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Psychology & Crime Foundation Degree (FdA) (Subject to validation)

Why study this course?

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. This course aims to: • Provide you with a critical overview of the well-established and emerging theories, principles, concepts, debates, and empirical methods and findings in psychology • Create opportunities for you to consider the application of these underlying concepts to real-world contexts that relate to the areas in which you have experience of working, or wish to work in the future • Enable you to reach your personal potential by enhancing your knowledge, key transferable skills, and self-awareness, through reflection and critical enquiry • Enable you to develop strong academic skills which permit critical enquiry, including the ability to identify and locate appropriate resources for your investigation, to synthesise and analyse different sources of information, and to critically evaluate the reliability and validity of the information found and the conclusions drawn.

What will I study?

What will I study? This course offers you a unique opportunity to collaborate and develop an understanding between a diverse mix of likeminded students and tutors. With strong links and a good partnership with colleagues at The University of Bedfordshire, we are able to utilise shared working opportunities. You will be able to gain support from your lecturers at Tresham University Centre and also from partner lecturers at the University of Bedfordshire. Study hubs are available at both centres offering an extended study facility, which is accessible online and in person to meet your individual requirements. This course has a vocational approach that will develop the skills you need for effective practice in a range settings. You will develop a critical understanding of theory, policy and the importance of anti-discriminatory and evidence-based practice in relation Psychology and Criminology. During the course you will study the following units: Year 1 • Foundations of Psychology • Study Skills and Social Research • Comparative Youth Justice • Work Based Learning 1 Year 2 • 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.

What will I be able to do after I complete this course?

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.

How will I be assessed?

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.

Is there anything else I need to know when considering this course?

You will attend lessons one day per week (during the academic year) with your unit tutor in class. This will be for a minimum of 6 hours. You are also required to complete a certain number of hours in placement and reflect on this.

As the course progresses, there will be additional work to complete using the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), you must therefore have access to a PC, printer and the internet. The work you are required to do at home on this course will be between 1 and 6 hours per week as a minimum.

How do I apply for this course?
To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code B23 and the course code C991. Visit or call us on 01536 413123 for more information.

There is 1 day per week of taught sessions (usually between 9.30am and 6.00pm) held at the College. 2 days per week are designated for placement (students can organise which days to do this themselves) and 2 days per week are also designated for independent studying and reading.