Criminology and Psychology BA (Hons) with foundation year

Study level: Undergraduate
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Have you ever wanted to get into the mind of a criminal? To see how they think and the reasons why they do what they do?

Course option

Year of entry

Location

CU Coventry (Coventry) and
Coventry University (Coventry)

Study mode

Full-time
Sandwich

Duration

4 years full-time
5 years sandwich

UCAS codes

C2DF

Start date

September 2024
November 2024


Course overview

Our degree with foundation year could be the stepping stone you need to achieve your goals. The foundation year aims to prepare you for degree-level study and is a great way to build the confidence, skills and knowledge needed to succeed on your degree course.

Foundation year

The foundation year course offers an introduction to your chosen subject and helps you develop the necessary skills for degree-level study. It aims to provide a thorough understanding of legal principles and best practice. With a focus on European, national and local contexts, this course explores the development of legislation and case law with core academic skills.

Degree

After a grounding in first year, you will specialise in a range of areas of crime, victimology, criminal justice, and crime prevention emphasising key transferable skills in preparation for graduate level employment in a global market.

You will have the opportunity 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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Why you should study this course

Foundation year

  • Supports you to gain the academic skills required for degree-level study.
  • Provides a grounding in key areas of criminal law and legal practice.

Degree

  • 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 (subject to availability).
  • International perspective on crime.
  • Opportunities to participate in international field trips – previous criminology trips have included South Africa, USA, Finland, Estonia and Poland2.

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. I really enjoyed partaking in the assessment centre. It gave me the opportunity to lead a group, gain a thorough understanding of real-life application of criminology and showed me clearly a potential career path I could take once my degree has finished.

Jasmine Harris – Third Year Criminology and Psychology student, quoted 2022
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What you'll study

This course has a common first year

The common first year enables you to work alongside students doing similar courses to you, to widen your knowledge and exposure to other subject areas and professions. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students, so you can share your insights and experience which will help you to develop and learn.

If you discover an interest in a specific subject you have studied, upon successful completion of your first year, you could swap degrees with another course in your common first year (subject to meeting progression requirements).

Common first year courses

  • Criminology BA (Hons)
  • Criminology and Law BA (Hons)
  • Criminology and Psychology BA (Hons)

Year one aims to give you a thorough grounding in the study of crime, criminal behaviour, justice, and the law in a global context. Working alongside students from Criminology, and Criminology and Law, you will not only develop the knowledge you need to progress in your degree, but also be encouraged to think critically about the issues, see crime from legal and moral viewpoints, and be creative in finding solutions to problems.

Modules

  • This module will help you learn about how people have thought about crime and harm throughout history, from old-fashioned ideas in the 19th and 20th centuries to more critical views in the 21st century. You’ll look at how society creates the concept of crime, influenced by things like the media, culture, and the interests of various people and groups. You'll also study how the connection between what's legal and what's moral affects how we see and define crime, which can change our understanding of what counts as a crime.

    Compulsory

  • This module explores criminal behaviour in the context of a range of criminal activities and events drawing on key criminological and psychological theoretical perspectives. You will examine different concepts and how individuals can impact their criminal behaviour, these concepts can include social identity, cognitive development, self-regulation and free will. You will be expected to develop a critical awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of the different theories and perspectives in terms of their power to explain criminal behaviour.

    Compulsory

  • This module introduces and evaluates criminal justice systems and the roles of legal personnel. It will provide you with an insight into the sources, institutions, and structures of the English legal system by comparing it to similar cases. You should be able to develop a critical awareness of the wider political and social context in which the law operates, and the principles and values underpinning legal systems. Concepts of truth, justice and jurisdiction will be discussed. This module also highlights increasing challenges to national and international criminal justice systems in defining, preventing, and prosecuting criminal acts that increasingly occur at a transnational level.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to equip you with a grounded knowledge of different types of criminal activity, with a particular focus on the relationship between types of crimes, criminals, and representations in the media. It will examine patterns and trends of violence, acquisitive crimes, public order offences, and organised crime and consider the impact of globalisation and technological development on the nature of these types of offences. It will also encourage you to think critically regarding methods of measuring crime.

