Criminology and Psychology BA (Hons) 2020/21 entry

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Course code:

CM89

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

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Course code:

CM89

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

HLSU192

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

If you are seeking to develop a career in the criminal justice sector, in professions such as policing, community safety or youth offending, but don’t necessarily want to become a Chartered Psychologist, this degree could be right for you.

We provide comprehensive coverage of issues surrounding crime, society and their associated psychological aspects, drawing from the complementary disciplines of Psychology and Criminology to help you understand how, and why, people think in different ways in the context of crime.

We have an outstanding track record for graduate employability with 94% of 2014/15 graduates in work or further study after six months. We place a strong emphasis on relevant work experience and have excellent professional links with the Police, HM Prison Service and youth Offending Service. Our partnership with Warwickshire Police to provide Police Support Volunteers was the first scheme of its kind in the country.

See the facilities available in our brand new Alison Gingell Building

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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

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

Our Facilities

Hospital Ward

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

Ambulance

Life Sciences Research

Our facilities include a real ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, and a purpose-built Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre. This allows for improved training quality in patient care and patient safety.

SuperLab

SuperLab

The Alison Gingell building contains a state-of-the-art SuperLab, capable of holding up to 270 people at once. The lab's facilities include equipment for microscopy, DNA analysis and forensic testing.

What our students say

This course has opened my mind to current controversial debates which I have enjoyed discussing. The lecturers are always there to offer advice and answer any questions I have."

Chantelle Hambridge

Course information

This fascinating course explores the role of crime and its control through the criminal justice process, drawing on aspects of applied psychology to better understand the behaviour of criminals and the impact of both crime and punishment.

 

89%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

In the first year, we introduce you to the foundation principles of criminology and psychology – the causes of crime, controlling crime and an introduction to the science of the mind.

We explore core ideas in criminology from key thinkers, such as Bentham, Lombroso, Foucault, Cohen and Young. For example, we’ll examine the theory of labelling – or stereotyping – and how the self-identity and behaviour of individuals may be influenced by the terms used to describe or classify them, at times becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.

You’ll be exposed to a wide-ranging analysis of historical and contemporary issues in the area of social control, crime prevention and criminal justice. We’ll consider informal controls within communities, as well as formal controls administered by the principal criminal justice agencies: the police, courts and prisons. We also examine alternatives to conventional crime control strategies, such as restorative justice and abolitionism.

Modules

  • Semester One

    • Introduction to Criminology: Theory and Skills
    • Psychological Approaches to Crime

    The Add+vantage module only applies for Semester One

  • Semester Two

    • Victims and Victimology
    • Psychology, Crime and Culture
    • Exploring Crime

    The Add+vantage module only applies for Semester One

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 the second year, the focus of study moves to the major institutions involved in crime control and representation – the police, courts, prisons and probation service. We’ll examine the science of the mind, looking at the biological and cognitive processes underpinning specific behaviours. For example, we’ll consider the role of sleep, the nature of addiction, behavioural genetics and pain in criminal behaviour.

Modules

  • Semester One

    • Psychological Perspectives on Crime I
    • Researching Crime

    The Add+vantage module only applies for Semester One

  • Semester Two

    • Psychological Perspectives on Crime II
    • Policing Modern Societies
    • Punishment and Control

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

After your second year, you have the opportunity to spend a year on professional placement or studying abroad.

Modules

  • Professional Placement

  • Study Abroad

Overview

Your final year addresses more specialist issues, including forensic psychology, which delves further into the explanations of crime, such as mental health issues, as well as the development of treatment programmes and prevention of crime.

You will have the opportunity to collaborate with a member of academic staff and apply the knowledge of research methods obtained during the first two years of your degree to design and conduct your own piece of research in an area of your choice.

In the past, students have studied the motivation of suicide bombers and institutional racism in the police.

Modules

  • Semester One

    • Violence and Exploitation
    • Current Issues in Criminology
    • One of the following core options:
      • Special Educational Needs
      • Drug Use and Addiction
      • Criminal Behaviour and its Contexts

  • Semester Two

    • Research Project
    • One of the following core options:
      • Psychology of Gender and Sexualities
      • Mindfulness and Meditation
      • Psychology of Teaching and Learning

    The Add+vantage module only applies for Semester Two

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.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

15th

We are ranked as the 15th best University in the United Kingdom - Guardian University Guide 2020

In more detail...

  • Excellent professional links with employers including Police, HM Prison Service and Positive Youth Foundation.
  • Based in new £37 million state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building provides facilities for teaching and research, featuring hospital simulation.
  • The opportunity to develop the skills employers desire, such as working to deadline, presentation, verbal and written communication and report writing.
  • High levels of student satisfaction – 91% satisfied with teaching and 95% said staff were good at explaining things in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • Expert guest lecturers which recently have covered topics including policing and mental health, representing victims of sexual abuse, female genital mutilation, and deaths in police custody.
  • Opportunities to participate in exciting field trips abroad, which have previously included the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and the Stasi museum in Berlin (additional costs may apply).
94%

of graduates in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15).

