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Criminology and Sociology

Please note there are no vacancies on this course for September 2017

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Health and Social Sciences
Three years full-time
Part-time, full-time
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Programme leader:
Dr Anne Foley and Anastasia Karamalidou
Key fact:
Criminology and Sociology at UWE Bristol puts you at the heart of real-world issues (with opportunities for placements and internships) and encourages you to develop fresh insights that improve people's lives.

Page last updated 18 August 2017


Why study BA(Hons) Criminology and Sociology?

Criminology and Sociology studies the relationship of people and society with crime and justice to gain a better understanding of what shapes behaviour, beliefs and attitudes. You will explore the cultural, political, economic and human factors that influence the way we live, developing knowledge that will enrich your life and transferable skills that will improve your career prospects from the ability to evaluate evidence, approach issues from multiple perspectives and apply theory, to expertise in research, analysis and communication.

Why study our course?

BA(Hons) Criminology and Sociology at UWE Bristol enables you to study both subjects on an equal basis. With a wide choice of criminology and sociology specialisms and the support of staff who are leaders in their field, you will engage with real-world issues and be encouraged to develop fresh insights and innovative solutions that improve people's lives. At the same time,undertaking activities such as volunteering, placements and internships will enable you to apply your knowledge and enhance your professional skills.

Real-world experience

There are many opportunities throughout the course to build valuable vocational experience. Staff are active researchers involved with many local and regional organisations who provide guest speakers for a busy calendar of events. We have strong connections with organisations including the Bristol Youth Offending Team, Bristol Youth Education Service, the Institute of Psychotherapy and local police forces. In Year 2 you will benefit from work-integrated learning opportunities and volunteering, which will give you the chance to undertake original research to develop, test and apply new solutions to real-life issues.

Where it can take you

You will graduate with a broad skill set attractive to a wide range of employers. In recent years our graduates have secured careers in research, education, social work, charity work and counselling while others have chosen to work in the justice, legal or media sectors. Students can also opt to continue their studies with post-graduate courses or research degrees.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



The modules aim to provide you with a comprehensive introduction to theory and research, its diverse frames of reference and its distinctive modes of analysis.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

In addition, you will study one of the following optional modules:

  • 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

  • Social Sciences Project and Placement Module
  • Critical Criminology

In addition, you will select from the following optional modules according to credit requirements:

  • 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.

As well as selecting from the following optional modules according to credit requirements:

  • Comparative and Transnational Criminology
  • Terrorism
  • Victims and Victimology
  • Representations of Crime and Deviance
  • Protest, Policing and Public Order.

This structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

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.

Learning and Teaching


You will experience lectures, seminars, workshops, ICT based learning technologies and independent project work. Assessment includes essays, seminar presentations, timed assignments, group and individual projects, web-based assignments, formal unseen exams and computer-based conferencing.


Teaching is carried out by a team of experienced, enthusiastic and supportive lecturers dedicated to translating aspects of their research into their teaching. Our teaching makes a difference by offering you various ways of learning that address all of your different learning styles. You will experience lectures, seminars, workshops, ICT based learning technologies, media presentations, independent project work and reflexive diaries through which you will develop both academic and practical skills.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

We guarantee at least 12 contact hours of teaching and related academic activities.


Assessment includes essays, seminar presentations, timed assignments, group and individual projects, web-based assignments, formal unseen exams and computer-based conferencing.

Assessment includes essays, seminar presentations, timed assignments, group and individual projects, literature reviews, and computer-based assessment. We are moving towards 'seen' examinations as we believe that by providing you with the questions in advance we are eliminating 'luck' in the assessment process about which questions will come up and also enabling you to engage more deeply with the material and so improve your performance.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



Throughout the course, you can take internships and volunteering roles to gain additional practical experience. In year two you will benefit from work-integrated learning opportunities which combine work experience with critical self-reflection on what you have done.

During Year three, there are opportunities for work placements that build professional and personal skills and make useful connections for the future. Criminal justice or sociology placements enable you to engage in original research in real-world settings and we have relationships with many organisations including Alzheimer's Society, Avon and Somerset Police Service, Bristol Fair Trade Network, Bristol Refugee Rights, Tamarind Grove, Lifeskills Centre, and The Big Issue.

Study facilities

You will be taught by an experienced, enthusiastic and supportive team who incorporate their own leading-edge, real-world research into the curriculum, and mentored by a personal academic tutor. With a stimulating programme of lectures, seminars, workshops, online tutorials, media presentations, independent project work and reflective diaries, you will develop the knowledge and practical skills that will make a big difference to your career and your life.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Real-world engagement

Our commitment to applied criminology and sociology, knowledge exchange and community engagement is reflected in students' on-going interaction with a range of organisations and social groups. Our staff are active researchers involved with many different organisations that enhance our teaching by arranging special events and activities and providing regular guest speakers. We have strong connections with organisations including the Bristol Youth Offending Team, Bristol Youth Education Service, Gloucester Community Services, the Institute of Psychotherapy and local police forces.

We enjoy close contact with local schools, and you will also have the chance to contribute to the Social Science in the City a series of events which engage the public in research and ideas being pursued by UWE Bristol staff from across the University.


Careers / Further study

A degree in Criminology and Sociology gives you an understanding of people, society and social groups that will improve your ability to make a valuable contribution whatever you decide to do in the future. Graduates are increasingly in demand by employers for their research and IT skills, their literacy and numeracy, and their incisive understanding of individuals, social institutions and processes.

Many choose to work in the public sector in local or central government, the civil service, healthcare, the justice service or education, while others find the degree valuable preparation for careers in journalism, politics, public relations and human resources. There are many opportunities for postgraduate study and research degrees.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience 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) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531

Indicative Additional Costs

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

Part Time Course

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

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Students starting this course in September 2017 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, 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 two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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