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Psychology (Forensic Psychology) BSc (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): C804 (full-time); C805 (sandwich)
  • Course Fee:

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  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: Three years full-time / Four years placement
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

This engaging British Psychology Society (BPS) accredited Psychology (Forensic Psychology) degree explores our psychological understanding and response to offending behaviour, encompassing the police, the courts, the prison system and offenders.Our students benefit from over 90 academic experts and weekly research seminars, and have access to first-class laboratory suites.

The course covers all the core areas of Psychology stipulated by the BPS curriculum. This 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. You'll also consider how all of these impact and relate to forensic psychology.

Degree Options:

BSc (Hons) Psychology (Forensic Psychology) C804

BSc (Hons) Psychology (Forensic Psychology) (Sandwich) C805 – this is a four-year course that includes a work placement year.

Why choose this course?

Teaching and Research Excellence

By joining a psychology course at NTU you’ll be part of a research active community.

  • You’ll design and carry out your own research in your final year and you may have the opportunity to compete for paid work as a research assistant between Year Two and Three.
  • In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, 100% of NTU's research environment in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of quality.
  • We’re a top 10 University for psychology in the Guardian University Guide 2019.
  • 96% of students on this course would recommend studying at Nottingham Trent University to others (National Student Survey, 2021).

Professional skills and recognition

  • Our Psychology courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) so as long as you graduate with at least a 2.2 honours degree you will be eligible to receive the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS – a necessary qualification if you wish to pursue further training and a career as a professional psychologist.
  • 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 also have the option of choosing to complete a four year course which includes a year-long work placement.
  • In your final year you'll get the opportunity to take part in our Worked Based Psychology Practice module. Offering you the chance to experience life as a consultant psychologist, providing psychological solutions to real-world problems.

A personalised experience

  • Tailor your learning experience – with a range of optional modules and pathways, you can pursue your own interests and begin to shape your learning towards further study and / or a particular career.
  • You will have the chance to tailor-make your studies by choosing options from a unique blend of modules across two subjects.

Expert staff and specialist facilities

  • Study in one of the largest psychology departments in the UK. You will be taught and supervised by over 90 expert psychologists who have a diverse range of interests and research areas.
  • You'll 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 data analysis.

Course accreditation

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What you’ll study

The course is a specialised variant of our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree, with tailored modules towards a forensic psychology emphasis in Years One and Two and a focus on our psychological understanding and response to offending behaviour, encompassing the police, the courts, the prison system and offenders in your final year.

Your first two years of your degree are designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in all core areas of psychology. You'll complete an introduction to psychology and core modules in biological, social, developmental and cognitive psychology, as well as undertaking training in research methods and statistics.

You'll also complete bespoke modules that explore the academic and professional context of psychology with a particular focus on this specialism. Further specialisation takes place in the final year where most modules will be related to the specialism. You'll also complete a research project in psychology, focused on a topic of your choosing under the supervision of a research-active member of staff.

You can also take part in the innovative Work Based Psychology Practice module, a unique feature of psychology at NTU. Taking on the role of a consultant psychologist, you will work on real-life problem scenarios supplied by external organisations, and provide evidence-based solutions to these organisations.

Four-year placement course

You also have the option of choosing to complete a four-year course that includes a year-long work placement in between Year Two and Year Three. You must apply with the UCAS code C805 to be considered for the four-year sandwich or placement course.

Study abroad

If you are on the three-year full-time course, you may also have the chance to study abroad at one of our partner universities. You'll decide early on in your first year if you would like to apply to take part in the exchange programme. You would study abroad between Year Two and Year Three, and it would therefore involve extending the course length to four years. The study abroad option is only available for students on the three-year full-time route, and therefore you must apply with the UCAS code C804.

Core modules

Psychology Tutorials

These tutorials aim to develop your academic skills, including in critical thinking, evaluating psychological research, research, debating and presenting.

Psychological in Context (Forensic Psychology)

This module examines the diversity of psychology within its current academic and professional context with an emphasis on (but not limited to) forensic psychology.

Research Methods One

An introduction to a variety of research methods used in psychology. You have the opportunity to develop and practice report-writing skills, understand experimentation and self-report methods, and gain practical experience. You will run and report upon your study in groups. You will be required to formulate hypotheses, search for and review any relevant literature in the library, prepare necessary materials or instruments, select a sample, collect and analyse data using appropriate statistical techniques, interpret the findings, and produce an individual written report of the work undertaken.

