Forensic Psychology (with foundation year) at Coventry University - UCAS

Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Forensic Psychology (with foundation year)

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Course summary

This course is designed for those with a particular interest in the psychology of crime and criminal behaviour. Forensic psychology applies psychological knowledge to the criminal justice system. This course covers all core areas of psychology to keep open your career options in psychology, whilst specialist modules provide a deeper dive into the area that drives your passion and ambitions. The foundation year of this Coventry University degree will be delivered from our CU Coventry campus. Course delivery from year 1 of the degree course onwards will be from Coventry University campus. The foundation year covers key themes such as academic skills, inequality, social determinants and communications. It seeks to develop your key skills, such as research methods, scientific fundamentals and promotion techniques. Students who successfully complete their foundation year will then progress onto the Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons) degree within Coventry University’s School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences. The degree years of this course are accredited and recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Accreditation by the British Psychological Society means that as a graduate, provided you achieve at least a 2:2, you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details. Key course benefits

  • Provides a strong foundation for working in the criminal justice system, while BPS accreditation allows for a range of different careers as a psychologist and beyond.
  • Prison Engagement - benefit from well-established links with the prison service and charities that work with people in prison.
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration. Engage in projects and activities alongside our Criminology students
  • Participate in engaging and immersive learning activities with our simulation police custody and prison cell and mock trials in our simulation court room.
  • Enjoy a contemporary and global curriculum: Explore contemporary topics like the psychology of cybercrime and offender rehabilitation as well as international perspectives on crime.
  • Build a skill set for success. Hone critical thinking, analytic and communication skills ready for the graduate job market with assessments designed to prepare you for the world of work in the criminal justice system and beyond.
  • Craft your own path. Specialised forensic psychology modules from year 2, crime related optional modules in year 3 and choice of independent project topic. The course is designed to expose you to a range of psychology disciplines and gives you the flexibility to specialise in forensic psychology, sports and exercise psychology or psychology with counselling after year 1.
  • Gain real-world experience with an optional UK work placement or international study/work placement year and our Phoenix+ scheme.
*For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website.


The foundation year offers an introduction to your chosen subject and supports you to develop the skills required for degree-level study with modules including:

  • Skills for Professional Development
  • Psychology of Learning and Development
  • Health and Disease
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing
Successful completion of the foundation year progresses you to first year of the decree course. This course has a common degree first year. The common first year enables you to work alongside students doing similar courses to you, to widen your knowledge and exposure to other subject areas and professions. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students, so you can share your insights and experience which will help you to develop and learn. If you discover an interest in a specific subject you have studied, upon successful completion of your first year, you could swap degrees with another course in your common first year (subject to meeting progression requirements). Common first year courses: Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons) Psychology BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons) Modules Professional Practice in Psychology Fundamental concepts in Psychology Introducing Quantitative Research Methods Psychology and Popular Culture Psychology of Mental Health and Wellbeing Introducing Qualitative Research Methods Year Two In year two, you will develop more advanced knowledge and skills related to forensic psychology in practice; research methodologies and theoretical underpinnings around contemporary topic areas such as cybercrime, international perspectives on crime, among others. You will also advance in your understanding of research methodologies and experimental research paradigms. Placement Year There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement* can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They are a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future. If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee* of £1,250. For more information, please go to the fees and funding section. During this time, you will receive guidance from your employer or partner institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement. Final Year Year three aims to bring you to the level to enter the world of work by consolidating your knowledge and skills from year one and two. You could also work on a research project in an area of your interest, under the supervision of a research-active member of staff. We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated. Before accepting any offers, please check the website for the most up to date course content. For full module details please check the course page on the Coventry University website. *For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website

Assessment method

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as provide an overall percentage grade. Assessment methods vary and may include practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7950 Year 1
Scotland £7950 Year 1
Wales £7950 Year 1
Channel Islands £7950 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7950 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note: UK (home) tuition fees for the degree years will be charged at the current Coventry University UK (home) degree fee level. This was set at £9,250 for the 24/25 academic year. This course with foundation year is not currently available to international students. If you do not meet the entry requirements to directly join year 1 of the degree, please take a look at our International Pathways Programme for additional options.
Forensic Psychology (with foundation year) at Coventry University - UCAS