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BA (Hons) Sociology & Criminology

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  • UCAS Code:
    H2L9
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Are you compelled to dig deep into the behaviour and backgrounds of criminals? Are you eager to find out whether one type of person is more likely to commit crime than another? Or perhaps you want to discover whether certain factors can drive a person in a criminal direction? If you answered ‘yes!’, then this is the course for you!

Shining a spotlight on criminology from a sociological perspective, our degree will give you the sophisticated knowledge and analytical skillset needed for breaking into the public and social sectors, as well as the criminal justice system, or alternatively is a great starting block for further study.

Taught by academic experts and specialist guest speakers, you’ll get to grips with advanced theory, tackling curriculum hot topics such as social exclusion, trafficking, migration, terrorism, anthropology, globalisation, and many other eye-opening components.

Praised for its flexibility, the course allows you to complete either a 30-week placement in your third year, or a 20-day placement in your second or final year – crucial for enhancing your employability. Plus, in year four you’ll get the chance to develop your own piece of research based on a topic that interests you, or perhaps aligns itself with your future career or study plans, in the form of a final year dissertation.

91% of our final year students who study sociology courses agree our staff are good at explaining things, so join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day. Watch an online presentation on our sociology courses.  

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

3 years, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week work placement, Full time

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 670kb)

Placement opportunities

Every BU student will have the opportunity to undertake a work-based placement during their studies. This is extremely valuable and we are proud to be in the top three universities in Great Britain for the most undergraduate students on a work placement.

The department has established links with partner university, Universiti Sains Malaysia, allowing students to undertake placements abroad.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

We are looking for applicants who:

  • Have an interest in the subject as well as the motivation and commitment to undertake the course
  • Can demonstrate personal skills and qualities relevant to the course
  • Have an ability to read, digest and analyse information
  • Can work independently as well as in groups.

Entry requirements

Careers

The combination of Sociology & Criminology is a natural one, with each discipline complementing the other. You’ll develop a range of analytical and communication skills during this course that will serve you well when you enter the workplace. You'll also have a detailed knowledge of current practical social challenges, which will allow you to analyse scenarios in a wider context.

90% of our graduates from our sociology courses are in work or further study within six months of finishing their course.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes

Hear from our staff

Prof Sara Ashencaen Crabtree

Engaging students in social research is a key priority for us, along with the internationalisation of our curriculum, with a view to ensuring that we produce highly knowledgeable, skilled, globally aware and mobile graduates.

Hear from our staff

Prof Jonathan Parker

We strive to produce highly knowledgeable, skilled, globally aware and mobile graduates who understand crime, and the human condition, in contemporary societies.