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Course details

Subject area

Psychology

UCAS tariff points

112

Start date(s)

2020, 2021

Placements

Yes

Study abroad

Yes

Study mode(s)

Full time (3 years)

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.

The Student Contract

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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.

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. The Forensic Practitioner module also offers the opportunity to undertake an additional extended period of work-based learning in a relevant professional setting.

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 and research experience in the field of forensic psychology.
  • We have a range of dedicated psychology laboratories to support your studies, equipped with video recording facilities and specialist equipment.

Accreditation

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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.

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Students will study a combination of core and option modules across their three or four years of study. 

Modules by Year

Foundation Year

Core modules (students are required to take): 

  • Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence
  • Project
  • Foundations in Psychology
  • Foundations in Sociology and Criminology

You will only study these modules if you are studying for the degree with Social Science foundation year (4 years)

Year 1

Core modules (students are required to take): 

  • Research Methods in Psychology 1
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Ethics, Society and Employability
  • Cognition and The Brain
  • Psychological Approaches to Personality & Intelligence
  • Psychology of Social Issues 1
Year 2

Core modules (students are required to take): 

  • Forensic Psychology in Theory & Practice
  • Research Methods in Psychology 2
  • Psychological Issues in Gender and Emotion
  • Psychology of Social Issues 2
  • Mind and Brain

Students are required to choose one option module from: 

  • Professional Development and Placement (Volunteering) in Psychology
  • Professional Development and Placement in Psychology
Year 3

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Major Research Project
  • Applied Forensic Psychology

Students are required to choose three option modules from: 

  • Aspects of Health Psychology
  • Applying the Mind
  • Psychology, Mental Health and Distress
  • Biopsychology of Stress and Health
  • Business Psychology
  • Psychology Special Subject
  • Forensic Practitioner*
  • Professional Learning Through Work*
  • Childhood and Society
  • Counselling Psychology
  • The Psychology of Eating Behaviour
  • The Psychology of Reproductive and Sexual Health

* Cannot be taken together

Learning and teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping you achieve your academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum.

The key themes of our strategy are:

  • student confidence
  • professionalism
  • social responsibility.

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

For over 50 years, we have developed a strong reputation for the quality of our teaching.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • The right tools and technology
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Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, to enable you to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

QualificationGrade
UCAS tariff112
GCSE requirementsGrade C or above / grade 4 or higher in English Language and Maths.
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Student Finance

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2020/2021.

Part-time tuition fees will be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.

Tuition fees for 2021/22 entry will be set in summer 2020.

Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2020/21. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. 

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.
  • Field trips may occur during this course and they will be either fully or partly subsidised by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • 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

How to apply

For full-time undergraduate courses, you apply through UCAS. That's the University and Colleges Admissions Service.

On your application form, you'll need to know our institution code - it's L24 - and the course code. If you click through to the UCAS website using the button below, it'll take you to the right place with all the information you need.

You'll also need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.

There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:

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Professional placements

Students have worked alongside psychologists in prisons, secure units, and drug services. Alternatively, they have undertaken placements as teaching assistants, youth workers, with charities, with sports organisations as trainers, in drug rehabilitation centres and in healthcare settings.

Career opportunities

You can explore roles in the Prison Service, Ministry of Justice, the National Offender Management Service and the police. This degree also prepares you for a range of psychology-based careers within the NHS, private practice, charities and education or for postgraduate study in any area of psychology.

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