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Buckinghamshire New University

Psychology and Criminology

UCAS Code: CM89
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

96-112

% applicants receiving offers

89%

Subjects
  • Psychology
Student score
80% MED
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£19k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
25

UCAS tariff points
96-112

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96-112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

89%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Criminology sheds light on the contexts in which crime and social life are discussed. Having criminology as a secondary discipline brings a sociological perspective on crime to core areas of psychology, which can be applied to understanding criminal behaviour. The course will give you insights into social diversity and inequality. Youâ??ll understand their implications for crime and the criminal justice system. Youâ??ll also learn about the ethical issues related to working with vulnerable people in the criminal justice system or researching issues related to crime and victimisation.???

Modules

1st year modules include: Introduction to psychology, psychological research methods, criminal law and justice, and introduction to criminology. 2nd year modules include: social and developmental psychology, contemporary criminology, and empirical psychology; optional modules include: psychological perspectives on criminal behaviour, law, discrimination and human rights and organised crime. 3rd year modules include: an empirical dissertation, issues in psychobiology and individual difference and historical and conceptual issues in psychology and cognitive psychology; optional modules include: cyber crime, globalisation, terrorism and state crime, penal policy and community corrections, criminal justice systems, and understanding violence and victims. The programme is accredited as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS, provided the minimum standard of a lower 2nd Class Honours (2:2) is achieved.

Buckinghamshire New University

The Gateway

Bucks has a fantastic range of courses with a real focus on developing contacts and relationships with employers, and developing the skills you need to succeed as a graduate. The Students' Union and its 'Big Deal' means that sport, entertainment and recreational activities are free, while student reps get paid. Last year 10,930 students attended 219 free activities paid for by the Big Deal.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
28%
72%

Year 1

27%
73%

Year 2

20%
80%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
61%
39%

Year 1

44%
44%
12%

Year 2

20%
56%
24%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 90%
Student score 80% MED
Able to access IT resources

80%

Staff made the subject interesting

90%

Library resources are satisfactory

87%

Feedback on work has been helpful

82%

Feedback on work has been prompt

79%

Staff are good at explaining things

90%

Received sufficient advice and support

84%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
7% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
77% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
36% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
261 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
64% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
14% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% MED
Average graduate salary £19k HIGH
Graduates who are welfare and housing associate professionals

8%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

13%

Graduates who are protective service occupations

13%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the fourth most popular subject overall, one in 24 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) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates – far more than there are jobs in psychology – this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business. With a mix of good people skills and with excellent number and data handling skills, a psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes – but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.
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