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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:ML23
Campus Location: Bedford Campus

About the course

Calling on a wide range of disciplines, from law and politics to health and psychology, this course gives you the knowledge and skills to be a global social scientist with employability across many sectors.

Delivering the most up-to-date theory and practice, Criminology and Sociology reflects both national and international developments in these ever-changing fields. It gives you the critical-thinking skills and intellectual confidence to develop your own position on such important issues as individual and social responsibility, crime and punishment, and global social dilemmas.

In the first year, you learn the foundations of both subjects as well as core skills in social sciences and research. Your second and third years build on this foundation while providing you with opportunities to explore special interests through optional units such as the politics of migration; youth and crime; and crime and the media. The final year also includes an independent research project of your choice.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn to explore different theoretical perspectives, developing your ability to interpret and evaluate evidence, research, and make informed, reasoned arguments
  • Study with expert staff from a variety of social science backgrounds including forensic psychiatry, policing, offender management, social work and youth justice
  • All staff are actively involved in research in areas such as human rights, safeguarding, policing, social justice, public policy, youth crime and violence, and offender management
  • Voluntary work is embedded into course units so you learn through real-life situations and see policy in action
  • Take the course over four years and include an optional year’s placement in industry (see below), allowing you to gain practical skills, build your CV and make contacts
  • If you need to step up into higher education, start with a Foundation Year (see below) which guarantees entry to the undergraduate course
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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more.

The campus where this course is taught

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.


A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 


Units

  • Career Planning For Social Scientists (ASS102-1) Compulsory
  • Introducing Academic Skills (ASS103-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Criminology (ASS073-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Research And Social Enquiry (ASS100-1) Compulsory
  • Modern Political Thoughts And Governance (ASS104-1) Compulsory
  • Understanding Societies, Identities And Structures (ASS069-1) Compulsory
  • Power In Political Thought (ASS116-2) Compulsory
  • Research 1: Collecting Data (ASS110-2) Compulsory
  • Research 2: Exploring Data (ASS113-2) Compulsory
  • The Social Sciences At Work (ASS099-2) Compulsory
  • Theorising Crime, Punishment And Justice (ASS100-2) Compulsory
  • Addictions And Society (ASS106-2) Optional
  • Cybercrime (ASS112-2) Optional
  • Gangs And Serious Youth Violence (ASS067-2) Optional
  • Refugees, Displacement And The Politics Of Migration (ASS096-2) Optional
  • Rehabilitation Of The Offender: Probation, Restoration And Social Justice (ASS097-2) Optional
  • Sociology Of Health And Illness (ASS045-2) Optional
  • Sass Change Maker Project Dissertation (ASS139-3) Compulsory
  • Sass Change Maker Research Dissertation (ASS142-3) Compulsory
  • Urban Crime (ASS144-3) Compulsory
  • Childhoods In Global Context (ASS023-3) Optional
  • Crime And Media (ASS102-3) Optional
  • Forensic Mental Health (ASS033-3) Optional
  • Green Criminology: Environmental Crime And Ecological Justice (ASS143-3) Optional
  • Human Rights And Global Governance (ASS147-3) Optional
  • Terrorism In A Global Context (ASS141-3) Optional
  • Work And Welfare In The 21st Century (ASS145-3) Optional

The diversity of assignments will enable students to practise and demonstrate their acquisition of knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Assessment methods used across the course include:

  • Written essay assignments
  • Oral presentations
  • Examinations
  • Viva Voce
  • Poster presentations
  • Application exercises
  • Reflective accounts
  • Dissertation

A range of formative assessments (ungraded) will take place to allow you to practice and receive feedback. At the end of the course, success in the assessments will demonstrate your ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise knowledge and to communicate that knowledge in both written and oral presentational formats.

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Why Study in the School of Applied Social Sciences?

  • Courses developed in partnership with practice agencies
  • Our research involving robots, shows that they can improve mental health and loneliness in the elderly
  • Part of the SASS change makers initiative

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 Tariff Points

  • 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.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with 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

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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 Tariff Points

  • 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.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with 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


Because of the subject specialist knowledge and transferable skills gained, you will be able to function effectively in any of the sectors indicated below:

Youth work, Social work, Early intervention, Special needs education, Teaching assistant, Residential work, Youth custody, Migration/asylum support, Third sector organisations, Family support worker, Learning mentor, Youth Justice, Residential work, Policy advisor, Probation service, Victim support worker, Research, Substance Misuse Worker, Teacher/Lecturer/Education Roles, Equality and Diversity Officer, Victim Care Officer, MI5/ MI6, Counter terrorism, Crown Prosecution Service, Immigration centre, Private security, Human resources, Local Govt, Civil Service, Private Sector, Housing sector, Advocacy and advice roles, Forensic science, Journalism, Care delivery/management, Prison, Psychologist, Customs and Border Roles, Intelligence Analyst, International Aid/Development Worker, Legal Careers, Counselling and Mental Health Roles, etc.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £12,350 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

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Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2021/22 is £12,350 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.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

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 as an International student

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 as an International student