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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Take a Volunteering for Psychology module in your third year at a variety of local forensic providers linked to the University, such as the prison
  • Learn psychological research methods, including some lab skills
  • Choose from a huge range of optional modules, to develop your own interests in more depth
  • Apply psychology to criminology to gain an expert understanding of criminal behaviour
  • Benefit from teaching staff who have a wide range of expertise and a strong research base

Have you ever wished to take an armchair habit further and seriously study the workings of the mind and criminal behaviour? Our versatile and innovative course gives you the opportunity to do this by focusing on both of these overlapping disciplines to gain deeper insights into the way people think and the motivations for criminal behaviour.

Psychology and Criminology at Winchester gives you a solid grounding in the study of human thought and behaviour combined with a contemporary view of key issues around crime and criminal justice systems. Together these two complementary fields provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in a wide range of fulfilling careers where you can really make a difference.

In Year 1, you examine different approaches within psychology – personality and individual differences, social, developmental, cognitive and biological – illustrating how they lead to distinct perspectives on key research questions, and to the methods psychologists use to answer these questions. You are also introduced to the main areas within criminology and classic criminological theory.

In Year 2, you continue your study of different qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as further exploring personality and individual differences, and developmental and social psychology.  You also study violent crime and prison management.  Alongside this you start to consider your extended independent study and possible career choices. 

In Year 3, you further develop your understanding of biological and cognitive psychology. The Final Year Project in Psychology gives you the chance to research and write up an extensive project with tutorial support.  Your final year also gives you the scope to develop your own interests in greater detail by choosing from a range of fascinating optional modules in both Psychology and Criminology. 

During the course, you also acquire skills of gathering data using quantitative and qualitative methods, synthesising and interpreting evidence and assembling arguments, presenting evidence and formulating findings and conclusions.

Graduates pursue careers in health and social care, policing, probation and related professions, such as social and youth work, education and public sector work.

If you wish to pursue professional careers in psychology, you will need to undertake a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited conversion course after completion of your degree before being eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status.

Careers

Graduates pursue careers in health and social care, policing, probation, social and youth work, education and public sector work. Those wishing to pursue professional careers in psychology - such as clinical, educational, or occupational psychology - need to undertake further study and training to gain professional recognition. 

Due to the wide range of skills, and the rigour with which they are taught, training in psychology is widely accepted as providing an excellent preparation for many careers. In addition to subject knowledge, Psychology and Criminology graduates also develop skills in communication; numeracy; analysis; teamwork; critical thinking; computing; independent learning; and many others, all of which are highly valued by employers.

94% of our 2016/17 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.               

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc., you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
  • Independent learning: 924 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 204 hours
  • Independent learning: 984 hours
  • Placement: 12 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:
  • 73% coursework
  • 26% written exams
  • 1% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 67% coursework
  • 26% written exams
  • 7% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 67% coursework
  • 27% written exams
  • 6% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2019 Entry: 112-120 points
2020 Entry: 112-120 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in Mathematics and English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

Send us a message

International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Psychological Research Methods 45

In this module, you are introduced to the principles of research design, and to basic techniques of qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Key conceptual and historical issues relating to the philosophy of science are addressed, and ethical issues are covered. Students will carry out practical investigations in small groups to develop key skills in research design, data collection, analysis, and report writing. In these practical sessions, you will be required to collect, interpret and communicate quantitative and quantitative data across a variety of methods. Students are also encouraged to see how data analysis relates to research design, and hence to understand and value the insights that can be gained by a competent knowledge of quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques. The practical investigations are selected to illustrate particular aspects of design or analysis, with a progression towards more complex designs and more emphasis on theoretical issues.

Introduction to Psychology 30

This module introduces students to the main sub-disciplines of psychology: biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, and social psychology, as outlined in the British Psychological Society’s required curriculum. You will look at core topics within each of these sub-discipline areas, gaining an understanding of how psychology (and its sub-disciplines) developed over time and an understanding of key conceptual and historical issues that are relevant to the discipline as a whole. Seminars will further develop this understanding by fostering discussion and debate on key concepts and studies, helping you to better understand the relationship between theory and research.

Applied Skills for Learning and Development 15

This module aims to help students to develop and improve the key academic skills expected from psychology students during their studies, and to understand the transferability of these into the workplace, using the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Benchmark for Psychology as a foundation. You will have the opportunity to develop reflective skills, cognitive flexibility, communication skills and resilience. In addition, you will be provided with a greater awareness of your strengths, values and areas for personal development that will help inform a more holistic and self-based understanding of potential future career paths. You will engage with psychological literature related to identity, learning and careers, and will be helped to reflect on this literature in relation to your own personal development and career aspirations.

