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Sociology, Social Policy and CriminologyPart of Economic, Social and Political ScienceUndergraduate study

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements from September 2014 for 

A level

For BSc Criminology and Psychology:




BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate: 32 points (16 at higher level)

Cambridge Pre-U:
Three Pre-U principal subjects with grades D3 D3 M2

Scottish Highers:

Scottish Advanced Highers:

Welsh Baccalaureate:
A pass is accepted as equivalent to grade A in an A level subject

French Baccalaureate:
14 (bien); 13 for the IOB international option

European Baccalaureate:
85% overall, with eight or nine in specified subjects

Access/Access to Higher Education Diploma:
Considered on an individual basis Access to Humanities, Social Sciences (or similar) Diploma, with the maximum award of 60 credits overall and 48 at level 3. Supplementary information and achievement (eg percentage mark/scores for certain credits/subjects will be required.

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to an A level applicant.

Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for a score of IELTS 6.5.

International students who do not currently meet our entry requirements may be able to join this course on successful completion of our International Foundation Year. For more information visit the International Foundation Year course page.

Please note that we cannot accept applicants from Greece on the basis of the Apolyterion alone; it must be supplemented by A levels or an equivalent qualification.

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students. If you will be over 21 at the start of your proposed degree programme, you are eligible for exemption from our normal entry requirements. However, you will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent serious and successful study within the last three years (eg Access, Return to Study, Open University foundation courses) and of your capacity to pursue the course.

All students are required to have GCSE grade C in English and mathematics.

Where feasible, you will be called for an interview. You may find it helpful to discuss your plans with us before applying through UCAS. This will allow you to make sure your chosen course is right for you and give you time to pursue additional academic qualifications if required.

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