Course Overview

This foundation degree has been designed to develop your understanding of the nature of crime and criminal behaviour. You will study a range of disciplines, including criminology, psychology, criminal psychology, criminal law and the criminal justice system. You will develop knowledge about the causes of crime, how crime might be detected and prevented and how offenders are dealt with. This will provide you with a broad knowledge of the contextual and social influences on human and criminal behaviour.

The course prepares you for employment in a variety and wide range of professions and career pathways. You will be assisted to develop the necessary academic, study and research skills, to enable you to become an independent practitioner capable of adapting to challenges you may face in your future career.

In psychology you will gain an understanding of:

  • mental illness and psychological treatments
  • social influence in conflict situations
  • personality testing and how the personality predicts behaviour
  • psychological factors that influence and reduce offending behaviour
  • the development of gender and memory across the lifespan
  • the factors associated with positive psychology e.g. life satisfaction

Course Details

Key Information

Course Code
Mode of Study
Full-time, part-time and modular study available
Foundation Degree
Awarded by
South Devon College
2 years (full-time) 3 years (part-time)
Academic Year
September 2021 - June 2023 (full-time) September 2021 - June 2024 (part-time)

The full time fees for the academic year 2021-22 are:

BA and BSc (Hons) – £8400 (per year)

Foundation Degree (FdA and FdSc) – £8400 (per year)

Higher National Certificate (HNC)- £8400 (per year)

For tuition fees for part-time courses commencing in September 2021, please contact the team on [email protected]

(Please note, some fees may differ depending on programme)

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During my time at the University Centre South Devon I definitely gained the research bug, which has contributed to my success today. I went on to receive a first-class honours in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies at Plymouth University, and had my dissertation on domestic trafficking published in the Law and Criminal Justice Review. I have my tutors and the UCSD to thank for spurring me on to the success I’m now enjoying.

Annie Westcott
Annie Westcott