The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Criminology and Criminal Justice and Sociology

Why choose this course?

The programme gives students the opportunity to analyse and understand the complexities of the world we live in, particularly in relation to Crime, Criminology and the Criminal Justice system.

You will study a wide range of topics covering both legal and sociological issues of criminology and criminal justice including the social process of crime, the policing of society, social inequalities and the law, punishment and sentencing and the operation of the criminal courts.

The course has real practical application in contemporary society and equips students with knowledge and skills appropriate for a range of graduate roles in criminal justice agencies, including the Police Service, the National Probation service and related fields in the voluntary and public sectors.

The degree provides students with the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice through community-based learning programmes. Community placements enhance your understanding of Sociology and Criminology, deepen your appreciation of civic responsibility and enhance opportunities for employment.

Teaching and learning is designed to support digital literacy. Students will acquire the skills necessary to gather evidence and apply theories to a range of social issues. Students are encouraged to share knowledge and be enterprising with their ideas. Global comparative perspectives are incorporated in the degree providing students with the opportunity to learn about other countries.

What happens on the course?

In Year 1 students are introduced to key concepts and methods that allow you to develop a 'sociological criminological imagination'. You then use this to explore the relationship between citizens and the state, social processes of crime, women’s campaigning and volunteering in the community.

Year 2 deepens your understanding of sociological theories and research methods. This is used as the basis to gain a deeper understanding of crime and punishment, sentencing, crime control and prevention, inequalities in the law and wider issues related to human security.

The final year develops your skills in the methods and theories required for sociological reasoning, and enables you to specialise in contemporary issues in criminology, state crime, sex crime, drug policies and a range of subjects such as Gender and 'Third World' Development, Globalisation, Work and Society, Global Education Issues.

You will have the opportunity to work with an academic supervisor on a project tailored to your own interest or on a related research project within an organisation.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • The combination of Sociology and Criminology and Criminal Justice, provides students with essential theoretical, methodological tools required to describe and analyse aspects of social life.
  • Graduates will have in-depth knowledge and understanding of crime and its consequences, both theoretical and applied.
  • Students have the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice through community-based learning programmes at each level of study.

You will be taught by skilled staff who are committed to high qualityteaching and whoare research-active. Our research-led teaching ensures that you will be learning about the latest debates in policy and practice

What our students think

“My experience of the volunteering placement summed up everything I had learnt throughout my time at the University of Wolverhampton. It was the best thing I did”.

“The Sociology staff are so supportive. My educational journey in Sociology has made me feel I can do anything I want to and do it well. Upon graduating with my degree in Sociology, I decided to do my postgraduate studies at Wolverhampton University too, as the experience of the Sociology staff meant I didn't want to go anywhere else.”

Career path

  • Graduates from this degree course are likely to be attracted to a wide range of careers in the public, statutory and voluntary sectors.
  • There are a range of options in a variety of criminal justice agencies including the police service and the National Probation Service and in related fields such as trading standards, HM Revenues and Customs, UK Border Agency and advocacy posts.
  • Not all graduates wish to work within the criminal justice system, this degree develops knowledge and skills appropriate to a range of careers from the civil service to management and social care.
  • You may go into teaching in Sociology. If you want to become a teacher you will need to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
  • You could also choose to apply for Postgraduate courses in Sociology, Criminology, Social Work, Masters degrees in the Voluntary and Public Sectors.

What skills will you gain?

A successful graduate from this course is expected to be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in Sociology and comprehend the distinctive character of Sociological thought;
  • key concepts and theoretical approaches in relation to crime, responses to crime and the practices of the criminal justice system.

Graduates are also expected to:

  • demonstrate the ability to critically review, analyse and evaluate a wide range of sociological evidence in relation to various disciplined-based theories, and to mobilise a reasoned sociological argument;
  • conduct preliminary research and communicate findings to a range of audiences using appropriate technologies in digitally literate ways;
  • demonstrate a critical awareness of social, political and cultural diversity in the context of criminological theories and the criminal justice system.

Who accredits this course?


Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

You will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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