    Compulsory

  • This module offers a critical and theoretical exploration of the intersection between mental health, crime, and justice. The module draws on theory from across disciplinary boundaries including criminology, psychology, sociology, and forensic psychiatry to analyse the relationship between serious mental illness, violence, victimization, and (in)justice.

    Compulsory

  • This module introduces you to the practice of researching and formulating structured ideas about criminal law cases. It focuses on legal investigation research in terms of methods, processes, and skills for finding information about crimes, particularly the retrieval and use of primary and secondary legal sources. Emphasis will be placed on the links between theory, policy, and practice and preparing you for assessing their impact on criminal law issues. You will be encouraged to develop a critical and evaluative approach to the issues raised.

    Compulsory

In year two you will continue to build on your knowledge and understanding of crime and criminal justice by looking deeper into forensic psychology and at key institutions, such as policing, and systems of punishment. You will also be introduced to the concept of victimology. Finally, you will begin preparing for your final year research project by exploring methods and processes for researching crime.

Modules

  • The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice involved in researching crime. You will be provided with the tools to develop your own thoughts and ideas about criminological matters, review criminological literature, plan and conduct research, and present research outcomes to diverse audiences. In addition, you will acquire digital literacy and transferable skills that will be benefit you in other learning and employment environments.

    Compulsory

  • This module focuses on political, social, cultural, and popular constructions of victims of crime and wider social harms. The module places particular critical focus on the victimisation experiences of marginalised social groups, demonstrating that certain individuals and groups are more readily ascribed victim status than others. You will consider the international context, with technology and global insecurity that can affect the way people experience being victims of crime today.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to provide you with a core understanding of biological psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and individual differences. This module adopts a thematic approach. Several themes will be considered across the module delivery that will be contemporary, of global significance (e.g. mental health) and may change in any given year. You will be required to examine individual and group responses to the issues presented by drawing on knowledge and understanding of key topics within each of the core domains and demonstrating how these relate to the criminal context.

    Compulsory

  • Following on from the previous module, Perspectives in Forensic Psychology, this module will continue developing your understanding of the core aspects of psychology and should extend this to consider how this knowledge could contribute to solving a community relevant issue. You will continue to look further into biological psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and individual differences by adopting a thematic approach. You will be tasked with researching an issue relevant to external community-based organisations. You will be required to examine individual and group responses to the issues presented by drawing on knowledge and understanding of key topics within each of the core domains. 

    Compulsory

  • This module introduces you to key issues relating to policing democratic societies. This will include a critical evaluation of the relationships between the police, the state, and the citizen. The independence of the police and their interdependence within the wider criminal justice system will be assessed, and concepts such as consensus, legitimacy, and accountability in relation to policing practice will be explored. Topics to be debated range from policing protest and disorder to the role of the media in representing the police.

    Compulsory

  • This module focuses on historical developments and contemporary issues surrounding the use of criminal sanctions. It covers the theoretical underpinning of punishments and risk management whilst aiming to equip you with a critical understanding of the effectiveness of custodial and community sentences. You will explore key issues relating to punishment and control, such as the complexities of managing a diverse prison population, privatisation, and reintegration, and will demonstrate your understanding through group exercises in an assessment centre environment.

    Compulsory

There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement2 can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future.

If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee3 of £1,250. For more information, please go to the fees and funding section. During this time you will receive guidance from your employer or partner institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement.

Modules

  • This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved placement undertaken during your programme. A placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.

    Optional

  • This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved international study/work placement undertaken during your programme. A work/study placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.

    Optional

In your final year you will apply the knowledge from your first two years in the more specialised areas of violence and exploitation and organised crime. You will also be able to develop specific interests and expertise to suit your career plans through options in Psychology including areas such as addiction or aggression, or other areas such as counselling or educational psychology. You will also take your research project in which you will produce a research paper on your own analysis in an area that interests you.

