Criminology, Policing and Law Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

If you want a career addressing the causes of crime but don’t have the necessary qualifications or entry requirements for an undergraduate course, this course includes a foundation year that, if passed successfully, allows you to continue on to an criminology-related degree. During the foundation year you’ll study modules which will help you to improve your critical thinking, essay writing and academic skills, as well as giving you an introduction to some of the themes involved in the this field. This will enable you to continue on to study the subject you are most interested in, such as criminology combined with policing, law, youth studies, international security, sociology or psychology.

More about this course

The Criminology, Policing and Law Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) BSc is set up to help you enter your desired criminology-related undergraduate course even if you don't have the necessary qualifications. By teaching you the fundamentals of undergraduate study in the social sciences and humanities, this degree gives you the chance to continue onto the subject you really want to learn.

The foundation year focuses on improving your academic and study skills, boosting your confidence and unlocking your potential for higher education. Classes in critical thinking encourage you to challenge preconceived notions and generate your own ideas, while essay writing practices train you in the best way to communicate them.

Successfully pass the foundation year and you can confidently move on to study an undergraduate course such as criminology or combine it with sociology, psychology, youth studies, law, policing and international security.

Depending on what you go on to study, you could be learning under staff with professional experience as probation officials, Chief Inspectors, Detective Sergeants, leading criminal researchers and more. Their professional experience combined with academic teaching ability means you’ll be learning from people who can back up your academic study with real world insights.

London Met criminology highlights can include work opportunities in mentoring and charity placements, access to our mock courtroom and regular talks by visiting experts. You can learn more about the staff, students and subject area news at our criminology hub.

Whichever course you choose and whoever you study under, this extended degree is perfect if you want help getting into a career where you can make a difference to contemporary society.


Your assessment will be split between coursework and exams. Coursework types include portfolios of reflective writing, digital portfolios, essays, reports, presentations, discussion and seminar skills. This range ensures you’ll start the undergraduate course with the skills required.

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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)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

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

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 0 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module aims to:
    1. clarify what is meant by critical thinking, reasoning and argument
    2. explore the importance of examining knowledge critically in academic practice
    3. provide the opportunity for students to apply their understanding to academic practices in their particular pathways
    4. develop students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills so that they are able to assess, appreciate and defend a variety of beliefs and values, in particular:
    • encouraging students to consider the importance of different points of view
    • encouraging students to recognise the complexity surrounding many issues
    • developing a rational approach to analysing and evaluating argument
    • developing the skills needed to form and defend well-reasoned arguments, both orally and in writing

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies
    • spring semester

    This module aims to:
    1. Introduce the use of sociological theories to explore the relationship between society and individuals.
    2. Provide opportunities for reflection on relevance of key theories to individuals and contemporary society.
    3. Extend academic and independent reading skills and understanding of key terminology.
    4. Develop academic speaking (discussion and presenting skills).
    5. Develop digital skills by the use of the VLE and production of presentation aids.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • summer studies

    This module aims to:

    1. To introduce students to the study of media, crime and ‘race’.

    2. To enable students to develop their reading and seminar skills and to respond critically and analytically to a range of texts.

    3. To enable students to search, find and use appropriate digital resources, and further develop and consolidate academic skills to enhance their learning experience.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    This module explores introductory ideas around the themes of self and society, in order to:
    - introduce students to academic study in the Social Sciences and Humanities at H.E level
    - encourage students to reflect on their own identities, as well as their skills and qualities and how they might further develop them through their H.E studies
    - introduce and develop academic literacy, critical thinking and analytical skills through engagement with and production of a range of short Social Science and Humanities themed texts
    - introduce reflective practice and support students to become effective, self-aware learners
    - introduce and develop digital literacy skills
    - develop organisational, planning and time management skills
    - guide students to constructively use feedback to improve academic work

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    This core module aims to enable students to:
    • Investigate the basic principles of research
    • Critically analyse published research
    • Develop and practise research skills
    • Develop writing skills required for effective report writing
    • Develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • summer studies

    This core module aims to enable students to:
    • Increase their knowledge and awareness of current research in their subject area
    • Source and critically analyse published research in their area of interest•
    • Further develop and practise research skills
    • Further develop writing skills required for effective report writing
    • Further develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • summer studies

    This module aims to:

    - Improve academic literacy through essay writing and feedback in the context of Social Science and Humanities debates
    - Develop critical analysis and evaluation of academic source material
    - Select and integrate source material appropriately in academic writing
    - Develop students’ voice in academic writing
    - Integrate reflective practice throughout the essay writing process
    - Further develop organisational, planning and time management skills
    - Guide students to constructively use feedback to improve academic work

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday morning

    Module aims
    1. To provide you with an introduction to selected subject areas and to see the links between various subject disciplines in the School of Social Science.
    2. To help you understand your chosen subject area in a wider context & make informed choices about degree pathways.
    3. Introduce you to specific undergraduate study skills
    Further develop reflective writing skills and reflective practice of a learner

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What our students say

"[The foundation year] "helped me to know my strength 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 lectures."
Course leader survey

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

“The diverse background of the teaching staff has given me a more eye-opening learning experience, particularly in the Policing module. The first hand professional experience of the lecturers and tutors makes the theories and ideas we learn far more interesting to relate to. Our lecturers and tutors also offered valuable advice about the careers and paths open to us after graduation.”
National Student Survey

After the course

Graduates from our criminology related courses enter a range of careers including 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, Mears,  the Finnish Police and the London Community Rehabilitation Company.

There's also the opportunity of postgraduate study at London Met, which will allow you to gain more links with police forces thanks to the important research culture in units like our John Grieve Centre.

What is an extended degree?

Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.

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

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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