Criminology and Sociology (W80) at Open University - UCAS

Open University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Criminology and Sociology (W80)

Course options

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Course summary

This diploma offers you the chance to study topical and at times controversial, criminological and sociological subject matter. As you’re investigating questions of crime, criminalisation and social harm, you’ll look at society’s responses to these questions to determine if they are appropriate and adequate. You’ll explore how social worlds are made and how we are shaped by the societies in which we live. You'll also consider the impact of digital technology on individuals and society, power and inequality and, people and things, drawing on your own experience of the interactions you have with technology in your daily life. Key features of the course

  • Explore topical issues about contemporary social life and about crime, harm and criminal justice
  • Learn to evaluate evidence critically and understand criminological and sociological problems better
  • Examine the role of both theory and research in shaping knowledge about crime, justice and the wider social world
  • Explore criminological and sociological topics of your own interest in depth in the final year


This qualification has two stages. You’ll start Stage 1 with a compulsory module in inter-disciplinary social science, followed by a compulsory module in criminology. Next, in Stage 2, you'll choose between modules in criminology and sociology followed by a compulsory module in social research methods.

Assessment method

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas: Knowledge and understanding; Cognitive skills; Practical and professional skills; Key skills. The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £14544 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £13968 Whole course
Scotland £4752 Whole course
Northern Ireland £4636 Whole course
Wales £5248 Whole course
EU £14944 Whole course
International £14944 Whole course
Channel Islands £14944 Whole course

Additional fee information

Fee information is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2025. Fees typically increase annually.
Criminology and Sociology (W80) at Open University - UCAS