This course is run as a franchise with Solent University. You will study 2 years of a Foundation Diploma at Bournemouth and Poole College (Lansdowne Campus) and then have the opportunity to achieve a top up BSc in the subject by attending Solent University in the final year gaining a BSc (Hons) Criminal Investigation with Forensic Psychology.


A skills-based and practical delivery pattern that provides real world learning opportunities and transferable skills to produce Criminal Investigation with Forensic Psychology graduates who learn and work autonomously and who are equipped for their future careers. 

Blending criminal investigation with forensic psychology, this specialist degree is designed to give you highly relevant skills, knowledge and professional skills for a great career in criminology, criminal justice and similar sectors.
The skills developed are benchmarked against the requirements of Investigations and Psychology employment such as analytical thinking, crime scene investigations, presentation of evidential studies and critical thinking.
The course is regularly updated and informed by the latest theory and working practice, thanks to experienced lecturing staff working within criminal justice and criminology – ensuring your tuition is current, real-world relevant and tailored to the needs of the industry.
And we are proud to offer a wide range of expert guest speakers from the industry, enhancing your learning through practical understanding of sector challenges and considerations – and offering a network of employment opportunities. The course is also supported by optional site visits, giving you the chance to broaden your perspective of the criminal justice sector.
As well as developing your personal skills, you will build a range of highly transferable communication, teamwork and group interaction skills to enhance your employability.
And the learning experience at Solent is a key feature of the course, providing opportunities for personal and group reflection alongside highly stimulating tuition. Many of the staff are current industry experts, with an open-door policy and a wealth of experience to share.

What the course leads to

What courses can I do after this? 

If you’re looking for a career path in criminal investigation or psychology, this is the course for you.

You will be well placed for roles within the criminal justice sector and related fields, while your analytical and research-focused skills, along with a range of transferrable skills will aid employability in a broad range of careers, such as in the business and voluntary sectors.

Further study in this field at MSc level and CPD is available

What jobs can I get? 

On graduating you will be ready for a variety of criminology-related careers, thanks to a range of skills that are desirable by employers.

Potential roles include:

Probation
Supporting victims, or working with addiction
Forensic crime scene investigator
Security services
Social service
Youth work
Military policing
Human rights and other related organisations or groups
Working with victims and dangerous offenders
Customs and excise
Information security
Police
Courts
Prisons
Border and immigration
Crown Prosecution Service
Drugs project workers
Mental health case workers 
Local authority community safety units
National Crime Agency
Police support staff
Home Office
Crime analysts in police services
Private security
CCTV management
Fraud/financial services investigation

 

What do I need to apply

To do this course you should have... 

A minimum of two completed A-levels (one of which must be a minimum Grade C), or a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP, or BTEC National Extended Certificate D or National Foundation Diploma M or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 48 UCAS points, Maths and English at GCSE Grade 4(C) or above or equivalent Level 2 Functional skills.

Applications for 2021 entry are direct to Solent University using the APPLY NOW button.  This will take you directly to the application page for the course.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and below “New Student” click on “NEW ACCOUNT” to begin your application. 

Course costs

Costs 

Course fees: £7,250

Course content

Course Content 

Year 1 – Level 4

Explaining Criminal Behaviour
This module introduces you to the many varied and fascinating perspectives from which criminologists explore criminal behaviour.
Exploring Psychology
Through this module you will learn how psychology has developed as a scientific discipline and take a critical look at some of the key areas of psychological research.
Study Skills in Social Sciences
This module is designed give you the essential transferable skills and subject specific skills to enable you to research effectively, think critically, argue persuasively and write clearly with focus on different forms of assessment: essays, exams, presentations and reports.
Psychology across the Lifespan
On this module you will explore aspects of physical growth, cognitive change, and psychosocial development from conception through to old age. You will explore topics on typical (normative) development as well as atypical development.
Research Methods 1
This module will cover how to select a sample for your research, how to frame a question, how to critique other research studies, ethics and how it all fits together to provide a credible study of research and new knowledge.
Law, Sentencing and Punishment 
This module introduces you to aspects of substantive criminal law, and the state’s (sometimes futile) efforts to capture the essence of crime and punishment in the black letter of the law.   

Year 2 – Level 5

Brain and Behaviour
On this module, you will gain an overview of brain anatomy and how processes are localised to different areas or structures - learning about the way our nervous system is structured to help us interact with the outside world or respond to internal sensations such as pain.
Critical Issues in Criminal Investigation
This module introduces you to the essential and emerging modern thinking of merging evidence base academic research and professional practice. 
Psychology of Crime
On this module you will gain an overview of the application of psychology to the understanding of criminal behaviour. You will explore types of crime, the psychology of the courtroom, police psychology, how criminals are treated, and how psychology can apply to different levels of crime.
Criminological Research Methods and Skills 2 
On this module you’ll learn about quantitative and qualitative approaches to analysing criminology information. Considering who/what the information relates to, how the information is obtained, what information is collected, how information is investigated and how it’s presented.
Dangerous Offenders
In this module, you will engage in discussions covering a range of current controversies surrounding dangerousness, risk and offences committed by those offenders deemed to be dangerous to the public.
Crime Scene Investigation
In this module, you will discover how to gather crime scene evidence, consider the appropriate application of such evidence and appreciate the necessity for procedural rules in practice. The module is based around a fictitious crime and takes you on a journey through investigation practice all the way to Crown Court.      

Year 3 – BSc top up at Solent University  

Dissertation Proposal and Dissertation 
This module will enable you to explore a subject, which you find intrinsically interesting, in significant depth and detail. You will develop your skills as critical and reflective learners capable of assimilating, evaluating and articulating relevant knowledge.
Global Crime 
This module explores how perceptions of the nature and extent of crime have expanded and diversified in a globalized world.
Issues in Forensic Psychology 
Through this module you will be introduced to contemporary and historical issues in the study of crime and given the opportunity to independently explore topics of your choice, these may include: prison and courtrooms, law-enforcement practices and addiction.
Justice: Future Challenges  
This module considers forward thinking challenges to justice on both a local and global level. It makes an important contribution to your strategic thinking, using knowledge and an ability to see the changing landscape of justice and all the connected aspects.
Options
Drugs, Crime and Alcohol
Through this module you will navigate through this complex arena considering health implications, crime, addiction, government strategies, the charity/police and health sectors.
Terrorism and Political Violence
This module will assess the nature of contemporary “terrorism” by examining definitional disputes and motivational dynamics. Particular manifestations of political violence will be evaluated in detail, which will require a focus on aims, strategy and tactics.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.        
 

More info

Start Day/Time 

September 2021 15 hours a week Course Fees £7250

Attendance 

Full-time

Campus Code 

L

Qualification Name 

Foundation Degree

Institution 

Bournemouth & Poole College

Awarding Body 

Southampton Solent University

More about the course 

If you’re looking for a career path in criminal investigation or psychology, this is the course for you.
You will be well placed for roles within the criminal justice sector and related fields, while your analytical and research-focused skills, along with a range of transferrable skills will aid employability in a broad range of careers, such as in the business and voluntary sectors.
 

Attendance 

Full-time

Campus Code 

L

Qualification Name 

Foundation Degree

Institution 

Bournemouth & Poole College

Awarding Body 

Southampton Solent University

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