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Law and Criminology Foundation Year

Get your career in law or criminology off to a great start.

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Are you interested in learning more about the law or criminology? Leading directly into Solent’s law or criminology courses, this foundation year programme aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to progress on to a related full undergraduate degree.

  • The course has been designed with employability in mind and is a direct pathway onto Solent’s law or criminology degrees.
  • Teaching is delivered by an expert academic team.
  • Students have access to our specialist moot courtroom for mock trials and mooting competitions.
  • Students have the opportunity to build a range of transferable skills throughout the course.

The industry

There are many opportunities for employment relating to the criminal justice system. Whether you are interested in working in the public or private sector, criminal justice offers graduates the chance to work in a variety of challenging and fulfilling roles. 

The programme

Solent University’s Law and Criminology Foundation Year is a direct entry point to one of our law or criminology undergraduate degree programmes.

Ideal for those who do not have traditional academic qualifications, or who have spent some time away from formal education, the foundation year will prepare students for a return to academic study. Students are given comprehensive support and guidance with an ongoing assessment programme to establish effective learning.

Working in small groups, students will learn the fundamental aspects of law and criminology, developing a range of valuable skills including analysis, research, problem solving, and written and oral expression. Students are also able to select business subject options.

Learning is aided by discussions involving different views and perspectives and students also have access to our specialist moot courtroom for mock trials.  Our well-stocked, modern library, and online facilities provide many opportunities to develop knowledge through self-directed study.

Next steps

Think you might like to pursue a career in law or criminology? Southampton Solent University’s Law and Criminology Foundation Year can help you to better understand the fundamental aspects of criminology and the law, helping to leave you well-prepared to pursue either further study on one of our law or criminology undergraduate degrees.

Have you got a question about applying?


Don't just take our word for it...

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
80 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
32 UCAS Tariff points

Year one:


Core units

  • Law and Society
  • Legal Reasoning and Research Skills
  • Law and Business
  • Law and the Individual


  • Business Issues in the Contemporary World
  • Essentials of Employability
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to Policing

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is highly interactive, combining formal teaching with opportunities for discussion and debate, as well as individual and group tasks. Class discussions are driven by current topics in law, enabling you to understand contemporary issues from a range of perspectives and present possible solutions.

Assessments include written assignments, oral presentations, group work and individual projects.

Our facilities

Our moot courtroom gives students a chance to exercise their knowledge and legal skills in a mock courtroom setting.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.


Meet the Team

The course team includes both specialists in law and criminology and also business specialists for those students who choose the business subject options.

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

The course leads directly into Solent’s law and criminology courses - valuable qualifications that can provide a strong basis for a wide variety of career paths in the public and business sectors.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Paralegal work
  • The police
  • Immigration
  • Borders
  • Revenue and customs agencies
  • Commercial organisations
  • The prison and probation services
  • Victim and witness support
  • Local government.

Links with industry

Solent University is part of the Southampton City Law Network and we work closely with South Hampshire Junior Lawyers. We have regular meetings, events, careers talks and opportunities for students to meet lawyers both from the University and from professional practice.

You’ll also be able to join the University’s mooting society and enter mooting competitions against other universities.

Transferable skills

The study of law or criminology encourages a wide range of broadly valuable skills, including problem-solving, research, self-directed work and teamwork, effective presentation and communication skills, which are developed through group work, mock courtroom sessions, seminars and interactive lectures.

Further study

The foundation year is specifically designed to provide the strong knowledge base you’ll need to take a place on one of Solent’s law or criminology degrees:

LLB (Hons) Law, M111, M203, S3NC or M210 
BA (Hons) Criminal Investigation with Psychology, VG92, T94M or L313
BA (Hons) Criminology, DDL2, XV16 or L319
BA (Hons) Criminology and Psychology, SM71, K8CR, L314 or L311

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Graduates have gone on to work at the police, probation, prisons and court services in both ‘frontline’ and support roles, for public and private providers, in legal services, or have undertaken teacher training.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: n/a

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

80 points (for 2016 entry) or 32 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at PP or equivalent.
  • GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or above 
  • Mature students who have not recently undertaken a formal course of study at A-level or equivalent, but who can demonstrate relevant workplace or voluntary experience, will be considered
  • We will also consider overseas applicants in an equivalent situation to UK students as outlined above, and who have been taught in English or have IELTS 5.5, or equivalent.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT 71 with a minimum of 19 in in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.


Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £10,000 per year

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.


How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.



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