London South Bank University

Course Introduction

In keeping with our applied approach to social and policy studies this Department has a strong voluntary work placement scheme. Our students have found their voluntary work experiences to be highly valuable. Through them they contribute to real world situations linked to their subject of interest. In many cases such involvement has enabled students to maintain a relationship with the organisation, by becoming a topic for their dissertation or a continued working relationship. Placements ground a student's experience, provide confidence and immeasurably bolster a CV.

Course Modules

Year 1: Issues in contemporary sociology; the sociological imagination; researching social life; deconstructing the crime problem; introduction to criminological theory. Plus 1 optional module from: Revolutions, wars and social change I; state, society and welfare 1834 to 1970. Year 2: Making identities; social research skills II; social research skills I; social theory and modernity; issues in contemporary policing; penal theory, policy and practice. Year 3: Innovation: postmodernity and social change; politics and protest; crime, criminology and modernity; gender, crime and justice; project or work placement (double module).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
5 years
Part Time
BSc (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • International Baccalaureate 24
  • Tariff 104-112
  • GCE AS-level
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Certificate
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • BTEC Level 3 National Certificate

Key Course Information

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55% Go on to work and/or study

In work 45
Studying 5
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 30
Unknown 15

21% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 38%

Total Coursework: 61%

Total Practical: 2%

£4,480 - £5,226
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,940 - £6,396
Typical cost of private accommodation