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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Become proficient at using both sociological and criminological approaches to solve complex problems in real casework on cold cases and case reviews
  • Consider in-depth many aspects of human experience, including the sociology of deviance, social activism, and the context of crime
  • Learn from a teaching team with wide ranging practitioner experience offering genuine insight into the criminal justice system
  • Benefit from interactive and practical teaching approaches that bring theory and practice to life

Criminology has never been concerned solely with crime. Criminologists have always wanted to define the nature of crime and explain its social causes. Although you learn a lot about both criminology and sociology on our joint honours programme, the unique value of its interdisciplinary approach is that it provides deeper insights into the nature and origin of crime.

Over three years, you learn to apply both sociological and criminological theories to complex problems. You learn about the relationship of social inequalities and divisions to crime and deviance, and analyse the best ways to control crime. These might include new policing methods, but also potential changes to housing, welfare and education policies. Or it might mean developing new strategies for the work of the prison and probation services.

Year 1 is foundational and you are introduced to the key theories, concepts and perspectives within both criminology and sociology. These include Communities, Identities and Crime, and Social Policy.

In Year 2, you can focus on a range of sociological themes, such as human rights, youth studies, race, migration, the environment and climate change, while also studying criminological theory. You also develop an understanding of applied research skills and knowledge.

In Year 3, you explore more specialised aspects and undertake research into a topic of your choice to write a dissertation within either criminology or sociology. But there are also more opportunities to follow up a range of special interests, from Crime and Deviance, to Globalised Crime: Organised Crime and Cyber Crime in criminology, and from Substance Use and Misuse, to Ideology, Conflict and Terrorism, in sociology.

The interdisciplinary approach makes this degree suitable for many professions. You acquire sharp research and analytical skills and a broad social scientific base from which to explore a range of job opportunities. Graduates find careers in health and social care, education, marketing and PR, management and human resources, as well as the public sector, including agencies within the criminal justice system.

Careers

Graduates have become historians working in museums and heritage sites. Others work within teaching, retailing, the arts, marketing and local, regional and national Government.

94% of our 2016/17 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course.

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours

Independent learning: 912 hours

Placement: 12 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
Independent learning: 960 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

The University library is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Assessment

Our validated courses 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.

We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

50% coursework
25% written exams
25% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

79% coursework
7% written exams
14% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

84% coursework
8% written exams
8% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

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

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2019 Entry: 96-112 points

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

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International Students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0) 1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Criminology 15
Law Government and Policy 15
Police and Police Work 15
Classical Criminological Theory 15
Issues and Debates in Social Policy 15
Understanding Society and the Uses of Sociology 15
Understanding the Family & Intimate Relationships 15
Identity, Equality & Diversity 15

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Contemporary Criminological Theory 15
Penology 15
Applied Research Skills 15
Optional Modules
  • Comparative Criminal Justice 15 Credits
  • Criminological Fieldtrip 15 Credits
  • Criminological Identities and Contemporary Issues 15 Credits
  • Landscapes of Conflict 15 Credits
  • Writings on Crime, Morality and Deviance 15 Credits
  • Violent Crime 15 Credits
  • Volunteering in Criminology 15 Credits
  • The Environment, Climate Change and Globalisation 15 Credits
  • Disability and Society 15 Credits
  • Human Rights, Social Activism and Public Sociology 15 Credits
  • Race, Ethnicity and Migration 15 Credits
  • Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Society 15 Credits
  • Youth and Social Change 15 Credits
  • Understanding Urban and Rural Societies 15 Credits
  • Volunteering for Sociology 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Contemporary Criminological Theory 15
Penology 15
Applied Research Skills 15
Optional Modules
  • Comparative Criminal Justice 15 Credits
  • Criminological Fieldtrip 15 Credits
  • Criminological Identities and Contemporary Issues 15 Credits
  • Landscapes of Conflict 15 Credits
  • Writings on Crime, Morality and Deviance 15 Credits
  • Violent Crime 15 Credits
  • Volunteering in Criminology 15 Credits
  • The Environment, Climate Change and Globalisation 15 Credits
  • Disability and Society 15 Credits
  • Human Rights, Social Activism and Public Sociology 15 Credits
  • Race, Ethnicity and Migration 15 Credits
  • Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Society 15 Credits
  • Youth and Social Change 15 Credits
  • Understanding Urban and Rural Societies 15 Credits
  • Volunteering for Sociology 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Dissertation in Sociology OR Extended Independent Study in Criminology 30
Optional Modules
  • Criminological Investigation Miscarriages of Justice, The Justice Project OR Criminological Investigation Investigating Serious Crimes 15 Credits
  • Organised Crime 15 Credits
  • Policing Society 15 Credits
  • Criminological Psychology 15 Credits
  • Sport and Crime 15 Credits
  • Understanding Political Violence. The Contradictions of Terrorism 15 Credits
  • Forensic Criminology 15 Credits
  • The Politics of Crime 15 Credits
  • Crime and Humanity 15 Credits
  • Riots, Protest and the Law 15 Credits
  • Drug and Alcohol: Use and Control 15 Credits
  • Criminal Bodies 15 Credits
  • Criminology Independent Project 15 Credits
  • Gender and Sexualities  15 Credits
  • Social Movements and Protests in the Internet Age 15 Credits
  • Substance Use and Misuse 15 Credits
  • Ideology, Conflict and Terrorism 15 Credits
  • Globalisation, Beauty and the Media 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Dissertation in Sociology OR Extended Independent Study in Criminology 30
Optional Modules
  • Criminological Investigation Miscarriages of Justice, The Justice Project OR Criminological Investigation Investigating Serious Crimes 15 Credits
  • Organised Crime 15 Credits
  • Policing Society 15 Credits
  • Criminological Psychology 15 Credits
  • Sport and Crime 15 Credits
  • Understanding Political Violence. The Contradictions of Terrorism 15 Credits
  • Forensic Criminology 15 Credits
  • The Politics of Crime 15 Credits
  • Crime and Humanity 15 Credits
  • Riots, Protest and the Law 15 Credits
  • Drug and Alcohol: Use and Control 15 Credits
  • Criminal Bodies 15 Credits
  • Criminology Independent Project 15 Credits
  • Gender and Sexualities  15 Credits
  • Social Movements and Protests in the Internet Age 15 Credits
  • Substance Use and Misuse 15 Credits
  • Ideology, Conflict and Terrorism 15 Credits
  • Globalisation, Beauty and the Media 15 Credits

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 www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

2019 Course Tuition Fees* 

 UK/EU

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,300
Year 2 £9,250 £13,300
Year 3 £9,250 £13,300
Total £27,750 £39,900
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £28,450 £40,600

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2019, 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 for UK and EU students.

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. 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.

UK/EU 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 £77.08 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 £6,938.

International 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 £110.83 and a 15 credit module is £1,662.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 2019 fees are subject to Board approval.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

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. Indicative cost is £450 for each trip.

Printing and binding

We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
L390
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
Location
On campus, Winchester