BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology

Course summary

93% of students on our psychology courses said that they 'would recommend their course to others' in the National Student Survey 2016.
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If you want to understand the processes influencing how people think, behave, feel and interact, as well as an interest in current critical debates surrounding the causes of crime and criminal justice responses, then this is the course for you.

This well-established course, with its long-standing experience in teaching core BPS content, offers a fresh and contemporary insight into the study of human behaviour and criminology.

Why choose this course?
This course pathway is based on one of the longest established psychology courses in the UK which has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) since 1986. This course will provide you with a full grounding in psychology and an insight into the specialist areas of criminal behaviour and the treatment of offenders.

This course is also part of the exciting Erasmus programme, which allows you to study abroad for one semester.

We have your careers in mind and aim to assist you in obtaining your goals by inviting a range of practicing psychologists to offer insight and advice on careers in psychology and related areas.

During the course you will undertake work experience, learning to relate the theoretical knowledge gained on the course and applying it to the world of work and real life experiences.

Past students have completed their work experience in a range of settings including:
  • victim support schemes
  • drug support schemes
  • after school clubs
  • market research.
We pride ourselves on providing a highly supportive environment. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will work with you and support you during your time at UWL.  We have an open-door policy and there will be someone on hand to offer academic and pastoral support when needed.

Our experienced teaching staff are well informed by their research interests on a range of current issues such as: 
  • cyber-bullying
  • binge drinking
  • honour based violence.

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Career and study progression
Graduates from this course go on to careers in a wide range of public and private sector professions, including positions in social and welfare organisations, business and finance, education, marketing and advertising, police, probation and prison services to name but a few.

You may wish to undertake postgraduate study in your subject or even explore something new.

For more details please see the Career and study progression section.

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

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Course detail

Studying with us
This course covers a wide range of psychological areas allowing you to gain knowledge in all aspects of psychology. The course also provides you the opportunity to meet practising psychologists.

During the course there will be a strong focus on psychology as the major pathway, however students will also take a number of criminology modules.

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What modules will I study as part of my course?

Level 4

  • Behaviour and Mind
  • Growing Up
  • Introduction to Criminology*
  • Imprisonment*
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology

Level 5

  • Cognition in Action
  • Lifespan Development
  • Further Research Methods
  • Individual Differences
  • Social Psychology
  • Theories of Criminal Behaviour*

Level 6

  • Experiencing Psychology in Practice
  • Dissertation
  • Biological Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Penology*
  • Sentencing*

*These modules are undertaken within the School of Law and Criminology

Module details

Level 4

Behaviour and Mind
This module will examine the contribution that behaviourist, biopsychological and cognitive perspectives have made to our understanding of behaviour, including maladaptive behaviour and drug addiction. Consideration will be given to how we experience the world through memory, attentional and perceptual processes.

Growing Up
This module looks at the extent to which social context and culture (or 'nurture') influence human development and behaviour throughout life, and examines cross-cultural and intra-cultural influences on development and behaviour.

Research Methods 1
This module provides the first stage in an introduction to research methods and statistics in psychology.  It aims to introduce some basic concepts in research design, data analysis, and research reporting. This module explores a range of methods of psychological research, including experimentation, survey methodology, statistics and sampling.

Research Methods 2
This module provides the second stage in an introduction to research methods and statistics in psychology.  It aims to further develop students’ understanding of some basic concepts in research design, data analysis, and research reporting. This module introduces qualitative methods employed in psychological research. 

Level 5

Cognition in Action
This module explores how the mind works - how our brains process, store and modify information through our senses. It examines how we process sensory signals, what role attention plays in dealing with information from our senses, and how we store and transform this information. It also investigates theories of memory and memory loss, and how our brain organises knowledge. Finally, it looks at thinking, reasoning and language.

Further Research Methods
This module further extends knowledge gained from Research Methods 1 and 2. Further research methods considers further elements of research methods and design.  Students use the statistical package SPSS to carry out statistical analyses and apply findings to real-world research issues.

