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BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

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This joint course considers how crime is defined, how criminality, victimisation and crime control relate to social issues such as class, gender, ethnicity, politics and the economy and why crime and justice have become defining issues for contemporary society.

Clearing and Adjustment

Limited places on this course for September 2019 may be available through Clearing and Adjustment this summer.

Key Information

Start date

September 2019

Academic year dates

Duration

3 years or 4 years with a work placement option or study abroad.

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,250 for the first year of study*

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,090 for the first year of study**

UCAS code

L390

Application period

From September 2018

Until We are currently accepting late applications via UCAS***

Campus

Northampton Square

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for students interested in developing the methodological expertise to analyse social data and the analytical capability to identify and engage with crime and social policy debates. This is especially relevant if you wish to pursue a career in sectors concerned with criminal justice and crime reduction.

The degree's Q-Step Centre-affiliated Quantitative Methods pathway is particularly suitable if you wish to develop strong data literacy and quantitative methods skills.

Objectives

The BSc Criminology and Sociology course will develop your appreciation of the complex interplay between local and global forces and their relationship to social processes, with particular reference to life in the 21st century metropolis of London.

The course will enable you to develop the methodological expertise to analyse social data and the analytical capability to identify and engage with crime and social policy debates.

This innovative degree is designed and delivered by academics whose research is recognised as world-leading in the field. Research informs its content and you will develop skills to conduct your own research into crime and society, accompanied by a range of other transferable skills.

You can further your research and data skills through a Quantitative Methods (QM) pathway for your final 2 years of study.

Accreditation

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A particular strength of the BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology at City is that the degree is part of the City Q-Step Centre, a centre of excellence devoted to developing the data literacy and quantitative methods skills of undergraduate social scientists.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

We may demonstrate some flexibility of entry requirements in Clearing. This will depend on the results we receive and the number of spaces we have available.

Applications through Clearing are likely to be considered on a case by case basis, but an indication of the level at which offers may be considered for International Baccalaureate students is as follows:

  • 28 points and above

If you are an applicant who has completed qualifications outside of the UK then we encourage you to visit our country pages ahead of calling our Clearing hotline. On these pages you will find information on equivalent grades City will be applying during the Clearing process for students applying from Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain and the USA.

Entry requirements in Clearing for A-Level students will be published on 15th August. Details of the standard entry requirements for 2019 are shown below.

Standard requirements

Typical requirements:

  • 'A' Level: ABB (no specific subjects required)
  • Tariff: 128 UCAS tariff points (typically 'A' Level ABB or BBB with a relevant Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)). See the UCAS website for information on the new tariff.
  • BTEC: DDM
  • EPQ: We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE: A minimum of grade 4 (C) in GCSE English and Mathematics.

Other suitable qualifications

Access to Higher Education

We welcome Access course applications from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits. Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire.

A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 of which at Level 3. These Level 3 credits must include at least 27 at distinction and 18 at merit. It is essential the Access course qualification is supplemented by at least a grade B in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE.

Other UK qualifications

  • Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
  • Advanced Diploma (plus appropriate A Levels)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers
  • Welsh Diploma (plus appropriate A Levels)

INTO City, University of London

Don't meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You'll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the International Foundation in Humanities and Law. and the International Foundation programme in Business and Economics with Society and Culture

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

City works in partnership with KIC London to provide a range of preparatory courses for international students. KIC London courses offer comprehensive support to students - including regular one-to-one tuition. Students who successfully complete the KIC London Foundation course at the required level have a guaranteed progression route to City, University of London degree courses.

Second-year transfers

We accept students transferring from other universities for second year entry on a case-by case basis. If you wish to apply for second-year entry please be aware that you must:

  • Currently be studying on a course in an equivalent subject area.
  • Have achieved grades equal to the entry requirements for first-year entry (A Levels, international qualifications, foundation years, access courses, etc).
  • Have covered sufficiently similar content to that of our first year students.
  • Be gaining or have gained at least a 2:1 in every module in your current first year. You must provide official documentation of this as evidence (e.g. university transcript).

If you feel you meet these requirements then please apply through UCAS as early as possible (transfer students normally apply when their first semester exam results are published) and we can then assess your eligibility. Please be aware you will need to select your 'point of entry' as year two.

Please note: For direct second-year entrants the overall degree classification will be based on the marks obtained at City, University of London only, with the weighting of 33/67 between the second and third year. Marks previously obtained will not be used in the degree classification.

On your application please include:

  • The exact name of the degree you are studying towards
  • The institution at which you are studying
  • The modules you have taken
  • Any scores you have achieved.

This information will enable us to make a more informed decision as to whether the content that you have studied is to an appropriate level for level-two entry. Please be aware that you must meet all of the above requirements, otherwise your application is unlikely to be successful.

If you are currently studying in an overseas institution and have any questions about applying for 2nd year entry, please contact international@city.ac.uk.

English requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
  • PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 51 in each component.

English language programmes

Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Limited places on this course for September 2019 may be available through Clearing and Adjustment this summer.

If you have already received your results, call our Clearing hotline +44 (0)20 7040 8877. If you've yet to receive your results, you can register your interest in Clearing and we will update you on the Clearing process this summer.