Modules

  • This module aims to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary global organised crime. It will examine organised crime as a transnational phenomenon and the need for major organised criminal activities, such as drugs, weapons, and human trafficking, to cross borders. A broader analysis will explore how the expansion of global trade and lowering of barriers to free movement that have enabled the world economy to grow have also provided parallel opportunities for illegal trade. A detailed comparative analysis will also be made of traditional criminal organisations, such as the American and Sicilian mafia, Japanese Yakuza, and Chinese Triads, and new organised criminal groups in the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Africa, South America, and the United Kingdom as well as terrorist groups. Particular attention will be given to international and domestic organisations involved in fighting organised crime and the impact of globalisation on organised criminal groups.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to explore forms of violence and exploitation in childhood and adulthood. You will investigate violence and exploitation in relation to incidence, prevalence, and reporting, as well as theoretical and explanatory frameworks. You will also be encouraged to develop an understanding of the concepts, issues, and current debates in the field of violence and exploitation with emphasis on developments in theoretical approaches, policies and procedures. Through discussions of recent research, you will explore the impacts and meaning for victims/survivors, persistence and change with respect to the justice system, support services, and approaches to prevention.

    Compulsory

  • Choose one from the following three modules:

    • Criminal Behaviour and its Contexts - 20 credits
      This module aims to explore the contribution psychology can make to our understanding of criminal behaviour across different contexts in society. It will look into how people explain why crime happens in various situations in society. Applying psychological theories, three types of crimes, which include violent, sexual and economic crimes, will be examined in specific contexts, which can include the family, workplace and sports. At an applied level it will demonstrate the impact psychology has made in specific areas of the criminal process, for example, the development of treatment programmes, and the prevention of crimes related to the contexts examined.
    • Addictive Behaviours - 20 credits
      This module aims to further your knowledge of key topic areas in the domain of psychopharmacology. It aims to develop your understanding of the interrelationship between drugs, psychology and behaviour, and draws on several areas of psychology (particularly cognitive and biological approaches) in developing models of, for example, addictive processes. Relevant findings from several branches of science, including psychophysics, psychopharmacology and molecular biology will be considered.
    • Child and Educational Psychology - 20 credits
      This module aims to develop your knowledge of key theories and research that relate to the psychology of development, teaching and learning and the application of those theories to applied contexts. You will be introduced to areas of special educational needs experienced by children and adults and how these difficulties impact on their experience of school and growing up. Issues of assessment, labelling, intervention, and remediation will be examined.

    Optional

  • Choose one from the following three modules:

    • Clinical Neuroscience - 20 credits
      This module builds on the biological and cognitive approaches to Psychology introduced in your second year. It introduces contemporary and complex neural mechanisms of human behaviour in typical and clinical populations. The module seeks to develop your ability to critically evaluate published scientific reports of current research in Clinical Neuroscience, with a particular focus on criminal behaviour. The module aims to develop an appreciation of neurological mechanisms underlying human thinking and behaviour and the clinical pictures that arise when the mechanisms are disrupted. You will engage with emerging critical issues within Clinical Neuroscience and recognise a range of factors that influence human behaviour, particularly considering criminal behaviour. This will be encapsulated within the assessment, which requires you to present an in-depth understanding of a selected neuropsychological function and submit a written project demonstrating a firm command of classical Neuroscience concepts and how they relate to known clinical disorders and criminal behaviour.
    • Counselling Psychology - 20 credits
      The module aims to introduce you to the broader concepts within Counselling Psychology and specifically you should gain an understanding of the key theoretical explanations and how to implement these in practice with diverse clients (e.g. cross-cultural counselling, sports performers, former athletes, victims and ex-offenders). This will be focused within three main approaches in Counselling Psychology: humanistic (person-centred), cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic and across different treatment modalities (e.g., individual, group, couples and/or family therapy). You will also have the opportunity to develop counselling skills by engaging in co-counselling skills sessions for each of the key approaches involving a variety of different group-based activities (e.g., scenario-based behavioural rehearsal, inter-personal strategies). You will engage in critical reflection on your experience of using counselling skills within your chosen approach.
    • Aggression and Violent Behaviour - 20 credits
      This module will introduce key theoretical explanations of aggression and violence within different contexts (e.g., mental health hospitals; prisons; intimate relationships). You will integrate mainstream psychological theories across the core areas of psychology (i.e., developmental, social, biological, cognitive) to build an understanding of how aggression and violence can explain deviant/criminal behaviours and interpersonal conflict within different situations and professional relationships. There will be a focus on thinking critically, developing interventions, and analysing existing models/framework linked to different forms and explanations of aggression and violence. For example, Triggered Displaced Aggression may be explored within various contexts, drawing on the different perspectives. You will have the opportunity to critically evaluate contemporary literature across the domains of aggression and violence, with an applied focus.

