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Undergraduate Factfile 2014 entry: Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice BSc (Hons)
Mode of Study: Three years full time
Fast fact: With this degree you will be eligible for membership of the British Psychological Society, which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
- Course in depth
- Entry requirements
- Finance / Fees
- Course feedback
- Career prospects
- How to apply
Janine Davies, 2012 graduate now studying for an MA Criminal Justice.”
Course at a glance
- Recognised by the British Psychological Society
- Brand new £57million campus with dedicated psychology labs
- Fascinating insight into the criminal mind and the criminal justice system
- One of the School of Law’s most popular courses
- Diverse range of careers in forensic psychology, the police, probation and prison services, drug and alcohol support, victim and witness support, and youth work
As this is an interdisciplinary programme, you will be taught by subject experts from the two distinct disciplines of psychology and criminal justice, making this a fascinating area of study. Your tutors will be continually on hand to support, guide and advise you in all aspects of your studies during your three years at LJMU.
Many of the criminal justice tutors on this course have practical experience of working in the criminal justice system and are committed to ensuring you get the very best out of your learning experience.
Their ‘open door’ policy means you can seek support and advice at any time. The team is also actively involved in pioneering research and academic writing, with regular contributions to conferences in Europe, North America and Asia.
Current research includes the impact of ‘crime education’ on young people’s knowledge of criminal justice issues, the effectiveness of Community Justice Centres and the cultural identity and policing of ethnic minorities.
Your psychology tutors will include three subject specialists in the area of Forensic Psychology.
- Dr Susan Giles who’s interests include the narrative themes in suicide notes, helping the police respond to individuals in crisis and the evaluation of cognitive behaviour therapy with young people exposed to domestic violence.
- Dr Keri Nixon is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist who specialises in violent crime and has worked as a Forensic Psychologist setting up a violent offender management unit. His current research interest includes domestic abuse, honour-based violence and forced marriage, gang and gun crime and rape investigation.
- Dr Sara Waring's interests include the impact of accountability on police judgments and decisions within critical incident contexts.
This programme fuses together two distinct yet highly compatible disciplines. In recent decades the psychological and criminological spheres have become inseparable and this course is designed to reflect this. It is aimed at people who want a BPS recognised psychology degree but who have a keen interest in the sphere of criminal justice and criminal behaviour.
The interdisciplinary approach of this programme allows you to draw links between the two subjects and apply psychological issues to real-life situations so that you get a true understanding of how the human mind works in relation to criminal activity.
Throughout the programme you will study the foundations of psychology such as developmental, cognitive and social psychology whilst a stream of specialist forensic psychology modules are evident at every level of the degree. You will also study criminal justice modules every year so that you develop an understanding of the relevant systems, processes and agencies involved in this sphere.
Work-related learning and practical experience are incorporated into every module, allowing you to develop transferable skills that are essential in the workplace.
This extremely popular course is taught across the Schools of Psychology and Law, so teaching takes place across two locations, one of these being the £25.5million Tom Reilly building and the other being our £38million Redmonds Building.
Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, smaller student-led tutorials, hands-on laboratory work and private study. Typically, you will spend around 12 hours per week in the classroom, and at least 25 hours preparing for lectures and tutorials and working on assessments. You are also expected to actively seek out voluntary work with relevant agencies to build up your experience out in the field.
The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.
- Psychology, Crime and Law
- Criminal Justice and Criminology: An Introduction
- Learning, Cognitive and Biological Psychology
- Developmental and Social Psychology
- Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
- Sentencing and Punishment
- Criminological Theory
- Biological, Cognitive and Developmental Psychology
- Social Psychology and Individual Differences
- Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology II
- Forensic Psychology or
- or Work Placement plus 10,000-word critical essay/report.
Examples of past titles are:
- Personality, Criminal Behaviour and Alcohol Use: Study of those attending Alcoholics Anonymous
- Making Progress? An analysis of the work of clinical psychologists by clinical psychologists
- An Investigation of the Emotional Intelligence Levels and Personality Traits of Police Officers within the Northern Ireland and Merseyside Police
- Does “Criminal Personality” Truly Exist as a Determinant for Violent Crime? An analysis of Offenders and Probation Officers
- Psycho-Social problems and Drug Use
- Probation and Community Sentences
- Prisons Policing
- Youth, Crime and Youth Justice
- Crimes of the Powerful
- Gender and the Law
- European Socio-Legal Studies
- Crime and Security in the EU
- Social Cognition
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Applied Health Psychology
- Occupational Psychology
- Psychology in Education
- Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychology
- Functions Human Sleep
Assessment and feedback
We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a number of different assessment methods and continually develop new ones. They may include group presentations (some pre-recorded and edited by students), student-led lectures, exams (seen/unseen), online multiple-choice exams, essays, literature reviews and reports (e.g. writing a mock Pre-Sentence Report on a young offender).
Throughout the assessment process you will have support from your module leaders and personal tutor in addition to written guidelines, hints and tips, plus revision and recap sessions and study support classes.
Your tutors will provide individual feedback on assessments within three weeks, allowing you to quickly identify your successes and the areas where you may need to put in more work.
Furthermore your graduate skills and World of Work Skills Certificate details will be published in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), providing employers with extensive evidence of your development as a professional in addition to your academic achievements at LJMU.
In your final year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement and complete a 10,000-word report summing up your experience. We also actively encourage you to seek out voluntary work with a range of local agencies during your course.
All of this hands-on experience will give you a taste of the criminal justice world and help you identify the areas where you would eventually like to work. It will also prove invaluable once you start to apply for jobs, as you will be able to demonstrate to potential employers that you have professional skills as well as the drive and initiative to succeed.
