BSc Criminology & Social Policy

2018 Clearing and Adjustment Availability

We have places available for Late, Clearing and Adjustment applicants for 2018. 
For up to date information on vacancies and applying through Clearing or Adjustment, visit our dedicated 2018 Clearing and Adjustment pages

Course Overview

Study BSc Criminology & Social Policy at Swansea University and you will gain a wealth of knowledge and skills in two quickly developing areas, as part of a degree taught by industry experts in a supportive environment. Together, the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law and College of Human and Health Sciences offer you an exceptional student experience, enhanced employability, and a progressive curriculum, which equip you to understand how crime can affect individuals and society.

Key Features

  • Criminology is ranked 3rd in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2018)
  • Social Policy is ranked 3rd in the UK (Guardian Good University Guide 2018)
  • Students rank Criminology as 1st for Teaching Quality and also 1st for Student Experience in the UK (National Student Survey 2017)
  • The overall rating for teaching in Criminology is 97% (National Student Survey 2017)
  • 100% of Criminology students agreed that staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2017)
  • Social Policy is ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2017)
  • Learn about crime and the criminal justice system from experts with a wealth of academic and practical experiences
  • Be part of vibrant communities dedicated to understanding some of society’s most challenging issues
  • Equip yourself with skills that are high transferrable and in-demand with a range of employers
  • Choose your own modules in the 2nd and 2rd years of your degree
  • Learn through lectures (which are recorded), seminars and tutorials


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASC100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Study Skills in Criminology
ASC110Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Law, Criminal Justice and Human Rights
ASC111Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Criminological Imagination
ASP100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sociology of Social Policy
ASP106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Politics of Social Policy
ASP111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The History of Social Policy

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASC208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Research Methods in Criminology
ASP214Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Health Policy
ASP220Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Social Security, Poverty and Social Exclusion
ASP251Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Housing Policy, Homes and Homelessness
Optional Modules

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASP301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Principles of Social Policy
Optional Modules
Criminology Optional Modules 

Choose Minimum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : In order to select the ASC324 Dissertation, you must have taken ASC213 Dissertation Preparation in Year 2. Please ensure that modules are balanced over semester 1 and semester 2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASC303Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Young Offenders and Youth Justice
ASC316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Criminalisation of Sex
ASC317Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Countering Violent Extremism
ASC319Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Serious Crime and Social Harm
ASC320Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Diversity, Crime & Criminal Justice
ASC321Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sexual Crimes
ASC324Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Dissertation



Year 1 consists of a set of compulsory core modules, which cover both Criminology and Social Policy.

Year 2 will comprise of four compulsory modules, but will also give you the opportunity to study another two modules of your choice. By year 3, you will be able to shape your learning experience, choosing from a range of optional modules.


Each student is assigned an Academic Mentor to help with:

  • Academic Guidance
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Guidance on finding help with Personal Issues (which affect your wellbeing, attendance, and progress through University)

There are student representatives in each year of our law programme as well as a School representative for undergraduate students. The school also has a dedicated student information office who will be able to offer academic assistance throughout your studies.


Meet your fellow students and take part in a variety of social opportunities by joining the­ Swansea Criminology Society, which is run for students, by students.


Criminology Skills Reduced Size

Entry Requirements

Our standard offer for our single honours and joint honours criminology programmes is 3 A-Levels at grades ranging from ABB-BBB or equivalent.

Alternative entry requirements can be found here

International qualifications: International Students (non EU) and EU Students.

For applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) further information can be found here

How To Apply

If you are a UK or EU student, you should apply here.

Students from outside the UK or EU should apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,350

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

You may face additional costs while at university, including (but are not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus
  • Printing, photocopying, stationery and equipment costs (e.g. USB sticks)
  • Purchase of books or texts
  • Printing and binding
  • Gowns for graduation ceremonies

Graduate Employability and Careers

The School of Law takes a proactive approach to enhancing graduate employability. The School offers a range of local, national and international work placements, professional courses and the advice and support to help you develop the skills to achieve your ambitions.

Further information can be found here

Crim Careers

Further Study

Our postgraduate law and criminology programmes include taught master's degrees in criminology, human rights and law along with research degrees and post-degree professional legal qualifications (Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course).

Further information can be found here.

Contact details


For further details on Criminology study please contact (UK Enquiries):

  • Dr Jonathan Burnett (Criminology Undergraduate Admissions Tutor) Tel: +44(01792) 604681
  • Ms Gemma Champion (Recruitment Officer) Tel: +44(0)1792 606341


For EU/International enquiries please click the following link :

Tel: 00 44 (0) 1792 602600