UCAS Tariff Score 64 points, with at least one C at A level and the remaining points attained at level 3 standard An AVCE Double Award An Access qualification Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureate or BTEC National Diploma
Applicants who may not meet the entry requirements but have relevant work experience within the industry are welcome to apply.
You will be asked to attend an interview to discuss the requirements of this course.
The course deals with the very important topic of criminal behaviour and how psychology can be used to explain it while providing you with a wide range of academic and work-related skills valuable to your personal development, academic progression and future employment.
Who is the course suitable for?
This course is suitable for individuals that wish to progress to a career involving psychology or criminal behaviour, or individuals who have an interest in further study in psychology and criminal behaviour.
Year 1: Level 4 Introduction to Psychology Personal and Professional Development Psychology and Criminology in Practice. (Work Based Learning) Introduction to Social Research Questions of Diversity and Difference Introduction to Crime and justice
Year 2: Level 5 Social and Developmental Psychology Work Based Learning Unit Applied Psychology and Criminology Advanced Criminological Theory 1: Correlates of Crime and Criminology. Researching Psychology
You will also need to undertake a paid or voluntary placement in a relevant setting related to psychology and crime (minimum one day per week) for the duration of the course. You should ideally arrange your own placement but the course team will also be able to assist you in this.
Development of Maths and English
You will build on a range of study and vocational skills including English and Mathematics and ICT during the course.
Employability Skills Development
In order to develop your knowledge of the different career options available to you, there will be a number of guest speakers from different organisations which have experience within the Criminal Justice System or are involved in psychological research or work.
How will the course be taught?
This is a taught course consisting of five modules per stage. The timetable is arranged for two days a week, so the course can be combined with work.
How will I know how well I am doing?
A wide variety of assessment methods are used on the course including assignments, presentations, projects and examinations.
Are there any additional costs?
There are very few additional course costs for learners beyond the fee. You will need basic stationery, and a good USB stick and a scientific calculator are useful. We have an excellent library and good IT facilities at college, so if you don't have access to the internet at home, you can complete your work in college or at the University.
What course can I do next?
You can progress on to a third-year top-up course, delivered at the University of Bedfordshire, to achieve either a BA degree in either Criminology, Psychological Studies or Psychology and Criminal Behaviour.
If you want to pursue a career as a psychologist and work towards British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status, you can join the second year of BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire on completion of your Foundation Degree. Alternatively, you are able to go onto a BPS conversion course, after completing your top up year.
Where can I get further support/advice?
Contact the college on 01582 477 776 or go to our website: www.centralbeds.ac.uk