Criminology and Sociology BA (Hons)

Criminology and Sociology BA (Hons)

Lancashire Law School




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three Years, Part-time: Usually five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    LM39; Short form: BA/CriSoc

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

How do social differences like race, class and gender make a difference to the way we are perceived and treated in the criminal justice system? Explore and critically assess the way society perceives, defines and manages crime - and graduate fully prepared for a career in public or community-based services - on this exciting degree course. This rapidly growing area of study changes every day, as new criminological and sociological issues arise - and our close links with industry means our curriculum keeps up and reflects this. If you want to get under the skin of how society works and use your knowledge to make a difference, this course is for you.

2016 National Student Survey

Sociology courses at UCLan were rated top 10 in the UK for personal development by students who completed the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).


Entry Requirements

112 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma:
 Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P
IELTS: 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent 

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Crime and Morality
  • Introduction to Criminal Process and Procedure
  • Crime and Society
  • Key Thinkers in Criminology
  • Sociological Ways of Thinking
  • Doing Social Research
  • Media, Culture and Identity
  • Youth, Identity and Difference
  • Social Construction of Childhood
  • Debating Human Rights
  • Citizenship and Cohesive Communities
  • Gang and Gun Culture

Year 2

  • Media and Crime
  • Drugs and Crime
  • Understanding Interpersonal Violence
  • Gender, Crimes and Human Rights: An Evolving Feminist Agenda
  • Victims, Communities and Crime
  • Offending Corporations: Safety, Economic and Environmental Crime
  • Understanding Policing
  • Prostitution, Infanticide and Other Crime Perpetrated during the Nineteenth-century
  • Youth Justice
  • Critical Thinkers in Criminology
  • Contemporary Thinkers
  • Sociology of Religion
  • The Sociology of Social Movements
  • Childhood Inequalities
  • Community Leadership
  • AND Innovative Research OR Research Methods in Criminology

Year 3

  • Sex, Violence and Strategies
  • Obeying the Law
  • Theories of Punishment
  • State Crime and Genocide: State Terrorism and Denial
  • Drugs and Society
  • Controversial Issues in Prison
  • Why Prison?
  • Terrorism and Human Rights
  • Crime and New Technologies
  • Human Trafficking and 'Modern Day' Slavery
  • Women and Human Rights: International Feminist Perspectives
  • Development Criminology
  • Diversity, Crime and Justice
  • Texts in Criminology
  • Resistance, Rebellion and Racist Violence
  • Sociology of Disability
  • Sexy Bodies: Sexuality and the Body
  • 'Suspect' Populations and 'Insecure ' Spaces
  • The Sociology of Childhood
  • Religion, Resistance and Rebellion
  • Leading a Community Project
  • AND Criminology Single Dissertation OR Sociology Single Dissertation


Further Information

UCLan’s BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology degree offers an exciting opportunity to get involved in a fast growing academic area in which new topics of study are opening up for criminological and sociological investigation every day. On this course you will examine how crime is perceived, defined and managed in modern society, and critically address those social differences, in particular race, class and gender, that are central to criminology. 

This degree offers the fascinating opportunity to explore both the nature of crime and of modern society through a wide range of modules. There are a number of core modules which are integral to the course and have to be studied; there is also a selection of optional modules offering insights into different specialisms.

Studying sociology at UCLan has been an incredibly interesting and intellectually captivating experience that has given me the ability to critically assess the world that we live in. I have really enjoyed the way lectures and seminars within sociology at UCLan have been very much interactive; every student contributes and engages in class debates, giving a great insight into understanding a variety of standpoints.

Jennifer Parr

You will learn about social differences, for example, based upon gender, sexual orientation, ‘race’ and ethnicity, religion, disability, class and age. You will also look at social and legal perceptions of and responses to crime and criminality. The methods and theories you learn about and apply in the course of your undergraduate studies are varied enough to support you in interests which may for example, include international relations, or studies of comparative religions, and cultural identities. You will work with educational and employment advisors throughout your degree, and we will ensure you have every opportunity to secure guidance in choosing your next step in your studies.

