Buckinghamshire New University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Criminological Psychology with Foundation Year

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Course summary

Have you ever wondered what drives a person to commit a crime? If the criminal mind intrigues you, then this course will give you the answers. In our BSc (Hons) Criminological Psychology course, you’ll explore areas of forensic psychology, victimology and psychology to find out what makes the mind of a criminal tick… Why study this subject? Our BSc (Hons) Criminological Psychology course combines studying the core areas of psychology with applied areas of forensic psychology, victimology and psychology in the criminal justice system. This course looks at how psychology furthers our understanding of criminal behaviour and will give you the opportunity to get involved in research in the social, developmental, cognitive and biological dimensions of the subject. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? At BNU, we explore every aspect of psychology on our wide range of courses. Our teaching department is home to an incredible community of Psychology and Social Science students who can collaborate with you on projects, providing a rich supply of volunteers when you run your own experiments. Our strong links with several local prisons will ensure you’ll be exposed to psychology in an applied context and we regularly invite guest speakers to provide additional insight to the worlds of forensic and clinical psychology. Our BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is a recognised qualification by employers throughout the country. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) and from there you can take your next steps to becoming a Chartered Psychologist. This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree. What facilities can I use? On our BSc (Hons) Criminological Psychology programme, you’ll take part in laboratory and computing workshops where you’ll have the practical use of software used by social scientists in the presentation of research data. You’ll also have the opportunity to use our state-of-the-art observation laboratory to engage in the measurement of psycho-physiological responses using Biopac©. You’ll be able to measure the activity of the cardiovascular system, brain, autonomic nervous system and more. You’ll also have access to Tobii eye tracking equipment and HTC Vive, a virtual reality software, meaning you can push the boundaries and get creative with your research ideas! What will I study? You’ll immerse yourself in the psychology present at every stage of the criminal justice system; crime, policing, legal system, prison, probation and rehabilitation). Over the course of three years, you’ll dive into fascinating topics like developmental, biological, social, cognitive, forensic and police psychology as well as criminology, victimology, disability and mental health in the criminal justice system and radicalisation and terrorism. What are my career prospects? As part of this course, we’ll help you find the sort of career that suits you through advice and talks that cover both voluntary work and full-time employment. Typically, graduates from this course will look at working with offenders either in an intervention or rehabilitative environment, perhaps with HM Prison Service or Probation Service. There will be other opportunities available to you in the public and ‘not for profit’ sectors like the Civil Service, local government, the NHS, Social Services and Housing Associations. After graduation, you won’t be limited to a career in criminological psychology either – the skills you gain are fully transferable so you can think about diverse areas like health, education, sports and local government.

Course details


Year one Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility Inquiry Based Learning Foundations of Psychology Year two Intro to Developmental and Social Psychology Intro to Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology Intro to Personality and Applying Psychology Psychological Research Methods Intro to Cross-Disciplinary Psychology Introduction to Criminology: The Concept of Crime Introduction to Criminology: The History of Punishment Year three Psychological Perspectives on Criminal Behaviour Developmental Psychology Biopsychology Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology Cognitive Processes in Psychology Year four Empirical Dissertation Critical Social Psychology Historical and Conceptual issues in Psychology Issues in Personality and Individual Differences Police Psychology and Legal Framework (optional) Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional) Victimology (optional) Interpersonal Violence (optional) Disability, Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System (optional) Communication, Interaction & the Criminal Justice System (optional) Radicalisation & Terrorism (optional)

Assessment method

You’ll work alone on your assignments, researching and critically engaging with your work. You’ll also participate in group assignments to coordinate presentations, both of which will provide you with useful transferrable skills for the future. You’ll be assessed through a number of methods including poster presentations, essays and assignments, examinations, oral presentations, laboratory/research reports and an empirical dissertation in your final year.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Psychological Society

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

For information about applying to Buckinghamshire New University as an International applicant, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/international

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £14250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/financial-support-bursaries-and-scholarships

Criminological Psychology with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS