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Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time

Campus

Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Designed with HM Prison Service input, there is a specialist focus on the detection and prosecution of sexual offences

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this course is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes required for a career in forensic settings such as the police, prison and probation services, secure units, special hospitals, or the Home Office.

The programme emphasises the importance of practitioner skills, providing training in project management and business skills needed for professional practice, including consultancy. The assessment strategy was designed with input from HM Prison Service to replicate tasks faced in professional settings, such as preparing expert witness statements and case formulations, and engaging in reflective practice.

The course has a particular focus on issues surrounding the commission, detection and prosecution of sexual offences, and the management and treatment of sex offenders. As well as developing a professional specialism, this emphasis provides the grounding for students interested in pursuing an academic career. Students are equipped with advanced research skills in designing, conducting and executing research projects.

Study style

The assessment strategy was designed with input from HM Prison Service to replicate tasks faced in professional settings, such as preparing expert witness statements and case formulations, and engaging in reflective practice. Your assessments will include a range of coursework (no exams), including reflective practice reports, case formulations, and expert witness reports.

Entry requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent in Psychology
  • You will need Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC)
  • A strong academic reference
  • International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent.

Please see the tuition fees.

Careers

  • Prison Service
  • Special hospitals, secure units/settings
  • Academic/research

Specialist focus on detection and prosecution of sexual offenses

The course has a particular focus on issues surrounding the commission, detection and prosecution of sexual offences, and the management and treatment of sex offenders. As well as developing a professional specialism, this emphasis provides you with a grounding for pursuing an academic career as you will be equipped with advanced research skills in designing, conducting and executing research projects.

Assessments designed with input from HM Prison Service

The programme emphasises the importance of practitioner skills, providing training in project management and business skills needed for professional practice, including consultancy. The assessment strategy was designed with input from HM Prison Service to replicate tasks faced in professional settings, such as preparing expert witness statements and case formulations, and engaging in reflective practice.

Ideal for forensic careers in settings such as the probation service

Accredited by the British Psychological Society, this course is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes required for a career in forensic settings such as the police, prison and probation services, secure units, special hospitals, or the Home Office.

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