The course covers all the core areas of Psychology stipulated by the BPS curriculum. This accounts for two-thirds of the course and includes the workings of the brain; the processes and mechanisms of human thinking feeling and behaviour; and how psychologists, psychological research and therapy can make a tangible and positive difference to people’s lives and society. The remaining third of the curriculum considers the social-cultural implications of crime and criminality and the contexts in which crimes are committed and understood.
Why choose this course?
- Psychology at NTU received 96% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (2013), ranking it as joint 6th out of 114 institutions for student satisfaction.
- The BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology is a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree and will allow you to receive the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS as long as you graduate with at least a 2.2 honours degree.
- Tailor your learning experience with a range of optional modules. This will give you the chance to pursue your own interests and begin to shape your learning towards further study and / or a particular career.
- In your final year you will get the opportunity to take part in our Professional Practice in Psychology conference. Offering you the chance to experience life as a consultant psychologist, providing psychological solutions to real-world problems.
- You can gain practical experience between Years Two and Three as well as undertake a work placement or study abroad at one of our partner institutions.
- You will also be able to take full advantage of our excellent teaching laboratory suite. The facilities and equipment are exclusively for our psychology students and will help you carry out your own research and analyse data.
- You'll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff. In the National Student Survey (2013) over 90% of our BSc (Hons) Psychology students stated that staff are good at explaining things, staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching and that they were able to contact staff when they needed to.
- Our lectures are highly respected, with many involved in innovative research or are published authors in their specialist areas. Watch more of our NTUshell psychology videos to find out about our staff expertise.
"I had always wanted to join the police and so I believed that the BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology would be the best option for me. The course has allowed me to build upon my current knowledge of Psychology as well as my own personal interest in the criminal justice system, criminal psychology and youth offending. It's certainly provided me with the foundation for my future career."
BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology
Want to know more?
For more details about our BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology course you can request a course brochure. Open days are also a great way to find out more about our courses and experience NTU for yourself. Find out when our Open Days are taking place and book your place. If you can't make it in person why not take a virtual tour.
What will I study?
In the first two years of your degree, you will complete an introduction to psychology, core modules in biological, social, developmental, and cognitive psychology, as well as undertaking training in research methods and statistics. In criminology, you will complete additional modules covering criminal behaviour, crime and society, the criminal justice system, issues in contemporary policing and penology. In your final year, students sit further core modules in psychology, covering individual differences and historical and conceptual issues, and can tailor their studies (often with a view to future employment opportunities) by choosing from a range of optional psychology and criminology modules. Final year students also complete an research project in psychology, focused on a topic of their choosing under the supervision of a research active member of staff.
Year One Core modules include:
- Introduction to Psychology
- Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
- Understanding Crime and Society
- Research Methods
- Explaining Criminal Behaviour.
Year Two Core modules include:
- Cognitive and Biological Psychology
- Social and Lifespan Development Psychology
- Research Methods and Statistics
Year Three Core modules include:
- Psychology Research Project
- Professional Practice in Psychology
- Advanced Psychology.
Choose from a selection that currently include the following:
- Criminological Psychology
- Gender, Identity and Body Image
- Personal Relationships and Human Sexual Behaviour
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Trauma
- Young People and Crime
- Sex and Violent Crimes
- Drugs, Crime and Violence
- Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice
- Hi-tech Crime
- Work-Based Psychology Practice
To get a complete description of all the modules currently offered on this course download our module document.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed in a variety of ways and on a modular basis; through traditional means such as examinations and essays, but also in more innovative ways such as research reports, oral and poster presentations, case reports and a final year research project. Our diverse approach to assessment allows students to demonstrate the breadth of their abilities and provides opportunity for everyone to excel.
The range of assessment tools has been acknowledged as one of the strengths of the course by the BPS Accreditation Committee and External Examiners.
In response to student feedback the University have introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.
How will I learn?
The BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology is taught by experienced staff used to dealing with students from a wide variety of backgrounds and with varying levels of skill and experience.
