with Psychology course.

Read more about undergraduate entry requirements.

International students will have a phone interview.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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