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About the course

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.

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.

Specialist facilities January start available Further studies

The course has been designed with employability in mind and is a direct pathway onto Solent’s law or criminology degrees.

What does this course lead to?

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
LLB (Hons) Law and Commercial Practice
BA (Hons) Criminal Investigation with Psychology
BA (Hons) Criminology
BA (Hons) Criminology and Psychology

Who is this course for?

This course leads directly into the first year of a relevant law or criminology course here at Solent. This makes it ideal for those who don’t quite meet the entry requirements or who would like a reintroduction to academic life before starting a full-time undergraduate degree.

Facts & figures

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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £10,000 per year

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2016, 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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Key entry requirements

48 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP 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.

Got a question about this course?
Contact our Ask Solent team:



023 8201 3039

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.

How to apply

What you'll study

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

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support


The University provides excellent learning resources and facilities to its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces with plenty of laptop points and our moot courtroom gives students a chance to exercise their knowledge and legal skills in a mock courtroom setting.

Students have the opportunity to build a range of transferable skills throughout the course.

Your future

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 - 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.

Industry connections

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.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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