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About the course

BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology is a contemporary and exciting course which combines the disciplines of sociology and criminology. You’ll develop advanced knowledge, skills and professional practice to develop an understanding of social justice, crime and inequalities, developing a critical perspective on society and crime.

The course is informed by and regularly updated to incorporate current industry thinking, with lecturing staff who have connections and ongoing practice within the sector – ensuring what you study is current, relevant and practically linked to real-world developments and issues.

The curriculum includes key areas of criminology and sociology, you’ll study subjects such as; crime; social behaviours; media, social inequalities, migration and race and ethnicity. You’ll develop scientific approaches to researching key issues, applying concepts from sociology and criminology. You’ll also develop a range of key skills which will help you become analytical and enable problem solving. You’ll become an excellent communicator with a good understanding of empathy. These skills will provide useful tools for a range of careers in healthcare, public sector, leadership, law enforcement, finance, research and IT.

This degree emphasises the practical application of criminology and sociology, with real-world assessments integrated throughout. In sociology and criminology modules you’ll reflect on real issues such as community empowerment, justice, and, applied sociology. You’ll develop knowledge and skills to become competent in critically understanding justice, crime, social issues and equity.

To reflect the wide range of careers that are open to graduates, the course can be tailored with optional modules that suit your specific ambitions.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

The course team have relevant industry experience and research experience knowledge.

What does this course lead to?

This degree will give you the skills and knowledge to be able to work in many roles in the voluntary, public and private sector. The skills you learn and develop when you study sociology and criminology can be used in a diverse range of careers.

For example, being a critical thinker and being able to assess different viewpoints, asking critical questions about social issues has meant that employers in a range of sectors see sociology and criminology degrees as desirable.

More specifically, sociology and criminology graduates develop communication skills, analytical skills, and cross-cultural understanding, which can be utilised in a number of employment opportunities. 

Who is this course for?

This course is for students who want to study criminology and sociology developing a excellent knowledge of sociology and criminology that can be applied to their future development and careers.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Entry to year one of the course is available through the Social Sciences Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact admissions.international@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Sociological Imagination 
  • Social Inequalities and Criminal Justice Process
  • Study Skills in Social Sciences 
  • Researching the City 
  • Explaining Criminal Behaviour 
  • Victimology

Year two

Core modules
  • Researching the Social World 
  • Equity and Diversity at Work 
  • Youth Justice 
  • Dangerous Offenders 
  • Contemporary Issues in Crime 
  • Bodies and Identities 

Year three

Core modules
  • Applied Sociology in the Community
  • Global Crime 
  • Dissertation

Options

  • Media, Society and Power
  • Migration and Refugees
  • Cybercrime 
  • Justice: Future Challenges

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Mark Hayes academic profile Mark Hayes Senior Lecturer View profile
Esther Snell academic profile Esther Snell Senior Lecturer View profile
Ben Powis academic profile Ben Powis Senior Lecturer View profile
Nigel Lee academic profile Nigel Lee Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

You’ll develop analytical and research skills that can be transferred to a broad range of careers.

Your future

This course can lead to careers across a number of different sectors including; probation, third sector organisations, supporting victims, or working with addiction, Social services, Youth work, Human rights and other related organisations or groups, working with victims and dangerous offenders, customs and excise, information security, Police, courts, prisons, border and immigration, crown prosecution service, drugs project workers, mental health case workers, local authority community safety units, national crime agency, police support staff, home office, government agency, education, journalism, public relations and human resources.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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