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Overview

Why do people offend? Does punishment ever work? Can we reduce crime?

Psychology and Criminology are two major social sciences which seek to explain human behaviour. When you study them together, you’ll develop an understanding of the psychological, sociological and criminological explanations of crime and deviance. You’ll apply this understanding to individual offenders and their treatment, as well as exploring psychology’s potential role in reducing crime.


Course Benefits

Learn from the experts. Our courses are developed and taught by researchers and practitioners within the fields of criminology and psychology.

Take advantage of our excellent links with local criminal justice agencies.

We’ll develop your employability skills to make you stand out in the graduate jobs market.

Get industry experience by completing two professional work placements.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

You’ll learn in a supportive and lively environment which focuses on teamwork and collaboration. As well as teaching you the core elements of psychology and criminology, we’ll support you in developing your research skills from the start of your degree. In your final year, you’ll work with your own supervisor to design and carry out your own research project. You can choose to specialise in an applied area of your interest in your final year, such as counselling psychology, forensic psychology, or prisons and punishment.

Throughout your degree, you’ll put theory into practice through the two professional work placements included in your degree, as well as assessments which help you to develop valuable real-world skills. You’ll have an excellent grounding in both disciplines which will make you ready to become a competent and ethical practitioner within the Criminal Justice System.


Year 1

Year one is focused upon introducing you to the disciplines of psychology and criminology. You will study the basic theoretical and philosophical models of human behaviour, with a focus on crime in criminology and ethics, behaviour and society in psychology and start to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the two disciplines. In addition, you will consider broader aspects of psychology, including its place in society and its application to 'real-world' issues such as environmental psychology. 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. You will also be introduced to the key research techniques that are used to enhance our understanding of crime.

Year 2

Year two builds upon the core knowledge that you’ll have developed in your first year.  In addition, you will also be introduced to the importance of the role that culture plays in defining, studying and understanding psychology, thus furthering your understanding of the wider world.  In the second year 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. You will further develop your understanding of research practices within criminological research, including a courtroom observation, before finishing the year completing your professional placement.

Year 3

In the final year, you work with the supervision of a tutor to complete a Major Research Project in an area of your choosing. This represents the culmination of your research training in the course.  The final year of your criminology studies focuses upon one of the main issues currently facing the criminal justice system: punishment and rehabilitation. You will explore the UK’s National Offender Management Service in detail from prisons to probation. You will explore the range of contributions that forensic psychology offers in the rehabilitation of offenders including treatment programmes, interventions, and forensic mental health hospitals. During the third year we will also push you to think critically about criminology and criminal justice, in order to understand how 'criminal justice' is not always 'social justice'. You also work in a team in psychology to identify a 'real-world' problem and bring psychological knowledge and understanding to bear in producing a potential solution to that issue. In addition, you select three modules from a range of options in areas such as Business Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Counselling Psychology or Health Psychology. There is also an opportunity to undertake a further professional placement to round-off the professional and career development aspects of the course.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • PSY4372 - Uses and Abuses of Psychology
  • PSY4442 - Psychology of Social Issues 1
  • PSY4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability
  • SOC4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • SOC4022 - Introduction to Criminology
  • SOC4042 - Contemporary Research 1
  • SOC4082 - Understanding Murder

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • PSY5262 - Psychology Around the World
  • PSY5302 - Psychological Issues in Gender and Emotion
  • PSY5342 - Psychology of Social Issues 2
  • SOC5002 - Serious Violent Crime
  • SOC5042 - Contemporary Research 2
  • SOC5222 - Professional Placement 2
  • SOC5252 - Professional Placement 2 (Volunteering)

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • PSY6122 - Psychology Special Subject
  • PSY6322 - Childhood and Society
  • PSY6462 - Counselling Psychology
  • PSY6482 - Changing the World
  • PSY6502 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • SOC6004 - Independent Social Project
  • SOC6022 - Prisons and Punishment
  • SOC6044 - Professional Research Project
  • SOC6082 - Critical Criminology

Learning and Teaching

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​​At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here

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Modules on this programme are taught in sessions that facilitate interaction and there is provision for small group and individual support also.

On this programme students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules, which feature six-week professional work placements at Level 4 and Level 5 sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on their learning.

At Level 6 students focus on a topic of their choice within a 40 credit research project which offers extended opportunity to develop critical thinking. There is opportunity at Level 6 to build upon previous placement experiences by developing connections with employers.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors and our alumni in their final year.  You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.


Assessment
A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.
Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

​Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admis​sions@leedstrinity.ac.uk​​​.

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Sarah Barnes

​​My name is Dr. Sarah Barnes and I'm the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Criminology. 

I'm heavily involved in the programme development and very excited about the prospect of it starting in a few months’ time. 

I've worked for a wide ra​nge of agencies associated with the Criminal Justice System including the courts, police and probation services. 

I'm very passionate about working with offenders and reducing re-offending as an aim to reduce the number of people who become victims of crime. 

My research interests focus around sexual offending, victims of crime and gaining gender specific services for female offenders.

Academic staff profiles

BA (Hons) Criminology combines sociological and psychological approaches to help understand the causes of criminal behaviour and what interventions can be put in place to reduce it. 
Our lecturers are both professionally qualified and have experience in the area of criminology and related fields. 
Our students get a good grounding to become a competent and ethical practitioner.

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Professional Work Placements

We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You’ll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months’ professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

You’ll complete a five-week placement in your first year and a six-week placement in your second year, and we’ll work with you to find placements relevant to your career aspirations. Typical placement organisations include HM Prison Service, charities, secure units, drugs services and crime reduction initiatives.

More about placements

You’ll be well-prepared for a range of graduate roles in organisations such as the Ministry of Justice, the National Offender Management Service, the police, the NHS, private practice, voluntary organisations, charities, research and education. You could also complete postgraduate study that will prepare you to work in a specialist area of applied psychology.

You could choose to undertake an MA in Criminology or an MRes in Social Research, or you might consider taking our MSc conversion course in Psychology which would them allow you to undertake further specialist Psychology training. Our graduates often progress from our degree programmes to continue their studies at Master's Level by undertaking an MSc in Forensic Psychology or an associated area such as mental health, counselling, addiction at other institutions.

 

 

 

 

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What is Unistats?
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Criminology Unistats
You may have noticed that there are no Unistats available  for this programme. This is because this programme is new, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from similar programmes.

If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at enquiries@leedstrinity.ac.uk or on 0113 283 7150.

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