BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology

General

Program Description

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology

Our students would recommend us! In the latest National Student Survey, 94% of our recent BSc (Hons) Psychology students would recommend studying at NTU. (National Student Survey 2017).

Our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree explores the secrets of what makes us human, what it means to be alive and why we behave in the ways we do.

This course covers all the core areas of Psychology stipulated by the British Psychological Society (BPS) curriculum. You'll explore the human being, the workings of the brain, the processes and mechanisms of human thinking, feeling and behavior and how psychologists, psychological research, and therapy can make a tangible and positive difference to people's lives and society.

Why choose this course?

Teaching and research excellence

By joining a psychology course at NTU you’ll be part of a research active community.

  • You’ll design and carry out your own research in your final year and you may have the opportunity to compete for paid work as a research assistant between Year Two and Three.
  • 60% of our research outputs were considered to be internationally excellent or world leading in REF 2014 and 100% of our research impact is internationally excellent with 73% described as world-leading.
  • 95% of BSc (Hons) Psychology full-time students agree that staff is good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2017).

Professional skills and recognition

  • Our Psychology courses* are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) so as long as you graduate with at least a 2.2 honours degree you will be eligible to receive the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS – a necessary qualification if you wish to pursue further training and a career as a professional psychologist.
  • You can gain practical experience between Years Two and Three as well as undertake a work placement or study abroad at one of our partner institutions.
  • You also have the option of choosing to complete a four-year course which includes a year-long work placement.
  • In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to take part in our Professional Practice in Psychology module. Offering you the chance to experience life as a consultant psychologist, providing psychological solutions to real-world problems.

* does not include Psychology courses at Nottingham Law School or Nottingham Institute of Education

A personalized experience

Tailor your learning experience – with a range of optional modules and pathways, you can pursue your own interests and begin to shape your learning towards further study and/or a particular career.

At the end of your first year, you can choose to specialize in either mental health or forensic or educational and developmental psychology by choosing a specialist pathway.

You will have the chance to tailor-make your studies by choosing options from a unique range of modules in your final year.

Expert staff and specialist facilities

  • A study in one of the largest psychology departments in the UK. You will be taught and supervised by over 80 expert psychologists who have a diverse range of interests and research areas.
  • You'll be able to take full advantage of our excellent teaching laboratory suite. The facilities and equipment are exclusively for our psychology students and will help you carry out your own research and data analysis.

What you'll study

In the first two years of your degree, you'll complete an introduction to psychology, core modules in biological, social, developmental, and cognitive psychology, as well as undertaking training in research methods and statistics.

In criminology, you'll complete additional modules covering criminal behavior, crime, and society, the criminal justice system, issues in contemporary policing and penology.

In your final year, you'll sit further core modules in psychology, covering individual differences and historical and conceptual issues, and can tailor your studies (often with a view to future employment opportunities) by choosing from a range of optional psychology and criminology modules. In your final year, you'll also complete a research project in psychology, focused on a topic of your choosing under the supervision of a research active member of staff.

Four-year placement course

You also have the option of choosing to complete a four-year course which includes a year-long work placement in between Year Two and Year Three. You must apply with the UCAS code C8M3 to be considered for the four-year sandwich/placement course.

Study abroad

If you are on the three-year full-time course you may also have the chance to study abroad as part of the course at one of our partner universities. Our current partner institutions include locations such as Australia, The USA, Hungary, The Netherlands, and Poland. You'll decide early on in your first year if you would like to apply to take part in the exchange programme. You would study abroad between Year Two and Year Three and it would, therefore, involve extending the course length to four years. The study abroad option is only available for students on the three-year full-time route and therefore you must apply with the UCAS code C8M2.

Tailor your learning experience with a range of optional modules. This will give you the chance to pursue your own interests and begin to shape your learning towards further study and/or a particular career.

How you’re taught

The BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology is taught by experienced staff used to dealing with students from a wide variety of backgrounds and with varying levels of skill and experience.

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university, you will receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods. The course is delivered through lectures, workshops, small group teaching and one-on-one supervision. The smaller group seminars and workshops provide opportunities to develop problem-solving skills, the team-work, analysis, debating skills, presentation skills and discussion about a wide range of views.

Learning from experts

Our lecturers are highly respected, with many involved in innovative research or are published authors in their specialist areas. Research groups include: Addiction and Aberrant Behaviours, Wellbeing, Development, Interaction and Social Relations, Language and Psycholinguistics, Cognition and Perception. There are also a range of research units including The International Gaming Research Unit, Emergency Services Research Unit, Specific Language Impairment Research Unit, and the Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit.

