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Course summary

You are passionate about developing a deep understanding of the causes and consequences of crime and committed to providing a specialist response. We are here for you with a criminology foundation degree designed by academics with a wealth of research and practice expertise. Course Overview Our foundation year has been designed to provide you with the essential university skills and confidence needed to progress to our full BSc (Hons) Criminology degree programme. On this criminology course, you will learn to understand how and why crime occurs at local, societal and global level. You will develop a critical insight into the work of the criminal justice system in bringing offenders to justice. We will encourage you to sharpen your sense of social justice by exposing you to the realities of crime committed by the powerful and relatively powerless, and the different ways these impact on victims. From the outset, you will be able to satisfy your curiosity about criminology in innovative ways, such as exploring how crime stories are told. Through developing creative criminology research skills, you will be empowered to produce knowledge, not just learn it. Our strong links with criminal justice and community-based organisations and groups in Cumbria will provide you with excellent volunteering opportunities and job prospects. On this course you will...

  • Study criminology on a foundation course which has been designed and informed with our connections in the Police, Solicitors Regulator Authority, and the British Psychological Society.
  • Learn from academic tutors who are former or practising professionals in diverse fields including policing, probation, substance misuse, domestic violence work and the law.
  • Have the opportunity to volunteer with organisations connected to the criminal justice system, gaining real-life criminology in practice experience to boost your CV.
  • Engage in our active student-led Criminology Society with socials, film nights and crime reading groups.
What you will learn You won’t just ‘learn about’ criminology theoretically, you’ll apply your knowledge to real life issues and modern day problems – giving you the edge as a future expert in this fascinating subject area. You’ll have the flexibility to shape your degree with modules that interest you and fit your intended career path, because your employability is important to us. Year one
  • Essential University Skills One
  • Essential University Skills Two
  • Contemporary Issues and the Media
  • Families, Communities and the Criminal Justice System
  • Introduction to Professional Practice in the Community
  • Criminology, Policing and Law
Year two
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Becoming a Criminologist
  • Crime Stories
  • Crime and Social Justice
  • Global Crime
Year three
  • Explaining Crime
  • Bringing Offenders to Justice
  • Prisons and Punishment
  • Real-world research
  • Social Exclusion
  • Crimes of the Powerful
Year four
  • New Challenges in Criminology
  • Inequalities in the Criminal Justice System
  • Victimology
  • Research and Practice
  • Dissertation
  • Criminal Law and Evidence (optional)
  • Representations of Crime (optional)

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you are over 21 and returning to study after being in relevant employment for a minimum of 3 years and do not meet the published entry requirements for Year 1 of our degree courses, please do not assume you are not qualified to join us. Our experienced Admissions and Academic staff will review your prior qualifications and professional experience to support your application. The Integrated Foundation Year programmes support your return to education and are specifically designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree but may not have all the necessary qualifications, skills or experience to join the degree in Year 1. Contact our Course Enquiries Team for more information.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £13575 Year 1

Additional fee information

These fees are for the first year only. For years 2 - 4, the BA or BSc fee will apply. Visit for more information about student fees and finance, and for details about our alumni discount.
Criminology (with integrated foundation year) at University of Cumbria - UCAS