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Study society and human behaviour while you explore why people commit crimes 

4 years full-time
Bishop Otter Campus


Are you interested in the issues in the criminal justice system, and the impact these issues have on groups and individuals? This course explores these topics and prepares you for a rewarding and impactful career in the fields of criminology and sociology.

This Sociology with Criminology with Integrated Foundation Year course is for you if you have not met the course entry requirements yet, or if you feel like you may need a little more preparation to make the most of your university studies.

The study of sociology and criminology sit hand in hand. Sociology explores society and human behaviour, while criminology delves into who commits crimes and why. BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology allows you to explore the relationship between sociological issues such as race, gender and poverty, and discover how they relate to crime and punishment.

On this course you will:

  • Explore a range of sociology, criminology, psychology and social policy topics.
  • Be taught by a team who have rubbed shoulders with criminals.
  • Focus on what is going on in the 21st century, and debate how this can affect the future.
  • Develop employability skills like decision making and critical analysis.
  • Complete assignments linked to real-world issues.
  • Have the opportunity to focus on topics that interest you.

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

You will build your subject knowledge and practical experience through small seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials, with typical class sizes up to 25 people. These sessions will encourage theoretical and critical inquiry, debate, and practical research.

You will be assessed through a variety of assignments including essays, group and individual presentations, poster design and exams.

The Course

What you will study

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

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Communication Skills

This module aims to develop the intellectual and practical skills that will be of value in a variety of situation and will include the development of self-awareness, problem solving, reflection and reflexive skills.

You will prepare to communicate effectively with a range of people in a complex and diverse society and enable you to identify existing skills and knowledge and to take responsibility for developing and using these skills in a competent way.

The module will introduce you to the ethical issues and professional codes of practice in relation to intervening in the lives of others.

Foundation in Knowledge and Skills

In this module, you will develop your basic knowledge and skills to support your academic development and improve your confidence in your academic writing and reading.

Learning Outdoors

The module aims to provide an opportunity for you to consider the use of the outdoors as an exciting, engaging and purposeful learning environment. You will consider the theory underpinning the use of the outdoors and will reflect upon how and why it can support learners of all ages and abilities.

Professional Studies: Learners and Learning

This module will enable you to develop an understanding of how learning is influenced by a diverse range of factors.

You will focus on the implications of this on the role of a teacher in areas such as assessment, behaviour management and planning inclusive, adaptive teaching as well as establishing a safe and stimulating learning environment.


This module is an applied piece of work related to your chosen degree. It will require you to apply the knowledge and skills developed throughout the foundation year and will enhance your ability to work individually and as part of a team.

During the project, you will develop in-depth knowledge of your chosen future specialisation. You will be encouraged to demonstrate creativity in the design, planning and execution of a project.

Valuing Individual Differences

This module develops your knowledge of atypical development in children and young people.

You will focus on the medical, genetic, and environmental influences on children’s development and evaluate theories of child development to gain a deeper understanding of how individual differences can affect learning.

In doing so, it will develop your thinking on the current discourses about defining special educational needs and disability.

Ageing and the Life Course

What is ‘childhood’? How would you define ‘old age’? This module explores how childhood and old age are ‘socially constructed’. You will explore the historical view of children as merely ‘mini adults’, the invention of the ‘teenager’, and the contemporary view of old age being defined as roughly 20 years older than the person defining it. You will discuss how government policy has attempted to keep pace with changing social attitudes and ask questions about what kind of society we should grow up in.

Crime and Punishment

This module explores key issues and debates in criminology and gives you a solid foundation in these topics. You will explore the origins of crime, categorisation of crime, theories of crime, and the psychological frameworks of crime.

Criminal Law I

This module introduces you to the different aspects of criminal law. You will examine the theory underpinning criminal law and the elements of criminal liability. You will develop an understanding of a range of criminal offences and be able to analyse and evaluate related case law. You will continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.

Social Identities and Inequalities

Does family mean a place of safety, nurture and stability, or a site of oppression, conflict and turmoil? You will explore opposing views and perspectives of what it means to be a ‘family’, using sociological theory and contemporary research to develop your understanding of family and social change.

Why Sociology Matters

In this module you will explore key sociological principles and theories. You will discuss the role of sociology in understanding the world we live in and develop the knowledge and skills you need to ‘think sociologically’. You will discover why sociology provides fascinating insights into so many aspects of our social world and develop your ability to provide supporting evidence for your views and opinions.

Analysing Social Problems

You will draw upon ethical principles to explore questions of ‘what is right and wrong?’ and ‘what should be done?’. You will investigate how and why governments and other policymakers make decisions and, in doing so, gain deeper insights into how we, as individuals, view problems and make choices about the issues that affect our lives. Human psychology will inform your discussions as you learn how people think and explore the common biases and mental shortcuts that can lead to prejudice and faulty decision making.

