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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2022
Duration: 1 Year
Campus Location: University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes
Attendance: Full-time
UCAS Code:CL84

About the course

Build on your previous Foundation Degree studies by furthering your knowledge of psychology and criminal behaviour and completing an Honours degree. In doing so, you are opening the door to a range of exciting careers.

On this top-up course, you explore a range of fascinating topics that will equip you for postgraduate study or a career in a related field. You expand your knowledge and skills around occupational and organisational psychology; atypical child and adolescent development; the psychology of mental health; and forensic psychology.

You also complete a library-based Honours research project in your area of interest.

Why choose this course?

  • Examine forensic psychology in practice
  • Explore the assessment and treatment of offenders, including offenders with a mental illness
  • Gain a set of valuable transferable skills including IT; communication and presentation; analysis and problem-solving
  • Benefit from a course relevant to many careers in the public sector, care sector, and education
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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more for UK and EU applicants.

We also offer a range of financial support for those of you applying from outside of the UK and EU.

Course Leader - Isabella McMurray

I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society in Teaching and Research.  In collaboration with colleagues within the School of Psychology and wider university I have worked on projects relating to housing needs of teenage parents, the development and resilience of looked after children, parenting projects in the community, the student experience, student employability and evaluating road safety campaigns in Luton and Bedfordshire.

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The campus where this course is taught

Units

  • Atypical Child And Adolescent Development: Theories And Applications (PSY001-3) Compulsory
  • Ba Psychology And Criminal Behaviour Honours Project (PSY028-3) Compulsory
  • Forensic Psychology In Practice (PSY010-3) Compulsory
  • Occupational And Organisational Psychology (PSY015-3) Compulsory
  • Psychology Of Mental Health (PSY006-3) Compulsory

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 assess 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.

Reasons to study in the School of Psychology

  • Our courses are BPS accredited
  • We teach in Psychology Labs, so you'll get theoretical and practical experience

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.


As a graduate of this course you will be able to 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 and charity work.

There are also 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.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year.

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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

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Milton Keynes campus

Our Milton Keynes campus is located in the town centre, very close to the main shopping centre and other amenities.

The campus has modern teaching facilities and social spaces to help our students 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. Our degrees with placements also give you the opportunity to get real work experience as part of your studies.

Location

The Milton Keynes campus is ideally placed with good local connections as well as excellent transport links to London, the Midlands and internationally.  By fast train you will be in London in 35 minutes. The campus is just a five-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the rail and bus stations, with all the businesses and amenities Milton Keynes has to offer close at hand.

How to Apply

Application for this undergraduate course is direct to the University of Bedfordshire.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

Application for this undergraduate course is direct to the University of Bedfordshire.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

 

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for this undergraduate course is direct to the University of Bedfordshire.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.


Application for this undergraduate course is direct to the University of Bedfordshire.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

 


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student