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This course provides you with an understanding of the causes of crime and victimisation. You will make sense of how society responds to crime and criminal behaviour by studying the criminal justice system and punishment. You will begin to understand how characteristics such as race, gender, age and social class relate to individuals' experiences of crime, victimisation and justice.
This course allows you to tailor your study to suit your interests and graduate with the knowledge and skills you need for a fulfilling career. You can explore specialist pathways including: policing, surveillance and crime prevention; inequality, diversity and gender-based violence; psychology, mental health and offending; race, racism, and criminal justice; and young people, crime and justice. The additional pathway of 'applied criminology’ allows you to undertake a placement in a criminology setting. From this, you will gain valuable work experience. As part of the ‘applied’ pathway, you will also have the opportunity to visit the criminal courts and prisons, as well as hear from practitioners. You can also take advantage of a number of volunteering opportunities in relevant work organisations.
This course provides an excellent foundation for a career in a number of criminal justice agencies, including the police, probation or prison services.
This course is taught via lectures, seminars, group work, computer-based learning, and independent study.
Your progress will be assessed with written coursework, research projects, presentations, and exams. throughout the degree you'll have one-to-one support from academic staff.
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.
The Integrated Foundation Year is specially designed to support you where you have just missed the grades required for direct entry onto a three-year degree, or if you have relevant work experience and are now looking to broaden your subject knowledge but want more time to develop study skills before starting your degree.
Entry requirements are provided for guidance only and we may offer you an entrance interview which will help us determine your eligibility for your chosen degree. This enables us to consider making you an offer if you are perhaps a mature student who has been out of education for a period of time, or you have gained significant knowledge and skills through employment rather than traditional education.
Eligible entry qualifications:
1. Normally a minimum of three Level 2 qualifications (NVQ, GCSE or equivalent ), including Maths and English at grade C or above** and a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A or AS Levels, BTEC certificates/diplomas, access courses or equivalent)
2. Demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of post-school work experience.
Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator.
If you are unsure of whether you think you might be suitable for the course, please contact us!
** If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. Equivalent alternative qualifications are also accepted, such as Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have not achieved a grade C in Maths and English we may be able to work with you to ensure that you are able to gain these in the first year of the course, depending on your experience.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
For more information about Integrated Foundation Year programmes, including more detailed module information, please see our Help and Advice articles.
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.
Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Many BSc (Hons) Criminology graduates develop careers in the police, probation and prison services, youth justice agencies, and crime and disorder reduction partnerships.
Graduates have also gone on to work at the civil service, local and central government, voluntary sector, and policy/research institutions.
From 2020, all new police officers in England and Wales will have to be educated to degree level.
The Practical Application in Criminology module enables you to undertake work-based practice in a 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 Prince's Trust Programme.
There may also be opportunities to work in partnership with Probation through some organisations. Your Module Leader and Academic Tutor will help allocate you a placement provider. In doing so, you will complete 84-hours over the course of your second-year studies. On placement, you will be assigned a Placement Supervisor who, in a supportive capacity, will provide you with the opportunity to observe, shadow, and become involved in organisational activities relevant to your interests, knowledge, skills and abilities.
We have 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 courts, and victim support agencies.
The Criminology team can provide students with the opportunity to volunteer as appropriate adults with the National Appropriate Adult Network Scheme in a unique partnership with Northumbria Police. The scheme is the first of its kind in England and moves to address a serious shortage of ‘appropriate adults’ in the region who support vulnerable people in police custody. 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. Volunteers provide a whole host of support, from providing explanations of the custody process to helping them to understand their rights and entitlements. They can offer assistance, advice and emotional support throughout a person’s time in police custody.
The PREVENT Partnership Scheme is an innovative partnership between the University of Sunderland and Northumbria Police; the first of its kind in the UK. The partnership is centred on training student volunteers from the University to become subject matter experts in PREVENT, the UK’s counter-radicalisation programme. PREVENT governs in a non-criminal space through identifying at risk, vulnerable individuals who may be susceptible to radicalisation.
CASS focuses on social issues affecting the region and beyond and engages in research and practice-based collaborations that aim to improve living conditions, address inequalities and social exclusion and promote social justice.
Currently, our research focuses on three strands: children, young people and families; communities, health and social exclusion; and crime, victims and social justice. CASS runs a free, monthly lecture series which showcases research in these strands which is open to all.
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