The first year of the course introduces you to core areas of psychology and criminology, including aspects of criminal behaviour and the criminal justice system, and the personal and social factors that influence how people behave. You will also begin to consider your place in the world, with your personal and professional development very much at the heart of your studies.
The first year ends with a programme level assessment, providing you with the opportunity to draw together your learning from all of the modules studied in the first year in a team-based activity. You then undertake a five-week professional placement to help you to develop your professional skills and career goals.
Your second year furthers your understanding and knowledge of the core areas of psychology and criminology, including areas such as serious violent crime and the influence of culture on crime, as well as further understanding of influences on people’s behaviour, including emotion.
The second year also includes programme level assessment, and your personal and professional development continues to be supported through a dedicated module and a professional placement. If you choose, you may undertake a longer-term period of volunteering, or you may undertake a five-week placement at the end of the year, as in the first year.
In your final year, you will work with the supervision of a tutor to complete a Dissertation in an area of your choosing, drawing together your studies in Psychology and Criminology.
In addition, you will choose modules from a range of options, in psychology and criminology, covering areas such as Forensic Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Mental Health, Health Psychology, Child and Youth Justice, Prisons and Punishment, and Violence in the Family. There is also an opportunity to undertake a further professional placement to round-off the professional and career development aspects of the course.