Does the human mind and behaviour fascinate you? Are you interested in why people commit crimes and whether punishment ever works?
By studying a BSc Psychology with Criminology you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the core areas of psychology stipulated by the British Psychological Society (BPS) alongside learning about crime and the criminal justice system.
This four-year course includes an initial full-time Foundation Year and offers an alternative route into university and gaining a degree.
This route is for you if you do not have the necessary qualifications or don’t yet feel ready to begin degree-level study, or are returning to education and would like some support to get up to speed with learning in a university setting.
The Foundation Year in Psychology will allow you to develop your academic skills and confidence as well as introduce you to key concepts, debates and skills that will support and inform your subsequent years of undergraduate study.
Following successful completion of your Foundation Year, you’ll progress onto Year 1 of our Psychology with Criminology BSc Combined (Hons) degree.
About this course
During your Foundation Year, you will undertake modules to enable you to enhance your academic skills and equip you with the tools you’ll need to study with confidence. You’ll carry out a personal project so you can study an area of interest related to your chosen future subject specialisation.
You’ll be introduced to the main perspectives, investigation methods, key theories, research and controversies across the main areas of psychology. You'll study quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and learn about the application of psychology in a professional context in each of the British Psychological Society (BPS) professional areas.
Following successful completion of the Foundation Year, you’ll progress onto Year 1 of our Psychology with Criminology BSc Combined (Hons) degree.
You’ll learn in a supportive 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. In addition, you will have the opportunity to tailor your studies (often with future career goals in mind) by choosing from a range of option modules from either Psychology or Criminology.
You’ll also put theory into practice through the professional work placements included in your degree, as well as assessments which help you to develop valuable real-world skills.
You’ll graduate with 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?
- Build your self-confidence, academic skills and core subject knowledge in preparation for progression onto degree-level study.
- Start your journey to becoming a Chartered Psychologist. This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which makes you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership on successful completion of the course.
- Learn from the experts. The course is developed and taught by researchers and practitioners within the fields of psychology and criminology.
- Get professional experience via our excellent links with local criminal justice agencies.
- Tailor your studies in line with your own career aspirations.
This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) (link opens in a new window/tab) which makes you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership on successful completion of the course.
You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
During your Foundation Year, you'll study four core modules.
Foundations in Psychology (core)
You’ll be introduced to the main perspectives, investigation methods, studies and controversies in key areas of psychology.
Explore the history of psychology and its themes including cognitive behaviour, sociology, biology and developmental theories.
You'll learn through lectures, discussions and group workshops and become familiar with key concepts through individual research.
Researching and Applying Psychology (core)
Get a foundation in quantitative and qualitative approaches to research in psychology, focusing on research terminology and design, data collection, data handling and analysis.
Learn about the application of psychology in a professional context, considering research, ethics and professional issues in each of the British Psychological Society (BPS) professional areas.
You'll be taught through a blended approach to learning, including lectures, discussions and group work.
During your first year, you'll study four core modules.
Understanding Human Behaviour (core)
You'll learn about the core areas in psychology - biological, cognitive, developmental and social.
We'll look at the historical and cultural context and origins of modern psychology, including international and cultural perspectives.
You'll learn about brain structure and functions such as pain, fear, eating, drinking and sleeping.
We'll cover attention, memory, and problem-solving.
We'll look at lifelong development, personality and temperament, behavioural genetics, resilience and vulnerability, constructivist and constructionist theories, information processing approach, the role of education and ecological systems theory.
Learn about the history of psychology, social thinking, beliefs and judgements, attitudes and behaviours.
Introduction to Criminology (core)
Explore and examine the origins of criminology, some of its historical debates, concepts, literature and research.
You'll look at the core perspectives and theories related to crime and criminality.
Find out about the history and development of criminology as an academic discipline.
Professional Development for Psychologists 1 (core)
You'll get a foundation in professional development skills in psychology.
This includes individual difference psychology - looking at personality and the assessment of human psychology - and professional working practices.
You'll learn about conceptual and historical issues and the role of psychology in understanding issues of diversity in the workplace.
You'll develop skills valued by employers, particularly during the Professional Development Block.
You'll have meetings every two weeks with your personal tutor to support you and your professional skill development.
Introduction to Research Skills for Psychologists (core)
Get a foundation in quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis.
You'll learn about effective study design, ethical working practices, analysis and handling of qualitative and quantitative data.
You'll start using tools for data collection such as online surveys and E-Prime, and SPSS for analysis.
You'll take part in psychological research designed by yourself and by others.
Develop skills valued by employers and needed for investigative work throughout your degree.
During your second year, you'll study four core modules.
Mind, Brain and Social Behaviour (core)
We'll cover methodological and ethical issues related to psychological research and apply psychology to world issues.
You'll consider conceptual and historical issues in the areas of biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology.
Crime, Media and Culture (core)
Understand why we view criminals and crime in certain ways, due to cultural factors and the media.
Think critically about crime, crime control and its media coverage.
We'll look at contemporary criminological theories, exploring how crime is constructed and defined by subcultures, the nation-state, the criminal justice system and corporations.
We'll also explore how these theories help us interpret media depictions of crime and crime control.
You'll analyse how mainstream media and social media shape our collective (mis)understanding of a range of crime and crime control.
Professional Development for Psychologists 2 (core)
Develop your skills in individual difference psychology and professional working practices.
We'll introduce you to conceptual and historical issues relating to intelligence and the assessment of human psychology, including equality, diversity and social justice.
You'll do a professional placement at the end of the year or you can opt to volunteer over 12-20 weeks.
You'll have meetings with your personal tutor every two weeks, designed to support you and the development of professional skills.
Research Skills for Psychologists: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches (core)
Build on and extend your skills in quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis.
You'll take part in psychological research designed by yourself and others. T
We'll cover ethical issues in conducting psychological research, the design, control and analysis of experiments with more than one independent variable and learn how to use relevant software to collect data.
You'll learn how to analyse quantitative data, including distributions and transformation of data, two-way analysis of variance, post-hoc analyses and linear regression.
You'll use specialist software (e.g. SPSS, G*Power) to perform and interpret statistical analyses.
We'll also look at issues in qualitative research, including ethical issues, how to collect and analyse qualitative data using discourse analysis, grounded theory, interpretative phenomenological analysis and narrative analysis.
During your final year, you'll study two core modules and will be required to choose three option modules.
Psychology Research Project (core)
Complete an original investigation within a field of psychology you're particularly interested in.
Your project forms the culmination of the various research methods modules preceding it.
You may choose any research methods appropriate to your particular area of enquiry.
Professional Learning Through Work (core)
You'll get flexible opportunities to enhance your professional skills and graduate choices.
We'll tailor the module to your development as you apply theoretical understanding to a context of your choice.
It could include a work-based project within your professional setting or a skill-development approach addressing specific gaps in your portfolio.
Business Psychology (option)
You'll chart the timeline of an employee from career counselling to retirement.
You'll consider the influence psychology has in areas including career counselling, job design, recruitment, motivation, teamwork, leadership, disability, unemployment and retirement.
You'll look at the relevant history, seminal and contemporary theories, practical applications and future issues.
Counselling Psychology (option)
Get an introduction to psychotherapy and counselling psychology.
You'll explore various psychotherapy and counselling schools and theories.
You'll consider the challenges faced by psychotherapists and counselling psychologists working in a variety of contexts with different populations.
We'll look at counselling perspectives such as eclectic, integrative and time-limited, and explore the influence of positive psychology.
You'll get an introduction to the skills used by psychotherapists and counsellors.
You'll also consider health economics and broader modes of delivery such as group and internet counselling.
Psychology of Mental Health and Distress (option)
You'll get an introduction to psychopathology, diagnostic systems and psychological approaches to distress.
You'll consider potential causes of mental ill-health and their prevalence among varying populations, for example, age, race, and culture.
You'll look at mental health conditions and their proposed psychological treatments.
