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University of Central Lancashire

Forensic Psychology

UCAS Code: C8B1

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

Entry requirements


112-128 UCAS points at A2

112-128 UCAS points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

Pass IB Diploma including 112-128 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects

112-128 UCAS points

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D*

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM-DDM

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

D*D*

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

DMM-DDM

112-128 UCAS points

112-128 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

112-128

Our typical offer is 112-128 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.

93%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Psychology

On our British Psychological Society-accredited Forensic Psychology degree, youll graduate with a broad understanding of the key topics related to working with offenders and victims of crime. Youll have the opportunity to explore theories that explain offending behaviour, and apply this knowledge in interactive workshops run by professionals who actually work with offenders, including forensic psychologists and probation officers. Our Forensic Psychology team conduct world-class research and publish our findings internationally, whilst applying our work in real-life forensic settings; we then take a great deal of pleasure in teaching you the latest findings to advance your knowledge. Youll be taught a variety of topics which are current, and relevant to the practice of forensic psychology. Examples include family violence, victimology, antisocial behaviour, criminal psychopathy, life in secure forensic settings, online sex exploitation, stalking, sex and violent offending.Some of our graduates pursue a career in psychology by undertaking postgraduate training to become professional psychologists, including our BPS-accredited masters programmes. However, UCLan graduates are valued more broadly, and others utilise the skills that our degree encourages to take graduate-level positions in a range of organisations, including the Police, Prison Service, NHS, social and community services, health authorities and in the pharmaceutical industry, and in education and training. A large number of the graduates from this course go on to study the MSc Forensic Psychology course taking advantage of the range of scholarships and discounts available to our own students. Others have worked within the health services (for example, assistant psychologist, carer, support worker), within legal services (for example, HMPS, litigation clerk, law mentor) or used their psychology skills in other domains such as management, sales and account manager.

Modules

Year 1: Compulsory Modules; Methods and Practice of Psychological Inquiry, Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology, Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition, Current Topics in Psychology I, Current Topics in Psychology II. Optional Modules; An Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology, Topics in Forensic and Criminal Psychology, Psychology of the Media, Mind Games: Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Year 2: Compulsory Modules; Psychological Research 1: Design and Quantitative Methods, Psychological Research 2: Qualitative Methods, Social and Developmental Psychology, Cognitive and Physiological Psychology, Individual Differences, Forensic Psychology. Optional Modules; Health Psychology, Applying Psychology, Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience, Available but places might be limited: Sport Psychology

Year 3: Compulsory Modules; Forensic Psychology Project, Violent and Sexual Offending, Crime: Impacts and Consequences. Optional Modules; Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting, Interpersonal and Organisational Psychology, Psychology Placement Module, EITHER Neuropsychological Disorders and Techniques OR Brain, Treatments and Behaviour, EITHER Theory & Practice in Sport Psychology OR Psychology of Diet & Exercise, EITHER Health Psychology: Theory and Practice OR Health Promotion

Tuition fees

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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 Central Lancashire

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
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

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
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

82%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
83%
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?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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C
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.

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.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
77%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Caring personal services
16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Natural and social science professionals
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.

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.

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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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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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