Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Criminology and Psychology (with foundation year)

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Course summary

The foundation year of this Coventry University degree will be delivered from our CU Coventry campus. Course delivery from year 1 of the degree onwards will be from our Coventry University campus. This course aims to provide you with a solid grounding for you to develop a career relating to criminology and psychology. The foundation year aims to provide a thorough understanding of legal principles and best practice. With a focus on European, national and local contexts, this programme explores the development of legislation with core academic skills. Students who successfully complete their foundation year will then progress onto the Criminology and Psychology BA (Hons) degree within Coventry University’s School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences. The degree introduces you to crime as a dynamic process in a rapidly changing world linking foundational principles and emerging trends to explore its impact on daily life. In your third year you will specialise n a range of areas of crime, victimology, criminal justice, and crime prevention emphasising key transferable skills in preparation for graduate level employment in a global market. During your degree you will have the opportunity to link major theoretical perspectives to contemporary issues and debates – putting theory into practice. You will also be able to reflect analytically and critically on a wide range of issues and emerging trends relating to crime, control, and criminal justice in local and global contexts, before applying creative solutions to crime problems, and to systemic failures in dealing with crime. Key benefits of the degree

  • Applied approach designed to develop the skills required for graduate employment in various criminal justice roles
  • Expert speakers from agencies involved in criminal justice complement and contextualise your understanding
  • International perspectives on crime
  • Opportunities to participate in international field trips – previous criminology trips have included South Africa, USA, Finland, Estonia, and Poland
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Modules

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:

  • Introduction to the English Legal System
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law and Practice
  • Academic and Professional Skills for Lawyers
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 Criminology BA (Hons) Criminology and Law BA (Hons) Criminology and Psychology BA (Hons) Modules Crime and Society Criminal Behaviour Criminal Justice Crime Typologies Forensic Mental Health Legal Approaches to Crime Year Two In year two you will continue to build on your knowledge and understanding of crime and criminal justice by looking deeper into forensic psychology and at key institutions, such as policing, and systems of punishment. You will also be introduced to the concept of victimology. Finally, you will begin preparing for your final year research project by exploring methods and processes for researching crime. Modules Researching Crime Victims and Victimology Perspectives in Forensic Psychology Forensic Psychology in Context Policing and Society Punishment and Control 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’re 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 In the final year you will apply the knowledge from your first two years in the more specialised areas of violence and exploitation and organised crime. You will also be able to develop specific interests and expertise to suit your career plans through options in Psychology including crime-related areas such as addiction or aggression, or other areas such as counselling or educational psychology. You will also take your research project in which you will produce a research paper on your own contribution to knowledge. 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 which take place at the end of each six-week block.


How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.


Unistats information

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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. www.coventry.ac.uk/international-students-hub/international-pathways/
Criminology and Psychology (with foundation year) at Coventry University - UCAS