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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 year – crucial for enhancing your employability. Plus, in your final year 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.

90% of our final year students are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating – join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day.

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. There was insufficient data to publish information specifically for this course. This is either because the course size is small or respondent numbers were low. Therefore, the data displayed is for all students in Sociology. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2020, September 2021

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

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

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2020 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2020 entry:  If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading or writing and 5.5 in all other components 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 each of the units. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

This course has been created as part of a co-ordinated suite of social sciences courses which also includes the following specialisations: BA (Hons) Sociology, BA (Hons) Sociology & Social Anthropology, BA (Hons) Sociology with PoliticsBA (Hons) CriminologyBA (Hons) Criminology with PsychologyBA (Hons) Criminology with Law.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 670kb)

Placement opportunities

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

The programme offers two opportunities for you to undertake a placement, an optional Placement Learning Unit (20 days or 150 hours) in Year 2 and the Practice Placement (Sandwich option), a 30-week placement taken over the course of a full academic year between Year 2 and your Final Year.

You could even choose to undertake your placement abroad in locations such as Kosovo where the Department has established links with partners, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically and professionally, and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

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.

90% of our graduates from our sociology courses are in work or further study within six months of finishing their course. (There was insufficient data to publish information specifically for this course. This is either because the course size is small or respondent numbers were low. Therefore, the data displayed is for all students in sociology courses).

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.