BSc (Hons) Criminology with Foundation Year

TARIFF: 32 - 56
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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We offer a degree which examines crime from multiple perspectives to understand its impact on individuals and society. On this course you will explore the theories, policies, processes and relationships that influence attitudes, beliefs and behaviour.
You will also develop a range of research skills that enhance your employability, such as critical thinking and data interpretation, how to evaluate evidence and write reports, presenting reasoned arguments and making ethical judgements.
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For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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Why study this subject?

There are almost 80,000 people in prison in the UK and men are 22 times more likely to be in prison than women ( But who commits crimes, why do they commit them, what is the impact, and how do we prevent them?  Studying Criminology involves investigating all these questions and how they relate to wider society.

A degree in Criminology could lead to a career in the police, prison and probation services, the court or security services or with charities that work with young offenders. If you want to make a difference in this area, studying Criminology with equip you with the skills for a rewarding and successful career.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

The eclectic programme team is committed to promoting a transformational learning experience with and for you, that facilitates the development of knowledge and understanding, skills, personal attributes and capability associated with employability and citizenship.

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and a good leader. Our modules and teaching will help you to become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

The personal tutor system we operate helps us to support you and develop your professional identity and confidence. We also identify visits and trips to academic and criminal justice related events to complement your studies.

What facilities can I use?

Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assessments and there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study.

Whilst studying with us you will also use our BucksAnywhere web service, which provides access to many of the software applications you use for learning and studying. BucksAnywhere can be used from your own device or from a University owned PC or laptop, from any location.

What will I study?

BSc (Hons) Criminology is a subject that focuses on human theories and concepts. The programme emphasises the diversity and ambiguity of the ‘real world’ by drawing upon a variety of contexts in which both crime and social life are discussed.

Our modules are cutting edge and cover issues such as crime, criminals, criminal behaviour, corrections, human social behaviour, origins, organisation, institutions and development of human society. These issues are all discussed in a scientific framework that supports you through appropriate levels of study. Criminological theories are applied throughout the degree.

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How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

Our teaching team is research active across a range of areas related to Criminology. We deliver at a variety of conferences and work with outside agencies and bodies. We are also committed to high student satisfaction within a clear underpinning theoretical framework.

We use different teaching and assessment strategies together with, where relevant, input from outside speakers. We recently had some guest speakers come in to speak with our current students regarding career prospects.

Assessment methods will include:

  • Case studies
  • Essays
  • Annotated bibliographies
  • Evaluative summaries
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation.

Placements Plus

BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

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BSc (Hons) Criminology Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 32 - 56

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Ways of Learning about the Social World

Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity

Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility

Inquiry Based Learning

Year 2 Modules

Introduction to Criminology: The Concept of Crime

Introduction to Criminology: The History of Punishment

Media, Communication and Society

Criminal Justice Process

Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination

Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World

Policy and Strategy

Policy in Context

Year 3 Modules

Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists

Qualitative Research Methods for Social Scientists

Issues in Criminology: Discrimination (optional)

Contemporary Criminology

Forms of Crime: Crimes of the Powerful

Forms of Crime: Crime in Late Modernity

Employability and Professional Development

Knowledge of Policing (optional)

Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity (optional)

Gender and Sexuality in Society (optional)

Race Ethnicity and Migration (optional)

Year 4 Modules


Comparative Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Policy

Communication, Interaction and the Criminal Justice System (optional)

Cybercrime (optional)

Radicalisation and Terrorism (optional)

Disability, Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System (optional)

Victimology (optional)

Interpersonal Violence (optional)

Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional)

Globalisation: Issues and Debates (optional)

Globalisation: Living in the late modern world

Personal and Professional Development (optional)

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£9,250 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£14,250 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

Our Criminology programme is a springboard for entry into probation; the course at BNU covers the requisite modules for this. Recent graduates have secured employment in:

  • Probation
  • National security
  • The police force
  • Cybercrime and prevention.

Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.

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