Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons)

Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons)

School of Psychology




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Four years minimum. Part-time: Stage 1 is daytime study only; at Stage 2 some evening study is available.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    C8B1; Short form: BSc/FPsy

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Status:

    Subject to approval

Why study this course?

On our British Psychological Society-accredited Forensic Psychology degree, you’ll graduate with a broad understanding of the key topics related to working with offenders and victims of crime. You’ll have the opportunity to explore theories that explain offending behaviour, and apply this knowledge in interactive workshops run by professionals who actually work with offenders, including forensic psychologists and probation officers. Our Forensic Psychology team conduct world-class research and publish our findings internationally, whilst applying our work in real-life forensic settings; we then take a great deal of pleasure in teaching you the latest findings to advance your knowledge.

You’ll be taught a variety of topics which are current, and relevant to the practice of forensic psychology. Examples include family violence, victimology, antisocial behaviour, criminal psychopathy, life in secure forensic settings, online sex exploitation, stalking, sex and violent offending.

Entry Requirements

112 - 128 points at A2; General Studies accepted  
OCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
QCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 112-128 UCAS Points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 112 - 128 UCAS Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent
IELTS: Grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

Clearing 2017 - Secure your place

Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Methods and Practice of Psychological Inquiry
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition
  • Current Topics in Psychology I
  • Current Topics in Psychology II

Optional Modules

  • An Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology
  • Topics in Forensic and Criminal Psychology
  • Psychology of the Media
  • Mind Games: Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Psychological Research 1: Design and Quantitative Methods
  • Psychological Research 2: Qualitative Methods
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive and Physiological Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Forensic Psychology

Year 2 Continued..

Optional Modules


  • Health Psychology
  • Applying Psychology
  • Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience
  • Available but places might be limited: Sport Psychology


    Year 3

    Compulsory Modules

    • Forensic Psychology Project
    • Violent and Sexual Offending
    • Crime: Impacts and Consequences

    Optional Modules

    • Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting
    • Interpersonal and Organisational Psychology
    • Psychology Placement Module
    • EITHER Neuropsychological Disorders and Techniques OR Brain, Treatments and Behaviour
    • EITHER Theory & Practice in Sport Psychology OR Psychology of Diet & Exercise
    • EITHER Health Psychology: Theory and Practice OR Health Promotion

    Further Information

    All our Psychology degrees share a common first year, with the opportunity to start specialising from Year 2. You can choose BSc routes in (i) Forensic Psychology, (ii) Health Psychology, (iii) Neuropsychology, (iv) Sport & Exercise Psychology, (v) Psychology with Psychotherapy and Counselling and (vi) Psychology and Criminology.

    The Psychology syllabus is informed by the professional body, the British Psychological Society (BPS). All core modules are completed by Year 2, after which you can choose your specialism and, if you like, progress straight onto a specialist BPS-accredited master's, which provides stage 1 of your training towards becoming a professional psychologist.

    In Year 1 you will attend lectures, seminars, workshops and labs. You will take part in Psychology practicals and develop your skills in statistical analysis and report-writing. Lectures are delivered to large groups, but other classes contain about thirty students. These small groups allow you to develop your understanding of psychology and to practise your communication skills. You should get to know your fellow group members, and learn to use your Academic Advisor as a source of academic advice.

    In Year 2, you will study core areas of psychology in more depth, including Social and Developmental Psychology, Cognitive and Physiological Psychology, and Psychological Research Methods. You will continue to develop your skills in psychological research and report-writing but work in smaller groups, and take a role in designing your own studies. For your ‘optional’ module, you will take Forensic Psychology.

    In Year 3, you will complete a double module research project on an appropriate topic. This can be the most exciting part of your degree because it lets you investigate a subject in which you have a particular interest, supported by one-to-one discussions with your supervisor. The rest of Year 3 is made up of a mixture of specialist and general modules including your two core Forensic Psychology modules (Violent and Sexual Offending and Crime: Impacts and Consequences).


    For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

    For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

    Apply Now

    You can apply through Clearing now to start this September. Call us on 01772 830777

    Contact Us

    +44(0)1772 892400


    Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

    Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

    *Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

    Further information:

    For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

    Scholarships and bursaries

    Industry Links

    We continuously engage with employers to make sure our curriculum delivers the skills and knowledge industry needs. These include a number of professionals from various sectors, including NHS Trusts, patient groups, medical practitioners, allied health professionals, the Prison Service, police forces, local education authorities, schools and professional sports organisations.

    Professional Accreditation

    Accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), provided a minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved.

    BPS logo

    Learning Environment and Assessment

    Based in the purpose built Darwin Building, we aim to provide the best possible facilities for you including specialist teaching and research rooms. The building also includes a state-of-the-art lecture theatre and computer rooms.

    Enjoy regular visits from renowned guest speakers - previous speakers have included Prof. Richard Dawkins, Sir Nicholas Humpfrey and Prof. Bruce Hood.

    You’ll be taught by academics that produce first-class research, which has an impact not just in academia but in our working and everyday lives. Much of our psychological research was rated as ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world-leading’ in the last research assessment exercise.

    Year 1 is assessed by coursework and Multiple Choice Question exams; Year 2 through coursework, MCQ and essay exams; Year 3 through coursework or essay exams and the project. Percentage of coursework to exams is roughly 50/50.


    Study in our state-of-the art purpose-built psychology building, Darwin, with its specialist labs :


    Some of our graduates pursue a career in psychology by undertaking postgraduate training to become professional psychologists, including our BPS-accredited master’s programmes. However, UCLan graduates are valued more broadly, and others utilise the skills that our degree encourages to take graduate-level positions in a range of organisations, including the Police, Prison Service, NHS, social and community services, health authorities and in the pharmaceutical industry, and in education and training.

    A large number of the graduates from this course go on to study the MSc Forensic Psychology course taking advantage of the range of scholarships and discounts available to our own students. Others have worked within the health services (for example, assistant psychologist, carer, support worker), within legal services (for example, HMPS, litigation clerk, law mentor) or used their psychology skills in other domains such as management, sales and account manager.



    I found all tutors extremely helpful, willing and encouraging at all times as well as showing good understanding, patience and compassion when required through difficult periods. The course has developed me as a person, as an academic and has opened doors that previously could never be seen. I would not hesitate to recommend the University or the course to any prospective students.