Criminology and Law with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS

Course summary

This course includes an additional foundation year at the start of the course which helps prepare you for full time undergraduate study at BSc level. It is a 4 year course and available to you if you didn't quite meet the entry requirements or want longer to prepare for full time study. At the end of the foundation year you will begin to study the 3 year degree plan, and you will qualify with the same degree award at the end of the course. This course has a shared first year across multiple specialisms, after your first year if you want to study a different specialism you can choose to change to one of these: Criminology or Criminology & Forensics. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and a good leader. If you are interested in a range of topics related to crime, BNU gives you a unique opportunity to identify your career goals and set out a clear path to achieving them. In addition, we have one the best student communities around, our student union is ranked 2nd in the UK (NSS 2022) so you will have no trouble feeling at home here. Our university is close to London (30 minutes) so the capital is on your doorstep, this is perfect if you want to commute to university while remaining close to friends and family. In addition to all the great benefits to studying at BNU, your course has some great benefits too, such as a passionate teaching team made up of former industry professionals, great facilities and staff links to professional organisations that keep us current and up to date with the latest research and statistics. What facilities can I use? Our criminology programme has a wealth of opportunities for you to get stuck into thanks to our diverse range of facilities. You can get access to a simulated crime scene and learn how to collect forensic evidence or have the opportunity to test your own theories and get to grips with VR, police interviews and more. We have a full range of facilities that can help prepare you for whatever career you choose to pursue within criminology. Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assessments and there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study. Whilst studying with us you will also use our AppsAnywhere web service. What will I study? You will be able to combine the study of criminology with the study of law. This specialism will give you the opportunity to critically examine legal aspects of the criminal justice system, as well as continue the study of some of the core criminology modules. It is perfect for you if you are particularly interested in law and the legal aspects of the study of criminology. Career Prospects Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more. Our Criminology programme is a springboard for entry into probation and related roles in the criminal justice system, whether that’s in the police, the court, probation, prison or crime related research organisation. Some of the careers you could pursue include:

  • probation services
  • national security
  • police force
  • cybercrime and prevention
  • criminal justice
  • law and forensics
Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course at BNU.


Foundation Year** Core Human Behaviour Research Matters Human Science – Dissecting the details Human Communication Exploring Intersections Knowledge Unleashed Year one Core Crime, Criminology and Criminal Justice Making Sense of Society Policy and Society Media Communication and Society Punishment Justice and Victims Opportunity Modules 2x 10 credit year one Opportunity modules Year two Core Crime Harm and Power in Late Modernity Employability and Professional Development Contemporary Social Research Optional Modules Human Rights and Social Justice Employment Law Child and Family Law Year three Core Comparative Criminal Justice Policy Dissertation Intellectual property law Contemporary legal issues Optional Modules Cybercrime Disability, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System Environment and social justice radicalisation

Assessment method

Criminology is a subject that focuses on various scientific and philosophical theories regarding crime. Your course examines a diverse range of scenarios which you may encounter working in a criminal justice or a related organisation by drawing upon information from different sources in which both crime and social life are debated. Assessments vary according to modules and are designed to test your understanding of the modules. Some of the ways you will be assessed include: reports exams presentations workshops

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

International applicants

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Entry requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15000* Year 1
International £15000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

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Criminology and Law with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS