Birmingham City University

Sociology and Criminology Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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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.

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How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code LM39
Institution code B25
Campus name Curzon Building Campus
Campus code F

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC Accept most subjects including Citzenship Studies and Critical Thinking
A maximum of four subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects.
Subjects excluded - General Studies
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Subjects excluded - Early Years and Children's Play, Learning & Development
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall including 45 at level 3 of which 18 Level 3 credits are at merit or distinction grade on a Social Sciences / Humanities pathway. Must also hold GCSE English Language at grade 4 + or equivalent
Scottish Higher CC One or two Higher subjects only considered if offered along with two Advanced Highers.
CC (2 Advanced Highers) + CC (2 Highers)
Subject excluded - General Studies
AS AA - EE Maximum 2 AS Levels accepted in combination with a minimum of 2 A Levels which must be in different subjects to the A levels and only if applicant is holding at least two A levels.
Accept most subjects including Citzenship Studies and Critical Thinking
Subjects excluded - General Studies.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Considered in combination with either two A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas / BTEC 12-unit or 90 Credit Diplomas etc to achieve a minimum of 112 UCAS points
Extended Project Considered in combination with either two A-levels / BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas / BTEC 12-unit or 90 Credit Diplomas etc to achieve a minimum of 112 UCAS points.
Subjects excluded - General Studies.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language at grade 4 or above. Equivalent qualifications will be considered. Required at the point of enrolment.

Considered in lieu of GCSE English Language at grade C/4. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
- Functional Skills / Essential Skills level 2 - English
- Key Skills level 2 - Communication
- IGCSE English language grade C or above
HNC (BTEC) M In a related subject. May be considered for 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) M In a related subject. May be considered for entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points
If taking the IB Certificate you will need to
obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects. Students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
A combination of GCSEs, A-levels and IB certificates will be considered on a case by case basis
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and 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.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Accept most subjects except Early Years and Children's Play, Learning & Development. Considered in combination with either two A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / BTEC 12 Unit or 90 Credit Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary or Introductory Diplomas etc to achieve minimum 112 points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D* Accept most subjects except Early Years and Children's Play, Learning & Development. Considered on its own or in combination with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / BTEC 12 Unit or 90 Credit Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory or Subsidiary Diplomas etc to achieve minimum 112 points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM Accept most subjects except Early Years and Children's Play, Learning & Development.
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Accept most subjects except Early Years and Children's Play, Learning & Development. Considered in combination with either two A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / BTEC 12 Unit or 90 Credit Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma etc to achieve minimum 112 points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Accept most subjects except Early Years and Children's Play, Learning & Development. Considered in combination with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / BTEC 12 Unit or 90 Credit Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma etc to achieve minimum 112 points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* Considered on its own or in combination with other Level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
Subjects excluded - Early Years and Children's Play, Learning & Development
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points.
Subjects NOT considered: Early Years.
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) B B plus grades BB at A Level (or equivalent qualifications)
Must also hold GCSE English with grade C or above, or equivalent
Considered in combination with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas / OCR Cambridge Technical Diplomas / BTEC 12-unit or 90 Credit Diplomas etc to achieve a minimum of 112 UCAS points


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Provider information

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Birmingham City University
University House
15 Bartholomew Row
Birmingham
B5 5JU


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