To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university, you will receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods. The course is delivered through lectures, workshops, small group teaching and one-on-one supervision. The smaller group seminars and workshops provide opportunities to develop problem solving skills, group working, analysis, debating skills, presentation skills and discussion about a wide range of views.
Tutorials with staff
Students are also supported, throughout the course, via a dedicated tutorial system. These weekly small group meetings allow the students contact with an individual member of staff who will help them with study skills and advice about the course and curriculum. At these sessions you will also have the opportunity to:
- discuss and gain feedback about your work
- ask questions about the projects you're working on
- raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your university experience.
Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout the three years of your course the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you develop the skills required to undertake an independent study or dissertation in your final year. You will still have regular contact with your tutors and if necessary ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.
Learning from industry experts
In addition to the traditional lectures, tutorials and independent study you'll also hear and learn from renowned industry experts and professionals in related fields who are regularly invited to come and talk to our students providing you with an insight into their specialist knowledge and experiences.
Psychology Seminar Series
You will get the opportunity to attend the Division of Psychology seminar series which takes place throughout the academic year. The seminars invite experts and professional to present their publications and research findings. This is an integral part of the research culture in the Psychology Division and stimulates Psychological thinking and debate.
Virtual learning environment
You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.
Learn from the experts
You'll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff. The course draws upon the multi-disciplinary nature of the team through their expertise, research interests and industry experience and many have also published textbooks in their specialist area of interest. Our NTUshell video series highlights just some of the staff expertise within the School of Social Sciences.
Where will I study?
As a member of the School of Social Sciences' community, you will study on our vibrant City site. You will typically be based in the Chaucer building although you will also learn in the recently regenerated Newton and Arkwright buildings. All of our teaching rooms and learning resources are within a short distance of each other.
When does this course start?
The course will begin with Welcome Week in September and you'll study over three terms each academic year. For specific information, take a look at NTU's future term dates.
Welcoming students from all over the world
The University is proud of its multicultural community. We provide specialist staff, services and facilities that you need to help you through all the stages of being a student. Find out more about the University's dedicated services for international students
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
We have made a significant financial investment in the Psychology Division over recent years. This has included upgrading our facilities and equipment that are used exclusively for the provision of our psychology courses. You will benefit from a modern undergraduate teaching laboratory suite. You will also have access to five specialist suites dedicated to:
- social interaction
- group work and interviewing
- cognitive modelling
- visual analysis.
You will also have access to EEG and other psycho-biological measures to record the brain's electrical activity. Alongside these are new flexible cubicles for your project work, a psychometric test bank library and a technical workshop.
You'll have easy access to a great combination of facilities that include:
- the £13 million Boots Library that has a wide range of both print and online resources, as well as 24 / 7 IT facilities, group and individual study spaces
- the redeveloped Newton and Arkwright buildings which will provide you with an inspiring place to learn
- our virtual learning environment (NOW) which allows you to learn online at any time
- 3,000 student open access PC's and 300 secure wireless access points
- Our new City site Students' Union building will give you an exceptional array of social, leisure and well-being facilities.
The prime location of the City site gives you easy access to a great combination of facilities and activities including:
- sports facilities
- student accommodation
- music venues
Your career development
With the British Psychological Society’s GBC secured, you will be eligible on graduation to undertake further postgraduate (Masters of Doctoral) training in psychology, possibly as a professional psychologist (in forensic, clinical, educational, occupational, counselling, and sport psychology), to pursue an academic and / or research career in various areas of psychology or criminology (by working as a research assistant, for example, or by studying for a Masters or PhD), or to pursue criminology relevant careers in the probation, police or prison services. You may need to complete further training for some of these roles.
The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Psychology graduates are pursuing.
- assistant psychologist
- childrens residential support worker
- data analyst
- mental health support worker
- occupational therapy assistant
- police constable
- primary care mental health worker
- prison officer
- probation service officer
- psychology lecturer
- psychiatric support worker
- research assistant
- senior clinical support worker
- teenage pregnancy sexual health project worker
- trainee clinical neurophysiologist.
