Criminology and Sociology

BA (Hons)

Study level
Undergraduate
Years
3-9 years
Award
Degree
Study Option
Online
BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

Course Overview

Perfect for students who want to explore the phenomenon of crime and social values, this criminology and sociology degree will give you answers to the most pressing questions. Ready to start your journey to a career in social science? If so, enrolling with Arden University is your next step.

Designed to give you an insight into the world of human behaviour and crime, this course explores the causes, consequences, enforcement and social implications that crime has on modern society – preparing you to become a well-rounded, confident future professional in whichever industry fits you best. 

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With our criminology and sociology degree, you'll get the opportunity to explore large-scale issues such as poverty and social injustice, alongside micro-studies of social policies. While studying, you’ll focus on ways to understand crime - including policing and the criminal justice system - as well as an in-depth look into victims and offenders.

Modules

You have 3-9 years to complete this course, meaning that you can take up to 3 years to complete each level. However, many of our students complete their criminology and sociology course within 3-6 years.

Level 4

  • Effective Interdisciplinary Study
  • Crime & Society
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Medicalisation of the Self
  • Inequalities in the Modern World

Level 5

  • Research and Ethics in Action
  • Contemporary Debates in Criminology
  • Environmental Criminology
  • Abnormality & The Deviant Other
  • Policing and Police Powers
  • Protests, Mass Movements & Rebellion

Level 6

  • Cybercrime
  • Youth Justice
  • Consumer Society & The Commodification of Beings
  • Insecurity & Precariousness in the Globalised World
  • Research Planning & Project

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. These include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

Eligibility

Our BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology degree has standard entry requirements. To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have:

  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English is accepted

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here.

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study this criminology and sociology degree.

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experiences.
 

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Before getting started with your criminology and sociology course, it’s always nice to know the faces of who you’ll be learning from. The School of Law & Criminology is made up of multi-disciplinary lecturers, who bring a wealth of academic experience with them. The use of an evidence-based approach provides students with the opportunity to develop skills that can be applied to the workplace. 

We don’t expect students at undergraduate level to already have a clear career path in mind when enrolling with us. This course is designed to equip you with a range of transferable skills that will allow you to understand two unique disciplines in-depth, so you’ll eventually feel confident enough to make a decision about where your future lies. 

What can a criminology and sociology degree do for me?

Studying a criminology and sociology course will open up a world of opportunity for your future. While studying, you'll cover a breadth of topics that will develop and enhance your skillset, including: 

  • Analysis and evaluation of data
  • Effective written and verbal communication
  • Imaginative and creative thinking
  • Independent learning
  • Inter-disciplinary research
  • The ability to devise solutions to social issues
  • The presentation of research in a variety of formats

What can I do after Arden University?

A criminology and sociology university course will help to launch your future as a smart, forward-thinking professional, so after graduating, you’ll be spoilt for choice on which career path to go for! Some of your career options could include: 

  • Social work
  • Counselling
  • Crime prevention
  • Community work
  • Court services
  • Mental Health
  • Human Resources (HR)
  • Central and Local Government
  • Research
  • Marketing
  • Advertising

Your next step into the professional world

Studying with Arden is all about getting career-ready. Alongside your criminology and sociology course, you’ll also have access to several extra online resources for professional development. You can use these to explore a specialist area of interest and to enhance your CV even further.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to student support advisors who are exclusively there to help you. They’ll help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll have guidance at every stage of your degree from our extensive community of students and fellow alumni, who can offer 1-2-1 advice for your future beyond Arden University.

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, iLearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 
 

Got other commitments? Studying a criminology and sociology degree has never been easier. Our online learning model fits around your lifestyle, so you can study at a time and pace that works best for you.

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I chose online learning because I do not currently have the capacity to attend classes as my days are full with running my household, my elderly parents’ household and tending to the needs of my 3-year-old. Online studying has been extremely helpful because it provides the flexibility I need in order to study at random times during the day or night.

Cynthia Blow
Cynthia Blow
BSc (Hons) Psychology
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Online Learning

How does it work?

With online learning, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also communicate and collaborate with your tutor and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.