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Criminological & Forensic Psychology - BSc (Hons) full-time

Why choose this course?

Why should you study BSc (Hons) Criminological & Forensic Psychology at the University of Bolton?

  • Take part in a BPS-accredited degree programme, working in small groups with support from experienced tutors
  • Experience professional settings during the final year module placement with a minimum of 60 hours’ work experience
  • Gain additional qualifications while studying, such as BPS-accredited Level A Psychometric Testing
  • Take advantage of top class facilities, including a mock law court

Course overview

The BSc (Hons) in Criminological & Forensic Psychology is concerned with the study of offending behaviour, from both offenders’ and victims’ perspectives.

You will be given a strong foundation in the theories and practice of psychology, with a focus on forensic theories, such as theories of aggression, sexual offending, terrorism and delinquent behaviour. You will study legal psychology and psychology of the courts, including interviewing techniques used by the police and issues around court testimony. You will be encouraged to apply psychological theories to relevant areas, such as stalking, domestic violence and assessing risk of future aggression.

The course will equip you with the knowledge and understanding required for a range of careers, including the prison service, health, police, probation service, victim support services, and services targeting families of offenders or victims. Graduates will also be able to go on to further study.

About the course

The applied nature of criminological and forensic psychology is stressed throughout the course and you will carry out a work placement in an approved setting in your final year.

Personal supervision from staff throughout the course provides you with the best possible opportunity to achieve your true potential. Teaching is by highly-qualified staff who have substantial experience in the field.

The BSc (Hons) in Psychology at Bolton is one of the oldest and most established psychology courses in the UK and the BSc (Hons) in Criminological and Forensic Psychology is a dynamic course that reflects contemporary approaches to offending behaviour.

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society which enables you, on graduation, to progress to further professional qualifications and employment as a registered psychologist.

Special features

  • This course is one of only a few Criminological and Forensic Psychology degree courses in the country accredited by the British Psychological Society. The programme is accredited as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership, the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
  • You will have the opportunity to complete the British Psychological Society accredited Occupational Testing Level A Certificate which is highly recommended for a career in this field.
  • There is a strong emphasis on the practical application of your studies with various workshops (for instance, leading group therapy, conducting a risk assessment) and opportunities for placements in a relevant work setting.
  • The course continues to change in response to current topical issues in psychology. For example, we have recently included honour-based violence and terrorism in our teaching.

Course overview

The BSc (Hons) in Criminological & Forensic Psychology is concerned with the study of offending behaviour, from both offenders’ and victims’ perspectives.

You will be given a strong foundation in the theories and practice of psychology, with a focus on forensic theories, such as theories of aggression, sexual offending, terrorism and delinquent behaviour. You will study legal psychology and psychology of the courts, including interviewing techniques used by the police and issues around court testimony. You will be encouraged to apply psychological theories to relevant areas, such as stalking, domestic violence and assessing risk of future aggression.

The course will equip you with the knowledge and understanding required for a range of careers, including the prison service, health, police, probation service, victim support services, and services targeting families of offenders or victims. Graduates will also be able to go on to further study.

Professional recognition

Successful completion of the degree course is approved as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society, provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved.

The British Psychological Society is the professional body of psychologists.

Course overview

The BSc (Hons) in Criminological & Forensic Psychology is concerned with the study of offending behaviour, from both offenders’ and victims’ perspectives.

You will be given a strong foundation in the theories and practice of psychology, with a focus on forensic theories, such as theories of aggression, sexual offending, terrorism and delinquent behaviour. You will study legal psychology and psychology of the courts, including interviewing techniques used by the police and issues around court testimony. You will be encouraged to apply psychological theories to relevant areas, such as stalking, domestic violence and assessing risk of future aggression.

The course will equip you with the knowledge and understanding required for a range of careers, including the prison service, health, police, probation service, victim support services, and services targeting families of offenders or victims. Graduates will also be able to go on to further study.

Careers & professional development

On completing the course you will be able to demonstrate graduate skills such as analysing complex information and data, investigating problems and formulating plans to solve them, deductive reasoning, conducting research independently, reflective skills, producing and presenting information accurately, and understanding social and legal issues.

