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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 Criminology 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.

International Students: we are no longer accepting applications from people who need a Student Route visa for full-time courses that start before July 2023.

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

A Level: BBC
UCAS Tariff Points*: 112
GCSE: English Language Grade C/4 or above, or equivalent

Requirements for the Foundation Year differ from those listed.
*From three A Levels or equivalent



Full requirements

Next start date

September 2023

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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 expert criminologists and sociologists 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


  • Foundations of Criminology
  • Seeing Things Differently: Foundations of Sociology
  • Society and Punishment


  • Diversity, Difference and Inequality
  • Temporalities: From Pasts to Possible Futures
  • Contemporary Criminology


  • Influencers: Social Influence and Social Constraint
  • Cybercrime
  • Gender, Sexuality and Crime


  • Social Sciences at Work
  • Researching Social Worlds 1: Approaching Social Research
  • Researching Social Worlds 2: The Craft of Real World Research


  • Migration
  • Urban Criminology
  • Researching Social Worlds 3: Dissertation


Choose two*:

  • Terrorism
  • Race, Ethnicity and Religion
  • The Politics of Policing
  • Health, Illness, and Wellbeing
  • High Society: Drugs and Deviance
  • Money, Markets and Financial Crime

*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
  • 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

Oral presentation

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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September 2023 fees:

UK students per year: £9,250
International students per year: £16,700 (London) or £15,900 (Non-London)

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



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