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University of Southampton

Criminology and Psychology

UCAS Code: LC68

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

Typical offer: AAB. If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A-level offer: ABB, to include grade A in the EPQ. Contextual Offer: ABB We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Access to HE Diploma

D:39,M:6,P:0

Typical offer: 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

Typical offer: D3 D3 M2 in three Principal subjects Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer

Extended Project

A

The University of Southampton values the Extended Project Qualification. Applicants taking the EPQ in addition to three A levels, will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ. For more information on the University of Southampton’s EPQ Admissions Policy, please see our EPQ Admissions Policy webpage.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

Typical offer: Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

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

H1,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

DD

DD in the BTEC Diploma plus A grade from one A-level

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDD

DDD in the BTEC Extended Diploma

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

DD

DD in the BTEC National Diploma plus A from one A-level

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

D

D in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus AA from two A levels

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

DDD

DDD in the BTEC National Extended Diploma

Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)

D

D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA from two A levels

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

Typical Offer: AA from two A levels and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

UCAS Tariff

136

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Criminology

Psychology

This degree combines two naturally complementary subjects to provide you with a thorough psychologically-informed understanding od criminal behaviour. Notably, this degree confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society, enabling you to proceed directly to postgraduate professional training. Crime, deviance and criminal justice are endlessly fascinating. By studying Criminology at the University of Southampton, you will be engaging in a discipline that is one of the oldest in the Social Sciences, and with the topic of crime, a central feature of human behaviour. Do you want to uncover the reasons behind certain behaviours?

Graduates of our Criminology and Psychology degree programme can go on to establish successful careers in areas such as the criminal justice system, social services or in the security services.

Modules

This course is 3 years and the content is as follows. In each year, you will study modules in criminology and psychology as well as tailor-made modules that span both disciplines. In year three you can choose modules from other subject areas, including languages, or from a range of interdisciplinary modules. Core module examples include Perspectives in Criminology, Criminology Psychology and Victimology.
Our first year programme will introduce you to criminology and psychology as academic disciplines; students will explore how "social problems" are constructed and how policies are chosen to address them. "Crime" is a key social concern and theories and methods have been developed over many years to understand the problem. You will also start your thorough study of research methods.
The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society. In these modules you will study core psychological topics and qualitative and quantitative methods in order to be well prepared for your final year when you will conduct your own research as part of your dissertation. You will also study criminology modules that will illuminate how crime and deviance have been perceived and addressed in modern society.
In year three you will be able to deepen your understanding of the psychological and criminological responses to offending and the reactions to it. Modules allow you to build upon your understanding of the topics presented earlier in your degree. You will also conduct your individual research project in a double-module dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods designed to test your achievement of the learning outcomes in the areas of knowledge and understanding, subject-specific intellectual skills and key skills. For our core and compulsory modules, these include:
Essays
Review papers (in which you are required to critically review one chapter-long article of relevance to the module using a range of additional sources).
Formal, unseen end of module examinations
A library exercise in the core module “Social Science Perspectives” (designed to ensure that you have attained basic skills of library usage and appropriate presentation of academic material)
Statistical exercises (to assess your understanding of statistical concepts and practical techniques)
Dissertation proposal (which will assess your ability to formulate an appropriate research question, identify appropriate method(s) of data collection and present a short literature review of selected sources likely to be relevant to the research topic) Dissertation (which assesses your ability to undertake independent, in-depth study of an area of criminology and psychology)
Group research projects (which assess your ability to work with others in the production of a shared output)
• Case study review (in which you are asked to interpret or critically comment on the material contained in the case study)

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
£17,560
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology

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.

79%
med
Criminology
83%
med
Psychology

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

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
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

74%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
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

81%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
5%
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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
7%
Sales, marketing 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.

Psychology (non-specific)

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.

£19,500
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
78%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
Business, research and administrative professionals

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Criminology

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

£23k

£23k

£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.

Psychology

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

£17k

£17k

£23k

£23k

£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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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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