Psychology and Criminology at University Centre South Devon – South Devon College - UCAS

Course summary

This foundation degree has been designed to develop your understanding of the nature of crime, society and human behaviour. You will study a range of disciplines, including criminology, psychology, criminal psychology, criminal law and the criminal justice system. This will provide you with a broad knowledge of the contextual and social influences on human and criminal behaviour.* The course analyses theory in relation to working practice, preparing you for employment in a variety of professions and career pathways. You will also develop the necessary academic and research skills, as you become an independent practitioner capable of adapting to challenges you may face in your future career. In psychology you will gain an understanding of: mental illness and psychological treatments social influence in conflict situations personality testing and how the personality predicts behaviour psychological factors that influence and reduce offending behaviour the development of gender and memory across the lifespan the factors associated with positive psychology e.g. life satisfaction *Subject to approval


Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory (and if available optional modules) enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. For full time students a total of 120 credits will be studied in each academic year. In the majority of cases this will consist of 6 modules. For part time students it will depend on the intensity of your studies. Year 1 Clinical psychology - 20 credits Social influence and aggression - 20 credits Individual differences and quantitative research methods - 20 credits Introduction to criminological theory - 20 credits An introduction to the criminal justice system in England and Wales - 20 credits Methods of detection and offender profiling - 20 credits Year 2 Methods of detection and offender profiling - 20 credits Lifespan development - 20 credits Positive psychology and qualitative methods - 20 credits Youth justice and victims of crime - 20 credits Policing and community safety - 20 credits The psychology of offending behaviour - 20 credits

Assessment method

There are two formal or summative assessed pieces of work for each module. Assessment methods can include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and projects. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. In addition to formal assessments throughout modules of study there will be developmental (formative) assessments to support you with developing greater understanding of your progress.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

A DBS check will be required for many of the placement opportunities available to students and for many future employment opportunities related to this programme. DBS is not a mandatory requirement for entry to the course, but applicants must acknowledge that their opportunities may be limited if they refuse to complete a DBS application or if they have a criminal record.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8825 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8825 Year 1
Scotland £8825 Year 1
Wales £8825 Year 1

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Psychology and Criminology at University Centre South Devon – South Devon College - UCAS