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BA in Sociology & Criminology (Full Time)

University of Manchester

Bachelor Degree , Sociology

Course Description

BA Sociology and Criminology is one of 15 pathways within the BA Social Sciences (BASS) degree.

BASS offers you the chance to sample a broad range of social sciences subjects before you decide what to specialise in. It is therefore ideal if you want to keep your options open or study specific topics, such as race, class, crime or religion, from a variety of different perspectives.

By giving you a broad foundation in the first year, during which you will study at least three subjects, it also gives you flexibility in choosing what subjects to concentrate on further.

Studying one or two main disciplines in the second and third years ensures that you gain a high level of knowledge in these by the end of your degree.

The six main subject areas are:

  • Criminology - The study of the causes and consequences of crime.
  • Philosophy - The study of fundamental questions such as the nature of knowledge, truth and values. Philosophy also encourages greater consideration of our reasoning, judgement and ethics.
  • Politics - The study of human organization, government and power. Politics examines and evaluates political systems and institutions.
  • Quantitative Methods - The study of data and analysis to understand the social world.
  • Social Anthropology - The study of societies and cultures across the globe in comparative perspective.
  • Sociology - The study of society and examines such issues as social inequalities and forms of everyday life.

Due to the flexibility of BASS, you are not tied to the course code you apply to through UCAS, and have the option to change after your first year.

BA Sociology and Criminology is one of 15 pathways within the BA Social Sciences (BASS) degree. BASS offers you the chance to sample a broad range of social sciences subjects before you decide what to specialise in. It is therefore ideal if you want to keep your options open or study specific topics, such as race, class, crime or religion, from a variety of different...

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Entry Requirements

A-level

  • ABB
  • We do not accept two A/S Levels grades in place of one A-Level.
  • Applicants must be studying at least one of the following A-level subjects: Accounting; Economics; Finance; Business Studies; Development Studies; Government and Politics; Economic and Social History; Mathematics; Anthropology; Sociology; Philosophy; Religious Studies; English Language; English Literature; Geography; Psychology; Classical Civilisation; History; Archaeology; Communication Studies; Environmental Studies; World Development; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Modern Languages.
  • We accept native language A Levels providing they are taken in the same sitting as your other subjects. We will not accept the combination of Mathematics, Further Mathematics and a native language.
  • We accept the Level 3 Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) as equivalent to an A-level if taken alongside two full A-levels from the list of acceptable subjects above.

AS-level

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency.  The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

  • GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade C.
  • IELTS 6.5 overall with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • TOEFL (IBT) 92 overall with minimum of 21 in listening and speaking, 22 in reading and 23 in speaking.
  • iGCSE English (Second Language) grade B
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found  here .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

A-level ABB We do not accept two A/S Levels grades in place of one A-Level. Applicants must be studying at least one of the following A-level subjects: Accounting; Economics; Finance; Business Studies; Development Studies; Government and Politics; Economic and Social History; Mathematics; Anthropology; Sociology; Philosophy; Religious...

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Assessment Methods

The way that you study and are assessed can vary significantly depending on which course units you choose.

The range of methods is carefully designed to promote in-depth learning and understanding. Methods include:

  • essays, coursework and other mid-term evaluations;
  • dissertations;
  • presentations and group projects;
  • exams.

The way that you study and are assessed can vary significantly depending on which course units you choose.

The range of methods is carefully designed to promote in-depth learning and understanding. Methods include:

  • essays, coursework and other mid-term evaluations;
  • dissertations;
  • presentations and group projects;
  • exams.