Where will this course lead?

This course could lead to careers in:

  • Courts
  • Civilian Police Roles
  • Victim Support
  • Airports/Border Force
  • Security
  • Education
  • Youth work i.e. Mentoring
  • Support Work
  • Charities
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Occupational Psychology

What will I study?

Year 1 Units of Study

Externally assessed

Psychological Approaches and Applications

Criminological Theories

Internally assessed

Conducting Psychological Research

Changing Awareness of Crime


Year 2 Units of Study

Externally assessed

Health Psychology

Crime and Punishment

Internally assessed

Introduction to Psychopathology

Crime Scene to Courtroom


Criminology will also be assessed as a controlled assessment (Changing Awareness of Crime)

How will this course be delivered?

The modules are delivered by specialist staff using a range of teaching techniques (lectures, seminars, workshops, 1-1, practicals); the teaching and learning activities are designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills for success in either a subsequent higher education environment or in a variety of positions within relevant sectors.

You will also get the opportunity to go to a conference called 'Life Behind Bars', here you will learn about British justice system and you will be able to decide whether prison is retribution or rehabilitation.

What qualifications will I get?

Successful completion of the first year of the programme of study achieves a Certificate in Psychology and an Applied Certificate in Criminology.

Successful completion of the full two years of the programme of study achieves an Extended Certificate in Psychology and an Applied Diploma in Criminology.

Gaining the highest grades in these two combined courses will allow you to access University courses through gaining UCAS points.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are designed and delivered in the context of realistic workplace situations and might include a range from the following throughout the duration of the programme.

  • External exams
  • Presentations
  • Written reports and essays
  • Projects
  • Case studies
  • SOLA tasks
  • Controlled assessments

For Psychology each unit can be assessed at Pass, Merit or Distinction levels, which are combined at the end of the qualification to give an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction for the qualification.

For Criminology each unit is assessed at grades A* to E, which are combined at the end of the qualification to give an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction.

How do I get a place on the course?

Click 'Apply Now' at the bottom of the page. Once application is made based on satisfying the entry requirements you will be invited for a 1-2-1 interview with a subject specialist tutor.

You must have a keen interest in both Psychology and Criminology, and be aspiring for a career in one of these areas.

What are the entry requirements?

PLEASE NOTE - Due to exceptional demand for this course it has been necessary to raise the minimum entry requirements to those shown below:

English Language and Maths both at minimum grade 5 plus a minimum of 3 other GCSEs at grade 4 or above.

What else do I need to know?

Attendance on a variety of trips may be a compulsory part of the course and students will be required to pay the associated fees. The True Life Conference called Life Behind Bars is one of the compulsory trips required which is normally based in Birmingham.

What can I do after this course?

Progression into Higher Education study (for example):

BSc Psychology and Criminology

BA Criminology

BSc Psychology and Sociology

LLB Law with Criminology

BA Criminology and Sociology

BSc Criminology with Law

BA Psychology

BSc Psychology


Stratford-upon-Avon College

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Course Fee

N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds

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Study Mode

Full Time