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Psychology and Criminology (First year taught at Salford City College)

BSc (Hons)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Psychology and Public Health

UCAS Code: CM88

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time

In Brief:

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Taught at Salford City College - save money on the cost of tuition and get used to the demands of HE study. The first year of your course is delivered to smaller classes at Salford City College before you transition to the University of Salford main campus for year 2 and 3 of study
  • This course will provide training for careers in health, social care, criminal justice, and other public and social services

Course Summary

Crime is one of the major problems facing society today. To understand the complex issues surrounding it, we have brought together two areas of study that have a natural affinity, giving you a degree that will help you make a real difference.

Psychology is about people and focuses on the study of the human mind and behaviour. Criminology involves analysing crime and deviance, exploring a wide range of issues from the nature of criminal justice systems to the role of the media in representing and influencing crime.  Together these two areas will provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a number of careers.

The Psychology and Criminology course will equip you with a theoretical understanding of human behaviour and you will apply the skills you learn to a varied range of innovative assessments. The course has been designed with a clear emphasis on employability and incorporates valuable practical activities (e.g. courtroom observation, museum visit, police station visit), core skills (e.g. writing skills, presentations, group collaboration), and workshops from experts in the field (e.g., Forensic, Educational, and Occupational Psychologists).

For more information on this course, please visit the Salford City College website.

Salford City College are named College of the Year 2017

Awards and Accreditation

Course Details


Full time fees for entry September 2019: £7,500

These are the fees you will pay whilst studying at the college, you will pay the standard tuition fees for the period when you are studying at the main University of Salford campus.

Course Info

By relating a psychological understanding of human behaviour and development to an analysis of crime and deviance, you will be able to gain a comprehensive grasp of the ways in which crime can be analysed, understood and addressed. The degree has a hands-on approach to developing research skills and encourages you to apply the theory you have learned to everyday situations.

Year 1                                

An introduction to statistics and research methods used in psychology, including basic quantitative and qualitative research methods.                                                
You will be introduced to key factors in human development including social, emotional, cognitive and biological foundations. Within social psychology you will look at how individuals perceive, influence and interact with others.                                                
You will be introduced to the form, key features, and purpose of the institutions of the contemporary criminal justice system in England and Wales and begin an exploration of the issues relating to justice and civil liberties.                                                
An introduction to the psychological differences in the study of personality, intelligence, gender, and mental health.                                                
You will be introduced to the basic biological processes and cognitive principles necessary for understanding human psychology.                                                
You will be introduced to the key foundational issues, ideas, and ways of thinking within criminology. You will explore the various relationships between crime and society drawing upon contemporary, historical, and comparative evidence and demonstrate links between particular theories and concepts and their implications for research methodology and crime policy.      

For content of Years 2 and 3 see BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology at the University of Salford.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
Access to HE 60 credits with 30 at level 3 at Distinction
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
GCSE at grade C/4 or above in Maths, English, and Science
UCAS tariff points 104-112 points
GCE A level double award BC and an A level grade C plus GCSE C/4 in Maths, English, and Science
BTEC National Diploma DMM
Foundation Degree 60% pass mark
Scottish Highers 104-112 points BBBCC
Irish Leaving Certificate 104-112 points
International Baccalaureate 30 points
Access to HE 45 + credits at level 3 (30 at distinction) WITH level 2 in numeracy

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

The University offers two routes for entry under the scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course.  As this course is part of the School of Health Sciences you will only be considered under Entry Route 1.

English Language Requirements

Applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

An ideal student will have:

  • A good understanding of the disciplines of psychology and criminology
  • The desire to explore all areas of psychology
  • An interest in crime and its occurrence, especially how it is explained, and how 'criminals' are processed by the criminal justice system
  • Strong written skills and an aptitude for research.

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept international applications for this programme.



Assessment methods will vary depending on the modules you choose to study, you can expect:

  • Exams 25%
  • Research reports 25%
  • Essays 25%

The remaining 25% will be split between:

  • Assignments
  • Practical reports
  • Group work
  • Presentations


Links with Industry

The British Psychological Society accredits this course – if you achieve a lower second class degree or above, Graduate Basis for Chartership is awarded. This is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.

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