Why is there so much crime? Why do some people commit crime while others lead law abiding lives? What is the impact of crime upon society? How can crime be reduced or prevented? What part do the different agencies play? These are just some of the questions that Psychology with Criminology and Criminal justice Studies seeks to answer.
Psychology is the study of how people and animals think, act, react and interact. Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying such behaviour. All pathways are fully accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).
Criminology is a cross-disciplinary subject, drawing on a range of social scientific tools and methods which help to improve our understanding of the nature of crime, the workings of the criminal justice system and the society around you. It provides skills that are suited to a career inside or outside the community justice sector. The course covers many of the same topics as those which we are developing for community justice professionals, particularly those working in such areas as probation, policing, youth justice, community safety and victim services. This means that students have an opportunity to sample elements of vocationally-oriented criminal justice education which will assist in a future career.
In the 2012 Student Survey, 92% of our students were satisfied overall with their course, above the average for Psychology courses. You'll spend 24% of your time in scheduled classes, with the rest of the time spent in independent study and research. You will be assessed by a mixture of examinations and coursework - 56% of your work is coursework, so you can use feedback to improve as you work through the course.