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University of Portsmouth

Sociology with Criminology

UCAS Code: LM40

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


104-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

106-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-50.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

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

DD-D*D*

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM-DDM

104-120 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subjects

Sociology

Criminology

**Overview**
If you're interested in studying sociological theory and methods, and you're also interested in criminology, this BSc (Hons) Sociology with Criminology degree is ideal.

Two thirds of this course is based in sociology with the remaining third in criminology. You'll explore the complexities of society using social theory and have the opportunity to learn about the different theories of crime.

You'll delve into current debates about sociology and criminology, develop your critical thinking and research skills, and learn from passionate lecturers and teaching staff.

When you complete the course, you'll be suited to roles or further training in the probation service (if you follow the probation pathway), local government and police force.

**What you'll experience**
On this Sociology with Criminology degree course, you'll:

- Get an in-depth understanding of sociological theory and apply this to contemporary issues

- Learn how people's life histories relate to wider social structures

- Get an understanding of theories of crime and criminology

- Understand and critically analyse notions of justice

- Assess competing perspectives on society and crime, making rational arguments based on evidence

- Develop analytical, communication and social research skills

- Increase your employability through local volunteer work or a work placement in a criminal justice organisation

- Have the opportunity to study certain modules as part of the Probation Pathway, which allows you to enter the Probation Service as a trainee probation officer after the course

**Careers and opportunities**
After this Sociology with Criminology degree course, our Careers and Employability team will help you get started on the career ladder and support for you for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

**What can I do with a Sociology with Criminology degree?**
After the course, you'll have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career or further training in areas such as:

- teaching and lecturing

- research

- health and social care

- advertising

- marketing and media

- local government

- counselling

- voluntary services

- human resources and recruitment

- business administration and personnel management

- law enforcement

- probation

You can also take optional specialist modules that prepare you for entry into the police force or probation service.

**What jobs can I do with a Sociology with Criminology degree?**

Job roles you could take on include:

- probation officer

- police officer

- lecturer

- teacher

- civil servant

- social researcher

- human resource manager

- counsellor

- charity worker

- campaigner

Modules

Year 1
Core sociology modules in this year are:
- Developing your Sociological Imagination
- Theorising Social Life
- Research Design and Analysis

Core criminology modules in this year are:
- Criminal Justice
- Understanding Criminology
- There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2
Core modules in this year are:
- Doing Sociological Research (sociology)
- Questioning Criminology (criminology)

Optional sociology modules in this year are:
- Work, Employment and Society
- Consumer Society: Critical Themes and Issues
- Challenging Global Inequality
- Gender and Sexuality
- Health, Wellbeing and Happiness
- Physical Culture, Sport and Health
- Race and Racism
- Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity
- Violence, War and Society
- Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
- The Politics of the Body
- Family, Career and Generation
- Risk and Society
- Emotions and Social Life
- Food, Culture and Society
- Social Power, Elites and Dissent
- Modernity and Globalisation
- Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday

Optional criminology modules are:
- Community Justice
- Foundation of Economic Crime
- Hate Crime
- Key Issues in Criminal Justice
- Missing Persons: Issues and Investigations
- Police, Law and Community
- Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice
- Crime and the Media
- Global, State and Corporate Security
- Crimes of the Powerful
- Penology and Prison
- Policing a Diverse Society
- Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response
- Principles of Economic Crime Investigation
- Youth Crime, Youth Justice

Placement year (optional)
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year:
- Sociology Dissertation or Major Project

Optional sociology modules in this year are:
- Consumer Society: Critical Themes and Issues
- Challenging Global Inequality
- Gender and Sexuality
- Health, Wellbeing and Happiness
- Physical Culture, Sport and Health
- Race and Racism
- Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity
- Violence, War and Society
- Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
- The Politics of the Body
- Family, Career and Generation
- Emotions and Social Life
- Food, Culture and Society
- Social Power, Elites and Dissent
- Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday

Optional criminology modules are:
- Cybercrime: Deviance, Crime and Terror
- Dangerous Offender and Public Protection
- Green Crime and Environmental Justice
- Intelligence Analysis
- Political Extremism
- Social Policy, Justice and Crime
- Contemporary Criminologies
- Crime, Exclusion and Mental Health
- Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
- Gender and Crime
- Management of Criminal Investigations
- Miscarriages of Justice
- Money Laundering and Compliance
- Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through:

- written essays and tests
- both group and individual projects
- seminar participation
- examinations
- presentations
- a 9,000-word dissertation

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
International
£15,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

TEF rating:
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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.

83%
high
Sociology
83%
high
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

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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

83%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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
99%
high
Employed or in further education
55%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
13%
Protective service occupations
9%
Business, finance and related associate 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.

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
99%
high
Employed or in further education
55%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
13%
Protective service occupations
9%
Business, finance and related associate 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.

Social studies

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

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

£26k

£26k

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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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