You will complete a module on Career Management, which enables you to undertake a personal skills analysis, develop an action plan, reflect on your progress, and chart the development of your career plan throughout your studies.

Our annual Careers Week allows us to invite specialist and chartered psychologists onto campus to speak to students and raise awareness about the key skills needed out in the workplace. In addition, opportunities for volunteering and work placements provide you with specific insights into a range of possible careers.

Criminological and forensic psychology is a key applied area of psychology, relating to crime, the criminal justice system and the judicial process. By undertaking this qualification you will develop a broad range of skills relevant to career sectors such as work within prisons, the police force, private practice, specialist hospitals, and in education.

Psychology graduates with British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation will also be able to progress onto professional qualifications in applied psychology.

Award(s)BSc (Hons)
UCAS codeCF84 BSc/CFP
Mode of attendance Full-time
Duration(s) 3 years
Available pathwaysSingle Honours
Start date(s) September
January
Entry requirements 280 UCAS points from at least two, but preferably three, A2-levels (or equivalent) in any subjects.

You must also have five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English and mathematics.

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course you may wish to consider one of the following courses: BSc (Hons) Psychology with Foundation or Access to HE Diploma (Social Sciences).

Awarding bodyUniversity of Bolton
Location(s) University of Bolton:
Deane Campus,  Deane Road,  Bolton,  BL3 5AB

What you will learn

You will be given a very good understanding of the theories and principles of forensic psychology, and learn how these are applied in legal and other offender settings. You will also explore the social and psychological context of offending. In addition, you will learn methods for collating, assessing, and analysing data and the effective communication of this data.

You will learn how to apply psychological theories to activities conducted by psychology staff when working with offenders or victims of crime. You will engage in various workshops, and have the opportunity to practice and receive feedback on core skills.

A placement in your final year will give you the opportunity to explore the relationship between the academic study of psychology and the application of this knowledge in the workplace and provide you with an insight into how professionals operate within a work setting.

What you will study

Levels 1 and 2

You will study six modules in each year including: Psychology and Crime; Psychology of Law and Justice; Cognitive Psychology; Personality and Development; Understanding the Person; Research Methods and Biopsychology.

In addition, you will complete a career management module that will develop your employability skills.

Level 3

In your final year you will study the core module Applications in Forensic Psychology. You will also study one option from: Therapeutic Process; Abnormal Psychology; Assessment of Personality; or Psychometric testing (potentially leading to level A certification).

Furthermore, you will engage in a criminal justice-related placement. During this year you will conduct your honours project, where you will design and manage a research project focussing on a chosen area in forensic psychology.

Careers & professional development

On completing the course you will be able to demonstrate graduate skills such as analysing complex information and data, investigating problems and formulating plans to solve them, deductive reasoning, conducting research independently, reflective skills, producing and presenting information accurately, and understanding social and legal issues.

You will complete a module on Career Management, which enables you to undertake a personal skills analysis, develop an action plan, reflect on your progress, and chart the development of your career plan throughout your studies.

Our annual Careers Week allows us to invite specialist and chartered psychologists onto campus to speak to students and raise awareness about the key skills needed out in the workplace. In addition, opportunities for volunteering and work placements provide you with specific insights into a range of possible careers.

Criminological and forensic psychology is a key applied area of psychology, relating to crime, the criminal justice system and the judicial process. By undertaking this qualification you will develop a broad range of skills relevant to career sectors such as work within prisons, the police force, private practice, specialist hospitals, and in education.

Psychology graduates with British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation will also be able to progress onto professional qualifications in applied psychology.

Professional recognition

Successful completion of the degree course is approved as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society, provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved.

The British Psychological Society is the professional body of psychologists.

Fees, funding and finance information

Home/EU fees for 2014/15

  • Tuition Fee : £9,000.00

International fees for 2014/15

  • Tuition Fee : £11,250.00

There are no fees to display for the next academic year. Call +44 (0)1204 903951 for more information.

Contact us

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Dr Sharon Xuereb (Programme Leader)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903746

For further information and details of how to apply please contact:

Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903

Web: http://www.bolton.ac.uk

How to Apply

You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

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