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City, University of London

Criminology

UCAS Code: 4T82

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

ABB or BBB with a relevant EPQ A level General Studies, Critical Think and Citizenship are not accepted

Access to HE Diploma

D:27,M:18

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.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of grade 4 (C) in GCSE English and Mathematics is required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

5,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects (no specific subjects required).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Contact the Department for acceptable subjects

UCAS Tariff

128
81%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Criminology

The BSc (Hons) Criminology explores the complex and interconnected issues of crime, criminal behaviour and criminal justice. The degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to understand why crime and criminal justice have become defining issues for contemporary society and attained such a prominent position in popular culture. The course develops students' appreciation of the complex interplay between local and global forces and their relationship to socio-legal transformations, with particular reference to life in the 21st century metropolis of London.

The BSc (Hons) Criminology degree draws on the expertise of academics experienced in investigating a variety of topics including: crime, policing, victims, media representations of crime and youth crime. The 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.

This course is delivered by academics who are internationally acknowledged as leading researchers in their field. The course is part of the City Q-Step Centre programme meaning you can undertake a Quantitative Methods pathway in your final two years of study. You will develop a range of technical, communication and interpersonal skills which increase graduate employability. These include: critical thinking, scientific data analysis, policy report writing, multi-media presentation skills and teamwork. Our central London location and proximity to key criminal justice institutions - including the Central Criminal Court (the 'Old Bailey'), three police services (London Metropolitan, City of London and British Transport), and numerous prisons - facilitates our distinctive approach to the applied study of crime and criminal justice.

Modules

In the first year you will develop a 'criminological imagination', as you are introduced to the different theoretical and applied approaches to understanding crime, criminal behaviour and criminal justice.

Core modules include:
- Criminology
- Criminal justice
- Research@City Sociology
- Lies, damned lies and statistics
- Producing social data
- Researching society: qualitative methods.

In the second year you will develop your 'criminological expertise'.

Core modules include:
- Violence
- Key issues in Criminology
- Penology
- Doing sociology: quantitative methods
- Gender, crime and justice.

Year 3 modules will allow you to study current issues that draw upon the research excellence of our department. The availability of modules is subject to some change in line with changing staff research profiles.

Year 3 modules currently include:

Core modules:
- Criminology dissertation (Sociology Project)
- Policing
- Youth crime.

Across all three years you can pick elective modules from Sociology, Media, Psychology, Politics and Law in your final year.

Assessment methods

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 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

30% written, 0% practical, 70% coursework

Year 2

13% written, 0% practical, 87% coursework

Year 3

34% written, 0% practical, 66% coursework.

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

Sociology

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

62%
low
Criminology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

Teaching and learning

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
67%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
66%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
40%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

72%
UK students
28%
International students
14%
Male students
86%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
81%
low
Employed or in further education
74%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
15%
Childcare and related personal services
11%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Criminology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£28k

£28k

£25k

£25k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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