Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons)

Course length: 3 years full-time 4 years part-time (for further information on part-time courses available click here)



Why study this course? 

Forensic psychology is the study of human behaviour, with a particular focus on the behaviour of professionals, offenders and victims of crime. It explores a wide range of fascinating areas from how we think and how we see other people, to how children develop, how relationships are formed, and how we can help people in distress. Students will be given opportunity to apply this psychological knowledge and understanding to work within criminal contexts.  Forensic psychology offers many potential career paths, and in addition to the career opportunities usually offered by psychology, graduates from this course may expect to work in areas relating to the criminal justice system as practitioners, administrators, policy makers or researchers.  Studying forensic psychology at Newman provides you with a solid grounding in all core areas of psychology, but with particular strengths in considering how psychology is applied to the ‘real world’. Many of our lecturers have particular specialisms in applied psychology or criminology, and this gives this degree programme its distinctive approach and appeal.

What does the course cover?

Forensic Psychology at Newman University covers all of the core areas of psychology, as specified by the British Psychological Society (i.e, biopsychology; cognition; human development; individual differences; social psychology as well as research methods).  In their first year of study, students will be given thorough grounding in foundations of psychology and criminology.  In their second year, students will deepen their understanding of these core areas, as well introducing students to the psychology of criminal justice.  In their final year of study, students will have the option to choose several modules specialising in aspects of the applications of psychology and criminology.  These options may include topics such as health psychology, equality, young offenders and criminal justice. 

In their second year of study, all students will complete a work placement, will be relevant to a forensic psychological context.  In their final year, students will complete a novel research project as their forensic psychology dissertation. 

What is noteworthy about this course?

The course will enable you to explore these areas of human behaviour and teach you to reach valid conclusions based on scientific underpinnings.

On the programme you will be introduced to the five major strands of psychology, which are individual differences, cognition, development, biopsychology and social psychology, plus research methods. You will also be introduced key areas of criminal justice, such as the psychology of crime, the criminal justice environment and critical issues in forensic investigation.  You can expect to deepen your understanding of these areas as you progress through the programme. In your final year you study a range of topics covering the applications of psychology, such as education, clinical, health, counselling, and forensic psychology.

How will I be assessed?

The forensic psychology degree programme uses a wide variety of forms of assessment, designed to help you develop a range of skills that will be invaluable in the modern professional work place. The assessment strategy for the degree includes traditional essays, exams, short notes and multiple ­choice tests. Also included in the strategy are less traditional assessments, such as designing a web page, Power Point presentations, writing dialogues and presenting portfolios. Finally, there are a variety of assessments linked to research, which include writing reports, giving conference style presentations, and writing a dissertation.

What careers could I consider?

The forensic psychology degree programme at Newman University is specifically aimed at preparing students to work with professionals, offenders and victims of crime.  However, as this programme covers all core BPS content, graduates from this course may also enter various psychological professions, including forensic, clinical, occupational, educational, counselling, health and sport psychology. Students can also pursue an academic career, and may progress into a PhD. Psychology graduates can also progress into a variety of careers, typically in people-orientated and caring roles; for example, nursing, teaching, social work, human resources, marketing, software design, health research, risk assessment, treatment, or rehabilitation. Psychology graduates must be both literate and numerate and these are skills that employers demand in the modern professional work place.

What is GBC?

Newman University's Single Honours Forensic Psychology degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and students gaining at least a lower 2nd class honours degree gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS.

In the United Kingdom, psychology degrees are regulated by the British Psychological Society. Only those degrees that meet a minimum standard, and are judged as providing a sound basis for progression into further post­graduate training in psychology, are accredited. Accredited courses are said to provide the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC).

Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.

Entry requirements

September 2018 Entry Requirements

104 UCAS points, to include minimum grades of CC at A Level or equivalent (e.g. MM at BTEC Diploma) or 96 UCAS points from a maximum of 3 A Levels. 
As it is not possible to achieve 104 UCAS points through an Access course, Access students will need 106 UCAS points.

Access Students can achieve this with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course:
D27-M0-P18; D24-M6-P15; D21M12-P12; 
D18-M18-P9; D15 M24-P6; D12-M30-P3; 

5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above to include GCSE English and mathematics or recognised equivalents are also required.


Fees per academic year: 2017/18 

Full-time UK/EU Students: £9,250*

Part-time UK/EU Students: £4,950*

*Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Finance and Scholarship information

Additional costs:

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in many cases required by employers before students can begin their Year 2 (level 5) work placement.  The cost of the DBS is currently £55 (including processing fee) with the option of subscribing to the update service which is currently £13 per year.  For more information on your DBS application please click here.


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Applications for full-time courses are made through UCAS.

Applications for part-time courses are made via Newman.



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