Psychology and Criminal Behaviour (Top up) BA (Hons)





About the course

Build on previous Foundation degree studies to complete an Honours degree, developing your skills and theoretical knowledge of psychology and aspects of criminal behaviour, considering human diversity and difference, social and critical psychology, developmental psychology and mental health and occupational psychology.

Examine forensic psychology in practice and explore the assessment and treatment of offenders, including violent and sex offenders and offenders with personality disorder and mental illness.

In the final stage you will have the opportunity to complete a library-based research project in your area of interest.



Psychology and Criminal Behaviour (Top up) - BA (Hons) - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes

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  • Course level - Undergraduate
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  • Campus Location - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Psychology and Criminal Behaviour (Top up) - BA (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

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  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code -
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
  • Download Course Specifications




Why choose this course?

  • Learn about occupational and organisational psychology, aspects of social psychology, atypical child and adolescent development, psychology of mental health and forensic psychology
  • Study a range of fascinating and interesting topics that will help equip you for further study or pursue a career in a related field
  • Develop your appreciation of how psychology is used in the assessment and treatment of offenders
  • Gain a range of valuable transferable skills including IT skills, communication and presentation, analysis and problem-solving
  • Explore your potential for further undergraduate study, postgraduate study and employment
  • Benefit from a course relevant to many careers in the public sector, education and care work



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Full Time
  • Atypical Child and Adolescent Development: Theories and Applications
  • Forensic Psychology in Practice
  • Psychology of Mental Health
  • Occupational and Organisational Psychology
  • BA Psychology and Criminal Behaviour Honours Project
Part Time Year 1
  • Atypical Child and Adolescent Development: Theories and Applications
  • Forensic Psychology in Practice
  • Psychology of Mental Health
Part Time Year 2
  • Occupational and Organisational Psychology
  • BA Psychology and Criminal Behaviour Honours Project



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

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



How will I be assessed?

The assessments are designed to test your academic knowledge, oral and written skills, use of literature using primary and secondary sources, critical analysis of ideas, connections made between theory, practice, real life situations and the understanding and application of professional values including ethical issues.

Throughout your course you will be required to take a variety of types of assessment to identify your progression and success. These include self-reflection regarding your employability skills, cases studies, practical assignments such as developing a pack to help explain conditions such as autism to parents and children, group presentations, essays and exams.

Feedback is given to students for each assessment point and it is expected that you will use this feedback for your own development and to inform your completion of future assessments.

Entry requirements

This course is for applicants with a related Foundation Degree or Higher Education qualification wishing to top up to the full BA/BSc degree.

The BA (Hons) Psychology and Criminal Behaviour is a level 6 top-up award intended principally for students who have been awarded an FdA in Psychology and Crime (Bedford College) or Psychology and Criminal Behaviour (Milton Keynes College) or any student eligible to transfer into Level 6 from a Psychology related degree (i.e., who has successfully studied Levels 4 and 5 in a psychology related degree).

Or

Evidence of two years of successful related study at degree levels 4 and 5 and potential to progress to Level 6. Entry to the course will be through negotiation to ensure that applicants have the appropriate pre-requisite knowledge and skills.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

On completing this course students could progress into the following areas:

  • Police work
  • Public services (such as, the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, health service)
  • Market research
  • Business and personnel
  • Education
  • Charity work

There are a range of postgraduate study opportunities open to you for career paths in, for example, counselling, police and charity work, business and personnel and teaching. The School of Psychology offers a taught masters programmes in Psychological Approaches to Health and Management and Forensic Psychology.

The BA (Hons) Psychology and Criminal Behaviour (Top up) is intended principally for students who have studied two years of a degree (usually a Foundation Degree in Psychology and Criminal Behaviour or Psychology and Crime and wish to continue with their studies to the BA.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

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

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

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

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

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

Facilities

Milton Keynes campus is the new University campus for Milton Keynes backed by the University of Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Council.

Milton Keynes campus is the newest addition to the vibrant, wider University of Bedfordshire population of 24,000 students from around the world.

The campus and facilities

The Milton Keynes campus is located in the centre of Milton Keynes close to shops, businesses and local amenities.

It's easy to get to if you live locally and Milton Keynes is very well connected, being within 35 minutes of London by fast train.

The campus is well equipped with the latest facilities including:

  • high specification teaching rooms with top-quality audio visual and ICT equipment (seating up to 50 students) ensure optimal delivery of courses
  • special purpose electronics and telecommunications laboratory provides the specialist equipment for our future engineers
  • large general purpose computer lab gives hands-on experience to IT students
  • Learning Resources Centre provides general purpose computing facilities and small group study areas and silent study provision – students can study in the ways that best suit their needs, especially if studying at home is difficult
  • student social space to meet up with friends and colleagues, as well as for important events and get-togethers

High-quality education

Committed to excellence in our teaching, learning and support:

  • many of our teaching staff have extensive experience and some have received National Teaching Fellowship Awards for their outstanding contributions to teaching
  • we provide exceptional academic and personal support for our students with award-winning tutors and online resources
  • excellence in academic standards – courses underpinned by our world-leading research

Location

Milton Keynes campus is ideally placed with excellent transport links to London and the Midlands, and internationally, as well as local connections. It is just a five-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the rail and bus stations, with hundreds of businesses close at hand and near to all amenities Milton Keynes has to offer.

..it brings a university to my doorstep.

The new campus houses an array of modern teaching facilities, a Student Information Desk and the Students' Union, so our students can prosper both academically and personally. 

Study locally and save money if you're MK-based. For example, our foundation degrees offer you part-time and flexible learning study modes, so you can continue to work full-time and live at home whilst studying for your degree.

I chose MK as I live three minutes away from the University campus.

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