**Why choose this course?** You'll study contemporary crime issues in a location close to London, with its numerous high profile law institutions and renowned criminal courts. You'll investigate high profile, global crime problems like human and organ trafficking, war and terrorism and gain real life experience through student placements, at organisations like the NSPCC, Childline, Kingston Borough Council and Victim Support. You'll also engage in research that has real life impact for practitioners, offenders and victims. The lecturers who'll teach you are experts in policing, prisons, gender, transgender, race and ethnicity and they apply what you learn to real crime problems. On this course you'll also get to take part in the annual School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences themed week. This is when regular teaching is replaced by a series of workshops, presentations, discussions and reading groups on a contemporary social issue. Previous themes have included race, war and gender, all led by expert speakers like Shami Chakrabati, Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales. **Foundation year - Social Sciences** This course will provide you with the academic and transferable skills you need to study an undergraduate degree in any of the Social Sciences. At Kingston these include Criminology, Sociology, Psychology, Economics and Politics. Throughout the year-long course, you can study a range of these subjects, allowing you to get a better idea of which ones you prefer. It'll guide you in the direction of a social sciences degree that you're particularly interested in. The foundation year will develop your independent study skills and help you to better understand your academic ability, a potential career path and how to develop the skills that employers look for in graduates.