Course Title Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons)
Code LL31

Overview of the Course

Studying Criminology and Sociology at Bury College will provide you with a sound understanding of the key conceptual and substantive issues involved in the study of society, crime and criminal justice. This course, which is validated by the University of Bolton, will develop your critical awareness skills, and introduce you to the nature and scope of research, both in the field and as a process of information generation.

What are the career opportunities?

Where possible, you will benefit from additional activities such as field visits, portfolio surgeries, guest speakers, workshops and relevant placements. You will also have the opportunity to develop your research skills throughout the three year programme utilising both qualitative and quantitative methods. Upon successful completion of your course careers you may follow include social work, journalism, probation, market research, human resources, welfare rights and the police.

What are the entry requirements?

104 UCAS points from at least three A Levels (or equivalent) in any subjects, or an Access to Higher Education Diploma, plus five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English. You may be required to attend an interview and an assessment.

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Course Duration

3 years

What topics will I study?

Level 4:

  • Theories of sociology

  • Introducing cultural studies

  • Crime in society

  • Power to the people - Civil unrest and social conflict

  • Social stratification and Inequality

  • Criminal Justice Human rights, with research skills

Level 5:

  • Classical thinkers and contemporary challengers: unpicking sociological theories

  • Theoretical Criminology

  • Qualitative Research Methods

  • Quantitative Research Methods

  • Critical approaches to popular culture and the media

  • Prisons and punishment

Level 6:

  • Understanding Terrorism

  • Gender and society

  • Global challenges and Local Perspectives

  • Quantitative Research Methods

  • Environmental crime and the key debates

  • Dissertation


The assessments are varied and include assignments, presentations, portfolio’s academic posters and exams. All of which encourage and develop research skills.

Special Features

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to cater for all styles of learning.

This includes:

  • Lectures

  • Tutorials - usually in groups

  • Presentations - including those given from someone in the field

  • Site visits - where you can gain a working insight into criminal justice institutions

  • Using the virtual learning environment to support study

We place emphasis on the acquisition of individual transferable skills as well as the development of knowledge and skills important to those working in the field.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

All students receive an initial allocation of 600 credits per academic year for printing and photocopying, additional credits can be purchased if required.

To view the course fees please click here.

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