South Devon College

FdSc Criminology and Psychology

An ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted. Full confidence from the Quality Assurance Agency. 91 per cent student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey. Our achievements speak for themselves. Put simply, we’re passionate about teaching and learning. About providing the best, modern facilities. About helping you to achieve your ambitions. 

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • SOUD1345 Crime, Criminology and Society

    • SOUD1348 Research Methods

    • SOUD1351 Introduction to Criminological Theory

    • SOUD1352 An Introduction to the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales

    • SOUD1429 Methods of Detection and Offender Profiling

      This module will include an introduction to the history of interviewing and detection processes within the UK. A number of criminal profiling methods will be introduced, which are based on assumptions about demographic characteristics and offending. Methods will then be introduced and applied to explain how arsonists, rapists, and serial murderers can be detected and profiled.

    • SOUD1430 Social, Developmental, Clinical and Learning Psychology

      This module provides an introduction to four areas of psychology: learning, clinical, social and developmental psychology.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • SOUD2297 Individual Differences and Research Methods

    • SOUD2300 Criminological and Penal Theory

    • SOUD2301 Youth Justice, Restorative Justice and Victims of Crime

    • SOUD2385 The Psychology of Offending Behaviour

      A range of psychological approaches will be applied to explain offending behaviour. Specific offences, such as stalking, aggression and/or sexual offences will be analysed and a range of classic and contemporary research will be applied to provide critical evaluation of psychological explanations. Focusing on physiological, psychological and social differences that may exist between offenders and non-offenders.

    • SOUD2386 Victim and Witness Psychology

      A range of psychological approaches will be applied to explain offending behaviour. Specific offences, such as stalking, aggression and/or sexual offences will be analysed and a range of classic and contemporary research will be applied to provide critical evaluation of psychological explanations. Focusing on physiological, psychological and social differences that may exist between offenders and non-offenders.

    • SOUD2387 Policing and Community Safety

      Module will critically consider the role of policing and police, examining the policing task, the organisation of the police and key issues associated with the police in contemporary society. It will analyse the growth of political and academic interest in crime prevention and community safety. Involving the study of crime prevention, and the implications of community safety for social and criminal justice policy.

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.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

Our partnership with South Devon College

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with South Devon College

At the heart of the sunny English Riviera, we’re an award-winning Beacon status college. Add to that our ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted (in 2009), modern facilities and our larger-than-life Students’ Union, and you’re left with the perfect environment.

Find out more about studying at South Devon College