BSc in Forensic Psychology (Honours)
What makes people do harm to others? What is a psychopath? How do you conduct an intervention with someone convicted of a violent crime, or help someone who has been the victim of crime? This degree explores these and many other important questions to do with psychology, crime and justice. You’ll also cover the field of psychology more broadly, gaining a window into the workings of the mind and insights into why people behave the way they do.
Key features of the course
- Investigates how psychology is critical to understanding education, employment, mental health and relationships
- Explores how forensic psychologists contribute to debates on crime, policing, criminal justice and rehabilitation
- Builds advanced analytical and communication skills
- Enhances your employability
The degree aims to provide you with:
- an understanding of key concepts, theories, methods and debates in psychology, particularly forensic psychology
- an appreciation of different perspectives within psychology and the ability to evaluate them critically
- practical experience of designing, carrying out, analysing and reporting psychological research using a range of research methods
- an understanding of the application of forensic psychology to issues relevant to the criminal justice system
- an understanding of the application of psychology to social, educational, practical and professional issues
- a range of generic skills as detailed in the Benchmark document for Psychology
- a degree which fulfils the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Registration of the British Psychological Society (provided students commencing their OU degree study from 1 September 2006 onwards achieve at least the equivalent of a 2:2 classification) and which provides the basis for further postgraduate study in psychology.
- support and guidance to improve their own learning and performance and develop as independent learners.
We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:
- Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
- If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
- Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
- The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £15,792 based on our current fees.
NB: Prices are subject to change.
How long does it take?
- Part time – 6 years
- Full time – 4 years
- Time limit – 16 years
This degree is relevant to a broad range of careers, including those within the criminal justice system, such as the prison and probation services, and organisations concerned with the care and resettlement of offenders, victim support, crime prevention, social care and social justice.
Please note that this degree does not qualify you to practise as a forensic psychologist – although it provides ideal preparation for the additional training required.
There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.
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Last updated October 23, 2017