Undergraduate study2017

BSc (Hons)

Criminology and Social Policy

Department of Social Sciences

Year of entry: 2017

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.

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BSc (Hons)

Criminology and Social Policy

Department of Social Sciences

Year of entry: 2017

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.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • Ranked 2nd for Communication and Media Studies (The Times Good University Guide 2016)
  • Ranked 5th for Social Policy (The Guardian University Guide 2016)
  • 96% of graduates in work or further study (2014 graduates)

Studying Criminology and Social Policy helps you to gain a critical understanding of crime. Our course explores why anti-social, deviant and criminal behaviour happens, how the criminal justice system operates, and the key role social policy and welfare play in tackling the problem of crime.

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

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

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.

Graduate destinations

Our students go on to a wide variety of careers in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Some 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

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 / study year

Salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

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

A-Level
ABB (General Studies accepted). The third A-Level may be substituted by two AS-Levels
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
BB, plus majority B grades in Highers
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM
Additional

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

A-Level
ABB (General Studies accepted). The third A-Level may be substituted by two AS-Levels
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
BB, plus majority B grades in Highers
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM
Additional

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

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band A course) £14,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

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.

Department / School Key Information Sets

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

UCAS code: LL64

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: ML24

Our students

Neeya Braich

“The Social Sciences Department at Loughborough is one of the best in the country, which will help later in life when looking for a career.”

Dane Karaman

“I really enjoy that everyone is all together on campus and you feel like you’re part of a huge family. There is no feeling quite like being in the Loughborough Bubble.”

Benjamin Stokes

“The teaching quality is extremely high and is consistent throughout all the modules. The lecturers strive to deliver the best content and provide endless support.”

Neeya Braich

“The Social Sciences Department at Loughborough is one of the best in the country, which will help later in life when looking for a career.”

Dane Karaman

“I really enjoy that everyone is all together on campus and you feel like you’re part of a huge family. There is no feeling quite like being in the Loughborough Bubble.”

Benjamin Stokes

“The teaching quality is extremely high and is consistent throughout all the modules. The lecturers strive to deliver the best content and provide endless support.”