Criminology and Sociology BA (Hons)





About the course

Explore your interest in the causes of crime, criminal behaviours, the criminal justice system, international crime, punishment and policing and the impact of race, gender, class, health and the media.

Your introduction to theory and research in criminology and sociology covers domestic violence, serial killing and racial and gender discrimination, followed by topics like punishment, theories of deviance and the mass media.

The final year covers specialised areas like forensic mental health, and a research project of your choice.



Criminology and Sociology - BA (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - ML23
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Feb,Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Criminology and Sociology with Professional Practice Year - BA (Hons)

  • This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

    There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

    *Only available to UK/EU students.

Criminology and Sociology with Foundation Year - BA (Hons)

  • Our degrees with a Foundation year provides a supportive way for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

    In the Foundation year you will study three days per week. The focus will be on academic writing skills and numeracy, plus subject-specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

    There is a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2017.

    More information about Criminology and Sociology with foundation year





Why choose this course?

  • Learn to interpret and evaluate evidence, and make informed and reasoned arguments
  • Study with expert staff including social scientists from a variety of backgrounds including forensic psychiatry and youth justice
  • Develop your communication, group work, IT, problem-solving and job search and application skills
  • Challenge yourself to develop your own position on policy and practice
  • Benefit from a course that can lead you into a range of careers in policing, the prison service, juvenile justice, youth work, educational welfare, family care, probation and social work, as well as other jobs in social services, local government, social administration, HR, communications and marketing



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

The units you will study are a mix of core and option units all focusing on knowledge, skills and analysis – essential requirements for your employability.

Year 1                                                              
  • Introduction to Theories and Issues in Criminology
  • Investigating Social Life
  • Understanding Society
  • An Introduction to the Criminal Justice System  
  • Identity and Structure                                                 
Year 2                                                          
  • Crime, Punishment and Justice
  • Research Approaches                                          
  • The Nature of Social Theory
  • Sociology of Deviance (optional)
  • Making Sense of popular culture (optional)                              
  • Crime and the Media (optional)                                                
  • Corporate and Organised Crime (optional)                                 
  • Contemporary Forced Migration (optional)                                
  • Contemporary Policing (optional)                                              
Year 3                                                            
  • Independent Project in Criminology and Sociology   
  • Youth and Crime (optional)                                                        
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminology (optional)                           
  • Understanding the Welfare State and Education (optional)        
  • Forensic Mental Health (optional)                                          
  • Contemporary Social Theory (optional)
  • The Sociology of Health (optional)                                             
  • Issues in International Criminal Law (optional)



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Established in 1994, the School of Applied Social Studies at the University of Bedfordshire has come to be recognised as a place where teaching and research combine to provide students with a rich and supportive learning environment.

This has been achieved by developing and delivering high quality programmes of academic and professional study.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



How will I be assessed?

Assessment is an integral and important developmental part of your learning. Preparation for assessment, undertaking the set tasks and using the feedback provided help you develop and demonstrate skills as well as evidencing your knowledge and understanding.

Staff will use the teaching time with you to explore what is expected within each assignment and how it links to the course and unit learning outcomes.

The types of assessments vary; there are seen and unseen exams, critical analysis papers, presentations, media – film/music/poetry analysis, discussions, group work, literature reviews, seminar papers, poster presentations, independent research and essays.

Entry requirements

  • We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

    UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.


  • For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

    Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

    T: +44 (0)1582 743500
    E: admission@beds.ac.uk

  • As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

    We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

  • Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology course will allow you to achieve a range of skills and levels of personal enquiry deemed essential in the world of work.

On completion of the course you will have the ability to understand and have knowledge of the broader context of the discipline of Criminology and of Sociology. This, and the ability to apply knowledge and skills, together with the collaborative approach adopted in the learning and the ability to make sound judgements, will equip you with the qualities and skills necessary for employment.

You will be encouraged to move ‘beyond the lecture room’ and to take up volunteering experiences. This helps students to gain practical experience of working with and understanding vulnerable groups and enhances your CV.

Careers for graduates can include:

  • Graduate training schemes
  • Youth Justice/Work
  • National Offender Management Service (NOMs) organisations
  • Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Journalism
  • Housing sector

This course does more than just give students the academic skills for studying Criminology and Sociology. It is also about personal growth and developing the skills required by employers. Our students enjoy being taught by people who are not only researchers and academics but also have experience in areas such as probation, police, social work and forensic mental health. We want our students to achieve excellent results, but also to be happy and to enjoy their time with us.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply

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