Sociology and Criminology BSc (Hons)

Sociology and criminology textbooks
UCAS Code
LM39
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Location
Main site

Overview

Are you interested in the role society plays in criminality and social problems? Would you like to apply this interest to your career?

On this BSc (Hons) Sociology and Criminology degree course, you'll explore the complex relationship between the way society is organised and the societal causes of criminal behaviour.

You’ll delve into current debates and classical theories around sociology and criminology, develop your research skills and learn from passionate lecturers and teaching staff.

When you complete the course, you’ll be equipped for roles in organisations such as local education authorities, counselling and voluntary organisations. You could also do further training or study, or work for the probation service or police force.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Analyse how society and crime influence each other
  • Understand how people interact with social structures and what ramifications this has for law and order
  • Assess competing perspectives and make reasoned arguments in relation to important social issues
  • Develop analytic, informational, communication and social research skills
  • Increase your employability through local volunteer work or a work placement in a criminal justice organisation

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

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing the ideal job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We'll work with you to identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and allow you to use the skills you've learnt.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Examples of placement organisations include:

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Why Me? Restorative Justice
  • SEK International School, Spain
  • Aurora New Dawn – a charity giving safety, support, advocacy and empowerment to survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Careers and opportunities

When you complete this BSc (Hons) Sociology and Criminology degree 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

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.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You’ll need to cover additional costs, such as travel costs, if you take an optional placement or placement abroad.

These costs will vary depending on the location and duration of the placement, and can range from £50–£1000.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Understanding Criminology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Studying Society
  • Theorising Social Life

There are no optional units in this year

Core units in this year include:

  • Doing Sociological Research
  • Modernity and Globalisation
  • Questioning Criminology

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Work, Employment and Society
  • Key Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Police, Law and Community
  • Crime, Media and Culture
  • Global, State and Corporate Security
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice
  • Emotions and Social Life
  • Race, Ethnicity and Society
  • Transnational Elites and Social Inequality
  • Penology and Prison
  • Community Justice
  • The Sociology of the Body
  • Learning from Experience

Core units in this year include:

  • Dissertation

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Food, Culture and Society
  • Sociology of Culture
  • Transformations of Modern Society
  • Hate Crime
  • Contemporary Criminologies
  • Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Crime, Exclusion and Mental Health
  • Race, Ethnicity and Power: Global Inequalities
  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
  • Cybercrime: Deviance, Crime and Terror
  • The Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • The Criminal Justice Clinic Tutorial
  • Health, Wellbeing and Happiness
  • Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
  • Craft, Career and Generation
  • Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday
  • Learning from Experience

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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops

There's an emphasis on participation on this course, you'll take part in group debates and discussions, and gain experience in research and interviewing techniques.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends. 

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday.
You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 23% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 77% studying independently
  • Year 2 students: 27% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 73% studying independently
  • Year 3 students: 11% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 89% studying independently

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • written essays and tests
  • both group and individual projects
  • seminar participation
  • examinations
  • a 10,000 word dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

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

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 85% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 17% by written exams, 16% by practical exams and 67% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework
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