Psychology and Criminal Behaviour: Foundation Degree

Are you fascinated by human behaviour? Do you like to understand why people behave in different ways and what leads some people into crime? Then this course is for you and will set you up for a variety of rewarding careers in social services, the police, criminal justice, human resources and education to name a few.

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What will I do?

You will study the behaviour and development of the individual though childhood, adolescence and maturity in relation to crime and criminology. You will come to understand how resources are employed in detecting, preventing and understanding criminal behaviour, as well as the processes of prosecution and detainment of criminals in our justice system. Alongside exploring and evaluating the theory supporting and predicting behaviour in groups, you will grow skills in time management, teamwork and research. There will be a Personal Development Planning component to this group, during which you will reflect on your own performance and learning. See here for full course content. 

Why study higher education at MK College?

What's next?

The Foundation Degree will be of benefit to anyone working or wanting to work in areas such as:

  • Social work
  • The judiciary
  • Policing
  • Education

You can however, continue into a third year at the University of Bedfordshire on the BA Psychological Studies, the BA Psychology and Criminal Behaviour or BA Criminology programme. Successful completion of this will lead to an Honours Degree, students completing the Foundation Degree may also wish to consider progressing to further training or employment.

It will not, however lead to GBR (Graduate Basis of Registration) status issued by the British Psychological Society, which is necessary to become a professional Psychologist, e.g. educational or clinical. If you wish to study a British Psychological Society accredited degree you can progress on to the second year, Level 5, of the BSc (Hons) Psychology or BSc Psychology and Criminal Behaviour course in the University of Bedfordshire.

An Honours Degree can take you into a wide range of occupations, including the above, plus human resources training and other roles in industry.

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Is it for me?

Are you fascinated by human behaviour? Do you want to understand why people behave in different ways and what makes people commit even the worst crimes? This course will set you up for a variety of rewarding careers in social services, the police, criminal justice, human resources and education, to name a few. You must be inquisitive, able to back up your decisions, and be a logical thinker. Assessments involve a lot of research, essays and written reports, so you must be prepared to put in a lot of hard work.

University level qualifications explained


  • Start Date 30/09/2019
  • Course Ref 2344-1/2
  • Location Bletchley Campus
  • Fees £ 6165.00 Per Year

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UCAS Tariff Score 120 points, with at least one C at A level and the remaining points attained at level 3 standard. An Access qualification. Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureate, an AVCE Double Award or BTEC National Diploma.

This course is franchised by The University of Bedfordshire and is delivered at Milton Keynes College. If successful this course can lead to an award by The University of Bedfordshire.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Psychology and Criminology in Practice (Work Based Learning)
  • Introduction to Social Research
  • Questions of Diversity and Difference
  • Introduction to Crime and Justice

Year 2

  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Work Based Learning Unit
  • Applied Psychology and Criminology
  • Advanced Criminological Theory 1
  • Correlates of Crime and Criminology
  • Researching Psychology

For details of full course structure and credit details please see here.

You will also experience personal development planning where you will reflect on your own performance and learning throughout the course. This will include the development of study skills, working in groups, time management and what it means to study at Higher Education level. An important part of your personal development will be the work placements, one in year 1 and one in year 2. We are developing a wide range of opportunities for work placement to meet the interests of individual students where possible.

Each unit is assessed separately by a number of different methods to include; reports, presentations, research projects, practical assessments and work placements. Assessments are spread throughout the year, in line with the dates of Bedfordshire University.

Most modules have two assessments from a range of methods. These involve essays, presentations, exams, practical research with a written report and portfolios. Portfolios are an important element of work placement and the Personal Development unit.

You will be provided with an assessment schedule with hand-in dates at the start of the year along with your unit handbooks.

Approximately 10 hours per week over two days of lectures. You will then need to study in your own time for at least an additional 10 hours a week, in order to further research the units and complete assessments. You will also be required to undertake a work placement in year 1 and year 2.

  • A University of Bedfordshire course (This course has been re-approved by the University for five years following a recent Institutional Review)
  • Professional speakers and seminars
  • Opportunity for Degree top up at The University of Bedfordshire
  • Option to complete a BSc
  • Work experience opportunities

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