School of Law, Criminology and Government

BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies with Psychology

Why is there so much crime and how can it be prevented? Put your incisive mind and probing skills to best use as a decision-maker, policy developer or working in the criminal justice field. This course offers you a world-class toolkit of analytical and practical skills to examine the impact of crime on society and how we deal with criminality. By studying Psychology you’ll also learn about the thoughts, feelings and motivations behind all aspects of behaviour.

You will benefit from the close links between our staff and criminal justice agencies, providing you with excellent research opportunities. You’ll equip yourself with in-demand skills. You will enhance your employability by volunteering and gain a taster of working in the criminal justice field.

BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice with Psychology

We’re excited to announce that from September 2020 this course will be named BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice with Psychology. 

Key features

  • Our National Student Survey (NSS) 2018 return shows that 95% of students felt the course was intellectually stimulating.*
  • Draw on our inter-disciplinary approach to study to improve your understanding of the nature of crime and the workings of the criminal justice system. You’ll also explore social justice issues such as equality, fairness and human rights.
  • Focus on contemporary issues in criminology and criminal justice with our research-led teaching, while gaining a historical understanding of criminological theory.
  • Benefit from the close links between our staff and criminal justice agencies, providing you with excellent research opportunities.
  • Equip yourself with in-demand skills – our graduates are highly sought after by a range of criminal justice agencies, including the police, probation, prison and youth justice services.
  • Enhance your employability by volunteering and gain a taster of working in the criminal justice field. You can also complete a work-based learning module within the Single Honours course.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year you’ll be introduced to the criminal justice process in England and Wales, exploring the ideas and theories used to analyse criminology and crime problems and placing crime and criminology into social and historical context. You’ll also study the basic theories of psychology, developing a variety of intellectual and practical skills through topics including social and developmental psychology and the psychology of the everyday experience.

    Core modules
    • CCJS1112 Criminology and Crime Problems

      This module introduces students to the subject of criminology. It emphasises criminology's multi-disciplinary and the different perspectives, methods and sources of information that it draws upon in developing theories about the different causes and problematizations of crime and deviance.

    • CCJS1115 Being a Criminologist

      The module provides students with a grounding in the concepts, techniques, methods and skills necessary for developing a criminological analysis to crime and justice. Students will analyse key contemporary examples of crime, justice and social issues pertinent at the time which could include; murder, the war on drugs, police brutality and injustice within the courts. Students will assess the strengths and weakness of criminological and methodological approaches to understanding these examples.

    • CCJS1116 Crime in Context

      This module provides students with an introduction to key questions in the study of criminology and criminal justice, providing them with necessary skills to be a successful and reflexive student of criminology. The module places criminology in the context of economic, political and social interpretative frameworks, and contributes to the creation of a criminological imagination. Furthermore, the module uses this basis to introduce students to theoretical discussions that critique and question the role and practices of the main criminal justice institutions in England and Wales in relation to historical perspectives, equality, space and place and social justice, more broadly.

    • CCJS1119 21st Century Criminological Issues

      The module introduces students to the global challenges of crime and crime control. It does so by drawing on contextual examples of contemporary developments to the landscape of crime, deviancy, social problems, globalisation and criminal justice. Students will assess the strengths and weakness of criminological approaches to understanding these examples.

    • PSYC417 Foundations of Psychology

      This module provides an introduction to the foundational theories and approaches to psychology as a discipline. Psychodynamic, behaviourist, cognitive and social constructionist approaches are discussed alongside their associated methodologies. Consideration is also given to how these approaches can contribute to other discipline areas studies by the students enrolled on the module.

    • PSYC418 Applying Psychology

      This module draws upon current foundational theories in social psychology, developmental psychology and individual differences research. It considers how these theories can contribute to a better understanding of contemporary societal and environmental problems and issues. We will also consider how this understanding can contribute to core problems in the disciplines represented by the students enrolled on the module.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year you will advance your awareness of criminological and penal theory to understand punishment, and can choose to further your knowledge in areas such as policing and community safety, youth justice and victims of crime. You’ll also develop a greater understanding of areas such as clinical, social, developmental, biological and cognitive psychology and how these can be applied in practical settings.

