Criminology and Psychology BA (Hons) 2021/22 entry

Course code:

CM89

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

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Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
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Course code:

CM89

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

Find out more

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
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £13,900

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

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

Overview

This course is designed to give you an understanding of the study of human behaviour, the causes of criminal behaviour, public reactions to crime and the psychology of all those involved in, and affected by, crime. It explores public social attitudes; psychological explanations of criminal behaviour and consequences for social policies and for the management of offenders.

We adopt an innovative approach to student learning through involving guest speakers from different spheres such as prison service, probation, police, practising psychologists, victims support and rehabilitation agencies to provide effective learning insights. The course has a strong track record of work with international partners to offer opportunities for on-line international learning, field trips and overseas placements.* The Criminology course has a strong international experience.

A focus on out of classroom activity emphasises practical field trips to prisons, courts and destinations which in the past have included trips to South Africa, Finland, New York, Germany and Poland.

You will work with staff with a wide range of research interests who present at conferences on relevant issues including gun control, drugs, violence, sexual abuse, policing and policy issues.

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

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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.

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

Ideal for those who are seeking to develop a career in the criminal justice sector (e.g. policing, community safety, youth offending), 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.

The course aims to equip you with an understanding of how crime and punishment are perceived exploring a wide variety of phenomena associated with crime, victimisation, punishment and criminal justice in a global context. The curriculum focuses on the causes of crime and the means by which society attempts to deal with it.

The teaching team come from a range of specialist backgrounds including mental health, psychology, sociology, and criminal justice and these feed in to a rich and varied range of perspectives that underpin your learning. Staff engage in research, national and international conference presentations, and writing for publication on topical issues related to the curriculum, such as gun control, drugs, violence, sexual abuse, policing and policy issues, all of which inform your learning. You will also be encouraged to engage in volunteering activities supported by the University. In previous years an annual Criminology Volunteering Fair has been hosted. Agencies such as Warwickshire and West Midlands Police, Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, Victim Support have attended to advertise PCSO and support worker roles. This event also provides excellent professional networking opportunities for posts such as intelligence analysts.

16th

overall and 6th for career prospects in Psychology

Guardian University Guide 2020

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, types of criminal activity, victims of crime, and the construction of crime. 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

  • Year one - Mandatory Modules

    • Introduction to Criminology Theory and Skills
    • Victims and Victimology
    • Exploring Crime
    • Psychological Approaches to Crime Psychology
    • Crime 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

The second year introduces you to a range of topics around the major institutions involved in crime control, community safety and representation – the police, the prison service and the public. We will evaluate the relationships between the police, the state and the citizen, exploring the independence of the police and their accountability. We’ll also 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

  • Year two - Mandatory Modules

    • Researching Crime
    • Punishment and Control
    • Policing and Society
    • Psychological Perspectives on Crime 1
    • Psychological Perspectives on Crime 2

     

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.

While both of these modules are non-credit bearing and do not incur any additional tuition fees, if successfully completed, these modules will appear on your final academic transcript and you may be required to submit a piece of work reflecting on what you have learned during the placement or study abroad year. Coventry University’s Talent Team can provide you with a wide range of support services in order to help you apply for a placement opportunity.

Modules

  • Professional Placement

  • Study Abroad

Overview

The final year of the programme is based around the development of specialist interests on cutting edge topics. 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. Your final year addresses more specialist issues on contemporary topics, 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.

In the past, students have researched conviction rates for rape, the prosecution of war crimes in Cambodia and the regulation of environmental crimes.

Modules

  • Final year

    Mandatory modules

    • Current Issues in Criminology
    • Violence and Exploitation
    • Research Project in Criminology

    Optional modules: 2 from the following

    • Special Educational Needs
    • Drug Use and Addiction
    • Criminal Behaviour and its Contexts
    • Psychology of Gender and Sexualities
    • Mindfulness and Meditation
    • Psychology of Teaching and Learning

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.
  • Consistently high levels of student satisfaction on this course, 100% National Student Survey (NSS) 2018.
  • Develop the skills employers’ desire, such as working to deadline, presentation, verbal and written communication and report writing.
  • Opportunities to participate in exciting field trips abroad, which have previously included the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, Robben Island and Victor Verster Prison in South Africa and the Stasi museum in Berlin (subject to availability, additional costs and meeting any applicable visa requirements). 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.
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.

You will be taught using a mixture of lectures and small group seminars and ‘hands-on’ skills workshops. This combination supports you to explore topics more independently and in more depth. You will utilise an innovative approach to learning through involving guest speakers from different spheres of criminological activity such as the UK Borders Agency, practising psychologists, victims and oversight agencies to provide effective learning insights.

The teaching team come from a range of specialist backgrounds including mental health, psychology, sociology, and criminal justice and these feed in to a rich and varied range of perspectives that underpin teaching and learning. Staff engage in research, national and international conference presentations, and writing for publication on topical issues related to the curriculum, such as gun control, drugs, violence, sexual abuse, policing and policy issues, all of which inform teaching and learning and maintain its currency.

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.

The Criminology and Psychology course has a strong international experience for students. A focus on out of classroom activity emphasises practical field trips to prisons, courts and destinations including international destinations such as South Africa, Finland, New York, Germany and Poland (subject to availability, additional costs and meeting any applicable visa requirements).

To support student work experience emphasis is placed on encouraging student involvement in volunteering activities. In previous years an annual Criminology Volunteering Fair has been hosted. Agencies such as Warwickshire and West Midlands Police, Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, Victim Support have attended to advertise PCSO and support worker roles. This event also provides excellent professional networking opportunities for posts such as intelligence analysts.

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 an understanding of the major theoretical approaches within criminology, including Classical and Radical perspectives, their historical development, and role within contemporary debates.
  • Appraise relevant aspects of psychology as a discipline - the core areas and their application to ‘real world’ challenges.
  • Identify suitable sources of information, analysis and evaluation of research evidence and theory.
  • Apply a range of transferable skills that enhance employability including, but not necessarily limited to, numerical and reasoning skills, digital literacy, communicating effectively in a variety of media to different audiences with scientific argument and sensitivity, and appropriate self-management strategies to organise time and workloads.
  • Develop awareness of the background and role of the main agents and institutions, such as prisons and courts, which respond to crime and deviance and how to appraise their work.
  • Analyse topics such as drug use, exploitation and policing in an international context.
  • Display insight into the options for and application of research methodologies, whether library-based or field-based studies.
  • Work independently and in groups to complete assigned tasks using established and innovative approaches.

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 a visit to Krakow in Poland to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, you also have the opportunity to complete the course over four years with a year spent studying abroad.*

The University has links with over 20 institutions in Cyprus, France, Malta, Spain, Sweden and Turkey, as well as several other countries around the world. Courses are largely taught in English, but there are opportunities to learn and attend courses in a foreign language. In the past, students on this course have studied the youth justice system in Malta and the sex industry in the context of people trafficking in Madrid.

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

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 2018/19, we were able to provide a total of 5,469 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 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016


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

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU192
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BCC. Excludes general studies. DMM 27 points 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A*- C including English Language and Mathematics, or specified equivalents. 

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three A Levels.In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A Levels in nominated subjects.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE 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.

Portfolio

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.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0, with no component lower than 5.5. 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.

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English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0, with no component lower than 5.5. 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.

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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 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £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 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £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 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £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.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, travel, accommodation and visas).

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.

Our courses have been designed to provide practical work experience and equip you with a range of skills and competencies that will help 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.

95%

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

DLHE 2016/17

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.