Crime and criminal justice are major social and political issues. On our Criminology degree you address questions such as: why do people commit crime? How much crime is committed? What causes crime rates to rise or fall? How can crime be effectively prevented? How should we deal with offenders?
Social Policy looks at the ways in which we as a society promote the welfare of individuals and families. You study central issues such as poverty, health, crime, education, homelessness and child protection. This includes looking at both the nature of social problems and also at the policies directed towards them by government, and at the role of voluntary and private welfare. Studying social policy, you develop the knowledge and skills to succeed in your future career
Combining these subjects gives a thorough, yet broad understanding of the surrounding issues, concepts and theories.
Students undertaking criminology joint degrees have the opportunity of spending the second term of their third year at San Diego State University in California as part of an international exchange programme. While at San Diego State, University of Kent criminology exchange students can select from a number of module options delivered by the well-respected School of Public Affairs, which offers courses in fields such as criminal justice and criminology, public affairs and administration, and urban and transborder studies.
In the National Student Survey 2013 Social Policy was ranked 4th for student satisfaction. And Social Policy was ranked 4th in The Guardian University Guide 2014 .
In the National Student Survey 2013, 95% of Sociology students were satisfied with the quality of their course. And in The Complete University Guide 2014, Sociology research was rated 2nd in the UK.
The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take wild modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.
Possible modules may include:
SO305 - Introduction to Criminology
SO333 - Crime, Culture and Control
SO337 - Fundamentals of Sociology
SO408 - Sociological Theory: The Classics
SA300 - Social Problems and Social Policy I: Youth,The family and the State
SA301 - Social Problems and Social Policy II: The Market, The Family and the St
Possible modules may include:
SO536 - Criminal Justice in Modern Britain:Development, Issues and Politics
SO505 - Sociology of Crime and Deviance
SO601 - Welfare in Modern Britain
SO602 - Social Research Methods
Possible modules may include:
SO605 - Crime , Media and Culture
SO533 - Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice
SO534 - Violence and Society
SO535 - Youth and Crime
SO594 - Terrorism and Modern Society
SO670 - Kent Student Certificate for Volunteering, Platinum Award
SO679 - Research Dissertation
SO689 - Drugs, Culture and Control
SO710 - War, Atrocity and Genocide
SO711 - The Sociology of Imprisonment
SP637 - Forensic Psychology: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives
LW542 - Policing
SO712 - Urban Sociology
SO702 - Sociology and Social Politics of the Family
SO678 - Caring for Vulnerable Adults: Understanding Social Care
SO595 - Reproductive Health Policy in Britain
SO645 - The Third Sector: Charities and Social Enterprises in Modern Societies
SO668 - The Sociology of Work
SO603 - Health and Health Policy
SO509 - Health, Illness and Medicine
SO525 - Environmental Politics
SO532 - Mental Health
SO538 - Childhood, Society and Children's Rights
SO539 - Environmental Policy and Practice
SO575 - Poverty, Inequality and Social Security
SA503 - A Future for the Welfare State? Social Change, Challenge and Crisis
SA519 - The Social Politics of Food
SA525 - Education,Training and Social Policy
SA531 - The Care and Protection of Children and Families
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
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The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.
Qualification /Typical offer/minimum requirement
The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
The university will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) on a case by case basis please contact us via the enquiries tab for further advice on your individual circumstances.
34 points overall or 16 at HL
The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements.
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to support eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our 2013 financial support package includes a fee waiver and cash bursary, as well as additional funds on your Kent account to help with accommodation, food, books and other living costs. Find out more on our fees and funding page.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created a new scholarship, The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence, which will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our funding pages.