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What makes Criminology and Psychology at Worcester special?

Criminology and Psychology provide complimentary approaches to understanding crime, its causes and its wider impact on society.

Studying criminology at Worcester allows you to understand the current explanations for crime, victimisation and deviance.

Psychology at Worcester offers opportunities to study many facets of the human psyche, including those that impact criminal behaviour, forensic or clinical psychology.

Overview

Overview

Key Features

  • Welcoming, friendly community of students and lecturers, including the Worcester Psychology Society, with guest speakers, group trips, social nights and a mentoring scheme
  • You will be able to engage with and draw upon a range of intellectual and critical processes in decisions you make in everyday practice
  • Develop an understanding of the legal framework and criminal justice responses to crime
  • Wide choice of specialist modules and types of assessment (including practicals, exams, interviews and mock research)
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree 

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Criminology and Psychology.

When you choose to combine Psychology with another subject in a Joint Honours degree you will not receive the BPS accreditation as this pathway does not provide full coverage of mandatory BPS curriculum content. However, there is flexibility to switch to Single Honours at the end of the first year if you wish to receive a BPS accredited Psychology degree.

 

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Study Abroad

Our Criminology courses have an option to study abroad in your third year. This is an excellent way to expand your experience and skill set. 

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112
UCAS tariff points

Entry Requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from UCAS.

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory modules:

  • Introduction to Psychology 
  • Investigating Psychology
  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice 
  • Professional Skills, Practice, and Research in Criminology

Optional modules:

  • Professional Skills and Practice
  • Applied Psychology 1: Performance, Health and Wellbeing
  • Applied Psychology 2: Forensic and Therapeutic Settings

Year 2

Mandatory modules:

N/A

Optional modules:

  • Cognitive Neuroscience and Biological Approaches
  • The Individual and the Social World
  • Research Skills in Psychology
  • Psychology in the Real World
  • Evolution and Human Behaviour
  • Building on Theory and Research in Criminology
  • Probation, Penology and Rehabilitation
  • Contemporary and Global Issues in Criminology
  • Constructing Crime - Criminology and Media
  • Victimology
  • Policing in England and Wales

Year 3

Mandatory modules:

N/A

Optional modules:

  • Criminology Dissertation
  • Youth Justice and Crime
  • Intimate Partner Abuse: Impact and Response
  • Organised Crime, Terrorism and Gangs
  • Mental Health and Substance Use in the Context of the Criminal Justice System
  • Cybercrime
  • Work Based Learning
  • Criminal Profiling
  • Psychology Research Project
  • Business Psychology
  • Coaching Psychology
  • Counselling Skills in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Cyberpsychology 
  • Living with Long Term Conditions
  • Social Cognition and Emotion
  • Understanding Trauma and Violence
  • Negotiated Topics in Psychology
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Joint Honours

Discover our full range of joint degrees and read about how your degree will be structured.

Find out more about studying a joint honours course
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification documents for Criminology and Psychology.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course

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Dr Daniel Farrelly

Daniel is a senior lecturer in psychology. He obtained his BSc (hons) in psychology from Liverpool University in 1999, followed by an MSc in evolutionary psychology from Liverpool University in 2000.

He gained his PhD in Psychology, studying the evolution of human cooperation, from Newcastle University in 2005. Previously, he has held research positions at Plymouth, Newcastle and Edinburgh Universities, and a lectureship at Sunderland University before joining Worcester as a senior lecturer in social psychology in early 2014. Daniel is currently the course leader for all BSc Psychology courses.

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Amy Johnson

Amy has been a lecturer at the University of Worcester for four years. Amy enjoys bringing real-world challenges and issues into her classroom and draws upon her experience of working with various client groups (homelessness, addictions, offending and domestic abuse) to demonstrate application. Specifically, Amy enjoys listening to her student’s ambitions and supporting them throughout their degree to reach their potential. Amy has been working with organisations across Worcestershire to ensure students have the best volunteer and work placement opportunities.

Amy enjoys researching offending behaviour and exploring how the criminal justice system is set up to support individuals with behavioural challenges and those who have a lower intellectual ability. Amy has an interest in the development of behaviour change interventions and evidence-based practice, particularly within the community and healthcare settings. Most recently, Amy is working on a large scale research project relating to the development of an integrated intervention targeting men in substance use treatment who perpetrate intimate partner abuse. Over the past twelve months, Amy has been delivering intimate partner violence and ADVANCE training all over the UK to practitioners at substance use services.

Sarah Lloyd

Sarah is a lecturer in Psychology, co-lead of Undergraduate Psychology Courses, and Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) Co-ordinator in the School of Psychology. She is predominantly interested in Forensic Psychology but teaches across the Psychology curriculum, leading the Professional Skills and Practice, Evidence Based Practice, Psychology in the Real World, and Psychology and Law undergraduate modules.

Sarah completed her MSc in Forensic Psychology at Birmingham City University and is currently in the final year of her PhD which explores the group decision-making processes of juries. Before joining the team at Worcester in 2021, she was an Assistant Lecturer in the Forensic Psychology MSc at Birmingham City University.

Sarah is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Dr Helen McEwan

Helen is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and co-lead of Undergraduate Psychology Courses in School Psychology at the University of Worcester. She teaches and adopts a mixed methods research approach, currently leading the Investigating Psychology, and Mental Health & Mental Illnesses undergraduate modules.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Graduates will gain a wide range of skills and knowledge that will attract employment from a variety of agencies and organisations in the criminal justice sector, whether public, private or 3rd sector as well as health, business, counselling, forensics, education and sport.

To help you prepare for your career, and maybe get a taste of different options, you’ll have plenty of work experience opportunities. We work closely with the university’s Careers and Employability team, arranging placements, both paid and voluntary, with many local and national organisations – including the NHS, Alive! Charity, the BPS, West Mercia Police Constabulary, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Worcestershire County Council and HMP Aylesbury.

You can also take part in workshops devoted to CV writing, interview skills, recruitment and assessment techniques. And you’ll have the chance to talk to guest speakers, and visit potential employers – as well as getting help to apply for work and postgraduate study.

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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

Find out how we can support you to achieve your potential.
Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2023/24 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2023/24 academic year is £14,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2023/24 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £122 per week to 'En-suite Premium' at £207 per week (2023/24 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

How to apply