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Criminology and Sociology

BSc (Hons)

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What is Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons)?

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 tariff points (calculate your points at

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications, for example:
      BCC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff.


    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

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

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham ML93 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham ML93

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in:

  • police, probation and prison services
  • youth work
  • social housing
  • local government
  • working with ex-offenders
  • supported housing
  • charity sector.

Industry links

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.

Taking the internship module gives you the opportunity to explore potential career directions and make your CV stand out in a competitive jobs market.

Organisations our students have worked with include Cheltenham Borough Council, Gloucester City Safe, the Independence Trust, Cheltenham Foodbank, and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire.

Study a highly ranked course

You’ll study a course with excellent student satisfaction. Our criminology courses are in the UK top 20, rank 3rd in the UK for course satisfaction and 7th for graduate prospects according to the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Criminology lecturer and student talking

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.

Students on Criminology and Psychology course talking to police officer in Cheltenham

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.

Students on Sociology course at Francis Close Hall campus
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Sociology - Value Added - Guardian University Guide 2021

Our Sociology courses rank in the UK top 15 % for value added, according to the Guardian University Guide 2021.

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

Lecturer with forensic equipment

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