Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: C816
Study criminal justice and applied criminology to develop a psychosocial understanding of offending behaviour and offender management on this multi-disciplinary degree. Explore the factors that contribute to crime and offending and examine the punishment and treatment of offenders.
|Course length:||3 years full-time
5 years part-time
|Start dates:||September 2023
|Location:||Edge Hill University|
|Example offers:||BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria|
|Faculty:||Arts and Sciences|
|Department:||Law, Criminology and Policing|
Why do people offend? What is the appropriate punishment or response to this type of behaviour? This degree takes a psychosocial approach to answer these questions and develop your knowledge of offending.
We’ve designed this degree to focus on crime at a national and global level. Analyse low level nuisance crimes through to terror, corporate crime, and crimes against humanity. You’ll also learn about the wider social, economic, and political contexts of offending.
Delve into the impact of offending on individuals and communities. Get to grips with current criminal justice practice and careers in this interesting sector. You could see these roles in a real-world context during work experience in Year 2.
Study concepts such as risk and dangerousness. Unravel the mysteries of complex offending, like working with mentally disordered offenders and those with addictions who offend.
International students can apply
Sandwich year option available
Work placement opportunity
What you'll study
Study the legal frameworks and impact of offending. We’ll introduce you to the criminal justice process. Explore the wellbeing needs of offenders by focussing on the care, treatment and management of mentally disordered offenders. You’ll consider other complex factors, such as addictions and offending, and the place of criminology in the modern world. And we’ll give an overview of critical thinking and analysis skills that will be essential in your career.
Module code: CRI1127
Module code: CRI1005
Module code: CRI1017
Module code: CRI1125
Module code: CRI1126
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Module code: CRI1123
Module code: TLC1010
Build on the issues studied in Year 1 and develop your knowledge of specific offenders such as women and young people in trouble with the law. Find out how to help offenders by enhancing your understanding of treatment, rehabilitation and inclusion approaches. Year 2 gives you the opportunity to get hands-on with practical work experience in an area of your choice.
Module code: CRI2222
Module code: CRI2031
Module code: CRI2030
Module code: CRI2026
Module code: CRI2028
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Module code: CRI2024
Module code: CRI2223
Module code: CRI2023
Module code: CRI2224
Module code: TLC2000
Prepare to reinforce your existing knowledge and critical analysis skills. We’ll dig deeper into the psychological, political and criminological perspectives of crime and imprisonment. You’ll also put your research skills to good use by designing and completing a research dissertation.
Module code: CRI3025
Module code: CRI3027
Module code: CRI3110
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Module code: CRI3021
Module code: CRI3022
Module code: CRI3023
Module code: CRI3024
Module code: CRI3109
Module code: CRI3112
Module code: CRI3113
Module code: TLC3000
Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.
How you'll study
The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and independent study. You will also have the opportunity to carry out research through fieldwork and a dissertation. The practical work experience in Year 2 provides a unique and stimulating opportunity for experiential learning which will enhance your employability and career prospects.
How you'll be assessed
A range of assessment methods will be used throughout the programme including written coursework, presentations, examinations, case studies, reflective assignments and personal research.
Who will be teaching you
You will be taught by tutors whose research and teaching has a well-established national and international reputation, for instance, in areas of youth justice, sex offending and restorative justice.
We are committed to focused teaching where tutors concentrate primarily on areas of specialism. You will benefit from studying in a highly committed and research-active department.
Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.
|BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications)||Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).|
|T Level||Overall grade of Merit.|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.|
Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.
If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.
English language requirements
International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.
Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.
Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
The £6m Law and Psychology building provides contemporary teaching and learning facilities for students in the School of Law, Criminology and Policing and the Department of Psychology.
The three-storey building includes a 250-seat lecture theatre, seminar and tutorial rooms, and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning.
Where you'll study
Law and Psychology
£77 per credit
for 360 credits
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.
Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.
Your future career
You’ll graduate with a comprehensive understanding of criminal justice practice and psychosocial explanations of offending. This degree is ideal for those interested in following a career in criminal justice, including in prisons, youth justice and probation sectors.
