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About this course

Criminology and sociology are closely-related subjects, which will give you a great experience in discovering what motivates criminal behaviours and how society responds to them. You will explore the criminal justice system, the social contexts of crime, inequalities in society and more.

Our two-year fast-track degrees have been created so that you can:

  • Start your career or masters course a year sooner
  • Save money by paying for just two years’ tuition fees
  • Save money on the costs associated with being a student

Based at Farnborough College of Technology, we offer classroom-based lectures, a small campus experience and plenty of personalised support. This makes us a popular choice locally for those who want to study higher education in a down-to-earth setting – where you won’t get lost in the crowd.

Modules chosen at Level 5 and Level 6 will define the particular degree title awarded, of either BA (Hons) Criminology with Sociology or BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology.

Some modules are available via Online Attendance.

What will I study?

Criminology

The study of crime is a fascinating area to delve into. During your degree, you will begin to think like a criminologist, by unpicking the theories that seek to explain types and trends of crime and how society and the police choose to deal with them.

You will use quantitative research methods to inspect topics such as victimology where you will explore the psychological effects of crime victims, and criminal profiling where you will investigate what makes a criminal and how can you identify them.

This course will introduce you to many fascinating theories and practices within the subject of crime. You will be debating a range of thought-provoking ideas and working on assignments that reflect both crime prevention and critical issues that surround crime.

Sociology

Sociology is an enlightening subject for those who like to think about social issues in the world, such as inequality, sexuality, class and mass media. Studying these fascinating topics with us will encourage you to think objectively about why people behave in certain ways. You will be considering questions such as:

What role does crime play in shaping society? How can society address inequality? Why doesn’t society do more to improve global issues?

During your degree, you will uncover the theories that seek to explain why some groups of people can flourish together, while others try to tear each other apart. You will delve into contemporary theories and discover how different cultures fit into our society.

As a sociology student, your critical-thinking skills will be honed as you begin to broaden your understanding of society and its relationship with our everyday lives.

£2,000 Bursary

A limited number of £2,000 cash bursaries are available to eligible new undergraduates in their first year. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply on our Finance webpage.

Fees

FEE COST
Fee Per Year £8000

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

How will I be taught?

The style of teaching and learning used in this programme has been carefully designed to suit the subject matter. We recognise that students learn in various ways, so we use a range of different teaching methods and situations to best deliver the learning outcomes for each module. The range of teaching and learning methods used in this programme includes:

  • Lecture-based presentations
  • Individual and group project work
  • Individual presentations
  • Group and individual tutorials
  • Case studies
  • Classroom activities promoting interaction at peer and tutor level

What modules are covered?

Level 4 (Year 1: September – April)

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Criminological Theories
  • The Police and Policing
  • Academic Skills
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • The Sociology of Gender
  • The Sociology of Inequality
  • Global Issues

Level 5 (April in Year 1 – December in Year 2)

  • Victimology
  • Types and Trends of Crime
  • Diversity and Crime
  • Using Quantitative Research Methods 
  • ‘Race’ and Racism in Modern Society
  • Contemporary Sociological Theories
  • The Sociology of Education
  • Social Research Methods

Level 6 (January in Year 2 to July in Year 2)

  • Crime Prevention
  • Critical Issues in Criminology
  • Criminal Profiling
  • Dissertation (Cri)
  • The Sociology of Culture and Media
  • Risk Society in a Digital Age
  • The Sociology of Literature

In addition to taught modules a dissertation will allow students to conduct research and investigate a topic in greater depth.

How will I be assessed?

A wide range of assessment methods are used in this programme, which have been chosen to suit the subject material being taught. The range of assessment methods you will experience will give you the confidence and capability to complete an honours degree and progress further in your career. Your tutor will be on hand to provide support during the assessment process and discuss any queries you may have.

The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes:

  • In-class tests
  • Assessed assignments
  • Formative assessment through assignment work feedback
  • Formal seen examination
  • ​Formal unseen examinations
  • Poster presentations
  • Powerpoint presentations

Programme Structure

The structure of our programmes follows educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification documents found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the learning outcomes.

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Progression

What Next?

As a joint honours graduate, you could start a career in either of the two subjects you have studied. You could also look into studying a master's degree in a subject related to your degree.

There are a wide number of careers where your new degree will be relavant. Some of the examples below may require extra training and experience first. Please speak to our careers advisers to discover which career routes are best for you.

Criminology

Jobs directly related to a criminology degree include:

  • Community development worker
  • Detective
  • Police officer
  • Prison officer
  • Probation officer
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker

Jobs where a criminology degree might be useful include:

  • Adult guidance worker
  • Chaplain
  • Charity officer
  • Data scientist
  • Forensic computer analyst
  • Housing manager/officer
  • Local government officer
  • Paralegal
  • Social researcher
  • Solicitor

Sociology

Jobs directly related to degrees in sociology include:

  • Advice worker
  • Community development worker
  • Family support worker
  • Further education teacher
  • International aid/development worker
  • Social researcher
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker

Jobs where a degree in sociology might be useful include:

  • Actuarial analyst
  • Chaplain
  • Charity fundraiser
  • Detective
  • Housing manager/officer
  • Human resources officer
  • Life coach
  • Probation officer
  • Public relations officer
  • UX analyst

Transferable Skills

  • Independent working
  • Time management and organisation
  • Planning and researching written work
  • Leading and participating in discussions
  • Negotiation and teamworking to present ideas and information
  • Effectively conveying arguments and opinions and thinking creatively
  • Using your judgement to weigh up alternative perspectives
  • Critical reasoning and analysis
  • Using IT

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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:

  • Via the UCAS website. Visit www.ucas.com and browse the courses available under 'University Centre Farnborough'. 
  • Directly to University Centre Farnborough via the button on this webpage. Applications take around 15 minutes and are free of charge. You can apply to us direct at any time in the year (including after the UCAS deadline). Applications of this type are seperate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

UCAS Code: LL33

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

Either:

  • 72 UCAS points from relevant subject(s)
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma, with suitable grades
  • As a mature students who has relevant evidence of work experience and/or relevant recent study following a successful interview

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