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University of Southampton

Criminology

UCAS Code: L611

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Typical offer: ABB 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: BBB to include grade A in the EPQ Contextual offer: BBB 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. The University of Southampton values the Extended Project Qualification. Applicants taking the EPQ in addition to three A Levels may also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

Typical offer: 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M2

Typical offer: D3, M2, M2 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, may 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

32

Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 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,H3,H3

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

DD

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

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM

DDM in the BTEC Extended Diploma

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

DD

DD in the BTEC National Diploma plus B 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 AB from two A levels

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

DDM

DDM in the BTEC National Extended Diploma

Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)

D

D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB 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. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences Admissions Office at [email protected] for more information. Unless a more advanced level (Higher or Advanced Higher) is specified in the stated entry requirements, all applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at Standard Grade, Grade 3 or National 5, Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/ Grade 4

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. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences Admissions Office at [email protected] for more information.

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

B

Typical offer: AB from two A levels and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

UCAS Tariff

128

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Sociology

Crime, security and criminal justice are highly debated in contemporary societies, attracting political and media attention. This popular degree will enable you to analyse the changing nature of crime and the workings of the criminal justice system. You will study criminal behaviour, victimisation, the socio-legal context and societal reaction to crime, the criminal justice system, media and popular culture, punishment and the future of social control. Specialist options from other disciplines will enable you to create a degree geared towards a range of professional careers. 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. A fascinating programme of study, this course provides an insight into the criminal justice system, security and the traditional patterns in violent crimes and what motivates an individual to commit them.

As a student of this course you will have the opportunity to take modules on; Criminal Behaviour, Victimisation and Societal Reactions to Crime and Systems of Punishment. Graduates of this degree course, go on to establish careers in Crime Scene Investigation, the Police and as Youth Workers, Social Workers and Prison and Probation Officers

Modules

Below are the modules covered over the 3 year programme. In addition to the compulsory modules, you will select two modules in Semester 1 and two modules in Semester 2. One of your choices will be from a list of Social Science modules, you will find examples in the list below. They may also come from disciplines across the University for example anthropology, demography, economics, politics and international relations, social statistics or modern languages. In addition to this you can take optional modules outside your core disciplines, in our Curriculum Innovation Programme. This allows you to personalise your education and to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Optional modules in semester 1 or 2 (topics subject to possible annual change)
In your second year you will take four compulsory modules. In these you will study in detail 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 criminological theory. In addition, you will have the opportunity to take four optional modules from a list, one in the first semester and three in the second. Two of these will come from a broad range of social science disciplines: Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy, Anthropology, Education and Geography. You will choose the remainder from modules offered across university disciplines.
In year three you will study in particular how groups and societies identify victims. You will also conduct your individual research project in a double-module dissertation. In addition, you will be asked to chose five modules from a wide range of options, many of which will be taught in student-led seminars, to support you in developing the presentation and communication skills which are important for professional careers. In semester 1 you will be asked to choose 2 modules and in semester 2, you will be asked to choose 3. However, three of these choices are constrained, they must come from a list of Criminology modules and Social Science modules that are closely related to Criminology.

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
Statistical exercises to assess your understanding of statistical concepts and practical techniques
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
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

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
Sociology

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

After graduation


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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
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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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Sociology

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

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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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