    Optional

  • This module aims to help you build and use the skills needed to thoroughly study a crime-related topic while also concentrating on a particular aspect of criminology. Throughout this module you will conduct independent learning, communicate effectively and appropriately retrieve, and use information from a variety of sources, and develop time management skills.

    Compulsory

The foundation year offers an introduction to your chosen subject and supports you to develop the skills required for degree-level study.

Modules

  • The aim of this module is to ensure that you understand the primary concepts, terms and processes in the practice of Law in England and Wales. We’ll discuss the interpretation and application of legal rules, providing you with an insight into key aspects of professional practice and law in the workplace.

    We will focus on contemporary case studies and analyse current issues in the legal system to keep the course relevant. This module has content from the CILEx Level 3 Unit 1: Introduction to Law and Practice embedded.

    Compulsory

  • In this module, you will learn to understand exactly what constitutes a valid and enforceable contract. You’ll look at obligations, the rights of third parties and the terms of a contract to solidify your understanding. You will cover a range of relevant topics, such as discharge of contract, vitiating factors and legal reasoning.

    You’ll develop analytical skills by performing critical evaluations of contractual obligations and the remedies available. This module has the CILEx Level 3 Unit 2: Contract Law embedded.

    Compulsory

  • The Criminal Law and Practice module encompasses both criminal theory and criminal process.

    The Criminal Law element of the module will examine the general principles of criminal law, including how liability is incurred through acts, omissions and intention. Consideration will be given to particular offences involving dishonesty and non-fatal offences against the person, murder/manslaughter, criminal damage and where relevant, defences. Key doctrines and rules will be discussed with analysis of statute and case law.

    The Criminal Litigation element will be embedded into and run alongside Criminal Law study. You will look at how criminal cases play out in court within the criminal litigation system of England and Wales. You will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of the professional requirements and skills to run a criminal file in practice. In addition, you may also have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in making oral legal submissions (advocacy) in a virtual courtroom4.

    Compulsory

  • The initial transition to higher education can pose a range of challenges that you need to overcome. Therefore, we ensure that you have a clear understanding of the skills needed for effective legal practice, including how to create, draft and use various client care documents as well as becoming confident as an independent learner.

    We’ll guide you through legal reasoning, critical thinking and decision-making. You’ll also learn the processes and procedures of professional conduct, with client care, interviews and communications.

    Compulsory

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.


How you'll learn

The foundation year is focused on applied learning through a blend of lectures, tutorials and online learning. There are no end-of-year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which are more reflective of a working environment.


Teaching contact hours

You can expect up 20 hours of learning activities per week, made up of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, online classes and independent learning.

Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study of approximately 30 hours each week, depending on the demands of individual modules.


Assessment

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as provide an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and may include practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Teaching and the way you learn will be provided in various ways, including the following:

  • Lectures are normally up to one-hour in duration and may be delivered online or face-to-face plenary-style.
  • Seminars involve smaller groups and include 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 comes 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.


Teaching contact hours

The number of full-time contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 12 contact hours per week in the first and second year dropping to around 8 contact hours per week in the third and final year as you become a more independent learner.

Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study of approximately 12 to 15 hours each week, depending on the demands of individual modules.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

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.

Since COVID-19, we have delivered our courses in a variety of forms, in line with public authority guidance, decisions, or orders and we will continue to adapt our delivery as appropriate. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


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 research papers
  • 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 experience through collaborative international online learning projects where students work on a task jointly with students from an institution abroad. Study abroad forms part of the optional sandwich year which students normally take after successful completion of their second year2.

