Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Criminology and Psychology

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Course summary

We aim to equip you with the criminological skills to investigate and evaluate criminal behaviour, analysing the influences of society and culture on criminal activities such as riots, crime waves, fear of crime, drug taking, and terrorist attacks, as well as the complex relationships between victims, offenders, society and those who enforce the law. You’ll have the opportunity to gain a detailed understanding of the workings of the criminal justice system, policing and different aspects of punishment, enhanced by regular interaction with criminal justice agencies. You’ll have the opportunity to hear regularly from guest speakers from different sectors of the criminological spheres, such as the Prison Service, Police, UK Borders Agency and Youth Offending Team. We also organise several practical field trips – in the past visiting Rye Hill and Onley prisons, The Old Bailey and The Holocaust Centre. The practical focus of the course is designed to enhance your job prospects. The Law element aims to provide you with an understanding of practical legal skills and knowledge, such as of dispute resolution, written and oral advocacy, negotiation and client interviewing and counselling, useful in most careers. Course content is regularly reviewed by our Partnership Group, which is made up of key criminal justice agencies and allied professions, including West Midlands Police, HM Prison Service, the Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, MIND and the Citizens Advice Bureau. We strongly encourage our students to gain practical work experience; you can volunteer as a special constable or spend a year on professional placement working in organisations, such as victim support, youth hostels for young offenders. Key Benefits

  • Excellent professional links with employers including Police, HM Prison Service and Positive Youth Foundation.
  • Based in new £57 million state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building provides facilities for teaching and research, featuring hospital simulation.
  • The opportunity to develop the skills employers desire, such as working to deadline, presentation, verbal and written communication and report writing.
  • High levels of student satisfaction.
  • Expert guest lecturers which recently have covered topics including policing and mental health, representing victims of sexual abuse, female genital mutilation, and deaths in police custody.
  • Opportunities to participate in exciting field trips abroad, which have previously included the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and the Stasi museum in Berlin (additional costs may apply).

Course details


Your main study themes are: Psychology We introduce you to the scientific study of the human mind and all aspects of behaviour in individuals, groups or organisations, as well as the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying that behaviour. Prisons and punishment Explores a range of philosophical, theoretical and applied issues related to the penal system. The focus is on historical and contemporary issues in penology. We aim to equip you with a critical understanding of the penal system, philosophies related to punishment, the history and development of the prison service and other penal service providers, and contemporary theories and issues relating to punishment in prison and the community Policing and society Introduces key issues relating to policing democratic societies. This includes a critical evaluation of the relationships between the police, the state and the citizen. English legal system Aims to provide you with sound knowledge of the English legal system and its operation, including civil and criminal procedure. It is designed to enable you develop a critical awareness of the legal system, its strengths and shortcomings. Sciences of the mind Aims to further your knowledge of biological and cognitive processes underpinning specific behaviours. We also cover the main areas of theory, research and debate concerning attempts to characterise individual differences in intelligence. For more information about what you will study, please visit our website. Please be aware that some optional modules may require a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

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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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate / BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that total the equivalent of three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to attend an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

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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
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

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Criminology and Psychology at Coventry University - UCAS