Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Sociology and Criminology

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Course summary

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Want to study both criminology and sociology at University? Our BA (Hons) Sociology and Criminology degree combines both subjects and allows you to take a year-long industry placement. This course will enable you to develop an understanding of society and social factors and how this affects crime and criminals, giving you a solid human understanding that will put you in a good position for range of careers or further study. Combining sociology with the study of criminology gives you a chance to benefit from the cutting-edge thinking of the University’s Centre for Applied Criminology, a research Centre of Excellence. The recently launched Centre for Critical Social Research also brings sociological concerns to the fore. This course is taught with an equal number of Sociology and Criminology modules. You’ll share a common first year with the Sociology BA, giving you a wide range of understanding and letting you see what your options are before advancing. The course introduces you to sociological theories and contexts allowing you to situate and to inform your studies in criminology with a focus on crime, criminals and the operation of criminal justice agencies. You’ll develop communication and research skills through our wide range of assessments, as well as a clear understanding of social policy and criminology. For full details, visit our website.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points Contextualised reduced tariff offer: 96 tariff points or equivalent e.g. A-level CCC, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
A level BBC A maximum of three subjects are considered (excluding General Studies). A levels and other level 3 qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.
Access to HE Diploma Pass 60 credits overall At least 45 credits at level 3. 18 level 3 must be achieved at either merit or distinction grade. In a Social Sciences/Humanities pathway
Scottish Higher BBCCC Where a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers are taken you must achieve grades CD in two Advanced Highers and grade CC in two Highers
AS AA - CC 112 UCAS tariff points A maximum of two subjects along with two A levels or level 3 qualifications. excluding General Studies
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS tariff points Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS tariff points Considered with two A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 112 UCAS tariff points Considered with two A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) DMM Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) D*D* Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) 112 UCAS tariff points Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) 112 UCAS tariff points Considered with two A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.
Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF) 112 UCAS tariff points Considered with two A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Most subjects considered, however Early Years and Children's Play Learning and Development are not considered.
Scottish Advanced Higher CCD Where a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers are taken you must achieve grades CD in two Advanced Highers and grade CC in two Highers
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points For Students who do not already hold GCSE in English Language at grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not Literature) English A-grade 4 or above or English B - grade 5 from IB Diploma will be accepted.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications
Extended Project 112 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H5, H5, H5, H5 Four subjects This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 or A-C/A1-C3) or Higher level minimum grade H5/D1
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language grade C/4 or above or equivalents level 2 qualifications. All level 2 quals must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Acceptable English equivalents considered in lieu of GCSE:- - City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy - Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - Key Skills level 2:- Communication English Language grade C or above:- Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish National 5 English Language grade 2 or above:- Scottish Credit Standard Grade
HNC (BTEC) Pass with 120 credits at level 4 and merit overall. Must be in a related pathway May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required.
HND (BTEC) Pass with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credit at level 5 and merit overall. Must be in a related pathway May be considered for advanced entry onto the third year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4 and 5. A transcript will be required
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D* Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma 112 UCAS tariff points Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma 112 UCAS tariff points Considered with one A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma 112 UCAS tariff points Considered with two A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate 112 UCAS tariff points Considered with two A level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Not accepted

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Sociology and Criminology at Birmingham City University - UCAS