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What makes an act a crime? Who is a criminal? Why do people commit crime at all? How do they stop offending? What makes someone vulnerable to victimisation?
Criminology is the study of crime and criminality within society. It is a diverse area of study which includes exploring: criminal justice policy; the criminal justice system and its practitioners; social inequality, and the relevance of demographic attributes such as gender, ethnicity and race, sexuality, mental health and social inequalities to crime and victimisation. Its focus is to understand the causes and consequences of crime and how we manage and respond to it as a society. This BSc (Hons) Criminology course explores the key issues and debates around crime and victimisation in society today. You will cover topical and dynamic content, reflecting current issues, policy and practice within the criminal justice system.
We provide extensive opportunities for you to volunteer and gain career-relevant experience, to ensure you graduate with the transferable skills, broad knowledge-base and critical awareness that studying Criminology provides. You will take part in continuous training to become a social researcher - which is a valuable extra skill to have for future employment. Those who study BSc (Hons) Criminology want to work with some of the most vulnerable and dangerous people in society and we will help to equip you with the skills to do it.
A typical week will include a range of lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, computer-based learning and independent study. You will be assessed by methods such as written coursework, essays, research projects and presentations.
You'll be given the opportunity to specialise in areas such as Criminal Justice, Vulnerability and Social Care and Inequality and Social Justice.
Throughout your studies you will have a designated personal tutor and one-to-one support from academic staff at the University to help you develop your skills and get the best out of your assignments.
If you choose to study this course part-time, you will study the same course as full-time students, over a longer period of time. If you choose to study part-time you will typically complete 40-80 credits a year rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All of our modules are taught during the day and you will be studying alongside full-time students.
BSc (Hons) Criminology is a flexible degree which gives you the opportunity to specialise in the areas which interest you the most. In addition to a broad range of Criminology modules, you can choose from options in Sociology and Health and Social Care.
The Social Sciences and Law Integrated Foundation Year includes five modules:
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
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We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.
The annual fee for this course is £9,250 but you will receive £3,000 cashback in Year 1 of the full undergraduate course.
In addition, you may receive free travel across the Tyne and Wear region and a University of Sunderland StudyPLUS Card loaded with additional offers up to the value of £200, plus a bundle of study skills books worth £80.
If you are a full-time UK student you may be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fee and maintenance loan for the full four years.
Please note, this course is not available to international students.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
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A degree in BSc (Hons) Criminology creates a number of career options and you will graduate ready to work in a range of employment settings due to the transferable skills and critical awareness studying Criminology provides. Your skills in analysing data, undertaking research and developing strong arguments will be highly valued by many employers.
Previous graduates now work in various roles within and beyond the criminal justice sector such as policing, probation, policing, youth justice, fields of education, working with vulnerable adults, victim support and roles within the government.
Many of our graduates also choose to continue their studies at masters and PhD level.
We have strong links with a number of organisations which offer placements and voluntary work opportunities, including Northumbria Police, the Probation Service, HM Prison Service, youth offender teams, community rehabilitation companies, criminal court and victim support agencies. This gives you the opportunity to gain valuable experience in an area you're interested in which will help you in your career once you graduate.
You can also choose to incorporate an 84-hour work placement in your degree. You'll have the opportunity to work with criminal justice agencies or organisations such as criminal justice agency or an organisation which supports people who are at risk of offending or who have been in contact with a criminal justice agency. Examples include: Shelter, Campus Police, Changing Lives, NEPACS, NERAF and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue and the Prince's Trust programme.
Many of our students remain with the organisation, continuing their volunteer work or in some cases move into paid roles once their placements finish. Placements are an excellent way to gain real-world experience which can help you decide which career path to take and whether a particular job role is for you.
We are incredibly proud to have founded the Northumbria Local Appropriate Adult Scheme in a unique partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner and Northumbria Police. The Scheme is the first of its kind in the country and moves to address a serious shortage of appropriate adults in the region. You will be trained under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984 to provide a 24-hour volunteer service across the Northumbria Police force area. As a volunteer you will offer assistance, advice and emotional support throughout a person's time in police custody. Taking part in the scheme not only gives you the opportunity to gain real-world experience but also enables you to undertake a professional Level 2 accreditation in working as an appropriate adult with vulnerable adults and juveniles.
The University of Sunderland's Centre for Applied Social Studies (CASS) combines original academic research with practice-based collaborations and reach-out activities, often working directly with practitioners, policy-makers and front-line delivery staff, regionally, nationally and internationally. The mission of CASS reflects that of the University's aim as a civic university: to take an active interest in the social issues that affect the region and beyond by engaging in research and practice-based collaborations that aim to improve living conditions, address inequalities and social exclusion and promote social justice.
CASS regularly hosts visiting speakers and holds events which can be an excellent way to learn from the real-life experience of people who already have a strong track record in sociological and social policy-related social research.
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