Criminology and Law

BA (Hons) & Foundation Year

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4-12 years
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BA (Hons) Criminology and Law with Foundation Year

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 experience required to progress to 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 psychological and social aspects of criminology to legal studies. 
Your foundation year will help you develop key  academic skills, IT skills, and learning skills that will prepare you and, provide you with confidence to successfully complete your Criminology and Law programme. As well as gaining confidence in academic skills and 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, look no further! 
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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Our Criminology and Law with foundation year course is designed to refresh and enhance your academic skills and knowledge of two linked and well-established social sciences. The modules of this course have been expertly 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 - as well as the social, psychological and political effect crime has on the world. 

We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to graduate with a degree, no matter what your academic background is. That’s why we offer this degree with an integrated foundation year that is designed to provide you with the toolkit you need to succeed in the workplace. 


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.

Foundation Year

  • 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

Year 2

  • Effective Interdisciplinary Study
  • Crime and Society
  • Criminal Justice System
  • English Legal System
  • Criminal Law
  • Law and Ethics

Year 3

  • 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

Year 4

  • 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 

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.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.


Candidates for our BA (Hons) Criminology and Law Degree with foundation year degree are required to submit a personal statement (of between 350-550 words) or interview demonstrating an ability to study for the programme. This statement should include:

  • Your motivation for undertaking the programme
  • Relevant work experience
  • Prior qualifications
  • References

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.

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Before getting started with any degree, it’s nice to know exactly who you’ll be learning from. The academic team is formed of a group of experienced, qualified and enthusiastic lecturers who design the course alongside industry professionals. Heading up our foundation year programme is Towella Ngambi, who has a wealth of experience in up-skilling individuals to help accelerate their career and personal growth.

The specialist skills you’ll have after graduating include analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving, strong interpersonal and communication skills and skills in critical decision making and reasoning – all of which are highly valued by employers and validate your potential for future development 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! 

Your next step into the professional world

Studying with Arden University is all about getting career-ready. Alongside your foundation course, you’ll also have access to several extra online resources for professional development. You can use these to explore a specialist area of interest and to enhance your CV even further.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to Student Support Advisors and Academic Skills Tutors who are exclusively there to help you. They’ll help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll have guidance at every stage of your degree.

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, iLearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies.


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

How does it work?

With online learning, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also communicate and collaborate with your lecturers and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.