Psychology and Crime FD

About the course

This foundation degree provides vocational and practical perspectives on the application of both general and criminal psychology to the understanding of human behaviour, offending and society's response to offenders.

The overall aim is to foster the development of a knowledge base and a range of skills to enhance your future career aspirations and opportunities.

This course is delivered in partnership with Bedford College

Psychology and Crime - FD - Bedford College

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  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code -
  • Campus Location - Bedford College
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Psychology and Crime - FD - Bedford College

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - C990
  • Campus Location - Bedford College
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 2 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
  • Download Course Specifications

Why choose this course?

This course aims to:

  • Provide you with a critical overview of the well-established and emerging theories, principles, concepts, debates, and empirical methods and findings in psychology;
  • Create opportunities for you to consider the application of these underlying concepts to real-world contexts that relate to the areas in which you have experience of working, or wish to work in the future;
  • Enable you to reach your personal potential by enhancing your knowledge, key transferable skills, and self-awareness, through reflection and critical enquiry;
  • Enable you to develop strong academic skills which permit critical enquiry, including the ability to identify and locate appropriate resources for your investigation, to synthesise and analyse different sources of information, and to critically evaluate the reliability and validity of the information found and the conclusions drawn.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1
  • Foundations to Psychology
  • Study Skills and Social Research
  • Comparative Youth Justice
  • Work Based Learning 1
Year 2
  • Social and Lifespan Development
  • Professional Development and Research
  • Crime and Social Control
  • Work Based Learning 2

Discover the School of Psychology

Our ethos is to ensure that psychology is not taught purely as a theoretical subject, but rather the emphasis is on how it applies to real life situations, for example

  • eating disorders
  • how to teach mathematics to children
  • problems with eye-witness testimony
  • the origins of prejudice and stereotypes
  • how to enhance wellbeing at work
  • how to study

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How will I be assessed?

Throughout your course you will encounter a wide variety of assessment types which are collectively designed to suit the diversity of individual learning styles and preferences. Whilst you will be expected to sit some examinations, the overall assessment diet strongly favours different forms of coursework. 

You will receive helpful feedback on each assignment which will help you to develop your own academic and transferable skills and inform the completion of your future assessments.

In the first year, several of the written coursework assignments allow for formative assessment prior to the summative assessment. This means you will have the opportunity to present a first draft of your assignment with the expectation of being given feedback which will offer you guidance for how to develop and refine your assignment. The process of peer reviewing is used for this purpose in both the Contemporary Youth Justice and the Foundations in Psychology units.

Entry requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

2017/18 entry

UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

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  • Appropriate work placement/paid employment to be in place for when the course starts

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Your future employability is central to the ethos of this course.  In order to enhance you knowledge of the different career options available to a number of guest speakers from organisations which serve or are on the fringe of the Criminal Justice System.

A number of assessments across the units are directly related to employability which include the production of a professional curriculum vitae and reflective logs, which will encourage you to actively engage in professional development planning. 

Additionally, the course will allow you to develop a number of key skills which are highly desirable in the workplace. These include effective team-working, oral and written communication skills, the ability to identity and critically analyse the key information required to answer practical problems and efficient time management.

This course will teach you to apply psychological skills and knowledge to real life experience particularly working with particular client groups or teams.
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Fees and Funding

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.


Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

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