Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons)

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Study mode

Full-Time

Length

3 Years (Full-Time)

Campus

Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Forensic Psychology is a challenging subject - from anti-social behaviour and sexual violence to acts of terrorism, this demanding course will ask you to consider material relating to a range of different kinds of offenders and their offences.

Consider the following example assessment:

You have 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 would 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 will need to approach these topics with a thoughtful and professional mindset.

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.

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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 within the criminal justice setting. You’ll develop skills of collaboration and team-working, such as through exercises modelling the way in which 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, and assess 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 that could be encountered by a forensic psychologist at work, for instance in providing advice to uniformed or security services, or presenting an expert witness statement to a jury.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.

Selection by interview

Fees

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeC816

Careers

  • Progression to postgraduate study to become a Forensic Psychologist
  • Roles in prisons, courts and probation
  • Security services
  • Victim support organisations
  • Youth work

Student at crime scene

Forensic content is core to your degree

This isn’t just a psychology degree with a couple of forensic modules - forensic content is core to many of your classes and assessments. In your first year you’ll cover forensic issues in two modules: Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Intelligence and Investigations, and Criminal Justice: From Crime Scene to Court.

In your second year you’ll take modules on Risks and Protective Factors in Psychological Development, Understanding the Criminal Mind, and Forensic Criminology.

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A wide range of modules to choose from

In your final year you’ll study modules including Advanced Perspectives on Victims and Witnesses and Offenders, and conduct research for a Forensic Psychology Dissertation.

You’ll also choose three areas to specialise in from topics including Psychology of Gender and Sexuality; Working in Forensic Settings; Clinical Psychology; Serious Crime Analysis and Behavioural Investigative Advice; Responding to Sexual Violence; Crime Scene Forensics and Addictive Behaviours.

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Progress onto a master’s degree and become a Forensic Psychologist

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 and it provides the ideal progression pathway. Following a further period of supervised practice you’ll be eligible for the status of Chartered Psychologist.

School of Natural and Social Sciences

Our School of Natural and Social Sciences provides the best possible student experience with cutting-edge technology and strong practical elements to each course. You will work closely with lecturers and other students in the seminar room, the laboratory and the field.

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