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Bachelor of Arts

BA Criminology and Sociology*

The BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology is a three year undergraduate degree that takes an in-depth look at the fascinating and diverse subject of criminology combined with the analysis of wider social processes through the discipline of sociology in relation to current issues. This Criminolgy and Sociology course critically explores areas such as urbanisation, migration, gender, ethnicity and globalisation. If you are interested in how current societies and the global order is constructed, maintained and challenged by individuals and groups this is a great course to allow you to explore these areas in more detail.

*Subject to academic approval

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

A Level: BBC

GCSE: English Language & Maths grade c/4 or above, or equivalent

Requirements for the Foundation Year differ from those listed.


Full requirements

Next start date

September 2022

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Course Details

Full-time three year Criminology and Sociology

UCAS code: D3M9

Our Criminology and Sociology degree programme has been designed by practising criminologists to enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of cutting-edge criminological and sociological concepts and theories, and to apply them to current socio-economic policies and conditions.

We’ve designed our Criminology and Sociology course to deliver a high level of face-to-face tuition so that you can get plenty of support while you develop a critical understanding of criminology and sociology in relation to current issues. Some of the areas that you’ll get to focus on include urbanisation, embodiment, family, globalisation, migration and marginalisation.

The diversity of the programme content on this course means that you’ll have an excellent grounding to enter a wide variety of fields after graduation. It is also a strong basis for further postgraduate study, should you wish to study further and specialise in one of the areas that you’ve learned about.

Foundation Year (Four year)

UCAS code: D3MM

You can choose to take an additional Foundation Year before you start your course. This introductory year focuses on developing the key skills required to study at degree level. You will study six modules and on successful completion progress onto any of our 
three year degrees.

Course Structure

Semester 1

  • Citizenship
  • Academic and Report Writing
  • Numeracy Skills in Context

Semester 2

  • Foundations of Business Management
  • Foundations of Law
  • Foundations of Social Science

Semester 1

  • Foundations of Criminology
  • Foundations of Sociology
  • Feminist Sociology

Semester 2

  • Contemporary Criminology
  • Media, Crime and Control
  • Contemporary Sociology

Semester 1

  • Cybercrime
  • Sociology of Embodiment
  • Sociology of the Family

Semester 2

  • Sociology of Religion and Belief Systems
  • Youth, Culture and Controls
  • Zemiology: The Crimes of the Powerful and the Victimization of the Poor

Semester 1

  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation/Research Project

Semester 2

Choose three*:

  • Marginalisation
  • Migration
  • Terrorism
  • The City and Globalisation

*All options are indicative and subject to availability.

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Want to boost your leadership skills?

In the summer after Year 2 of this course you have the opportunity to attend our International Leadership Summer School.

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Course Start Dates

  • BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Leeds, London Bloomsbury, Manchester and Nottingham
  • BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology with Foundation Year
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Leeds, London Bloomsbury, Manchester and Nottingham

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Course Information


To get a full picture of how studying our Criminology and Sociology course works during the year, take a look at our course date breakdowns.



At the end of each semester you’ll get a week for revision before two weeks of assessments.

Exams: Two hours, ten multiple choice questions and two long-form questions

Coursework: Essay, project report or portfolio

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We run mock assessments to allow you to practise before too.

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You must pass each module to be awarded your degree. A pass mark is 40% and above.

70%                  1

60-69%             2.1

50-59%             2.2

40-49%             3

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Fees and Applying


Applications for all our undergraduate courses are open.

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2021 fees:

UK students per year: £9,250
International students per year: £14,150

If you need to fund your studies with a student loan you can apply via Student Finance.



We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.

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