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Interested in the psychological aspects of criminology and forensics? Our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Criminological and Forensic Psychology degree is a dynamic course that reflects contemporary approaches to offending behaviour. During the final year of this award-winning course you’ll engage with professional settings, providing valuable work experience for your CV.
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Studying in our well-respected, vibrant learning and research culture, the University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Criminological and Forensic Psychology degree gives you the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of offending behaviour from the perspectives of both offender and victim. This course was awarded the 2017 Award for Innovation in Psychology Programmes by the British Psychological Society*, demonstrating our commitment to bringing criminological and forensic psychology to life away from the classroom by offering you an array of innovative and practical learning opportunities.
Our supportive and experienced team will help you gain a strong foundation in the theories and practice of psychology, focusing on forensic theories including aggression, sexual offending, terrorism and delinquent behaviour. We’ll also lead you in an exploration of legal and court psychology, including interviewing techniques used by the police and issues around court testimony.
The course can lead to a range of careers including the prison service, health, police, probation service, victim support and services targeting families of offenders or victims, or on to further study. Accredited by the British Psychological Society, the course enables you, on achievement of the required grade, to progress to further professional qualifications and employment as a registered psychologist.
* https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/university-bolton-receive-psychology-programme-award accessed on 1 October 2018
Successful completion of the degree course is approved as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society, provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved.
The British Psychological Society is the professional body for psychologists.
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Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.
This degree will encourage you to develop a deep understanding of how psychology can be applied to explain certain aspects of crime and criminal behaviour. On completing the course you’ll be able to demonstrate graduate skills such as analysing complex information and data, investigating problems and formulating plans to solve them, deductive reasoning, conducting research independently, reflective skills, producing and presenting information accurately, and understanding social and legal issues.
By undertaking this qualification you’ll have the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills relevant to careers such as work in prisons and secure units, the police force, specialist hospitals, court systems, forensic services, immigration, education and private practice. The scientific and research elements of this course also support roles in research and academia.
Psychology graduates with British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation will also be able to progress onto professional qualifications in applied psychology. Studying applied criminology and forensic psychology at postgraduate level will allow you to develop a range of analytical and practical skills benefitting you as a practitioner or researcher.
Criminological and Forensic Psychology graduates can also progress to graduate schemes which are long term employment contracts usually with a large corporate company offering advanced training packages. Alternatively, the career options available to someone with this degree include roles in:
Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £6,000 for the academic year 2021/22.
Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021/2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021/2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.
The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.
For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.
For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:
You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:
You should have to hand:
Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates
Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies
Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role
Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately
Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference
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Apply online: University of Bolton BSc(Hons) Criminological & Forensic Psychology - 20 September 2021
As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.
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Apply online: University of Bolton BSc(Hons) Criminological & Forensic Psychology - 20 September 2021
We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!
The overall teaching and learning strategy for Criminological and Forensic Psychology is student-centred. We use a blended approach meaning you’ll have face-to-face sessions, sometimes one-to-one, and take part in online learning. You can expect a mix of seminars, lectures and tutorials, practical workshop demonstrations, critiques, study visits, self-directed study, IT and library sessions, and guided study. The University’s e-learning portal Moodle will support your online learning and provides a convenient way for you to communicate with fellow students who are studying the same modules. We’ll also encourage you to use the internet for research.
Guest lectures and presentations by a variety of visiting speakers from relevant employment areas offer you the chance to further develop your knowledge and understanding.
Our assessment strategy is designed to help you organise and develop your learning as well as evaluate your achievements. You can expect time-constrained exams, as well as coursework, such as essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others. These contribute to your module marks and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes. Much of your assessed work is submitted online via Moodle with feedback also given through this portal.
The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.
|Level one||Coursework 50%, Written exams 50%|
|Level two||Coursework 50%, Written exams 50%|
|Level three||Coursework 100%|
|Level one||Guided independent study 67%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 33%|
|Level two||Guided independent study 76%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 24%|
|Level three||Guided independent study 73%, Placement/study abroad 5%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22%|
The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.
The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.
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