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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

  • 100% overall student satisfaction for Forensic Psychology (NSS 2017)
  • 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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100% satisfaction

This course received 100% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@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 and Cognitive Psychology
  • Social and 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?

We enable you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. 

A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive teaching methods, including face to face teaching and online mechanisms for teaching delivery. These include interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials and a virtual learning environment. These different teaching methods are designed to enable the application of learning through activities and discussion, working independently and in groups.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions per year of a course.

You have an opportunity to undertake a semester long study abroad in one of many partner universities.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 10-12 hours of timetabled face to face teaching, plus online directed study activities and optional tutorials.  The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 8 hours of Lectures
  • 2-4 hours of Seminars

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 30 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes principal lecturers, senior academics, HCPC registered professional practitioners with clinical experience, and psychology technicians.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.  Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and 93 per cent of teaching staff in the Psychology Department have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. 

The specific assessment strategies used in Psychology are designed to develop skills and knowledge in Psychology and provide evidence of your progress and achievement throughout the course.  They also play an important role in helping to develop your employability skills and so prepare you for a range of careers.  For example, your literacy skills are developed and assessed through assignments such as essays, literature reviews and critical reviews of journal papers; numeracy and problem solving skills are developed and assessed through the analysis of data sets; assessments using poster and power point presentations, enhance your communication skills and the use of group  assessments helps you develop team working and leadership skills.  You will also have an opportunity to demonstrate independence in a sustained piece of work through the completion of the Psychology Research Project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
Essay x 1
1 hour MCQ Exam x 2
1 hour Short Answer Exam x1
Research Methods Portfolios x 2
Research Report x 1
Case Study x 1
Group Video Presentation x 1
Individual Reflection x 1
Group Poster Presentation x 1 

Year 2
Research report x3
Exam x3
Essay x1
Presentation x1
Research proposal x1
Literature review x1

Year 3
Research Report x 1
Reflective Log x 1
Case Study x 2
Exam x 1
Presentation x 2
Literature Review x 2
Podcast x 1
Essay x 1
Psychology Research Project x 1
Portfolio x 2

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

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 £9,250.

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 £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

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.

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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