Key facts

Location: Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: M930
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Our LLB (Hons) Law (Criminology) is a qualifying law degree that is recognised by both the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

* This course is subject to validation.

This course covers a distinctive knowledge base relating to criminology, the study of crime,deviance and the criminal justice system. If you’re hoping to become a solicitor or barrister specialising in criminal law, this is the ideal course for you. Criminology draws upon knowledge and perspectives from a range of disciplines, such as law, sociology, psychology and history. Following on from the foundations of legal knowledge (the subjects required for qualifying law degree-status), you will study Criminal Law as well as the core ‘pathway’ module of Urban Criminological Concepts, which introduces contemporary issues relevant to the field and is also unique to this course.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: LLB (Hons) Law (Criminology)

Professional body accreditation

The qualifying law degree is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for the purposes of satisfying the academic stage of training.

Accredited by the Bar Standards Board for the purpose of a Qualifying Law Degree.

Course content

In Year 1 you will study the same subjects as all three-year LLB course routes,developing a solid understanding of areas such as the English Legal System,Contract Law and Law and Society. A workshop-based skills module runs throughout this academic year, along with large group sessions and small workshops covering another three core modules. The focus is on practice-based learning, using authentic scenarios and skills exercises.

You will continue to study the core foundations of legal knowledge in your second year, being introduced to Criminal Law as well as the core 'pathway' module of Urban Criminological Concepts. This will introduce you to contemporary issues relevant to the field and is unique to this award.

In your final year, in addition to the final core module of Law of Trusts and Equitable Remedies, you will focus on specialist areas of criminology such as Criminal Justice, Crime Prevention and Law of Criminal Evidence, as well as the opportunity to take a dissertation.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
English Legal System and Legal Skills Compulsory
Contract and Problem Solving Compulsory
Law and Society Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
English Legal System and Legal Skills Compulsory
Contract and Problem Solving Compulsory
Constitutional Law Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Tort Law and Civil Remedies Compulsory
Criminal Law Compulsory
Property Law and Application Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Tort Law and Civil Remedies Compulsory
Criminal Law Compulsory
Property Law and Application Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Law of Trusts and Equitable Remedies Compulsory
Administrative Law and Human Rights Compulsory
Urban Criminological Concepts Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Law of Trusts and Equitable Remedies Compulsory
European Union Law Compulsory
Urban Criminological Concepts Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.