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University of Greenwich

Sociology and Criminology

UCAS Code: ML23

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

Entry requirements

A level


General Studies is not usually accepted.

A minimum of 45 credits at Level 3. You may be asked to come for an interview if you have this qualification.

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You will also require GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above (for pre-2017 GCSEs, grade 4 equates to C grade). General Studies is not usually accepted.

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About this course

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Course option


Full-time | 2018

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2018




The BSc Sociology and Criminology degree examines how crime control are related to broader sociological issues including class, ethnicity, identity and inequality. It focuses on social structures and institutions, and how these factors shape the individual and social life. It also provides an understanding of crime and violence, crime policy and the relationship between social status and access to justice and rights. It introduces students to sociological theories and methods with a particular focus on the causes of and social/legal/political responses to crime. Issues explored include how crime is defined, how society deals with crime, state regulation of crime and how the distinction between crime and deviance changes over time. Students also gain a thorough grounding in sociological approaches and debates including understanding inequality, social stratification, identity, gender ethnicity and social policy.In addition to providing an understanding of theories and current debates within sociology and criminology the degree focuses on applied research skills and on enhancing career opportunities. Through taught courses, work placements and dissertation opportunities the degree fosters communication, analytical and organisational skills that enhance career prospects.**The aims of the programme are:*** To develop an understanding of social structures and institutions and how these affect individuals' everyday lives* To provide insight into the causes of crime and the social, legal and political responses to it* To provide advanced practical research skills* To build independent thinking, intellectual curiosity and creativity* To create confidence, openness to new ideas and situations, and an ability to recognise and create opportunities* To foster cultural awareness, global and social responsibility* To enhance communication and analytical and management skills* To strengthen career related competencies including the use of information technologies, team work problem solving and professionalism* To provide students with a solid foundation for careers in related areas (for instance criminal justice, public policy, education, youth work, third sector) and/or postgraduate study in sociology, criminology, social/public policy.**Ranking*** Our Sociology degrees are ranked 1st in London for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017.


In order to obtain a degree from the University of Greenwich, students must undertake and pass 120 credits per year.

In the first year of the degree, students take 3 30 credit and 2 15 credit modules. These include core courses (Inequality and Social Change terms 1&2; Self in Society term 1; Applying Sociology term 2; Crime Policy and Governance terms 1&2); Foundations in Criminology terms 1&2).

In the second year, students will undertake 2 15 credit core courses (Researching Society and Culture term 1 and Working in Sociology term 2), two 30 credit cores (Key Thinkers; Drugs Use in Society) and 30 credits from Criminology (including Crime and the Media 15 credits term 1; Youth Offending and Street Gangs, 15 term 2 credits; Crime Discrimination and Society 30 credits terms 1&2)

In the final year, students will take two 15 credit core courses (Gender Race and Crime; Gender and Sexuality); one 30 credit core module (Perspectives on Violence) and can choose 60 credits from a range of options from the Sociology programme.
Please note these courses may be subject to change.

Assessment methods

Learning and teaching takes place through:

* Seminars
* Workshops
* Laboratory sessions and lectures
* E-learning
* Along with support from your personal tutor throughout your degree.

Typically, students are assessed through a mixture of coursework and examinations, but assessment may also take the form of multiple-choice tests and portfolios of work or projects.

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Course location:

Greenwich Maritime (University Campus)


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What students say

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Assessment and feedback

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Good advice available when making study choices

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Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

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Drop out rate

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After graduation

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Top job areas of graduates

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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.

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

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