Introduction to Criminology 15

Criminology is considered as a ‘rendezvous’ but specialist discipline; a study of crime and criminal activity that serves as a meeting point for Social Science disciplines. This module introduces and explores the various disciplinary approaches to the study of crime. However, it will have as its starting point an exploration of common sense and everyday perceptions and the social construction of crime, as well as the representation of crime and the criminal justice system. The module will also begin to introduce and explore the range and scope of issues and topics examined by the specialist discipline of Criminology.


The module will conclude by introducing students to some of the criminology-related initiatives and interventions currently at the University, such as the ‘Innocence Project’, ‘Prison Theatre productions’ and community-based initiatives. This will also introduce students to the notion of and opportunities for volunteering as part of the university-wide initiative and policy.

Classical Criminological Theory 15

In this module, you will become familiar with the main criminological theories as they were developed from mid XVIII century to 1950s. You will become aware how the definitions of crime, that is, causes and solutions, change in space and time. In particular, you will find out how different authors put forward different explanations of the causes of crime: individual choice, genetic elements, race factors, class issues, cultural conflicts; different solutions stem out of these conceptions, ranging from prisons to asylums, from welfare to medical treatment. Finally, you will become familiar with the conception of crime as a definition adopted against marginal groups, and the solutions proposed as tools of social control.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Developmental Psychology 15

This module aims to introduce students to both developmental theory and developmental methods. Developmental psychology covers a considerable number of historical and conceptual issues and current theories, as well as applied issues. The focus is on the child's/adolescent from a wide perspective, including among others social, cognitive, biological and cultural perspectives. Typical and atypical development across the lifespan (childhood, adolescence) will be considered in areas such as attachment, social relations, cognition, language, moral and cultural development. Students will also gain critical understanding and practical experience of the observation research methods applied to an aspect of child development.

Applied Skills for Research and Practice 15

This module aims to help you to evolve your career goals and aspired professional identities, to encourage active career exploration, and to develop tangible career tools (e.g. employability audit, Personal Action Plan). You will also be prepared for conducting independent psychological research, through developing a proposal for an appropriate empirical research project that you can pursue at Level 6. You will gain an awareness of the Psychology related career pathways available to you upon graduation, and will be encouraged to reflect on how your final year project subject area can align to your career aims.

Qualitative Methods in Psychology 15

The aim of this module is to introduce you to qualitative research methods in psychology, building on knowledge and experience gained at Level 4. The module will cover the historical development of qualitative methods, key conceptual debates (e.g. the philosophy of science), theoretical approaches to qualitative research, qualitative research designs and procedures, qualitative data collection methods (e.g. interviews and focus groups, qualitative surveys, vignettes and story completion tasks) and qualitative analytic methods (e.g. thematic analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis and discourse analysis). You will be given a chance to collect and analyse qualitative data, and write these up in a report. The module will emphasise the acquisition of practical research skills (in relation to key methods of data collection and analysis) as well as the development of critical analytic skills and a broad awareness of ethical issues relating to qualitative research methods in psychology.

Social Psychology 15

This module aims to build on the coverage of social psychology at Level 4 by exploring some of the key approaches and topics in Social Psychology in greater depth. You will be introduced to key conceptual and historical issues and debates in social psychology, as well as some of the traditional areas of the discipline such as social identity, the self, social cognition and prejudice. The module will  examine both ‘classic’ studies and theories, as well as contemporary treatments of these topics. The module will also cover critical approaches to social psychology and traditions emerging from these, such as social constructionism and discursive psychology.

Quantitative Methods in Psychology 15

This module introduces you to quantitative approaches to psychological research methods. It will comprise weekly statistics lectures and workshops, in which you will go through a number of set work questions using a statistical software package (SPSS). The module will emphasise the acquisition of practical research skills (in relation to key methods of data collection, management, and analysis), critical skills (e.g. through evaluating research papers and methods), and a broad awareness of issues concerning ethics in quantitative methods in psychology and conceptual and historical development of research methods (e.g., philosophy of science).

Personality and Individual Differences 15

This module aims to extend your understanding of the spectrum of individual differences and draws on content from a range of areas of psychology. This module covers key issues of contemporary significance using core areas of individual difference psychology such as personality, motivation, emotion & well-being. Topics are focused on in-depth within the module by examining different theoretical approaches to these concepts which allows you to understand how conceptual and historical issues inform our understanding and application of individual differences. The application of individual difference theory and research will be considered within the module in a number of contexts, for example clinical, educational or organisational contexts.

Penology 15
Violent Crime 15

Violent crime often triggers social outcry and political response when targeted towards particular vulnerable groups within society. However, the notion of violent crime moves beyond the obvious offending into areas such chastisement of children, violence in social disorder and domestic violence/abuse. The aim of this module is to explore the range of violent offending currently criminalised within the criminal justice system, the social and political responses to such offending and the treatment of violent offenders.

Drawing on theoretical considerations from sociological, penological and psychological fields of knowledge alongside political, social and media reactions, the module offers a multi-disciplinary view on this particular form of offending.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Final Year Project and Future Directions 30

The project takes the form of an original independent empirical investigation in a psychological topic area.

