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Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons)

What is Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons)?

Forensic Psychology is a challenging subject. From anti-social behaviour and sexual violence to acts of terrorism, we’ll ask you to consider material relating to a range of different kinds of offenders and their offences.

For example, you’ve been provided with a case study of a violent offender. What assessment tools would you use to evaluate the case in light of the concept of psychopathy? Identify the interventions you’d recommend to treat this offender, and explain your recommendation.

You’ll need to have the maturity and sensitivity to tackle these kinds of topics during your degree. You’ll also consider the impact on victims and the kinds of support they may need to help them contribute as witnesses in the criminal justice system. While sometimes distressing, you’ll need to approach these topics with a thoughtful and professional mindset.

Study style

You’ll consider the real-world application of psychological knowledge in different contexts. You’ll find out what contributions a Forensic Psychologist can make as a member of a team working alongside the police, victim support organisations and others in the criminal justice setting. You’ll develop skills of collaboration and team-working – including exercises that model the ways evidence is collected, analysed and presented in the journey from crime scene to court. You’ll also learn how Forensic Psychologists collect, evaluate and present evidence, as well as assessing the needs of vulnerable individuals involved in the justice process.

Some of your assessments will simulate the tasks that Forensic Psychologists encounter, such as evaluating a case study, preparing a research report, building a portfolio, and making oral, audio or video presentations. You’ll communicate your findings in ways that are appropriate for the different audiences encountered by Forensic Psychologists at work – for instance in providing advice to uniformed or security services, or presenting an expert witness statement to a jury.

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Entry requirements

    • 104 – 120 UCAS tariff points, BCC – BBB at A levels, MMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

Course modules


Fees and costs

Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2023 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham C816 £9,250 £15,450
Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham C816 TBC TBC

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Possible careers

The completion of the course gives eligibility for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS). This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and gives access to any postgraduate course within Psychology (For example, clinical psychology). Typically, students would continue studying a BPS-accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology (Stage 1 for becoming a forensic psychologist). Alternatively, graduates can go on to work in:
  • prisons, courts, and probation
  • security services
  • support organisations
  • secure hospitals
  • rehabilitation units
  • youth work
  • research.

Industry links

This course has been designed to ensure you complete the core curriculum requirements set by the British Psychological Society, which means you can progress to a wide range of psychology-related careers and further education after you graduate.

You’ll also have the opportunity to tailor your learning to your forensic interests so that you can start developing specialist knowledge and skills relevant to careers in forensic psychology. In your final year you’ll choose from a range of module options which give you further opportunities to focus on particular themes that relate to your career interests.

Many graduates from this course will choose to continue their studies with a postgraduate degree in order to become a registered Forensic Psychologist. This usually means taking a BPS-accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology, such as the course we offer at the University of Gloucestershire, followed by supervised practice in order to qualify for Chartered Psychologist status.

Study a wide range of forensic content

This isn’t a psychology degree with just a couple of forensic modules – forensic content is core to many of your modules, classes and assessments.

Progress onto a master’s degree

Once you’ve graduated from this course, the next step in your training to become a professional Forensic Psychologist is to take a BPS-accredited master’s degree – we’ve been delivering the MSc Forensic Psychology for over a decade.

Become a Chartered Psychologist

Our MSc Forensic Psychology provides the ideal progression pathway to become Forensic Psychologist – then after a further period of supervised practice, you’ll be eligible for the status of Chartered Psychologist.


The University has a strong ethos in building your working skills together with your academic skills and strongly encourage students to undertake volunteering/internship options. The University will provide you with support in finding opportunities that best fit your interests.

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