Sociology and Criminology BA (Hons) 2021/22 entry

Course code:

LM39

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement
Flexible part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

LM39

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement
Flexible part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

AHU048

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement
Flexible part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £13,900

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Combining two exciting and complementary disciplines, this fascinating degree explores social issues and problems, with a particular emphasis on crime, victimisation, justice and punishment. You will examine debates on these criminological areas in socio-economic and political contexts at the local, national and transnational levels of society.

This means you will study how crime relates to key sociological issues such as inequality, marginality, identity, power and control. You will also consider the individual motivations underlying criminal behaviour in order to gain an understanding of the causes and consequences of crime as well as the response to the crime – in the form of policies and legislation around policing, crime prevention, sentencing and punishment.

Our course has been designed by experienced current teaching staff including qualified educationalists and former criminal justice practitioners, active researchers and experts in areas such as race, gender, media, sexuality and class.

We have excellent links with local organisations and employers, many of whom provide work placements. Such links currently include the Citizens Advice Bureau and local Council.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

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What our students say

I would recommend this course and Coventry University to any student who is looking for a contemporary learning and assessment style which equips students with transferrable skills and the confidence to succeed in any career that they might want.

Sophie Pavey BA Sociology and Criminology Graduate 2019

Course information

If you have a curious, analytical mind and are interested in crime and its effects on individuals and society at large, this course engages you in challenging and often emotive debates about human behaviour and the societies we live in.

Underpinned by core sociological and criminological theories and research methods, our degree focuses on crime and criminal justice in a broad, social and global context, including its effect on individuals, families, communities and workplaces. We will draw on case studies from around the world, rather than exclusively from Britain, as social and political changes such as migration, employment, war and conflict have an impact on patterns in crime and social relations.

86%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

You will explore a range of key contemporary social issues, including: globalisation and development, race and ethnicity, media and culture, the family and gender relations. In the Criminology component of the course, you will be introduced to concepts and issues in crime, control and punishment and develop understanding of the workings of criminal justice institutions such as the police, courts, prisons and probation.

Modules

  • Understanding Society

  • Race and Racism: Historical and Sociological Perspectives

  • Gender and Society

  • Crime and Criminality

  • Policing and Criminal Justice

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In the second year, you may develop your knowledge and understanding of social theory, undertake practical training in social research methods and explore the links between crime, inequality, marginality and power. You will also have the opportunity to study specialist modules of your choice.

Modules

  • Tradition and Controversy in Social Theory

  • Contemporary and Critical Issues in Crime and Justice

  • Researching Social Life

  • History of International Crime

  • Optional module (One of the following)

    • Sex, Sexuality, Power and Oppression
    • Global Perspectives on Inequality

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

After your second year, this course offers you the option to undertake a Professional Placement or Study Abroad year.

If you wish to do so, you can opt to take the Study Abroad Year module or the Professional Placement Year module which both typically run for a full academic year between years 2 and 3 of your course. You are able to progress onto the relevant module if you have successfully completed the first two years of the course (i.e. having accumulated 240 credits) and provided that you confirm your interest in undertaking this option before the end of your second year, typically in August.

While the above modules are non-credit bearing and do not incur any additional tuition fees, if successfully completed, these modules will appear on your final academic transcript. In addition, if you complete this year, you will also gain an enhanced degree award title as the additional suffix of “With Professional Enhancement” if you’ve gone on a work placement and “With International Enhancement” if you’ve gone on a study abroad programme will be added.

The faculty’s employability unit can provide you with a wide range of support services in order to help you apply for a placement opportunity.

Past professional placements in the UK have included Prison Support Officers, Student Advocacy and Refugee Worker, youth Co-ordinators, Rehabilitation Support Workers, Management Trainees, Event Co-ordinators and Marketing Placements.

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Modules

  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Placement

Overview

The final year of the programme allows for greater specialism with a choice of optional modules. You will also undertake one or more supervised research projects, applying the skills and techniques you acquired in your second year research training. In the past, students have explored issues such as media representations of deviancy, the racialisation of crime and violence and gender. 

Modules

  • Justice and Punishment

  • Portfolio project

  • Final Project in Sociology or Criminology

  • Optional modules

    Choose three from the following:

    • Deviance and Desire
    • Global Organised Crime
    • Digital Media and Communication
    • Youth, Education and Extremism
    • Study Trip
    • Family Life and Social Change

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Choice of optional modules allowing you to tailor your degree to suit your interests in Sociology and Criminology
  • Opportunities to expand international experience by participating in exciting field trips, studying or working abroad. Please refer to the ‘Fees and Funding’ tab
  • The opportunity to develop skills employers look for, such as working to deadline, presentation, verbal and written communication, analysis, critical thinking and report writing
  • Excellent professional links with local and national employers
  • Expert guest lecturers who have, in the past, covered topics ranging from Islamic Relief, Think Ahead (social work programme), Citizens Advice Bureau (subject to availability)

Links with national and local employers including the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Your main study themes are: sociological and inter-disciplinary approaches to the study of crime, victimisation, justice and punishment in local, national and global contexts.

This course can be studied on a full-time basis for three years or part-time, typically taking between four and six years to complete. It has intakes in September and is taught using a mixture of lectures, small group seminars, personal tutorials and practical, ‘hands-on’ skills workshops. Core course content will be delivered during the lectures, while the associated seminars and workshops offer opportunities for you to explore topics more independently and in more depth.

We place great emphasis on supporting you to identify work experience and those who wish to undertake a year’s placement abroad with a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) or work in local organisations.

We aim to regularly introduce contemporary issues into the classroom. For example, we might discuss topical issues in the news, such as youth crime, the #Me too Movement, terrorism or Brexit. We use real-life case studies and field trips to compare issues and build your knowledge and understanding of crime and society and apply what you have learnt.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods, for both full-time and part-time students may include coursework, tests, essays (including group work elements) and formal examinations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Sociological and Criminological thought and theory; research methodologies and their application; key debates on crime, justice and punishment in the context of social institutions, relationships and processes underpinning social change.
  • Demonstrate competence in interpreting, analysing, evaluating and communicating Sociological and Criminological information, arguments and research evidence to draw conclusions about the validity of different claims and arguments.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think reflectively, critically and analytically about key issues.
  • Use social scientific research techniques to collect and interpret data and present it in a variety of formats suitable for different audiences.
  • Communicate in a confident, professional manner, both verbally and in writing.

You will have approximately 4 hours a week per 20 credit module, for both part-time and full-time students. Classes are taught in different ways including lectures, seminars, workshops. There are also one to one tutorials for academic support and supervision for final year projects.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

One of the main features of this course is its international focus. Current lecturers come from different parts of the world and have expertise in international issues, global development and comparative sociology.

There are opportunities for overseas fieldtrips, study or placements abroad*. For example, in recent years, students have studied on a range of sociology related and non-directly sociology related courses at universities in Sweden, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.

Our Study Trip* module provides further opportunities for international experiences and has previously facilitated visits to Krakow, Berlin, Istanbul, Poland, Sarajevo and Gothenburg where students have visited a number of significant social, cultural and political spaces such as Auschwitz and the military airport of Boccadifalco (additional costs may apply).

For those students who are not engaged in any of the above activities, we also run an International Week, where, among various events and activities, you will hear from international speakers and view international films.

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2018/19, we provided a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

Studying Sociology and Criminology at Coventry University was an amazing experience that wouldn’t have been the same anywhere else. I especially appreciated the focus on creativity which allowed me to conduct and present my work in various ways. I had the opportunity to take a placement year abroad and gained lifelong experiences without the gap affecting the completion of my degree. Staff in the department were always ready and willing to offer help and support during my time at Coventry University.

 

Kinara-Inderjeet Manku, BA Sociology and Criminology Graduate 2019

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: AHU048
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC DMM 29 points Minimum five graded 9-4 including English
*Each application will be considered on its merits. For information regarding what might amount to ‘specified equivalents’ please contact ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please contact ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit or specified equivalents*

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 credits to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages and/or contact ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

*Each application will be considered on its merits. For information regarding what might amount to ‘specified equivalents’ please contact ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

Portfolio

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice. Please contact applications.io@coventry.ac.uk. Each application will be considered on its merits.

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say

When starting at University, I was among a few of the students who applied for a course I knew I would love rather than for a specific career. I had studied Sociology before and the idea of combining this with Criminology seemed ideal. I made great use of my lecturers, asking for their advice on how to progress, which led me to volunteering. Whilst volunteering, I was encouraged to apply for the Graduate Diploma in Probation. I was given all the guidance and help from the University I needed and I can happily say that I am now on my way to becoming a Probation Officer. I am so thankful to the staff and facilities at Coventry University.

Daisy Bluebelle Johnson, BA (Hons) Sociology and Criminology, graduated in 2014, now on the Graduate Diploma Scheme in Probation

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £13,900 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say...

When starting at University, I was among a few of the students who applied for a course I knew I would love rather than for a specific career. I had studied Sociology before and the idea of combining this with Criminology seemed ideal. I made great use of my lecturers, asking for their advice on how to progress, which led me to volunteering. Whilst volunteering, I was encouraged to apply for the Graduate Diploma in Probation. I was given all the guidance and help from the University I needed and I can happily say that I am now on my way to becoming a Probation Officer. I am so thankful to the staff and facilities at Coventry University.

Daisy Bluebelle Johnson, BA (Hons)Sociology and Criminology, graduated in 2014, now on the Graduate Diploma Scheme in Probation

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

Our courses have been designed to provide practical work experience and to give you an opportunity to develop a range of skills and competencies that will help to make you attractive to potential employers.

Our employment tutors for humanities provide a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to support you in developing the transferrable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.

We're committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university's Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates are currently employed in the private sector in industries ranging from banking and finance to media, and across the public sector in education, the civil service, police forces, local authorities, charities and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

What our students say

As part of my four-year sandwich course I participated in an enrichment enhancement year where I attended the Universidad Europea de Madrid for a year before completing my final year of study at Coventry University. Living and studying abroad for the year allowed me to become more conscious of other cultures, as well as to learn a new language and to meet friends from across the globe. In my final year at Coventry University, I also started volunteering at Coventry Haven Women’s Aid who are a local charity which helps women who have been affected by domestic abuse. This voluntary worked allowed me to learn new practical skills which I will apply once I graduate. Overall, my time at Coventry University has equipped me with more than enough knowledge and experience and given me the best chance to achieve my career goals.

Sophie Pavey, BA Sociology and Criminology Graduate 2019
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.