West Suffolk College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of East Anglia

Psychology and Criminology

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Course summary

This course, set within the popular and innovative disciplines of psychology and criminology, is designed to introduce students to a range of key principles and ideas within the field. You will explore ideas of criminality, deviance and psychopathology, cover different aspects of psychology such as biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology, and consider the social impact of deviance in youth. The course delves into social aspects of criminology and psychology, for example the social impact of crime on individuals and communities, social inequality, gender, age and sexuality, with links to the history of crime and criminality. The course provides an in depth look at human behaviour, including deviant behaviour and attitudes towards deviance over time. You will learn about a range of themes from criminology including victimology, cybercrime, terrorism and extremism, sex crimes and the role of the media in portraying crime, terrorism and deviance. As you progress through the degree, you will develop your academic and personal skills including research, critical thinking, time management, teamwork and self confidence in discussing challenging and – at times – controversial issues.

Course details


The course is at an undergraduate level with sessions being run two days a week. The course will offer a wide range of teaching and learning opportunities throughout all levels. Students will be taught through a series of seminars, tutorials, group-based projects, practical exercises and lectures. Using a mix of online teaching and resources as well as smaller, face-to-face classes will ensure that the current need for social distancing is possible, as well as futureproofing the teaching within this degree programme. Formative and summative assessment will include coursework, presentations and a variety of practical exercises. Students will be able to engage using online platforms, as well as having the ability to meet with lecturers and peers in small seminar discussion groups. Feedback will be provided within UEA guidelines on all coursework submissions Level 4 Introduction to research methods (Core, 20 credits) Introduction to biological and cognitive psychology (Non-Core, 20 credits) Introduction to developmental and social psychology (Non-Core, 20 credits) Key thinkers in criminology (Non-Core, 20 credits) Crime in the Media (Non-Core, 20 credits) Online Crime (Non-Core, 20 credits) Level 5 Research methods – design and analysis (Qualitative & Quantitative) (Core, 20 credits) Biological and cognitive psychology (Non-Core, 20 credits) Social and developmental psychology (Non-Core, 20 credits) Penology – Understanding the Punitive System (Non-Core, 20 credits) Victimology (Non-Core, 20 credits) Understanding Severe Crime – Sex Crime, Terrorism, Murder (Non-Core, 20 credits) Level 6 Major Project (Core, 40 credits) Individual Differences – Personality and Intelligence in the workplace (Non-Core, 20 credits) Understanding Criminal Profiling (Non-Core, 20 credits) Contemporary issues in policing (Non-Core, 20 credits) Community and public involvement in crime and criminal justice (Non-Core, 20 credits)

Assessment method

Assessment methods will be; essay, literature review, case studies, seen examinations, unseen examinations, group and individual presentations and psychological reports

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8500 Year 1
England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1
Channel Islands £8500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Books and materials £100
Psychology and Criminology at West Suffolk College - UCAS