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Forensic Psychology

BSc Honours

Accredited by British Psychological Society

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Forensic Psychology

BSc Honours


  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Course Overview

Are you ready to delve into the human mind and investigate what motivates offending behaviour?

You'll question whether it's safe to release violent prisoners early, if sex offenders can ever be rehabilitated and if we can prevent young people from getting involved in crime. And more importantly, you'll form your own opinions by applying psychological theories to criminal behaviour.

Why study with us?

• Start your journey to becoming a Chartered Forensic Psychologist. This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which makes you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership on successful completion of the course.

• Be inspired by regular guest speakers from within the Criminal Justice System.

• Learn from our expert lecturers who have practitioner experience and research in the field of forensic psychology.

• Take advantage of our excellent links with local criminal justice agencies, gaining valuable experience with a relevant client group in your placement module.

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Course Information

About this course >

You'll cover the core theories and themes in psychology, as well as exploring specialist forensic psychology topics which include theories of crime, risk assessment and treatment of offenders, forensic mental health, self-harm and suicide in prison and offending behaviour programmes.

You'll be taught by practitioners and academics in the field of forensic psychology, who'll give you personal support throughout your degree. We're renowned for the quality of our teaching, which draws on our lecturers' extensive backgrounds in HM Prison Service, National Probation Service and the Ministry of Justice.

You'll also learn from visiting employers and industry professionals through regular workshops and talks. In your final year, you'll get the chance to specialise in your preferred area of Forensic Psychology, with a choice of subjects that includes health, child development, counselling and mental health.

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Further Study
Accredited by British Psychological Society

This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of qualification of a second class honours is achieved. This is the first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.​

This accreditation is important as it is a benchmark of quality, as defined by psychologists. GBC is an entry requirement for many BPS accredited postgraduate training courses, for example: Clinical, Forensic, Counselling, Educational, Occupational or Sport Psychology, one of the routes to becoming a practitioner as, for example, a Clinical Psychologist, a Forensic Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Occupational Psychologist or a Sport Psychologist. These specialisms form part of the route to becoming a Chartered Psychologist (C. Psychol.).

Modules >

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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.

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

  • PSY4012 - Research Methods in Psychology 1
  • PSY4202 - Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • PSY4402 - Psychological Approaches to Personality and Intelligence
  • PSY4412 - Cognition and the Brain
  • PSY4442 - Psychology of Social Issues 1
  • PSY4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability

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

  • PSY5012 - Research Methods in Psychology 2
  • PSY5072 - Professional Development and Placement in Psychology
  • PSY5202 - Forensic Psychology in Theory and Practice
  • PSY5302 - Psychological Issues in Gender and Emotion
  • PSY5312 - Mind and Brain
  • PSY5342 - Psychology of Social Issues 2
  • PSY5692 - Professional Development and Placement (Volunteering) in Psychology

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

  • PSY6032 - Business Psychology
  • PSY6052 - Aspects of Health Psychology
  • PSY6062 - Applying the Mind
  • PSY6114 - Major Research Project
  • PSY6122 - Psychology Special Subject
  • PSY6232 - Forensic Practitioner
  • PSY6322 - Childhood and Society
  • PSY6402 - Applied Forensic Psychology
  • PSY6422 - Biopsychology of Stress and Health
  • PSY6462 - Counselling Psychology
  • PSY6472 - Psychology, Mental Health and Distress
  • PSY6502 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • PSY6512 - The Psychology of Eating Behaviour
  • PSY6522 - The Psychology of Reproductive and Sexual Health

Learning and Teaching >

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.  
Most of the modules on this course are delivered through a combination of lectures, practical classes and small group tutorials/seminars. At Levels 5 and 6 visiting speakers who work in the Criminal Justice system come and speak. Forensic modules at Levels 5 and 6 are a mixture of lectures and workshops.

On this course students undertake two professional work placements in the summer term in Level 4 and Level 5, sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on their learning.

At Level 6 all students are required to undertake a 40-credit Major Research Project module to provide an extended opportunity for critical thinking skill development.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors and our alumni throughout their degree. All Forensic students are given opportunities to practice job interview skills with staff at Level 6. At Levels 5 and 6 there is a focus on teaching transferrable skills related to working with offenders within the Forensic Modules. You will also 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. Forensic students are also offered a Virtual Summer School between Levels 4 and 5 to help them develop further skills.


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.

Assessments tailored to this course for Forensic students include at Level 5 a group report on using the polygraph to assess a sex offender within the Probation system and an individual treatment case study of an internet sex offender. In addition most students undertake their 40-credit dissertation on a Forensic topic of their choice (subject to ethical approval).

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.

Entry Requirements >

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 both English Language and Maths.​

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​​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. 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 £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

​​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.

Placement Opportunities

​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.

Forensic Psychology includes a five-week placement in your first year and a six-week placement or volunteering option in your second year. Look forward to hands-on experience in prisons, secure units, drug services and more. And if none of those interest you, we'll help you find a placement that does. Choosing Forensic Psychology doesn't restrict you. If you want to continue to develop your employability skills, you can also choose to take a Forensic Practitioner module as an option in your third year.

Graduate Opportunities

You can explore exciting roles in the Prison Service, Ministry of Justice, the National Offender Management Service and the police. The NHS, private practice, charities and education are also great options, plus this degree opens doors to plenty of other careers within psychology. Your degree will also prepare you for postgraduate study in any area of psychology.

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