Statistics One

Study the fundamental concepts and practices of statistical data analysis in psychology. By the end of the module, you should be able to design research studies in psychology, and be familiar with a range of descriptive, nonparametric and parametric statistics. The module is assessed by one examination at the end. Continuous feedback throughout the year will help you progress, help you develop your skills, and act as a resource to draw upon when conducting research.

Cognitive and Biological Psychology (one)

Study the cognitive and biological aspects of psychology with particular emphasis on human experimental psychology and neuroscience. You will be introduced to: the structure and function of the brain and allied structures; the main approaches taken in behavioural neuroscience, such as functional neuroanatomy and neurophysiology; the language of biological psychology; the study of cognitive processes in a range of domains, such as perception, attention, memory, language, and thinking; the methods of investigating "hidden" mental processes; and understanding how empirical evidence can inform theory about how these processes are organised.

Social and Developmental Psychology (one)

Examine the fundamental aspects of social psychology, such as social attitudes and attribution, and developmental psychology, such as social, cognitive and emotional development during childhood. You will begin to consider the significance of social context for development, and develop a critical awareness of social and developmental psychological research.

Core modules

Research Methods and Statistics Two

An integrated module studying advanced experimental, psychometric, and qualitative research techniques in laboratory practicals. Supporting this are a series of lectures and workshops designed to help you develop your statistical knowledge and skills. Laboratory work will involve one experimental study, one regression-based study, and a qualitative study. All studies will be on an area relevant to psychology. You will be organised into small groups, and each group will have to run and report upon their study. You will also be required to formulate hypotheses, search for and review relevant literature, prepare or select necessary stimuli or scales, select a sample, collect and analyse data appropriately, interpret findings, and produce individual reports of the work undertaken. The module will also build upon the content of Statistics (One). Particular emphasis will be placed on factorial ANOVA and the concept of interaction. You will also consider the theory and statistical techniques associated primarily with non-experimental research. These include multiple regression, Cronbach’s alpha, multiple correlations, and exploratory factor analysis.

Cognitive and Biological Psychology Two

Study the cognitive and biological perspective of psychology, encountering concepts and research methodologies in topics such as memory, attention, sensation, and perception. You will be introduced to the structure and function of the brain and allied structures; the language of biological psychology; the main approaches taken in behavioural neuroscience, such as functional neuroanatomy and functional neurophysiology; a range of biological, evolutionary and genetic influences that affect human behaviour and experience; basic cognitive processes; and the relationship between cognitive approaches and other approaches in psychology. You will also consider the applications of cognitive psychology in accounting for everyday processes and in improving human performance.

Social and Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Examine social and lifespan developmental aspects of psychology, including: the major theories and methodological approaches in social and developmental psychology; the range of development across a person’s lifespan; the diversity of development of individuals and groups across age, time, culture and place; and the relationship between theories in social psychology and an everyday understanding of social behaviour.

Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

Examine several key topics aligned to individual differences in psychology – including personality, intelligence, motivation, mood, and mental health – placing this material in context from a historical and cultural perspective. Topics covered will include: the theories and approaches to understanding and investigating personality and intelligence; historical evolution of approaches to studying individual differences; real-world applications of individual differences for assessment, and intervention into emotional experiences, stress and coping, and health and illness; therapeutic implications of approaches to personality and personality growth; and applying concepts and theories in individual differences to society, e.g. in the workplace, education or training.

Critical Thinking in Forensic Psychology

Study the key debates in the psychology of forensic psychology and discuss how these inform current research and practice.

Core modules

Research Project in Forensic Psychology

A major piece of work whereby you will carry out independent research, the topic and design of which is decided upon in consultation with a supervisor. The project will demonstrate that you can conduct an extended research report, as well as show your understanding of the methodological skills and presentational techniques developed throughout the course.

Work Based Psychology Practice

In this module you’ll undertake a short work placement and consider how psychological theory and practice can be applied to work-based settings.

Optional modules

You'll undertake two route-specific modules, you can choose from either:

  • Criminal Psychology

and either

  • Psychopathology and Offending Behaviour or
  • The Psychology of Sex Offending.

