BSc Social Policy with Criminology (LM49)

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UCAS code LM49
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study 6 year(s) part-time
Part-time study over six years with daytime, weekday teaching
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 This course was new for 2016 entry and applicants accepted data is not yet available

About BSc Social Policy with Criminology

This is a new pathway within the well-established and highly regarded Social Policy degree at Bristol, offering the opportunity to specialise in the study of criminology within the degree. The BSc Social Policy with Criminology provides you with a unique opportunity to examine the nature, extent and causes of crime, social harm, and deviance in national and international contexts, as well as to understand policy responses to them, within a broader conceptual and theoretical framework of social policy.

The course seeks to address key questions such as:

  • What are the serious crimes and other social harms that people experience? And why do they occur?
  • How effective is criminal justice in tackling and responding to crimes and social harms? Are rising imprisonment rates the answer?
  • Is it possible to imagine alternative systems of justice? And what role does or should social policy play in these debates.

You will take a compulsory first year unit which introduces you to the theoretical and conceptual debates about the meaning and existence of crime/harm/deviance in contemporary society. In the second and third years, you will select from a range of optional units including: including Drugs and Society, Gender-based Violence, Youth Justice and Punishment in Society. In your third year, you will undertake a dissertation which can be in any area of social policy including criminology.

This course opens up a range of possible careers in the private, public and not-for profit sector including those relating to crime and criminal justice. 

More about Social Policy

Find out more about studying Social Policy at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First Year

  • Social Policy and the Welfare State: Theoretical Perspectives
  • Social Policy and the Welfare State: Key Concepts and Contemporary Issues
  • Social Policy and the Welfare State: Historical Perspectives
  • Social Policy and the Welfare State: Comparative and International Social Policy
  • Criminology: an introduction
  • Optional units from outside the department

Second Year

  • Social Research Methods
  • Understanding Public Policy
  • Four optional units from a wide choice, at least two of which will focus on criminology

Third Year

  • Dissertation
  • Four optional units from a wide choice, at least two of which will focus on criminology
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Social Policy with Criminology

Typical offer for BSc Social Policy with Criminology - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
31 overall to include 15 points at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements for Principal Subjects are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit
BTEC offer DDM 
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AABBB and AH: AB
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer77% overall
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade C in English and Mathematics. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
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Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Considered

Selection process

UCAS form or Common Application

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