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Anglia Ruskin University

Psychology and Criminology

UCAS Code: CL8H

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

UCAS Tariff

104

from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

97%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Criminology

Psychology

Instead of studying psychology and criminology as two separate subjects, you can now study them together and gain a deeper understanding of both – including the ways in which they impact on each other.

Explore the connections between psychology and crime on our fascinating degree course. We start by looking at the main principles of psychology and criminology. Following that, you can choose from a huge range of optional modules, giving you the freedom to explore your own interests in more depth.

You’ll learn about criminal profiling and how it offers insights into youth offending, gendered violence, genocide, rape, abuse and other types of crime. You’ll look at media representations of crime, and the promotion of fear. And you’ll focus in detail on social and development psychology, and the effect it can have on crime and the people who commit crime.

Our specialist laboratories give you the chance to gain extra insight, as well as practical skills. Measure electrical currents in the brain by using electrodes on the scalp in the EEG (electroencephalography) lab; and analyse samples and use them to investigate the relationship between psychological and physical health in the psychoneuroimmunology lab.

As part of this course you will have the opportunity to engage in field trips, such as visits to the Old Bailey in London and Auschwitz, Krakow. You will also understand the dynamics of the court room and sit in on live trials at the local Crown Court. In your final year you have the option to select Forensic Psychology, a module that allows you to learn about theories of offending and offender rehabilitation first hand from Forensic Psychologists-in-training drawing in the prison service. You can also decide whether to conduct your final year project in Criminology or Psychology.
As a graduate, you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of careers in both psychology or criminology. If you would like to pursue a career in psychology you can go on to complete a Conversion Masters and gain BPS (British Psychological Society) accreditation before specializing in a number of disciplines such as Forensic Psychology, Occupational Psychology or Educational Psychology. You can also pursue a career in criminology and consider working for the National Probation Service, the police, the Prison Service, the Home Office or the Court Service.
We have strong links with the local probation service and the police. You’ll have the opportunity to add experience to your CV by working as a volunteer, or even in a part-time paid job, while you’re studying. We’ll encourage you to set up work placements in areas that interest you as part of your personal development plan.

Modules

Year one, core modules

Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology
Crime News and Criminology
Social and Developmental Psychology
Criminal Justice in England and Wales
Becoming a Researcher: Using Data
Becoming a Researcher: Designing Research

Year two, core modules

Trials and Errors
Psychopathology
Research Techniques for Psychology

Year two, optional modules

Crime and Place: Geographic Criminology and Crime Mapping
Issues in the Professional Practice of Psychology
Learning, Memory and Perception
Personality, Intelligence and Psychometrics
Project Preparation
Violent Crime, Body and Mind

Year three, core modules

Clinical Psychology
Criminology in Policy and Practice

And

Major Project (Criminology)

Or

Major Project (Psychology)

Year three, optional modules

Atypical Development
Neuropsychology
Psychological Therapies
Invisible Crimes
Groups in Conflict, Social Psychological Issues
Critical Issues in Health Psychology
Emotion
Forensic Psychology
Investigative Psychology
Preparing for Work
Comparative Criminal Justice
Psychology in the Workplace
Sex, Sex Offending and Society
Youth Justice Controversies
Sex, Sexuality and Gender

Assessment methods

Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to measure your progress. These include written and practical exams, essays, research reports, oral presentations and lab reports. You’ll also write a dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Psychology

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
high
Criminology
77%
med
Psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Childcare and related personal services
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Public services and other associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

Psychology (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,316
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
75%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Childcare and related personal services
11%
Caring personal services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Criminology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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