Are you interested in why people commit crime? Do you want to explore what society does to reduce offending? Criminology combines sociological and psychological approaches to understanding deviant behaviour and society’s response to criminal acts. You’ll explore a wide range of topics, from examining the role of the media in how we understand crime and justice, to explanations for serious violent crime by both individuals and the state. This four-year course includes an initial full-time Foundation Year and offers an alternative route into university and gaining a degree. This route is for you if you do not have the necessary qualifications or don’t yet feel ready to begin degree-level study, or are returning to education and would like some support to get up to speed with learning in a university setting. The Foundation Year in Social Science will allow you to develop your academic skills and confidence as well as introduce you to key concepts, debates and skills that will support and inform your subsequent years of undergraduate study. Following successful completion of your Foundation Year, you’ll progress onto Year 1 of our Criminology BA (Hons) degree.
Academic skills and studying with confidence: We'll help you develop core academic skills such as using electronic resources, planning and note-taking, communication skills related to essay and report writing and delivering presentations. You'll learn how to manage your time, how to prioritise and how to manage stress, and you’ll become more confident in engaging with collaborative learning, debates, discussions and critical reflection. Project: You’ll study an area of interest related to your chosen degree. You’ll work individually on your project, whether that's a written report, a presentation and oral examination, a film or a series of blog posts. You’ll undertake problem-solving learning, and formative feedback and support will be provided throughout, helping develop your self-confidence. Foundations in Psychology: With this module, you’ll be introduced to the main perspectives, investigation methods, key studies and controversies in key areas of psychology. You will explore the history of psychology and its themes such as cognitive behaviour, sociology, biology and developmental theories. You will learn via a blend of lectures, discussions and group workshops and develop familiarity with key concepts through individual research. Foundations in Sociology and Criminology: This module focuses on social inequalities and patterns of crime, exploring concepts including socialisation, norms and values, social control, crime, victimisation and retribution. You will examine crime statistics, social trends and theories and review policies on social problems and criminality. We'll encourage you to apply sociological concepts to familiar social issues, and you'll work in groups to understand trends and academic theories, as well as taking part in debates, discussions and critical reflection. For module information on the related three-year honours degree, please visit our website.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.