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Full time (3 years)

Course overview

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

Psychology and Criminology are two major social sciences that 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.

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About this course

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 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.

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 psychology and criminology which will make you ready to become a competent and ethical practitioner within the Criminal Justice System.

Why study with us?

  • 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 help you to develop your employability skills to make you stand out in the graduate jobs market.
  • Get industry experience by completing two professional work placements.


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

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.

  • Uses and Abuses of Psychology
  • Psychology of Social Issues 1
  • Ethics, Society and Employability
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Contemporary Research 1
  • Understanding Murder
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.

  • Psychology Around the World
  • Psychological Issues in Gender and Emotion
  • Psychology of Social Issues 2
  • Serious Violent Crime
  • Contemporary Research 2
  • Professional Placement 2
  • Professional Placement 2 (Volunteering)
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.

  • Psychology Special Subject
  • Childhood and Society
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Changing the World
  • Professional Learning Through Work
  • The Psychology of Eating Behaviour
  • The Psychology of Reproductive and Sexual Health
  • Independent Social Project
  • Prisons and Punishment
  • Dissertation
  • Critical Criminology
  • Intelligence and Security

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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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.

UCAS tariff112
GCSE requirementsGrade C or above/grade 4 or higher in English Language.
Typical A Level offerBBC

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

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.

Career opportunities

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.

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