Support and guidance
From the moment you begin your studies at LJMU, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide one-to-one support and guidance. As well as discussing day-to-day course-related issues with you, they will help you to monitor your progress and start planning for your future career.
Application and selection - what are we looking for?
We are looking for students who are keen to learn more around issues of Criminal Justice and Psychology. This course is designed to relate relevant theory to practical knowledge and experience in order to provide the skills for future employment in both criminal justice and psychological related fields.
Will I be interviewed?
No interview required (UCAS application form only)
Can this course be deferred?
Yes, please contact us to discuss your options
Course entry requirements
Fees and Funding
To find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding
Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.
LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.
LJMU Bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding. In 2014 / 2015, eligible students will receive an annual cash bursary of £500. The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.
National Scholarship Programme
LJMU's National Scholarships are also means-tested and consist of a £2000 cash bursary. This scholarship is only awarded to new full-time Level 4 (first year) undergraduates. Any money received does not have to be repaid.
LJMU will be charging an annual tuition fee of £9,000 for most of our degree programmes.
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol. Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning more than £21,000. Both full and part-time students are eligible for tuition fee loans. For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
- UK field trips
- Educational visits
- Student exchanges
- Criminal Records Bureau checks
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
- Governing body awards
You can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student. The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning at least £21,000. Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.
In 2014/2015, the maximum amount you can get while studying at LJMU is £5,555 if you are living away from home or £4,418 if you are living in your parental home.
For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
This means-tested award is available to students whose household income is below a certain level. You don't have to pay this money back and it's up to you to decide what to spend it on. Part-time students are not eligible for this grant.
- your household income has to be £42,620 or less, in order for you to qualify for this funding
- full-time students with a household income of £25,000 or less will receive a full grant of £3,387 per year
- Partial grants will also be available to students with a household income over £25,000 up to (and including) £42,620.
For more information on maintenance grants, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
"This course proved to be both intellectually stimulating and challenging. It includes a large variety of controversial topics and provides many opportunities for interactive learning as students are encouraged to engage in debates, voice their opinions and to be critical.”
Janine Davies, 2012 graduate now studying for an MA Criminal Justice
“The Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice degree allows you to use different skills, from giving group presentations, arguing theories of crime in seminars to researching and working on your own theories. The lecturers are fantastic and will always put time aside for any concerns you may have. As part of my final year dissertation I critically looked at my volunteer role as a Magistrate, focusing on the relationship between discretion and structured decision making.”
Michele McManus, Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice graduate
“The programme seemed to ‘tick all the boxes’ and the practical nature of the course really appealed to me. [It] provided the opportunity to develop my knowledge of criminological and psychological theory but also to hone my practical know-how. This seems to increase your employment options once you have graduated. I began working in the prison service as a Psychological Assistant, and have now progressed to a Forensic Psychologist in Training. I am currently involved in the delivery of cognitive rehabilitation programmes.”
Jennifer Hadden, Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice graduate.
“I especially enjoyed the Criminal Law and Sex, Crimes and Society modules. Looking at the different classifications of sexual crimes in the law, their punishments and real case stories was fascinating. In addition, Criminological Theory provided me with the theoretical perspectives to analyse the ‘causes’ of crime and deviant behaviour. I particularly enjoyed this module, as it linked well with the theoretical approaches in psychology.”
Natalie Houghton, Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice graduate.
“Studying for a criminal justice degree would enable people interested in a career with the prisons service to get to know the criminal justice system and help them understand the prisoners’ journey from sentencing through to rehabilitation.”
Dave McAlley, HMP Altcourse
Professional accreditation / links
This course is recognised by the British Psychological Society, making you eligible for graduate membership of the BPS and the Graduate Basis for Registration - this is crucial for moving into careers in psychology or postgraduate study and the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
Your career prospects
The choice of careers open to you as a Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice graduate is extremely varied because of the wide range of vocational skills you will acquire on the course. Examples of careers secured by recent graduates include trainee forensic psychologist, clinical support worker, police officer, trainee probation officer, probation service assistant, arrest referral and bail support team worker, drug and alcohol support worker, victim support worker, witness support worker, youth worker and cognitive behavioural programme facilitator for the prison service.
International funding advice
Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects. When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.
International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date. Confirmed fees for 2013/14 are available on the LJMU website: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKBA requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month). LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)
If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.
You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (email@example.com) for guidance.
Your visa application
As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.
Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of financial support for the programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study
English language qualifications
All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKBA-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.
This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.
Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.
|Type of Programme||IELTS||Pearson|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||50-57 (Min 51 in each component for UKBA Purposes)|
|Undergraduate degrees||6.0||50-57 (Min 51 in each component for UKBA Purposes)|
For up-to-date details on all courses and entry requirements please go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/courses
To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
English language support to improve IELTS
If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete a pre-sessional English course. LJMU offers pre-sessional English language courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help develop your English language ability ahead of starting your course. Before completing the online application form, please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.studygroup.com/isc/ljmu/) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Degree preparation courses
LJMU offers international students the option of completing pre-undergraduate programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. LJMU’s degree preparation courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmu.ac.uk/isc
How to apply
All applicants should apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system at www.ucas.ac.uk. If you need help or advice on your individual application, you should contact your careers adviser or call the UCAS Customer Service Unit on 0871 468 0468, open Monday to Friday, 08:30-18:00 hrs (UK time)
If you are calling from outside the UK and are unable to use the number above, please contact them on 0044 871 468 0 468
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