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University of Portsmouth

Criminology with Psychology

UCAS Code: M9C8

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


112-128 Tariff points from 3 A levels.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 54-60.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29-30

29 points from the IB Diploma, with 655/754 at Higher Level - 30 points from the IB Diploma. 665 at Higher Level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM-DDM

112-128 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

112-128

112-128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

About this course


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

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subjects

Psychology

Criminology

**Overview**

Understand the mind of offenders, victims and witnesses, and learn about the theories of crime and criminality on this combined BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology degree course.

You’ll get a foundation in the psychology of crime, and enhance your studies by exploring the causes of offending behaviour, responses to crime, and how rehabilitation works.

This course prepares you for a career in areas such as the prison or probation service, criminal justice agencies and victim support.

95% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

**What you'll experience**

On this Criminology with Psychology degree course, you'll:

- Study in one of the largest criminology departments in the UK, with teaching drawn from the latest research in criminology and psychology

- Tailor your degree to your interests and career ambitions, and hear from recent graduates who are working in the field

- Interact with practitioners from criminal justice agencies, businesses and charitable organisations

- Get out of the classroom by using our forensic interviewing facilities

- Make the most of our networks with agencies such as youth offender teams, the probation service, prisons, and Hampshire Fire and Rescue.

**Careers and opportunities**

This course opens up career opportunities in areas related to psychology and criminology.

What can you do with a Criminology with Psychology degree?

Organisations you could work in include:

- the police force

- the probation service

- the prison service

- academic research

- victim and offender support charities

You could also work in third sector organisations and charities that work towards improving the lives of those in or leaving the criminal justice system.

What jobs can you do with a Criminology with Psychology degree?

Our graduates have gone on to jobs such as:

- investigative data analyst

- police officer

- probation officer

- youth offending support officer

- offender case administrator

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the field. You'll also get support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

**Professional accreditation**

By choosing certain optional units on this course, you can get pre-entry qualifications for a career in probation work and community justice.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Criminal Justice
- Essential Skills for Criminologists
- Introduction to Social Psychology
- Psychology for Criminologists
- Understanding Criminology

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Psychological Science
- Psychology and Criminal Justice
- Questioning Criminology
- Researching Criminology

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Community Justice
- Crimes of the Powerful
- Foundation of Economic Crime
- Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation
- Global, State and Corporate Security
- Hate Crime
- Introduction to Teaching
- Key Issues in Criminal Justice
- Law and Legal Skills
- Learning from Experience
- Modern Foreign Language
- Missing Persons: Issues and Investigation
- Penology and Prison
- Police, Law and Community
- Policing a Diverse Society
- Principles of Economic Crime Investigation
- Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice
- Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response
- Youth Crime, Youth Justice

Placement year (optional)
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year includes:
- Dissertation / Major Project (Criminology)
- Psychology in the Community
- Psychology of Criminal Conduct

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Contemporary Criminologies
- Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
- Crime, Exclusion and Mental Health
- Cybercrime: Deviance, Crime and Terror
- Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection
- Forensic Psychology: Investigation
- Gender and Crime
- Green Crime and Environmental Justice
- Intelligence Analysis
- Introduction to Teaching
- Learning from Experience
- Management of Criminal Investigations
- Miscarriages of Justice
- Money Laundering and Compliance
- Political Extremism
- Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
- Social Policy, Justice and Crime
- Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

coursework
examinations
presentations
group projects
a dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 18% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
Year 2 students: 17% by written exams and 83% by coursework
Year 3 students: 33% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 59% by coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
International
£15,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social 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.

81%
med
Psychology
83%
high
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

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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

91%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
87%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
D

Sociology

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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

83%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
E

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.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
60%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Teaching and educational professionals

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.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
55%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
13%
Protective service occupations
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

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.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£26k

£26k

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.

Social studies

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

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

£26k

£26k

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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