BA (Hons) Criminology with Cybercrime with Foundation Year

Criminology with Cybercrime

BA (Hons) & Foundation Year


Study level
Part time
4 years+
Faculty of Social Science

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Course Overview

Do you want to become a cybercrime specialist but need to build your academic confidence ahead of your studies? Our BA (Hons) Criminology with Cybercrime with Foundation Year will provide you with the support you need to succeed, followed by in-depth knowledge of the criminal justice system and the latest cybersecurity developments across the UK and globally.

The course takes a modern, digital-first, and global approach to the study of criminology and cybercrime, equipping you with cutting-edge transferable skills. You’ll cover all the essentials of criminology, with a specialised focus on cybercrime and security from an international perspective, preparing you for potential careers focusing on cybercrime such as policing, probation, fraud prevention, counter-terrorism, cybercrime prevention, digital forensics, and more. 

This course has been developed by experienced lecturers with in-depth knowledge of the issues you’ll be studying. They’ve designed your course syllabus to cover the latest trends, events, and advancements in the field, helping you graduate with the modern skills needed to find employment in the sector. You’ll also have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers with backgrounds varying from cybersecurity professionals to reformed ex-offenders, giving you an inside look into the field and helping you start creating industry links long before you complete your degree.

This course shares its foundation year and Level 4 modules with our BA (Hons) Criminology. After completing your first two years of study, you’ll have the option to switch over to the standard criminology pathway if it better matches your career goals. You can find out more about the BA (Hons) Criminology here

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Course details and modules

Arden's foundation year modules have been designed to give you a tailored and fully supportive introduction to university study. This first year of study will prepare you for success in higher education by introducing you to the academic skills and subject-specific knowledge required to excel in your chosen degree subject.

This foundation year course will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to successfully complete a full undergraduate degree in criminology with cybercrime, even if you've been out of education for some time or don't meet the requirements for standard entry. You'll develop key academic skills needed for university study in areas such as maths, data, research, presentation, academic referencing, and more.

Demand for cybersecurity professionals in the UK increased by 58% just last year*, and the cyber security sectoral analysis 2022 confirms that the sector’s skills gaps more than tripled with its revenue rising to over £10 billion in the UK alone. This course has been designed with a clear applied focus to help you fill these growing industry gaps. With its digital-first, global approach to your learning, you’ll graduate with the up-to-date, real-world skills you need to succeed in this thriving sector.

*Cyber security skills in the UK labour market 2022

Laura Pearson

For me personally, I feel that the support network as a whole is exceptional. It's not just one particular part of Arden either. It's not just the students, and it's not just student support, it's everything, all combined. Everyone is on the same page. The inclusion portal now is fabulous, I love it, you know, I got really excited when I saw that.

Laura Pearson
Criminology/Sociology student


You have between 4 to 12 years to complete this course, which means you can take up to 3 years to complete each level. Most of our students, however, aim to complete their studies within 4 to 6 years.

Your studies will begin by reviewing key preparatory academic study skills, followed by an introduction to both criminology and cybercrime at Level 4. At Level 5, you will have the opportunity to choose one of these pathways, in which your remaining modules will help you learn the latest sector-specific skills needed by employers.  Explore the criminology specialisation here.

  • Preparing for University Success
  • Exploring the Social World
  • Advancing your Academic Skills
  • Examining Social Justice
  • Planning for Your Future Success
  • Investigation & Innovation Project
  • Becoming a Criminologist (20 credits)
  • A History of Crime and Punishment (20 credits)
  • Crime, Media, and Culture (20 credits)
  • Cybercrime: The Essentials (20 credits)
  • Policing Priorities (20 credits)
  • Working within the Criminal Justice System (20 credits)
  • Researching the Field (20 credits)
  • Youth Crime and Justice (20 credits)
  • Defending the Realm (20 credits)
  • Crimes of the Powerful (20 credits)
  • Cyber Espionage and Cyber Warfare (20 credits)
  • Organised Transnational Cybercrime (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice: A Case Study (20 credits)
  • Digital Forensics (20 credits)
  • Terrorism Online: Radicalisation and Propaganda (20 credits)
  • Responding to Global Cyber Emergencies (20 credits)
  • Research Project (40 credits)

Authentic assessments. No exams.

No exams in sight! You’ll find that our innovative assessments have a real-world focus and are embedded with real skills you can use in your future career. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn how to get your research published and start building your professional portfolio.

Start building your professional portfolio.

You’ll have the chance to contribute to the Criminology and Social Science Research journal. That means by contributing you could see your own work in print and even have it publicised across the university's website and social media accounts.

Study options

Ryan-Jay Walsh

Having flexible study is so important to me… I’ve had to do last-minute school runs to drop my nephews off, but Arden has been so understanding and the flexibility of study suits my life perfectly.

Ryan-Jay Walsh
BA (Hons) Criminology and Psychology

Part-time online learning

How does it work? 

Studying the BA (Hons) Criminology with Cybercrime with Foundation Year 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. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with like-minded 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. You’ll also have access to our online online 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.

Online learning students resident in the UK can apply for a Maintenance Loan if they cannot attend their course in person because of a disability. 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 on Living Cost Loans from your student finance body.

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Introducing your Digital Backpack

Once you’ve enrolled on your Criminology with Cybercrime with Foundation Year degree with Arden you’ll get access to your Digital Backpack, a toolkit of digital resources we’ve put together to help you succeed during your time studying with us.

