Psychology with Criminology BSc (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
3 years full-timeHealth and Life Sciences
Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus
Please note: this course is now closed to late applicants. The next intake will be September 2014. Applications are still being considered from International (non EU) Applicants.
The programme aims to provide students with an examination of theories, research and practice in psychology and their application in the context of criminology.
Students develop a sound understanding of the core subject areas of psychology, along with an awareness of professional practice, ethical issues and other practical applications. This is complemented by a cluster of criminology modules that analyse the area in a theoretical, research and practice context. Through their experiences, students gain the knowledge base to employ critical judgement and engage in independent psychological research that may explore the relationship between psychology and criminology in detail.
A focus on transferable skills in such areas as information technology, numeracy and communication helps students prepare for the world of work and pursue lifelong learning. In addition, the programme supports student personal development planning, through their development of reflective practice and in engagement in guidance tutorials. Successful completion of the programme to a minimum standard of a lower second class award provides students with the British Psychological Society’s Graduate Basis for Registration as a Chartered Psychologist.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
A mixture of lectures, workshops and practical sessions will cover core areas of psychology and criminology at an introductory level and as you progress through the programme, you will select optional modules which will allow you to craft a degree pathway that reflects your interest and expertise in one or more avenues of psychology.
Optional modules often include opportunities to engage with case study examples, observing specialist practitioners at work and may include the opportunity to engage with specialist equipment and build a portfolio of working practice.
In your final year, you will produce an original piece of empirical research in which you will be supported by a supervisor.
You'll be assessed in a varied and progressive way, through multiple choice exams, seen and unseen exams, essays, laboratory reports, visual and oral presentations, reading logs, critiques, case studies and dissertation.
Assessment methods will allow you to engage in individual and group work, student-staff and student-student dialogue and consultation to attain a range of knowledge, intellectual, practical and key skills.
This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. For more information visit www.bps.org.uk
Students are well supported in their careers pursuits. General and specific careers advice, psychometric testing and postgraduate information are provided, as well as an annual Psychology Careers Day where former students and other guest speakers deliver informative talks and answer questions.
The British Psychological Society Appointments Memorandum is available for job and course information. Students whose degree confers eligibility for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society with the Graduate Basis for Registration can choose to pursue training for a range of careers in psychology.
The Psychology and Criminology departments have connections to a range of external bodies and organisations, through consultation, placement opportunities and research, which ensures that the course reflects changes in practice and policy making.
In psychology and some criminology modules a key speaker programme offers the student the opportunity to gain invaluable insight into current research, policy and practice and professional experience within psychology. It is believed that offering the student the opportunity to study both psychology and criminology can only act to enhance potential career opportunities upon completion of the degree by widening potential career choices.
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