Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

8C00

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

Length

3 years full-time

Department

Psychology

Course overview

This degree offers a scientific approach to the study of psychology and behaviour. You will be introduced to psychological theories, methods and processes relating to the legal, criminal and civil justice systems.

The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society and also the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Why study BSc Psychology with Forensic Psychology?

 

  • You will develop a thorough understanding of the key issues and debates that relate to psychology and forensic psychology
  • As part of our mentoring scheme you will be allocated a member of academic staff with forensic psychology expertise, who will advise you on career options and employability, as well as opportunities to gain more relevant experience
  • You will gain a wide range of transferable skills associated with the practice of psychology, including critical thinking, analytical skills, reflection, self-motivation, planning and organisation
  • You will be actively encouraged to seek opportunities for summer internships or other work experience placements to further build on your skills and knowledge
  • During your final year of study you will carry out a research project under close supervision of a member of faculty in the Department of Psychology whose research interests and expertise are in the forensic psychology field.  You will learn about all aspects of research in the area of forensic psychology, which forms one of the roots of our research-led teaching
  • Working and learning in an applied fashion will allow you to gain an appreciation of how to use available evidence-bases to inform practice, and how research can feed back into the working process
  • Teaching in the style of small group tutorials and lab classes will provide you with particular focus on applying your learning to a forensic context

The psychology department has recently augmented a long-standing research strength in Forensic Psychology. In addition to Professor Tim Valentine’s research in eyewitness identification, recent appointments to the department have brought the following skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Dr Fiona Gabbert has an international research track record in investigative interviewing
  • Dr Ashok Jansari brings his interest in exceptional face recognition abilities from CCTV images
  • Dr Caoimhe McAnena a Chartered Forensic Psychologist with expertise in the assessment and treatment of offenders

 

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Fiona Gabbert

What you'll study

Year 1 (credit level 4)

In Year 1, students take introductory modules on the main topic areas within psychology (i.e., cognitive, developmental, social, individual differences and biological) and also practical courses training them in the principles, methods and techniques of psychological research. There will be an applied or forensic emphasis to the academic tutorials, which will be taught by an expert in this area. Furthermore, some assessments will be on a forensic-relevant topic.

Year 1 modules Module title Credits
  The Psychology of the Person* 15 credits
  Biological and Comparative Approaches to Psychology* 15 credits
  Information Processing and Cognition 15 credits
  Design and Analysis of Psychological Investigations 30 credits
  Practical Issues in Psychological Research 15 credits
  Extended Essay in Psychology 15 credits
  Skills and Employability in Psychology 15 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

Year 2 modules provide more in-depth knowledge and understanding of concepts, theories and empirical research relating to biological psychology, individual differences; cognitive psychology; developmental psychology; and social psychology. Students take a course in statistics, and carry out laboratory-based research both individually and within small groups of peers. It is expected that research projects undertaken in the second year will have a forensic psychology emphasis, and will be supervised by a member of staff with relevant expertise.

Year 2 modules Module title Credits
  Biological Substrates of Behaviour 15 credits
  Personality and Individual Differences 15 credits
  Social Psychology 15 credits
  Developmental Psychology 15 credits
  Design and Analysis of Psychological Studies 15 credits
  Cognitive Psychology 15 credits
  Research Methods in Psychology* 30 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6)

In their final year, students will take two compulsory modules in areas of applied psychology:

Module title Credits
  Psychology and Law 15 credits
  Addictive Behaviours 15 credits

You also complete an individual Research Project (45 credits), which should have a forensic psychology focus. 

You also choose modules to the value of 45 credits. Examples that could be selected include: 

Year 3 option modules Module title Credits
  Psychopathology 15 credits
  Multivariate Statistical Methods in Psychology 15 credits
  Applications of Attention Research 15 credits
  Anomalistic Psychology 15 credits
  Topics in Neuropsychology 15 credits
  Neurodevelopmental Disorders 15 credits
  Behavioural Genetics 15 credits
  Angels or Apes: Origins of Human Nature 15 credits
  Psychological Approaches to Music 15 credits
  The Interpersonal Self 15 credits
  Psychology and Education 15 credits
  Social-Moral Development 15 credits
  Cognitive Neuroscience 15 credits
  Magic and the Mind 15 credits
  Social Psychology of Social Problems 15 credits
  Psychology of the Arts, Aesthetics and Attraction 15 credits
  Cross-cultural and Individual Differences in Attention and Awareness 15 credits

Please note that some of the modules listed are 'core', which means that you must pass them to progress to the next level of study. 

Teaching style

This programme is taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 15% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning, 2% placement
  • Year 2 - 16% scheduled learning, 84% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 10% scheduled learning, 90% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, laboratory reports, group work and research projects.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 53% coursework, 47% written exam
  • Year 2 - 34% coursework, 66% written exam
  • Year 3 - 52% coursework, 48% written exam

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2017/18. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.

Credits and levels of learning

An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.

Download the programme specification, for the 2018-19 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

Additional requirements

You should normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 in GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics or Statistics, and English.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees & funding

Careers

The BSc in Psychology with Forensic Psychology would allow you to progress to specialised MSc courses, such as our MSc in Forensic Psychology.

You will be encouraged (with full support) to actively seek opportunities for summer internships or other work experience placements to further build on your skills and knowledge, and increase your potential employability on graduating. You can find out more about career options after graduating on our Psychology careers page.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths