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. Successful completion of the is foundation year will provide a pathway to the Criminology degree. This unique course explores issues concerning the definition, nature and incidence of crime, and looks to use academic theory to find explanations for criminal behaviour. You’ll be given the opportunity to engage in debates on the nature of justice, examine a range of perspectives on areas like policing, investigation, prosecution and punishment, and consider the effectiveness, fairness and consequences of various institutional approaches to crime. Criminological study at Solent starts with our programme of lectures and guest speakers. Past students have benefitted from talks delivered by criminal justice professionals and psychology practitioners, giving detailed insight into the industry and the careers it offers. Previous years have seen students embark on a range of national and international study trips. These trips enabled students to visit local criminal justice facilities including the Old Bailey and the Houses of Parliament, as well as international sites of interest like the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security, USA. This programme also encourages students to develop a range of transferable interpersonal and verbal communication skills through presentations, role-plays, debates, interviews and group work. These competencies are valued in a wide range of industries. Southampton Solent University’s criminology degree can help you to better understand the experience of crime victims, media representations of social problems and the effect of modern communications technology on the processes of law. This knowledge will position you well to pursue either further study or graduate employment.