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Criminology and Sociology BA (Hons)

Key Facts

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Start Dates: Feb,Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:ML23
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

This is an interdisciplinary course that will give you the opportunity to develop into excellent a social scientist capable of working in different sectors and countries across the globe.

This course prioritises the acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant in the 21st century, through effective learning and teaching strategies that embodies personalised learning, realistic learning activities, robust curriculum framework, employability and creative and innovative assessment strategies. The interdisciplinary nature of the course equates to diversity of topic areas in criminology and sociology as well as broad social science topics available as unit selection that provides opportunities for students to channel their learning along chosen career choice.

The need to develop globally aware students has meant that our curriculum is structured so that the units offered reflect both national and international matters. As an interdisciplinary course you will have the opportunity to develop a critical and an analytical mind and explore issues from diverse theoretical perspectives. Because of the nature of this course, volunteering is embedded in the various units, so students are exposed to real life situations, events and policy matters, and as such able to appreciate the link between theory and practices.

The course is taught by staff who are research active in the different fields of social sciences such as human rights, trafficking, gangs, contextual safeguarding, gambling industry, and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, policing, social justice, housing, public policy, youth crime and violence, prisons and offender management. Since its introduction, the course has attracted students from diverse social backgrounds, ethnicity and nationality; thus, providing richness in student experiences and learning.

In the first year, you will be introduced to the intellectual foundations of both subjects and core skills in social sciences and research. The second year provides students with opportunity to explore their interests through option units alongside the core units. The final year covers specialised areas and an independent research project of your choice.


  • Develop skills in interpreting and evaluating evidence, researching, and making informed and reasoned arguments
  • Study with expert staff from a variety of social science backgrounds including forensic psychiatry, policing, offender management, social work 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, practice and employability
  • 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

  • Our research involving robots, shows that they can improve mental health and loneliness in the elderly
  • Courses developed in partnership with practice agencies
  • 91% satisfaction with Health and Social Care, NSS 2020

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.


Units

  • Introduction To Criminology And The Criminal Justice System (ASS073-1) Compulsory
  • Skills For The Social Sciences (ASS065-1) Compulsory
  • The Sociology Of Modern Britain (ASS067-1) Compulsory
  • Understanding Society, Identities And Structure (ASS069-1) Compulsory
  • Researching, Representing And Evidencing The Social World (ASS081-2) Compulsory
  • The Making Of Public Policy (ASS094-2) Compulsory
  • The Social Sciences At Work (ASS099-2) Compulsory
  • Theorising Crime, Punishment And Justice (ASS100-2) Compulsory
  • Addictions And Society (ASS106-2) Optional
  • Global Developments And Crime (ASS093-2) Optional
  • Refugees, Displacement And The Politics Of Migration (ASS096-2) Optional
  • Sociology Of Health And Illness (ASS045-2) Optional
  • Young People, Gangs And Group Offending (ASS067-2) Optional
  • Independent Project In Criminology And Sociology (ASS114-3) Compulsory
  • Issues In Crime And Justice (ASS107-3) Compulsory
  • Crime And Media (ASS102-3) Optional
  • Forensic Mental Health (ASS103-3) Optional
  • Special Educational Needs And Challenging Behaviour In Schooling (ASS133-3) Optional
  • Work, Welfare And Unemployment In Global Perspective (ASS111-3) Optional
  • Youth And Crime (ASS113-3) Optional

A range of assessments will enable students to practise and demonstrate their acquisition of knowledge, skills and abilities in a variety of ways. 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 students to practice and receive feedback. At the end of the course success in the assessments will demonstrate the student's ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise knowledge and to be able to communicate that knowledge in both written and oral presentational formats as well as to be able to demonstrate a range of highly transferable critical skills as evidenced in the course learning outcomes and are welcomed by graduate employers. Students are fully supported by personal and academic tutors, Peer assisted leaders and the universitys student support system.

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

Clicking this card will take you to https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

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 2020/21 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 2020/21 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 2020/21 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

Clicking this card will take you to /howtoapply/money/extra-costs/

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 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 2020/21 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 2020/21 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