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Higher Education

BSC (Hons), with a foundation year

Course Overview

From Criminal Justice to Forensic Investigation…

Our Criminology Foundation Year programmes enables you to start exploring the theories of crime and develop an understanding of the social context behind why a person commits an offence.

Following on from the successful completion of your first year, you will progress onto Level 4 study at Staffordshire University where you choose a specific degree programme to expand your knowledge in a particular specialism.

Course Content

The Criminal Justice Foundation Year is made up of five modules:

  • Crime in Context
  • Sociology of Crime
  • Theories of Criminality
  • Introduction to the Principles of Law
  • Core Legal Skills

Academic Commitment

Foundation year of 4-year full-time course. 

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. 50% of the learning and teaching will take place at the Sixth Form College, with the other 50% being delivered on the university campus. You will also be expected and encouraged to complete 23 hours of independent study per week.


A variety of teaching and learning methods are employed to deliver the course, which include lectures, seminars, tutorials and group-based work.

You will be assessed via a number of means including formal essays, class tests, coursework, presentations and examinations. Through varied forms of assessment, you will demonstrate your strengths and abilities.

Where Courses Become Careers

The degree foundation year on these courses is the first year of a four year programme of study. After successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress onto your chosen degree programme (listed below) or one of Staffordshire University’s other courses in the School of Law, Policing and Forensics:

  • BSc Policing and Criminal Investigation
  • BSc Professional Policing
  • BSc Criminology
  • BSc Forensic Investigation
  • BA Security and Intelligence

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants will typically have 48 UCAS points, made up of Level 3 equivalent qualifications, including A Level and BTEC courses. Additionally, we welcome applications from people with a variety of qualifications, skills and experience. Each application will be assessed on their individual merits.

Tuition Fees

Full-time students enrolling on the Foundation year of a Degree in 2021 will pay a tuition fee of £5,950.

Levels 4–6 (Years 2–4) of the BA/BSc (Hons) will be charged at Staffordshire University’s standard rate.


For more information, and to apply, visit this link and select the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College option.


If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions:

Higher Education