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Criminology and Psychological Studies (Honours), B.Sc.

Criminology and Psychological Studies (Honours), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
Criminology and psychology help make sense of crime, criminalisation, criminals and victims. Studying this Criminology and Psychological Studies (Honours) qualification at The Open University UK provides you with a critical understanding of both subjects. You'll be able to question and develop your own beliefs and understandings about crime and harm.

About

Key features of the Criminology and Psychological Studies (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies (Honours) course at The Open University UK

  • Helps you understand how criminology helps makes sense of crime, harm, conflict, victimisation, criminal justice and criminalisation
  • Develops your understanding of how psychology explains human interaction and conflict and how this helps interpret crime, criminalisation and victimisation  
  • Builds advanced critical, analytical and communication skills, and takes an original approach to teaching criminology and psychology.
  • Enhances your employability in vocational areas, such as the criminal justice system and various social services.  

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Skills for career development

You’ll be introduced to skills that will enable you to critically analyse everyday understandings of crime and the criminal justice system. You will also develop the skills needed to critically analyse aspects of human behaviour, and some of the principles of forensic psychology and counselling. Alongside these you will build on a wide range of transferable general skills which may further help your work or career prospects, including:
  • identifying and understanding data and information
  • analysing and assessing evidence
  • applying your learning to practical problems and issues
  • working independently
  • reflecting on your own learning
  • developing strategies to update your knowledge
  • communicating and presenting coherent arguments.

Career relevance

This degree is relevant to a wide range of career paths, some of which are listed below. Some relate directly to criminology and psychology, others draw upon the graduate skills that you’ll acquire. Successful graduates may also progress to specialist masters courses. This degree does not provide direct entry to the career fields listed, but it may ease access and increase your employability in relation to them, and it enhances prospects for progression once you are qualified to enter them. Successful completion does not make you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) conferred by the British Psychological Society.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      Part time – 6 years Full time – 3 years Time limit – 16 years

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

At Stage 1 you will study a wide range of social science issues and topics including the theme of justice in relation to immigration and  criminalisation, and how psychologists investigate thinking and behaviour, including topics such as why people harm others, and how ‘false’ memories occur.

Courses include:

  • Investigating psychology
  • Investigating the social world
  • Living psychology: from the everyday to the extraordinary
  • Understanding criminology

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification.

This qualification begins with the module Investigating the social world which builds a solid foundation for further study. Although it’s an introductory module, to get the best from it you’ll need some basic study skills at higher education level. 

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    5856 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5856 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Our current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £5,856

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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