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University of Plymouth

Psychology with Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies

UCAS Code: C8MX

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Any subjects are considered. General Studies is not accepted.

Considered in combination with other qualifications.

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma with 33 Level 3 credits at Merit and/or Distinction. Any subjects are considered.

Considered in combination with other qualifications.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

English and Maths accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DM

Alongside A Level Grade B. Any subjects are considered.

Considered in combination with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Any subjects are considered.

Considered in combination with other qualifications.

120 UCAS Tariff points including 2 Advanced Highers at Grades BB.

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

120

Any subjects are considered. General Studies is not accepted.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

Alongside 2 A Levels at Grades BB.

96%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subjects

Law

Psychology

Some people commit crime while others lead law abiding lives. Why? On this course youll examine the nature of crime, investigating the impact it has on society and what we can do about it. Choose to study at Plymouth and youll get the extra benefit of a course that covers the same topics weve developed for community justice professionals providing you with a perfect start to your future career in a wide range of areas, from psychology to community justice.You will kick start your career. As a successful graduate, youll be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society, putting you on track to a career in professional psychology. Youll expand your horizons and gain invaluable experience with opportunities for international exchange. Youll also enhance your employability and grow your professional network by applying for an optional placement year.* Gain insight into life as a community justice professional youll study the same topics as professionals working in probation, policing, youth justice, community safety and victim services.* Kick start your career as a successful graduate, youll be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society, putting you on track to a career in professional psychology.* Expand your horizons and experience with opportunities for international exchange and a year studying abroad (in Year 2).* Enhance your employability and grow your professional network by applying for an optional placement year.* Develop your skills as a scientist working alongside leading researchers with the Research Apprentice Scheme.* Draw on cutting edge research across the social sciences to examine the nature of crime and explore the workings of the criminal justice system.* Shape your own study path with an exciting range of topics available through lectures, optional courses and project supervision.* Benefit from studying on a course that the Research Assessment Exercise rates as excellent for research and the Quality Assurance Agency praises for its quality of education.

Modules

In your first year, you’ll study the basic theories of psychology, covering learning, social, developmental, clinical, cognitive and physiological psychology. From methods of psychological research, to information technology, communication and critical thinking, you’ll begin developing important skills for the workplace. And you’ll investigate criminology, learning about the criminal justice sentencing process in England and Wales.

In your second year, you’ll develop a greater critical understanding of psychology and how it can be applied in practical settings, building your confidence to use more sophisticated research methods. You’ll put your understanding into practice by developing a psychological skill such as clinical interviewing. In criminology and criminal justice you’ll explore theories of crime and culture, expanding your knowledge by choosing from a selection of modules, from victimology to youth justice.

In your final year you’ll have the opportunity to shape your own pathway, incorporating the particular areas of psychology that reflect your specialist interests. You’ll develop an advanced understanding of the central areas of psychology through academic debates and carry out a comprehensive piece of research with the support of your academic supervisor. In addition you’ll choose from a diverse range of modules to enhance your expertise in criminology and criminal justice.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

45% of assessment is by exam, and 55% by coursework.

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:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of 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.

81%
med
Law
82%
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.

Law

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

85%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
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

88%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
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
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

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.

Law

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.

£17,500
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
98%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

42%
Legal associate professionals
9%
Other elementary services occupations
6%
Functional managers and directors
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Law graduates tend to go into the legal industry, and they usually take similar routes. Jobs are competitive — often very competitive - but starting salaries are good and high fliers can earn serious money - starting on over £24k in London on average. Be aware though - some careers, especially as barristers, can take a while to get into, and the industry is changing as the Internet, automation and economic change all have an effect, If you want to qualify to practise law, you need to take a professional qualification — many law graduates then go on to law school. If you want to go into work, then a lot of law graduates take trainee or paralegal roles and some do leave the law altogether, often for jobs in management, finance and the police force. A small proportion of law graduates also move into another field for further study. Management, accountancy and teaching are all popular for these career changers, so if you do take a law degree and decide it’s not for you, there are 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.

£17,108
med
Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Caring personal services
9%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
9%
Other elementary services occupations
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.

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

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.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

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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