Applying through UCAS

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

  • The UCAS institution code for City, University of London is C60.
  • The UCAS course code for this programme is L390.

You can contact UCAS for further information using the following details:

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

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During your course

More about fees

* The fee for this course will be £9,250 for each year of study for the duration of your studies.

** The fee for your first year of study will be £15,090. The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

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Placements

You have the opportunity to undertake a work placement between the second and third years.

You are encouraged to take advantage of the excellent internship opportunities that City's central London location provides.

Students have secured placements with a range of organisations, large and small, international and local, often situated within minutes of the institution, working in the following areas:

  • Media and communications
  • Crime and justice
  • Human rights
  • Migration and refugee support
  • Mental health.

If you opt onto a Q-Step pathway, you will complete a workplace Data Placement in Year 2 and have the opportunity to undertake an international placement between Year 2 and Year 3.

Study abroad

You may have the opportunity to study for between one and three terms at a partner institution in Europe through the British Council Erasmus scheme.

Discover more about study abroad options at City.

Accommodation

We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.

Read more about our undergraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

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Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

Teaching and learning

Teaching is through lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small-group seminars, supported by a personal tutorial system.

Lectures provide commentary and explanation of key content areas. Small-group seminars develop your understanding by inviting you to raise questions and participate in the debate and by providing guidance for further study. Computer labs develop your skills in the production and analysis of data.

You are encouraged to undertake extensive reading and independent study in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes and to broaden, as well as to deepen your knowledge of the subject.

For the third year project, you will receive supervision and the Dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to develop research methods and writing skills.

Assessment methods

Assessment is primarily in the form of coursework (assessed essays, policy and research reports, group presentations and other assignments), unseen examinations and a final-year project.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by coursework (assessed essays and assignments) unseen examinations and a final year project will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2017/18 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Written examination: 25% Coursework: 75%

Year 2

Written examination: 23% Coursework: 77%

Year 3

Written examination: 34% Coursework: 66%

Assessment weightings by year

Year 1: 10% ∙ Year 2: 30% ∙ Year 3: 60%

Modules

The course examines institutions, organisations and power and is concerned with the ways in which social relations between people emerge, are sustained and change. You have the opportunity to study topics that include family life, identity, work, race, class, migration, gender, popular culture, urban living, food, media and the virtual world.

Students on a quantitative Methods pathway will, alongside their substantive modules, study quantitative analysis of social research data, data visualisation, comparative survey analysis and advanced quantitative methods. All pathway students will undertake a graded research placement in a partner institution and will have the opportunity to apply for an international placement in the summer between their second and third years of study. Find out more about Q-Step here.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Criminal justice
  • Lies, damned lies and statistics
  • Producing Social Data
  • Sociology in Action
  • Classical Social Theory
  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Researching society: qualitative methods.

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Penology
  • Key Issues in Criminology.

You must then pick at least four core elective modules from the below with at least one being a methods core elective:

  • Understanding Social Change
  • Sociology of Race and Racism
  • Gender and Society
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data (methods)
  • Qualitative Analysis of Social Research Data (methods).

Elective modules

You can then choose up to three from the following:

  • News and Society
  • New Media Challenges
  • Violence
  • Gender and Crime
  • Visualising Society
  • Transnational Social Movements
  • Security Studies: Conceptual Approaches
  • Security Studies: Contemporary and Emerging Issues
  • Work placement

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Sociology Project

You must then pick two or three core elective modules from:

  • Policing
  • Youth Crime
  • Crime, Culture and the City
  • Property and Crime
  • Criminal Behaviour.

Elective modules:

You can then choose up to three from the following:

  • Global Migration Process
  • Celebrity and Society
  • Applied Multivariate Analysis
  • Education, Skills and the Job Market
  • Poverty: What counts?
  • Culture, Race, Difference
  • Changing ideas about society in the 21st century
  • Political Communication
  • Interrogating Consumer Culture
  • International Marketing of Culture
  • Global Politics of Forced Migration
  • The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

Overall workload

Most contact hours take the form of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, supported by a personal tutorial system. The number will decrease as you progress and you become more able to direct your own learning. Approximate study time based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

Scheduled learning: 15% Independent learning: 85%

Year 2

Scheduled learning: 13% Independent learning: 87%

Year 3

Scheduled learning: 10% Independent learning: 90%
After you graduate

Career prospects

This course will enable you to develop the methodological expertise to analyse social data and the analytical capability to identify and engage with crime and social policy debates.

The degree's affiliation with the Q-Step Centre ensures that graduates possess strong data literacy and quantitative methods skills, which are highly sought after in sectors concerned with criminal justice and crime reduction, including the police, prisons, offender management, youth justice and community safety and sectors as diverse as government, education, market research organisations, the not-for-profit sector, the financial sector and the news media.

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Criminology and Sociology

UCAS code: L390

Application Deadline

We are currently accepting late applications via UCAS***


Limited places on this course for September 2019 may be available through Clearing and Adjustment this summer.

If you have already received your results, call our Clearing hotline +44 (0)20 7040 8877. If you've yet to receive your results, you can register your interest in Clearing and we will update you on the Clearing process this summer.

Applying through UCAS

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

  • The UCAS institution code for City, University of London is C60.
  • The UCAS course code for this programme is L390.

You can contact UCAS for further information using the following details:

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

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