In addition to the traditional lectures, tutorials, and independent study you'll also hear and learn from renowned experts and professionals in related fields who are regularly invited to come and talk to our students providing you with an insight into their specialist knowledge and experiences.

How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed in a variety of ways and on a modular basis; through traditional means such as examinations and essays, but also in more innovative ways such as research reports, oral and poster presentations, case reports and a final year research project. Our diverse approach to assessment allows students to demonstrate the breadth of their abilities and provides the opportunity for everyone to excel.

The range of assessment tools has been acknowledged as one of the strengths of the course by the BPS Accreditation Committee and External Examiners.

In response to student feedback, the University has introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.

Psychology seminar series

You will get the opportunity to attend the Department of Psychology seminar series which takes place throughout the academic year. The seminars invite experts and professional to present their publications and research findings. This is an integral part of the research culture in the Psychology Department and stimulates Psychological thinking and debate.

95% of BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology full-time students agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to. (National Student Survey 2016)

Careers and employability

Excellent work experience opportunities

Our Psychology courses are designed so that you can develop all the knowledge and skills that you'll need for your future career.

The course will develop your transferable skills, including:

  • numerical
  • communication
  • presentation
  • analytical
  • problem-solving skills.

Highly sought after by employers, these skills will put you in a strong position within the graduate market.

You'll get the opportunity to participate in our Professional Practice in Psychology Conference which is unique to NTU. This provides you with the opportunity to experience life as a consultant psychologist, to provide psychological solutions to real-world problem scenarios supplied by external organizations, and to present their solutions to these organizations in a professional conference format.

You'll also be able to select the optional Work-Based Psychology Practice module. Students that choose this module will get to engage in work-related roles through volunteering, paid work, or workplace shadowing.

Four-year placement course

You also have the option of choosing to complete a four-year course which includes a year-long work placement. You must apply with the UCAS code C8M3 to be considered for the four-year sandwich/placement course.

We encourage all our students to take part in voluntary work. Nottingham Trent Volunteering will allow you to get involved in one-day challenges, student-led projects, and the volunteer shop.

Your career development

With the British Psychological Society’s GBC secured, you will be eligible on graduation to pursue further postgraduate (Masters of Doctoral) training in psychology, possibly as a professional psychologist (in forensic, clinical, educational, occupational, counselling, and sport psychology), to pursue an academic and / or research career in various areas of psychology or criminology (by working as a research assistant, for example, or by studying for a Masters or PhD), or to pursue criminology relevant careers in the probation, police or prison services.

The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Psychology with Criminology graduates are pursuing:*

  • Civil Enforcement Officer
  • Community Protection Officer
  • Conversation Assistant
  • HR Administrator
  • Mental Healthcare Assistant
  • Prison Officer
  • PR Assistant
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Research Assistant
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Special Constable
  • Support Worker
  • Youth Worker.

*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results 2011-12 – 2014-15.

Other graduates exploit the transferable skills they have learned during their course to pursue a range of careers outside of psychology or criminology. Psychology related qualifications tend to be very popular with all employers because they demand an ability to communicate effectively in both spoken and written forms (through verbal presentation and the writing of essays and reports), an ability to solve real-world problems and well-developed numerical skills. This all means you'll be very well placed to capitalize on other graduate employment opportunities in areas as diverse as marketing, journalism, human resources, policing and teaching. You may need complete further study or training for some of these roles.

There are opportunities to develop links with relevant organizations and potential employers if you undertake the four-year sandwich course or through the optional Work-Based Psychology Practice module in the final year of the course.

Our Employability Team

Careers and employability advice is available to all our undergraduate students and is provided by a team of subject specialists within the Department of Psychology and the University's Employability Team.

Psychology is very proud of its graduates and their successes, and we very much look forward to helping you graduate to your chosen career be it in psychology or beyond.

Our Psychology courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) so as long as you graduate with at least a 2.2 honors degree you will be eligible to receive the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS – a necessary qualification if you wish to pursue further training and a career as a professional psychologist.

Entry requirements

The UK

For September 2018 entry you will need the following.

Three years full-time

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C.

Four-year placement

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. We are happy to accept applications from mature students, and students with access qualifications or many other types of standard and non-standard qualifications for which we can calculate UCAS points. Non-standard applicants may be interviewed.

Please note that a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure) will be necessary before working with young people or vulnerable populations, but it is not required for admission onto the BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sociology.

International

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges, and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

For September 2018 entry you will need the following.

Three years full-time

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C.

Four-year placement

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Last updated Mar 2020

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