You are required to select your topic/research question and produce a research proposal before the end of Semester 2 of Level 5. Supervisors are allocated according to research topic. Data collection may only commence once ethical approval has been granted by the ethics committee.  The indicative length of the project is 5,000 words for quantitative and 7,000 for qualitative projects. Additionally, this module will facilitate future employability through one-to-one tutorials between students and their FYP supervisor; providing individualised support concerning post graduate aims and specific job searches.

Cognition and Behaviour 15

This module provides you with a broad overview of fundamental topics in Cognitive Psychology, such as sensation and perception, attention, language, learning, memory, thinking, problem solving, decision making, metacognition, consciousness and cognitive neuropsychology. Conceptual and historical issues relevant to cognitive psychology are also covered. You will gain critical understanding and practical experience of research methods used by cognitive psychologists.

Brain and Behaviour 15

This module provides you with an insight into the biological basis of human and non-human behaviour, including comparative and evolutionary psychology, typical and atypical neuropsychology, neuroscience, behavioural genetics, and the effect of hormones on behaviour. You will learn how our conceptual models of biological psychology have developed through history as new methods of investigation were developed.

You will also gain critical understanding and practical experience of research methods used by biological psychologists.

Optional Modules
  • Advanced Issues in Developmental Psychology (15 credits)
  • Advanced Statistics and Applied Statistics (15 credits)
  • Psychology, Crime and the Criminal Justice System (15 credits)
  • Society, Politics and Prejudice (15 credits)
  • Psychology in the Workplace (15 credits)
  • Eyewitness Psychology (15 credits)
  • Health Psychology (15 credits)
  • Advanced Critical Thinking for Psychologists (15 credits)
  • Advanced Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology (15 credits)
  • Volunteering for Psychology (15 credits)
  • Organised Crime (15 credits)
  • Policing Society (15 credits)
  • The Politics of Crime (15 credits)
  • Criminal Bodies (15 credits)
  • Crime and Humanity (15 credits)
  • Drugs and Alcohol: Use and Control (15 credits)

Optional Credits

Final Year Project and Future Directions 30

The project takes the form of an original independent empirical investigation in a psychological topic area.

You are required to select your topic/research question and produce a research proposal before the end of Semester 2 of Level 5. Supervisors are allocated according to research topic. Data collection may only commence once ethical approval has been granted by the ethics committee.  The indicative length of the project is 5,000 words for quantitative and 7,000 for qualitative projects. Additionally, this module will facilitate future employability through one-to-one tutorials between students and their FYP supervisor; providing individualised support concerning post graduate aims and specific job searches.

Cognition and Behaviour 15

This module provides you with a broad overview of fundamental topics in Cognitive Psychology, such as sensation and perception, attention, language, learning, memory, thinking, problem solving, decision making, metacognition, consciousness and cognitive neuropsychology. Conceptual and historical issues relevant to cognitive psychology are also covered. You will gain critical understanding and practical experience of research methods used by cognitive psychologists.

Brain and Behaviour 15

This module provides you with an insight into the biological basis of human and non-human behaviour, including comparative and evolutionary psychology, typical and atypical neuropsychology, neuroscience, behavioural genetics, and the effect of hormones on behaviour. You will learn how our conceptual models of biological psychology have developed through history as new methods of investigation were developed.

You will also gain critical understanding and practical experience of research methods used by biological psychologists.

Optional Modules
  • Advanced Issues in Developmental Psychology (15 credits)
  • Advanced Statistics and Applied Statistics (15 credits)
  • Psychology, Crime and the Criminal Justice System (15 credits)
  • Society, Politics and Prejudice (15 credits)
  • Psychology in the Workplace (15 credits)
  • Eyewitness Psychology (15 credits)
  • Health Psychology (15 credits)
  • Advanced Critical Thinking for Psychologists (15 credits)
  • Advanced Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology (15 credits)
  • Volunteering for Psychology (15 credits)
  • Organised Crime (15 credits)
  • Policing Society (15 credits)
  • The Politics of Crime (15 credits)
  • Criminal Bodies (15 credits)
  • Crime and Humanity (15 credits)
  • Drugs and Alcohol: Use and Control (15 credits)

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

2019 Course Tuition Fees* 

 UK/EU

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,300
Year 2 £9,250 £13,300
Year 3 £9,250 £13,300
Total £27,750 £39,900
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £28,450 £40,600

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2019, the first year will cost you £9,250*. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £110.83 and a 15 credit module is £1,662.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 2019 fees are subject to Board approval.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Field trips

Some optional criminology modules may involve a field trip. Indicative cost is £450 for each trip. 

Core texts

Core texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some core texts can be bought second hand or as an ebook, which can often reduce this cost. Indicative cost is £400 for the whole course. 

Mandatory

Printing and binding

We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
LC3V
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
112-120 points
Location
On campus, Winchester