You'll critically evaluate interventions in terms of cost, outcomes and service user experience, and look at potential barriers to treatments and ways to overcome them.
You'll also cover the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Code of Ethics and Conduct and BPS activities related to mental health and the principles of social justice - access, equity, diversity, participation and human rights.
Critical Psychology (option)
You'll critically examine cognitive-experimental psychology.
Influences include Marxism, postmodernism, feminism, psychoanalysis, social constructionism and discursive psychology.
You'll apply and analyse these influences on areas of difference and inequality such as gender, sexuality, race, social class, health, mental health, criminality and work.
Get an introduction to cyberpsychology, looking at psychological phenomena related to technology.
Investigate how digital technologies have influenced individuals and groups in society.
You may cover topics including relationships online, computer games, addiction, cybercrime, children, young people and online behaviour and personality online.
Forensic Psychology (option)
You'll cover topics related to forensic psychology.
These include theories of crime, violent and sexual offenders, treatment, female offenders, personality disorder, risk assessment, forensic mental health and suicide and self-harm.
Health Behaviour Change in Context (option)
You'll explore how psychologists model human behaviour and how to modify this in the context of health within a relevant population.
You'll analyse and debate issues and problems in health psychology.
You'll differentiate interactions between the psychological, social and biological functions that lead to illness and compare and evaluate the relevant factors.
We'll cover UK and international perspectives and look at ethical issues in health psychology.
Each week you'll look at a different contemporary health issue in the context of behaviour and health outcome. These could include physical activity in pregnant women and the general population, and smoking in lower social economic status groups.
Psychology Negotiated Essay (option)
You'll write critically about a selected and approved area in more depth than is possible in other assessed essays.
You'll develop your ideas for the negotiated essay with the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in your area of interest.
You'll have up to three hours of supervision.
Psychobiology of Stress and Illness (option)
Get a broad overview of stress and illness, and how biological processes are influenced by stressful event.s
We'll cover stressors, stress appraisal, hormonal changes, neurotransmitter processes, the immune system, cardiovascular disease, affective disorders, addiction, epigenetics, coping strategies, navigating stigma and seeking help.
In groups, you'll do informal presentations on your progress during the module.
You'll also get a personalised podcast on Panopto revolving around your group work, enabling further clarification and points of discussion.
Environmental Psychology (option)
Explore how we impact the environment and how the environment impacts us from a psychological perspective.
You'll look at psychological approaches to understanding, assessing, and modifying peoples’ environmental awareness and behaviours.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals underpin the module content.
Illusions, Biases and Cognitive Impairments (option)
You'll use examples of sensory illusions, cognitive biases and disorders to explore important cognitive mechanisms and their neurological basis.
We'll use sensory illusions such as Kanizsa figures and rubber hand illusions to illustrate the perceptual system.
Processing disorders such as prosopagnosia and object agnosia will help you understand how sensory information is integrated.
We'll showcase the systems underlying human thinking through cognitive biases.
Genocide Studies (option)
Get a critical introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Genocide Studies.
You'll explore case studies relating to historical and contemporary instances of genocide, and interrogate the memorialisation of genocide.
You'll evaluate international legal mechanisms of genocide prevention.
We may address themes including the relationship of genocide to cognate categories in international legal discourse such as crimes against humanity and ‘ethnic cleansing’, sociological, criminological and social-psychological approaches to perpetration, the aftermath of genocide and the emerging concept of ecocide.
Gender and Society (option)
You'll analyse political and cultural texts covering historical, critical and contextual approaches to gender.
You'll examine the way gender is performed, consumed and contested.
We'll look at issues concerning power, gender and identity, examining debates on the social construction of gender.
Justice, Punishment and Human Rights (option)
Critically explore concepts, debates, literature and research on justice, punishment and human rights.
You'll consider whether the criminal justice system balances these three elements.
In the first semester, you'll explore the history of punishment. You'll assess the importance of protecting human rights within punishment and look at the work of philosophers including John Locke, Jeremy Bentham and Michel Foucault.
