University Centre South Devon

Psychology and Criminology University Centre South Devon Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: South Devon College


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Course summary

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This foundation degree has been designed to develop your understanding of the nature of crime, society and human behaviour. You will study a range of disciplines, including criminology, psychology, criminal psychology, criminal law and the criminal justice system. This will provide you with a broad knowledge of the contextual and social influences on human and criminal behaviour.*

The course analyses theory in relation to working practice, preparing you for employment in a variety of professions and career pathways. You will also develop the necessary academic and research skills, as you become an independent practitioner capable of adapting to challenges you may face in your future career.

In psychology you will gain an understanding of:

mental illness and psychological treatments
social influence in conflict situations
personality testing and how the personality predicts behaviour
psychological factors that influence and reduce offending behaviour
the development of gender and memory across the lifespan
the factors associated with positive psychology e.g. life satisfaction

*Subject to approval

Course details


Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory (and if available optional modules) enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. For full time students a total of 120 credits will be studied in each academic year. In the majority of cases this will consist of 6 modules. For part time students it will depend on the intensity of your studies.
Year 1
Clinical psychology - 20 credits
Social influence and aggression - 20 credits
Individual differences and quantitative research methods - 20 credits
Introduction to criminological theory - 20 credits
An introduction to the criminal justice system in England and Wales - 20 credits
Methods of detection and offender profiling - 20 credits
Year 2
Methods of detection and offender profiling - 20 credits
Lifespan development - 20 credits
Positive psychology and qualitative methods - 20 credits
Youth justice and victims of crime - 20 credits
Policing and community safety - 20 credits
The psychology of offending behaviour - 20 credits

Assessment method

There are two formal or summative assessed pieces of work for each module. Assessment methods can include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and projects. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. In addition to formal assessments throughout modules of study there will be developmental (formative) assessments to support you with developing greater understanding of your progress.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code 3PCR
Institution code S32
Campus name UCSD
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points Applicants must have level 2 English and Maths (GCSE Grade C, Adult Literacy / Numeracy or Key Skills).

Applicants will usually be required to have a minimum of 48 UCAS points, from at least one of the following: A Levels, BTEC Nationals, Access to Higher Education Diploma, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent qualifications. A variety of other qualifications and relevant experience will also be considered, and each application is assessed on its own merit.

Candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on the basis of relevant work experience and attainment of skills, which demonstrate an ability to study at this level. Students with non-standard qualifications may be asked to complete a written piece of work on a relevant subject and/or a learning needs assessment.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

A DBS check will be required for many of the placement opportunities available to students and for many future employment opportunities related to this programme. DBS is not a mandatory requirement for entry to the course, but applicants must acknowledge that their opportunities may be limited if they refuse to complete a DBS application or if they have a criminal record.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8,400 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,400 Year 1
Scotland £8,400 Year 1
Wales £8,400 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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University Centre South Devon
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