This BPS-accredited course aims to explore what makes people commit crime and to identify the factors which may predict criminal behaviour.
- Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) meaning that as a graduate, provided you achieve at least a 2:2, you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). Additional costs may apply.
- You will have the opportunity to engage with both the theories and application of psychological perspectives, methods and techniques, with a particular focus on forensic settings.
- Work experience* is a key part of the course, designed to help to ensure that you graduate not only with academic qualifications, but with relevant work experience and a host of transferable skills, including critical analysis, problem solving, and leadership.
- Coventry is a global top 200 university for Psychology according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.
Why you should study this course
This course aims to provide a comprehensive grounding in the major psychological approaches to the study of human behaviour. Covering psychological theory, research and practical skills, it aims to help you understand how psychology is applied to real-life, with a focus on criminal behaviour, and how to select, use and report appropriate psychological methods and research techniques.
You will have the opportunity to study a broad range of psychological theory and interventions in the context of crime, including those used in relation to perpetrators and victims of crime, and society at large. On successful completion of this course you should have an understanding of forensic psychology across a range of criminal behaviours including violent, sexual and economic crime in family, workplace and sports contexts, and have developed employability skills in relation to working in the field. You will also examine the depictions of forensic psychology in popular culture.
Work experience* is a key part of the course, designed to help to ensure that you graduate not only with academic qualifications, but with relevant work experience and a host of transferable skills, including critical analysis, problem solving, and leadership.
The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences currently has links with the Local Education Authority (LEA), local schools and numerous healthcare providers, including Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, Entrust Care Partnership, and Grapevine. Organisations such as these can offer services to young people and adults with mental health difficulties and learning disabilities and their carers. In the past, previous students have taken up roles involving socialising and supporting members of the community, volunteering in a buddying service, planning and organising resources to set up events to help raise awareness of young people’s needs or mobilise individuals who need support.
You’ll be allocated a personal tutor and taught by experienced teachers, many of whom are currently active researchers. You will have access to facilities, such as eye-tracking and brain monitoring, the latter using an electroencephalogram (EEG). You’ll also have the opportunity to join our active and vibrant student-led Psychology Society, which seeks to arrange a variety of social excursions and activities. Past destinations have included Sigmund Freud’s house, now the Sigmund Freud Museum, in London.
How you’ll learn
All of our psychology degrees are taught using a mixture of lectures, small group seminars and practical, ‘hands-on’ skills workshops. Core course content is typically delivered during the lectures, while seminars and workshops offer opportunities for you to explore topics more independently, receive guidance on coursework assignments, begin to apply your knowledge and develop your academic and transferable skills.
You will have the chance to take part in, design, conduct and analyse the results of psychological experiments, using specialist equipment and computer software, and spend time working collaboratively on group projects with other students.
In addition, you could contact your Professional and Personal Tutor to arrange one-to-one bookable meetings throughout every semester and review and discuss your progress and continual personal development. Outside of contact time, your personal study hours will be guided by materials posted on your module web pages.
In a typical teaching week, you will have around approximately 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:
- Personal tutorial/small group teaching/one to one supervision: meetings are arranged on a mutual basis as necessary.
- Medium group teaching: up to 6 hours of practical workshops or seminars each week.
- Large group teaching: up to 8 hours of lectures each week.
Contact hours will vary by stage and semester of course and any options chosen.
Some ‘contact’ hours may take the form of synchronous online learning (e.g. live online lectures, meeting tutors via video calling etc)
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module.
Assessment methods include
- Phase tests
This course is predominantly assessed by coursework.
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.
Our courses have been designed to provide practical work experience and aim to equip you with a range of skills and competencies that should make you attractive to potential employers, such as group work, literature reviewing, critical analysis and the delivery of oral presentations.
As well as the work experience module delivered in year two and option to spend a year on placement*, we offer a module developing professional skills to our final year students. This aims to help you learn how to identify suitable employment and training opportunities after graduation, submit competitive, professional applications and perform well in interview situations.
International experience opportunities
We aim to arrange international field trips each year for students at all levels of our undergraduate psychology courses.* In previous years, our first year students have visited Amsterdam, a group of second years have been to San Francisco and some of our final-year students have visited Tokyo.
You may have the opportunity to study abroad* for a year in a European university, in between year two and the final year of your course. This would be additional study and would provide you with an international experience opportunity, which can be viewed favourably by potential employers. There are also faculty-wide field trips* which are also open to students on this course.
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