South Devon College

FdSc Criminology and Psychology

Everything at University Centre South Devon (UCSD) is designed to maximise your employability and future career opportunities. Courses are created with local employers to ensure you learn industry-relevant skills and are delivered in small classes with regular one-to-one support, covering a range of study skills – it’s no wonder we’re recognised as a leading institution in the National Student Survey.

In 2017 UCSD was awarded ‘Gold’, the highest level possible, by the Teaching Excellence Framework which recognises outstanding teaching within our university-level curriculum.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Optional modules
    • SOUD1351 Introduction to Criminological Theory

    • SOUD1352 An Introduction to the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales

    • SOUD1430 Social, Developmental, Clinical and Learning Psychology

      This module provides an introduction to four areas of psychology: learning, clinical, social and developmental psychology.

    • SOUD1451 Research and Professional Skills

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • SOUD1345 Crime, Criminology and Society

    • SOUD1429 Methods of Detection and Offender Profiling

      This module will include an introduction to the history of interviewing and detection processes within the UK. A number of criminal profiling methods will be introduced, which are based on assumptions about demographic characteristics and offending. Methods will then be introduced and applied to explain how arsonists, rapists, and serial murderers can be detected and profiled.

    • SOUD2301 Youth Justice, Restorative Justice and Victims of Crime

    • SOUD2385 The Psychology of Offending Behaviour

      A range of psychological approaches will be applied to explain offending behaviour. Specific offences, such as stalking, aggression and/or sexual offences will be analysed and a range of classic and contemporary research will be applied to provide critical evaluation of psychological explanations. Focusing on physiological, psychological and social differences that may exist between offenders and non-offenders.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • SOUD2297 Individual Differences and Research Methods

    • SOUD2300 Criminological and Penal Theory

    • SOUD2386 Victim and Witness Psychology

      A range of psychological approaches will be applied to explain offending behaviour. Specific offences, such as stalking, aggression and/or sexual offences will be analysed and a range of classic and contemporary research will be applied to provide critical evaluation of psychological explanations. Focusing on physiological, psychological and social differences that may exist between offenders and non-offenders.

    • SOUD2387 Policing and Community Safety

      Module will critically consider the role of policing and police, examining the policing task, the organisation of the police and key issues associated with the police in contemporary society. It will analyse the growth of political and academic interest in crime prevention and community safety. Involving the study of crime prevention, and the implications of community safety for social and criminal justice policy.

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.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Our partnership with South Devon College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with South Devon College

At the heart of the sunny English Riviera, we’re an award-winning Beacon status college. Add to that our ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted (in 2009), modern facilities and our larger-than-life Students’ Union, and you’re left with the perfect environment.

Find out more about studying at South Devon College