Here are some of the digital resources you’ll have available throughout your course:

  • Office 365 subscription
  • Integrated zoom video conferencing
  • Careers support available through Arden Futures, your careers platform, to help you throughout your career journey whether you are a Career Starter, Changer or Developer
  • Free online access to our Library Portal, which includes thousands of eBooks and journals, as well as industry databases which we’ve carefully hand-picked to support your studies – all yours for free while you study with us
  • Subscription to Togetherall for an abundance of mental health support

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.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can study your degree in a flexible and convenient way. That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or desktop PC (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good internet connection. Through ilearn, our online university campus in the cloud, you'll be able to access your course calendar, support services, learning materials, and our online library containing almost half a million texts, as well as creating assignments, keeping notes, and collaborating with other students on your course. 


To be eligible for our BA (Hons) Criminology with Cybercrime with Foundation Year, you should normally have:

  • At least 3 x GCSEs or 45 credits at Level 2 or equivalent. If your qualifications are older than 3 years, we will also ask to see a professional CV.
  • If you do not meet these requirements, you may be considered based on a minimum of 12 months of professional work experience evidenced by a CV and reference.
  • We also offer this course as a standard bachelor’s degree without foundation year. To view the course details, please click here.

English proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English, such as a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English, can be accepted.

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide the above evidence of English proficiency. More information 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

Dr. Emma Winlow (Criminology with Cybercrime)

Dr. Emma Winlow obtained her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Criminology and Crime & Justice from the University of Chester and completed her PhD at the University of Gloucestershire. A public criminologist, Emma has extensive leadership and management experience in higher education and is passionate about accessibility, inclusion, and employability in teaching and learning. She established the School of Criminal Justice with these practices in mind. Emma is also a member of the British Society of Criminology and the British Society of Criminology's Teaching and Learning Network.

Dr. Emma Winlow (Criminology with Cybercrime)
Head of School – Criminal Justice

Career prospects

This course provides you with both the foundations you need for further study in the field, as well as a range of universal, transferable skills that will allow you to apply your knowledge across diverse sectors. 

What will the BA (Hons) Criminology with Cybercrime with Foundation Year do for me?

You’ll graduate from this course with real practical insight into today’s evolving criminology field that you’ll be able to apply immediately to your future role. Just some of the things you’ll learn include:

  • The knowledge and academic study skills needed to succeed at university.
  • Key issues within criminology with a specialised focus on cybercrime.
  • In-depth knowledge of global cybersecurity issues, including the most up-to-date developments in areas such as digital forensics, the dark web, and online terrorism.
  • How to detect and deter cybercrime activity and the challenges it poses to criminal justice agencies, businesses, and governments.
  • The modern skills to fill industry gaps in today’s growing cybercrime sector.

During your Foundation Year, you'll get comprehensive support and preparation for your university journey, including:

Introduction and preparation: our Foundation Year courses introduce you to university-level teaching, learning, and assessment methods. You'll develop essential study skills, research techniques, and critical thinking abilities, laying a strong foundation for your degree studies.

Personalised support: our academic staff will guide you throughout your Foundation Year. They'll ensure a smooth transition into your degree programme, providing the support you need every step of the way.

Direct relevance to your future degree: your programme content is carefully designed to align with Arden's degree courses. Studying a Foundation Year will equip you with subject-specific knowledge and interdisciplinary exploration, establishing a solid base for your chosen degree.

Improved degree outcomes: we prioritise not only your academic preparation but also your success. By boosting your confidence, academic skills, and understanding of the subjects, we empower you to achieve the best possible degree outcomes and expand your career opportunities.

What can I do after Arden University?

By earning a degree in criminology, you’ll be well-positioned for a range of exciting opportunities once you graduate. As well as the possibility of continuing on to further study at the master’s level, your degree will open doors in areas such as:

  • Fraud prevention
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Cybercrime prevention
  • Digital forensics.
  • Criminal justice system (police, prison, or probation)
  • Criminal investigative services
  • Government, social, or community services
  • Voluntary sector 
  • Working with charities
  • NGOs (non-governmental organisations)
  • Work with the home office or in education

Industry skills



The course stands out in that the topics you’ll study have a global focus that is relevant anywhere in the world. Avoiding the Western-centric focus of many undergraduate criminology courses, your course content will give you experience and knowledge you can apply to careers both at home and internationally. 

Campaign for Social Science

Arden University is a member of the Campaign for Social Science. 

The Campaign demonstrates how social science improves public policy, society, and all our lives. It highlights the value of applied social science research and advocates for its greater use in decision-making and in government. It is supported by a coalition of universities, social science societies, and publishers.

As a member, Arden receives access to case studies, research into the value provided by social sciences, and insights into the employability of social science graduates. Through this, you will gain a better understanding of the skills you are learning and their value to employers.

LinkedIn Learning

All Arden students will have free access to LinkedIn Learning through the Library Portal. LinkedIn Learning is a video-based online learning platform offering over 16,500 expert-led courses across a wide range of subjects including business, technology, and creative skills.

With LinkedIn Learning, you can:

  • Pursue curated learning pathways aligned with our curriculum and your career goals.
  • Add value to your LinkedIn profile by showcasing your newly acquired skills.
  • Personalise content based on skills relevant to your chosen career path, interests and prior learning.