Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Social Sciences

Undergraduate study


BSc (Hons)

Criminology and Social Policy

Department of Social Sciences

Year of entry: 2015

The Criminology and Social Policy degree helps you gain an understanding of crime and criminology and social issues and problems, and of how policies are formulated and implemented to try to alleviate the problems. Teaching is by lectures, small group tutorials and class exercises.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • Ranked 1st for Social Policy
    (National Student Survey 2013)
  • 100% of students satidfied with the course
Optional Six Month Study Abroad

Students can choose to visit a University abroad to study for six months. This a wonderful opportunity to enhance language skills and experience living abroad. This six month period is taken during the second year of the course.

Optional English Language Assistantship Placement

This involves the option of taking a four year degree, in which a student can apply for a British Council placement to work as an English language assistant in a school abroad during their third year. This is paid employment and earns the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) which is an additional qualification to the final degree.

Optional Placement Schemes

Other placement schemes operated by the University may also be undertaken with the approval of the operating Department, which may lead to the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS), or the Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS), depending on the scheme. 

Note that employability skills are studied throughout the course and are tied to academic content.

Further opportunities for short-term placements, mentoring, work shadowing, and voluntary work can be explored via the University’s Careers and Employability Centre.


We look for bright individuals who are interested in the subject area of Criminology and Social Policy.

If you are offered a place you will be invited to one of our regular Open Days held from January to March, so that you can tour the campus, learn more about the degree and meet staff and current students. We welcome applications from mature students, who normally meet with an individual member of staff to discuss their academic intentions.


Assessment is normally by a combination of examinations and coursework, though in Year 1 some modules are wholly coursework assessed and some are wholly examination assessed. In Years 2 and 3 the usual combination is 50% examination and 50% coursework, while the final year project is assessed by a dissertation.

Career Prospects

Our students go on to a wide variety of careers in the private, public and voluntary sectors. A proportion enter welfare-related careers such as probation and social work, while others join the police, the prison service, management training schemes, and the personnel departments of large companies. A number go on to do postgraduate study or teacher training.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time ML24
BSc (Hons) DIntS/DPS/DIS 4 years full-time sandwich LL64

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy A & B
  • Crime and Social Welfare: Policy in Practice
  • Study Skills
  • Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis 1 & 2
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology

Optional modules include

  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Politics
  • Languages (French, German, Spanish, Mandarin)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Criminological Theory
  • Research Methods: Data Collection
  • Operational Policing Issues
  • Understanding Criminology Research on Offending 
  • Plus a selection of optional modules
Optional Placement Year
Final Year

Compulsory modules

  • Criminology/Social Policy Dissertation
  • Crime Prevention
  • The Criminal Justice System in England and Wales
  • Plus a selection of optional modules

Optional modules currently offered include:

  • Children, Young People and Risk
  • Women and Crime: Victims, Offenders and Survivors
  • State Surveillance and Deviant Bodies
  • Victimology
  • Crime and Deviance in Sport
  • Children’s Interactions
  • Human Sexualities
  • Political Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • The Social Psychology of Everyday Life
  • The Media in Global Context 
  • Persuasion and Communication
  • Youth Culture and the Media
  • Producing the News
  • Popular Music and Society
  • Media, Memory and History
  • Media Panics
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Inequalities
  • Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism
  • Debating Society
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Race and Racism
  • Sociology of Tourism

Please note that optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: ML24 BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

BBB/ABC (General Studies accepted). The third A-Level may be substituted by two AS-Levels
BB-BC, plus majority B grades in Highers
32 points including 5 at SL in English
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM profile

UCAS code: LL64 BSc (Hons) DIntS/DPS/DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

BBB/ABC (General Studies accepted). The third A-Level may be substituted by two AS-Levels
BB-BC, plus majority B grades in Highers
32 points including 5 at SL in English
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM profile

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: ML24

BSc (Hons) DIntS/DPS/DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: LL64


Contact us

Department of Social Sciences
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU

Tel: +44 (0)1509 223365

More about this course

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