This foundation degree provides vocational and practical perspectives on the application of both general and criminal psychology to the understanding of human behaviour, offending and society's response to offenders. The overall aim is to foster the development of a knowledge base and a range of skills to enhance your future career aspirations and opportunities.
You will need:
- 48 UCAS points with 32 points from one A-Level qualification OR
- 48 UCAS points from a BTEC Level 3 Diploma OR
- an equivalent Level 3 qualification.
You will also need to undertake a paid or voluntary placement in a relevant setting (minimum 100 hours per year/four hours per week) for the duration of the course. You may be asked to attend an interview to discuss the requirements of the course. You should arrange your own placement; this is an essential part of any offer made. We welcome applications from mature students who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications.
During the course you will study the following units:
- Foundations of Psychology
- Study Skills and Social Research
- Comparative Youth Justice
- Work Based Learning 1
- Social and Lifespan Development
- Professional Development and Research
- Crime and Social Control
- Work Based Learning 2
The course has a significant work based learning element (which can be paid or voluntary). You will be required to reflect on your work experiences throughout the year and record your reflections in a journal. As well as recording your development you will reflect on how the rest of the course relates to your work experiences.
Throughout your course you will encounter a wide variety of assessment types which are collectively designed to suit the diversity of individual learning styles and preferences. Whilst you will be expected to sit some examinations, the overall assessment diet strongly favours different forms of coursework.
You will receive helpful feedback on each assignment which will help you to develop your own academic and transferable skills and inform the completion of your future assessments.
In the first year, several of the written coursework assignments allow for formative assessment prior to the summative assessment. This means you will have the opportunity to present a first draft of your assignment with the expectation of being given feedback which will offer you guidance for how to develop and refine your assignment. The process of peer reviewing is used for this purpose in both the Contemporary Youth Justice and the Foundations in Psychology units.
Further study and career options
Your future employability is central to the ethos of this course. In order to enhance your knowledge of the different career options available to you there will be a number of guest speakers from different organisations which have experience within the Criminal Justice System or are involved in psychological research or work.
A number of assessments across the units are directly related to employability which include the production of a professional curriculum vitae and reflective logs, which will encourage you to actively engage in professional development planning and reflective writing.
Additionally, the course will allow you to develop a number of key skills which are highly desirable in the workplace. These include effective team-working, oral and written communication skills, the ability to identity and critically analyse the key information required to answer practical problems and efficient time management.
You can progress on to a third year top-up course, delivered at the University of Bedfordshire, to achieve either a BA degree in either Criminology, Psychological Studies or Psychology and Criminal Behaviour.
If you want to pursue a career as a psychologist and work towards British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status, you can join the second year of BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire on completion of your Foundation Degree. Alternatively, you are able to go onto a BPS conversion course, after completing your top up year.
To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code BEDF B23 and the course code C990. Visit www.ucas.com or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.