Criminology and Sociology (BSc Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

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.

A degree combining criminology and sociology 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 will 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.

We scored 96% for teaching and 95% for learning resources in the National Student Survey 2019.

In your first year you will 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. You can also gain academic credit and professional experience through a short internship in preparation for your career.

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.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to work on real-world projects – from identifying real homicide risks as a member of our Homicide Research Group, to helping the police to reduce anti-social behaviour as a volunteer on our Student Community Patrol.

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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.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Gender, Culture and Society' to 'Understanding Criminology'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

104 tariff points

Typical offers

BCC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeML93


  • Police, probation and prison services
  • Youth work
  • Social housing
  • Local government
  • Working with ex-offenders
  • Supported Housing
  • Charity Sector

Our partnership with the Ministry of Justice and the associated mentoring scheme have been shortlisted as finalists for excellence in career and employability service engagement (Target Jobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2020 -

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.

Jane Monckton-Smith

Staff Profile

Jane Monckton-Smith

A former police officer, Dr Monckton-Smith 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.

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Make a difference in the community from your first year

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.

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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.

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Understand how to prevent and manage crime in society

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.

School of Natural and Social Sciences

Our School of Natural and Social Sciences provides the best possible student experience with cutting-edge technology and strong practical elements to each course. You will work closely with lecturers and other students in the seminar room, the laboratory and the field.

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