Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £1,540 *
International Fees £2,240 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

Immigration, human trafficking, social injustice and youth unemployment make headline news almost daily. These are the key issues of our time. If you’re interested in such issues, and want to understand how migration is linked to global inequalities, or the role of social media in protest movements, then you should consider studying sociology and criminology. Combined, these two disciplines develop your sociological and criminological imagination and answer questions about society and its various institutions.

You’ll be taught by active researchers, whose expertise includes human rights, migration, education, gender, ‘race’ and ethnicity, social movements, youth justice, families, media and psychology. As a student on the Sociology and Criminology BA, you’ll have access to a wide range of specialist option modules in both disciplines, and you’ll have the opportunity to take a work experience module in either your second or third year.

This combined degree enables you sufficiently specialise in criminology to enter professions connected to the criminal justice system, but also benefit from the broader careers available to sociologists. You will also gain the transferable skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development. Our students go on to careers in the police and police-supporting organisations, crime prevention, the probation service, the charity and non-governmental organisations sector, local and central government, teaching, social work, youth work, and many more.

This programme offers a unique curriculum which cannot be studied at any other UK university. A distinctive feature of the course is our use of London as a learning and teaching resource, with several modules offering field trips around the city such as museum visits and themed street walks. As a Sociology and Criminology BA student at Westminster, you’ll be part of a diverse and international student culture, and you can also gain valuable experience studying abroad for a semester.

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, practice classes and workshops, online discussions, individual and group tutorials, and field trips. We make use of a wide range of assessment methods to suit different learning styles, from essays and exams to portfolios, research reports, policy analyses, group presentations, and your final year dissertation.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Crime and the London Underworld
  • Controversies in Criminal Justice
  • Identity and Society
  • Introducing Gender
  • Introduction to Media and Cultural Studies
  • Justice and Human Rights
  • London Explored
  • Psychology and Crime
  • Researching Crime and Society
  • The Criminological Imagination
  • Thinking Sociologically
  • Understanding Race

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Education Now
  • Emotional Life
  • Forensic Criminal Psychology
  • Gender, Crime and Justice
  • Globalisation and the Media
  • Globalisation, Crime and Control
  • Modern Social Theory
  • Race, Crime and Justice
  • Radical Criminology
  • Research Methods in Sociology and Criminology
  • Sexualities
  • The Sociology of Religion
  • Work Experience
  • Youth, Crime and Justice
  • Youth, Culture and Identity

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Combined Honours Dissertation
  • Contemporary Gender Studies: Feminist Theory and Beyond
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Consuming Race
  • Crossing Borders and Boundaries: Migration, Identity and Culture
  • Families, Intimacies and Personal Life
  • Gender, Education and Identity
  • Human Rights and Global Injustice
  • Immigration, Crime and Control
  • Issues in State Crime
  • Life and Death: The Medicalisation of the Body
  • Making the News
  • Media and Crime
  • Perils and Pleasures: A London Sociology of Leisure
  • Politics, Protest and the Public Sphere
  • Psychology of Crime and the Popular Imagination
  • Punishment and Modern Society
  • Research in Action
  • Victims of Crime
  • Work Experience in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A Levels – BBC

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma / National Diploma – DMM / D*D*
  • Access to HE Diploma – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSEs - minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each element.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each element.

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International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements.

Find out how to apply for the Foundation Certificate course.

Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

Careers

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

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Studying Criminology

Studying Sociology

What our students say

Jack O’Mahony

Jack O’Mahony

Sociology and Criminology BA

I feel that the degree has made me far more confident in critically analysing, interpreting and understanding numerous different aspects of society I had previously studied and opened up a much greater understanding of topics I hadn’t studied before, across a variety of aspects of everyday life.

I was fortunate to have access to a wide range of modules, allowing me to explore a diversity of topics. This was enhanced even more by my decision to do a joint honours degree, allowing greater control over – and variation in – what I studied.

Regent Campus experience

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £1,540 (Price per 20-credit module)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £2,240 (Price per 20-credit module)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites all situated on and around one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is based at 309 Regent Street and includes recently refurbished social spaces and gym facilities. Students in the faculty are also taught at our Wells Street site. Westminster Law School resides at Little Titchfield Street. Alongside a full mock courtroom, hi-tech learning spaces and a pro-bono clinic, it also houses our state-of-the-art, 382-seat lecture theatre. For more details, visit our locations page.

 

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