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.
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
C8B1; Short form: BSc/FPsy
Preston (Campus code: U)
Subject to approval
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.
280-320 at A2 - General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma : Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access course with Distinctions in 30 Level 3 Credits
International Baccalaureate : 28 - 30P
IELTS : 6.0 with no component below 5.5
GCSE : Maths & English at C or equivalent
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.
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 a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
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.
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.
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.
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.