Forensic Psychology (Professional Placement Year) at Bath Spa University - UCAS

Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Forensic Psychology (Professional Placement Year)

Course summary

Study a combination of accredited Psychology modules and tailored forensic topics on this Forensic Psychology degree.

  • BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Find out what it’s like to be a professional Forensic Psychologist, in readiness for the next stage of your career.
  • Use statistical and data analysis software, biopacs including EEG, and comprehensive Psychology databases.
This Forensic Psychology degree responds to demand for more in-depth study into this exciting area of Psychology. You'll learn about all aspects of criminal behaviour, focusing on the individual motivations and consequences of crime. Providing you with a variety of skills including communication, computing, numeracy, teamwork, independent learning and critical thinking, a degree in Psychology is highly valued by employers. This course offers work placement opportunities that enable you to develop further practical experience that employers value. Forensic Psychology at Bath Spa is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS); it includes the core developmental, cognitive, social and biological skills prized by the Society. As a graduate, you'll become a Chartered member of the BPS (provided you obtain a 2.2 overall and pass the final year dissertation). More about the Professional Placement Year A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where you undertake a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between your second and final years of undergraduate study. You can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) yourself, with support from the Careers team.


This course is a structured combination of existing components from our established Psychology programme, with forensic or other relevant elements such as criminology and biology. In years one and two, you'll usually take 80 credits from the established Psychology programme, plus 40 to give the Forensic specialisation. In the third year, you'll take 60 credits in Forensic Psychology. Your first year will introduce you to the main psychological approaches - social, cognitive, developmental, individual differences, and biological psychology. You'll also take a specialist module in Forensic and Criminal Psychology. In year two, you'll develop your understanding of forensic and criminal psychology and core psychology concepts. You'll also learn the skills necessary to undertake your own psychological research. Your third year is a Professional Placement Year. Your final year will see you continue core studies with further forensic specialisation, including a dissertation involving one-to-one supervision with a member of staff.

Assessment method

Assessment methods include essays, debates, research reports, forensic scenario interpretation, group presentations, and examinations. You’ll participate actively in seminars; these are characterised by small-group work. Bookable tutorials enable you to have one-to-one discussions with staff.

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:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6For visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each component.

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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 £16905 Year 1
International £16905 Year 1

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Forensic Psychology (Professional Placement Year) at Bath Spa University - UCAS