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Please help! Criminology and psychology undergrad

I'm doing A levels currently (criminology, psychology and law), I'm in my first year but currently my predicted are crim- A, psych- C and law- A. I'm looking at doing a combined degree of criminology with psychology but I don't know what I want to do afterwards.
I'm so passionate about criminology, and I'm certain that's the field I want to go into. I always wanted to do criminal profiling or criminal psychology of some sort but I'm loathing psychology. It might be because I've struggled to get higher than a C but I'm not enjoying it almost as much as psychology.
With the degree I want it's very niche and only a few universities have it, would it be worth it for me to take criminology at a higher university and then try to specialise in criminal psychology with a postgraduates or should I stick with my choice.
I also don't know what routes it opens me up to in the future for jobs. Please help!!!
Original post by MiaRuth
I'm doing A levels currently (criminology, psychology and law), I'm in my first year but currently my predicted are crim- A, psych- C and law- A. I'm looking at doing a combined degree of criminology with psychology but I don't know what I want to do afterwards.
I'm so passionate about criminology, and I'm certain that's the field I want to go into. I always wanted to do criminal profiling or criminal psychology of some sort but I'm loathing psychology. It might be because I've struggled to get higher than a C but I'm not enjoying it almost as much as psychology.
With the degree I want it's very niche and only a few universities have it, would it be worth it for me to take criminology at a higher university and then try to specialise in criminal psychology with a postgraduates or should I stick with my choice.
I also don't know what routes it opens me up to in the future for jobs. Please help!!!


Have you considered looking into Forensic Psychology?
Psychology at A-level is very different to Undergrad too, try push for a B or A still but don’t let it put you off 😊
Original post by MiaRuth
I'm doing A levels currently (criminology, psychology and law), I'm in my first year but currently my predicted are crim- A, psych- C and law- A. I'm looking at doing a combined degree of criminology with psychology but I don't know what I want to do afterwards.
I'm so passionate about criminology, and I'm certain that's the field I want to go into. I always wanted to do criminal profiling or criminal psychology of some sort but I'm loathing psychology. It might be because I've struggled to get higher than a C but I'm not enjoying it almost as much as psychology.
With the degree I want it's very niche and only a few universities have it, would it be worth it for me to take criminology at a higher university and then try to specialise in criminal psychology with a postgraduates or should I stick with my choice.
I also don't know what routes it opens me up to in the future for jobs. Please help!!!

Hi @MiaRuth ,

Seems like you were able to take A-levels to give you an eye opener for what field you want to get into. I think having knowledge of both Criminology and Psychology would be helpful. It seems like the overall theme is criminology. I'd recommend you doing a Criminology degree, and if you want to be educated further in an area you can do a postgraduate. However, like you have said a few universities (LSBU being one of them) holds a degree in BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology. Criminology with Psychology | London South Bank University (lsbu.ac.uk).

However, as we have a range of courses, I'd suggest you look on our webpage for the following courses to see which is better suited for you:
BSc (Hons) Criminology - Criminology | London South Bank University (lsbu.ac.uk)
BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology - Criminology with Psychology | London South Bank University (lsbu.ac.uk)
BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology - Psychology with Criminology | London South Bank University (lsbu.ac.uk)
BSc (Hons) Psychology (Forensic) - Psychology (Forensic Psychology) | London South Bank University (lsbu.ac.uk)
LLB (Hons) Law (Criminology pathway) - Law (Criminology Pathway) | London South Bank University (lsbu.ac.uk)

I'd also suggest coming to one of our face-to-face open days, our next one is July 6th and you can have a conversation with the lecturers so that the lecturers teaching the course, can provide opinions on what might be better suited for you!

I hope I was able to provide you will a little more information.

Best Wishes,
Kaprice R
LSBU Rep
Clinical Psychology is a long and tough career route - you will need a Masters, PhD and years of experience to work as a 'Criminologist'. A degree with Criminology in the title wont help you achieve that as its just Sociology with a different name. There is no job anywhere that says 'must have a degree in Criminology'. And btw, the Crim qual at school is a daft WJEC Diploma stuffed full of True Crime nonsense with very little theory and as a result isnt accepted by some top Universities - it isnt 'the same as' an A level, whatever you school tries to tell you. Stick with Law, Psych and Sociology - this will leave far more doors open to you as your interests develop during Sixth Form.

If you are interested in this area then look at degrees like Psychology, Sociology (most of which will include social deviancy and criminal justice etc), Social Policy or Law. Psychology with Professional Placement (BSc) - Study - Cardiff University
Sociology BSc (Hons) with professional placement (bath.ac.uk)
Sociology with Social Psychology (BA) - Undergraduate, University of York
Undergraduate prospectus : Undergraduate study : Law Department : University of Sussex
Childhood Studies | Study at Bristol | University of Bristol
Psychology (Mental Health) BSc (Hons) Undergraduate Course | Nottingham Trent University
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