As well as one optional optional module from a selection that may include:

Biological Perspectives on Psychiatric Disorders

This module examines biological accounts of psychiatric disorders, concentrating particularly on how biology links to cognitive deficits that are symptomatic of a disorder.

Community, Health and Applied Social Psychology

This module aims to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how to apply social psychological theory and research to marginalised and / or disempowered communities and ‘real world’ social issues. You will be prompted to use a community psychology approach to understanding health and well-being so that they do not solely focus on the individual or on society in general, but will seek to understand the relationship between the two. Students will be equipped with the skills to work with  individuals, cohesive community groups, and marginalised / disempowered sections within society and will work together to explore methods of how to promote health and well-being within these groups. Topics covered may include: social determinants of health; tackling health inequalities; stress, coping and mental health; social identity and mental health recovery; identity development over the life-span; dealing with prejudice and cultivating an inclusive approach to addressing social problems.

Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary psychology examines to what extent human behaviour can be explained by our evolutionary past and covers topics ranging from cooperation, cheating, comparative psychology and the evolution of the social brain.

Infant Development

Explore the psychological aspects of infant development with a focus on exploring a holistic approach to understanding an infant’s cognitive, emotional, social, and neural development.

Psychology, Educational Needs and Inclusion

Develop your own specialist understanding of a particular area of educational support needs, while encouraging critical reflection on the role that psychology can and does play in that particular area.

Statistics (three): Advanced Statistics for Research

Study advanced methods of statistical data analysis the kind necessary to study complex real-world data set. You will be introduced to sophisticated methods of statistical computing and deal with real world data.

Psychology of the Paranormal

The aim of this module is to introduce and provide a background to a variety of existential experiences, variously termed 'psychical’, 'spiritual', ‘paranormal’, 'anomalous', or ‘exceptional’ experiences, or 'aberrant perceptions or beliefs' by the research and health professionals active in this field. You will define the experiences and explore the psychological models and methods that have been postulated to explain them, critically appraise the various approaches and perspectives as applied to a core set of contemporary topics that distinguish this field of work.

Psychology of the Family

The aim of this module is to explore the psychology of the family, including their composition and context. The module will consider the various ways in which psychologists study families, including a critical evaluation of the methods used. The module curriculum will take a student-led approach, using your previous knowledge and understanding to design the content within the parameters set by the teaching team. This approach will encourage you, as a group, to be responsible and directive about your own learning. The focus of this module is on the family as a unit, it is not a developmental psychology module.

Person Perception

Human faces, voices and bodies are information rich, biologically and socially significant objects. The primary aim of this module is to explore how we detect, process and perceive them, or how we fail to do so. The module will consider how we represent and process human faces, voices and bodies on their own and together, drawing on real world (e.g. CCTV, Passport control) and laboratory based research and applications. The module will draw on elements of cognitive and biological psychology, social and developmental psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary psychology.

The Psychology of Sleep

This modules seeks to provide a comprehensive treatment of sleep, from its underpinning physiological science to the practice of how sleep might be improved. You'll gain a critical and practical understanding of key issues in the psychology of sleep through: providing a comprehensive exploration of the phenomenon of sleep. Developing students understanding of the major areas and issues in the field, with a specific focus on the biological basis of sleep, effects of sleep loss, susceptibility to the effects of sleep loss, sleep problems and disorders and their amelioration. Providing students with the opportunity to see how sleep knowledge can be critically integrated into other areas of psychological expertise. Along with the chance to understand your own sleep better.

The Psychology of Ageing and Neurodegenerative Disease

The module will focus on the challenges faced by individuals and society as a result of healthy ageing and as a result of neurodegenerative diseases (with an emphasis on age-related disease such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease).The module covers degeneration-based changes in individuals from a cognitive and social perspective. These include: Healthy Ageing, Dementia and the impact of other neurodegenerative diseases not directly associated to ageing on cognitive function and social functioning.

Black and Cultural Psychology

TBC.

Personality, Personality Disorder and Violence

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of personality by discussing the most prominent personality models such as the Five Factor Model, and more specific maladaptive trait models, such as the Dark Triad.

Psychology in the Criminal Justice System

The module will develop students' knowledge of the utilisation of psychology within the criminal justice system and investigative procedures.

Psychology of Criminal Behaviour

The module will develop students' knowledge of the utilisation of psychology to explain a range of criminal behaviours.

