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About this course

Criminology and psychology are closely-related subjects that allow you to explore the workings of the human mind in an alternative way. The advantage of studying these subjects together are that psychogical theories can be illuminated through the study of crime to create a truly insightful application of both subjects.

Our two-year fast-track degrees are awarded by the University of Surrey. They have been created so that you can:

  • Start your career or masters course a year sooner
  • Save money by paying for just two years’ tuition fees
  • Save money on the costs associated with being a student

Based at Farnborough College of Technology, we offer classroom-based lectures, a small campus experience and plenty of personalised support. This makes us a popular choice locally for those who want to study higher education in a down-to-earth setting – where you won’t get lost in the crowd.

Modules chosen at Level 5 and Level 6 will define the particular degree title awarded, of either BA (Hons) Criminology with Psychology or BA (Hons) Psychology with Criminology.

The University Centre Farnborough Experience:

✓ Degrees awarded by the prestigious University of Surrey
✓ Nationally-recognised HNC/Ds awarded by Pearson
✓ Small campus experience where you won’t get lost in the crowd
✓ Dynamic new University Centre building and Study Centre
✓ Cash bursary of up to £2k for those students/courses that are eligible
✓ Welcoming environment for both mature students and college leavers
✓ Work-focused qualifications that link to the needs of the workplace
✓ Recognition of prior learning and experiences mean you could join a degree in the second or third year
✓ Graduation ceremony to share your successes

What will I study?

Criminology

The study of crime is a fascinating area to delve into. During your degree, you will begin to think like a criminologist, by unpicking the theories that seek to explain types and trends of crime and how society and the police choose to deal with them.

You will use quantitative research methods to inspect topics such as victimology where you will explore the psychological effects of crime victims, and criminal profiling where you will investigate what makes a criminal and how can you identify them.

This course will introduce you to many fascinating theories and practices within the subject of crime. You will be debating a range of thought-provoking ideas and working on assignments that reflect both crime prevention and critical issues that surround crime.

Psychology

For those interested in the mind and human behaviour, psychology is a fascinating subject to explore. Our degree introduces you to a number of insightful topics, designed to stimulate and challenge your way of thinking.

Biological, social, developmental and cognitive psychology are investigated to uncover the reasons for certain human behaviours. These topics are linked to real-life issues to encourage relevant thought about why people are the way they are.

You will dive into important topics such as research methods and data analysis to ensure your work is academically sound while feeling confident about your ability to create insightful work that unpicks the human mind.

£2,000 Bursary

A limited number of £2,000 cash bursaries are available to eligible new undergraduates in their first year. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply on our Finance webpage.

Fees

FEE COST
Fee Per Year £8000

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

How will I be taught?

The style of teaching and learning used in this programme has been carefully designed to suit the subject matter. We recognise that students learn in various ways, so we use a range of different teaching methods and situations to best deliver the learning outcomes for each module. The range of teaching and learning methods used in this programme includes:

  • Lecture-based presentations
  • Individual and group project work
  • Individual presentations
  • Group and individual tutorials
  • Case studies
  • Classroom activities promoting interaction at peer and tutor level

What modules are covered?

Level 4 (Year 1: September – April)
The aim of the Level 4 programme is to give you a thorough grounding in a both psychology and criminology. Typical topics studied include:

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Criminological Theories
  • The Police and Policing
  • Academic Skills
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods 
  • Global Issues

Level 5 (April in Year 1 – December in Year 2)
Level 5 of the programme offers you the opportunity to develop your skills in more depth in a range of topics. Options are chosen from the following:

  • Victimology
  • Types and Trends of Crime
  • Diversity and Crime
  • Using Quantitative Research Methods 
  • Social Research Methods
  • Social Psychology I
  • Biological Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology

Level 6 (January in Year 2 to July in Year 2)
In the final Level of study you have the opportunity to specialise in a chosen area. For example:

  • Crime Prevention
  • Critical Issues in Criminology
  • Criminal Profiling
  • Dissertation (Criminology)
  • Social Psychology II
  • Individual Differences
  • Cognitive Psychology

In addition to taught modules a dissertation will allow you to conduct research and investigate a topic in greater depth.

How will I be assessed?

A wide range of assessment methods are used in this programme, which have been chosen to suit the subject material being taught. The range of assessment methods you will experience will give you the confidence and capability to complete an honours degree and progress further in your career. Your tutor will be on hand to provide support during the assessment process and discuss any queries you may have.

The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes:

  • In-class tests
  • Assessed assignments
  • Formative assessment through assignment work feedback
  • Formal seen examination
  • ​Formal unseen examinations
  • Poster presentations
  • Powerpoint presentations

Programme Structure

The structure of our programmes follows educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification documents found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the learning outcomes.

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Progression

What Next?

As a joint honours graduate, you could start a career in either of the two subjects you have studied. You could also look into studying a master's degree in a subject related to your degree.

There are a wide number of careers where your new degree will be relavant. Some of the examples below may require extra training and experience first. Please speak to our careers advisers to discover which career routes are best for you.

The BSc joint Honours programme taught at Farnborough UCF is awarded by the University of Surrey.  Those students considering pursuing a career in psychology will need to take a Master’s Degree to convert their undergraduate degree into a BPS-accredited qualification. The British Psychological Society (BPS) is a representative body for psychologists and psychology in the United Kingdom.  

Psychology

Jobs directly related to psychology degrees include:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Counselling psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Further education teacher
  • Health psychologist
  • High intensity therapist
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Psychological wellbeing practitioner
  • Sport and exercise psychologist

Jobs where a degree in psychology might be useful include:

  • Advice worker
  • Careers adviser
  • Chaplain
  • Counsellor
  • Detective
  • Human resources officer
  • Life coach
  • Market researcher
  • Play therapist
  • Psychotherapist

Criminology

Jobs directly related to a criminology degree include:

  • Community development worker
  • Detective
  • Police officer
  • Prison officer
  • Probation officer
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker

Jobs where a criminology degree might be useful include:

  • Adult guidance worker
  • Chaplain
  • Charity officer
  • Data scientist
  • Forensic computer analyst
  • Housing manager/officer
  • Local government officer
  • Paralegal
  • Social researcher
  • Solicitor

Transferable Skills

  • Independent working
  • Time management and organisation
  • Planning and researching written work
  • Leading and participating in discussions
  • Negotiation and teamworking to present ideas and information
  • Effectively conveying arguments and opinions and thinking creatively
  • Using your judgement to weigh up alternative perspectives
  • Critical reasoning and analysis
  • Using IT

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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:

  • Via the UCAS website. Visit www.ucas.com and browse the courses available under 'University Centre Farnborough'. 
  • Directly to University Centre Farnborough via the button on this webpage. Applications take around 15 minutes and are free of charge. You can apply to us direct at any time in the year (including after the UCAS deadline). Applications of this type are seperate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

UCAS Code:CL83

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

Either:

  • 72 UCAS points from relevant subject(s)
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma, with suitable grades
  • As a mature students who has relevant evidence of work experience and/or relevant recent study following a successful interview

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Jon

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Before my degree I studied an Access to Higher Education course, so I was already familiar with the lecturers. 

University Centre Farnborough is really good because it's close to home, we have small class sizes, and are able to use the University of Surrey library as well as the one here at Farnborough for our research.

The tutors are always available when you need them, they're flexible, and they're always looking out for you. For example, I once missed a lecture and my tutor rang me up to check that I was okay because it was so out of character. 

My degree helps with everything, not just my work, and it's taught me to be more rounded in my approach and to look at different perspectives of psychology. 

Jon

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