Criminology and Sociology BA (Hons)
UCAS code: ML93
Immerse yourself in the study of crime, harm and the criminal justice system. Understand how society works and changes. Prepare for a wide range of potential careers and visit London and a European city as part of your course.
What is the role and function of the criminal justice system? How does social status affect justice and rights? And how do social trends play their part? You’ll learn all of this and more on our criminology and sociology degree.
At Edge Hill, we examine sociological developments in cultural, political and historical contexts. You’ll learn about the social structures, institutions, processes, organisations and groups that frame our lives. You’ll explore issues including how societies generate social harms, criminalising some, but leaving others legal. Perhaps you’ll take the opportunity to join one of our educational trips to boost your experience even more – we visit London, Amsterdam and cities across Europe.
You’ll graduate with expertise in criminology and sociology. You’ll also gain lots of transferable skills that will set you up for a wide choice of potential careers. We’ll help you to build your experience through archival work or engaging in local community activism.
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Sandwich Year Option Available
Studying Abroad Option Available
What you'll study
In your first year, we’ll introduce you to the core themes across criminology and sociology. You’ll study the criminal justice process, criminological and sociological theory, political sociology and cultural studies. We’ll look at criminology in the context of a number of case studies of significant changes in society. You’ll also have the chance to take part in an educational field trip to London.
Criminology and the Modern World
Module code: CRI1005
Introduction to Criminological Theory
Module code: CRI1124
Introduction to Cultural Studies
Module code: SPY1112
Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process
Module code: CRI1125
Module code: SPY1110
Thinking Sociologically: Sociological Theory and Applications
Module code: SPY1111
In Year 2, you’ll continue to build on your theoretical knowledge. You’ll study critical criminological theory, armed conflict and political violence, racism, and the relationship between the media and criminal activity. We’ll look at class, culture and conflict in British society. You’ll develop the skills that will set you up for a successful graduate career, including getting involved with community activism. There’s also an optional field trip to Amsterdam.
Module code: SPY2135
Critical Criminological Theory
Module code: CRI2225
States, Conflict and Political Violence
Module code: SPY2136
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Module code: CRI2226
Crime, Law and Society
Module code: CRI2027
Crime, Media and Criminology
Module code: CRI2024
Gender, Sex and Violence
Module code: CRI2025
Module code: CRI2223
‘Race’, Crime and Criminology
Module code: CRI2023
Violence and Society
Module code: CRI2224
Module code: CRI2026
Module code: CRI2028
Module code: TLC1010
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Cultural Analysis in a Global World
Module code: SPY2138
Module code: SPY2139
Work-based Learning and Employability 1
Module code: SPY2127
Module code: TLC1010
In the final year of your criminology and sociology degree, you’ll be able to bring specialism to your knowledge and skills by shaping the course to your own interests. Choose from modules on terrorism, sexual desires and arts in society. Perhaps you’ll focus on crimes of the powerful or the politics of policing and imprisonment. You’ll have the chance to join an optional field trip to a European city, where you’ll explore its history, culture, politics and social organisations.
Sociology of the Body and the Emotions
Module code: SPY3130
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Crime and Place
Module code: CRI3023
Crimes of the Powerful 1
Module code: CRI3021
Crimes of the Powerful 2
Module code: CRI3022
Criminology and Philosophy
Module code: CRI3024
Expanding the Criminological Imagination
Module code: CRI3113
Justice, Rights and the State
Module code: CRI3112
Learning Together: The Sociological Imagination
Module code: CRI3114
The Politics of Imprisonment
Module code: CRI3110
The Politics of Policing
Module code: CRI3109
Module code: TLC2000
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Arts in Society
Module code: SPY3109
Childhood and Sexuality
Module code: SPY3118
Critical Terrorism Studies
Module code: SPY3110
Module code: SPY3101
Social, Cultural and Political Ideas
Module code: SPY3111
Socio-Cultural Issues and Questions
Module code: SPY3125
Module code: TLC2000
Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.
How you'll study
The main forms of course delivery are lectures and workshop seminars, including videos, presentations and small group work. You can choose to build a national and a European field trip into your optional studies. Students will typically be required to attend for three full days per week.
How you'll be assessed
Assessment methods on this degree include the use of portfolios, essays, information retrieval exercises, seminar presentations, case studies, article reviews and examinations. The range of assessments has been creatively designed to encourage the potential of all students.
Who will be teaching you
Our experienced staff have designed this course and our strong levels of student support ensure your time with us is an enjoyable, rewarding experience, underpinned by the extensive research activity and field experience of our team.
Members of the Department of Law and Criminology and the Department of Social Sciences are at the forefront of teaching, research and publication in a number of areas including desire and sexuality; states, violence and terrorism; cultural and social theories and perspectives; culture and arts in society; crimes of the powerful and the politics of policing and imprisonment; criminology, human rights and social justice; and the criminological imagination.
Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.
|BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications)||Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).|
|T Level||Overall grade of Merit.|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.|
Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.
If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.
English language requirements
International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
Did you know?
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
The £6million Law and Psychology building provides contemporary teaching and learning facilities for students in the Department of Law and Criminology and the Department of Psychology.
The Department of Law and Criminology is located on the first floor of the three-storey building which includes a 250-seat lecture theatre, seminar and tutorial rooms, and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning.
Sociology modules are led by the Department of Social Sciences, based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17million building offering highly contemporary facilities. The building features a lecture theatre, seminar rooms, IT facilities, smaller tutorial spaces and social learning areas.
Where you'll study
Law and Psychology
£77 per credit
for 360 credits
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.
Your future career
By the time you achieve your criminology and sociology degree, you’ll have a wide range of transferable skills that will equip you for a graduate role or further study.
Our graduates go on to have exciting careers in the police, HM prison service and the Home Office, as well as in these areas:
- criminal or youth justice agencies
- youth and community work
- law and research
- offender management
- social work
Other students continue onto postgraduate study, or train to become teachers.