Introduction to Systematic Review in Psychology

The module aims to develop students to the necessary skills and understanding to conduct a robust, structured psychological literature review.

Meta-Analysis for Psychology

The module aims to give students a critical understanding of various approaches to meta-analysis.

The Psychology of Social Realities

The aims of this module are for students to critically engage with current Psychological evidence on social power, social injustice, and social realities.

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How you’re taught

The BSc (Hons) Psychology (Forensic Psychology) is taught by experienced staff used to dealing with students from a range 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, including  lectures, workshops, and one-on-one supervision. The smaller group sessions provide opportunities to develop:

  • problem-solving skills
  • group working skills
  • analytical skills
  • debating skills
  • presentation skills
  • research and data analysis skills.

Tutorials with staff

Students are supported throughout the course via a tutorial system. These 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

Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout the three years of your course, you will develop the skills required to undertake an independent research study in the form of a final year research project. Our final year students conduct research projects in a wide range of areas in psychology, some of which have been successfully published.

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.

Learning from experts

Our lecturers are highly respected researchers who conduct innovative research in their specialist areas. Research groups include:

  • Addiction and Aberrant Behaviours
  • Wellbeing
  • Development, Interaction and Social Relations
  • Language and Psycholinguistics
  • Cognition

There are also a range of research units including:

  • The International Gaming Research Unit
  • Emergency Services Research Unit
  • Specific Language Impairment Research Unit
  • Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit

In addition to the traditional lectures, tutorials and independent study, you will also hear and learn from renowned 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.

You'll get the opportunity to attend the Department of Psychology seminar series that takes place throughout the academic year. The seminars invite experts and professionals to present their publications and research findings. This is an integral part of the research culture in the Psychology Department and stimulates thinking and debate.

Study abroad opportunities

If you are on the three-year full-time course, you may also have the chance to study abroad at one of our partner universities. You'll decide early on in your first year if you would like to apply to take part in the exchange programme. You would study abroad between Year Two and Year Three, and it would therefore involve extending the course length to four years.

The study abroad option is only available for students on the three-year full-time route, and therefore you must apply with the UCAS code C804.

All of our exchange partners offer modules taught in English, including our European partners, so foreign language skills are not essential.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study, you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students, and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

How will I be assessed?

You'll 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, and by 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.

Contact hours

Full time version of the course (3 years)

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%), independent study (73%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)

Sandwich / study abroad version of the course (4 years)

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%), independent study (73%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%)
  • Year 3 placement (100%)
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)

Staff Profiles

Alex Sumich

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences

Alex Sumich

Andrew Dunn

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Dr Andrew Dunn is a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. He is an experimental psychologist interested in perception, memory, attention and evolution. His view is that humans have evolved…

Andy Grayson

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences

Andy Grayson

Angie Young

Principal Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Angie Young

Antonio Castro

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Antonio Castro

Christina Howard

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences

Christina is an Associate Professor in Psychology. She teaches on our undergraduate Psychology courses, Masters Psychology courses as well as supervising PhD students.

Belinda Winder

Professor

Psychology

Belinda Winder

Blerina Kellezi

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences

Blerina Kellezi

How you’re assessed

Full time version of the course (3 years)

  • Year 1 coursework (40%), written (58%) and practical (2%)
  • Year 2 coursework (42%), written (41%) and practical (17%)
  • Year 3 coursework (58%), written (17%) and practical (25%)

Sandwich / study abroad version of the course (4 years)

  • Year 1 coursework (40%), written (58%) and practical (2%)
  • Year 2 coursework (42%), written (41%) and practical (17%)
  • Year 3 placement / study abroad
  • Year 4 coursework (58%), written (17%) and practical (25%)

Careers and employability

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology (Forensic Psychology) course is designed so that you can develop all the knowledge and skills that you'll need for your future career.

The degree caters for both students who wish to become professional psychologists and those who wish to pursue other careers. Throughout the course you will receive training on a range of skills that will appeal to employers, such as training in research methods, numeracy training in statistics, as well as gain experience developing and critically analysing ideas and arguments in written form or oral presentations. During the first two years we will also encourage you to reflect on your skills and potential career paths to enable you to shape your university experience and development appropriately.

Excellent work experience opportunities

You'll get the opportunity to participate in our Professional Practice in Psychology module. 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 organisations.

