Criminology and Psychology BA (Hons)

 

Course Code

UCAS Code: CM89
International Code: HLSU259

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time
Sandwich

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Start date

September 2023


Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

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.

After a grounding in the first year, you will study a range of areas of crime, victimology, criminal justice, psychology and crime prevention emphasising key transferable skills in preparation for graduate level employment in a global market. Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Link major theoretical perspectives to contemporary issues and debates – putting theory into practice.
  • Reflect analytically and critically on a wide range of issues and emerging trends relating to crime, criminal behaviour, control, and criminal justice in local and global contexts.
  • Apply creative solutions to crime problems, and to systemic failures in dealing with crime.
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Global Ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Employability

Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

  • Applied approach designed to develop the skills required for graduate employment in various criminal justice roles
  • Expert speakers from agencies involved in criminal justice complement and contextualise your understanding
  • Explore international perspectives on crime
  • Opportunities to participate in international field trips – previous criminology trips have included South Africa, the USA, Finland, Estonia, and Poland2.
  • No. 18 for Criminology in the Guardian University Guide 2022
  • Joint 3rd for career prospects in Criminology in the Guardian University Guide 2022
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for career prospects in Criminology

Guardian University Guide 2022

I have learned a wide range of information about offenders, crime and how victims and society are affected by these. Within psychology I have learnt about numerous theories and how to apply these to a multitude of topics. The degree has helped me develop the skill to delve more critically into criminological and psychological topics.

Jasmine Harris – Criminology and Psychology BA (Hons), current student, 2022
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How you'll learn

Teaching and learning are delivered in a range of formats as follows:

  • Lectures are normally up to one-hour in duration and may be delivered online to facilitate recording so that you are able to access the live recording at any time.
  • Seminars involve working with problems or holding discussions and debates about issues arising in the lectures.
  • Workshops may involve a combination of content delivery and group working.
  • Individual tutorials may also be arranged.

The current teaching team come from a range of specialist backgrounds including mental health, psychology, sociology, and criminal justice to name a few and these feed in to a rich and varied range of teaching and learning approaches. The course also emphasises a global perspective on criminological and criminal justice issues with optional field trips in the UK and abroad to take your learning outside the classroom2.


Teaching contact hours

We understand that everyone learns differently, so each of our courses will consist of structured teaching sessions, which can include:

  • On campus lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Group work
  • Self-directed learning
  • Work placement opportunities.

If you would like more information, you can request information about teaching hours.

Part of university life is undertaking self-directed learning. During a typical week you will have time that allows you to work independently to apply the skills and knowledge you have learnt in taught or facilitated sessions to your projects or assignment briefs. This self-directed learning allows you to use your research skills, consolidate your knowledge or undertake collaborative group work.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.


Assessment

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include for example:

  • Short writing exercises such as abstracts, opinion pieces, and precis
  • Extended writing exercises such as essays, reports, and dissertations
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Posters and infographics
  • Problem solving scenarios such as assessment centre exercises.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.


International experience opportunities

Emphasising inter-cultural awareness in all our students, the course content situates issues in a global context. It offers opportunity for international experience2 through collaborative international online learning projects where students work on a task jointly with students from an institution abroad. Overseas experience is also offered through field trips with previous destinations including New York, and Poland which includes a visit to Auschwitz concentration camp, now a Holocaust Museum. Study abroad forms part of the optional sandwich year which is an option after successful completion of your second year.

The Criminology degrees at Coventry University really offer students a unique and exciting opportunity to delve into a range of fascinating topics, from criminal behaviour, policing and the prison system to global issues like the corrupt, illicit activities of states and other powerful actors. With an extensive and diverse collective experience in teaching and working in the field, the academic team bring a passion for helping students to achieve their potential from start through to graduation.

Dr Gabrielle Nugent-Stephens, Lecturer in Criminology, quoted 2022
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Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2023 entry.

Requirement What we're looking for
A level BBC excludes General Studies
GCSE 5 GCSE's grade 9-4 / A*-C including English Language and Mathematics, or specified equivalents
BTEC DMM
IB Diploma 27 points.

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Are you eligible for the Fair Access Scheme?

We believe every student should have the opportunity to dream big, reach their potential and succeed, regardless of their background.

Fair Access Scheme

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:


You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (with at least 5.5 in each component area).

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

Student Full time Part time
UK TBC per year Not available
International TBC per year Not available

If you choose to do a work placement2, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee3 of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.


Facilities

Teaching and learning take place in facilities4 on the main Coventry University campus near to the University Hub, Students Union, and library. Extensive use is made of seminar and workshop rooms for smaller groups to facilitate active group learning.

  • Our dedicated subject librarian on main campus will provide guidance on searching and retrieving academic sources using the library systems and databases, as well as assistance and support with individual enquiries
  • The Centre for Academic Writing on main campus will offer individual advice on developing writing skills or dealing with writing problems.
  • Two prison cells, one single and one double, are in the Richard Crossman Building on main campus and used to give a sense of the real-life experiences of inmates, and for role play learning.

Careers and opportunities

With a view to shaping your prospects as a graduate, teaching, learning, and assessment take a problem-based approach which means you get to deal with real-world issues and scenarios combining theory and practice delivered by a team with a diverse range of experience including mental health, sexual offending, imprisonment, and probation to name a few. External speakers and visiting lecturer/practitioners also bring expertise to the classroom2 (subject to availability).

Assessments are coursework based and varied to test independent and team-working, communication, analytical and critical thinking, and other transferable skills designed to enhance your employment prospects within or outside the criminological sphere. With an emphasis on inter-cultural awareness, the course also offers opportunity for overseas experience through field trips and study abroad with the aim of making you a strong contender for a graduate level career in the global jobs market2.

Criminology and Psychology not only provides you with the knowledge and skills for working within the criminological sphere – in areas such as the police in uniformed and civilian roles, courts, prison staff and outreach, probation, victim support, security, and community safety – but also develops transferable skills that equip you for a wide range of graduate level careers. For example, some roles recent students have undertaken have included teaching, retail management, and fraud investigation for the financial industry. Many students opt for postgraduate level study.

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, West Midlands Police and the Metropolitan Police.

Further study

Progression routes to courses for further study within Coventry University include:


How to apply

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  • 1Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University 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.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.

    4Facilities

    Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. 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.