In Year 1, you will be introduced to psychological theories of crime, including international perspectives, victimology, offenders, media and crime, the role of the Forensic Psychologist, the nature, range and volume of crime, and methods of measurement. You will also study core psychology modules that provide an understanding of personality and intelligence, the psychology of social issues, and cognition and the brain. The methods used to research and explore psychology will be introduced, and you will begin to apply those methods in your own studies. At the end of the year, you will undertake a professional placement.
Focusing on the relationship between theory and practice, forensic psychology topics may include deviant sexuality, sexual offending, mental health issues in prisons, drugs and crime, child and adolescent offending, violent offending, and psychopathy. You will apply your understanding of psychological theories and apply them to the risk assessment and treatment of a fictitious sexual offender as part of your assessment. Additional psychology modules include further learning about research methods and their application, developmental and individual issues to do with gender and emotion, studying the relationship between mind and brain from a psychological perspective, and further study of the psychology of social issues, extending your learning from Year 1. The year ends with your second professional placement.
You will study Applied Forensic Psychology, including such topics as reducing reoffending, risk assessment, self-harm and suicide, as well as intervention programmes for offenders. In addition, you will undertake a research project in an area of your choosing, working with one-toone supervision from a tutor. You will also have the opportunity to select three options from a range of modules such as Counselling Psychology, Business Psychology, Aspects of Health Psychology, Applying the Mind, Childhood and Society, Biopsychology of Stress and Health, Psychology, Mental Health and Distress and Psychology Special Subject extended essay. The Forensic Practitioner module offers the opportunity to undertake an additional extended period of worked-based learning in a relevant professional setting.