BA/BSc Psychology and Criminology

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Why do people behave in the ways they do? What drives people? Debate these questions alongside studying crime and social order and control.

Our new Psychology and Criminology degree* will give learners the chance to debate and resolve key questions such as: 

  • What is crime and what drives people to commit crime? 
  • How are laws enforced and how does this affect behaviour? 
  • Why is crime concentrated in particular areas?
  • How can crime be prevented? 

The questions will be answered through the application of theory from Psychology and Criminology. The outcome of this programme is that you will gain a University of Northampton accredited degree in Psychology and Criminology.

Psychology will give learners new ways of understanding how and why people think and act as they do. Crime is a matter of public and political concern and the prevention of crime has been prioritised as a matter of social policy.

The programme addresses each of these issues and many others in a systematic and methodical manner. 

Upon completion of this programme, you can progress to further study in the disciplines of psychology and/or criminology or employment in a range of areas including probation service, police force, or human resource management, amongst many others.

This programme is run in partnership with the University of Northampton.

*This programme is subject to validation

What I'll learn

Stage One
In year one you will be introduced to the core disciplines that underpin the academic analysis of  both Psychology and Criminology. 
The introductory modules will provide an excellent foundation of knowledge for learners to progress to year two.

Stage Two
In year two, modules take you into more detailed and developed areas, considering the wider issues and debates surrounding psychology and criminology. In year two you will need to consider a deeper analysis of the modules using professional theoretical research in the subject areas to supplement learning, growth, development and knowledge.

Stage Three
In year three for Psychology, there are modules including Forensic Psychology and Mental Health. In Criminology, the core module for stage three is Crime and Punishment which provides an overview of the philosophy and
theories of punishment as well as an examination of the institutions responsible for the punishment of offenders. At this stage, you will have the opportunity to study on areas and aspects of Psychology and Criminology that you find particularly interesting as you can choose to write a dissertation on any topic within your Joint Honours programme. 


How I'll learn

With a Joint Honours degree you can ensure that your programme has:

  • Breadth: you are not focused on a single specialism, but are able to study across two disciplines
  • Embedded skills: you will have all the graduate level skills that employers are looking for.
  • Student support: your own personal tutor will work with you as you learn and progress.

For successful completion of the course you will be required to study 120 credits each academic year.


How I'll be assessed

Assessment is through coursework and formal examinations.


Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements apply.

A typical offer would be 96-112 UCAS points. BCC at A Level, DMM at BTEC or a Merit Profile at Access to HE. We also require GSCEs in English and maths. 

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable by achieving a score in a recognised test such as a British Council IELTS qualification (usually a minimum level of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing components). 


How to Apply

Apply through UCAS


FEES for September 2020 entry:

Home/EU fee for 2019: £7,200 per year