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Criminology with Psychology
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Criminology with Psychology

Overview

Understand how psychology can be applied to explain certain aspects of crime and criminal behaviour. This course will provide you with the opportunity to explore criminological issues alongside a psychological focus and will offer new ways of thinking about society while honing your understanding of people. You will engage with assumptions about the place of crime in society and our responses to it, and through social research you will gain an understanding of the causes and effects of crime and deviant behaviour. By using a range of psychological approaches to study human behaviour and thought, you will understand why people respond the way they do to crime.
Previous students have volunteered as learning support workers for the Leeds Youth Justice Board. We also offer international study opportunities through our Study Abroad programme and ERASMUS scholarships. Through ERASMUS you can study one semester in one of our partner universities in countries such as France, Czech Republic and Germany. With our Study Abroad programme, recent students spent a semester studying at the University of North Florida.

Course Features

  • Part-time study available
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award

Entry Requirements

104
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 104 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:104 points required. (Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Vicky Maycock

Careers

Vicky Maycock
Claims Negotiator Fusion Insurance

BA (Hons) Criminology

“My course allowed me to increase my knowledge of fraud and insurance and enter a career I'm really interested in. My job requires me to investigate potential fraudulent claims and I find I'm able to understand them in-depth because of the specialist knowledge I gained on my degree.

Modules & learning

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Understand what it means to be a criminologist as an academic discipline in an interesting context and explore its broad range of specialisms.

Trace the development of criminology and elementary theory, looking at crime trends, social divisions and critiquing common sense assumptions about crime and deviance.

Learn about the criminal justice process within England & Wales; the actors and institutions that make up this system, along with some underlying social theories.

Discover the role of the individual psychology in modern offending and victimhood. Consider how psychology has been applied to offender rehabilitation and crime reduction.

Gain an awareness of the varied, conflicting and complimentary contributions of contemporary criminological theory to understanding crime, criminality and society.

Explore the concepts and theories associated with psychosocial development and the interplay between these and the social, political and cultural forces in understanding crime.

Analyse theories in biological and cognitive psychology, and apply them to crime by looking at offending behaviour, treatment and offender rehabilitation and victims of crime.

Following on from the part 1 module, focus on quantitative research, looking at the main research methods and key statistical techniques.

Gain an informed and critical exploration of how social control is exercised in society, particularly through policing functions, focusing on elements of change and continuity.

Examine the main types of research design, with a focus on qualitative research, looking at the key techniques as well as ethical and safety considerations.

Explore the role that sociology has had in exploring the role, work and symbolism of police work, looking at the broad area of `police culture'.

Gain theoretical and practical understanding of the nature of gender, crime and criminal justice in both domestic and international contexts.

Explore the key concepts of developmental psychobiology, including basic brain anatomy and function, theories and research in biological and developmental psychology, and evidence based interventions.

Engage in critical debates about the criminal justice process and explore how each stage can impact on vulnerable groups, including young people and mothers.

Apply knowledge from the criminology of place to different sorts of urban neighbourhoods and cities to understand the problem of crime.

Learn how scientific methods prevent crime and ensure community safety, through establishing and mapping crime patterns, and reducing the probability of crime and victimisation.

Discover what influences a person to commit serious and violent crime, delving into psychological explanations to analyse offender motivation.

Study children, youth and crime by examining patterns of offending and desistance from crime amongst children and young people.

Look at the relationship between crime, victims, harm and justice, and how victimisation is conceptualised within and out with the criminal justice system.

Trace the historical, economic and social contexts wherein `race' and ethnicity come to be associated with crime, victimisation and disproportion in the criminal justice system.

Gain a detailed knowledge of prisons, detention centres, immigration removal centres or any institution that houses people for punishment.

Understand how psychological principles are applied to the investigation of criminal behaviour, the detection of crime and offenders, and people's responses to legal processes.

Develop an understanding in contemporary theoretical developments in criminology.

Design and develop a research project in criminology and carry out investigations within a chosen area of interest by collecting existing or generating new data.

PRisoN: Learning Together

Look at the cultural and social relationship between tattoos and crime, including the symbolism of tattooing and criminal identity.

Genocide & Crimes against Humanity

Look into competing explanations for acts of violent and sexual offending in both domestic and institutional settings, touching on gender, ethnicity and age issues.

Explore the complexities of the sex industry: with a particular focus on social control and different theoretical understandings of sex work/prostitution.

Further your understanding of theory and analysis of crime through a critical analysis of the role of culture and literature.

Use real-world examples to engage with psychological theories behind gang membership and how psychology can be used to identify and predict causes of gang crime.

Explore a range of competing explanations for gendered violence with a particular focus on domestic violence.

Evaluate the psychological theories and research around substance use, abuse and addiction, and how they are potentially influenced by risk factors associated with addictive behaviour.

Leeds Beckett University
Dr Darren Nixon
Senior Lecturer
Dr Darren Nixon is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Leeds Beckett University. His research interests centre on the sociology of work and particularly the interrelationships between work, gender, class and identity in the 'new economy'.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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