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

Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Criminology and Psychology (Professional Placement Year)

Course summary

Study the links between the mind and criminal behaviour with our Criminology and Psychology degree.

  • One of only a few combined courses accredited by the British Psychological Society.
  • Explore crime and disorder including green, maritime and digital crimes.
  • Develop transferable skills that you can take into a range of careers.
Gain a deep understanding of the psychological, sociological and biological causes of criminal behaviour, as well as crime prevention, intervention, and criminal rehabilitation. Our Psychology and Criminology degree develops your critical thinking skills, research abilities, and an understanding of the complexities of criminal behaviour. You'll develop skills that you can take into a range of careers, including:
  • communication
  • planning and project management
  • an understanding and consideration for ethics.
In your Criminology modules, we explore crime and disorder, such as green crime, maritime crime and crime on social media. You’ll also examine criminal justice and crime prevention. In your study of Psychology, you’ll learn the core perspectives of psychology, along with research methods, data collection and analysis. After graduating, you'll be able to pursue a career in which understanding the mind and criminal behaviour is essential. For example, you could enter law enforcement, criminal justice or social work. Our accreditation from the British Psychological Society means you can also study Psychology at a higher level in preparation a career as a psychologist. Combined Honour Awards At Bath Spa University many of our undergraduate programmes can be combined, so you don’t have to limit yourself to one subject. If you choose to study a combined award then in Year One you’ll start by studying both subjects in equal depth. From Year Two you can choose whether to continue with equal numbers of modules from each subject, or whether you want to select additional modules in one or the other. Upon successful completion of the programme you will graduate with a joint degree. More about the Professional Placement Year A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers and Employability Team.


Year one Build the foundations and develop the core knowledge and skills you’ll need in both strands of your course. In your Criminology studies, you'll examine crime statistics, criminal justice and criminological theory. You’ll also explore the main areas of psychological science, with an introduction to research methods and data analysis skills. Year two In your second year you’ll take on further depth and challenges. In your Psychology modules, you’ll take a closer look at biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology, and advance your understanding of research methods. In Criminology, you’ll study contemporary debates, criminal justice, and policing. You'll also be supported and encouraged to take a work placement. Year three You'll take your Professional Placement Year between your second and final years. Year four You’ll explore how Psychology is applied socially and commercially to solve real-world problems. You’ll also design and develop your Psychology dissertation project. Working under specialist supervision, you'll collect and analyse data and write up your dissertation research report. You can choose from Criminology modules that focus on punishment and penology, victimisation, and terrorism.

Assessment method

We use a range of assessments to gain a comprehensive measure of your performance. Assignments may include essays, debates, book reviews, exams, portfolios, creative work, contributions to online resources, presentations, reports, in-class tests, reflective writing and individual and group projects.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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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 £16675 Year 1
International £16675 Year 1

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