Criminology and Sociology Foundation Entry Route BA (Hons)

Criminology and Sociology Foundation Entry Route BA (Hons)

School of Law and Social Science




Under- graduate



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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    M101; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

During your Foundation Entry Year you will study in small groups, whilst you gain a broad introduction to the basics of law and criminology at UCLan, one of the UK’s leading providers of legal education. Develop yourself intellectually whilst acquiring core skills and legal knowledge for progression onto the degree programmes. With a strong emphasis on the development of transferable skills such as oral and written communication, digital skills, language skills, thinking and critical skills, personal development planning and group work, the law course is supported by research of international excellence and we have superb links with the regional legal profession, police and the probation service.

You’ll gain a real insight into the legal profession with regular visits from leading practitioners, academics and judges. This is a friendly and supportive environment which encourages students to meet their potential.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 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


  • Introduction to Academic Skills in Higher Education
  • Introduction to Issues in Law and Criminology



  • Introduction to Human Rights and Debating
  • Introduction to Business Law and Commerical Awareness
  • Introduction to Family Law
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Criminology

Year 2

Please note: This course is currently under review; modules are subject to change.


  • Crime and Justice in Society
  • Morality and Criminal Justice
  • Key Approaches in Criminology: Socio-Cultural Perspectives
  • Criminal Justice in Action

Year 3


  • Theory and Research Methods in Criminology


  • Understanding Policing and Security


  • Perspectives on Prisons and Society


  • Youth Justice


  • Contemporary Thinkers
  • Sociological Ways of Thinking


Sociology Options: choose ONE

  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociology of Social Movements

Year 4


  • Dissertation


Criminology Options: choose ONE

  • Perspectives on Cybercrime
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Diversities, Discrimination and Justice in the UK
  • Gendered Violence, Crime and Justice Trafficking in Vulnerable Persons
  • Youth Justice and Crime
  • Policing and Security Prisons and Society


Sociology Options: choose THREE

  • Sexy Bodies: Sexuality and the Body
  • The Sociology of Childhood
  • Global Social Divisions
  • Sociology of Disability


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

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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.

Group of students

Graduates from this course have looked for employment and careers in local and national government, charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), policy development, social and welfare services, the criminal justice system, the civil service and the education sector. 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 the degree.

"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.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

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.


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.

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