UWE Bristol - BSc Hons Criminology with Psychology with Foundation Year

UWE Bristol

BSc Hons Criminology with Psychology with Foundation Year

BSc(Hons) Criminology with Psychology at UWE Bristol gives you the applied knowledge, practical experience and transferrable skills to rapidly progress in the career of your choice.

Why study criminology with psychology?

By studying crime, with the science of the mind, we can get a deeper understanding of how crime impacts individuals and society.

Exploring people's attitudes, beliefs and behaviour by looking at the theories, policies, processes and relationships that influence them is a crucial part of helping us develop better forms of crime deterrent, support and rehabilitation.

The knowledge base and skills these subjects give you will set you up strongly for many careers.

Why study at UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Criminology with Psychology is split equally between criminology and psychology, so you'll study both before choosing which to major in.

Supported by staff who are leading practitioners and active researchers, you'll study specialist modules, and get a deep understanding of crime, criminal justice, offenders and victims.

Apply theories and the latest research to real, contemporary issues.

Learn how to think critically, write reports, interpret data, formulate arguments, and make ethical judgements.

You'll carry out your own research, hear from guest speakers, and take part in work-based learning through our links with organisations such as Bristol Young Offenders Scheme, Bristol Youth Education Service and the police.

Activities such as volunteering, placements and internships will deepen your professional skills and knowledge further, to make you highly sought after when you graduate.

Where can it take me?

Criminology with psychology studies society in all its forms so it's the ideal platform for many jobs.

You could work in government, the police and prison services, the court services, the NHS, educational institutions, or non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working with young offenders or victims of crime.

You could also go into social welfare or the private sector, working in private security or law.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 or above in English Language or Literature, Mathematics and Double Science, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.

Career Prospects

This course provides the ideal platform for many careers.

Employers will value you for your level of practical skills, such as strong communication and critical thinking, and your industry-based experience.

Students go into careers in research, education, social work, counselling, charity work, healthcare, prison and court services, the police and the legal sector.

You could also go on to postgraduate study or a research degree.

Course Details

All Foundation Year students study together and will take four compulsory modules covering introductions to Sociology, Criminology, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, and university level academic and study skills.

This will ensure that you have the necessary grounding across all the social science disciplines, enabling you to develop a range of perspectives that will enrich your learning at Year one and beyond.

Study exchange (if applicable) 

If you choose the study exchange option, you'll spend the first and/or second semester of Year two studying at another university.  

Year 0 Foundation Year

Essentials of Academic Practice
Exploring the Social World and the Problems of Crime
From Plato to Nato
People and Social Science.

Year 1

Introduction to Criminological Theory
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Understanding Crime
Introduction to Psychology
Research Design and Analysis.

Year 2

Contemporary Perspectives in Criminology
Criminology in Action: Engaging in the Real World
Nature and Use of Research (Criminology).

Optional criminology modules
Criminal Psychology
Angels and Demons: Understanding and Managing Youth Offending
Drugs, Crime and Society
Crime, Media and Culture
'Difference', Race, Ethnicity and Diversity in Contemporary Society
Contemporary Issues in Policing.

Optional psychology module
Mind, Brain and Development
Identities in Psychology.

Placement year

Final Year

International Crime and Criminology
Criminology Project or Criminology Placement.

Optional modules
Victims and Victiminology
Protest, Policing and Public Order
Punishment and Human Rights
Risk and Risk Management
Hate Crime: Offending, Victimisation and Policing
Gender, Sex and Control
Illegal Drugs: Problems, Markets and Policy
Green Criminology: Environment, Crime and Justice .

Optional modules
Advanced Developmental Psychology: Theory and Practice
Applied Developmental Psychology
Clinical Aspects of Mental Health
Cognitive Neuropsychology
Constructing Gender in Society
Forensic Psychology
Health Psychology in Practice
Human Sexuality
Methods in Neuroscience
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Neurophysiology and Brain Imaging
Principles of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychological Perspectives on Political Violence
Psychology and Social Justice
Psychology in the Community
Psychology of Addiction
Psychology of Appearance and Embodiment
Psychology of Consciousness
Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Psychology of Work, Business and Organizations
The Arts and Mental Health.

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