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Criminal Psychology BSc (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

HLSU170

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £13,015)

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

This course aims to explore what makes people commit crime and to identify the factors which may predict criminal behaviour.

Psychology is the study of approaches that explain people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Criminology is the study of why certain behaviours are criminalised and what predicts these behaviours. This course draws from both disciplines to further your understanding of crime and criminals.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

The British Psychological Society

What our students say...

The course provided me with numerous transferable skills such as a well developed analytical thinking style and proficient problem solving capabilities.

Carly Charalambou

Course information

This course aims to provide you with a core knowledge of psychology in order to confer eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership* with the British Psychological Society, as well as developing your understanding of how psychology is specifically applied to criminal contexts.

Throughout your studies, we aim to demonstrate how psychology is applied to real life and how to select, use and report appropriate psychological methods and research techniques.

* Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.

100%

of students agreed that our staff are good at explaining things

NSS, 2016

Modules

Overview

In years one and two, you will learn about research methods and the statistical analyses that researchers use.

Modules

  • Developing as a Criminological Psychologist 1

  • Psycho-criminological approaches

  • Global Criminology

  • Introducing Psychological Approaches to Crime

  • Psychology, Criminology and Culture

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In years one and two, you will learn about research methods and the statistical analyses that researchers use.

Modules

  • Developing as a Criminological Psychologist 2

  • Psychological Perspectives on Crime 1

  • Applied Research Methods 1

  • Psychological Perspectives on Crime 2

  • Applied Research Methods 2

  • Professional Experience

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

There is the opportunity to apply for a year of work placement or to study abroad on the Erasmus programme.

Modules

  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Placement

Overview

By your final year, you will have been taught how to design and conduct your own research. You will then do this and analyse and present your results in the form of an independent project in the area of psychology and criminology.

Modules

  • Developing as a Criminological Psychologist 3

  • Independent Research Project

  • Project Ethics

  • Optional modules

    3 from the following*:

    • Psychology of Gender and Sexualities
    • Mindfulness and Meditation
    • Special Educational Needs
    • Bullying and Victimisation
    • Psychology of Teaching and Learning
    • Investigative Psychology
    • Cognitive Affective Neuroscience in Criminal Behaviour
    • Psychology and the world today
    • Ageing
    • Stengths Based Change
    • Exploring Evolutionary Psychology
    • Drug Use and Addiction
    • Criminal Behaviour and its contexts

    *Note: a maximum of seven options will be offered on a rotational basis each academic year.

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

12th

Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Opportunity to apply to work with staff on research projects, as a student research assistant.
  • Opportunity to take a work experience module, which will give you valuable work experience, develop new skills and increase your appeal to potential employers.
  • Opportunity to join the Psychology Society. This is a group run by students in collaboration with staff. Events are largely social by nature but with an academic twist.
  • Guest lectures by experts including practising psychologists and criminologists and researchers in both criminology and psychology; experienced teachers and researchers.
  • Current accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS) meaning that as a graduate, provided you achieve at least a 2:2, you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.

Opportunity to go on field trips which have previously included Auschwitz-Birkenau, San Francisco, and Tokyo.

You will spend a significant proportion of your first two years studying the key areas of psychology and criminology including: biological psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences and criminology.

Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars and workshop practical classes.

In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed:

  • Formal examinations: 40%
  • Coursework, tests, essays: 30%
  • Practical or project work: 30%

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed.

40% assessed by exams

In a typical teaching week you can expect to have approximately 7-8 hours contact time:

  • Lectures/ large group teaching: 1-3 hours
  • Seminars: 2-4 hours
  • Skills workshops: 1-4 hours
  • Add+vantage: 2 hours


These figures are a guide and are variable between semesters and across levels of study, depending up your module choices. You may also have additional online lectures which you will need to access for some modules.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake at least a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week e.g. completing the recommended reading , working on coursework assignments etc.

You will be given the opportunity to study abroad for a year in a European university, in between years two and three of your course. This would be additional study and would provide you with an international experience, which can be viewed favourably by potential employers.

We have links with 20 universities across Europe. These are largely English speaking but there is the opportunity to learn and attend courses in a foreign language. In your year away you would not be charged fees and would expect to receive a contribution to living expenses through the Erasmus programme.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU170
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB. Excludes General Studies. DDM 30 points to include 15 points at Higher level. Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma in a Science or Health subject to include 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

The course provided me with numerous transferable skills such as a well developed analytical thinking style and proficient problem solving capabilities.

Carly Charalambou

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £13,015) (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • Student membership of the British Psychological Society for the final year of the course
  • Free copy of SPSS statistics software
  • Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate (formally CRB Disclosure) for those undertaking placements with children


The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

What our students say...

The course provided me with numerous transferable skills such as a well developed analytical thinking style and proficient problem solving capabilities.

Carly Charalambou

Career prospects

The course has been designed to equip students with a range of skills and competencies that will set you apart from other graduates and make you attractive to potential employers.

Our tutorial system focuses on the development of skills such as group work, literature reviewing, critical analysis and being able to construct and deliver presentations.

There is also the opportunity to undergo a sandwich course over four years with one year on work placement. All placement opportunities are supported by staff members from the Employability Placement Unit who are specialists in identifying suitable opportunities and have links with various external organisations.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

90%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Many of our graduates go on to work as psychologists but some also go on to become researchers, lecturers, teachers, administrators, practitioners, managers, or health and care professionals.

What our students say...

The course provided me with numerous transferable skills such as a well developed analytical thinking style and proficient problem solving capabilities.

Carly Charalambou
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.