Forensic Science - Liverpool John Moores University

2018 entry

BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £14,000 per annum*
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1,850 per annum*
International industrial placement year fee: £3,300 per annum*

*The Department for Education (DFE) have recently announced that they intend to freeze tuition fees for the 2018/19 year. This is still subject to parliamentary approval. Once confirmed we will update our web pages accordingly.

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 128

UCAS code: CM82

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

About your course

Completing the professionally-accredited BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University will give you vital insights into the criminal mind and criminal justice system, opening up a wide range of exciting career opportunities.

  • Recognised by the British Psychological Society
  • Teaching in two state-of-the-art buildings
  • 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
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more

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.

Michele McManus, recent graduate

LJMU ticks all the boxes. Liverpool is fantastic, the Criminal Justice team are brilliant and the course content is super. From the moment I read the about the course I was hooked and I've not been disappointed. The volunteering opportunities available to help link practical experience to academic achievement offers the best prospects to succeed it your chosen career.

Natasha Langford, graduate

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

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

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

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.

Course details

This BSc degree programme fuses together two distinct yet highly compatible disciplines: forensic psychology and criminal justice.

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 core foundations of psychology such as developmental, cognitive and social psychology whilst also studying modules such as 'an Introduction to Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice' and ‘criminological theory’ which aim to develop your understanding of the relationship between the disciplines of psychology and criminal justice. You will also study criminal justice modules every year which will develop your knowledge of the relevant systems, processes and agencies involved in this sphere.

In your final year you will study modules specialising in forensic psychology at all three levels of the programme, and in your final year, you will be able to choose from a suite of optional modules which allows you to tailor your studies around your personal academic and vocational interests. Work-related learning and practical experiences are incorporated across the programme allowing you to develop transferable skills that are essential in the workplace.

This extremely popular course is taught across the Schools of Natural Science and Psychology and Law, so teaching takes place across two locations - the Tom Reilly Building and the £38million Redmonds Building.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4
  • Criminal Justice Process
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences
  • Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • The Criminal Justice Process
  • Criminological Theory
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology 1 and 2

 

Level 5
  • Decision-Making in Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Penology
  • Exploring Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology 4
  • Cognitive and Biological Psychology
  • Developmental and Social Psychology

Level 6
  • Dissertation
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Prisons
  • Community Penalties
  • Policing
  • Crime and Security in the EU
  • Community Safety and Crime Prevention
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Dissertation
  • Work-Based Project
  • Youth Justice
  • Victimology
  • Drugs, Alcohol and Criminal Justice
  • Radical Alternatives to Imprisonment
  • Substance Use
  • Positive Psychology 
  • Applied Health Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Appetitive Behaviour
  • Face Perception
  • Social Cognition
  • Sleep

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, smaller student-led tutorials, hands-on laboratory work and private study. You are also expected to actively seek out voluntary work with relevant agencies to build up your experience out in the field.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

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.

The team is also actively involved in pioneering research and academic writing, with regular contributions to conferences in Europe, North America and Asia.

Current staff research includes the impact of 'crime education' on young people's knowledge of criminal justice issues, the use and cultivation of cannabis, the normalisation of drug use, the impacts of the 2011 urban disturbances in England, the effectiveness of Community Justice Centres and the cultural identity and policing of ethnic minorities.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, usually a combination of exams and coursework.

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 
  • 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.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

128

Application and selection

​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.

GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: ABB
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DDM if studied on its own or to the total of 128 UCAS points if combined with other qualifcations

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 128 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 30 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 128 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

Additional entry requirement information

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
International applicants will be considered in line with UK qualifications.
 

Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2018 LJMU will charge Home and EU students a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935* per year for part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

*Subject to parliamentary approval.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.** Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is confirmed.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).* Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000.  This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is released.

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

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.

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

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.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These 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.ljmuisc.com/

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 UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.


Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

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 an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given enrolment date.

Living Costs

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.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

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 for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

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 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

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:

  • Passport
  • 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

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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