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Criminology

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

A Level General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies are not accepted.

Access to HE Diploma

D:27,M:18

We welcome applications from Access course students who completed their secondary schooling some years ago. Each application will be considered its own merits. Please be aware that Access applicants are often asked for further information to supplement their application form - this is normally in the form of a questionnaire. A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits overall, 45 of which must be at level 3, with a minimum of 27 level 3 credits at distinction and all remaining level 3 credits no lower than merit. It is essential the Access course qualification is supplemented by grade 4/C or better in each of GCSE mathematics and English language.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of grade 4/C in each of GCSE mathematics and English language is required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Including a minimum of 5 in each higher level subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Contact the Admissions team to confirm acceptable subjects.

UCAS Tariff

120

120 UCAS tariff points from combination of acceptable level 3 qualifications (eg. BTEC diploma and OCR Cambridge technical extended certificate) equivalent to three A Levels.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Criminology

Studying alongside our research-active academics, you’ll learn about crime, policing, victims, media representations of crime, youth crime and more. You’ll also understand how criminality, victimisation and crime control relate to social issues such as class, gender, ethnicity, politics and the economy.

Our London location puts you at the heart of UK justice, with access to key criminal justice institutions such as the Central Criminal Court (the ‘old Bailey’), three police forces and numerous prisons.

- Develop methodological expertise to analyse crime and justice data, and engage with key criminal justice policy debates

- Build your studies around your interests, with our wide choice of elective modules

- Learn from academics who are internationally acknowledged as leading researchers in their field

- Boost your employability with an optional work placement year

- Develop highly sought-after data literacy and quantitative skills, thanks to our strong links with City’s Q-Step Centre

- Opt onto a Q-Step quantitative methods pathway: benefit from a heightened focus on data skills, a workplace Data Placement in Year 2, and an optional international work placement.

Modules

In Year 1 you will study core modules designed to provide a firm foundation in criminology, sociology and statistics, preparing you for future research activity.

Core modules include:
- Introduction to Criminology
- Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics
- Producing Social Data
- Criminal Justice
- Sociology in Action
- Researching Society: Qualitative Methods
- Contemporary Criminological Controversies
- Academic and Professional Practice

Year 2 will deepen your understanding of the subject with core modules covering data analysis and topics relating to crime and justice.

Core modules include:
- Violence
- Gender and Crime
- Key Issues in Criminology
- Penology
- Victimology
- Social Action Project

Elective modules include:
- Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data OR Qualitative Analysis of Social Research Data
- Sociology of Race and Racism
- Gender and Society

Students wishing to take BSc Criminology with the quantitative methods option will be required to complete the following modules in year two, which for the quantitative methods option, are all core modules:
- Violence
- Gender and Crime
- Key Issues in Criminology
- Penology
- Victimology
- Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data
- Quantitative Data Placement
- Visualising Society

Year 3 draws on the research expertise in the department to study current issues at the cutting edge of current thinking. Complete a dissertation to showcase your skills and interests.

Core modules include:
- Sociology Project
- Crime, Culture and the City
- Policing
- Criminal Behaviour
- Youth Crime

Elective modules include:
- Global Migration Process
- Work and Workers
- Celebrity and Society
- Applied Multivariate Analysis
- Education, Skills and the Job Market
- Poverty: What counts?
- Culture, Race, Difference
- Political Communication
- Interrogating Consumer Culture
- Criminal Justice in Crisis
- Leisure, the Body and Deviance
- Digital cultures
- Global Politics of Forced Migration The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace
- Judgement and Decision-Making
- Organisational Psychology
- Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Assessment methods

We teach Criminology through lectures, interactive sessions, practical computer lab workshops and small group seminars, supported by a personal tutorial system. Lectures provide commentary and explanation of key content areas.

Small-group seminars develop your understanding by inviting you to raise questions and participate in the debate and by providing guidance for further study. Computer labs develop your skills in the production and analysis of data.

You are encouraged to undertake extensive reading and independent study in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes and to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the subject.

For the third year dissertation, you will receive supervision and the Dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to develop research methods and writing skills.

The assessment weighting for year one is 10%, year two is 30% and year three is 60%.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£16,010
per year
International
£16,010
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

Department of Sociology

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

67%
low
Criminology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

Teaching and learning

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
63%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

74%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
16%
Male students
84%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
22%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
81%
low
Employed or in further education
50%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
15%
Childcare and related personal services
11%
Business, research and administrative professionals

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£29k

£29k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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