What motivates people to behave the way they do? What constitutes a crime and what makes a criminal? If you want to become a social scientist with the ability to make sense of issues relating to crime and psychology, this BA (Hons) Criminology & Psychology Degree is the course for you.
This Arden University Degree is taught via our Blended Learning programme, which lets you combine online study with lectures 2 days a week at one of our London, Manchester or Birmingham based study centres.
As part of the School of Law and Social Science, you’ll take a close look at criminal behaviour and the justice system, coming to understand and predict the many factors involved in human behaviour, as well as gaining valuable analytical and research skills that will boost your employment prospects.
When can I study?
Requiring just 8 hours of classes a week at your chosen UK study centre, courses are scheduled as follows:
- Weekdays*: 2 days per week, 4 hours per day (either 9.00–13.00 or 13.30-17.30)
In addition to the 8 hours of face-to-face teaching each week, you will be expected to study an additional minimum of 25.5 hours of online independent learning.
This is perfect if you want more guided learning but need the flexibility to study around work, family or other commitments.
*hours will be allocated by Arden University.
**available from February 2020 – subject to numbers
This BA (Hons) Criminology & Psychology Degree course has standard entry requirements. To be eligible for this course at Arden University you must have either:
- Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR
- Have completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent
If your prior learning was not taught in English we require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element).
Don’t meet the standard entry requirements, but have work experience?
We are happy to consider an application from you at Arden University if you can show us you have the motivation to study the programme.
We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We’ll also ask you for references and evidence of relevant work experience.
With Arden’s Criminology & Psychology Degree, you get the chance to study two fascinating social science fields, spending equal amounts of time on each discipline.
You will learn all about the effects of social diversity and inequality on crime rates, develop an understanding of a range of research methods and data analysis skills, and acquire knowledge of a range of influences on psychological well-being.
- Introduction to Social & Developmental Psychology
- Introduction to Biological & Cognitive Psychology
- Effective Interdisciplinary Study
- Crime & Society
- Criminal Justice System
- Key Studies in Psychology
During the first 6 weeks of year 1 (Block 1) you will also attend 4 study skills workshops, providing advice and guidance to help you achieve university success. Sessions may include Reading & Note-Taking, iLearn Online Library, Referencing & Plagiarism and Approaching Assignments. This will bring your weekly class time up to 9.5 house a week for Block 1. The following study blocks will be the usual 8 hours classroom time (+online tuition and self-guided study time).
- Research and Ethics in Action
- Personality and Intelligence
- Social Psychology
- Contemporary Debates in Criminology
- Environmental Criminology
- Policing & Police Powers
- Research Planning & Project
- Contemporary Developmental Psychology
- Cross-Cultural Psychology
- Youth Justice
Please note that the modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change.
We use a wide variety of assessment methods at Arden University, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in more ways than one. These could include:
- Case studies
- Portfolios of work
- Analysis and research projects
To support your development and ensure that you’re on the right track with your studies, you’ll receive tutor feedback for every assessment you submit.
If required, your tutor may be able to give you suggestions and tips for improvement and help you understand how to apply your newly acquired skills into real-life settings.
What can a Criminology & Psychology Degree do for me?
Successful completion of this Degree can open up a world of opportunity, within psychology and criminology, and further afield in industries you may not have considered.
After studying this course, you will:
- Have gained the ability to research and present information to various audiences
- Feel confident in analysing and evaluating data
- Have developed meticulous written communication skills
- Be able to present findings in a range of formats including essay, presentation and report
What can I do after Arden University?
A Criminology & Psychology Degree could lead to work in any of the following areas and more:
- Human resources
- Police force
- Probation and prison systems
What is Blended Learning in Arden University ?
Do you want to study for a Degree, but feel like you just don’t have the time to fit it into your life? Arden University’s Blended Learning courses combine innovative online learning with traditional, face-to-face classes to give you a more flexible way to study.
How does it work?
The face-to-face hours are delivered as a part-time course would be, but with the additional independent online learning, you can still complete your Degree in 3 years*. This Blended approach means you can study anytime, anywhere and your tutors and support teams can be contacted outside of the classroom, online or over the phone.
When can I study?
Requiring just 8 hours of classes a week at your chosen UK study centre, you will have the opportunity to select when you want to learn: weekdays or evenings .
- Weekdays: 2 days per week either 9.00–13.00 or 13.30-17.30
- Evenings**: 2 evenings per week 17.30–21.30
Where can I study?
With 5 Arden study centres across the UK, in Birmingham, London and Manchester, we believe we can offer a study option that suits most lifestyles.
So, whether you’re a full-time parent, striving to be employee of the month, or just don’t want the traditional study methods offered by other universities, Blended Learning at Arden University offers all the flexibility and support you need to fit study around your life.
Take a look at the courses on offer and talk to one of the Ulearn’s course advisors through our Live Chat function, or complete an enquiry form and someone will be in touch.
*4 years if taken with a foundation year.
** selected centres and courses only.
Flexible Intake Dates
At Arden University you don’t have to start your Degree in September like most other universities. We offer 6 different intakes throughout the year so you can start your course at a time that suits you and fits around your commitments.
Undergraduate Intake Dates
How much will it cost?
We believe costs shouldn’t be a barrier to personal development which is why the cost of studying with Arden is lower than traditional universities. If you are looking for a smart, value for money option then look no further – you can stay in control of your finance and focus on your learning.
You can choose to pay for your course in full, in installments or through employer sponsorship. For UK students, you can also choose to pay with a student loan, if you’re eligible. For more information and for up-to-date fees please visit: https://arden.ac.uk/studying-with-us/fees-and-funding