BA (Hons) Criminology with Sociology

Course summary

This course gives insight into the field of criminology whilst building an understanding of crime within its wider social context. This is a vocationally-focused course, offering you the chance to gain important hands-on experience.Student reading a book in the library

Why choose this course?
The curriculum is at the forefront of the latest research and debate, giving you insight into today's issues, from cyber crime to neurocriminology.

You will gain professional experience during a work-based module. Our students typically gain this in crime-related areas such as:

  • youth offending
  • victim support
  • crime prevention
  • witness support
  • various policing support roles, including as special constables.

As well as aiding your studies, this enhances your chances of finding relevant employment after graduation.

Students also have the opportunity to travel to the United States to visit criminal justice institutions and agencies.

Career and study progression
A Sociology degree can open the door to many exciting and rewarding careers. Some of the most popular careers for graduates include:

  • police
  • probation and prison officers
  • private companies in the security industry
  • in the court system
  • administration of justice.

Whilst studying, you may have discovered an area you want to learn more about. Postgraduate study enables you to specialise in the field you are passionate about.On successful completion of this course graduates can consider progressing on to a masters or research course.

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Course detail

During this course you will learn about

  • criminology, including knowledge of crime and social problems
  • explanations for why people break the law
  • the workings of the criminal justice and penal systems in the UK
  • ethics in criminal justice
  • the social context of crime and justice.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Imprisonment
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Social Institutions

Plus one option from

  • Social Problems
  • Social and Cultural Identities

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Theories of Criminal Behaviour
  • Policing and Police Powers
  • Researching Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Reflections on Work in the Criminological Field
  • Media, Crime and Culture
  • A Sociology of Deviance

Year three  (Level 6) modules

  • Dissertation

Plus two criminology options from

  • Philosophical Foundations of Criminology
  • Comparative Criminology
  • Critical Perspectives on Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
  • Contemporary Issues in Policing
  • Penology
  • Victimology
  • Cyber Crime
  • Probation and Restorative Justice
  • Neurocriminology
  • A Psychology of Violent and Sexual Offenders
  • Sexual Offences and Criminal Justice

Plus two sociology options from

  • Applied Sociology
  • Collective Identities and Social Movements
  • A Sociology of Sport
  • Religion and Society
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Cyber Society
  • Popular Culture

Entry requirements

112 - 120 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications.

These can include:

• A Levels at grade B, B and C, or above
• BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Merit, Merit
• Access to HE Diploma

You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.

Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the above qualifications but possess relevant work experience, you are invited to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

Level 5 entry
If you wish to enter directly at level 5 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 120 undergraduate credits at level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area.

Level 6 entry
If you wish to enter directly at level 6 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 240 undergraduate credits (at level 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.

International entry criteria
International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


Fees for home and EU students

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Fees for overseas students

Main fee
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Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

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UK and EU students

Apply for this course at when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

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International students

Apply at or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

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