Our graduates also have the skills and know-how to transfer to related fields like journalism, criminal policy, security and cyber security.
After completing our BSc Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour, you’ll be well-placed to apply for meaningful roles such as:
- Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP)
- Modern Slavery Caseworker Assistant
- Community Payback Supervisor
- Residential Childcare Worker
- Youth Offending Service Case Manager
- Query Management and Case Administrator, HM Courts and Tribunal Service
- Prison Officer
We’ve also seen graduates from this programme continue their studies on postgraduate courses. Some also pursue professional qualifications in social work, probation, teacher training or psychology to build the career of their dreams.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
Crimes of the Powerful 2 (CRI3022, 20 credits) assessment method changed from 50% Exam, 50% Coursework to 100% Coursework.
The Politics of Policing (CRI3109, 20 credits) assessment method changed from 50% Exam, 50% Coursework to 100% Coursework.
Justice, Rights and the State (CRI3112, 20 credits) assessment method changed from 50% Practical, 50% Coursework to 100% Coursework.
Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process (CRI1125, 20 credits) assessment method changed from 50% Exam, 50% Coursework to 100% Coursework.
Crime, Media and Criminology (CRI2024, 20 credits) assessment method changed from 50% Practical, 50% Coursework to 100% Coursework.
Crimes of the Powerful 1 (CRI3021, 20 credits) assessment method changed from 50% Exam, 50% Coursework to 100% Coursework.
CRI1005 Criminology and the Modern World (20 credits), CRI1017 Critical Thinking and Analysis (20 credits), CRI1125 Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process (20 credits), CRI1126 Mentally Disordered Offenders (20 credits) and CRI1127 Addictions and Offending (20 credits) replace HUG1137 Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills (20 credits), HUG1138 Introduction to Research Skills (20 credits), HUG1196 Introducing the Justice Sector Context (30 credits), HUG1197 Mentally Disordered Offenders (30 credits) and HUG1198 Alcohol, Drugs and Offending (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 1. CRI1123 Histories of Crime Policing and Punishment (20 credits) and TLC1010 Language 1 (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 1.
CRI2026 Work Experience Module (20 credits), CRI2028 Youth Justice (20 credits), CRI2030 Women, Girls and Offending (20 credits), CRI2031 Rehabilitation and Treatment of Offenders (20 credits) and CRI2222 Doing Criminological Research (20 credits) replace FDH2100 Legal and Ethical Perspectives (20 credits), HUG2213 Understanding Research (30 credits), HUG2309 Offending Across the Lifespan (20 credits), HUG2310 Women, Girls and Offending (20 credits) and HUG2311 Rehabilitation and Treatment of Offenders (30 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 2. CRI2023 Race, Crime and Criminology (20 credits), CRI2024 Crime, Media and Criminology (20 credits), CRI2223 Generating Reputations (20 credits), CRI2224 Violence and Society (20 credits) and TLC2000 Language 2 (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 2.
CRI3025 Psychological Explanations of Crime (20 credits), CRI3027 Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behaviour Dissertation (40 credits) and CRI3110 The Politics of Imprisonment (20 credits) replace HUG3169 Psychological Explanations of Crime (20 credits), HUG3254 Experiential Placement (30 credits), HUG3255 The Political Context of Offending in the United Kingdom (20 credits) and HUG3256 International Perspectives on Crime and Offending Behaviour (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 3. HUG3100 Dissertation (30 credits) and HUG3240 Primary Research Dissertation (30 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 3. CRI3021 Crimes of the Powerful 1 (20 credits), CRI3022 Crimes of the Powerful 2 (20 credits), CRI3023 Crime and Place (20 credits), CRI3024 Criminology and Philosophy (20 credits), CRI3109 The Politics of Policing (20 credits), CRI3112 Justice, Rights and the State (20 credits), CRI3113 Expanding the Criminological Imagination (20 credits) and TLC3000 Language 3 (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 3.
Entry requirements updated to remove the requirement for applicants to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure to join this degree.
The course will be based in the Department of Law and Criminology with effect from September 2022 entry.
An interview no longer forms part of the selection process for this degree (unless required to discuss individual circumstances, for example Recognition of Prior Learning).