Sociology with Criminology BA (Hons)

Studying BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology at York St John University will give you the opportunity to explore and address issues that are relevant to contemporary society but where a major part of your work will pursue issues relating to crime and deviance. We have great facilities and a supportive team who will make sure that studying here provides lots of opportunities for the next stage in your development. 

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2017 - 2018: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £10,000 per annum
3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2018

Course overview

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Sociology with Criminology is concerned with the study of social inequalities and divisions, and their relationship with crime and deviance. Students acquire proficiency in using sociological and criminological theories and principles in the analysis of complex problems. They develop a sound understanding of various theoretical perspectives and are trained in the qualitative and quantitative research methods used by sociologists and criminologists. Students develop a critical knowledge of the relationship between theory and empiricism, and apply methods appropriate to the study of sociology and criminology as they initiate, design, plan and execute research. There is an emphasis on the development of reasoned thought and action, and of transferable critical thinking skills. 

Course structure

Level 1

Compulsory modules

  • 1SC001 Introduction to sociological thought
  • 1SC002 Investigating sociologically
  • 1CL002 Fundamentals of Criminology
  • 1SC004 Identity, discourse and ideology
  • 1CL005 Crime & Deviance in the Contemporary World
  • 1SC006 The Sociology of Deviance

All modules are worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

Level 2

Compulsory modules

  • 2CL002 Quantitative Approaches to research
  • 2SC006 Violence and reconciliation
  • 2SC004 Social inequalities: contemporary debates
  • 2SC002 Designing sociological investigations
  • 2CL004 Gender, Sexuality and Crime
  • 2CL005 Ethnicity, Crime and the Criminal Justice System

All modules are worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

Level 3

Compulsory modules

  • 3SC001 Contemporary Social Theory
  • 3SC002 Sociological investigation (40 credits)
  • 3SC005 Sociology of murder

Optional modules

Choose one module from:

  • 3CL005 Crime and Popular Culture
  • 3CL006 Sex Work

And choose one module from:

  • 3SC006 Youth and resistance
  • 3CL007 Youth, Crime and Justice

Teaching & Assessment

We endeavour to provide a positive learning environment and generally avoid large scale lectures. Instead you will experience a range of teaching styles and settings and a variety of approaches to learning. Classes will generally involve tutor-led input interspersed with student activities. Activities may include small group work, discussions, guided reading and librarybased research leading to feedback alongside seminars (small groups of students with a tutor) and tutorials (one-to-one meetings with a tutor). In addition, there is an emphasis on independent study outside of formal teaching sessions. This ‘supported open learning’ (SOL) will include directed reading tasks, student-based project work, engaging with the online virtual learning environment (VLE) and the Learning Centre and encouragement to attend guest lectures and research seminars.

York St John University adopts the position that students are co-producers of knowledge rather than just recipients of it. We see students as an important aspect of a student centred approach. As such there will be opportunities for students to engage in research in different ways such as through the Research Assistant scheme. This provides students with the opportunity to take part in research projects being carried out by staff if successful. York St John University is committed to seeing students as co-creators of knowledge and we aim to ensure that you have opportunities to engage in the study of Criminology rather than just hear about how knowledge is produced.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language

For 2017 entry UCAS has altered how its tariff points are calculated. Calculate your tariff points

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through previous study, wider reading, or personal interest.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Completing volunteer work
  • Work experience
  • Subscribing/reading relevant journals/magazines
  • Doing further relevant study
  • Discussion of future career plans
  • Evidencing transferrable skills e.g. team work, independence, initiative

Candidates should use the personal statement to talk about what they have learnt from their experiences and how this will support their studies. Tell us why you have chosen to study Sociology with Criminology and what you want to get from taking this course. Use it to reveal what interests you.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees for 2018 / 19 entry have not yet been confirmed.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £10,000 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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