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University of Gloucestershire

Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons)

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Course length
3 Years
Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Course overview

You’ll combine criminology and sociology to examines contemporary social life from a critical perspective – focusing on the causes and consequences of crime and disorder and how communities respond to the challenges of a changing social world. With the opportunity to work with external organisations, you’ll develop the skills for helping to create safer and stronger communities when you graduate.

You’ll be able to pursue your interests to match your career goals through option modules covering topics such as crime scene analysis, crimes against humanity, migration, domestic violence, the power of the media, child sexual exploitation, anti-social behaviour, terrorism and community safety.

Study style

Your skills will be developed through practical exercises, ranging from mock crime scene investigations, to survey research with local community groups.

The majority of your assessments will be non-exam based, focusing instead on the skills you will use in the work environment.

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Entry requirements

    • 104 – 120 UCAS tariff points, from any level 3 qualification, which includes A-levels, BTEC, T-levels and many other qualifications. Please see the UCAS tariff calculator for a list of level 3 qualifications and associated tariff points.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

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Sep 2025 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham ML93 TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply**

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Our graduates are well-equipped to enter sectors such as police, probation, prison services, youth work, social housing, and local government. They also find rewarding roles in working with ex-offenders, supported housing, and in the charity sector.

We have excellent contacts with Gloucestershire police and other organisations within the criminal justice system, and we work closely with local authorities, community groups and charities such as Restorative Gloucestershire, Cheltenham Partnerships and Gloucester City Safe.

Our internship module offers students a chance to explore potential career options and gain hands-on experience. Students have worked with organisations like Cheltenham Borough Council, the Independence Trust, Cheltenham Foodbank, and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, gaining a real-world understanding of the field and building a strong foundation for their future careers.

Study a highly ranked course

You’ll study a course with excellent student satisfaction. Our criminology courses are in the UK top 20 and rank 3rd in the UK for course satisfaction.

Learn from the professionals

We invite a wide range of guest lecturers to speak about the key issues facing professionals who work in the public services and voluntary sectors. They will also share their insights about career options for graduates with your knowledge and skills.

Understand how to prevent and manage crime

Working closely with the police and community agencies, you will develop in-depth knowledge of the relationship between crime and society. This opens up many career options after you graduate.

Trips and experiences

In your first year you’ll join a GB-based residential field trip – and in your second year you could investigate issues of crime and social change in Belfast or in Canada.


From identifying real homicide risks as part of our Homicide Research Group to helping the police to reduce anti-social behaviour as a volunteer for our Student Community Patrol, you’ll be able to start having an impact in society from the start of your degree.

You can also gain academic credit and professional experience through a short internship in preparation for your career.

A former police officer, Jane is a senior lecturer in Criminology

She chairs Domestic and Homicide and Mental Health Reviews and Inquiries, advises police at a local and national level, and works with stalking and homicide charities. She also works with people bereaved by homicide who may need help with police and criminal justice processes. As well as regularly speaking in the media and in public, she has written a number of books on subjects including sexual assault and murder, and forensic investigation.

Jane Monckton-Smith, Senior Lecturer in Criminology

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