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BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Psychology

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Course Length:

3 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 104 – 120 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBB - BCC (to include psychology or a science at B)
  • BTEC/Cambridge Technical: DDM - DMM (Applied Science)
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass (including 12 science credits at Merit)
  • GCSEs: English language, mathematics and a science at grade C or better
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points (including science Higher at 4)
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Course content

The BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Psychology programme meets the accreditation criteria of the British Psychological Society (BPS). You will be eligible for a Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS.

The programme explores knowledge in both criminological and forensic psychology as well as everyday functions. Through lectures, workshops and small group seminars, the programme is designed to encourage critical thinking by evaluating perspectives on psychology and crime. Practical experiments are used as a foundation for understanding and explanation.

You will learn to link the development of research and analytic skills to explanations relevant to everyday experiences, as well as those in the forensic context. Laboratory experience and skills development is embedded within this process, as is practical experience of research participation, linking the development of research and analytic skills to explaining behaviours relevant to everyday functioning and experiences. The dissertation allows a range of intellectual and practical skills to be assessed, and for students to choose an area of interest or relevance for to future employment.

Areas that we explore at BSc include level include:

  • Criminological Psychology
  • Sexual Offending
  • Young People and Crime
  • Legal Frameworks
  • Human Rights, Diversity and Duty of Care
  • Mental Health and Forensic Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology

Our facilities

Our specialist facilities and equipment include:

  • Brain Imaging Unit
  • Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
  • Virtual Reality Unit
  • Psychological Test Centre for psychometric assessments
  • Individual testing cubicles
  • Interview and Observation Suite
  • Eye tracking software
  • Biopac software to measure brain, heart and motor neuron activity
  • Inquisit – an extensive library of psychological testing paradigms for measuring and manipulating a broad range of psychological constructs
  • aLIAS - an affective immersive emotional Virtual Reality stimuli package which allows researchers to create ‘different worlds’
  • NIRScout - a cutting edge 3D scalable neuroimaging platform with a dedicated ultra-high-density near-infrared spectroscopy system which measures changes in the cerebral cortex

Where this can take you

The BSc Criminology and Forensic Psychology at the University of Chichester, with status of the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the BPS provides a foundation for you to progress to specialist areas of psychology, and subsequent status as a Chartered Psychologist. The BSc provides a sound basis for work as a professional psychologist as well transferable knowledge, practical, analytical and technical skills that are highly marketable in a wide range of industries, and would facilitate entry into the following careers:

  • Police work
  • Probation service
  • Victim or offender support
  • Teaching
  • Social welfare
  • IT or computing
  • Data analysis
  • Human resources
  • Market, government or social research
  • Civil Service

Course accreditations

Indicative modules

Year One module information:

  • Introduction to Criminology and Forensic Psychology
  • Human Rights, Diversity and Duty of Care
  • Crime and Society
  • Everyday Experience and Psychological Methods: Understanding Relationships
  • Everyday Experience and Psychological Methods: Analysing Attitudes
  • Everyday Experience & Psychological Methods: Usability and Cognition
  • Perspectives on Psychology
  • Study & Research Skills for Psychologists

Year Two module information:

  • Mental Health and Forensic Psychology
  • Legal Frameworks
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Research Methods I: Experimental Designs and Analysis
  • Research Methods II: Survey & Qualitative Designs and Analysis

Year Three module information:

  • Young People and Crime
  • Sexual offenders – across the life course
  • Criminology in Professional Practice
  • Project management in independent skill
  • Professional Skills
  • Independent Project

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

You will build your subject knowledge and practical experience through modules appropriate to the breadth of the curriculum. Your learning encompasses development of core knowledge and skills intrinsic to professional practice and psychological research. Learning is supported by lectures, workshops and tutorials to encourage theoretical and critical inquiry, debate and practical research skills. Summative assessment involves a wide range of activity such as scientific reports, essays, group and individual presentations, poster design, multiple choice papers, short answer papers, research participation and essay exams.

Additional Costs

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Study Abroad opportunities

We support students who wish to broaden their academic and cultural experience by choosing to study abroad for one semester as part of their degree studies. This is an exciting chance for students who wish to widen their horizons and immerse themselves in a different culture and encounter how the discipline of Psychology is viewed and taught at universities in Europe or North America. For example, under Erasmus agreements students might study for a semester at either Maastricht or Radboud universities in the Netherlands, where Psychology classes are delivered through the English language.