BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

Criminology and Sociology at Winchester explores and analyses social structures and human relationships, while allowing a focus on crime, criminal behaviour and the criminal justice system.


BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology at University of Winchester

UCAS code: L390

Entry Requirements* 

Typical offer: 

2016 Entry: 240-280 points

2017 Entry: 96-112 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750** (3 years)

International Students

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800** (3 years)

For further details click here

Additional Costs:


  • Core texts: In some modules, students are strongly recommended that they purchase one or two books (usually a general textbook or a sourcebook that is used weekly across a module). 
  • Field trips:  Some optional criminology modules may involve a field trip. Cost £450 for each trip.
  • Printing:  Students may need to pay for poster printing on some modules throughout all years of study. Prices will vary depending on materials, lamination and the amount of students in the group creating the poster. Cost £5 per module.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from: 

UK, EU, World

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**If you are starting your degree in September 2017, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 (Home and EU), £34,800 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

Criminology examines perspectives on the causes of crime and violence and the role and function of the criminal justice system. Students explore the background to, and recent developments in, criminology, social justice and human rights. Sociology develops the skills to explore and enquire about all aspects of social life, focusing on critical issues and problems that are central to contemporary societies.

Year 1 is foundational and provides the basis for more specialised study in Years 2 and 3. It introduced students to the key theories, concepts and perspectives within both Criminology and Sociology. In Year 2, students may choose to focus their studies on a range of sociological  themes such as human rights, youth studies, race, migration, the environment and climate change, while also studying criminological issues. Furthermore, students develop an understanding of research skills and knowledge. Year 3 focuses on more specialised aspects and students undertake research into a topic of their choice within Criminology or Sociology.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Criminology 1: Perceptions and Perspectives
  • Introduction to Criminology 2: Communities, Identities and Crime 
  • Social Policy
  • Understanding Society and the Uses of Sociology

One module from a choice of:

  • Crime and Justice in the 19th Century
  • Developing Academic Skills
  • Portraying Crime and Deviance
  • Conceptualising Crime
  • Police and Police Work

Three optional modules from a choice of:

  • Employability and University Skills
  • Issues and Debates in Social Policy
  • Understanding the Family
  • Identity, Equality and Diversity
  • Health Inequalities
  • Consumption, Culture and Fashion

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Crimiological Theory
  • Applied Research Skills (compulsory if students intend to pursue a Sociology Dissertation) 

Optional modules:

  • Crime, Media and Culture
  • Criminological Investigation: Miscarriages of Justice/Innocence Project
  • Criminal Justice and Punishment
  • Contemporary Criminological Issues
  • Criminological Psychology
  • Applied Techniques: Forensic Archaeology
  • Criminological Research (optional module for those taking their dissertation in Sociology)
  • The Environment, Climate Change and Globalisation
  • Disability and Society
  • Human Rights, Social Activism and Public Sociology
  • Race, Ethnicity and Migration
  • Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Society
  • Youth and Social Change
  • Understanding Urban and Rural Societies
  • Volunteering for Sociology

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Dissertation

Optional modules:

  • Policing Society
  • Sex Crime: Criminal  Justice and Civil Measures
  • Young People, Deviance and Crime
  • Globalised Crime: Organised Crime and Cyber Crime
  • Crime and Humanity
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Gender and Sexualities
  • Social Movements and Protests in the Internet Age
  • Substance Use and Misuse
  • Ideology, Conflict and Terrorism
  • Globalisation, Beauty and the Media
  • Animals and Sociology

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

Teaching team

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library 

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

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