Your main study themes are:

  • Psychology: We introduce you to the scientific study of the human mind and all aspects of behaviour in individuals, groups or organisations, as well as the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying that behaviour.

  • Prisons and punishment: Explores a range of philosophical, theoretical and applied issues related to the penal system. The focus is on historical and contemporary issues in penology. We aim to equip you with a critical understanding of the penal system, philosophies related to punishment, the history and development of the prison service and other penal service providers, and contemporary theories and issues relating to punishment in prison and the community

  • Policing and society: Introduces key issues relating to policing democratic societies. This includes a critical evaluation of the relationships between the police, the state and the citizen.

  • English legal system: Aims to provide you with sound knowledge of the English legal system and its operation, including civil and criminal procedure. It is designed to enable you develop a critical awareness of the legal system, its strengths and shortcomings.

  • Sciences of the mind: Aims to further your knowledge of biological and cognitive processes underpinning specific behaviours. We also cover the main areas of theory, research and debate concerning attempts to characterise individual differences in intelligence.

This course can be studied on a full-time basis for three years or part-time, typically taking between four and six years to complete. You start in September.

It is taught using a mixture of lectures, small group seminars, personal tutorials and practical, ‘hands-on’ skills workshops. Core course content will be delivered during the lectures, while the associated seminars and workshops offer opportunities for you to explore topics more independently and in more depth. For example, we may examine events at Hillsborough or consider how and why Guantanamo bay functions in the way it does. 

Your teaching and learning will be enriched guest speakers, presentations, Q&S by input from experts in practice, including forensic psychiatrists, police officers, practitioners from drug and alcohol services or victim services, probation officers, mental health service users, and offenders currently on licence with the probation service.  We also hold an annual Criminology Volunteering Fair, which is attended by Warwickshire and West Midlands Police, Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, Victim Support and many more, providing excellent professional networking opportunities, as well as the chance to gain additional work experience.

We offer multiple field trips here in the UK, Europe and farther afield, which often incorporate visits to sites of specific interest to criminology, such as museums or courts, as well as relevant cultural sites (additional costs may apply). For example, we’ve previously visited the Holocaust centre in Nottingham, the Reichstag building in Berlin and the Statue of Liberty in New York. 

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework, tests, essays, formal examinations, and practical or project work.

This course is predominantly assessed by coursework.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The major theoretical approaches within criminology and law and their relationship to contemporary debates.
  • The development and role of the main agents and institutions which respond to crime and deviance.
  • How crime, deviance and victimisation are socially and legally constructed.
  • Policy and practice in relation to a range of methods of dealing with crime and criminality.
  • Core social science research methodologies, methods and ethical principles.

 

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in interpreting and evaluating theories and research in criminology and psychology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think reflectively, critically and analytically about key issues.
  • Critically evaluate research evidence, including statistical information, and use this to draw conclusions about the validity of different claims and arguments.
  • Communicate in a confident, professional manner, both verbally and in writing.

In a typical teaching week, you will have a minimum of 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1-2 hours of tutorials or individual project supervision each week
  • Medium group teaching: 6-8 hours of skills workshops or seminars each week
  • Large group teaching: 4-6 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 15-20 hours of self-directed study each week e.g. completing the recommended reading that accompanies your lectures, working on coursework assignments, taking part in group work and exam revision.

As well as offering a range of short international field trips, which have previously included visits to New York, Cape Town, Poland and Finland, you also have the opportunity to complete the course over four years with a sandwich year spent studying abroad.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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


12

global programmes

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

What our students say

This course has opened my mind to current controversial debates which I have enjoyed discussing. The lecturers are always there to offer advice and answer any questions I have."

Chantelle Hambridge

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What our students say

This course has opened my mind to current controversial debates which I have enjoyed discussing. The lecturers are always there to offer advice and answer any questions I have."

Chantelle Hambridge

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 2020

£9,250 (per year)


UK 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 2020

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£13,900 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

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.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say

This course has opened my mind to current controversial debates which I have enjoyed discussing. The lecturers are always there to offer advice and answer any questions I have."

Chantelle Hambridge

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

A Criminology and Psychology degree from Coventry can provide you with an excellent basis for graduate-level employment in a wide range of relevant professions, from the more established careers such as the prison, probation and police service to the newer initiatives in areas of community safety and crime prevention.

We are extremely proud of our strong track record in preparing graduates for work – with 94% of 2014/15 graduates in work or further study after six months. Our courses have been designed to provide practical work experience and equip you with a range of skills and competencies that aims to set you apart from other graduates and make you attractive to potential employers, such as group work, literature reviewing, critical analysis and the delivery of oral presentations.

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 Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

94%

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

DLHE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone on to pursue postgraduate qualifications and work for a range of organisations, including The National Crime Agency, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, HM Prison Service, Coventry Cyrenians and West Midlands Police.

£17K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £17,000 - £20,000 six months after the course, depending on area (DLHE 2014/15)

What our students say

This course has opened my mind to current controversial debates which I have enjoyed discussing. The lecturers are always there to offer advice and answer any questions I have."

Chantelle Hambridge
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.