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University of Gloucestershire
Undergraduate

Forensic Psychology

BSc (Hons)
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Study type
Full Time
Course length
3 Years
Campus
Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham
UCAS Code
C816

Course overview

Forensic Psychology is the application of Psychology to crime and criminal justice, from police investigations to rehabilitation of offenders. This can be a challenging subject, as you will have to consider material relating to a range of different kinds of offenders and their offences.

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.

You’ll cover all the British Psychological Society required content with an application to crime, as well as have some introduction to criminology and policing to give you a comprehensive of the causes and effects of crime as well as how psychology can be applied to the criminal justice system.

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.

It’s planned that this course will be taught at UoG’s new campus in Gloucester city centre from September 2025.

The vibrant campus will be at the heart of the regeneration of Gloucester city centre. It will bring an iconic building back to life as a modern centre for teaching, learning and community partnerships, through placements, research and outreach activity, and provide cutting-edge facilities for your course.

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Entry requirements

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    • 96 UCAS tariff points, CCC at A levels, MMM at BTEC or a Pass (C and above) 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.

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Fees and costs

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Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
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Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham C816 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 City Campus, Gloucester C816 TBC TBC
Sep 2026 City Campus, Gloucester C816 TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

95% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

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Careers

This course is designed to ensure you complete the core curriculum requirements set by the British Psychological Society, which means you can pursue a wide range of psychology-related careers and further education following graduation – from working in prisons, probation and rehabilitation units to the security service and research.

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 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 programme we offer here at UoG, 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.

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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.

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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.

Students on the Forensic Psychology course holding up evidence and looking at it

Placements

In your second year you’ll gain professional experience by doing a mini placement, either with an outside organisation or with one of our staff members. In your third year, you’ll have the option to do a longer placement to get further professional experience. We have links with many external organisations working with offenders and victims of crime, such as prisons, Victim Support and Circles South West.

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