Individual Differences
This module examines the concepts, theories, methods and findings in the psychology of personality and intelligence. Principles of measurement are a key component of this module, as is psychometric testing in the study of the similarities and differences between people.

Lifespan Development
This module examines concepts, theories, methods and findings in developmental psychology. We take a lifespan perspective, focusing on human development from early childhood through to adolescence, adulthood and old age.

Social Psychology
This module focuses on various issues concerning the social and interactive aspects of human behaviour. It provides an overview of the main areas of study and introduces the diversity of social psychology - presenting findings on a variety of topics central to social psychological enquiry.

Level 6

Experiencing Psychology in Practice
This module looks at how psychological theory, concepts and research can be applied in real life. You will do at least 30 hours of experiential learning in an organisation relevant to your course and career plans.

This module requires an original piece of empirical quantitative or qualitative research in a recognised sub-area of the discipline.

Biological Psychology
This module is an exciting introduction to biological psychology. It looks into the building blocks of the human brain, how it has evolved to allow us to operate in our world, and the many higher order processes that define our daily experiences. This module provides students with a comprehensive understanding of biological psychology with specific focus on brain and behaviour and an introduction to atypical psychology from a biological perspective.

Forensic Psychology
This module provides an overview of key topics in forensic and criminological psychology. We look at theories of crime, domestic and sexual violence, crime and mental health, eyewitness testimony, investigative interviewing, and interrogations and confessions.

Entry requirements

You will need 112-120 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications. These can include:

  • A Levels at grade B, B and C, or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Merit, Merit
  • Access to HE Diploma (with a minimum of 60 credits, 45 of which must be at Level 3 and 15 can be at Level 2).

We also require GCSE Grade C or above in English language and mathematics or equivalent Level 2 qualifications.

If you are a mature student without the above qualifications and have relevant work experience, you are invited to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis and you may be required to attend an interview.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


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Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

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UK and EU students

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During the course

Notable aspects

Five Reasons to Study Psychology at UWL

1. Course Variety
The Psychology courses at UWL are designed and delivered in ways that give students the best possible learning experience, beginning with the course content. The long-standing, BPS-accredited straight BSc Psychology course covers the core psychological content required at undergraduate level, as well as providing exciting optional module choices to stimulate engage and inspire students. In addition, there are a range of pathways for students to choose from that add that extra bit of direction and flavour to the core content.

2. High Employability
Employability is a high priority at UWL and we are proud that 97% of graduates are in employment within six months of graduating. In Psychology our unique ‘Experiencing Psychology in Practice’ module provides placements in the third year. When our graduates leave us, they not only feel prepared, they are eager to continue putting their skills into practice.

3. Student Support
Psychology staff are dedicated to providing a quality student experience. From designing and delivering engaging, interesting, and challenging lectures and seminars, to providing unparalleled levels of student support, the team at UWL Psychology are there to make sure that you fulfil your true potential as an undergraduate.

4. Research and Innovation
We are also dedicated to conducting innovative research in a variety of psychological disciplines for example, investigating the effect of psycho-social intervention in helping quiet, withdrawn school children, attitudes behind sexual violence, binge drinking and how this might link with impulsivity and social networking sites. The team are conducting research that has very real and dramatic implications for psychological theory and social policy.

5. Location
Where does all this happen? Based in the heart of West London, the University is situated close to the capital. This location provides ample opportunity for students to gain access to real world experience and skills at a number of organisations and charities that are within easy reach of UWL.

Special resources

We have a range of specialised equipment and software as well as dedicated rooms available to supports students when undertaking their dissertation projects and are used during teaching where appropriate.

We have computer experiment generator software such as SuperLab and EPrime. We also have specialised equipment, for example Biopacs and an eye-tracker. Alongside this we hold a range of questionnaires as well as validated cognitive abilities test batteries.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods you will encounter include:
• lectures
• seminars
• workshops
• tutorials (small groups and one-to-one)
• experiential
• supported on-line tasks
• self-directed.