Students in lecture theatre

The diverse range of relevant everyday issues we hit was quite fascinating and stimulating, and is something that I found trying to implement straight away after leaving the classroom! This together with the different personalities that deliver such lectures, helps engage you as a student of the topic. I’d strongly recommend studying such a degree to anyone, it will give you a different perception of the world we take for granted every day.

Haroon Jamil

You can undertake an elective in Year 1 or Year 2 from the Centre of Volunteering here at UCLan; this is entirely optional. One such elective is ‘Guns and Gangs’, and there are others which will train you in mentoring and/or leadership, or creating social projects and programmes and fundraising within different communities.

Many second and third year students undertake voluntary work outside of their degree, joining youth offending teams, women’s refuges, children’s charities and community policing projects etc. The School very much encourages this kind of work experience as it vastly improves employment prospects.

You might also consider community development work, local government administration and adult guidance work with ex-offenders. Paid employment in the voluntary sector is an increasingly important area with our graduates finding positions in victim support, women’s refuges, disability services etc.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Case Studies

Industry Links

In order to give you an 'insider perspective', the Criminology and Sociology degree enjoys a programme of guest lectures from speakers within the groups and communities you will be studying. We have recently hosted guest speakers from the traveller community, a prison governor, the local Hindu community, a disability activist and an entire punk band, who discussed youth culture.


Tim Owen Senior Lecturer in Criminology, was interviewed by BBC Radio Lancashire about recent cybercrime attacks. Listen Here.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Modules are delivered by various methods from traditional large group lectures to classes with small group work and occasional use of audio and audio-visual material for discussion and analysis. Lectures are supported by smaller seminar groups where students can discuss issues arising from the lecture programme. Students are required to undertake preparatory reading and other research for seminars. This is specified in advance by your tutors. 

All modules use an online system known as ‘Blackboard’ – this is an easily accessible storage point for course materials, including powerpoint presentations, readings, references or weblinks associated with the module. You will be able to use outside of class time to access all sorts of materials that your lecturer will supply, or recommend to support your study of the module.

On this degree programme, you will undertake a range of assessed work including essays, presentations, reports, literature reviews, reading journals, portfolios, seen test papers, posters, blogs and group and/or individual projects. Some modules involve 100% coursework, whilst others may involve test papers that are usually ‘seen’, that is to say that questions are released in advance. This enables you to direct your study towards a timed test, usually in class.

During my three year course studying sociology at UCLan, I have had the pleasure of learning about a variety of topics. It has amazed me how key sociological theories can apply to such a wide range of current societal areas. It is this versatility of the subject that has helped me to truly enjoy my UCLan degree.

Elisabeth Young


Graduates have joined the UK Border Agency, Greater Manchester Police (GMP), local prisons, drug schemes, educational institutions and youth offending teams. Two thirds of our students will follow career paths directly connected with a vocational aspect of their degree.

At UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow, due to the diverse and wide range of topic areas, disciplinary methods and theories you will be introduced to in the course of your degree in Criminology and Sociology. There are also many postgraduate opportunities for Criminology and Sociology students, including Masters programmes and MPhils and PhDs, due to the wide variety of areas touched on in the course of the degree.

Through the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership, you will also have the opportunity to volunteer in a social setting. In the past students have worked with the Children's Society, Women's Refuge and Community Police volunteers.

International Opportunities

UCLan is part of a worldwide exchange network which includes countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico and the USA. We also have a number of European links that allow similar opportunities. Exchange studies range from three months to one year, and must be taken in your second year at UCLan. So - you may for example opt to study in the United States, spending half or all of your second year at a university with a similar programme of study.

There are four types of international exchange opportunities open to Criminology & Sociology students:

  • The ERASMUS Programme
  • The World Wide Exchange Programme
  • The International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP)
  • The Maastricht Programme

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