If you have applied for the four-year sandwich course (C805), you will complete a year-long work placement.

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.

Your career development

With the British Psychological Society’s GBC secured (providing you graduate with a 2.2 honours degree), you will be eligible on graduation to pursue further postgraduate (Masters or Doctoral) training in psychology, possibly as a professional psychologist (in forensic, clinical, educational, occupational, counselling or sport psychology).

Psychology qualifications tend to be very popular with all employers because they demand an ability to communicate effectively in both spoken and written forms (through verbal 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 well placed to capitalise on other graduate employment opportunities in areas as diverse as marketing, human resources, policing and teaching. Further study or training may be required for some of these roles.

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 Department of Psychology and the University's Employability team.

Psychology is very proud of its graduates and their successes. We very much look forward to helping you graduate to your chosen career, be it in psychology or beyond.

Campus and facilities

As a Psychology student you will benefit from our dedicated learning environment, including purpose-built psychology teaching labs, state-of-the-art lecture theatres, and dedicated student study areas.


Our specialist research laboratories support staff research, as well as student projects, in the exciting areas of human cognition, behavioural neuroscience, human interaction and communication, and human development. These include:

  • eye-tracking labs (and mobile eye-tracking equipment)
  • motion capture lab
  • suite of EEG labs
  • transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) lab
  • transport lab, including driving simulators
  • developmental observation lab
  • interview and focus group rooms
  • computational modelling and data analysis lab
  • auditory perception lab
  • large number of bookable lab cubicles
  • various other technical equipment, including an Oculus Rift and video and audio capture and analysis equipment.

Find out more about these specialist facilities.

You will also have easy access to fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings including:

  • lecture theatres and teaching classrooms
  • open access PCs and secure wireless points
  • study areas and social spaces
  • Chaucer café serving drinks and light snacks
  • our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City Campus, with PCs providing access to:

  • Microsoft Office
  • email
  • web browsing
  • networked file storage
  • high-speed online printing services

The University’s main resource room in the library is available 24 hours a day.

Book and library resources

In our library you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within psychology. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our:

  • electronic resources
  • journals
  • books.

We have a liaison librarian who is available to give you detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources. They can also help you with things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

City location

The location of the City Campus also means that you have easy access to:

  • sports facilities
  • shops
  • student accommodation
  • music venues
  • cafés.

Entry requirements

Three years full-time

You will need one of the following:

  • A-levels – ABB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 128 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Four-year placement

You will need one of the following:

  • A-levels – AAB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDD; or
  • 136 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

Three-year and four-year route

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
  • Dance
  • Design and Technology – Food Technology
  • Design and Technology – Product Design
  • Design and Technology – Systems and Control
  • Drama
  • Theatre Studies
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Leisure Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Textiles
  • 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). 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 (Forensic Psychology).

Course transfers

Transfers between the full-time and sandwich courses may be possible when you have enrolled at NTU, but the transfer will be subject to places becoming available on the sandwich course. The transfer will also be subject to you meeting a transfer criteria which includes:

  • meeting the UCAS entry criteria for the course
  • passing your first year on the full-time course with a specific percentage average and no fail or compensated passes.

Please note that course transfers cannot be guaranteed.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Three years full-time

You will need one of the following:

  • A-levels – ABB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 128 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Four-year placement

You will need one of the following:

  • A-levels – AAB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDD; or
  • 136 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

Three-year and four-year route

You will need GCSE English Language and Maths grade C / 4 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
  • Dance
  • Design and Technology – Food Technology
  • Design and Technology – Product Design
  • Design and Technology – Systems and Control
  • Drama
  • Theatre Studies
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Leisure Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Textiles
  • 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). 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 (Forensic Psychology).

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before.  This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Course Transfers

Transfers between the full-time and sandwich courses may be possible when you have enrolled at NTU, but the transfer will be subject to places becoming available on the sandwich course. The transfer will also be subject to you meeting a transfer criteria which includes:

  • meeting the UCAS entry criteria for the course
  • passing your first year on the full-time course with a specific percentage average and no fail or compensated passes.

Please note that course transfers cannot be guaranteed.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

For students going out on placement, there is a fee of £1,385.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

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Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Tuition fees for September 2022 entry

Mode of study

International tuition fee

Full-time

£15,600

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that we can only make a decision based on what you tell us, so include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application – it’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place. You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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