Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Sociology and Criminology

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Course summary

The Sociology and Criminology team at Coventry are committed to your academic and personal development. Student support is one of our top priorities and you’ll be joining a lively, welcoming and friendly community. We will encourage you to challenge some of the typical preconceptions about the nature of crime and disorder; about who commits crime, the harm it entails and how it is punished. In doing so, you should develop strong analytical abilities, enabling you to cast a perceptive and critical eye on the world and convey your ideas and views effectively - skills which are beneficial in any number of careers. As you progress in your studies, you will have the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the real-life experience of social policy which is embedded in the course through a range of events and conferences, with academics, practitioners and policy maker, which in the past have often featured national and international politicians. For example, in the past, students have attended the British Sociological Association Annual Conference and the Coventry University ‘Sociology Speaking Seminar Series’ and engaged in debate about issues, policy and laws concerning areas such as social justice, media, immigration and current political affairs. As part of our commitment to provide practical, real-life experience relevant to future careers, you’ll have opportunities to work in diverse situations on short and long-term placements. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in exciting field trips; students have previously visited Berlin to explore Post War Germany, Memorialisation, Sicily to examine Anti-Mafia Organisations, and Gothenburg to research migration, urban development, music and food culture. Key Course Benefits

  • Excellent professional links with local and national employers.
  • Choice of optional modules allowing you to tailor your degree to suit your interests in Sociology and Criminology.
  • Opportunities to expand international experience by participating in exciting field trips, studying or working abroad.
  • The opportunity to develop skills employers look for, such as working to deadline, presentation, verbal and written communication, analysis, critical thinking and report writing.
  • Expert guest lecturers who have, in the past, covered topics ranging from Islamic Relief, Think Ahead (social work programme), Citizens Advice Bureau (subject to availability).

Course details


Your main study themes are: Understanding Society: This module aims to provide students with an understanding of sociology as an academic discipline in the broadest sense. They will be introduced to a number of key thinkers and sociological concepts. These ideas will be used to examine key aspects of social life and contemporary societies. Race and Racism: The aim of this module is to examine historical and contemporary debates and issues associated with race and racism. The module also examines issues to do with immigration, political representation, legislation, the criminal justice system, employment and housing. Gender and Society: This module introduces students to studies of gender and society. It offers students the opportunity to explore the ways in which social structures and institutions create and reproduce gender relations and to consider this in relation to the experiences of women and men. Controlling Crime: This module introduces students to a wide-ranging analysis of historical and contemporary issues in the area of social control, crime prevention and criminal justice. It focuses on informal controls within communities as well as formal controls administered by the principal criminal justice agencies: police, courts and prisons. Crime and Social Diversity: This module explores crime in relation to a range of social diversity issues including: social class and status; age; gender and sexuality; race, racialization and criminalisation; culture in a contemporary capitalist context. For details about individual modules please visit the course page on our website.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate / BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that total the equivalent of three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to attend an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

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No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Coventry University
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Clearing contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office

02476 888888

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Additional information

Thursday 18 August 08:00-20:00, Friday 19 August 08:00-18:00, Saturday 20 August 10:00-16:00, Sunday 21 August 10:00-16:00, Monday 22 August onwards (weekdays only) 08:00-18:30

Course contact details

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UK Admissions Office

024 7765 2222

European and International Admissions Office

+44 024 7765 2152

Sociology and Criminology at Coventry University - UCAS