If you are seeking to develop a career in the criminal justice sector, in professions such as policing, community safety or youth offending, but don’t necessarily want to become a Chartered Psychologist, this degree could be right for you.
We provide comprehensive coverage of issues surrounding crime, society and their associated psychological aspects, drawing from the complementary disciplines of Psychology and Criminology to help you understand how, and why, people think in different ways in the context of crime.
We have an outstanding track record for graduate employability – with 94% of 2014/15 graduates in work or further study after six months. We place a strong emphasis on relevant work experience and have excellent professional links with the Police, HM Prison Service and youth Offending Service. Our partnership with Warwickshire Police to provide Police Support Volunteers was the first scheme of its kind in the country.
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This fascinating course explores the role of crime and its control through the criminal justice process, drawing on aspects of applied psychology to better understand the behaviour of criminals and the impact of both crime and punishment.
Why choose this course?
We aim to equip you with the criminological skills to investigate and evaluate criminal behaviour, analysing the influences of society and culture on criminal activities such as riots, crime waves, fear of crime, drug taking, and terrorist attacks, as well as the complex relationships between victims, offenders, society and those who enforce the law.
You’ll have the opportunity to gain a detailed understanding of the workings of the criminal justice system, policing and different aspects of punishment, enhanced by regular interaction with criminal justice agencies. You’ll have the opportunity to hear regularly from guest speakers from different sectors of the criminological spheres, such as the Prison Service, Police, UK Borders Agency and Youth Offending Team. We also organise several practical field trips – in the past visiting Rye Hill and Onley prisons, The Old Bailey and The Holocaust Centre.
The practical focus of the course is designed to enhance your job prospects. The Law element aims to provide you with an understanding of practical legal skills and knowledge, such as of dispute resolution, written and oral advocacy, negotiation and client interviewing and counselling, useful in most careers.
Course content is regularly reviewed by our Partnership Group, which is made up of key criminal justice agencies and allied professions, including West Midlands Police, HM Prison Service, the Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, MIND and the Citizens Advice Bureau. We strongly encourage our students to gain practical work experience; you can volunteer as a special constable or spend a year on professional placement working in organisations, such as victim support, youth hostels for young offenders.
International experience opportunities
As well as offering a range of short international field trips, which have previously included a visit to Krakow in Poland to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, you also have the opportunity to complete the course over four years with a sandwich year spent studying abroad.
The University has links with over 20 institutions in Cyprus, France, Malta, Spain, Sweden and Turkey, as well as several other countries around the world. Courses are largely taught in English, but there are opportunities to learn and attend courses in a foreign language. In the past, students on this course have studied human rights law in Sweden.
A Criminology and Psychology degree from Coventry can provide you with an excellent basis for graduate-level employment in a wide range of relevant professions, from the more established careers such as the prison, probation and police service to the newer initiatives in areas of community safety and crime prevention.
We are extremely proud of our strong track record in preparing graduates for work – with 94% of 2014/15 graduates in work or further study after six months. Our courses have been designed to provide practical work experience and equip you with a range of skills and competencies that aims to set you apart from other graduates and make you attractive to potential employers, such as group work, literature reviewing, critical analysis and the delivery of oral presentations.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.