UDCRIPSY - BSc Criminology and Psychology
|Highest award||Bachelor of Science||Level||Honours|
|Possible interim awards||Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science|
|Total credits for course||360|
|Awarding institution||London Metropolitan University|
|Teaching institutions||London Metropolitan University|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Subject Area||Criminology and Sociology|
About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning
The course is delivered through a range of pedagogic methods including formal lectures, seminars, workshops, project-based research activity and individual tutorials held in staff office hours. There is an emphasis upon the link between teaching and research so that staff research provides the basis for teaching on a range of modules.
The course integrates face-to-face with online learning. All modules use Weblearn/Blackboard facilities making key information available and also providing a convenient place for handbook information, calendars and class announcements. Some modules, for example Researching Crime and Deviance, focus specifically on the development of CIT skills. The course will also progressively examine ways of further developing the link between face-to-face and online learning as ideas and technology develop, and as resources permit. The course encourages contact between students and tutors and, in the course of this, encourages active learning. CIT and other media are used to encourage collaboration among students.
This course features core modules from both criminology and psychology so that graduates will have developed key skills and knowledge from both disciplines. The course includes core modules where students learn research methods, how to analyse and read data, as well as core substantive modules where students learn around key issues as well as critical skills. In the second year there is the option of studying a module from outside of criminology and psychology which can broaden students’ knowledge. Finally, all students much complete a final year research project where as well as gaining research skills they also gain detailed knowledge on a topic of their choice
Course learning outcomes
The following learning outcomes incorporate and depend on systematic understanding of the key aspects of the knowledge base of Criminology and Psychology, including a coherent and detailed knowledge of some specialist areas in depth.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within Criminology and Psychology;
2. devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of Criminology and Psychology;
3. describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in Criminology and Psychology, recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge;
4. manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to Criminology and Psychology);
5. apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects;
6. critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem;
7. communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;
8. exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts;
9. undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature
Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference
Learning Outcomes cover LO1-9
Principle QAA benchmark statements
Students are assessed through a combination of essays, module-specific research projects, seen and unseen examinations and an individual largely self-directed project at level 6. At level 4 assessments seek to encourage students to specify and describe theories and institutions. At level 5 assessments require students to extend and critically to evaluate the knowledge they have encountered. Students at this level are also required to produce research reports including data analysis and interpretation. At level 6 assessments test students’ critical knowledge of applied areas of Criminology and Psychology and their ability to think and research independently.
Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad
During the 3rd year there is a core work placement module
Modules required for interim awards
At level 6 students must complete at least 2 30-credit modules and a total of at least 30 credits of modules labelled as Alternative core (3)
Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development
In the first year students begin processes of personal development planning in core modules and start to build up a record of achievements. They are encouraged to reflect in workshop contexts and individually on specifically what they have learned from modules and the ways in which this knowledge may be used in, or applied to, the wider social world. Specific modules focussed on research methodologies provide a forum in which students reflect upon their practice as researchers, its ethical dimensions and the ways in which this practice may be applied to solving problems in the context of volunteering activity and/or employment. Self-directed project research at level 6 provides an opportunity for students to consolidate this reflection, bringing together particular substantive areas of interest with methodological issues and considering how this might provide a basis for their further self-development and contribution to the wider social world in the future.
A combined degree in criminology and psychology is useful in a variety of professions including policing, social work, the probation service, human resources, victim support services and local authority research.
Graduates often undertake further postgraduate academic study or vocational training.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National or Advanced Diploma)
- GCSE English grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)
Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.
If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Criminology, Policing and Law Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) BSc (Hons).
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
Official use and codes
|Approved to run from||2013/14||Specification version||1||Specification status||Validated|
|Original validation date||01 Sep 2013||Last validation date||01 Sep 2013|
|Sources of funding||HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND|
|JACS codes||L300 (Sociology): 50% , C800 (Psychology): 50%|
Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered
|PC4006||Personality and Social Psychology||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||THU||PM|
|PC4007||Cognitive and Developmental Psychology||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||FRI||AM|
|SC4000||Introduction to Criminological Theory||Core||30||NORTH||SPR+SUM||FRI||AM|
|SC4001||Introduction to the Criminal Justice System||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||FRI||PM|
Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered
|PC5005||Individual Differences and Social Psychology||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||MON||AM|
|SC5001||Measuring and Interpreting Crime||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||MON||AM|
|PC5006||Developmental Psychology and Cognition||Option||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||FRI||PM|
|PC5050||Psychology and Employment||Option||15||NORTH||AUT+SPR||MON||PM|
|SC5000||Crime in Context||Option||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||THU||PM|
|SC5002||Perspectives on Policing||Option||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||FRI||AM|
|SC5050||Crime, Media and Technology||Option||15||NORTH||AUT||FRI||PM|
|SC5051||Youth, Crime and Violence||Option||15||NORTH||SPR||FRI||PM|
|XK0000||Extension of Knowledge Module||Option||15||NORTH||SPR|
Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered
|SC6W51||Criminology Work Experience||Core||15||NORTH||SPR||TUE||PM|
|PC6006||Clinical and Health Psychology||Alt Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||MON||AM|
|PC6051||Forensic Psychology||Alt Core||15||NORTH||SPR||MON||PM|
|PC6054||Counseling Psychology||Alt Core||15||NORTH||AUT||WED||AM|
|PC6055||Psychology of Learning and Education||Alt Core||15||NORTH||SPR||WED||AM|
|PC6056||Work Psychology||Alt Core||15||NORTH||SPR||THU||PM|
|PC6059||Social and Cultural Psychology||Alt Core||15||NORTH||SPR||NA|
|PC6060||Cognition and Emotion||Alt Core||15||NORTH||AUT||MON||PM|
|SC6000||Crime Control and Penology||Alt Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||FRI||PM|
|SC6004||Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime||Alt Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||WED||AM|
|SC6P00||Criminology Project||Alt Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||TUE||PM|
|SC6P50||Criminological Research Practice||Alt Core||15||NORTH||SPR||FRI||AM|
|SC6051||Serious and Serial Offenders||Option||15||NORTH||AUT||THU||PM|
|SC6052||Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism||Option||15||NORTH||SPR||THU||PM|
|SC6053||Victims and Crime||Option||15||NORTH||AUT||TUE||AM|
|SS6006||Gender and Sexuality||Option||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||THU||PM|