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Sociology with Criminology

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,C

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 46-52.

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

25-26

25-26 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-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM-DMM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM-DMM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM-DMM

112-128 Tariff points.

T Level

M

UCAS Tariff

112-128

112-128 points

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 | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subjects

Sociology

Criminology

**Overview**

People are not born criminals. On this course, you’ll explore how human relationships and social structures influence behaviour. You’ll discover how power dynamics and inequalities create crime. And you’ll see people who break and enforce the law in a new light.

With many diverse options to choose from, you can tailor this BSc (Hons) Sociology with Criminology degree around topics that fascinate you – from identity issues, such as race and sexuality, to issues of experience, such as happiness, gang crime or serial killing.

Modules are taught by experts who draw directly from their research activity – to give you the latest knowledge in the field. .

Course highlights

- Explore topics informed by our latest research, from a curriculum constantly updated to reflect new ideas in areas as diverse as black studies, gender, class and inequality

- Learn how to persuade others through evidence-based argument, by taking a critical look at different ideas of society, crime and justice

- Go beyond issues of crime to explore the human experience more broadly – from migration to inequalities, from food to celebrity culture

- Practice analysing human behaviour through social research, so you can gain insights to help improve people’s wellbeing

- Customise your degree to match your ambitions: some modules reduce the amount to time you’d need to train for a policing career or as a probation officer

**Careers and opportunities**

Studying a combination of sociology and criminology opens up a wide range of potential careers, both in and out of the criminal justice system. Whether you’re attracted to careers that involve working closely with other people, or roles that call for rigorous and structured thinking, you’ll be well prepared.

This is because you’ll graduate with a set of skills that are transferable to all kinds of professions. Those skills include:

- insight into people and social dynamics

- critical thinking and analysis

- qualitative and quantitative research

- the ability to shape and communicate an argument

For proof that a wide range of employers value these skills, look at the diversity of roles our recent graduates have taken on. They include: police officer, recruitment consultant, litigation paralegal, digital forensics assistant and victim support caseworker.

What areas can you work in with a sociology with criminology degree?

You’ll graduate ready to pursue a career or further training in areas such as:

- health and social care

- law enforcement

- probation

- counselling

- advertising, marketing and media

- teaching and lecturing

- human resources and recruitment

- business administration and personnel management

You could also progress into research-related jobs or pursue further research and study at postgraduate level.

What jobs can you do with a sociology with criminology degree?

Job roles you could take on include:

- social researcher

- probation officer

- investigative analyst

- police officer

- human resource manager

- counsellor

- teacher

- charity worker

- detention custody officer

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:
- Consumer Society: Critical Themes and Issues
- Digital Cultures: Exploring the Digital in the Humanities and Social Sciences
- Emotions and Social Life
- Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
- Family, Career and Generation
- Family, Career and Generation
- Gender and Sexuality
- Health, Wellbeing and Happiness
- Modernity and Globalisation
- Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday
- Race and Racism
- Risk and Society
- Social Power, Elites and Dissent
- Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity
- Sociology of Religion
- The Body: Sociological Perspectives
- The Sociology of Education
- Understanding Personal Life
- Work, Employment and Society

Optional criminology modules are:
- Crime and the Media
- Crimes of the Powerful
- Cultural Criminology
- Gang crime
- Global Environmental Justice
- Global, State and Corporate Security
- Hate Crime
- Learning from Experience
- Modern Foreign Language
- Penology and Prison
- Police, Law and Community
- Police, Law and Community
- Policing and Society
- Principles of Economic Crime Investigation
- Researching Criminology
- Victims of Crime: Key Players in Criminal Justice
- Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response
- 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:
- Challenging Global Inequality
- Consumer Society: Critical Themes and Issues
- Emotions and Social Life
- Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
- Family, Career and Generation
- Food, Culture and Society
- Gender and Sexuality
- Health, Wellbeing and Happiness
- Introduction to Teaching
- Learning from Experience
- Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday
- Race and Racism
- Social Power, Elites and Dissent
- Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity
- Sociology of Religion
- The Body: Sociological Perspectives
- Understanding Personal Life

Optional criminology modules are:
- Black Criminology, Race and the Criminal Justice System
- Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
- Crime and New Technologies: Theory and Practice
- Critical Penal Studies
- Dangerous Offender and Public Protection
- Economic Crime and Fraud Examination
- Forensic Psychology and Mental Health
- Gender and Crime
- Green Crime and Environmental Justice
- Intelligence Analysis
- Miscarriages of Justice
- Money Laundering and Compliance
- Policing: Communities, Intelligence and Information
- Policing: Law, Policy and Practice
- Political Extremism
- Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
- Social Policy, Justice and Crime
- State Crime
- 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
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of 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

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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.

68%
med
Sociology
68%
med
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

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
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

69%
Library resources
76%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
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?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
14%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

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.

£21k

£21k

£25k

£25k

£28k

£28k

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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