BA (Hons) Criminology & Psychology | Foundation Year

Arden University’s psychology and criminology foundation degree is a rigorous and career-enhancing course that provides you with an introduction to the key concepts needed to pursue your academic goals. 

Course details

Do you ever find yourself wondering what motivates people to commit crimes? Are you interested in the minds of offenders, victims, and witnesses? If the answer is yes, our BA (Hons) Criminology and Psychology Foundation degree will take you on a fascinating and rewarding journey into the human mind.
  • Mode of study: 2-3 days a week
  • Intake: Intakes: October, February, May
  • Course length: 4 years
  • Course fee: £9250   per year
  • Location: London campus

Arden University London

Course overview

Once you’ve completed your foundation year, you’ll focus on your chosen career path – in this case, criminology and psychology. Bringing together two related subject areas, you’ll gain a multi-disciplinary understanding of the reality of criminology and psychology, while also engaging in employment-related module assessments that are designed to give you the practical edge needed to stand out in today’s competitive job market.


Entry requirements

Passes at grade C (grade 4) or above in three subjects at GCSE level OR 45 credits at Level 2 or equivalent – if your qualifications are older than 3 years we would also ask to see a professional CV.

Applicants may be considered based on a minimum of 12 months of professional work experience evidenced with a CV and Reference if they do not meet the qualification requirements.  

We also offer this course as a standard bachelor’s degree without foundation year. 


With this degree, the possibilities are endless – and go further afield than you might think! As well as graduating with critical, analytical and communication skills, a criminology and psychology foundation degree could lead to work in any of the following areas:

  • Counselling
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Human resources
  • Police force
  • Probation and prison systems


At Arden, we provide you with a range of opportunities to demonstrate your academic strengths. These could include:

  • Portfolios of work
  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Reports
  • Research Project
  • Using Numeracy, IT & Data
  • Research Skills and Using Information
  • Values, Ethics and Working Collaboratively
  • Developing Academic Skills
  • Crime and Law in Context
  • Psychology of Everyday Life
  • Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Effective Interdisciplinary Study
  • Crime and Society
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Key Studies in Psychology
  • Personality and Intelligence
  • Research and Ethics in Action
  • Contemporary Debates in Criminology
  • Environmental Criminology
  • Social Psychology
  • Policing and Police Powers
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Contemporary Developmental Psychology
  • Youth Justice
  • Cybercrime
  • Research Planning and Project