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Criminology and Sociology (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Health and Social Sciences
Four years full-time; part-time
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
Anastasia Karamalidou
Key fact:
Get to the heart of real-world issues relating to crime and justice while developing your own insights and ideas to help improve people's lives.

Page last updated 12 January 2018


Why study criminology and sociology?

Studying the relationship of people and society, with crime and justice, gives us a better understanding of what shapes people's behaviour, beliefs and attitudes.

By looking at the cultural, political, economic and human factors involved, we can look for more effective ways to tackle criminal behaviour and reduce its impact on individuals and society.

The knowledge base and skills these subjects give you will set you up strongly for many different career paths.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Criminology and Sociology (with Foundation Year) lets you devote an equal amount of time to studying these two related subjects.

Through a broad mix of modules, and the support of our staff who are leaders in their field, you'll engage with real issues, and develop fresh insights and solutions to address crime and support the people affected by it.

Learn to evaluate evidence, approach issues from multiple perspectives, and build your expertise in research, analysis and communication.

You'll carry out your own research projects, hear from guest speakers, and take part in work-based learning through our links with organisations such as the Bristol Youth Education Service, Gloucester Community Services and Avon and Somerset police.

Activities such as volunteering, placements and internships will deepen your professional skills and knowledge further, to make you highly sought after when you graduate.

Where can it take me?

The broad skills and industry-focused experience you'll gain will make you attractive to a wide range of employers.

You could pursue a career in research, education, social work, charity work and counselling, or work in the justice, legal or media sectors.

You could also keep studying, and go on to do a postgraduate course or research degree.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Academic Skills for Social Science
  • Exploring the Social World and the Problems of Crime
  • From Plato to Nato
  • People and Social Science.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You will study:

  • Foundations in Social Theory
  • Introduction to Criminology Theory
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Critical Thinking
  • Sociological Practice.

Year two

You will study:

  • Social Inequalities and Diversity
  • Nature and Use of Research
  • Developing Self and Society
  • Policing and Prisons

Plus one optional module from:

  • Gender and Society
  • The Sociology of 'Race' and Ethnicity
  • Transgression
  • Drugs Crime and Society
  • Beliefs and Society
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice.

Final year

You will study:

  • Social Sciences Project and Placement Module
  • Critical Criminology

Plus optional modules* from:

  • Stop, Look, Listen: A Sociology of Culture
  • Protest, Policing and Public Order
  • Childhood Disorder and Disordered Childhood
  • Psychoanalysis, Society and the Irrational
  • Digital Media and Society
  • Bodies, Technology and Society
  • The Sociology of Madness and Mental Disorders
  • Religion and Society
  • Politics and Society in the Global Age
  • Contemporary Critiques of Modern Society
  • Representations of Crime and Deviance
  • Protest, Policing and Public Order
  • Family Problems - Problem Families: Psycho-Social Perspectives on Family and Community Life
  • Seeing and Society

And optional modules* from:

  • Comparative and Transnational Criminology
  • Terrorism
  • Victims and Victimology
  • Protest, Policing and Public Order.

*The number of optional modules you take will depend on the credits for each module.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

Learning and Teaching

Learn through a balanced mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, online tutorials, media presentations, project work and reflective diaries.

Work with experienced and enthusiastic academics who are leaders in their field and incorporate their research into their teaching, to give you access to the latest ideas.

Attend regular presentations from visiting practitioners and guest lecturers so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice.

Carry out your own criminological research, focusing on real-world issues that link into your future career.

You'll learn how to think critically, interpret data and evaluate evidence, as well as developing skills in report writing, argumentation and making balanced judgements.

We offer modules that differ in learning approach, so you can choose those that match your style.

Your tutors will be on hand to support you, and you'll have your own personal academic tutor, as a mentor and guide.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Community and public projects

Benefit from our close links with local schools, to take part in education-focused projects, apply your knowledge and engage with the local community.

Get involved in our Social Science in the City series of events, which engage the public in research and ideas being pursued across the University.

Study time

During your degree, you'll have at least 12 hours of teaching and related activities each week.


We'll assess you using essays, seminar presentations, timed assignments, group and individual projects, web-based assignments, formal unseen exams, seen exams, computer-based conferencing, timed assignments, literature reviews, and group and individual projects.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check



Students who go on work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

You'll have opportunities to go on a work placement in year two and again in the final year of the course.

We have links with lots of organisations. Past students have worked with organisations including the Alzheimer's Society, Avon and Somerset Police Service, Bristol Fair Trade Network, Bristol Refugee Rights, Tamarind Grove, Lifeskills Centre and The Big Issue.

We also offer volunteering and other work-based experiences, to deepen your knowledge and skills.

You'll get help to find a placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service

Study facilities

Learn in our modern, well-equipped department facilities, including our university library, open 24 hours a day, which has spaces for silent and group study and rooms you can book. 

You'll have use of books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases both on and off campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

BA(Hons) in Criminology and Sociology gives you an understanding of people, society and social groups that will equip you to make a valuable contribution whatever career you choose.

Our graduates are in demand by employers for their understanding of individuals, social institutions and processes. And their research, IT literacy and numeracy skills.

Many choose to work in the public sector in local or central government, the civil service, healthcare, the justice service or education. Others go into journalism, politics, public relations or HR.

You could also go on to postgraduate study or a research degree.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing. 

Learn more about costs.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Criminology and Sociology course.

Read more about entry requirements.


How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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