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BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology

Course overview

Start date

September 2020

Subject area

Psychology

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

Our exciting and highly stimulating Forensic Psychology course will equip you for a future career in various roles within the wider criminal justice system.  The course is not solely focussing on individuals and the reasons behind the crime but also examines how the various social and psychological factors have an impact on lives and, in turn, offending behaviour.
Building from the broad grounding we’ll give you in basic psychology, you’ll specialise in evaluating the dynamic interplay between psychological and social factors that might affect offending behaviour, consider the evidence base in the area alongside individual pathways and lived experience. You will also develop a deeper understanding of the processes involved in the Criminal Justice System.  

The course is designed to give students both a solid understanding of mainstream Psychology and a more detailed understanding of Forensic Psychology theory, research and practice. You will be encouraged to critically engage with academic material, evaluate its applications and develop an understanding of individual pathways and issues related to research and practice in secure settings. Understanding both evidence and the experience of those who have committed a crime will assist you in the development of your own critical approach to professional practice and research in forensic psychology.

A degree in forensic psychology will help you build a career in organisations such as the Prison Service, the Probation, Youth Offending teams, substance use and secure mental health services.

It will also put you in a good position to apply for the specialised postgraduate training needed to become a practising forensic psychologist.

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

C816

UCAS points

Less points?

Course options

Degree + Foundation year

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk

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See Psychology from a new angle

Learn to evaluate the dynamic interplay between psychological and social factors that might affect offending behaviour, consider the evidence base in the area alongside individual pathways and lived experience, with our unique location right in the heart of the East London community. 

Accredited by the British Psychological Society

This accreditation is a mark of quality that students and employers understand and value. Studying a BPS accredited course will give you the opportunity to gain graduate or chartered membership of the Society.

A Rare Find in London

UEL is one of the few places to offer forensic psychology as an undergraduate course. 

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Simina Simon

Forensic Psychology, BSc (Hons), undergraduate

The course I’m studying covers a wide range of topics in Forensic Psychology, giving me a good understanding of the topic. The lecturers are very knowledgeable and supportive, and encourage students' personal development.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,700
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

Our Psychology degree will give you a broad knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of modern Psychology. You will develop a good knowledge of the influences on and factors involved in human functioning in all the core areas of Psychology:

Biological foundations
Cognitive Psychology
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Individual Differences
Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
Research methods

You will also develop detailed knowledge of several specialised areas through option choice, develop knowledge of research paradigms, methods and measurement techniques, of real life applications of theory to behaviour and experience, and knowledge of how behaviour and experience can be affected by physical and mental illness. This knowledge will be backed up by subject-based practical skills such as the ability to design and conduct research, to analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative data, and awareness of ethical issues and principles in research on human behaviour.

Key to many careers - you will also develop thinking skills, including analysis and interpretation of evidence, scientific reasoning, critical thinking, and appreciation of multiple perspectives and approaches. Furthermore, other skills for life and work including communication, computer literacy (word processing, statistical software), interpersonal and group skills, numeracy and statistical competence, self-knowledge and reflexivity, and planning and time-management.

In your 2nd and 3rd year, you will have the opportunity to concentrate on forensic psychology modules and in your final year, you’ll design, execute and analyse a project in your subject area.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

Thinking Like a Psychologist (Mental Wealth)
Introduction to Biological and Social Psychology and Individual Differences
Introduction to Cognitive and Developmental Psychology
Psychology in Applied Contexts
Researching with Small Samples
Researching with Larger Samples
Individual Differences and Diversity (Mental Wealth) 
Psychological Research Methods
Topics in Developmental and Cognitive Psychology
Applications of Psychobiological and Social Psychology
Work-Based Learning in Psychology
The Psychology of Sleep and Dreaming
Research Skills in Cognitive Neuroscience
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Psychology, Identity and Society
Developmental Difficulties and Differences

Core

Psychology and Social Engagement (Mental Wealth)
Forensic Psychology Research Project
The Psychology of Mental Health
Advanced Forensic Psychology

Option

Drugs and Addictive Behaviour
Cyberpsychology
Psychology
Advanced Developmental Psychology
Psychology of Choice
Cognitive Neuropsychology
Psychology of Belief
Psychology of Emotion
Occupational Psychology
Counselling Psychology

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, research reports, group and seminar presentations and a final-year project. Most of the assessment in your first year is by coursework, and we’ll give you as much feedback as possible.

The balance of coursework and exams in year two will depend on your optional choices. In your third year, half of your assessment will be based on research coursework and a work placement.

Course specification

How you'll learn

Our internationally renowned expert academics will employ the most up to date and advanced learning techniques to ensure that you get a broad understanding of Psychology through your degree. Our course combines a wide range of elements to provide you with a strong academic grounding. We will also introduce you to related areas of study, linking them to how you can apply your knowledge to work with individuals who have been involved in the criminal justice system.
Your knowledge of the area is developed through guided reading, knowledge-based activities with feedback, lectures and follow-up questions and discussions, and online discussions and activities. We develop your thinking and practical skills through reflective and IT activities with feedback, group (such as seminar activities), and online discussions and activities. Skills for life and work are developed through project work, as well as reflection, review and planning activities, for example, with your Academic Advisor. 

The Forensic Psychology course is highly interactive, with regular guest speakers from the local community and individuals who have experience of relevant services and secure settings.

Students on the BSc courses are required to gain work experience as they progress through the degree. The programme includes this as a module in which students make use of a 30-hour work-based placement and you will have the opportunity to gain first hand experience in a service that is related with your area of interest.

Your future career

The fantastic thing about a psychology degree is that as well as going into professional psychology - the skills and knowledge it gives you means you can work practically anywhere.

Our degree and teaching will give you the skills and experience in data management, data analysis, report writing, and critical and creative thinking. These are all skills that are now in the top 10 of modern employer's requirements for graduates - so the fact you will have these skills and experience means you're a step ahead and well placed for graduate employment. 

The forensic psychology programme will provide additional skills required for you to progress in this area. Many of our graduates are involved in research or practice in secure settings, forensic mental health services, victim support and various services that address the needs of populations involved within the criminal justice system such as substance use, sexual offending, domestic violence and knife crime.  

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

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