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Course summary

This course includes a Foundation Year, so it is a 4-year course. The additional Foundation Year will allow you to develop your skills and build confidence in your academic abilities, identifying your strengths and weaknesses so you can progress onto the undergraduate programme. 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 & Law. Why study at BNU? 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 (NSS2022) 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. Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers. What will I study? Following the core programme, you can opt to stay on the criminology course pathway or chose this pathway which gives you a specialism in forensics. You will be able to combine the study of criminology with the study of forensics. This pathway will give you the opportunity to examine skills necessary for the collection and preserving of forensic evidence. You will have plenty of opportunity to see how the theory in the classroom applies to real life. You will also be able to explore and expand your own ideas and theories as part of the course. 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 through our careers and employability scheme. 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 Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility Inquiry Based Learning Ways of learning about the social world 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 Introduction to forensic science Evidence in court Opportunity Modules 2x 10 credit year two Opportunity modules Year three Core Comparative Criminal Justice Policy Dissertation Forensic professional practice issues Investigative and forensic psychology Optional Modules Cybercrime Disability, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System Environmental 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:

  • Foundation

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

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 Forensic Studies with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS