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Criminology and Psychology with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalent Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent

UCAS Tariff

64

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: CC at A Level MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2022

Subjects

Psychology

Criminology

**Course summary**

- Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.

- Study criminal justice and psychological principles, rules and practices from contemporary academic and practical perspectives.

- Learn analytical and research skills for understanding the nature of crime and human behaviour.

- Learn the real-life applications of criminological and psychological theory to experiences and behaviours.

- Tailor your studies to reflect specialist interests, which enhances independent thinking and creativity.

Benefit from an academically rigorous and career-enhancing education with a joint degree which brings together two related subject areas. You will gain a broad multi-disciplinary understanding of the real life applications of criminology and psychology, and will engage in unique work-related modules designed to give you the practical edge needed in today's competitive employment market. Once you have completed the foundation year, you progress onto the undergraduate degree of BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology.

**How you learn**

The course is suitable if you don't meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology course. You share the first year, first semester with Law, Criminology, Sociology, Politics and Psychology foundation students. In the second semester you will complete a module specific to criminology which will prepare you for your transition to your subject specific degree of Criminology and Psychology.

We have highly motivated, knowledgeable and creative staff across the department who bring a breadth and depth of skills and knowledge from the criminal justice sector and the academic community. This enables high quality learning of the core aspects of the discipline, and a range of specialist topics and areas of study.

**You learn through**

- Lectures

- Seminars

- Workshops

- Projects

- Peer learning

- Placement activity

- Visits

- Guest lectures

- Simulation

- Case study analysis

- Online learning resources

**Applied learning
Work placements**

We have excellent links with the local, regional and national criminal justice sector organisations. Local organisations support our provision and provide activities ranging from placements, work experience opportunities, guest lectures and advice on career progression.

You will have the opportunity, should you choose, to arrange a year-long placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

**International opportunities**

You will have the opportunity to study abroad for the second semester of your third year, at institutions, which could include Australia, USA or Canada (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme following the Brexit transition period). You will choose the modules that you study, and get the chance to learn about different cultures and learning styles - as well as traveling to new places and meeting new people.

**Networking opportunities**

The Helena Kennedy Centre ensures that teaching focuses directly and indirectly on ethical and social justice issues related to the social exclusion/inclusion of a range of vulnerable groups and on promoting social access to all available community resources. You are provided with career-related support from department specialists who help with access to graduate opportunities.

Modules

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Introduction To The Psychological, Political, Legal, Criminal Justice And Sociological Sciences 60
The Practice Of Criminology 60

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Criminal Justice 20
Criminological Landscapes 20
Forensic Mental Health 20
Graduate Research And Development 1 20
Graduate Research And Development 2 20
Psychology For Criminologists 20

Year 3
Compulsory modules
Deconstructing Research 20
Living With Justice 20
Offenders And Offending 20

Elective modules
Animal Psychology 20
Disorders Of Language And Reading 20
Exclusion Rights And Justice 20
Experiencing Criminal Justice 20
Holistic Perception 20
Human Sexual Behaviour 20
Inspiring Real World Criminology 20
Introduction To Counselling And Psychotherapy 20
Investigating Cutting Edge Criminology 20
Life Beyond Crime, Substance Use And Offending 20
Professional Practice On Placement 60
Psychology In Everyday Life 20
Social Enterprise For Justice 20
Studies Abroad In Criminology 60
Witnesses And Victims: Forensic Psychology In Practice 20

Year 4
Optional modules
Placement Year

Final year
Compulsory modules
Dissertation 40

Elective modules
21St Century Crime: Threats, Responses And Human Rights 20
Atypical Child Development 20
Comparative Criminal Justice 20
Counselling And Psychotherapy (Theoretical Perspectives) 20
Crime And Justice In The Information Age 20
Criminal Justice Realities 20
Death, Dying And Bereavement 20
Evolutionary Psychology 20
Experiencing Custodial And Community Sentences 20
Forensic Psychology 20
Healthy And Clinical Ageing 20
Making Desistance And Recovery A Reality 20
Organisations Work And Psychology 20
Policing And Crime Reduction 20
Positive Psychology 20
Sex Violence And Extremism 20
Simulating Justice Practice 20
The Psychology Of Education 20
The Psychology Of Sexuality And Gender 20
Understanding Social Justice And Community Action 20
Weapons Of Influence 20

Assessment methods

Coursework
Exams
Practicals

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

61%
low
Psychology
68%
med
Criminology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

73%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

75%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
D

Sociology

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

69%
Library resources
73%
IT resources
67%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,084
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
21%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Caring personal services
14%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
11%
Other elementary services occupations

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
17%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Other elementary services occupations
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Customer service occupations

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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