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BA (Hons) Criminology

Take a fresh look at crime and disorder

2018/19 entry

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UCAS code

L611

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

Fees for 2018/19 to be confirmed. See fees and funding.

International fees

£16,620 per year (2018/19)

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Explore what crime means in our culture and society and how it affects our lives.

Look beyond traditional views and develop new ways of thinking about the effects of crime, how it impacts individuals and societies and how we respond to it.

Challenge your own opinions about the nature of crime and disorder and learn to evaluate evidence, think critically and craft arguments – attributes valued by employers. After a core introduction to Criminology you can tailor your degree to your developing specialist interests.

You'll be taught across two world-class departments, and learn from leading academics whose expertise spans the social sciences.

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I have gained real-world experience on the course - during my second year we visited the York Crown Court where we investigated the varying roles within a legal court case. We've also got to meet inspirational guest speakers, such as prison directors and forensic psychologists – they have broadened my knowledge of the career paths available to me and given me aspirations for the future.
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Course content

The course progresses from broad to specialised topics. Core modules in the first year introduce you to the breadth of Criminology. You'll study the social, economic and cultural aspects of crime and criminal justice, developing preferences and expertise in the following years, leading up to your 10,000-word dissertation.

Our teaching is led by our research, covering real-world issues, and there are also opportunities to study abroad as part of your course.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad as part of your course. You can study at a leading European university for a semester in your third year as part of our Erasmus programme.

The University's exchange scheme also allows you to study abroad further afield in North America, South Africa, Asia and Australia.

Year 1

You'll be introduced to the core aspects of criminology, policy, crime and criminal justice.

You'll take four core modules:

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

You'll learn how social, cultural and policy changes shape criminal activities and you'll develop social research skills. You can also choose an area of interest from a range of options.

You'll take three core modules:

You'll also select one optional module:

Year 3

You'll complete a criminological dissertation under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

Choice of four modules: 

At least one of your choices should be from Sociology and one should be from Social Policy. You'll also need to take at least two of the modules marked with a *. 

Sociology: 

Social Policy: 

These modules are the ones currently running and are indicative of what will run in future years. We do update our modules to reflect the latest research. 

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 (2017/18)

Fees for 2018/19 are subject to increase in line with government policy. Updated fees information will be published as soon as possible after the government announcement.
£16,620

Additional costs

You may choose to buy textbooks, but this is not required. You may also incur some minor costs through occasional printing or photocopying, and the production of your final year dissertation.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-ones. We offer a personal approach to learning with much of our teaching conducted in small groups (typically under 15 students in a seminar group). Our staff are very approachable and our doors are always open. Your personal supervisor provides support and guidance throughout your studies, offering weekly feedback and guidance hours.

Research-led teaching

You'll be taught by academics at the forefront of research across a number of diverse areas such as, crime, language and interaction, culture and new media, gender and sexuality, health and social care, medicine and the body, urban studies, welfare and poverty and criminology. As world-leading experts in their field, our academics' expertise and experience feeds directly into our teaching.

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars180 hours
(15%)
168 hours
(14%)
108 hours
(9%)
Independent study1020 hours
(85%)
1032 hours
(86%)
1092 hours
(91%)

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Independent study may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Departments of Sociology and Social Policy and Social Work on Campus West. Much of your teaching will take place at various locations across Campus West, with occasional teaching taking place at Campus East.

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your first-year work doesn't contribute towards your final marks. We recognise that students are beginning to develop over the course of their degree.

From Year Two onward, formal assessments contribute toward your degree. Assessments range from essays to portfolios and group presentations to examinations.

In Year Three your 10,000-word dissertation focuses on a specific topic of your choice and is supported by an academic supervisor.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams25%15%0%
Coursework69%85%100%
Practical exams6%0%0%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Careers and skills

You'll have the skills to enter a broad range of careers including the probation and prison service, the police force, voluntary organisations, the public sector and postgraduate training or study. Increasingly opportunities exist within private security, crime prevention and offender management.

The course includes employability skills development, giving you the practical skills that employers are looking for in graduate recruits.

Many of our students organise work placements out of term time, for example at North Yorkshire Youth Commision, York Crown Court and Refugee Action York. We encourage you to do this so you can gain workplace experience and a deeper insight into issues that interest you.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are highly sought after in sectors including:

  • Policing
  • Probation and criminal justice
  • Law
  • Accountacy
  • Public administration
  • Social and community work
  • Education
  • Health work
  • Media ands creative industries

Transferable skills

As a criminology student, you'll learn about the world around you and the challenges faced by people in society. As well as developing your subject-specific knowledge, you'll develop skills in:

  • Problem solving
  • Evaluating evidence
  • Forming reasoned arguments
  • Thinking creatively
  • Working as a team
  • Intellectual independence
  • Communication skills.

    

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
A levels

AAB. We accept General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Access to Higher Education Diploma 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher
BTEC BTEC National Extended Diploma: DDD
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, M2
European Baccalaureate An overall average of 80%
Irish leaving Certificate H2,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAAAB at Higher level

English language

If English is not your first language you may be asked to provide evidence of your ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
  • Pearson: 61, with a minimum of 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (Taken from January 2015): 176, with a minimum of 162 each component
  • TOEFL: 87 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE III: Merit in all components

Other accepted tests and qualifications

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

We consider applications for deferred entry, including requests made after taking up an offer.

We encourage mature students to email the Admissions Tutor for consultation and advice.

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