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Forensic Psychology

Entry requirements


96 to 112 UCAS points at A2

96 to 112 UCAS points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

96 to 122 UCAS points at Higher Level subjects

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

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OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

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Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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96 to 112 UCAS points

96 to 112 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

96-112

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Forensic psychology

**Course Overview**

**British Psychological Society accreditation is applicable for the course offered at the Main Campus only. The course offered at the Burnley Campus is not accredited.**

- Develop a broad understanding of Psychology relating to Law and the Criminal Justice System, focusing upon areas including detection, prevention and rehabilitation.

- Our Forensic Psychology degree will provide you with a broad understanding of Psychology relating to Law and the Criminal Justice System.

- The comprehensive nature of the course means that you will have the opportunity to learn about expert testimony, eyewitness accounts of crime, rehabilitation, domestic and honour based violence, lie detection, crime prevention and many other areas of Forensic Psychology.

- Your in-depth understanding of Forensic Psychology will be underpinned by an understanding of the core areas of Psychology. By the time you graduate, you’ll have the specialist skills and understanding you need to pursue a career in understanding, treating and combating criminal behaviour.

**Why study with us**

- Learn from a team who not only conduct world-class research but also apply it in real-life forensic psychology settings settings – within the NHS, Prison Service, Victim Services or Police.

- Accredited with the British Psychological Society, providing Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). NOTE: The course offered at the Main Campus is accredited. The course offered at the Burnley Campus is not accredited.

- Progress to the sector-leading MSc Forensic Psychology course and pursue a career as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist.

**Further Information**

- Our links with the Professional Body are such that we will provide you with Student Membership of the British Psychological Society, which provides you with the monthly magazine The Psychologist containing information on new developments in Psychology and developing career opportunities. NOTE: The course offered at the Main Campus is accredited and provides Student Membership of the British Psychological Society. The course offered at the Burnley Campus is not accredited and will not provide you with Student Membership of the British Psychological Society.

- Applications for advanced entry to this course will be considered on an individual basis. We can recognise prior learning from other institutions but must ensure that all our graduates have covered the curriculum required by the British Psychological Society for the award of Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). No exemptions can be made against the empirical project. NOTE: The course offered at the Main Campus is accredited. The course offered at the Burnley Campus is not accredited.

- Progress to the sector-leading MSc Forensic Psychology course and pursue a career as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist: MSc Forensic Psychology reflects the academic skills underpinning the application of psychology to a forensic setting. It is currently accredited by the British Psychological Society to provide Stage 1 (academic) training for Full Membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology. In common with other accredited MSc courses, Stage 2 training for Full Membership (supervised practice element) is not provided via the MSc.

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- The major aim of this postgraduate course is to equip psychology graduates with the British Psychological Society Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) for Stage 1 professional training in Forensic Psychology, and to equip them with some of the knowledge needed for future practice as Chartered Forensic Psychologists, following completion of Stage 2 training - a minimum of two years supervised practice.

Modules

Year 1 Compulsory Modules: Methods and Practice of Psychological Inquiry, Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology, Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition, Current Topics in Psychology. Year 1 Optional Modules:Topics in Forensic and Criminal Psychology, Psychology of the Media, Baby Minds Psychology of Infant Development, Social Media and Cyberpsychological Behaviour, Clinical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders, Brain and Behaviour

Year 2: Compulsory Modules; Psychological Research 1 Design and Quantitative Methods, Psychological Research 2 Qualitative Methods, Social and Developmental Psychology, Cognitive and Physiological Psychology, Individual Differences, Forensic Psychology. Year 2 Optional Modules: Neurocognitive Development & Disorders, Clinical Psychology, Cyberpsychology Identity and Online Behaviour, Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience.

Year 3: Compulsory Modules: Forensic Psychology Project, Violent and Sexual Offending, Crime: Impacts and Consequences. Year 3 Optional Modules: Psychology Placement Module, EITHER Neuropsychological Disorders and Techniques OR Brain Treatments and Behaviour, EITHER Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting OR Advanced Developmental Psychopathology, EITHER Application of Clinical Psychology Practice Clinical Research Service Delivery OR Cognitive Behaviour Assessment and Treatment Planning in Clinical Psychology, EITHER Psychological Aspects of Cyberspace Theory Research and Applications OR Understanding Human Behaviour in Cyberspace: Current Problems, Debates & Insights.

Tuition fees

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£9,250
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£9,250
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Northern Ireland
£9,250
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Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

University of Central Lancashire

Burnley Campus

Department:

School of Psychology and Computer Sciences

TEF rating:
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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.

87%
med
Forensic psychology

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.

Applied psychology

Teaching and learning

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
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

96%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
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?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
17%
Male students
83%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


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Psychology

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£16,500
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Average annual salary
97%
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Employed or in further education
41%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Caring personal services
16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Natural and social science professionals

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

Psychology

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