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​This course is an exciting opportunity to develop the knowledge and understanding of Sociology whilst having the opportunity to explore issues related to policing in some depth. You will have the opportunity to study a range of subjects as part of your Sociology and Policing Studies course including identity construction, family relationships, criminality, police investigation, community policing and policing sexual exploitation.


Course Benefits

  • You will acquire a detailed critical understanding of sociology and policing studies
  • You will gain a broad understanding of core Sociology and how academic disciplines contribute to policing practice
  • You will gain valuable and essential experience through professional work placements with the opportunity to study abroad
  • The graduate skills you develop will allow you to work within a variety of sectors

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

Your studies will provide you with a wide range of knowledge and understanding of theories that have informed both the disciplines of Sociology and Police Studies.

Alongside studying key substantive areas of Sociology and Police Studies, you will be able to undertake research related topics. Your course will also provide you with an opportunity to undertake professional work placements that will enhance your future employability.

The combination of modules offered will make your Sociology with Police Studies degree relevant and useful to you when you enter a variety of careers. It is anticipated that graduates will enter careers in education, social work, the charity sector, social services, teaching, the Criminal Justice System and business. Postgraduate study might also be pursued.

Read our full course terms and conditions.


Year 1

In the first year you will explore the introductory core theories that underpin the disciplines of sociology and police studies. You will also explore the sociology of deviance and policing to develop a connection between their studies in sociology and police studies. Additionally, you will be challenged to address your own preconceptions of society whilst encouraged to consider the variety of ethical and social justice issues that arise within policing. You will also be introduced to the key research techniques that are used to enhance our understanding of crime and society. You will finish the year by undertaking your first professional placement.

Year 2

In year two you will build upon your core knowledge to gain a detailed understanding of the contemporary and global social issues that sociologists have analysed, which may include: consumerism, globalisation, and contemporary social inequalities. Alongside the core sociology of year two, you will explore the role of the police within communities to address key issues such as deviance and radicalisation whilst exploring subcultures of deviance from football hooliganism to honour based violence. You also have the opportunity to specialise exploring topics such as: sociology and religion, politics and culture, or children’s rights.

Year 3

In your final year, you will have the opportunity to further specialise in your sociological studies exploring topics such as: violence in the family, the sociology of childhood, prisons and punishment, or the sociology of sport. Alongside, the contemporary sociology module choices you will get the opportunity to study exciting modules that cover policing issues such as: sexual exploitation, and the investigation of serious violent crime. You will then apply all of your knowledge to undertake an independent piece of research on a topic of your choice.​

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 – 14.5% of scheduled learning and teaching; 183 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 877 hours of independent teaching; 200 hours on placement

Year 2 – 13.1% of scheduled learning and teaching; 169 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 881 hours of independent teaching; 240 hours on placement

Year 3 – 11.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 158 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,242 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


Modules on this programme are taught in sessions that facilitate interaction and there is provision for small group and individual support also.

On this programme students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules, which feature six-week professional work placements at Level 4 and Level 5 sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on their learning.

At Level 6 students focus on a topic of their choice within a 40 credit research project which offers extended opportunity to develop critical thinking. There is opportunity at Level 6 to build upon previous placement experiences by developing connections with employers.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors and our alumni in their final year.  You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 85.8% coursework; 7.5% written exams; 6.7% practical exams

Year 2 – 91.7% coursework; 8.3% practical exams

Year 3 – 96.4% coursework; 3.6% 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 admis​​​​.

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​

My professional work placement meant that I graduated with work experience on my CV - I was ahead of the game when I applied for graduate jobs.

Emily Bowe

BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families

Professional Work Placements

​Professional Development and Placement is a compulsory part of level 4 and an option at level 5. It is anticipated that students will undertake placements with charities, schools, community projects, youth work settings and victim support organisations.

More about placements

 Graduates might enter one of the following professions, or use their transferable skills to enter most areas of graduate employment which can include: the police, associated policing professions, education, social work, Youth Offending Teams, research, the charity sector and social services. It is anticipated that some graduates will also enter post-graduate study.

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MSc Criminology and MA Sociology. 

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 your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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Our campus


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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Top 25%

Our Library is in the top 25% of UK universities for e-journals

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