3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)
AAB (full entry requirements)
September 2021 (term dates)
£9,250 per year
£18,350 per year
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.
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.Mark, BA Criminology. More student views.
Taught across two departments: Sociology, and Social Policy and Social Work
for Sociology (QS World Rankings by Subject 2021)
and world top 25 for Social Policy and Administration (QS World Rankings by Subject 2021)
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 before developing your preferences and expertise in the following years, leading up to your 10,000-word Dissertation.
There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:
You'll be introduced to the core aspects of criminology, policy, crime and criminal justice.
You'll take four core modules:
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
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 choose one option module:
The focus of your final year will be your 10,000-word Dissertation. You'll work with an academic supervisor to identify and interrogate an original research question.
You'll take two core modules:
You'll also select three option modules offered by the Departments of Sociology and Social Policy from a range covering topics in criminology and other sociological issues.
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
The fees and funding figures below are for 2021/22 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year
|UK (home)||International and EU|
UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status
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.
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.
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2021/22 throughout the year.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”
The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018
Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.
As you progress through your course, you'll take part in a range of activites designed to help you develop essential skills.
You'll develop a range of transferable skills to help you succeed in whatever career you choose.
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher|
|BTEC National Extended Diploma||DDD|
|Cambridge Pre-U||D3, D3, M2|
|European Baccalaureate||An overall average of 80%|
|International Baccalaureate||35 points overall|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.
|Widening participation||If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to three A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Next Step York, Realising Opportunities. More about widening participation.|
|Contextual offers||If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to two A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about contextual offers.|
|EPQ||If you achieve C or higher at EPQ, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.|
|Core Maths||If you achieve B or higher in Core Maths, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component|
|PTE Academic||61, with a minimum of 55 in each component|
|GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language)||Grade C|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, with a minimum of 169 in each component|
|TOEFL||87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all components|
|Duolingo||110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component|
For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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