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BA (Hons) Criminology and Law with Foundation Year

During our Criminology & Law Degree with Foundation Year, you get the opportunity to refresh your academic skills, and enhance your knowledge of two linked and well-established areas of the social sciences. You will spend equal time on both disciplines while studying via Distance Learning with Arden University. 

The Foundation Year covers key academic concepts like research skills and basic numeracy, as well as acquainting you with subject knowledge like crime, law and psychology.

The criminology aspects of this course explore how crime is controlled and prevented through policing and the criminal justice system, whilst law will concentrate on the English legal system, criminal law and human rights.

With Arden University you’ll learn about 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.


Foundation Year

  • Developing Academic Skills
  • Using Numeracy, Data & IT
  • Research Skills & Using Information
  • Values, Ethics & Working Collaboratively
  • Crime & Law in Context
  • Psychology of Everyday Life

Year 2

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

Year 3

  • Research & Ethics in Action
  • Contemporary Debates in Criminology
  • Civil Liberties & 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

Please note that the modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change.

Entry Requirements

Candidates for our online Criminology & Law Degree with Foundation Year are required to submit a personal statement (of between 350-550 words) or attend and online interview demonstrating an ability to study the programme at Arden University, taking into account:

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

If your previous study was not in English, you will also need to have IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element).

BA (Hons) Criminology and Law with Foundation Year

Distance Learning, Alternative Courses/Degrees

Published on 2 Jun 2020