Full-time: Three Years, Part-time: Usually five years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
LM39; Short form: BA/CriSoc
Preston (Campus code: U)
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.
Sociology courses at UCLan were rated top 10 in the UK for personal development by students who completed the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
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.
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.
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.
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: