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BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology

Shine the spotlight on the complex nature of crime, and learn why it continues to fascinate us

2018/19 entry

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UCAS code

L390

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

ABB (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, 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. After a core introduction to Sociology and Criminology you can tailor your degree to your developing specialist interests.

You’ll be taught by academics actively involved in research that changes the world, in the UK’s number one ranked Sociology Department for research (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014), and use your skills to carry out research in an area you are passionate about.

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Ranked 1st in the UK

for Criminology by the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017

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 optional modules to develop your expertise. In your final year you'll undertake independent research leading to a 10,000-word dissertation.

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 foundations of Sociology and Criminology through four core modules.

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 study core modules to develop your research skills and explore how social, cultural and political changes shape criminal activities. Optional modules give you the chance to focus your studies on an area which interests you.

Core modules

Optional modules

Choose two of the following modules:

Year 3

The focus of your final year will be your Dissertation. You'll work with an academic supervisor to identify and interrogate an original research question, writing up your results in a 10,000-word extended essay.

You’ll study one core module which covers criminological theory from the Enlightenment to the present day, and choose three optional modules, exploring themes including art, migration, and death.

Core modules

Optional modules

Choose three of the following modules:

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

I am currently studying abroad at the University of Illinois, USA. My highlight has been experiencing a completely different culture with new people and new opinions. The criminological aspect of sociology is really exciting to me and I highly recommend studying these two subjects together.
Amelia, BA Sociology with Criminology. More student views.

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 sociological areas, such as science and technology, language and interaction, culture and new media, gender and sexuality, health, medicine and the body, and urban studies. Our internationally-recognised staff are leaders in their fields, and their expertise and experience feeds directly into our teaching.

How you'll spend your time

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars216 hours
(18%)
156 hours
(13%)
108 hours
(9%)
Independent study984 hours
(82%)
1044 hours
(87%)
1092 hours
(91%)

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17. Subsequent years' courses may differ.

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 Department of Sociology on Campus West. You will be taught at a variety of locations across Campus West.

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 toward your final degree classification. We recognise that students are only beginning to develop over the course of their degree.

From Year Two onward, formal assessments contribute toward your degree. In your third year, your 10,000-word dissertation focuses on a specific crime-related topic of your choice.

  • Assessments range from research essays, to collaborative projects, to open-note examinations.
  • Your dissertation should be on a topic that interests you. Don't be afraid to explore.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams50%30%0%
Coursework50%70%100%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17. Subsequent years' courses may differ.

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 ground-breaking 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, current student

Careers and skills

You'll have the skills needed to enter a broad range of careers including the charity sector, teaching, media, the probation and prison service, the police force, civil service and even postgraduate training or study.

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 by sectors including:

  • Criminal justice, policing and law
  • Social research
  • Media and creative industies
  • Health and cultural services
  • Charity sector
  • Education

Transferable skills

You’ll learn about the world around you and the challenges faced by people in society. You’ll develop skills in:

  • Problem-solving
  • Evaluating evidence
  • Forming reasoned arguments
  • Thinking creatively, and considering different viewpoints

Add to this the experience you'll get working in a team and using your initiative, and you'll have a whole host of invaluable skills that can be transferred to the workplace.

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
A levels

ABB. We accept General Studies and Critical Thinking.

BTEC BTEC National Extended Diploma: DDM
European Baccalaureate An overall average of 75%
International Baccalaureate 34 points overall
Irish leaving Certificate H2,H2,H3,H3,H3,H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAABB at Higher Level
AB at Advanced 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).

Mature students are welcomed and applications are considered individually.

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