September 2022

Psychology with Criminology BSc (Hons)

September 2022

Key Details

  • C804 Course Code
  • 3 Years
  • 104 Typical UCAS Tariff
british psychological society accredited course


Please note this degree was previously known as Forensic Psychology, and the first cohort of the renamed course will run in September 2022. The programme will retain its BPS accreditation. 

Psychology with Criminology combines a comprehensive training in Psychology with the study of criminal behaviour, types of crime, and knowledge of the criminal justice system.

On this programme you will cover all the core areas of Psychology stipulated by the BPS curriculum. Covering Biopsychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Individual Differences, Social Psychology, and Research Methods. This accounts for approximately two-thirds of the programme. The Psychology modules are studied alongside carefully curated criminology modules which link psychological theory to the criminal justice environment and offender behaviours, which make up the remaining (approx.) third of the curriculum.


This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), such that students gaining at least a Lower Second Class Honours Degree are eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS, which means you will have taken your first step towards becoming a professional psychologist.


This course is being re-validated for September 2022. This is a standard academic process to ensure the content of a course is up to date with current research and academic thinking and also relevant to the requirements of the potential employment market place.

Why study this course?

  • This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Core modules of Psychology taught alongside Criminology modules.
  • Learn about broader societal and psychological factors which affect criminal behaviour.
  • Innovative assessments that challenge students to be creative.
  • A placement scheme that is designed to complement the applied nature of the programme and thus enhance graduate employability.

This programme 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. You will be given the opportunity to apply psychological knowledge and understanding within criminal contexts.

What does the course cover?

During your first year of study (level 4), you will be introduced to the foundations of psychology, which will provide an overview of the main areas of study within this discipline. You will also be introduced to the core skills required to succeed in studying psychology, as well as an overview of research methods and some key literature within the discipline of psychology.  Alongside this, you will learn about how psychological theory can contribute to the multidisciplinary study of crime. During this year you will also be introduced to the core areas of criminology, focusing on the processes and systems which constitute criminal justice within the UK.

In the second year (level 5), you will deepen your understanding of psychological research methods, as well as exploring in more depth the core areas of social psychology, individual differences, cognitive psychology, biological psychology and developmental psychology, while deepening your understanding of the psychological underpinning of criminal justice environment.

In the final year (level 6), you will conduct your own research project, exploring an area of specific interest to yourself relating to this programme of study.  Alongside this, you will explore the meta-theoretical underpinnings of the psychology discipline. At level 6 you will have a choice of options within psychology and criminology, to develop and enhance your passion for these two subjects further.

How will I be assessed?

The 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 presentations and completing 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?

Careers you could consider could include: the police force; the probation service; the prison service; academic research, and victim and offender support charities. However, as this programme covers all core BPS content, graduates from this programme may also enter various psychological professions. You could also consider working in third sector organisations and charities that work towards improving the lives of those in or leaving the criminal justice system.

Studying and Living in Birmingham

Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.

Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.

Dining out

Birmingham has lots of wonderful places to dine out with a range of different cuisines. Places where you can dine out include; Brindley Place, Mailbox and Hagley Road (just 10 minutes’ from Newman).


Whether you like to go to; the theatre, gigs or clubs, or enjoy: sports, shopping visiting art galleries or exhibitions – Birmingham will not disappoint and you will be spoilt for choice!


Getting around Birmingham is easy via train, bus or by car. Birmingham has excellent transport links to the rest of Britain, making it easy for those weekend getaways!

Why not explore the city for yourself by visiting one of our Open Days?

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Entry Requirements

You must achieve at least 104 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.

As it is not possible to achieve 104 UCAS points through an Access course, Access Students will need 106 UCAS points. You can reach this with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 106 UCAS Points: D27-M0-P18; D124-M6-P15; D21-M12-P12; D18-M18-P9; D15-M24-P6; D12-M24-P3; D9-M36-P0.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents), including English Language and Mathematics, are also required.

For applicants who are unsure that they will achieve the above UCAS tariff, Newman University offers Psychology with Criminology (with Foundation Year)  which enables such applicants to access a university degree via a four year route. Upon successful completion of their foundation year, students will progress to Year 1 of a named degree. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, students wishing to follow particular named routes with additional entry requirements, will need to meet these requirements before they make the transition from their foundation year to year 1.

International Students
The University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

Applying Direct Option

You can apply direct to Newman University for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.

Simply click on this Direct Application link to do this.

N.B. will need to enter ‘New User’ account details when first accessing this portal.

If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form

Course Fees

Please note that the course fee for September 2022 will be confirmed later this year, and will be updated on the course page in due course. For reference the course fee for September 2021 was £9,250.

The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

During the degree you may wish to purchase core texts (a limited numbers of copies are available in the library and where possible online texts have been purchased). At times throughout your degree, you may need to print or photocopy material. As part of the core dissertation module students you may be required to produce an A0 poster. The cost of printing AO posters in the academic year 2022-23 is £8. There may also be additional costs associated with data collection depending on the research undertaken for example printing of questionnaires.

Find out more about the other additional costs associated with our undergraduate degrees.