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BA(Hons)

Criminology and Sociology (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
ML3F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
48
Department:
Health and Social Sciences
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; five years sandwich; part-time
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich; 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 26 March 2018

Introduction

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

Structure

Content

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

Year zero (foundation year)

All Foundation Year students study together and will take four compulsory modules covering introductions to Sociology, Criminology, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, and university level academic and study skills.

This will ensure that you have the necessary grounding across all the social science disciplines, enabling you to develop a range of perspectives that will enrich your learning at Year one and beyond.

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 Criminological Theory
  • Critical Thinking (Sociology and Criminology)
  • Sociological Practice
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice.

Study exchange (if applicable) 

If you choose the study exchange option, you'll spend the first and/or second semester of Year two studying at another university.  

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information. 

Year two

You will study:

  • Theorising Social Life
  • Nature and Use of Research (Sociology) OR Nature and Use of Research (Criminology)
  • Developing Self and Society (Sociology) OR Criminology in Action
  • Contemporary Perspectives in Criminology.

Plus one optional sociology module from:

  • Gender and Society
  • Transgression
  • Beliefs and Society.

Plus one optional criminology module from:

  • Criminal Psychology
  • Angels or Demons: Understanding and Managing Youth Offending
  • Drugs, Crime and Society
  • Prisons
  • Crime, Media and Culture
  • Difference-Race, Ethnicity and Diversity in Contemporary Society
  • Contemporary Issues in Policing.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module..

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Social Sciences Project and Placement Module OR Criminology Project OR Criminology Placement

Plus optional sociology modules from (the number depending on your credit requirements):

  • Stop, Look, Listen: A Sociology of Culture
  • Protest, Policing and Public Order
  • Childhood Disorder and Disordered Childhood
  • Psychoanalysis, Society and the Irrational
  • Seeing and Society
  • 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
  • Family Problems - Problem Families
  • Sustainable Futures.

And optional criminology modules from (the number depending on your credit requirements):

  • Terrorism
  • Victims and Victimology
  • Protest, Policing and Public Order
  • Risk and Risk Management
  • Punishment and Human Rights
  • Hate Crimes: Offending, Victimisation and Policing
  • Gender, Sex and Social Control.

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
024%76%0%100%
129%71%0%100%
224%73%3%100%
320%80%0%100%

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.

Assessment

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
022%65%13%100%
137%53%10%100%
235%54%11%100%
330%61%9%100%

Features

Placements

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.

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 year abroad 

You'll also have opportunities to study overseas on courses that are taught in English and are relevant to your degree. The study year abroad is not a paid placement. 

Study exchange 

Study exchange allows you to take the first and/or second semester of Year two at a different university. Unlike the study year abroad, you'll complete modules to achieve equivalent credits. These modules will be decided in advance with your programme leader. 

Explore our global study partners to find out which institutions participate in our exchange programme.

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

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.

Fees

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

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

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.

Entry

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.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol’s International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year 1 of the degree.

How to apply

UCAS Extra: Apply for this programme through UCAS Extra between 25 February and 4 July 2018. We aim to give you a response to your application within 21 days.

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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