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Course summary

Are you interested in learning how to develop solution focussed approaches to social problems relevant to the criminal justice system? Do you want to establish a career in the criminal justice system and related social sectors? Our BSc (Hons) Criminology and Social Studies programme will offer you a unique opportunity to study the social and societal factors underlying and influencing crime, criminal justice and associated social problems. Why study this subject? Who commits crimes, why do they commit them, what is the impact, and how do we prevent them? Criminology and Social Studies delves into what are the factors influencing crime, criminal justice and the associated issues in society. Crime affects everyone so you could turn your desire for answers into a rewarding and successful career with the right teaching and learning experiences. It could lead to a role in the Criminal Justice System including the courts, prisons and probation services, the civil service or voluntary and third sector organisations such as drug and alcohol services. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? Studying this course at Buckinghamshire New University will give you the opportunity to learn with highly experienced and qualified staff who will work with you to develop new skills and knowledge. Throughout the course, we place a strong emphasis on social ‘praxis’ - developing solutions to social problems. We will equip you with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to work in any setting where developing strategies for positive, transformative change are useful and required. This is the course to do if you are interested in understanding the present moment in our societies. What will I study? The course is tuned to the most current of social issues surrounding crime and criminal justice in our contemporary world, such as the issues around the Black Lives Matters movement. You will develop critical thinking around such issues as the ways policing and criminal justice are situated within wider social inequalities and injustices, and also how social change for justice can be achieved through social movements, often via the latest digital technologies. This course also includes an integrated employability module which will give you the opportunity to volunteer in an organisation relevant to your degree and interests. This module is unique in preparing students for potential careers through workplace experience. You will also have the opportunity to work with external organisations and employers if you opt to do an Applied Dissertation at Level 6. The Applied Dissertation allows you to identify a ‘real world’ issue with employers, which you will go on to research and devise solutions to. This gives you a unique opportunity to apply your learning in ways useful to employers, therefore increasing your employability upon graduation. What are my career prospects? Our BSc (Hons) Criminology and Social Studies course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities. Typically, graduating students will focus on roles in various branches of the Criminal Justice System (e.g. the courts, prisons, probation services etc.), and relevant social sectors and organisations (e.g. public sector; civil service; voluntary and third sector organisations such as drug and alcohol services).


Year one Introduction to Criminology: The Concept of Crime Introduction to Criminology: The History of Punishment Criminal Justice Process Political Ideologies in Society Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World Media, Communication and Society Policy and Strategy Year two Qualitative Research Methods for Social Scientists Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists Social Justice Gender, Sexuality and Society Forms of Crime: Crime in Late Modernity Employability and Professional Development Race, Ethnicity and Migration Citizenship, Community and Welfare (option) Power and Political Institutions (option) Year three Dissertation/ Applied Dissertation Globalisation and Contemporary Societies Leadership and Change Criminal Justice Policy (option) Comparative Criminal Justice (option) Cybercrime (option) Disability and Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System (option) Radicalisation and Terrorism (option) Ageing well through the life course (option)

Assessment method

There are a variety of assessment styles on this course, which at all three levels are designed to mirror ‘real world’ criminological and sociological issues as well as providing you with the opportunity to demonstrate the skills you have acquired. Some of these assessment methods include: Poster presentations Reports Blogs Portfolios Media products More traditional forms of assessment.

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

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

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