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BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology with Foundation Year

The programme is a 4 year BA (Hons) in Criminology and Sociology. The course is aimed at students who are interested in criminal justice but for whom the broader disciplinary span of sociology is also attractive.

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Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: September 2023
Tuition Fee:

UK – £9,250 per annum / International – £16,700 per annum (London), £15,900 (non-London)

Fees are locked for future study years i.e. the student will pay the same price each year.

Location: Birmingham, Leeds, London Bloomsbury, Manchester, Nottingham

A distinctive focus across the programme as a whole is upon facilitating the development of a criminological and sociological ‘imagination’. This entails not simply the acquisition of foundational principles, concepts and theories, but a sustained emphasis upon thinking with such ideas and approaches through the development of a heightened critical reflexivity.

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Sociology, perhaps more than any other discipline, encourages an engagement with uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity through fostering an awareness of the social contingency of knowledge and the related need to probe beyond initial appearances and understandings. This capacity to look further and to imagine otherwise has profound significance beyond the disciplinary study of criminology and sociology; it lies at the core of the broader vocational significance of the programme.

The BA Criminology and Sociology directly harnesses this potential by a consideration, from its inception, of the future contexts, roles, and workplaces in which the knowledge, understandings, abilities and skills developed in the programme might be applied.

There is a high level of face-to-face tuition including delivery by expert criminologist(s) and sociologists who are currently active in this field of study. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of cutting edge criminological and sociological theorising and will be able to apply this to current socio-economic policies and conditions.

The programme builds towards the development of a understanding of criminology and sociology informed by theory and research at the very forefront of these disciplines. Module design, presentation, assessments, pedagogic methods, and structured content — in particular the module ‘Social Sciences at Work’ — will consistently encourage students on the programme to apply the theories, research, issues, debates and controversies of the primary sociological and criminological curricula to real world problems and settings.

The emphasis throughout is not simply upon learning from criminological and sociological ‘thought and talk’ but learning to ‘think and talk’ in ways that enable a direct application of programme knowledge and skills to current and anticipated future workplace contexts.

The programme delivery model centres on providing enhanced levels of support and interaction through problem-based, reflexive, scaffolded learning built around real world examples and cases. A key example, in this respect, is the inclusion of a research training ‘spine’ (Researching Social Worlds 1–3) that runs across the final four semesters of the programme. 


“I prefer online learning because I can fit it around my various jobs, busy social life, and I can work from wherever I am. I spend time abroad during the year, so the online option is ideal.”

Vanesa Serafini // ULaw online LLM (Conflict Resolution) student


Applicants are required to possess 48 UCAS Points from a maximum of 3 A Levels or equivalent qualifications, plus GCSE English Language at Grade C/4.

Students who will be under the age of 18 but no younger than 17 at the commencement of the course are permitted.

A non-standard application route is also available.

Route A
Please note this route is only available for applicants who do not require a Student Route Visa to study with the University:

Applicants who do not possess 48 UCAS points from a maximum of 3 A Levels or equivalent but can demonstrate a minimum of 2 years professional work experience evidencing management of people and/or processes and provide a professional reference will be considered. All applicants must successfully pass a formal interview. Any applicant without GCSE English language at grade C/4 will be invited to complete The University of Law English Test (ULET).