Social Policy and Criminology & Criminal Justice BA (Hons)

UCAS CodeLM49
QualificationBA (Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer96–112 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

It is possible to study Social Policy as a joint honours degree with Criminology and Criminal Justice (50% Social Policy, 50% Criminology and Criminal Justice).

Social Policy is about the study of welfare in its widest sense. It studies the variety of ways in which welfare can be provided, paid for and regulated, and compares the different approaches nation states take to the welfare of their citizens and others.

Criminology examines theories and evidence relating to crime, criminals and victims, while Criminal Justice studies explore the various responses to crime, and victims, from informal to formal legislative measures of social control and crime prevention, and examine the way in which the criminal justice system works - from policing through to imprisonment.

Social Policy may also be undertaken through the medium of Welsh as a joint honours course with Cymdeithaseg (Sociology): BA Cymdeithaseg a Pholisi Cymdeithasol.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • We aim to provide a friendly and informal learning environment.
  • The degree structure is flexible enough to offer a range of specialisms and a breadth of choice.
  • The introductory year’s work is designed to build your confidence, whatever your background.
  • We use a variety of learning approaches and, as well as the development of personal skills, we emphasise the development of practical skills in observation, interpretation, information processing and presentation, all of which will be valued by employers.

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Course Content

You will have a lecture each week for each module you undertake plus a seminar associated with each lecture which will be taken in small groups. You will also complete reading, library research,  project work and preparation for presentations. Some modules will involve project and/or small group work. Your dissertation essay involves research in an area of your choice.

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Social Policy with Economics

What will you study on this course?

The compulsory modules provide an introduction to the key concepts, historical background and contemporary issues relating to social policy, as well as an introduction to research skills.

Year 1

Core Modules:

  • Doing Social Research
  • Understanding Society
  • Health and Welfare Issues

Plus 60 credis in the other Joint Honours subject.

Years 2 and 3

Core modules provide a thorough grounding in key theoretical perspectives, comparative studies in social policy and research methodologies. You will also work independently (with supervision) on an extended piece of written work to be submitted as a dissertation.

Year 2

  • Poverty and Social Exclusion
  • Personal Social Services

The remaining credits will be made up between compulsory modules in your other subject and, in some cases, optional modules.

Year 3

  • Dissertation
  • Housing Policy
  • Issues in Social Housing
  • Mental Illness

The remaining credits will be made up between compulsory modules in your other subject and, in some cases, optional modules.

Chartered Institute of Housing 

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The Year 3 Issues in Housing module (SXP-3210) is validated by the Chartered Institute of Housing, giving students partial credit towards CIH Chartered membership. Students taking this module may apply for free student membership of the CIH. 

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Social Policy and Criminology & Criminal Justice Modules page.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

Through studying this subject you will gain a good background for careers in areas such as health service management, research, social housing and social and community work

Employability and the School of Social Sciences

Employers today need analytical and lateral thinkers who can play a part in almost any working environment. As a result, the breadth and flexibility of a social science degree makes it attractive to almost any employer. Graduates from the School have followed a wide range of career paths.

Criminology and Criminal Justice

There are a wide range of options open to students following graduation and these include careers in social work, the police force, the probation service, the prison service and the legal profession.

Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care graduates will enter professions such as health service management, care provision, public information, research and evaluation of the health and social care services.

Social Policy

Social Policy graduates enter a wide range of occupations within the policy field including public housing, social work, local government administration and the voluntary sector.

Sociology

Sociology graduates enter a wide range of occupations including management, journalism, public relations, social work, personnel,  teaching and research.

Social Work

Most newly qualified social workers will be employed in local authority social services departments. These are increasing opportunities within the independent sector. The demand for professionally qualified social workers is a very high and employment prospects are extremely good following graduation.

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

For 2018 entry:

  • 112-96 tariff points from a level 3* qualification - these include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements – IELTS 6.0).

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

  • 112-96 tariff points from a level 3* qualification - these include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements – IELTS 6.0).

General University entry requirements

We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com

We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU and International students' entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.

Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.

More information

Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 

International students (non-UCAS applicants)

Email to International Admissions: internationaladmissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

School of Social Sciences' Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0) 1248 382085
E-mail: socialsciences@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/so

Why study at the School of Social Sciences?

  • Students from countries worldwide attend the School of Social Sciences for undergraduate, masters and research training, creating a dynamic learning environment.
  • Our staff undertake research of national and international reputation and have written major text books and articles published in top academic journals.
  • We aim to provide a friendly, supportive and stimulating learning environment, supplemented by contributions from practitioners in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.
  • Undergraduate degree structure is flexible enough to offer a range of specialisms and breadth of choice.
  • We have a long history of high quality social work education and a long-standing, strong and effective partnership with social service agencies in North Wales.
  • Under our personal tutor scheme, a member of lecturing staff will monitor the student’s academic progress and will offer help, advice and support on an individual basis.

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice. Our accommodation has been rated in the Top 5 in the UK at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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