Being Human: Emotions and Behaviour in Social Life

What does it mean to be ‘human’? This question has puzzled humans throughout the centuries, and we often find answers in religion and philosophy as well as biology. Recent advances in psychology, sociology and neuroscience have revealed the importance of emotions in shaping human behaviour, social attitudes and the social structures we experience every day. Discussions in this module will aim to revolutionise how you see the world around you.

Criminal Law II

This module continues to develop your understanding of criminal law. You will examine homicide and non-fatal offences. You will also develop an understanding of a range of defences. You will be able to analyse and evaluate related case and statutory law and proposed reforms.

Criminology Classics and Controversies

In this module, you will develop your critical knowledge of classic and contemporary criminological cases and your understanding of the role of criminology in understanding different forms of crime. You will have the opportunity to compare and contrast profiles of criminological cases.

Media and Society

In this module, you will consider key concepts in media theory, the representation and social groups (class, gender, race, age) and the changing forms of media in the digital age. In addition, you will explore the affects on and responses of audience within the media and popular culture sphere as you consider its power, agenda setting, and influence.

Mental Health and Forensic Psychology

This module is an opportunity to explore a comprehensive range of key constructs, theories, and research in mental health and forensic psychology. You will examine the numerous ways that psychological research, methods, and expertise are applied to the study of criminal behaviour and the issues that psychopathology create within the context of the criminal justice system.

Researching Societies

The module introduces you to a range of sociological methodologies and research methods which will equip you to design a small-scale research project in an area of sociology in the following year. You will participate in a series of activities, involving research techniques, where they will need to reflect on your own experience. the “qualitative versus quantitative” debate will be examined. Ethical issues in sociological research will be examined and innovative methods for research and how to research social media will be explored.

Sex, Sexualities and Society

Although sexuality is a relatively recent concept, issues concerned with sexuality have a long history in cultures across the world. On this module you will explore how our contemporary views towards sexuality have evolved and the social forces that shape current debates, questions and arguments.

A Dangerous World? Risk, Anxiety and the Media

In this module you will explore how society constructs notions of risk, danger and dangerousness. You will understand how the media functions in creating heightened anxieties in the population and how and why politicians respond to these anxieties. You will critically analyse stories in the media and form your own judgements about phenomena presented as being a risk to society, exploring the social impact of themes as diverse as Covid-19, crime, mental health, islamophobia and youth culture.

Aggression, Violence and Abuse: A Sociological Perspective

You will use a sociological perspective to investigate the causes and impact of aggression, violence and abuse. Drawing on historical sources, you will note how social attitudes evolve and discuss the influence of feminism and other social movements in framing current debates. You will explore the life chances of victims of aggression violence and abuse as well as themes as diverse as child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, cyberbullying, harassment and hate crimes. You will investigate implications of these topics for individuals, society and social change.

Independent Project

On this independent project, you will engage in in a longer-term analytical piece of research on a topic relevant to sociology and criminology.

You will conduct an in-depth investigation into an aspect of the course that particularly interests you.

You could undertake research that fits into a qualitative or a quantitative framework, complete a business-related project to consider the needs of students developing their own businesses, or choose a topic that prepares you for your future career.

Making A Difference: Preparation for Professional Careers

This module offers another opportunity to get involved in real social issues. You will develop your communication, problem-solving and other employability skills as you explore a topic of your choice.

Music, TV and Film in a Changing World

With a specific focus on the 21st Century and the latter part of the 20th Century, this module will take you on a journey through key social changes and movements as reflected and shaped by music, TV and film. You will discuss a range of topics starting with the protest songs of the 1960s and explore how music has influenced and been shaped by key events and societal changes, and explore how film, TV and other media forms have highlighted society.

Sexual Offenders: Across the Life Course

This module will introduce you to the theoretical models that underpin sexually problematic behaviours perpetrated across the life course, while considering the typology of offenders in this cohort.

Young People and Crime

You will examine the factors that contribute to young people becoming involved in crime and consider crimes committed against them. You will explore the Youth Justice System in the UK and the interventions offered to young people to reduce their offending behaviour.


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Where you could go after your studies

This BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology degree prepares you for a range of careers across the industry. You could work in welfare careers like social work or the probation service or in areas such as the prison service, police or the Home Office. You could work in criminal justice, the legal system, or HM Revenue and Customs. Other areas include counselling, education and working for the local government.


You will develop your research skills during the course so you could work as a researcher in large company or the Civil Service. Many students also go on to postgraduate studies and become independent researchers.

Potential Careers include:

  • Social worker
  • Community development worker
  • Probation officer
  • Prison officer
  • Counsellor
  • Human rights officer
  • Advice worker
  • Teacher
  • Social researcher

Further Study

You may decide to continue your study at the University of Chichester and undertake a postgraduate degree. Our postgraduate courses offer you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and greatly improve your career prospects. Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include Masters, PGCE and PhD.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2023/24

UK fee
International fee

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

tariff points.
6.0 overall
with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent if English is not your first language.

Non-standard Application Entry Routes

The University has an alternative entry route for applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the formal minimum entry qualifications required. Applicants who demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to enter a course of higher education will be asked to complete an entry task involving the completion of specially set assignments.


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