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Psychology & Crime Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5 (part-time)

This programme covers the study of psychology, criminology and law, with a specific focus on aspects of psychology relevant to understanding people’s behaviour in groups, and the development of an individual through childhood, adolescence and maturity.

Valided by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire

Entry requirements


  • 120 UCAS tariff points with 80 points from one A2 qualification OR
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from BTEC Level 3 Diploma OR
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualification.

We also welcome students with relevant work experience, subject to a successful interview. You will need to be in employment (either paid or voluntary) during the course to be able to successfully complete the Work Based Learning units.

Course content

You will study:

  • Foundations to psychology
  • Study skills and social research
  • Criminal justice and law
  • Psychology and crime
  • Work-based learning
  • Professional development and research psychology
  • Crime and social processes and lifespan development.

The course has a significant work based learning element (which can be paid or voluntary). You will be required to reflect on your work experiences throughout the year and record your reflections in a journal. As well as recording your development you will reflect on how the rest of the course relates to your work experiences.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment through written assignments, exams, presentations, reflective diaries and a work-based learning qualification.

Further study and career options

You can progress on to a third year top-up course, delivered at the University of Bedfordshire, to achieve a BA Criminology, Psychological Studies or Psychology and Criminology degree. If you are interested in pursuing a career in psychology, this course will set you on the road to achieving registered status through further study.

Course Information & How to Apply

Please call the College on 01234 291000 to find out more about this course. Alternatively you can visit our Student Recruitment team at our Cauldwell Street campus. View our opening hours.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
3 years 17/09/2014 Thu 1.00 pm - 8.00 pm £4000 Cauldwell Street E780 Course in progress

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