    Core modules
    • CCJS2115 Crime, Theory and Culture

      This module examines contemporary criminological theory and scholarship, providing a critical analysis of new directions at the forefront of the discipline. The module covers the intersections of criminology with contemporary social theory, communications theory, urban studies, international relations, cultural theory and zemiology.

    • CCJS2120 Researching Crime and Criminal Justice

      This module describes and assesses the reliability and validity of the different methodologies and sources of information utilised in criminal justice research, focusing especially upon the collection and use of official statistics, surveys, interviews and observational studies. The module also provides practical experience for students in using specialist quantitative and qualitative computer programmes for analysing data.

    • CCJS2121 Policing and Community Safety

      This module affords students an opportunity to explore, in depth, the structures, practices and key issues facing modern policing and community safety in the UK. It focuses particularly upon the police service, but also upon developments in plural policing, including the expansion of partnership policing.

    • CCJS2125 Prisons, 'Probation' and Penality

      This module draws on theories of penality to analyse and evaluate penal policy and practice. In particular it critically examines contemporary issues, developments and debates relating to the use of imprisonment and community sentences for adult offenders.

    • CCJSP200 Preparation for Work Placement

      This module is aimed at students who have elected to undertake a placement at the end of stage 2 of their degree. On completion of the placement year students will return to sit stage 3. It is designed to build on skills learned in stage 1 and helps students in their search for a placement, and in their preparation for the placement itself.

    • PSYC514 Individual Differences, Social and Developmental Psychology

      This module covers three core areas of psychology - individual differences, social cognition, and human development. Each core area will be covered in 16 hours of lectures. The first hour will cover CHIP issues and the last hour will focus on integration within/between topics.

    • PSYC518 Psychology of Health and Well-being

      This module draws upon concepts and theories in health psychology, clinical psychology and forensic psychology. It sets out to evaluate how these applied areas of psychology address a range of societal problems associated with health and wellbeing. Key concepts and theories which have been used to address these problems and develop relevant interventions will be also be covered.

  • Optional placement year
  • You may take an optional placement year during your third year of study.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you’ll select a criminological issue to investigate for your dissertation, choosing to specialise in areas including policing, anti-social behaviour, surveillance, racism and criminal justice. You’ll also develop your understanding of psychology through academic debates, allowing you to pursue areas that reflect your interests. If you’re studying the Single Honours course you can choose a work-based learning module applicable to your intended career path.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

Programme specification BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies 6740

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.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

88 - 104

A levels
88-104 points including a minimum of 2 A levels. Excluding general studies.

BTEC
18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: MMM-DMM in any subject.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access  
Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction.

IB
24-26 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level. English and Maths accepted within: Higher Level = 4 Standard Level = 5.

GCSE
All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade C or above.

Other
14-19 Diplomas: accepted – please enquire. Other combinations and non-A level qualifications also considered.

Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be eligible for a foundation year to prepare you for possible entry onto this course for the following year.


For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2019 2020
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £13,400 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
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Undergraduate scholarships for international students

To reward outstanding achievement the University of Plymouth offers scholarship schemes to help towards funding your studies.

Find out whether you are eligible and how you can apply

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Business additional costs.

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.

Psychology

Psychology is the study of how people think, act, react and interact. It explores the thoughts, feelings and motivation underlying all aspects of behaviour.

Study Psychology with Plymouth University and gain skills that are transferable across many careers.

View the BSc (Hons) Psychology course page

Student societies

Our societies offer you the chance to expand your knowledge of the criminal justice system.

The Howard League student group and Crimsoc run events, invite guest speakers and arrange volunteering opportunities.

Learn more about our societies

Justice Works

Justice Works encompasses a range of activities within the Law School that aim to promote social justice.

Find out more about the work-based learning and volunteering opportunities open to you.

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People

*These are the latest results from the National Student Survey. Please note that the data published on Unistats is updated annually in September.