Each year we accept hundreds of student onto Foundation Year courses who have the ability to study at degree level but who don’t have the qualifications to enter directly onto an honours degree. Each Foundation Year is an integral part of a specific degree course; the content is tailored to prepare you for your chosen degree so that you start Year 1 of your linked honours degree with confidence. The academic discipline of criminology considers a range of questions relating to crime, deviance and social control that includes the academic study of law breaking, law enforcement and the re-integration of offenders into society. You will address a range of criminological questions, using a combination of theory and research methods. Topics include why individuals commit crime and how the key agencies that comprise the criminal justice system respond to criminal behaviour. You will consider young people, the law and the youth justice system, and how social characteristics such as gender, race and social class influence the ways in which the criminal justice system deals with offenders.