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BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:

Suggested books, articles and Ted Talks

You will be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.

We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive but if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online. We suggest:

Suggested books

Suggested articles

Suggested Ted Talks


Useful websites and podcasts

Over the summer months you can prepare for your studies by familiarising yourself with online resources such as:

Useful websites

Useful podcasts

Other useful resources


Things to do over summer

Psychology is about understanding the present to improve the future, and the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of Psychology for all levels of society. These recent developments can prove crucial throughout your degree and may open up opportunities for your future career. Below are some quick activities that will help you feel more prepared for your next step into Higher Education.

  • Has the pandemic affected people equally? Consider how a person’s class, ‘race’, gender, age, employment status has affected their experience of the pandemic.
  • Are we ‘all in the same boat’?
  • What impact has the pandemic had on everyday life; wellbeing and mental health?
  • As we return to a ‘new normal’ some may feel uneasy about returning to old routines. How can we ensure everyone is supported during this transition?

Here are a few other activities to keep you busy over summer:


Additional ways to prepare

Join our virtual session: Preparing to start with Edge Hill, Wednesday 10 August, 4pm – 5pm.

This session examines how to make a successful transition to University study, from planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you as a prospective student before you start in September and what to expect as well as what to get involved in during your first week.

Use this link to join the session

University can be one of the most exciting and amazing experiences, and can offer the chance to learn, meet new people, gain independence and find out more about who you are.

We want to make sure you get the most out of your university experience! The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.

Starting preparing yourself