Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

The classes are fairly small, so the teaching is very focused and you can really get a lot out of your seminars and lectures.

What you'll study

When studied together, these intertwined disciplines provide key insights into a range of crime-related matters and give you the opportunity to explore the fascinating and vital questions that surround the cause and effect of criminal actions, the form and outcome of social disorders, the criminal justice system, policing, and the highly-debated relationship between behaviours and punishments.

Programme overview

Our Criminology and Sociology programme will develop your understanding of the key concepts, theories and principles of both criminology and sociology, and their application across a range of relevant substantive areas.

It will also help you to master the methods and analytical tools required to conduct and evaluate research on contemporary problems relating to crime, deviance and social control.

Through combining criminological and sociological theory with training in professional social research, you will graduate with a broad range of communicative, analytical and organisational skills and the confidence to apply them in your future career.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

All programmes operate on a 15 credit modular structure over two semesters. All taught modules are semester based and are worth 15 credits, which is indicative of 150 hours of learning, comprised of student contact, private study and assessment. Project and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

This programme is studied full-time over three or four academic years. Three years without a Professional Training Year and four years with a Professional Training Year. In order to achieve the principal award of BSc (Hons) a student must complete 360 credits, 120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 respectively. In order to achieve the principal award with a professional training year students must also complete 120 credits at level P. Students are also eligible to exit the programme with the following subsidiary awards:

  • BSc (Ord) – 300 credits with a minimum of 60 credits at FHEQ level 6
  • Diploma of Higher Education (Dip HE) – 240 credits with a minimum of 120 credits at FHEQ level 5
  • Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) – 120 credits at FHEQ level 4

Students may also transfer from the BSc in Criminology and Sociology to the BSc in Sociology, or the BSc in Media, Culture and Society during semester 1 of FHEQ Level 4, subject to the approval of the relevant course director.

In order for students to progress they must achieve a minimum average of 40% and have completed all 120 credits at FHEQ levels 4 and 5 and level P.

On successful completion of the BSc in Criminology and Sociology students may apply to progress to the Master’s degree in Social Research Methods or Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Research.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Teaching

At Surrey, we emphasise the development of your practical and analytical skills in addressing contemporary criminological and sociological problems.

You benefit from a range of teaching methods, including small group tutorials, projects and workshops, as well as lectures and classes. We find that our students learn more effectively in this environment, and projects will contribute to the development of your personal skills in leadership, effective communication and analytic ability.

During your study, you develop sophisticated skills in conducting both qualitative and quantitative research, and our excellent facilities – including a range of audiovisual equipment and a networked computer suite – are available to aid your studies.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Facilities

You are able to take advantage of a valuable range of facilities on this programme, including a recently expanded and fully networked computer laboratory based in the Department.

The degree also makes increasing use of online resources, including module guides and student discussion forums.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

You have the choice between working with an overseas partner organisation and studying at one of our partner universities:

  • Copenhagen University (with Erasmus funding)
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Seoul National University
  • Cincinnati University
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • Maryland University
  • Monash University
  • La Trobe University

These opportunities allow you to earn credits that contribute to your degree. In addition to personal enrichment, an expanded cultural background is very valuable for the continuation of your studies and for your CV.

Careers and Professional Training 

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

We strongly encourage you to take advantage of our pioneering Professional Training placement programme, which gives you the opportunity to put your new academic knowledge into practice and gain experience to enhance your employability prospects, with employers such as:

  • Home Office
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Sentencing Council
  • House of Lords
  • Probation Service
  • Youth Offending Service
  • Metropolitan Police
  • British Market Research Bureau
  • Guildford Pupil Referral Unit
  • IBM

We find that our placement students tend to return for their final year of study feeling more confident, mature and organised, and with clearer career aspirations. After graduation, some take up permanent posts with their Professional Training placement provider.

The competitive process of applying for placement positions also enhances your job-seeking skills, which will give you an advantage in the final year and beyond. Every effort is made to match placement opportunities with your interests, career plans and location preferences.

Some of our placements are paid, usually in the region of £12,000–15,000 per annum. If you work on an unpaid placement, you can claim additional financial support and you may also work for a reduced amount of time.

Graduate prospects

Sociology and criminology provide a broad social scientific base from which to explore a world of job opportunities. Depending on what kinds of courses you concentrate on, you can use sociology and criminology to develop expertise for a range of different occupations.

Specifically, sociology and criminology provide knowledge and analytical skills needed to pursue a professional degree in the public sector, business, education, health & medicine, social work, or counselling.

It offers preparation for fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse people, such as journalism, politics, marketing, business, human resources or public administration.

It also provides strong research skills preparation needed for positions in the criminal justice system, business, social service and government; it is a first step for future graduate work in sociology and criminology in order to become a researcher or professor.

Given the broad education a degree in sociology offers, one of the virtues of a degree in criminology and sociology is flexibility in the job market. Actual entry-level job titles of recent sociology graduates show this diversity:

  • Operations planner for a defence firm
  • Programme assistant for a social service agency
  • Teacher
  • Programmer
  • Production coordinator for a publishing firm
  • Social worker
  • Communications technician for a telecommunications company
  • Sales representative
  • Government analyst
  • Health intake counsellor

The occupations of alumni who have been in the work force for a few years will reveal even more opportunities. Some examples are:

  • Magazine editor
  • Contract and grants administrator
  • Attorney
  • Personnel manager
  • Probation officer
  • Career counsellor
  • Marketing director
  • Information specialist
  • Senior lecturer
  • Political consultant

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

ABB

Access to HE Diploma

45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

DDD

European Baccalaureate

74 per cent overall

International Baccalaureate

32 overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass

Scottish Highers

AABBB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Pass overall with ABB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent)

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day.

English language requirements

6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2017 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years LM39 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years ML93 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

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The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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