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​This course is an exciting opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of two of the key disciplines in the field of social sciences, thus allowing you to extend your future employment opportunities. The programme is a broad-based social science degree that will enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of societies, crime and how both develop in the global arena.


Course Benefits

  • You will be taught by lecturers who are experienced sociologists and criminologists.
  • This is a career-focused degree that offers professional placements.
  • Assessment is by coursework only - there will be no exams on the programme.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

Criminology and Sociology today, as disciplines, cover traditional areas such as inequality, social stratification, deviance and punishment, but also more contemporary fields such as terrorism, environmentalism, global politics, sexuality and childhood studies.

Your studies will provide you with a wide range of knowledge and understanding in contemporary sociological theory and practice combined with a thorough understanding of the various approaches for responding to and explaining crime. By utilising a range of disciplinary approaches and experienced academics it allows you to tailor your degree to suit your interests and career aspirations.

Work experience in criminological and sociological settings can be difficult to get - you often need experience to gain experience! Our professional work placements provide you with the opportunity to work in an area of your choice through our great links with local employers. In addition, you also have the opportunity to spend a semester at one of our international partner institutions.

Read our full course terms and conditions.


Year 1

The first semester of year one will introduce you to the historical backdrop of sociology and criminology exploring how the sociological school of thought has changed throughout history whilst exploring how theoretical approaches to crime have changed too. During semester one, you will also address your own conceptions of key issues within society through student-led debates. In semester two you can choose to gain a detailed understanding of the criminal justice system in England and Wales or can focus upon the changing contexts in sociology. You will also be introduced to the key contemporary research techniques that are used to enhance our understanding of society. Finally, you will finish the year by undertaking your first professional placement.

Year 2

Year two of the programme builds upon the core knowledge taught in year one with the focus being on specialist modules that relate to crime and society. Within year two you will be able to study a broad range of serious violent crimes exploring their prevalence in society from homicide through to terrorism. You will be able to study the sociology of religion alongside exploring sociological aspects of politics and culture. You​​will explore various groups and subcultures associated with crime which may include football hooligans, honour based violence and child criminality whilst considering the issues such groups present to the working of society. Towards the end of the year you will further develop your understanding of research practices within criminology and sociology research before finishing the year completing your second professional placement.

Year 3

The final year of this degree programme allows you to really tailor your degree by choosing from a range of modules which cover topics such as: religion, sociological perspectives on childhood, contemporary cultural issues, the prison service, and domestic violence. Throughout the entire final year you will choose an academic member of staff who will supervise you on one-to-one basis to undertake a specialised and independent piece of research.​

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • SOC4012 - Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC4022 - Introduction to Criminology
  • SOC4032 - The Criminal Justice System
  • SOC4042 - Contemporary Research 1
  • SOC4052 - Changing Contexts for Sociology
  • SOC4082 - Understanding Murder
  • SOC4092 - Urban Sociology
  • SOC4982 - Ethics, Society and Employability

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • CYP5242 - Children's Rights, Young People and the Law
  • SOC5002 - Serious Violent Crime
  • SOC5012 - Recent Developments in Global Sociology
  • SOC5042 - Contemporary Research 2
  • SOC5072 - Cultures of Crime
  • SOC5092 - Understanding Everyday Life
  • SOC5222 - Professional Placement 2
  • SOC5252 - Professional Placement 2 (Volunteering)
  • TRS5912 - Sociology and Anthropology of Religion

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • CYP6152 - Sociological Perspectives of Childhood
  • MFC6092 - Contemporary Cultural Issues
  • SOC6004 - Independent Social Project
  • SOC6012 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • SOC6022 - Prisons and Punishment
  • SOC6044 - Professional Research Project
  • SOC6082 - Critical Criminology
  • SOC6102 - Gender and Society

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 – 15.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 199 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 861 hours of independent teaching; 200 hours on placement

Year 2 – 13.6% of scheduled learning and teaching; 169 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 926 hours of independent teaching; 150 hours on placement

Year 3 - 11% of scheduled learning and teaching; 133 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,068 hours of independent teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.




Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 92.5% coursework; 7.5% written exams

Year 2 – 91.7% coursework; 8.3% practical exams

Year 3 – 93.8% coursework; 6.3% practical exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in both English Language and Maths.​​​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email​​​

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Placements are always managed very well from the beginning to the end.

Wendy Moore

Co-ordinator at STEP - Supporting the Elderly

Professional Work Placements

Criminology and Sociology student placements typically involve working with a client or service group that is relevant to the student's career aspirations.

Examples of the types of placement that our previous students have worked in include: HMP Leeds, Leeds City Council anti-social behaviour project, crime prevention projects, charities that support ex-offenders, charities that support the homeless, charities that support drug and alcohol abusers, educational providers and roles related to community outreach work.

More about placements

Potential graduate destinations include: the police service, the prison service, rehabilitation services, emergency and security services, local government, public relations, community work, charities and education.
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA SociologyMSc Criminology and PGCE courses.

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 

Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes. ​
Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of youruniversity life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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Home to over 100,000 students, Leeds is regularly voted the UK's best student city thanks to its amazing nightlife, culture and shopping. It's also an internationally recognised centre for learning and offers brilliant graduate job prospects.  
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90% ​

of our students are satisfied with their learning opportunities, making us the top University in Yorkshire for student satisfaction with learning opportunities (NSS 2017).


of Leeds Trinity University students are satisfied with their course (NSS 2017).


of our students are employed or in further study six months after graduating. This places Leeds Trinity University above all other universities in Yorkshire and 17th nationally (DLHE 2016).

Work Placements  

We arrange over 1,200 professional work placements for our students every year.

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