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What makes Criminology and Sociology at Worcester special?

Criminology and Sociology offer complementary approaches in understanding crime, its causes, impact and social implications.

Studying Criminology at Worcester allows you to understand the current explanations for crime, victimisation and deviance and the impact these have on the individual.

Sociology at Worcester offers critical perspectives on contemporary society as a whole including how crime may affect its structures, rules and practices. Our blog post 'What is Sociology?' highlights the exciting and original research done by our students.

Overview

Overview

Key Features

  • Develop an understanding of the legal framework and criminal justice responses to crime
  • Acquire knowledge and critical understanding of crime, its causes and impact on the victims and wider society
  • Through the lens of sociological and criminal theory, you will learn about the social causes and consequences of common human experiences and issues
  • Personal and academic tutoring based as much on your career prospects as your studies 
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree    
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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Criminology and Sociology.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from UCAS.

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Study Abroad

Our Criminology courses have an option to study abroad in your third year. This is an excellent way to expand your experience and skill set. 

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Course content

What will you study?

Year 1

Mandatory modules:

  • Approaching the Crisis: 21st Century Sociology
  • Visual Sociology: Ideas Through Images
  • Sociology in Practice
  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Professional Skills, Practice and Research in Criminology 

Module options:

N/A

 

Year 2

Mandatory modules:

  • Pathways in Sociology

Module options:

  • Sociology Research Design and Methods
  • Constructions of Crime: Media Representations and Policy Debates
  • Work Project Module
  • 'Race' and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain
  • Digital Society
  • People, Environment, and Social Change
  • Sociological Research: the Research Proposal
  • Building on Theory and Research in Criminology
  • Probation, Penology and Rehabilitation
  • Contemporary and Global Issues in Criminology
  • Constructing Crime - Criminology and Media
  • Victimology
  • Policing in England and Wales

Year 3

Mandatory Modules:

N/A

Module options:

  • Criminology Dissertation
  • Youth Justice and Crime
  • Intimate Partner Abuse: Impact and Response
  • Organised Crime, Terrorism and Gangs
  • Mental Health and Substance Use in the Context of the Criminal Justice System
  • Cybercrime
  • Work Based Learning
  • Sociology Dissertation
  • Work Project Module
  • Pornography and Modern Culture
  • History of Sexuality
  • Body and Society
  • 'Race', Ethnicity and Education
  • Education and The Sociological Imagination
  • Constructing Emotions: Social/Political Perspectives
  • Capitalism and Globalisation
  • Rural Sociology and Changing Communities
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Joint Honours

Discover our full range of joint degrees and read about how your degree will be structured.

Find out more about studying a joint honours course
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification documents for Criminology and Sociology.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course

Dr Luke Devine

Luke is currently Course Leader for Sociology and Course Leader for Politics

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Dr Simon Hardy

Simon has lectured at Worcester in Sociology and Media & Cultural Studies since 1995, with specialisms in the history of sexuality, the sociology of pornography and contemporary media coverage of warfare.

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Jenny Lewin-Jones

Jenny teaches in Sociology, with particular interests in environmental and digital sociology, education, and emotions. Her research focuses on the role of language in social change. 

Jenny runs our Sociology Course Twitter account @sociologyworc 

Sarah Lloyd

Sarah is a lecturer in Psychology, co-lead of Undergraduate Psychology Courses, and Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) Co-ordinator in the School of Psychology. She is predominantly interested in Forensic Psychology but teaches across the Psychology curriculum, leading the Professional Skills and Practice, Evidence Based Practice, Psychology in the Real World, and Psychology and Law undergraduate modules.

Sarah completed her MSc in Forensic Psychology at Birmingham City University and is currently in the final year of her PhD which explores the group decision-making processes of juries. Before joining the team at Worcester in 2021, she was an Assistant Lecturer in the Forensic Psychology MSc at Birmingham City University.

Sarah is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Amy Johnson

Amy has been a lecturer at the University of Worcester for four years. Amy enjoys bringing real-world challenges and issues into her classroom and draws upon her experience of working with various client groups (homelessness, addictions, offending and domestic abuse) to demonstrate application. Specifically, Amy enjoys listening to her student’s ambitions and supporting them throughout their degree to reach their potential. Amy has been working with organisations across Worcestershire to ensure students have the best volunteer and work placement opportunities.

Amy enjoys researching offending behaviour and exploring how the criminal justice system is set up to support individuals with behavioural challenges and those who have a lower intellectual ability. Amy has an interest in the development of behaviour change interventions and evidence-based practice, particularly within the community and healthcare settings. Most recently, Amy is working on a large scale research project relating to the development of an integrated intervention targeting men in substance use treatment who perpetrate intimate partner abuse. Over the past twelve months, Amy has been delivering intimate partner violence and ADVANCE training all over the UK to practitioners at substance use services.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Graduates will gain a wide range of skills and knowledge that will attract employment from a variety of agencies and organisations in the criminal justice sector, whether public, private or 3rd sector. Our graduates have taken up a variety of careers, including careers in housing, the probation service, youth work, caring professions, social services, the police, business and personnel management, public relations, media, marketing, and teaching. The course also prepares you for jobs that involve managing and communicating with people, thinking out solutions to problems, and understanding the diverse society in which we live.

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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

Find out how we can support you to achieve your potential.
Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2023/24 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2023/24 academic year is £14,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2023/24 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £122 per week to 'En-suite Premium' at £207 per week (2023/24 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply