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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.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Forensic psychology

On our British Psychological Society-accredited Forensic Psychology degree, you’ll graduate with a broad understanding of the key topics related to working with offenders and victims of crime. You’ll 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.

You’ll 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 master’s 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. Year 1 Optional Modules:Topics in Forensic and Criminal Psychology, Psychology of the Media, Baby Minds Psychology of Infant Development, Social Media and Cyberpsychological Behaviour, Clinical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders, Brain and Behaviour

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. Year 2 Optional Modules: Neurocognitive Development & Disorders, Clinical Psychology, Cyberpsychology Identity and Online Behaviour, Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience.

Year 3: Compulsory Modules: Forensic Psychology Project, Violent and Sexual Offending, Crime: Impacts and Consequences. Year 3 Optional Modules: Psychology Placement Module, EITHER Neuropsychological Disorders and Techniques OR Brain Treatments and Behaviour, EITHER Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting OR Advanced Developmental Psychopathology, EITHER Application of Clinical Psychology Practice Clinical Research Service Delivery OR Cognitive Behaviour Assessment and Treatment Planning in Clinical Psychology, EITHER Psychological Aspects of Cyberspace Theory Research and Applications OR Understanding Human Behaviour in Cyberspace: Current Problems, Debates & Insights.

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.

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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.

Applied psychology

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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
85%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
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
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


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Psychology

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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.

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Average annual salary
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Employed or in further education
75%
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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
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Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Forensic psychology

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