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St Mary's University, Twickenham

Criminology and Sociology

UCAS Code: 4J25

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-B,C,C

Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 60 credits including at least 45 credits at Level 3

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-24

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

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

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UCAS Tariff

96-112

We will generally make you an offer if your predicted grades are at the top of this range and you meet any subject specific requirements (where applicable). If your predicted grades are towards the lower end of this range we can still consider your application but will also take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSE (or equivalent) profile and/or relevant non-academic achievements, references and your motivation for study.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Criminology

Sociology

Sociologists study how society is created and how human beings form social relationships. A major challenge to society is ‘crime’. Criminology examines ‘crime’ and ‘deviance’, and the processes through which the criminal justice system responds to these phenomena. Studying Criminology and Sociology at St Mary’s will provide you with a sound understanding of the key conceptual issues involved in the study of society, crime and criminal justice. Our concern for social justice takes you beyond ‘official’ or ‘administrative’ criminology to wider issues of social and environmental harm and human rights. This programme will develop your critical awareness skills, and introduce you to the nature and scope of research, both in the field and as a process of information generation. You will also be able to connect to key institutions and practitioners. The degree provides you with a number of benefits such as field visits, portfolio surgeries, guest speakers and workshops.

Modules

The degree begins with a comprehensive introduction to the scope of criminology and sociology, in particular the sociological dimensions of the study of criminal justice, crime and deviance. The core modules will focus on how classical sociological theory has understood the social world and how that relates to definitions of, and policies for crime. In the second year modules will consider sociological understandings of a globalised society and the impact this has on forms of crime and the criminal justice processes established to police these crimes. There is an increased intersection between crime and social problems: examples include Human Trafficking /Modern Slavery, Organised Crime Groups, Drugs, Housing and Anti-Social Behaviour. In year three you have more choice of options to develop your particular interests in criminology and sociology. In Criminology: New Perspectives emerging new areas like green, public or 'queer' criminologies are examined.

The Uni


Course location:

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Department:

Department of Business, Law and Society

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.

67%
low
Criminology
67%
low
Sociology

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

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
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

79%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
B

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.

£14,000
low
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

47%
Childcare and related personal services
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
6%
Administrative occupations: finance
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.

£17k

£17k

£21k

£21k

£26k

£26k

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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