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BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology

New for 2021 entry

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

Top 30
UK University
For courses and lecturers
5 Star
Rating for inclusiveness, teaching, and facilities
1. Guardian University Guide 2021 | 2. WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020 | 3. QS Stars University Rating

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 96 – 112 (A levels or combination with AS/EPQ/BTEC/Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBC – CCC
  • BTEC/Cambridge Technical: DMM – MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 12 Distinctions and 15 Merits
  • GCSEs: English language at grade C/4 or above
  • International Baccalaureate: 26 - 28 points


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

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

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

Course content

We are excited to bring you this course for 2021 entry. 

Course overview

The study of sociology and criminology sit hand in hand. Sociology looks at the study of society and human behaviour while criminology delves into who and why people commit crimes. Studying the two will allow you to explore sociological issues such as race, gender and poverty and how it relates to crime and punishment.

If you’re interested in the issues within the criminal justice system and the impact this has on groups and the rehabilitation of individuals, then this course is ideal for you. A career in this field will challenge you to make a difference.

Why study this course?

  • Be taught by a team who have rubbed shoulders with criminals
  • Explore a good mix of sociology, criminology, psychology and social policy topics
  • There's a focus on what is going on in the 21st century and how this can affect the future
  • Employability skills such as decision making and critical analysis are built into the degree
  • Assignments are linked to real-world issues
  • There are opportunities for you to focus on topics that interest you

Take a look at our Sociology brochure [PDF].

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • Substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Costa Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's main Campus including Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Visit us

Would you like to visit the campus? Take a look at the different ways that you can explore our facilities.

Indicative modules

Year One

Why Sociology Matters I and II

This module will explore key sociological principles and theories. It will discuss the role of Sociology in understanding the world we live in and provide the knowledge and skills to start you on your journey of ‘thinking sociologically’. You'll understand why the discipline of Sociology provides fascinating insights into so many aspects of our social world. You will develop your ability to think analytically and be able to provide supporting evidence for your views and opinions. 

Criminal Law 1

Be introduced 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.

Crime and Punishment

This exciting module will look at key issues and debates in criminology. These topic areas will form the foundation for theory and knowledge covered through the rest of the degree. Some of the topics will include origins of crime, categorization of crime, theories of crime and the psychological frameworks of crime.

Social Identities and Inequalities I and II

A place of safety, nurture and stability or a site of oppression, conflict and turmoil? An institution under threat by the forces of political correctness or a concept in need of revision to reflect the modern world? Sociologists have explored those opposing views and perspectives that better reflect the range of experience of what it means to be a ‘family’. This module will draw upon sociological theory and contemporary research to enable you to develop your own understanding of family and social change. 

Ageing and the Life Course

What is ‘childhood’? How would you define ‘old age’? You may think the answers to these questions are straightforward, defined by the number of years a person has been alive. However, this module explores how childhood and old age are ‘socially constructed’, from the historical view of children as merely ‘mini adults’ through the invention of the ‘teenager’ to the contemporary view of old age as being defined as about 20 years older than the person doing the defining. We will discuss how government policy has attempted to keep pace with changing social attitudes and begin to ask questions about what kind of society we should grow up in.

Crime and Society          

Theories surrounding crime and its conceptual construction will be explored. Alongside this, a consideration of the role and function of law in society will be made. You will undertake an exploration of what leads people to commit crime and will consider the relevance of class, culture, age and gender. Historical links to criminal behaviour, mental health, religion and sexuality will also be explored.


Year Two 

Being Human: Emotions and Behaviour in Social Life

What does it mean to be ‘human’? This question has puzzled human beings throughout the centuries. Answers have been found in religion and philosophy as well as the obvious studies of biology. However, recent advances in psychology, sociology and neuroscience have revealed just how important emotions are in shaping human behaviour, social attitudes and the social structures we experience every day. From questions of ‘love’, ‘anger’, ‘fear’ and ‘hate’ to the daily impact of our feelings on how we behave at work and in our relationships. This fascinating module aims to revolutionise how you see the world around you.

Sex, Sexualities and Society

Sexualities is a relatively recent concept. However, the issues that we understand as being concerned with sexuality have a long history in cultures across the world. This module will explore how our contemporary views have evolved and the social forces that shape current debates, questions and arguments. 

Analysing Social Problems 

In this module we will draw upon ethical principles to explore the questions of ‘what is right and wrong?’ and ‘what should be done?’. We 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. The module will have a cross-disciplinary focus, drawing on insights from human psychology to inform our discussions. You will learn how people think and the common biases and mental shortcuts that can lead to prejudice and faulty decision making.

Mental Health and Forensic Psychology

This module is designed to provide the opportunity for students to explore a comprehensive range of key construct, theories, and research in clinical and forensic psychology. We will examine the numerous ways that psychological research, methods, and expertise are applied to both the study of psychopathology and to issues that come before the legal system.  

Culture, Media and Society

Criminology Classics and Controversies

This module will provide a comprehensive and critical knowledge of classic and contemporary criminological cases and the role of criminology in today’s understanding of different forms of crime. You will have the opportunity to compare and contrast as well as note the similarities on profiles of criminological cases.

Research Methods

The module will prepare you, both to conduct your own research but also to analyse the research of others. The skills and knowledge that you acquire are intended to be transferrable to the world of work and therefore enhance your employability.

Criminal Law 2

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.


Year Three

Making a Difference 2: Preparation for Professional Careers

This offers a further opportunity for immersion in real social issues. The module additionally aims to develop communication, problem-solving and other employability skills. The course is designed to create a bridge into professional careers or further postgraduate training.        

Aggression, Violence and Abuse: a Sociological Perspective

Taking a sociological perspective, this module investigates the causes and impact of aggression, violence and abuse. Drawing on historical sources, we will note how social attitudes evolve and discuss the influence of feminism and other social movements in framing current debates. We will explore the impact of aggression violence and abuse upon individuals and their life chances. Themes as diverse as child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, cyberbullying, harassment and hate crimes will be explored within the context of their implications for individuals, society and social change. 

Sexual Offenders – Across the Life Course

You'll be introduced to the theoretical models that underpin sexually problematic behaviours perpetrated across the life course whilst considering the typology of offenders within this cohort.

A Dangerous World? Risk, Anxiety and the Media

In this module, we 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'll critically analyse stories in the media and form your own judgements about those phenomena that are presented as being a risk to society. You will explore the social impact of themes as diverse as Covid-19, crime, mental health, islamophobia and youth culture. The module will give you new insights into your understanding of the world and will enable you to gain a fresh perspective on the issues that often dominate the news.

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. From the protest songs of the 1960s, via Punk and Dance music we will explore how music has influenced and been shaped by key events and societal changes. Similarly, we will explore how film, TV and other media forms have shone a light on the society we inhabit.

Young People and Crime

This module focuses solely on young people and crime. You'll examine what factors contribute to young people becoming involved in crime and considers crime committed against them. Attention will additionally be paid to the Youth Justice System in the UK and the interventions offered to young people to reduce their offending behaviour.

Independent Project (Dissertation)

The independent project is designed to engage you in a longer-term and analytical piece of research on a topic relevant to Sociology and Criminology. It builds upon your Level 5 research module. The final independent project allows you to conduct an in-depth investigation into an aspect of your course that particularly interests you. You will be given, in other words, as broad a choice as possible. This might include research that fits into either a qualitative or a quantitative framework. The Independent Project may also be business related to consider the needs of students already or considering developing their own business. Alternatively, you may choose to research a topic that prepares you for your future career choice or a subject that has captured your interest over the previous two years.

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