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What makes Forensic Psychology at Worcester special?

What factors can drive someone to violence, what is a psychopath, how can you support a victim of crime, and how do you help rehabilitate an offender? These are just some of the questions considered by forensic psychologists.

As a forensic psychologist, you can help unpick the tangled web of influences that lead to a criminal act. Beyond detection, forensic psychologists can also help to heal the fractures in society through rehabilitating offenders, providing support for victims and informing the work of fellow professionals within the criminal justice system.

As one of only a few specialist Forensic Psychology courses in the country, at Worcester you will gain a comprehensive grounding in both forensic psychology and biology, and how they contribute to our understanding of criminal behaviour. As well as developing the skills you will need to work with both perpetrators and victims of crime, you will also study how research contributes to policy enhancements that improve the criminal justice system, leading to a more just society.

Key features

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), giving you the opportunity to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) - the first step to a career as a psychologist
  • Study the core psychological principles, alongside specialist business psychology modules, giving you the flexibility to keep your options open and choose the path that best matches your interests as they develop
  • Excellent facilities including a new psychology computer suite and state of the art eye tracking technology
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112UCAS tariff points

The points used above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or emailadmissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

You will learn about psychological theory, research and biological methods/techniques skills and knowledge that will be useful if you later wish to enter the occupation of forensic psychology.

Sam Uppal, Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons)

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods 1
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Optional

  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Counselling Psychology
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • Introduction to Forensic Biology

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Biological & Cognitive Psychology
  • Social & Developmental Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods 2
  • Individual Differences

Optional

  • Evolution and Human Behaviour
  • Diversity and Inclusivity in Psychology
  • Medical Forensics

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Psychology Research Project
  • Forensic Psychology in Practice
  • Psychology and the Law

Optional

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Business Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Coaching Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Applied Sports Psychology

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Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Understand the historical and scientific origins and limitations of psychology as a discipline;
  • Use scientific and evidence-based reasoning to critically evaluate psychological arguments and develop their own perspective on psychological debates by the systematic analysis of multiple perspectives, their interrelationships, and their ethical and contextual underpinnings;
  • Show knowledge and critical understanding of how core areas within the discipline have conceptualised factors that influence psychological behaviours, experience and functioning;
  • Identify and evaluate, meaningfully, significant patterns, variability and diversity in the full range of psychological behaviour, experience and functioning;
  • Problem solve by developing and evaluating research questions;
  • Demonstrate substantial and competent research skills through the appropriate and critical use of research paradigms, and a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods and measurement techniques; including: statistical reasoning; comprehension and use of numerical and other data, including presenting and analysing complex data sets by a variety of methods;
  • Show knowledge of some of the cutting edge research in specialised and/or applied areas of psychology, specifically Forensic Psychology;
  • Initiate, design, conduct with appropriate supervision, and report an ethical empirical research project on a topic within Forensic Psychology, and recognise its methodological and ethical limits;
  • Use effective and fluent written, oral and visual communication to convey ideas and research findings;
  • Learn independently through self-reflection, the evaluation of strengths and weaknesses, self-directed study, and self and task management to meet set objectives;
  • Demonstrate team working skills through awareness and sensitivity to the contextual and interpersonal features of group work.

Teaching approach:

  • Lectures; seminars; practical workshops, project work, academic tutorials, directed study, computer workshops, independent learning and e-learning.
  • Each module has a dedicated virtual learning page as part of the virtual learning environment (Blackboard), giving access to a range of resources including self-directed learning, assessment tasks, discussion boards and other learning materials.
  • Teaching involves large and small group sessions with the latter designed to help support your learning.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

A degree in Psychology is highly favoured by emplyers, giving you an excellent advantages in the job market. During your studies with us you will learn new skills, develop existing expertise, study a wide range of approaches and methodologies and leave with a broader range of knowledge, skills and abilities. An important part of this learning process is the ability to reflect upon your own experiences; an aspect of practice engaged in by all professional psychologists. We will help you to develop these skills through the Academic Tutoring system; you will be provided with an Understanding Skills & Professionalism booklet, which you will use both as a record of your learning and a tool for self-reflection.

Career Opportunities

As with other degrees conferring GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership) with the British Psychological Society, the course provides the foundation for a career as a professional psychologist. The course also provides a foundation for a variety of careers including social work and research. A further qualification (Higher degree) and supervised practice (leading to Chartership as a Forensic Psychologist) are required to enable you to work as a professional Forensic Psychologist (see the British Psychological Society website for details).

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Costs

How much will it cost?

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Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be no more than £9,250, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be no more than £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons) C816 BSc/FPsy

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

C816

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Course leader

Daniel Farrelly
01905 54 2345
d.farrelly@worc.ac.uk