In the second semester, you'll critically analyse the philosophies of punishment -
deterrence, incapacitation, rehabilitation and retribution - underpinning the criminal justice system.
Crimes of the 21st Century (option)
We'll explore how much criminological theory can help us understand criminality and harm in the 21st century.
We've already seen dramatic transformations with protests and uprisings, climate change, a global financial crisis and the birth of social media and the dark web.
You'll critically assess which theories can help us understand and respond to the negative consequences of these changes, and why we are willing to inflict harm on others and ourselves.
Policing Priorities (option)
You'll develop an in-depth understand of 21st century policing issues such as cybercrime and terrorism.
We'll explore the role of intelligence agencies and how effective they are at fighting security issues in Britain.
You'll get a critical awareness of the role of police and agencies such as the National Crime Agency and British Security Service (MI5).
Professional work placements
Experience matters. That's why we include professional work placements with every undergraduate degree.
How does it work?
Careers and Placements will work with you to find your perfect placement or help you arrange your own, whether that's in Leeds, another part of the UK or even abroad. You will be able to take part in a series of workshops, events and live ‘employer challenges’ to boost your confidence and prepare you for your placement.
During your placement, you will have an opportunity to gain degree-relevant work experience, build your knowledge of career sectors and secure valuable employer references and industry contacts. This experience will help you to shape your career decisions and find the right path for you.
Typical placement organisations include HM Prison Service, pupil referral units, charities, secure units, drugs services and crime reduction initiatives. Students have worked shadowing psychologists and other professionals, learning to work with vulnerable people in a range of settings.
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Learning and Teaching
At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.
Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:
- high quality teaching
- an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
- a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.
We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.
We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:
- Student Involvement and Engagement
- Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
- Digital Literacy and Skills
- Employability and Enterprise
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.
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
- Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development
Your time on campus, learning through in-person teaching, is at the heart of your academic experience and the way we deliver our programmes. This is supported and further enhanced by additional engagement activities and opportunities provided online and through digital teaching materials. This blended approach seeks to ensure a positive learning and teaching student experience.
Your programme of study has been carefully designed around a three-phase model of delivery:
- Preparation: You will be given clear tasks to support you in preparing for live teaching. This could include watching a short-pre-recorded lecture, reading a paper or text chapter or preparing other material for use in class.
- Live: All your live teaching will be designed around active learning, providing you with valuable opportunities to build on preparation tasks, interact with staff and peers, and surface any misunderstandings.
- Post: Follow-up activities will include opportunities for you to check understanding, for staff to receive feedback from you and your peers to inform subsequent sessions, and for you to apply learning to new situations or context.
Preparation, Live and Post teaching and learning and the digital materials used will vary by course, but will be designed to help you structure your learning, take a full and active part in your course, and apply and test your developing knowledge and skills.
A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, allowing you to apply and demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.
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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.
Information about the large range of qualifications we accept, including A-Levels, BTECs and T Levels, can be found on our entry requirements page. If you need additional advice or are taking qualifications that are not covered in the information supplied, please contact our Admissions Office.
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Applications are welcome from mature students with few formal qualifications.
Any previous relevant work experience and learning will be assessed and, where appropriate, we may offer an alternative way to assess suitability to study.
This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.
Providing you with the opportunity to develop the professional skills and experience you need to launch your career is at the heart of everything we do at Leeds Trinity University.
Psychology with Criminology graduates are employed within the civil service, healthcare, charitable organisations and education. Graduates may choose to go on to further study in a range of areas, including Forensic Psychology, Neuroscience and postgraduate research.
After you graduate, Careers and Placements will help you as you pursue your chosen career through our mentoring scheme, support with CV and interview preparation and access to graduate employability events.
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Fees and finance
UK Home Students:
Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2023/2024.
Part-time tuition fees will be prorated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying.
Depending on government policy, tuition fees may change in future years.
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.
We advise students that there may be additional course costs in addition to annual tuition fees. These include:
- Books - 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.
- Print costs - 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 need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.
You can now submit your application for 2024. The UCAS application deadline for courses starting in September 2024 is 31 January 2024
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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