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 2024/25 entry.

72 UCAS tariff points. All foundation courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C/9-4 including Maths and English, and at least one A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking into account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

For information regarding specific requirements, please fill in our request information form.

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Contextual offers and Fair Access Scheme

If you meet the criteria for our Fair Access Scheme, you could automatically receive a contextual offer that may be up to 24 UCAS points lower than our standard entry requirements. View the criteria for our Fair Access Scheme.

Got higher grades? Have you considered direct entry to the degree without foundation year?


Fees & funding

2024/25 tuition fees.

Foundation year

Student Full-time Part-time
UK, Ireland*, Channel Islands or Isle of Man £7,950 Not available
International/EU Not currently available*** Not available

Degree

Student Full-time Part-time
UK, Ireland*, Channel Islands or Isle of Man £9,250 per year Not available
International/EU Not currently available*** Not available

Please note: UK (home) tuition fees for the degree course years will be charged at the current Coventry University UK (home) degree fee level. This was set at £9,250 for the 23/24 academic year.

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.

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.

The following are additional costs not included in the tuition fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.
  • Any costs associated with securing, attending or completing a placement (whether in the UK or abroad).

*Irish student fees

The rights of Irish residents to study in the UK are preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement. If you are an Irish student and meet the residency criteria, you can study in England, pay the same level of tuition fees as English students and utilise the Tuition Fee Loan.

**This course with foundation year is not currently available to international students. If you do not meet the entry requirements to directly join year 1 of the degree, please take a look at our International Pathways Programme for additional options.


Facilities

Our foundation years are taught at CU Coventry’s Mile Lane building, a short walk from the city centre. You’re part of the university from day one, so during your foundation year you’ll have access to the wider facilities at Coventry University. Once you successfully complete your foundation year, you'll transfer over to studying your chosen degree at Coventry University, where you'll be taught on campus in the relevant academic buildings.

Located on our Mile Lane campus, you will have access to our Library and Learning Services (LLS), fully equipped seminar rooms and IT suites4. You can also take advantage of reading rights in Coventry University’s Lanchester Library, make use of sport centre facilities and receive full membership to Your Students' Union.

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Mile Lane

The campus is home to an on-site library with bookable one-to-one academic writing service and library support sessions, fully equipped seminar rooms, open-access study areas, a café and an IT suite. Our labs contain industry-standard equipment so that you learn using the same equipment as many industry professionals.

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The Hub

At The Hub you'll find the Health and Wellbeing Centre, the Students’ Union and Square One (which provides entertainment from quiz nights to live music), the Spirituality and Faith Centre, Tank Studio, Careers Office and a fantastic food court.

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Lanchester Library

You will have full reading rights in Coventry University’s Lanchester Library. The library is open 24/7, 364 days a year and has many study spaces, including group and silent areas. It also currently offers touchdown computers and free-to-loan laptops.

Teaching and learning take place in state-of-the art facilities on the main Coventry University campus near to the Hub, Students Union and library4. Extensive use is made of seminar and workshop rooms for smaller groups to facilitate active group learning.

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Prison cells

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.

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Library

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.

Centre for Academic Writing

Centre for Academic Writing

The Centre for Academic Writing next to the Library will offer individual advice on developing writing skills or dealing with writing problems.

 

 


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 current teaching 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 classroom (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

  • Study location

    The Foundation Year study route will be delivered by CU, part of the Coventry University Group, for and on behalf of Coventry University.

    If you choose to study at CU Coventry for your Foundation Year, then your learning will be based at CU Coventry. Mile Lane, Coventry. Subject to meeting requirements you will then transition to the relevant Coventry University subject faculty building for your progression degree.

    Coventry University together with Coventry University London, Coventry University Wrocław, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough, and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the University) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University. 

    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 unpaid and/or 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, public authority guidance, decisions or orders and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand any 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 UK (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. Access to some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and/or may have reduced availability or restrictions where the university is following public authority guidance, decisions or orders.

    Student Contract

    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 current 2024/2025 contract is available on the website. 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.

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