University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Criminology with Applied Psychology (with integrated foundation year)

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Course summary

You are passionate about understanding why individuals commit crime and committed to addressing the psychological impacts at a personal and community level. We are here for you with a criminology with applied psychology course designed by academics with a wealth of research and practice expertise. Course overview Our foundation year teaches essential university skills and will help develop your confidence, enabling you to progress onto our degree level programme. On this course you'll build in-depth knowledge of the research, theory and practice, covering topics such as the causes of crime, rehabilitation process and new ideas in criminology. Volunteering is a key extra-curricular activity and you’ll have opportunity to make the most of this via our annual Volunteer Fair. Our close ties with the Police, numerous businesses and professional bodies will help fast track your job hunt. Your course will supply you with a skill set to pursue a professional career in psychology or a criminology based role. You may decide to work directly with offenders in a probation, prison or community-based setting, or, focus on the needs of victims. You will also be ideally placed to pursue specialist clinical psychology training or postgraduate criminology research. On this course you will...

  • Develop a critical insight into the work of the criminal justice system in bringing offenders to justice.
  • Develop robust research skills in psychology with a focus on crime.
  • Have the opportunity and be supported in volunteering in criminology related fields, providing excellent job prospects.
  • Be accredited by The British Psychological Society.
What you will learn The applied nature of the programme means that you will focus on how psychological and criminological approaches are used in the real world, to inform policy and practice and more generally to enhance your understanding of human behaviour in a constantly changing global world. This will include exploring the relationships between crime and social change, and the complexities of individual factors that affect human interactions and interpersonal processes. Year one
  • Essential University Skills One
  • Essential University Skills Two
  • Contemporary Issues and the Media
  • Families, Communities and the Criminal Justice System
  • Families, Communities and the Criminal Justice System
  • Professional Practice in the Community
  • Criminology, Policing and Law
Year two
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Becoming a Criminologist
  • Introduction to Psychological Research Methods
  • Psychology in Action
  • Introduction to Data Analysis
Year three
  • Explaining Crime
  • Bringing Offenders to Justice
  • Prison and Punishment
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Development, Brain and Cognition
  • Social and Community Psychology
Year four
  • New Challenges in Criminology
  • Inequalities in the Criminal Justice System
  • Critical Psychology
  • Individual Differences: Abilities, Personalities and Measuring Differences
  • Dissertation

Course details


Foundation Year - Compulsory Modules: Essential University Skills 1 and 2, Contemporary Issues and the Media, Families, Communities and the Criminal Justice System, Professional Practice in the Community, Criminology, Policing and Law. Year One - Compulsory Modules: Crime and Deviance, Criminal Justice System, Becoming a Criminologist, Introduction to Psychological Research Methods, Psychology in Action, Introduction to Data Analysis. Year two - Compulsory modules: Explaining Crime, Bringing Offenders to Justice, Prison and Punishment, Research methods and Statistics, Development, Brain and Cognition, Social and Community Psychology. Year three - Compulsory modules: New Challenges in Criminology, Inequalities in the Criminal Justice System, Critical Psychology, Individual Differences: Abilities, Personalities and Measuring Differences, Dissertation.

Assessment method

The assessment throughout the programme will include a blend of typical assessment activities such as written assignments, unseen in-class tests, presentations and reports, alongside innovative and employability focused tasks such as case study analysis, problem based activities and reflective logs. These methods are chosen to encourage knowledge development, practitioner skills, and a range of transferable and professional capabilities such as communication and presentation skills, problem-solving, team work, numeracy and IT skills. Forms of assessment - In each module, you have the opportunity to engage in summative and formative assessments. Summative assessment refers to work submitted for module and programme credit, and is used to assess whether you have achieved the relevant learning outcomes in a module. Summative assessment is captured in the overall mark awarded for each module. Formative assessments occur in each of the modules to scaffold future summative assessments. Indicative Range of Assessment Methods: The breadth of assessment methods acknowledges that graduate and employability skills are many and varied and so you need opportunities to develop, practice and be assessed on as full a range of skills as possible. The traditional methods (e.g. essay) are supplemented by applied and ecologically valid methods (portfolio, case analysis, intervention design and evaluation, multi-agency style meeting planning and execution) for the workplace. Some examples of the assessment styles used on the programme are; Academic essay, Case analysis, Literature review, Research Reports, Reflective Accounts (debates, meetings, research techniques), Portfolio of analyses, Academic Poster and conference style presentation, Web page design/podcast production, Problem based learning activities, Intervention design and evaluation, Psychometric report, Psychometric practical skills assessment, Oral Presentation conference style, Online Assessment, Academic debates, Research proposal, Dissertation.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you are over 21 and returning to study after being in relevant employment for a minimum of 3 years and do not meet the published entry requirements for Year 1 of our degree courses, please do not assume you are not qualified to join us. Our experienced Admissions and Academic staff will review your prior qualifications and professional experience to support your application. The Integrated Foundation Year programmes support your return to education and are specifically designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree but may not have all the necessary qualifications, skills or experience to join the degree in Year 1. Contact our Course Enquiries Team for more information.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6125 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6125 Year 1
Scotland £6125 Year 1
Wales £6125 Year 1
EU £13250 Year 1
International £13250 Year 1

Additional fee information

These fees are for the first year only. For years 2 - 4, the BA or BSc fee will apply. Visit for more information about student fees and finance, and for details about our alumni discount.
Criminology with Applied Psychology (with integrated foundation year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS