Sociology and Criminology BSc(Hons)

2022-23

Start date

19 September 2022

Duration

3 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC

BTEC - DMM

See full entry requirements

Places available (subject to change)

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About the course

Why study Sociology and Criminology?

If you’re interested in society and personal identity, and you want to explore what makes people commit crimes, and how crime may be prevented, this course is a highly rewarding and fascinating combination of sociology and criminology. There’s an equal weighting to both disciplines, and the course is designed to help you prepare for a future career in sectors such as the civil and public services, charities and others.

How will you learn?

On the course you’ll be taught by experts from both the sociology and criminology disciplines. You’ll learn from sociology tutors who specialise in areas such as gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, the body, nationalism and identity. Within the criminology aspect of the course, you’ll look at the causes of crime, disorder and theories about how to reduce crime. You’ll benefit from tutors who have a range of research specialisms, and have professional experience working with offenders, victims and crime-prevention agencies, giving you unique insights into real-life experiences.

  • On both the sociology and criminology aspects of the course, you will be able to choose topics and develop your understanding in areas that interest you.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to go on a compulsory work experience in your second year, giving you the chance to put what you’ve learnt into practice, you could also make some useful contacts in the industry too. Previous students have taken work experiences in community organisations, the voluntary sector, youth offending teams with the police, and within national and local government.
  • In your second year you may have the opportunity to study abroad for a term.
  • You'll also be eligible for student membership of the British Sociological Association (BSA), which could help you stand out from other candidates when it comes to finding employment.

The combination of Sociology and Criminology at Huddersfield offers students the opportunity to engage with a wide range of contemporary social issues and debates which shape an increasingly globalised world.  High quality teaching and research expertise enhance the learning experience, with students able to access excellent resources and opportunities. The skills and knowledge students acquire helps provide a sound base for further study or careers in a range of different sectors.

Santokh Gill - Staff Endors

Dr Santokh Gill, Course Leader for Sociology and Criminology

Course detail

Exploring the Social Sciences

This module guides you through the process of exploring social science subjects at university and develops your ability to be a successful student. You’ll have the opportunity to strengthen your academic study skills, as well as your knowledge of research approaches and methods, using subject-specific topics and case studies. You’ll explore ways to assess your learning needs, set learning goals, develop learning action plans and produce effective academic assignments. You’ll also be introduced to the philosophies, methods and ethics of social research processes.

Introduction to Sociology - Society and Culture

You'll explore the founding concepts and origins of sociology in the 19th and early 20th Century, and be introduced to key perspectives and approaches within humanist and scientific traditions. You'll also examine different approaches to culture and cultural texts, before going on to study themes within contemporary culture such as cultural identity, the body and consumption, and the self.

Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice

You’ll be introduced to the key areas of study within crime, criminology and criminal justice. The module is assessed through three pieces of coursework. Firstly your understanding of crime, antisocial behaviour and criminal law will be assessed in a workbook. Secondly you’ll consider the functions and decision-making involved in the criminal justice system through a group poster presentation. You’ll also explore some of the key theories that have been proposed to explain why people commit crime in a seen exam.

Entry requirements

BBCat A Level .

112 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a grade B in an A Level or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or National Extended Certificate.

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.
  • 112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

We are keen to support a wide and diverse range of applicants on to our courses. If you don't have the requisite standard entry qualifications, but you have the academic skills, experience and dedication needed to commence an undergraduate degree, you may be suitable for the Summer School as a stepping-stone onto one of our undergraduate courses. The Summer School is a short supportive programme, held one day a week over 6 weeks in the early summer period where you'll be introduced to academic subject content and academic skills, and then assessed through an individual written assignment. For further information visit our Summer School page.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages. If you have alternative qualifications or do not meet the IELTS requirement we also offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Programmes.

You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Placements


This course includes a compulsory work experience in the second year. You will be expected to undertake at least 30 hours of work experience relevant to your course during that year. The module is designed to enhance your academic and personal development through work experience that shapes your key skills and increases your confidence for future employability.

Your work and careers module tutor, as well as your personal academic tutor, will be on hand to support you in finding suitable work opportunities. They will assist you with preparing your CV and with interview techniques. They'll also be in contact with you during your work experience so that you'll be fully supported while you gain the skills that employer’s value so highly.

Previous work experiences have included working in community organisations, the voluntary sector, youth offending teams, with the police and within national and local government.

You can find more information on work experiences here.

My work placement with Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield (DASH) boosted my levels of professionalism as well as confidence, communication and networking skills, leadership as well as how to follow guidelines, policies and procedures.

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Nigel Nyathi, graduated from Sociology and Criminology BSc(Hons) in 2017

Your career


Previous Huddersfield Sociology graduates have gone on to roles relating to education, human resources, media, communications, research, marketing, business development, operations, community and social services in organisations including the NHS, Bluebird Care, Kirklees Council, Leeds City Council, Lloyds Bank Plc, National Autistic Society, West Yorkshire Police, Ramsden Solicitors, West Yorkshire Probation, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Halifax Trust, Interserve, Halifax Trust, Leeds Prison Service, Direct Line Group, Covea Insurance, HOME Fundraising Ltd, Pannal Primary School, Think Employment Ltd, G2 Legal Limited, Covea Insurance, Manchester Airport, ASDA.**

 

 *Percentage of graduates from this subject who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 17/18, UK domiciled graduates).

**LinkedIn and Graduate Employment Market Statistics (GEMs).

85% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances, extension requests, attendance and welfare support, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks and loan of Dictaphones.

Academic Skills Development Team:provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Brightspace System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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