Are you interested in exploring contemporary sociological issues? Do you want to tackle controversial problems about crime and justice, or investigate difficult questions about poverty, immigration and austerity? Then explore our sociology and criminology Clearing courses.

Our criminology and sociology degree Clearing courses are designed to provide you with key criminological and sociological insights about issues in society today. Whether you’re interested in exploring the role of crime and how it disturbs the social order, or you want to understand social structures and explore methods of improving and shaping human lives, we’re here to help you find your ideal degree in sociology and criminology through Clearing. 

If you need some extra support with your studies, why not browse our sociology and criminology Clearing courses with foundation years? These courses will help you gain a thorough understanding of social sciences and build your confidence with university-level study. Discover more about our foundation year courses further down the page.

Criminology Clearing Places

Sociology student at the University of Salford

Our criminology Clearing courses explore the themes of crime, deviance, justice, law, regulation and punishment – and the part they play in the construction, maintenance and disturbance of social norms. If you secure a place on one of our criminology degree Clearing courses you will be able to tailor the programme to your interests, with optional modules in a range of topics. 

As part of our criminology degree Clearing courses, we maintain strong industry links with many professional bodies, including Greater Manchester Police, HMP Manchester, HMP Liverpool, Salford Magistrates Court and Greater Manchester Probation Authority. These connections provide you with several study benefits, including field visits, attendance at national and international conferences, portfolio surgeries, guest speakers, workshops and placements. 

Explore our criminology Clearing courses

We offer a range of UCAS Clearing criminology courses. Learn more about these programmes below.

Explore our UCAS criminology Clearing courses

BSc (Hons) Criminology

On our BSc (Hons) Criminology degree, you’ll focus on the causes of crime and deviant behaviour and how this affects society. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, you will develop your analytical and critical thinking to explore crime as a social construct and start asking important questions, such as: what are the individual and societal causes of crime?  

BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

Interested in the links between social relationships, crime, and justice? Our BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology degree explores the nature of human relationships and how they can be influenced by crime and justice. You will study both historical and contemporary issues, ranging from the local to the global. Develop your understanding of the key conceptual issues involved in the study of society, crime and the criminal justice system.

BSc (Hons) Criminology with Counselling

Gain a thorough grounding in BSc (Hons) Criminology with Counselling – two disciplines that are vital to the criminal justice system. Through the combination of these two disciplines you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the causes of crime, how to tend to victims of crime, and how to reduce re-offending. Criminology studies the process of victimisation, the workings of the criminal justice system and the techniques for preventing crime. Counselling addresses some of the causes of offending, investigates restorative justice, and explores how to alleviate stress among those who are caught up in the criminal justice system.

Lynsey's story

Former BSc (Hons) Criminology degree student Lyndsey tells us how she has developed her career since graduating: 

“Due to the qualifications and experience I gained during my time at Salford, I went on to do my teaching qualification to teach within the criminal justice sector. My degree gave me the preparation needed to get a job teaching in various prisons, which has been challenging, but highly rewarding.” 

Sociology Clearing Places

Students working together in a seminar

Do you find yourself questioning and challenging conventional assumptions about the world we live in? Do you want to look beyond the taken-for-granted assumptions about the world? If so, our sociology Clearing courses may be the perfect option for you. If you secure one of our sociology degree Clearing places, you will be taught by internationally recognised experts who research a diverse and exciting range of subjects, such as the legal system, social unrest and riots, the media and popular culture, cities, bodies and much more. 

We also have close associations with professional bodies such as Amnesty International, Salford Youth Offending Team, Working Class Movement Library, Greater Manchester Police and Peace Brigades International. These connections provide you with several study benefits, such as field visits, portfolio surgeries, guest lectures, seminars, workshops and placements.

Explore our sociology Clearing courses

We offer a range of UCAS Clearing sociology courses. Learn more about these programmes.

Explore our sociology degree courses

BSc (Hons) Sociology

For decades, sociologists have studied human connections. If you’re interested in tackling difficult issues, such as privacy, social unrest, immigration and sexism, then our BSc (Hons) Sociology degree course is perfect for you. On our sociology Clearing course, you'll benefit from our strong links with local government, social care providers, prisons, courts, charities, community development organisations and youth organisations, as you explore the impact of key historical and contemporary events. 


BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

Combine the study of sociology with criminology on our joint BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology degree. Interested in exploring theories around who is more likely to commit crimes, and whether societal change influences deviant behaviour? Want to learn how to examine justice, law and punishment? Then our combined honours criminology and sociology degree Clearing course is ideal for you. 

Siobhan's story

Siobhan - Criminology

Former BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology student Siobhan, tells us about her experience on her course:

“I couldn’t recommend Salford enough if you’re interested in studying a criminology and sociology degree. The department is very research-active so you’re constantly learning new and exciting things. The modules are diverse and it's home to such a supportive and engaging atmosphere.”

Social policy Clearing places

Interested in social problems and how to solve them? Our BSc (Hons) Social Policy degree course is designed to help you understand the causes of societal issues and how policies are implemented to address them. On this course, you will develop an awareness and understanding of how to protect the wellbeing of citizens and reduce the social impact of key issues.  

Today’s headlines are filled with social issues, including the cost-of-living crisis, unfordable housing and problems with Universal Credit. If you want to tackle injustice and challenge the status quo, then our social policy course is ideal for you. Our graduates have gone on to work in various roles including social worker, government caseworker, keyworker, housing officer, social researcher, mental health worker and health service manager.

Megan Rowlands-Mckie's story

Megan studied BSc (Hons) Social Policy with us and tells us about her experience on the course: 

“The best thing in my opinion about the social policy course is the placement opportunity you can do in third year. My biggest piece of advice would be to make use of the lecturers. The social policy lecturers are an amazing source of support, whether you’re struggling with academic work, or even if you’re struggling with personal problems." 

Foundation sociology and criminology Clearing courses

Need some extra support? Then our criminology and sociology clearing courses are also available with foundation years. These are designed to increase your academic skills and give you a broad understanding of the subject area before you continue with your studies. You will build your confidence and skills so you’re equipped to progress through the rest of your university journey. We offer a variety of criminology and sociology courses with foundation years. Browse the accordion below for more details.

Explore our criminology and sociology with foundation year degree courses

BSc (Hons) Criminology with Foundation Year

If you’re fascinated by crime and it’s occurrence then our BSc (Hons) Criminology with Foundation Year course is perfect for you. Designed to help you develop an understanding of the key subjects in social sciences, this course will allow you to successfully progress onto a degree in criminology or a related subject.  

BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology with Foundation Year

On our BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology with Foundation Year course, you will study modules on sociology, criminology, social policy and social care, to thoroughly explore inequalities faced by society. Using different theories, you will be able to understand how societies try to address discrimination and put policies in place to tackle inequalities.

BSc (Hons) Criminology with Counselling with Foundation Year

Do you have a keen interest in changing society? Then our BSc (Hons) Criminology with Counselling with Foundation Year course is ideal for you. You will develop analytical, critical and problem-solving skills in social science subjects, as well as exploring the theories surrounding crime, how to care for victims and how to rehabilitate perpetrators.

BSc (Hons) Sociology with Foundation Year

On our BSc (Hons) Sociology with Foundation Year course, you will explore the different theoretical perspectives in sociology in detail, and investigate the methods and problems of social research. If you have a keen interest in society and want to understand social change, then this course is ideal. 

Contact us

If you have a question about studying any of our courses, or you’d like to learn more about joining the University of Salford, contact our friendly team today on +44 (0)161 295 4545 or