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Psychology & Criminal Behaviour BA (Hons) (top-up)

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You will develop professional skills which can be used in a wide range of industry settings including education, social/support work, youth work, family support, therapeutic support, charitable organisations and public services such as police, probation, youth offending, etc. Trips (past occasions have been to courts, museums and to parliament) and visiting guest speakers from the industry are also a key component of the course.

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Entry requirements

This course is for applicants with a related Foundation Degree or Higher Education qualification wishing to top up to the full BA/BSc degree.

The BA (Hons) Psychology and Criminal Behaviour is a level 6 top-up award intended principally for students who have been awarded an FdA in Psychology and Crime or Psychology and Criminal Behaviour or any student eligible to transfer into Level 6 from a Psychology related degree (i.e., who has successfully studied Levels 4 and 5 in a psychology related degree).


Evidence of two years of successful related study at degree levels 4 and 5 and potential to progress to Level 6. Entry to the course will be through negotiation to ensure that applicants have the appropriate pre-requisite knowledge and skills.

Course content

Build on previous Foundation degree studies to complete an Honours degree, developing your skills and theoretical knowledge of psychology and aspects of criminal behaviour, considering human diversity and difference, social and critical psychology, developmental psychology and mental health and occupational psychology. Examine forensic psychology in practice and explore the assessment and treatment of offenders, including violent and sex offenders and offenders with personality disorder and mental illness. In the final stage you will have the opportunity to complete a library-based research project in your area of interest.

  • Atypical Child And Adolescent Development: Theories And Applications
  • BA Psychology And Criminal Behaviour Honours Project
  • Forensic Psychology In Practice
  • Occupational And Organisational Psychology
  • Psychology Of Mental Health

Assessment methods

The assessments are designed to test your academic knowledge, oral and written skills, use of literature using primary and secondary sources, critical analysis of ideas, connections made between theory, practice, real life situations and the understanding and application of professional values including ethical issues. Throughout your course you will be required to take a variety of types of assessment to assess your progression and success. These include self-reflection regarding your employability skills, cases studies, practical assignments such as developing a pack to help explain conditions such as autism to parents and children, group presentations, essays and exams. Feedback is given to students for each assessment point and it is expected that you will use this feedback for your own development and to inform your completion of future assessments.


Psychology & Criminal Behaviour BA (Hons) 
Further study and career options

On successful completion students could progress into the following areas:

  • Police work
  • Public services (such as, the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, health service)
  • Market research
  • Business and personnel
  • Education
  • Charity work
There are a range of postgraduate study opportunities open to you for career paths in, for example, counselling, police and charity work, business and personnel and teaching. The Department of Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire offers a taught masters programmes in Psychology related fields.
Additional information

To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code B23 and the course code TBC. Visit or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

There is 1 day per week of taught sessions (usually between 9.30am and 6.00pm) held at the College. The rest of the week is designated for independent studying, reading and meeting with your tutor/dissertation supervisor on arrangement.  

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 7 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

For a September 2020 start, this course will run on a Thursday between 9.30am - 6.00pm.

Course Information & How to Apply

You will need to complete a UCAS online application form to apply for this course, available at The codes needed are located in the 'Additional information' section above. Please call the College on 01234 291000 if you have any queries about your application.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 27/09/2021 £9250 Cauldwell Street BBA1626

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Additional Learning Support
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Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.