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Sociology with Police Studies

BA Combined Honours

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Sociology with Police Studies

BA Combined Honours

  • Course Type: Full time (3 years)
  • Tariff Points: 104
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Course Overview

Does policing society extend beyond the role of the police? Are the police responsible for more than maintenance and order? Can an understanding of societies and social issues help us to address the issues facing policing?

Sociology with Police Studies explores the contribution of sociology to contemporary policing.

Why study with us

Graduate with professional work experience, thanks to the placements included with your degree.

We’ve designed this programme with senior police officers to meet the demand for a graduate police force.

Understand how the core academic disciplines of sociology contribute to policing practice.

Develop transferable skills that prepare you for a wide range of graduate careers.

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Course Information

About this course >

You’ll develop a critical understanding of how social issues such as inequality, poverty, power, and marginalisation are of key importance to the role that police and policing plays within society. We’ll show you how the role of the police extends far beyond the maintenance of law and order, and we’ll apply sociological theory to demonstrate how policing society extends far beyond the role of the police.

Throughout your degree, we’ll introduce you to key sociological theories and teach you to examine how these can contribute to and explain contemporary society. You’ll also explore some of the key issues facing policing, such as sexual exploitation, radicalisation, cyber-crime, and the investigation of serious violent crime.

Experience is crucial, so you’ll put theory into practice in the professional work placements you complete as part of your degree.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have the experience and knowledge you need to enter a wide variety of careers in education, social work, the charity sector, social services, teaching, and the Criminal Justice System.

Further Study

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

Modules >

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 your studies of sociology and police studies. Additionally, you will be challenged to address your own preconceptions of society whilst being 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.  The year ends with a professional placement, following a programme of placement preparation activities.

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 this you will explore the role of the police within communities to address key issues such as deviance and radicalisation, whilst exploring subcultures of deviance through cultural criminology. You also have the opportunity to specialise exploring topics such as sociology and religion, politics and culture, or children’s rights.  A second professional placement at the end of the year allows you to further explore your career aspirations and goals.

Year 3

In your final year, you will have the opportunity to further specialise in your sociological studies exploring wide-ranging contemporary topics such as gender and society, the sociology of childhood, prisons and punishment, or the sociology of sport. You will also have the opportunity to study modules that cover policing issues such as sexual exploitation, and the investigation of serious violent crime. You will also apply your knowledge of sociology and police studies to undertake an independent piece of research on a topic of your choice.​

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

  • SOC4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • SOC4012 - Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC4042 - Contemporary Research 1
  • SOC4062 - Introduction to Police Studies
  • SOC4072 - Introduction to the Sociology of Crime and Deviance
  • 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
  • SOC5012 - Reimagining the Global
  • SOC5042 - Contemporary Research 2
  • SOC5062 - Contemporary Issues in Police Studies
  • SOC5072 - Cultures of Crime
  • SOC5092 - Understanding Everyday Life
  • SOC5222 - Professional Placement 2
  • 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
  • SHN6262 - Sport and Society
  • SOC6004 - Independent Social Project
  • SOC6012 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • SOC6022 - Prisons and Punishment
  • SOC6032 - Violence in the Family
  • SOC6042 - Crime and Policing Special Subject
  • SOC6044 - Professional Research Project
  • SOC6062 - Policing and Sexual Exploitation
  • SOC6072 - Criminal Investigation and Serious Crime
  • SOC6102 - Gender and Society

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

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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.


Assessment


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.

Entry Requirements >

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​sions@leedstrinity.ac.uk​​​.

Student Finance >

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

Additional Costs

​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.

Placement Opportunities

We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You’ll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months’ professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

Your placements will help you to gain a deeper understanding of the role of policing in society. We’ll work with you to find placements relevant to your career inspirations, with could be at organisations such as charities, schools, community projects, youth work settings and victim support organisations.

Graduate Opportunities

Your degree will prepare you for roles in professions including the police, associated policing professions, education, social work, youth offending teams, research, the third sector and social services. You can also use the transferable skills you’ve developed to enter other areas of graduate employment. In addition, you’ll also be well-prepared for postgraduate study in areas related to sociology and police studies.

Campus Life

What is Unistats?

What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.

Criminology Unistats
You may have noticed that there are no Unistats available  for this programme. This is because this programme is new, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from similar programmes.

If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at enquiries@leedstrinity.ac.uk or on 0113 283 7150.

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