School of Psychology

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies

Some people commit crime while others lead law abiding lives. Why? On this course you’ll examine the nature of crime, investigating the impact it has on society – and what we can do about it. Choose to study at Plymouth and you’ll get the extra benefit of a course that covers the same topics we’ve developed for community justice professionals – providing you with a perfect start to your future career in a wide range of areas, from psychology to community justice.

UCAS tariff
300
UCAS course code
C8MX
Institution code
P60
Duration
3 years
(+ optional placement)
Course type
Full-time
Location
Plymouth

Key features

  • Gain insight into life as a community justice professional – you’ll study the same topics as professionals working in probation, policing, youth justice, community safety and victim services.
  • Kick start your career – as a successful graduate, you’ll be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society, putting you on track to a career in professional psychology.
  • Expand your horizons and gain invaluable experience with opportunities for international exchange.
  • Enhance your employability and grow your professional network by applying for an optional placement year.
  • Develop your skills as a scientist working alongside leading researchers with the Research Apprentice Scheme.
  • Draw on cutting edge research across the social sciences to examine the nature of crime and explore the workings of the criminal justice system.
  • Shape your own study path with an exciting range of topics available through lectures, optional courses and project supervision.
  • Benefit from studying on a course that the Research Assessment Exercise rates as excellent for research and the Quality Assurance Agency praises for its quality of education.
  • Make the most of our specialist facilities – we’ve got 22 labs to choose from, including a virtual reality laboratory with 3D modelling software, sound-proof cubicles with a range of stimulus equipment and computer laboratories. You'll be able to get your hands on everything you need for your own research.
  • Receive outstanding student support with our award-winning Psychology eBooks scheme – we’ll give you free eBooks when you start, saving you over £1,500 in printed copies. Our Psychology eBooks scheme won the award for Teaching Excellence in The Guardian University Awards (2013).


Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll study the basic theories of psychology, covering learning, social, developmental, clinical, cognitive and physiological psychology. From methods of psychological research, to information technology, communication and critical thinking, you’ll begin developing important skills for the workplace. And you’ll investigate criminology, learning about the criminal justice sentencing process in England and Wales.
    Core modules
    • PSYC103 Cognitive and Biological Psychology

    • CCJS1112 Criminology and Crime Problems

    • CCJS1110 Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process in England and Wales

    • PSYC102 Learning, Clinical, Social and Developmental Psychology

    • PSYC101 Psychology: An Introduction

    Optional modules
    • PSYC107PP Communicating Effectively

    • PSYC106PP Discovering Psychology

    • PSYC108PP Psychobiological and Cognitive Aspects of Health Behaviour

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you’ll develop a greater critical understanding of psychology and how it can be applied in practical settings, building your confidence to use more sophisticated research methods. You’ll put your understanding into practice by developing a psychological skill such as clinical interviewing. In criminology and criminal justice you’ll explore theories of crime and culture, expanding your knowledge by choosing from a selection of modules, from victimology to youth justice.
    Core modules
    • PSYC203 Biological and Cognitive Psychology

    • PSYC201 Conducting Psychological Research A

    • PSYC206 Conducting Psychological Research B

    • CCJS2115 Crime, Theory and Culture

    • PSYC202 Individual Differences, Clinical, Social and Developmental Psychology

    • CPIE200 Preparation for Work Placement

      This module is designed to assist students in their search and preparation for a work placement. It is aimed at students who would like to undertake a placement year to enhance both programme specific and personal, employment-related skills during Stage 3 of their degree programme.

    Optional modules
    • CCJS2122 Penal Theory and Responses to Adult Offenders

    • CCJS2121 Policing and Community Safety

  • Year 3
  • You’ll have the opportunity to take an optional work placement after your second year, where you can apply your knowledge of psychology in a real world context. You’ll spend a year of study honing your skills on a psychological professional/work placement, gaining invaluable experience and making professional contacts. And you’ll receive a Certificate of Professional/Industrial Placement. Please note some placements may require Occupation Health and/or Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
    Core modules
    • CPIE301 Placement: Psychology

      Sorry no description available at present.

  • Final year
  • In your final year you’ll have the opportunity to shape your own pathway, incorporating the particular areas of psychology that reflect your specialist interests. You’ll develop an advanced understanding of the central areas of psychology through academic debates and carry out a comprehensive piece of research with the support of your academic supervisor. In addition you’ll choose from a diverse range of modules to enhance your expertise in criminology and criminal justice.
    Core modules
    • PSYC402 Psychobiology and Cognition

    • PSYC405 Psychology Dissertation

    • PSYC401 Social and Developmental Psychology

    Optional modules
    • CCJS3155 Comparative Victimology

    • CCJS3145 Comparative Youth Justice

    • CCJS3148 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

      This module focuses upon a contemporary criminal justice-related issue that has received attention in the media and in official reports but may not be well covered yet in an established academic literature. The purpose of the module is for students to collect data on the issue and to subject it to a thorough criminological analysis, using the variety of concepts and perspectives covered throughout the degree programme.

    • CCJS3149 Crime and the City

    • CCJS3150 Crimes of the Powerful

    • CCJS3156 Criminology of War

    • CCJS3158 Drugs, Crime and Society

    • LAW3235 Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law

    • LAW3236 Law, Literature and Film

    • CCJS3151 Organised Deviance: Cultures of Resistance

    • CCJS3143 Professional Knowledge of Policing I

    • CCJS3144 Professional Knowledge of Policing II

    • LAW3238 Sex, Power and Legal Control

    • CCJS3154 Women, Crime and Criminal Justice

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

300 points from three A levels. Typical A level offer BBB. Other combinations and non-A level qualifications considered.

International Baccalaureate: 28 points. All relevant international qualifications will be considered - please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DDM.

12 Unit BTEC National Certificate/QCF Diploma: DM plus a B grade from one A level or DM plus an A grade from one A level.                                                                                                           
Access courses: pass an Access to HE course in a relevant subject (science, humanities, combined, social sciences) with at least 33 credits units at merit.

Candidates concerned about meeting this offer are encouraged to contact the Institution direct.

English language requirements


Fees & funding

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Free e-Books

To give you a great start, if you are studying psychology as your only or major subject, we'll give you a free set of 12 eBooks when you start your first year. That's your main recommended reading for your core psychology lectures covered!

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Study abroad year

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