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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 2 Years
UCAS Code:Pending
Campus Location: Central Bedfordshire College

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.


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.

Units

  • Introduction To Crime And Justice (PSY017-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Psychology (PSY016-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Social Research (PSY010-1) Compulsory
  • Personal And Professional Development (PSY009-1) Compulsory
  • Psychology And Criminology In Practice (PSY014-1) Compulsory
  • Questions Of Diversity And Difference (PSY012-1) Compulsory
  • Advanced Criminological Theory: The Causes And Correlates Of Crime And Criminality (PSY011-2) Compulsory
  • Applied Psychology And Criminology (PSY013-2) Compulsory
  • Researching Psychology (PSY012-2) Compulsory
  • Social And Developmental Psychology (PSY015-2) Compulsory
  • Work-Based Learning (PSY010-2) Compulsory

There is a range of assessment methods which develop the skills you require to be successful academically and in employment. There are written essays, case studies, portfolios, presentations, reports and article critiques. The assignment briefs are introduced in the unit sessions along with the assessment criteria. There are practice activities to prepare you for the different assessment types you will encounter and discussion around the skills you will be developing. Development of presentation skills: Presentation skills are introduced in Level 4 where there is a focus on the techniques of delivering a presentation as well as summarising material on a general topic area you have chosen. These skills are further developed in Level 5 where you present aspects of a group organised study. Development of group-work related assessments: Group-work forms a key activity throughout the course and allows you to reflect on interactions with peers with an element of professional skills assessment. Development of 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. Portfolios You will have the opportunity to reflect on your performance throughout your course and receive feedback as you go so are in a good place to complete a portfolio based on your work placement. Development of 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. There is an early literature review in the Foundations to Psychology unit where you practise researching a topic. You can then use the feedback on that assessment to tackle the essay later on. Besides these there is a range of other assessment types such as: computer-based assessments, exams and much more. Support is readily provided during small group tutorials

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.

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.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

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
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


The practical and specialised skills you acquire on the course, in conjunction with the qualifications, will help to qualify you for fascinating career opportunities in the police, prison service, social services and the mental health sector, among others.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree delivered at our Partner Institutions for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

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 fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

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 fee for a Foundation Degree delivered at our Partner Institutions for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

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 fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

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

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

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

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

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

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

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 most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

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

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


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