Psychology and Criminology at West Suffolk College - UCAS

West Suffolk College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of East Anglia

Psychology and Criminology

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Course summary

The BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology will provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the subjects of psychology and criminology as empirical social sciences that aim to understand the mind and behaviour, crime and deviance. You will understand the key principles, ideas, and techniques within the subjects of psychology and criminology, and apply them in an ethical and safe way. 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.


The course is designed in a holistic way to ensure the development of key psychological and criminological transferable knowledge and skills that will enable you to specialise in your area(s) of interest. The skill acquired within this course will assist you to undertake further training and/or study as required to work as a practitioner psychologist or in the criminological sector. Thus, you will study modules relevant to the core areas of psychology: biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, research methods and individual differences. You will also study the key themes within criminology, with particular focus on new and emerging models within crime and deviance, with modules such as key thinkers in criminology, online crime, contemporary issues in policing and severe crime. Level 4: Introduction to Research Methods Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology Key Thinkers in Criminology Crime in the Media Online Crime Level 5: Research Methods Biological and Cognitive Psychology Social and Developmental Psychology Penology – Understanding the Punitive System Victimology Understanding Violent Crime Level 6: Dissertation Psychometric Testing in Employment Understanding Criminal Profiling Contemporary Issues in Policing Psychology of Marketing and Persuasion

Assessment method

A range of assessment methodologies are utilised and designed to enable you to explore your discipline and personal interests. Assessment methods include both formative and summative submissions. Formative assessments are designed to develop your critical thinking and subject skills in a regular and directed manner. The tasks also enable you to develop safely, freely and creatively without the pressure of a formal assessment. You will participate in group discussions, give presentations and jointly explore themes and arguments. Group discussions and debates are aimed at improving your understanding and skills sets rather than the acquisition of knowledge per se and are structured in such a way as to maximise effective participation and engagement. They are normally preceded by a prescribed course of reading and preparatory exercises. These formative assessments will deepen your understanding of the theme or subject and develop communication skills; encourage a critical (but tolerant) self-critical approach to discussions and build self-confidence to think quickly on your feet, to communicate articulately and persuasively with others, and to recognise the value of close collaboration and exchange of ideas. Summative assessments include written assignments in the form of essays and reports; psychological reports, document analysis; individual presentations as well as timed constrained exams both seen and unseen.

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

Applicants who do not meet the published entry requirements will be considered on an individual basis based upon prior learning and relevant experience.

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English language requirements

GCSE Maths and English at Level 4 and above.

Student Outcomes

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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

Outside of course fees, there are some additional costs associated with the completion of the programme. For example, there may be optional enhancement trips with costs dependent on location. Additional costs may include the purchase of core texts – we acknowledge individuals may prefer hard copy core texts for annotation and reference.
Psychology and Criminology at West Suffolk College - UCAS