Psychology and Criminal Behaviour FD

About the course

This course responds to a major concern of any society: criminal behaviour. It looks at how resources are employed in detecting, preventing and understanding criminal behaviour and in prosecuting criminals and detaining them. It also investigates the psychology and motivations at work behind criminal behaviour.

The curriculum of this course highlights both general psychology as well as aspects of psychology that are relevant to understanding an individual's development from childhood through to adolescence and maturity. You will also explore the theory supporting and predicting behaviour in groups. Alongside your enhanced subject knowledge, you will acquire improved study skills, teamwork skills and time management. There will be a Personal Development Planning component to this group, during which you will reflect on your own performance and learning.

This Foundation Degree allows participants to maintain employment while they study. Following the Foundation Degree, you will be able to progress directly onto the BA Hons Psychological Studies programme, or seek professional employment in relevant fields such as police and community work.

This course is delivered in partnership with Milton Keynes College

Psychology and Criminal Behaviour - FD - Milton Keynes College

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - LC38
  • Campus Location - Milton Keynes College
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 2 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Why choose this course?

The course deals with the very important topic of criminal behaviour and how psychology can be used to explain it while providing you with a wide range of academic and work-related skills valuable to your personal development, academic progression and future employment.

The course aims to provide you with an appreciation of the various theories and perspectives in psychology, particularly in relation to criminal behaviour and includes core areas of psychology along with coverage of the justice system, criminological theories and their application to case studies.

The specific aims are to:

  • provide you with a critical understanding of the well-established principles and issues, empirical methods and findings in psychology and criminology and their application to society;
  • foster your ability to apply those underlying concepts in an employment context;
  • equip you with knowledge of the main methods of enquiry in psychology and help you to evaluate critically the appropriateness of different approaches to solving social problems relating to criminal behaviour;
  • enable you to reach your personal potential by enhancing your knowledge, key transferable skills and self-awareness through the development of critical enquiry, evaluation and analysis.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Psychology and Criminology in Practice (Work Based Learning)
  • Introduction to Social Research
  • Questions of Diversity and Difference
  • Introduction to Crime and Justice
Year 2
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Work Based Learning Unit
  • Applied Psychology and Criminology
  • Advanced Criminological Theory 1
  • Correlates of Crime and Criminology
  • Researching Psychology

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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?

There is a range of assessment methods which develop the skills you require to be successful academically and in employment.

Presentation skills

There is a focus on the techniques of delivering a presentation as well as summarising material on a general topic area you have chosen.

Report writing

You have an opportunity in both the first and second year to develop and carry out an experiment and to write a report in the style conventional to the subject area.


You will have the opportunity to reflect on your performance throughout your course and receive feedback as you go, so enabling you to be well equipped in completing a portfolio based on your work placement.

Essay writing

Essays allow you to develop skills of analysis and critical thinking as well as writing for a particular audience and in a particular genre.

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.

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

  • UCAS Tariff Score 120 points, with at least one C at A level and the remaining points attained at level 3 standard
  • An AVCE Double Award
  • An Access qualification
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureate or BTEC National Diploma

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Students may progress to the third year BA (Hons) Psychology and Criminal Behaviour, BA (Hons) Psychological Studies or BA (Hons) Criminology, or to further training or employment.

Opportunities for Foundation Degree graduates include some areas of social work, youth work (including in youth offender teams), prison work, working with substance abuse, counselling, teaching or the police.  There may also be opportunities in Human Resources.

If you wish to study a British Psychological Society accredited degree you can progress on to the second year, Level 5, of the BSc (Hons) Psychology or BSc Psychology and Criminal Behaviour course in the University of Bedfordshire.

Overall, the course will provide you with a sound basis for progression to the third year of an honours degree or for progression into employment. The assessments are designed to cover a range of skills likely to be important to your future, both academically and professionally.
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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.


How to Apply

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