(This information has been taken from the Graduate Destinations Database 2007 - 2012).
Other graduates exploit the transferable skills they have learned during their course to pursue a range of careers outside of psychology or criminology. Psychology related qualifications tend to be very popular with all employers because they demand an ability to communicate effectively in both spoken and written forms (through oral presentation and the writing of essays and reports), an ability to solve real world problems and well-developed numerical skills. This all means you will be very well placed to capitalise on other graduate employment opportunities in areas as diverse as marketing, journalism, human resources, policing and teaching.
Our Employability Team
Careers and employability advice is available to all our undergraduate students and is provided by a team of subject specialists within the Division of Psychology and the University's Employability Team.
Did you know... that 95% of our students go on to work or further study within six months (DLHE Survey, 2011-12).
Psychology is very proud of its graduates and their successes, and we very much look forward to helping you graduate to your chosen career be it in psychology or beyond.
Excellent work experience opportunities
Our Psychology courses are designed so that you can develop all the knowledge and skills that you will need for your future career.
The course will develop your transferable skills, including:
- problem solving skills.
Highly sought after by employers, these skills will put you in a strong position within the graduate market.
The course also provides students with the opportunity to gain practical experience by putting psychological theory into practice. You will also get the chance to undertake a work placement or study abroad at one of our partner institutions. You can also attend our careers weeks, employability events and weekly seminar series.
You will get the opportunity to participate in our Professional Practice in Psychology Conference which is unique to NTU. This provides you with the opportunity to experience life as a consultant psychologist, to provide psychological solutions to real world problem scenarios supplied by external organisations, and to present their solutions to these organizations in a professional conference format.
We encourage all our students to take part in voluntary work. Nottingham Trent Volunteering will allow you to get involved in one day challenges, student-led projects and the volunteer shop.
You can also gain formal recognition for your achievements outside of your studies with our Acceler8 employability award. This award will improve your employability prospects and act as a record of the experiences you gain at NTU.
For September 2014 entry you will need:
- 260 UCAS Tariff points minimum achieved from a maximum of three A-levels or two A-levels and two AS-levels or equivalent qualification
- GCSE English Language and Maths grade C or above.
It is preferable that students do not have more than one A-level in a performance, artistic or creative subject. However, all applications will be considered on an individual basis. Performance, artistic or creative subjects include the following:
- Art and Design
- Design and Technology – Food Technology
- Design and Technology - Product Design
- Design and Technology – Systems and Control
- Theatre Studies
- Fine Art
- Graphic Design
- Leisure Studies
- Performance Studies
- Performing Arts
- Three Dimensional Design or similar
- Applied Art and Design
- Applied Art and Design (Double Award)
- Applied Leisure Studies
- Applied Leisure Studies (Double Award).
Psychology is about understanding behaviour in all its forms. Primarily you will have an interest in psychology (why people behave in the way they do) and a related interest in criminology (crime and crime prevention). Psychology at Nottingham Trent University is treated as both a biological and social science, and it is preferable that you have some understanding of the broad nature of the discipline. Ideally, you will be interested in learning about how to carry out research and analyse data.
All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and we are happy to accept applications from mature students, students with access qualifications and many other types of standard and non-standard qualifications for which we can calculate UCAS points. Non-standard applicants may be interviewed.
Please note that a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure) will be necessary before working with young people or vulnerable populations but it is not required for admission onto the BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology.
If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.
International and EU students also need to meet the English language requirements. Also see the full list of alternative qualifications for EU and international students.
How to apply
You can follow our step-by-step instructions when applying through UCAS. Just ensure that you check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder, when you have applied. We may need to contact you during this time. Good luck with your application.
Take a look at our guide to writing an effective personal statement. Use it when you start writing your UCAS application.
Fees and Funding
The tuition fee rate will depend on a number of things: your level of study, the course you are undertaking and your student status (home or overseas). Full information on undergraduate fees can be found on the University's undergraduate fees page.
To find out more about the funding available to undergraduate students visit our funding webpage.
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