Many of our assessments are designed to help students develop important transferable skills.

The types of assessment you will encounter include:
• exams (unseen, seen and open book)
• essays
• literature reviews
• critical reviews
• report writing
• posters
• oral Presentations
• case studies
• wikis
• group work.

Student support

Psychology staff are dedicated to helping students reach their full potential. Our students are allocated a personal tutor who is able to offer academic and pastoral support throughout your time at UWL. This support extends to the wider university community where the mentoring team are always on hand to help.

What our students say

Olivia Tedman, BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology

Olivia Tedman


'I applied to UWL because I liked the vibe at the open day. There was lots of information and a good bond between lecturers and students.

The modules on my course are really interesting and we have amazing teachers. If there's an issue, I can talk to them. They're always available and are really welcoming.'

Moriam Oyekan, BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology

Moriam Oyekan


'I liked the course, the tutors were really helpful and supportive.

I got to do a placement for two days.  I worked with offenders getting back to was a really helpful experience. I am now looking for work in criminal research, and in five years will be head of a team!'

Fardawsa Hassan, BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology

'My UWL experience has been hard work and fun. Meeting new people has been my favourite aspect of University life. For my course, all of the psychology modules were great as was sitting in on court hearings for criminology.'

Jobs and placements

Due to the changing landscape of higher education, employability within university education is more important than ever before, and at UWL employability is a priority. As part of UWL’s 'Ambition 2018' strategy – 'linking learning to the world of work' – the Psychology courses at UWL focus on employability at all levels. This involves not only equipping undergraduates with the firm theoretical foundation they need for their chosen careers, but by encouraging application of that knowledge throughout their degree.

You will have access to practitioners from all areas of psychology who will give you advice and information on their fields of study and work. In addition, our unique and highly successful 'Experiencing Psychology in Practice' module will provide you with an opportunity to get out into the community to practice and apply the theory you have learned, all whilst gaining valuable experience skills.

You can go to organisations such as:

  • after schools’ clubs
  • drug and alcohol projects
  • eating disorders units
  • hospitals
  • human resources departments
  • mental health support lines
  • mental health drop-in centres
  • play schemes for children with special needs
  • police support
  • reading schemes
  • schools
  • youth offending teams

These placements represent examples of the eighth theme in the universities Ambition 2018 plan of 'connect with our community'.

We have over 20 years of experience in running this work-based module so we have extensive links and opportunities to offer. Work experience makes a big difference to the jobs opportunities open to our students and the further training they can apply for.

Students are expected to conduct their work experience in an environment that is relevant to their chosen pathway.

Career and study progression

Graduates from this course go on to careers in a wide range of public and private sector professions, including positions in social and welfare organisations, business and finance, education, marketing and advertising.

A psychology degree opens up a wide range of opportunities as it demands high standards of numeracy, literacy and research skills - all highly regarded skills that are sought after by employers. Completing this degree course successfully will make you an attractive proposition in the job market. The University of West London's emphasis on employability, will enable you to show that you can apply your knowledge to real-life situations.

Career pathways include:

  • business and finance
  • caring professions
  • charitable organisations
  • education
  • industry
  • marketing and advertising
  • management
  • mental health settings
  • research
  • social and welfare organisations.

Study progression

This course provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society that gives options for further study towards a range of Psychology professions.

Our MSc Health Psychology is a step further towards achieving Chartered status. If you do not have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status before you apply to study the MSc, we recommend you consider the Graduate Diploma in Psychology, available as a full or part-time course.

In order to be eligible for GBC, students must pass the empirical psychology project (the final year dissertation project) and achieve a minimum Lower Second Class Honours degree, or equivalent.

Careers support
Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that's right for you. 96% of our graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors' scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.