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Kingston University

Forensic Psychology

UCAS Code: C8C6

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) or Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BA/BSc (H)

Entry requirements


A-level Psych. must be passed at grade C (32 points), if taken. General Studies/Native Language accepted as 1 of 4 A Levels

UCAS Tariff

120
90%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Forensic psychology

**Why choose this course?**This course is designed to help you build a career as a forensic psychologist or to work in a complementary sector, such as the police force, drug rehabilitation or legal services. It is one of only a few degrees in the UK offering a specialist forensic psychology qualification.The course focuses on the psychological aspects of criminal investigations, the psychology of offending behaviour, and the connections between mental disorders and offending behaviours. The course combines theoretical and practical approaches central to the investigative process. You will learn about the reasons for assessing risk and analyse the validity of instruments used. This course has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Graduates are eligible for graduate membership of the BPS and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, which is the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist. With further training, this can lead to a career in forensic psychology.

Modules

Examples of Modules:

Year 1

- Crime, Law and Justice
- Foundations of Psychology
- Introduction to Forensic Psychology
- Psychology Research Methods 1

Year 2

- Brain, Behaviour and Cognition
- Psychology Research Methods 2
- Social, Individual and Developmental Psychology
- Forensic Mental Health and Criminal Behaviours

Year 3

- Psychology Research Project
- Drug Use and Abuse
- Human Rights and Political Violence
- Neuropsychology and Neuro-rehabilitation
- Practice: Contemporary Issues and Debates
- The Politics of Crime in the Black Atlantic
- Psychology of Investigations and Security
- Transnational Crime

The Uni


Course location:

Kingston University

Department:

Psychology, Criminology and Sociology

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.

77%
med
Forensic 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.

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
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

78%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
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.

Psychology

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
51%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Childcare and related personal services
11%
Caring personal services
8%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

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

Forensic 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.

£17k

£17k

£21k

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£25k

£25k

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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