BA (Hons) Criminology and Law with Foundation Year

Criminology and Law

BA (Hons) & Foundation Year


Study level
Part time
4 years+
Faculty of Social Science

Course Overview

Are you interested in building a career in the criminology or law sectors, but need a little extra groundwork and support? With our degree in criminology and law with foundation year, you’ll gain the knowledge and confidence needed to succeed at degree-level study. After completing your foundation year, you’ll progress to undergraduate study, building and developing your skills throughout the remainder of your course – from the psychological and social aspects of criminology, to legal studies. 
Your foundation year will help you develop key academic, IT, and research skills, and will give you the confidence to successfully complete your criminology and law programme. As well as brushing up your academic skills and gaining a detailed, in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system, this course will enable you to examine elements of the legal system and analyse their connection with criminal behaviour. So, if you’re interested in how crime and law relate to both individuals and wider society, this is the course you’ve been looking for. 
But it’s not just about the theory. As with all our courses, our criminology and law degree is strongly focused on the skills you need to build your career. It’s been developed by industry professionals who are leaders in their field, with an emphasis on applied learning, meaning you’ll gain a range of transferable skills long before you graduate. 

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Course details and modules

Our criminology and law degree with foundation year course is designed to refresh and enhance your academic skills, while introducing you to these two fascinating areas of social science. The modules of this course have been designed to help you gain a solid understanding of crime’s complex relationship with social policy, by analysing a variety of legal concepts and ethics. You’ll also learn about the social, psychological, and political effect that crime has on the world. 

We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to study a degree, no matter your academic background. That’s why we offer this computing business degree with an integrated foundation year. The foundation year has been designed to provide you with the toolkit you need to succeed on an undergraduate degree course, as well as in the workplace and beyond it.

Cynthia Blow

I chose online learning because I do not currently have the capacity to attend classes as my days are full with running my household, my elderly parents’ household and tending to the needs of my 3-year-old. Online studying has been extremely helpful because it provides the flexibility I need in order to study at random times during the day or night.

Cynthia Blow
BSc (Hons) Psychology


You have 4-12 years to complete this course, meaning that you can take up to three years to complete each level – however, many of our students complete the course in 4-8 years.

  • Using Numeracy, IT and Data
  • Research Skills and Using Information
  • Values, Ethics and Working Collaboratively
  • Developing Academic Skills
  • Crime and Law in Context
  • Psychology of Everyday Life
  • Effective Interdisciplinary Study
  • Crime and Society
  • Criminal Justice System
  • English Legal System
  • Criminal Law
  • Law and Ethics
  • Research and Ethics in Action
  • Contemporary Debates in Criminology
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Policing & Police Powers
  • Law of Tort 1 - Tort of Negligence
  • Law of Tort 2 - Land and Other Torts
  • Cybercrime
  • Youth Justice
  • Crime Prevention
  • Law of Evidence
  • Research Planning & Project

How do we assess you?

At Arden University, a variety of methods are used to assess your progress, allowing you to demonstrate your strengths as you study. For this Criminology and Law with foundation year course, these assessments include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work
  • Exams 

Study options

This course is available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere worldwide. 

Imran Ali Khalifa

I wanted to study with Arden because it was the only option I found that truly suited my needs and what I was looking for in a university. The affordable cost of the course, and the fact that I could transfer my credits from previous studies really made Arden stand out.

Imran Ali Khalifa
LLB (Hons) with Qualifying Status – Distance Learning

Online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location.  

Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud. ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and access to our Library Portal. The portal includes an extensive digital library including thousands of journal titles, eBooks, and academic and industry databases which you can use to research your assignments and projects. All of these materials are provided to you free of charge, and contain all the research information you’ll need to complete your degree with us.

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy. 

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

Online learning students resident in the UK can apply for a Tuition Fee loan to pay for their course. If you cannot attend your course in person because of a disability, you may also be entitled to a Maintenance Loan to cover living expenses. Please find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information about obtaining a student loan to cover your costs from your student finance body.

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.


To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have: 

  • Passes at grade C (grade 4) or above in three subjects at GCSE level OR 45 credits at Level 2 or equivalent – if your qualifications are older than 3 years we would also ask to see a professional CV.
  • Applicants may be considered based on a minimum of 12 months of professional work experience evidenced with a CV and Reference if they do not meet the qualification requirements.
  • We also offer this course as a standard bachelor’s degree without foundation year. To view the course details, please click here

Candidates are required to submit a personal statement (of between 350-550 words) or attend an interview demonstrating an ability to study for the programme. This statement should include:

  • Your motivation for undertaking the programme
  • Why you’ve chosen your particular course
  • Any long-term goals or career aspirations

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Harriet Jones

The courses at Arden University allow you to explore elements of the legal system such as, the relationship between crime, society and the law, the political, psychological and social aspects of criminology, and crime prevention. By the time you’ve completed you course, we’ll have provided you with transferrable critical thinking skills that can be applied to a range of careers. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Harriet Jones
Law Programme Team Leader 

Career prospects

Just a few of the specialist skills you’ll have after graduating from this course include analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and skills in critical decision making and reasoning. All of these abilities are highly valued by employers, and will help you go on to build a successful future in your chosen career. 

What can a criminology and law foundation degree do for me?

As a graduate of the Criminology and Law with Foundation year Degree, you’ll be equipped with a wide range of employability skills, as well as a confident knowledge of your chosen field of study. 
After completing your BA (Hons) Criminologyand Law with Foundation year degree, you’ll be able to: 

  • Research and present information in different formats
  • Analyse and evaluate data (carrying out interdisciplinary analysis)
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Solve problems efficiently
  • Think critically
  • Manage your time effectively

Where can I go after Arden University?

While our Criminology and Law with foundation year degree is useful to those looking to practice criminal law or to work in the criminal justice system, this flexible qualification can also open up a world of opportunities in other areas, including:

  • Social work
  • Counselling
  • Crime prevention
  • Community work
  • Court services
  • Mental health
  • Human Resources
  • Central and Local Government

You can also go on to study at Master’s Level.  Arden University offer a variety of Master’s programmes and we are developing many more.  Keep looking for further developments! 

Industry skills

Career Development Resources

Career development resources

Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway. 
Just a few of the career tools you’ll find in the careers centre include:

  • CV360, which analyses your CV and provides instant feedback for improvement
  • Interview360, helping you practise your interview technique in a stress-free environment and tackle some of the most common interview questions - as many times as you need to
  • Aptitude tests to help your improve your critical thinking, numeric, and logical reasoning skills
  • 100s of interactive courses focused on giving you the skills and confidence you need to excel in your professional life. 
  • My Jobs, where you can search employment vacancies, browse employer profiles by location and, or connect with other employees on LinkedIn.