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Criminology (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Criminology (including foundation year) BSc will prepare you for study at undergraduate level, while providing you with the knowledge to examine the causes and effects of crime. This four-year course is designed for those who don’t meet the requirements to enter the three-year course or who have been out of education for a few years and would like to prepare for academic study at undergraduate level.

During Year 0 you’ll improve your critical thinking, essay writing and other academic skills to build your confidence and improve your learning techniques. You’ll be supported by a tutor and academic mentor to achieve all of your academic goals and settle into university. In the following three years you’ll engage in academic investigation of the criminal justice system and examine criminological theories.

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More about this course

Our Criminology (including foundation year) BSc course is perfect preparation for a career in crime and justice related settings. You’ll not only study criminological theories and learn to research the causes and implications of crime, but you’ll also gain valuable academic skills that will help you progress to managerial roles or postgraduate study.

On this course you’ll receive excellent support to ensure that you settle into university life and achieve good academic outcomes. In your foundation year, your tutor and mentor will help you work on your strengths and weaknesses and prepare for the following three years of undergraduate academic study. During this year, your modules will focus on developing your academic literacy, critical thinking and analytical skills through the production of short texts about subjects in the field of social sciences and current affairs. You’ll also be joined by students studying the foundation year from other disciplines, providing a perfect opportunity to work with others to improve your skills.

We place great emphasis on our teaching quality and your lecturers will take their time to work with you to develop your skills and ensure you reach a good level of understanding of the topics.

During the foundation year you’ll also take a module that is more focused on criminology, so that you can get a view into the topics you’ll be studying and prepare for the following years. If at the end of your foundation year you decide that you’d like to specialise in a different area of study, there will be flexibility to move to a different course in the School of Social Sciences or the School of Social Professions subject to approval.

In the three years that will follow you’ll experience greater flexibility in choosing what you’d like to study and enjoy the opportunity to combine your criminology degree with the study of psychology, policing, sociology or law. The course content will also begin to be more specialised. Learn more about our Criminology BSc undergraduate degree programme.

Assessment

Your assessment will be split between coursework, presentations and exams. Coursework may include portfolios of reflective writing, digital portfolios, essays and reports.

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Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code M931
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 40 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

If you are a mature student with significant work experience, you are invited to apply for this course on the basis of the knowledge and skills you have developed through your work.

Modular structure

Example Year 0 modules include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Interventions for Change
  • Media, Crime and 'Race'
  • Reflecting on Self and Society
  • Researching Discrimination
  • Researching Inequality
  • Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay

Example Year 1 modules include:

  • Introduction to Criminological Theory 
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Researching Crime and Deviance 
  • Researching Social Life
  • Social Problems and Social Issues

Example Year 2 modules include: 

  • Crime in Context
  • Measuring and Interpreting Crime
  • Perspectives on Policing 
  • Crime, Media and Technology 
  • Youth, Crime and Violence
  • Youth, Resistance and Social Control

Example Year 3 modules include:

  • Crime Control and Penology
  • Criminology Project
  • Criminology Work Experience
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Human Rights and Conflict
  • Religion and the State
  • Serious and Serial Offenders
  • Social Control, Drugs and Organised Crime
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • Victims and Crime

What our students say

"[The foundation year] helped me to know my strengths and weakness and prepare me for my degree course. I can now tackle issues that I would have struggled with if I had gone straight to a degree course. My communication, organisation and reading skills have all improved. At first it was challenging, but as I progressed through the course I was able to face some of my challenges and overcome them with the help all of my lecturers."

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"The course has prepared me very well for my degree and I am more confident now than ever. The lecturers were great, as they take their time to explain and clarify things for us and eventually we gain a better understanding.”

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After the course

Graduates from our criminology related courses enter a range of careers, such as police officer, special constable, investigating analyst, support worker, senior detective constable, investigating analyst and probation officer. They now work for organisations as diverse as the Metropolitan Police, Ten Intelligence and Mears.

There are also postgraduate degrees at London Met, which will help you to gain more links with police forces thanks to the important research culture in units such as our John Grieve Centre for Policing and Community Safety.

What is a degree with a foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

Apply to us for September 2019

Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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