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

Social Sciences

Undergraduate study


Department of Social Sciences

BSc (Hons)

Criminology and Social Policy


Year of entry

Course information

The Criminology and Social Policy degree aims to help 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.

Students can, if they want to, choose one of the two optional schemes:

Why Choose Us?

  • Ranked 3rd for Social Policy (Guardian University Guide 2013)
  • Ranked 5th in UK for world-leading research (RAE exercise 2008)
  • 95% of students in work / study six months after graduating (UNISTATS)
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 award 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 being used by the operating department.


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.

Course structure

Core modules

  • The Criminal Justice System in England and Wales
  • Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy
  • Crime and Social Welfare: Policy in Practice
  • Criminological Theory
  • Equal Opportunities and Diversity
  • Deviance and Social Control
  • Operational Policing Issues
  • Criminology and Social Policy In Action: Social Movements, Protest and Social Change
  • Introduction to Quantitive Data Analysis
  • Study Skills
  • Crime Prevention

Optional modules include:

  • Women and Crime: Victims, Offenders and Survivors
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminology
  • Children, Young People and Risk
  • State Surveillance and Deviant Bodies
  • Victimology
  • Hooliganism
  • Global Sex Industries
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Other optional modules are subject to availability

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

UCAS codes and entry requirements

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.

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-timeUCAS code: ML24

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

BSc (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwichUCAS code: LL64

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

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

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Contact us

Department of Social Sciences
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU

Tel: +44 (0)1509 223365

More about this course

Criminology and Social Policy brochure 2013-14 (PDF)