You are passionate about understanding why individuals commit crime and committed to addressing the psychological impacts at a personal and community level. We are here for you with a criminology with applied psychology course designed by academics with a wealth of research and practice expertise.
You will immerse yourself in core aspects of criminology and applied psychology to understand how and why crime occurs and how to address the psychological impacts. Based in our Fusehill Street campus in Carlisle, you will develop a critical insight into the work of the criminal justice system in bringing offenders to justice. Your programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the professional body for psychologists. This means your academic qualification reflects the interface between psychology and criminal justice institutions. Through developing robust research skills in psychology with a focus on crime, you will be empowered to produce knowledge, not just learn it. Our strong links with criminal justice and community-based organisations and groups in Cumbria will provide you with excellent volunteering opportunities and job prospects.
We are here to make your experience at university as easy as possible. Whether you need advice on finances, childcare, travel or placements, we have award-winning* support. From online study skills before you start, to a personal tutor and helpful staff on-site, we’ll help you get the most out of your university experience.
Course Study Options
We also offer this course without an integrated foundation year - follow the link for more information.
Your course will supply you with a skill set to pursue a professional career in psychology or a criminology based role. You may decide to work directly with offenders in a probation, prison or community-based setting, or, focus on the needs of victims. You will also be ideally placed to pursue specialist clinical psychology training or postgraduate criminology research.
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Want a future predicting, deterring and preventing criminal behaviour with a degree that will set you apart from the crowd?
Our Criminology and Applied Psychology course - accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) –will help you achieve that, but it’ll also give you flexibility to step into a range of careers.
You’ll learn about crime and the criminal justice system gaining the necessary know-how for a career in criminology. But, by coupling it with applied psychology, you’ll learn how to relate psychological understanding to criminological issues such as punishment, rehabilitation and violence in society.
Our foundation year will help you reach the right level for taking the rest of the degree, building a solid foundation of skills from which to expand upon.
Why Choose University of Cumbria?
You’ll be given a variety of pathways to choose from, enabling you to focus on modules specific to your personal interests and or chosen career path.
Learning on-the-job professional skills and boosting your employability is an important aspect of this course. So, we’ll support and encourage you to put your theoretical skills to the test in voluntary work settings.
- Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Eligible to join the BPS after you graduate
- Flexibility to shape your degree to suit that of your intended career path
- Taught by tutors who have first-hand experience working in the field
- Small class sizes mean we get to know you as an individual to give you personalised support
- Practical and work-based sessions will prepare you for your future career
- We have a strong working relationship with Police, Solicitors Regulator Authority, the British Psychological Society, Law Society and a number of voluntary and commercial organisations, which will boost your studies and placement prospects
- Access to the real courts for mock trials, presided over by real judges
- Possibly to study part time to fit in with family or professional commitments
- You’ll study in Carlisle, only 20 minutes from Scotland in one direction and the stunning Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage site - in the other, so you’ll never be stuck for something to do
The great thing about studying this combined course is that it gives you significant degree of flexibility to enable you to pursue a diverse range of employment and further study opportunities.
So, to learn all about power, crime and social change, and the impact of globalisation on understanding crime and deviance, for a career in the wider criminal justice system, our course is for you.
This course is intended for those wishing to work in the wider criminal justice sector and related areas. There is a specific focus on applied psychology. We provide an initial year of foundation level study, giving you the right background information to build on during the course. You'll be able to explore potential careers through employability-based modules and will be encouraged to become involved in volunteering opportunities.
- Essential University Skills 1 and 2
- Contemporary Issues and the Media
- Families, Communities and the Criminal Justice System
- Professional Practice in the Community
- Criminology, Policing and Law
- Crime and Deviance
- Criminal Justice System
- Becoming a Criminologist
- Introduction to Psychological Research Methods
- Psychology in Action
- Introduction to Data Analysis
- Explaining Crime
- Bringing Offenders to Justice
- Prison and Punishment
- Research methods and Statistics
- Development, Brain and Cognition
- Social and Community Psychology
- New Challenges in Criminology
- Inequalities in the Criminal Justice System
- Critical Psychology
- Individual Differences: Abilities, Personalities and Measuring Differences
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
The teaching timetable should be available from the end of August. Access to the timetable is through the Student Hub – you will be able to access the Student Hub after you have completed online registration. The teaching day is 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; please keep your other commitments open until confirmation of your teaching timetable, and bear in mind that many courses will offer placements or fieldwork which sometimes extends into the evenings and weekends.
Have a question about our entry requirements?
40 UCAS tariff points.
Potential to succeed can be measured in a number of ways including academic qualifications and skills obtained outside academic study such as work experience.
You can find out more about the tariff and qualification options from the UCAS tariff table.
Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.
If you are over 21 and returning to study after being in relevant employment for a minimum of 3 years and do not meet the published entry requirements for Year 1 of our degree courses, please do not assume you are not qualified to join us. Our experienced Admissions and Academic staff will review your prior qualifications and professional experience to support your application. The Integrated Foundation Year programmes support your return to education and are specifically designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree but may not have all the necessary qualifications, skills or experience to join the degree in Year 1. Contact our Course Enquiries Team for more information.
Making your application
Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.
Their website www.ucas.com provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:
Institution code name: UoC
Institution code: C99
- A Ambleside
- B Brampton Road, Carlisle
- E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
- F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
- L Lancaster
- T University of Cumbria in London
- Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness
Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact email@example.com for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.
What makes a good application?
We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.
Make sure you include:
- Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
- A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
- A good personal statement.
- Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.
When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.
And if I accept?
The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.
We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.
Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.
From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.
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All students will need to purchase stationery, course books and personal equipment. Extra costs may also be applicable to cover field trips, membership fees etc. The PDF link below provides an overview of these costs for this course.Additional costs
Resources and facilities
This course has been developed in consultation with the wider criminal justice sector within Cumbria and further afield. You'll be prepared for a variety of roles within this professional field throughout the programme, with access to fantastic learning facilities to enhance your studies.