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BA (Hons) Social Science (Criminology and Law) (Full-Time)

The BA (Hons) Social Science (Criminology and Law) degree programme incorporates multi-disciplinary theoretical explanations of crime and deviance to key issues and aspects of the criminal justice system, support agencies and networks.

Students have the opportunity to consider practical scenarios in a variety of aspects of the Criminal Justice System (CJS), such as public perception of communities on crime.

This enables students the theoretical knowledge to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills in crime prevention and how these are applied in society and in practical criminal justice settings.

Students’ learning is enhanced by strong links to local employers and application of their theoretical knowledge to researching employment choices and ideas in the criminal justice system and other social science related careers.

Typical Course Structure

  • The Criminal Gaze
  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Key Concepts in Social Research
  • Introduction to Law and the Criminal Justice System
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Policing Society
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Crime and Criminality
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Crime: A Victim Perspective
  • Social Perspective on International Law
  • Youth Crimes and the Criminal Justice System
  • Professions within the Criminal Justice System
  • Penal Policy and Theory
  • Development of Independent Study
  • International Human Rights
  • Penology in Practice
  • Independent Study

Study Details

Students will complete face-to-face study on the Lincoln College Campus for the full duration of the course. Full-time, three years.

Whilst the sessions delivered at College will typically fall between Monday and Friday from 9am – 5pm, it is expected that students will complete online study, in addition to the independent study, outside of these times.

Work experience placements can be made available through our engagement with local organisations. Some of our students have recently had work experience placements with WithYou Lincolnshire and the Family Assessment and Support Team (FAST) team at Lincolnshire County Council - enabling them to put theory into practice and make connections with those in the industry.

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How to Apply

This course is validated by the University of Hull. The validating institution is responsible for awarding the qualification at the end of the programme. Students on validated courses are OfS registered, funded and taught at Lincoln College and it is the responsibility of the College to manage all aspects of this provision. The validating institution maintains an oversight of the programme throughout the academic year and must be satisfied that students are being taught in line with the required academic standards of the awarding institution. For full details and information of the responsibilities and conditions of study of both Lincoln College and the validating partners please see the Policies section.

University of Hull

A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff points from:

  • GCE A and AS Levels with at least one subject at A Level 
  • BTEC National (Diploma or Extended Diploma) in a relevant subject
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • T Levels
  • Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher with at least one subject at Advanced Higher


  • GCSE English – Grade C/4 or above
  • GCSE Maths – Grade C/4 or above

*For mature applicants, some experience may be taken in lieu of A Levels/BTECs

EU and International Applicants

  • ENIC confirmed equivalent of 64 UCAS points

  • IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 student visa.

The assessment methods typically used throughout the programme include:

  • Essays

  • Reports
  • Case Studies
  • Group and Individual Presentations
  • Oral Exams
  • Exams


Graduates will have the opportunity to develop a strong set of practical skills for pursuing careers in a range of sectors. For example, Prison and Probation Services, Local Government and the police and agents of the CJS. Graduates may also continue to postgraduate study and teaching.

Per Academic Year

  • Home Students - £8,500
  • International Students - £9,500

Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student’s continuous enrolment.

Additional Course Costs

Please see the full ‘HE Terms and Conditions’ for details of additional library and printing costs associated with this programme.

Additional compulsory course costs can be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary. The scheme allows students to access the bursary (up to a maximum value of £500 for full-time or £250 part-time students) for additional optional courses, workshops, professional memberships and resources. There is no cash alternative. Students who wish to access opportunities in excess of the Career Degree Bursary may do so at full cost to themselves.

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Our upcoming Higher Education (HE) Open Days are listed on the Open Days webpage. Please register your place via the Eventbrite links listed. 

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Additional Support

If you have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and feel that you may need support, for example with your application or visiting us at an Open Day, please contact or call 01522 876225 to discuss your needs. This service is confidential.

Key Facts



Duration:3 Years

Start Date:September 2024

Location:Lincoln Campus

UCAS Course Code:L302

UCAS Institution Code:L42