Course summary

Immigration, crime, 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 social structures impact on people's everyday lives and interactions, or how criminal justice relates to social justice, 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, comparative and transnational criminology, convict criminology, youth justice, terrorism studies, psychology of crime, education, gender and sexuality, ‘race’ and ethnicity, social movements, families, media and cultural studies. 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 where you can put into practice the personal and professional skills you will develop while studying.

Course structure

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

Year 1

Subjects of study include:

  • Crime and the London Underworld
  • Controversies in Criminal Justice
  • Identity and Society
  • Introducing Gender
  • London Explored
  • Psychology and Crime
  • Researching Crime and Society
  • The Criminological Imagination
  • Thinking Sociologically
  • Understanding Race

Credit Level 4

Year 2

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

Year 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Dissertation in Sociology and Criminology
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Consuming Race
  • Families, Intimacies and Personal Life
  • Food, Taste and Consumption
  • Gender, Education and Identity
  • Human Rights and Global Injustice
  • Immigration, Crime and Control
  • Issues in State Crime
  • Making Bodies: Gender, Culture, Science
  • 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
  • Victims of Crime
  • Work Experience in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Credit Level 6

Entry Requirements


One of the following (or 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.


  • 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.


Career development centre

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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.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated July 12, 2019
This course is Campus based
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3 years
13,400 GBP
international - UK/EU: £9,250 (fees per academic year)
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