Keele University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Criminology and Criminal Justice with Foundation Year

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Course summary

Foundation Year Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year. This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele. International Students For International Students, Foundation Years are delivered through our dedicated on-campus provider, Keele University International College. Applications for International Foundation Years are also handled by KUIC; please do not apply via UCAS as the University will not be able to process your application and you may still be charged the UCAS application fee. To find out more and to apply for an International Foundation Year, visit Criminology and Criminal Justice Our undergraduate programme in Criminology and Criminal Justice allows you to explore crime, perpetrators, victims and the operation of the criminal justice system. You will delve deep into the various theories and research methods which provide an evidence-based understanding of this complex, developing field, and there will be a very strong focus on the application of this knowledge to real-world situations and challenges in crime and criminal justice. You will be taught by criminologists who work closely with a range of criminal justice agencies, and will have opportunities to engage directly with agency representatives, plus build awareness of criminal justice in the real world. Why choose this course?

  • No. 1 in the UK. Britain's best university, ranked by students (Student Crowd University Awards, 2022)
  • Global Top 300 for Social Sciences (Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings, 2022)
  • Keele was the first UK university to offer a named undergraduate degree in Criminology
  • Opportunity to take a placement year or international year, and to engage with external partner agencies as part of your studies
  • Focus on the application of knowledge to real-world challenges and issues in Criminal Justice
Our BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice combines a research and theory-based understanding of crime, and the responses to it, with a practical and applied understanding of the operation of criminal justice systems. You will explore courts and prisons, policing and probation and the wider range of engagements to tackle crime, its causes and impacts. You will delve into the study of crime and how the criminal justice system operates within society, by identifying what is considered a crime, and how crime is defined by the law and public opinion. You will explore the relationships between crime and wider societal problems/social changes, as you explore the patterns and profiles of offending behaviour. About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.


For a list of indicative modules please visit the course page on the Keele University website.

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  • Foundation

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Criminology and Criminal Justice with Foundation Year at Keele University - UCAS