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University of Northampton

Sociology/Criminology

UCAS Code: L3M9

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

Access to HE Diploma

M:30

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M3,M3

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3

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

DD

Accepted at DM with an BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma at Merit, or with an A-level at C.

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

DMM

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

112
100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Law

Sociology

With a Joint Honours degree, you study two subjects and depending on how much time you want to spend on each subject, your degree may emphasise one subject more than the other, which is a major and minor programme. Alternatively, you can study your subjects equally, resulting in a joint degree.Joint honours degrees are taught in the same way as single honours degrees, with 120 credits taught per year, over three years.Through this combination, you will develop a critical understanding and insight into contemporary sociological themes and issues. You can choose from a range of specialist areas within Sociology and gain thorough training in research methods. This is then combined with the study of crime, social order and social control that is central to the study of Criminology.**By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:**- If you join us, you will experience student life at the Universitys new 330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more. - Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new Hewlett Packard laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you wont have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (northampton.ac.uk/benefits).- Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.- Whatever your ambitions, were here to help you to achieve them. Well support you to identify the skills youre learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study youll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. **The Northampton Employment Promise** - In fact, were so confident in our careers and employability support that If you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still havent secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study. terms and conditions apply. See northampton.ac.uk/benefits for more information

Modules

**STAGE 1:**

• The Sociological Imagination (40 Credits)

• Identity Formation and Social Change (20 Credits)

• Crime and Society (20 Credits)

• True Crime and Other Fictions (20 Credits)

• The Science of Crime and Criminals (20 Credits)

**STAGE 2:**

• Methodology and Application in Social Research (compulsory) (40 Credits)

• Social Transitions of the Lifecourse (designated) (20 Credits)

• International Field Module (designated) (20 Credits)

• Love and Intimacy in the 21st Century (designated)(20 Credits)

• Sociology of the Future (designated) (20 Credits)

• Research Methods for Criminology (compulsory) (20 Credits)

• Crime and Justice (compulsory) (20 Credits)

• Outsiders (designated) (20 Credits)

• Crime, Policing and Punishment in English 1700-1900 (designated) (20 Credits)

• Youth, Victims and Restorative Justice (designated) (20 Credits)

• Critiquing Criminalistics (designated) (20 Credits)

**STAGE 3:**

• Sociology Dissertation (designated) (20/40 Credits)

• Body, Sex and Society (designated) (20 Credits)

• Sociology of the Self (designated) (20 Credits)

• Sociology of Death (designated)(20 Credits)

• Your Sociological Agenda (designated) (20 Credits)

• ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Migration in Britain (designated) (20 Credits)

• Criminology Dissertation (designated) (20/40 Credits)

• Crime and Punishment (designated) (20 Credits)

• Policing and Crime Control (designated) (20 Credits)

• Crime: Perspectives of Gender and Race (designated)(20 Credits)

• Violence: from Domestic to Institutional (designated) (20 Credits)

• Crime and Popular Culture in late Victorian Britain (designated) (20 Credits)

• Addiction: Crime and Criminalisation (designated) (20 Credits)

• Beyond Justice (designated) (20 Credits)

Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment strategies are used at each level to ascertain your level of competence in a range of academic and transferable skills. These strategies include:

• essays

• practical reports

• multiple-choice tests

• oral presentations

• time-constrained essays

• seen and unseen examinations

• critical reviews

• group project work.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Northampton

Department:

Division of 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.

80%
med
Law
85%
high
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.

Law

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

62%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
88%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students
53%
2:1 or above
19%
Drop out rate

Sociology

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
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

74%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
84%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

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.

Law

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.

£17,500
low
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
88%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Legal associate professionals
13%
Customer service occupations
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Law graduates tend to go into the legal industry, and they usually take similar routes. Jobs are competitive — often very competitive - but starting salaries are good and high fliers can earn serious money - starting on over £24k in London on average. Be aware though - some careers, especially as barristers, can take a while to get into, and the industry is changing as the Internet, automation and economic change all have an effect, If you want to qualify to practise law, you need to take a professional qualification — many law graduates then go on to law school. If you want to go into work, then a lot of law graduates take trainee or paralegal roles and some do leave the law altogether, often for jobs in management, finance and the police force. A small proportion of law graduates also move into another field for further study. Management, accountancy and teaching are all popular for these career changers, so if you do take a law degree and decide it’s not for you, there are options.

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.

£19,500
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
97%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Childcare and related personal services
7%
Administrative occupations: records
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.

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

Sociology

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

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

£20k

£20k

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

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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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