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Psychology & Crime HE Bedford


Psychology & Criminal Behaviour BA (Hons) Top-up (Full time)

You will develop professional skills which can be used in a wide range of industry settings including education, social/support work, youth work, family support, therapeutic support, charitable organisations and public services such as police, probation, youth offending, etc. Trips (past occasions have been to courts, museums and to parliament) and visiting guest speakers from the industry are also a key component of the course.

Course information

Entry requirements

This course is for applicants with a related Foundation Degree or Higher Education qualification wishing to top up to the full BA/BSc degree.

The BA (Hons) Psychology and Criminal Behaviour is a level 6 top-up award intended principally for students who have been awarded an FdA in Psychology and Crime or Psychology and Criminal Behaviour or any student eligible to transfer into Level 6 from a Psychology related degree (i.e. who has successfully studied Levels 4 and 5 in a psychology related degree).


Evidence of two years of successful related study at degree levels 4 and 5 and potential to progress to Level 6. Entry to the course will be through negotiation to ensure that applicants have the appropriate pre-requisite knowledge and skills.

Course content

Build on previous Foundation degree studies to complete an Honours degree, developing your skills and theoretical knowledge of psychology and aspects of criminal behaviour, considering human diversity and difference, social and critical psychology, developmental psychology and mental health and occupational psychology. Examine forensic psychology in practice and explore the assessment and treatment of offenders, including violent and sex offenders and offenders with personality disorder and mental illness. In the final stage, you will have the opportunity to complete a library-based research project in your area of interest.

  • Atypical Child and Adolescent Development: Theories and Applications
  • BA Psychology and Criminal Behaviour Honours Project
  • Forensic Psychology in Practice
  • Occupational and Organisational Psychology
  • Psychology of Mental Health

You will gain:

Psychology & Criminal Behaviour BA (Hons)

Assessment methods

The assessments are designed to test your academic knowledge, oral and written skills, use of literature using primary and secondary sources, critical analysis of ideas, connections made between theory, practice, real-life situations and the understanding and application of professional values including ethical issues.

Throughout your course, you will be required to take a variety of types of assessment to assess your progression and success. These include self-reflection regarding your employability skills, cases studies, practical assignments such as developing a pack to help explain conditions, such as autism, to parents and children, group presentations, essays, and exams. Feedback is given to students for each assessment point and it is expected that you will use this feedback for your own development and to inform your completion of future assessments.

Further study and career options

On successful completion students could progress into the following areas:

  • Police work
  • Public services (such as the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, health service)
  • Market research
  • Business and personnel
  • Education
  • Charity work

There are a range of postgraduate study opportunities open to you for career paths in, for example, counselling, police and charity work, business and personnel and teaching. The Department of Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire offers a taught masters programmes in Psychology related fields.

Additional information

There is 1 day per week of taught sessions (usually between 9.30am and 6.00pm) held at the College. The rest of the week is designated for independent studying, reading and meeting with your tutor/dissertation supervisor on arrangement.


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Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 17/09/2024
Type: HE
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Tuesday
Time(s): 9:00am - 6:00pm
Fees: £9,250.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.

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Funding Information

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If you decide to pay for your course yourself, we also offer an affordable Direct Debit instalments option to help spread the cost of tuition fees (terms apply).

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

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Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.