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Criminology and Criminal Psychology (Extended), BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Four-year degree which includes a foundation year (the foundation year introduces you to criminology, social sciences and also includes courses on communication and academic writing)
  • Provides a clear introduction to, and rigorous grounding in, both criminology and criminal psychology
  • Will appeal to those with a keen interest in criminology, criminal psychology, criminal justice and applied social sciences, as well as to those considering future employment within the developing fields of criminal psychology or criminal justice
  • Opportunity to apply for two placement-based courses



Why study this programme?

If you have the ability but not the qualifications, this extended degree may be for you. This new four-year degree programme (the first student intake was in September 2016) includes a foundation year.

The BSc Criminology & Criminal Psychology (Extended) programme's foundation year is designed to give you:

  • An introduction to criminology
  • An introduction to social sciences
  • Improved communication skills
  • Academic writing skills

After successful completion of the foundation year you can go on - over the remaining three years of the BSc Criminology & Criminal Psychology (Extended) programme - to study a varied range of issues, including offender profiling, stalking and psychopathology; representations of crime and detection in popular TV and film; imprisonment, prisoners and human rights; gender, race and discrimination; policing, drugs and organised crime; and security, terrorism, cybercrime and the criminology of war. You will gain an understanding of the nature, causes of, and reactions to crime, and explore social and state responses and methods of control and prevention, encompassing major theoretical paradigms, applications and practices within the field of contemporary criminology. This is complemented by a comprehensive overview of criminal psychology.

Criminology and criminal psychology are subjects that have grown significantly over the past decade and are now recognised as specialist areas of knowledge in their own right. Post-foundation year, this programme operates within a multidisciplinary framework drawing on psychology, law and sociology, and offers a critical socio-legal approach and an international perspective.

We currently offer two placement-based modules that you might decide to study; one based in prison (which runs in the third year of this Extended programme) and a work placement (which runs in the final year (i.e. the fourth year)of this Extended programme). If you are selected for the prison course, you will study criminology alongside people currently serving sentences at the prison. If you are selected for the work placement you will work in an agency that is either part of, or complementary to, the Criminal Justice System. Students selected for the work placement option will typically attend the placement for one day a week during the timetabled teaching weeks of the final year.

PLEASE NOTE: This degree programme does not provide British Psychological Society (BPS) recognition or accreditation.

What will you study?

Programme starting in September 2018:

Year 1 (the Foundation Year or 'Year 0')
  • The Art of Communication (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Social Sciences (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Criminology (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Ethics and Society (15 credits)
  • Plus, EITHER:
  • Study Skills (15 credits) AND Academic Writing (15 credits)*


  • English for Academic Purposes 1 (15 credits) AND English for Academic Purposes 2 (15 credits)*

* Please note that the decision as to which pair of courses (i.e. Study Skills and Academic Writing OR English for Academic Purposes 1 & 2) will be studied by a student will be made by the University and will depend on a student's educational/academic background (please see the Entry Requirements section below).

Years 2, 3 and 4
  • For details of the course structure of Years 2 to 4 of this Extended programme, please refer to the course structure for Years 1 to 3 of the 3-Year, full-time, BSc (Hons) Criminology & Criminal Psychology programme that starts 12 months after this Extended programme starts. (Please note that after successful completion of the foundation year, Extended students will remain on the BSc Criminology & Criminal Psychology (Extended) programme for the entire duration the Extended programme - i.e. a further three years once the Foundation Year has been completed.)

What you'll study

Entry requirements

For entry in September 2018:

Applicants from a UK educational background should have:

A minimum of 80 UCAS points, plus GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above (for pre-2017 GCSEs, grade 4 equates to C grade). We will NOT accept other UK qualifications in place of GCSE English Language or GCSE Maths.

The 80 UCAS points might include:

  • Applications from those with an A‐Level background in relevant subjects (please note that A-Level General Studies is not accepted)
  • Applications from those with an AS‐Level background in relevant subjects (please note that AS-Level General Studies is not accepted)
  • Other qualifications (in relevant subjects) which will be considered on application
Applicants from a non‐UK educational background should have:
  • Successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full-time education (with qualification results being equivalent to a minimum of 80 UCAS points (for information on this, please contact our International Office - see below)), a demonstrable competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE Grade C) and a demonstrable English language capability to an equivalent of IELTS 5.5 or above (with no component below 5.5). Applicants requiring a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK must hold a UK Visas and Immigration UKVI approved IELTS.
  • Applicants must also have a desire to study in the UK university system but need - or feel the need for - a year to adapt to the UK higher education system.
  • Applicants - who go on to become students on the degree programme - who have no IELTS skill less than 5.5, but do not meet IELTS 6.0 overall will take the following two courses which are designed to support them:
    • English for Academic Purposes 1 (15 credits)
    • English for Academic Purposes 2 (15 credits)

Applicants from a non‐UK educational background who require more information on entry requirements should contact our International Office ( / +44 (0)20 8331 8136).

In addition, for ALL applicants: 
  • Applicants will normally be a minimum of 17 years of age (in exceptional circumstances applicants under the age of 17 may be considered).
  • Applicants who have significant work experience relevant to their preferred study path, but who do not have the minimum expected formal entry qualifications, are welcome to apply by citing their relevant work experience to demonstrate their potential capability. Applicants following this method may be asked to complete additional application processes which may include an interview with a member of the teaching staff.
  • Any applicant may be invited to interview.
  • We welcome applications from mature students.

Extra information


In your first year on the BSc Criminology & Criminal Psychology (Extended) degree programme, you will be taught - on the element of the degree programme delivered by the School of Law (i.e. the 30-credit 'Introduction to Criminology' course/module) - through lectures and seminars and you will participate in group work and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor. You will be assessed predominantly by essays and portfolios. For years 2 to 4 of the Extended degree you will be assessed in the same way as for the three-year, full-time, BSc (Hons) Criminology & Criminal Psychology degree programme.

Professional recognition

Please note, this degree programme does not provide British Psychological Society (BPS) recognition or accreditation.


Studying this programme opens up a wide range of potential career paths to graduates. Directly programme-related career opportunities include the National Offender Management Service, police and prison services, court systems and forensic services, as well as UK Visas and Immigration and HM Revenue and Customs. Employment with agencies concerned with youth justice, social work, community safety, crime reduction, child protection and mental health may offer alternative career paths.

In addition, the programme develops easily transferable problem-solving, research and communication skills. This makes BSc Hons Criminology and Criminal Psychology a good foundation for other occupations in both the public and private sectors.

  1. Programme structure, courses, content and mode of study are subject to change. Study options are subject to some restrictions and limitations. Please contact the School of Law for more information and advice.
  2. All employability and extra-curricular opportunities listed may only be open to certain students and may involve an application process which may include successfully passing a selection process.
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