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Prospectus 2017

BA Criminological Studies with Social Science

Gain knowledge and skills from our Criminological Studies with Social Sciences degree to work in one of the UK's largest sectors, the criminal justice system.

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About the BA Criminological Studies with Social Science programme

This programme aims to deliver an undergraduate degree that will provide a challenging and high quality academic grounding for the study of crime and society.
It seeks to do this by encouraging you to develop a critical understanding of crime and justice, informed by criminological and sociological theoretical debates and research. It aims to facilitate opportunities for you to develop your conceptual understanding in order to critically evaluate research, scholarship and different policies, practices and approaches to understanding crime and apply the knowledge gained to future practice and research.

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  • 95% Staff are good at explaining things
  • 86% Staff have made the subject interesting
  • 73% I have received sufficient advice and support
  • 77% Feedback on my work has helped me clarify things
  • 32% The library resources and services are good

Entry requirements

For 2017 entry onwards: applicants require 80 UCAS points at A level, or an Access to HE Diploma . Students are also required to hold English and Maths GCSE (or equivalent) grade C or above.

Non academic entry: applicants who do not hold formal academic qualifications may still apply and will be set an appropriate piece of work in the form of a 1500 word essay, and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.

All students will be required to attend an interview.

What you will learn

Year 1 (Level 4) - Certificate Stage

Year one of this course is designed to give you an introduction to the key areas of criminology and sociology
  • Foundations in Criminology
  • Foundations in Sociology
  • Criminal Justice Institutions
  • Images of Crime
  • Policing
  • Research and Study Skills
Year 2 (Level 5) - Diploma Stage

Year two of the course is designed to give you a more specialist approach to both disciplines and the year requires you to apply your knowledge to a number of areas.
  • Readings in Criminology
  • Readings in Sociology
  • Criminal Justice Processes
  • Surveillance and Social Control
  • Researching Crime and Society
  • Developing a Research Proposal

Year 3 (Level 6) - Honours Stage

Year three is all about you critically applying your knowledge to very specialist areas
  • Penology
  • Environmental Criminology
  • Victimology
  • International Human Rights
  • Dissertation

What Next

The criminal justice sector is one of the UK's largest employed areas, with a multitude of areas that require people with a strong knowledge of crime and criminal behaviour. We have had students apply their skills in areas such as the Police Service, the Prison Service and also those who now work with reintegration of ex-offenders in social enterprises. You can also apply for further study in a number of areas; criminology, sociology and research based master's degrees are all appropriate for you upon completion of your degree. Some even take an alternative route and take a conversion degree in Law or Social Work.

Programme Benefits

Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue a new career, or advance an existing one in the criminal justice services such as working for the police in a variety of roles; the legal professions; the prison service; probation; community and/or youth work. Other careers include those within mental health, victim support, social care and drug rehabilitation; victim support, housing and community development work.

Learning & Teaching Methods

Methods of learning and teaching are designed to support students in becoming active members of a learning community. Students will be expected to work together in an informal environment as well as in formal classes where a culture of dignity, courtesy and mutual respect with staff and their peers is essential. A variety of methods will be used such as lectures, student led seminars, group discussion, computer assisted learning and other multi media presentations.

This degree is very useful in gaining a number of skills that will establish you as strong academics for the future. Not only will these skills enhance your employability but will also set you up for further study; these transferable skills will be gained using innovative methods, in an enjoyable and supportive environment.

More information

UCAS Code:GRIMC G80 7H8G BA Crim
Credit Level: 6
Credit value:360
Course start date: September
Course duration: 3 years full time
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