UCAS code LM49
About the course
Tackling crime has been identified as one of the major priorities of recent government policy. Reducing offending, discouraging juvenile delinquency, addressing the underlying problems of crime and disorder in society and enhancing community safety have emerged as major growth areas in both local and central government. In turn, these policy initiatives have generated new employment opportunities for people interested in crime prevention, deterring anti-social behaviour, supporting victims or helping in the rehabilitation and resettlement of offenders.
The entry requirements listed here are for students starting their course in 2014. Entry requirements for students thinking about starting a course in 2013 can be found in the online prospectus. Individual offers may vary
Access to HE Diploma
pass (at least 45 credits at level 3), with 18 credits at merit or above. Level 3 units in sociology, law or social policy preferred.
GCSE (minimum grade C) or Access Equivalent
at least three subjects including English language and mathematics or a science.
/HNC may enable you to start the course in year 2.
For non-native speakers of English:
IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.
For equivalent international qualifications
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The course incorporates placement and independent study opportunities, international exchange options, and an open choice of dissertation projects.
Areas of study
Key themes include social crime prevention and community safety, policing and law enforcement, policies for victims and offenders, prisons and penal policy, tackling youth offending and community responses to crime. Lecturers are currently engaged in research into such areas as crime reduction and community safety planning, CCTV and crime prevention, inter-agency policing, young offenders and the justice system, controlling anti-social behaviour and supporting victims.
Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies
Theories of Crime
Human Needs and Social Policy
Contemporary Social Inequalities
ICT for the Social Sciences
Criminologies of Crime Control
Transcultural Issues in Crime and Justice
History and Social Policy
Social Justice, Welfare and Well-being
Personal and Community Development or Analysis and Review
Critical Criminology and Criminal Justice
Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice
Policy Analysis or Global Social Policy
Critical Addiction Studies or Transport, Environment and Policy
You can view the programme specification for this course as a PDF file by clicking on the link below:
The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2013-14. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.
The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.
What's included in the fee?
When costs such as health or criminal record checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.
You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply please check with the school that provides your course using the contact details on the left of this page for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.
Our website www.brighton.ac.uk/money provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.
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|UK/EU (Full Time)||9,000 GBP|
|Island Students (Full Time)||9,000 GBP|
|International (Full Time)||12,900 GBP|
Our Falmer campus is located on the edge of the South Downs National Park on the outskirts of Brighton. Approximately 7,000 students are based here.
Living in Brighton
Brighton’s rich mix of historic architecture, lively arts scene, varied shopping and cosmopolitan community make it a vibrant, enjoyable place to live. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.
Alongside the traditional seaside attractions, Brighton is famed for its exciting social scene with a wide choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants.
The highlight of the city’s cultural year is the Brighton Festival. The event is held each May and is England’s biggest arts festival, which showcases arts and performance from around the world. Brighton is also home to the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Duke of York’s, which shows alternative and mainstream films. The city is also well known for its exciting music scene and hosts The Great Escape music festival.
Whether you take your sport seriously or just want to keep fit, Brighton offers all kinds of sports opportunities and facilities, on and off campus. You can also make the most of the location, and play volleyball, basketball and windsurfing down by the beach. The seafront is also the finishing point for the famous London – Brighton bicycle ride and the quirky veteran car run.
My ten years working as a criminologist has been really exciting and I continue to learn new things every year. The types of crime committed can remain the same, for example terrorism has existed for many years, but it’s the challenges they bring to a changing world that we need to consider.
Having previously worked for the police as a researcher, I examine how the police respond to terrorism. We also explore issues like anti-social behaviour, which has been a key area of research within the school. We look at how it impacts upon young people who are often viewed negatively by the government and the media.
Crime is not a static concept and is continually changing, for example, while some people think possessing drugs should be illegal, it forms part of other people’s culture. These issues certainly create much debate among our students.
The course has been extremely enjoyable, interesting and stimulating and it has heightened my interest in social science. I have found the teaching on all modules to be of the highest standard, and all tutors to be very helpful, friendly, encouraging and at the top of their professions. Criminology and social policy fit together very well together, and I highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to obtain a plethora of knowledge in these subjects.
I have especially enjoyed learning about powerful offenders and urban riots in the second semester of the third year. A very enjoyable aspect in the social policy part of the degree looks at human needs, social problems and builds up a historical picture of social policy responses to poverty and welfare, health care and crime to name a few. I have especially enjoyed the opportunity to develop my writing and presenting skills in an academically critical way. This has been a highly rewarding part of the whole course.
Falmer campus is a fantastic place to study, with all facilities set on a compact site making it quick and easy to get everywhere. All staff, both academic and non academic, are friendly and helpful, whether you need a cup of tea, a chat with a tutor, or help with anything, a friendly face will always be found. My favourite lecture theatre is in Westlain House, as this is how I always imagined a university lecture theatre to be, grand, academic with a real sense of warmth, friendliness and purpose.
My fellow students are amazing people, being friendly, hardworking and full of fun.
I think the University of Brighton attracts the best students from all over the world, giving fantastic diversity to the student population, and providing many different life experiences, vital to ensuring an enjoyable university experience. I highly recommend the University of Brighton, and in particular Criminology and Social Policy as the undergraduate course to study, I love it here so much I am coming back to do my Masters in Criminology.
The confidence I have gained at university will be of immense benefit to me in the future. Overall I feel the whole experience of university has shown me that academia is the right career path for me!
Graduates may follow careers in many fields including crime prevention, community safety planning and tackling youth offending, as well as social planning, research and evaluation, and housing management. Graduates are well equipped to work in voluntary agencies, private sector welfare agencies, and central and local government.
The School of Applied Social Science is located on the attractive Falmer campus, only four miles from central Brighton. Facilities at Falmer include a state of the art computer centre, extensive library and a media resources centre for student use.
Other student support services include the university’s careers centre, welfare service, a counselling service, chaplaincy and childcare provision.
Our lecturers in criminology and social policy are all involved in national and international research cultures, publishing and speaking to national and international audiences, and are frequently reported in local, national and international media.
Ongoing research work informs our teaching, making it contemporary, innovative and dynamic.
Our degrees enable students to acquire the essential research skills needed for investigating experience and behaviour, supporting students to develop the ability to conduct research independently.
Community participation and development
Teaching and research within the School of Applied Social Science is supported by our links with local communities.
The School’s close working relationship with the university’s Community University Partnership project (Cupp) allows us to offer our undergraduate students the opportunity to combine practical experience within a community or voluntary organisation with academic study.
The Community Participation and Development (CPD) module offers the opportunity to explore some of your personal values and aspirations while working for 30 to 50 hours on a relevant placement. Staff and students provide their skills and expertise, working alongside community organisations to help them achieve their aims. For example students on criminology courses may wish to work with a crime prevention organisation while sociology students may wish to work in a homeless shelter or a local pressure group.
It is offered in 10- and 20-credit modules at levels 2 and 3, and assessment is based on reflective as well as analytical assignments which encourage you to look at your own personal journey as well as the policy and practice of the organisation in which your placement is based.
We have limited places available on this course.
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Taking a degree in criminology at Brighton will give you a cutting edge grasp on new theories, methods and approaches to crime, its prevention and its consequences.
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