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BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology

Develop new ways of thinking about crime

Year of entry: 2023/24

UCAS code

L390

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time

Typical offer

ABB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2023(semester dates)

UK (home) fees

£9,250 per year

International and EU fees

£21,950 per year

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in the UK for Sociology research impact

Times Higher Education’s ranking of the Research Excellence Framework 2021.

in the UK for Criminology

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

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, its impact on individuals and societies and how we respond to it.

Challenge your existing opinions about the nature of crime and disorder and learn to evaluate evidence, think critically and craft arguments – attributes valued by employers.

World top 100

for Sociology (QS World Rankings by Subject 2022)

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We organise events in the department that will help you tackle challenges and prepare for your career

University of the Year shortlisted

We're proud to announce that we've been shortlisted for two prestigious University of the Year awards.

  • Times Higher Education Awards 2021
  • The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Find out more about our nominations

Course content

Our teaching is led by our research and addresses real-world issues. The course progresses from broad to specialist topics, comprising two thirds Sociology modules and one third Criminology modules.

You'll engage with key aspects of crime and deviance from a range of academic perspectives, while also having the opportunity to study wider sociological themes and research.

As you progress you'll focus your studies, choosing option modules to develop your expertise. In your final year you'll undertake independent research leading to your dissertation.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Year 1

You'll be introduced to the foundations of sociology and criminology through your modules.

Core modules

Academic integrity module

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

Year 2

Core modules

Option modules

You will also study three option modules. In previous years, options have covered topics such as:

The options available to you will be confirmed later in the year. For further information, please get in touch.

Year 3

Core modules

 

Option modules

You will also study three option modules. In previous years, options have covered topics such as:

The options available to you will be confirmed later in the year. For further information, please get in touch.

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.

Learning by design

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.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Interpret, explain and analyse offending behaviour through a critical understanding of sociologically informed theories of crime and deviance, to confront the complexity of victimisation and norm breaking in different national and cultural contexts.
  • Critically evaluate current sociological debates about crime, culture and social change and analyse the interconnected nature of sociological understandings of real-world social problems, transgressions and crime-related problems in different cultural contexts.
  • Work creatively in teams by cooperating with others in a manner which is respectful of diverse views, values and the cultural position of others to engage with social and criminological issues.
  • Design and undertake ethical criminological research projects which draw upon appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative skills to produce empirically rigorous analysis of social issues, patterns of social inequality, crime and transgression.
  • Synthesise complex arguments and evidence about contemporary society and crime to challenge assumptions and misperceptions about offending behaviours in culturally attuned ways and in different cultural contexts.
  • Critically communicate information and well-reasoned arguments in appropriate formats concerning sociological understanding and analysis of crime and deviance using a range of media and global digital technologies.
  • Identify and plan future learning requirements by recording, reflecting on and evaluating personal learning and development, towards a range of future careers.
Not only have I made great friends, but I am able to study things I genuinely have an interest in. The staff in the department are very approachable and are always willing to support every student. I feel like being a part of such a wonderful department has definitely contributed to my amazing time at university.
Zoe, BA Sociology with Criminology. Learn more from Zoe.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK (home) International and EU
£9,250 £21,950

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.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK (home) fees may increase within the government fee cap in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International fees are subject to increase in subsequent years in line with the prevailing Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate (up to a maximum of 10%).

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.

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.

Funding

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2023/24 throughout the year.

Living costs

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.

Seminars are a great way to ensure you actually understand what you’re being taught. Also being taught by some of the key writers in areas of the course means you can be reading a groundbreaking journal article and then have a seminar led by that same person…it’s pretty cool! Along with studying with some of the greatest friends I’ll probably ever make – York has proven to be a great choice.
Tessa, BA Sociology with Criminology

Teaching and assessment

As you progress through your course, you'll take part in a range of activities designed to help you develop essential skills.

 Teaching and assessment methods

Careers and skills

You'll develop a range of transferable skills to help you succeed in whatever career you choose. 

 Careers opportunities and transferable skills

Entry requirements

Typical offer
A levels

ABB

Access to Higher Education Diploma 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher
BTEC National Extended Diploma DDM
Cambridge Pre-U D3, M2, M2
European Baccalaureate An overall average of 75%
International Baccalaureate 34 points overall
T levels We will consider a range of T Level qualifications for entry. Please visit our dedicated T Levels page for a full list of accepted T Levels.
International foundation programme Foundation Certificate from our International Pathway College or an appropriate alternative.
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

Alternative offers

Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.

Criteria Adjustment
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: Black Access Programme, Next Step York, Realising Opportunities, YESS. 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 one A level grade (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.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS (Academic and Indicator) 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component
Duolingo 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component
PTE Academic 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
TOEFL 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our 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.

Applying

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

Mature students are welcomed and applications are considered individually.

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