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Law (Criminology)

LLB (Hons)

Industry recognised

Accredited by the Bar Standards Board professional body

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
3 Years
Start date:
9 September 2019
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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 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)

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.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.


This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
English Legal System and Legal Skills
Contract and Problem Solving
Law and Society
Constitutional Law
Tort Law and Civil Remedies
Constitutional Law
Year 2 compulsory modules
Community Safety
Criminal Law
Property Law and Application
Administrative Law and Human Rights
European Union Law
Year 3 compulsory modules
Law of Trusts and Equitable Remedies
Criminal Justice and Punishment
Criminal Justice and Punishment

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer: 120 points /112 points

  • A levels: BBB, this equates to 120 points
  • BTEC: DMM, this equates to 112 points



Many of our graduates continue their studies to train as solicitors and barristers with either the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course.

Completion of the LLB (Hons) Law (Criminology) opens the door to a number of other exciting graduate opportunities, such as community support officers, police officers, prison officers, probation officers, social workers and youth workers.

Teaching and assessment


The learning strategy for this award is based around problem-based and authentic learning experiences to enhance graduate skills for future employability and lifelong learning. Class contact will include a mixture of whole group and small group sessions, many taking place in a workshop setting to recreate problem-based and authentic learning scenarios and events. Students will be able to practise and develop oral and written communication skills, networking, conferencing and presentations, case-based scenarios as well as consideration of theoretical and critical perspectives to enhance knowledge and understanding.

The aim is to foster an academic community which promotes lifelong learning and is supported by research and practice informed teaching with learning strategies and technologies to support the student experience.

Learning will be organised into a series of small group sessions where students will be required to participate. Each session will be based around a problem or issue, and students will work towards a range of solutions by specifying objectives, identifying constraints, obtaining background information, applying both theory and practical skills to the subject matter and issue to be considered.

Large group sessions seek to establish an overview framework within which selected theories and principles of law can be more effectively developed. They will verify and consolidate knowledge and understanding and will engage in more detailed exposition of selected theories, rules and constraints. The guided learning will incorporate a mixture of activities, some of which will require team work and online discussion. The learning will be facilitated by use of the VLE platform and discussions/interactions between students and tutors.


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.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


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 many of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Louis Martin
Louis MartinCourse Leader

Louis has worked for Derbyshire Constabulary before becoming Head of the Roads Policing Unit and Detective Inspector for Derby City Centre.

His areas of expertise were homicide investigation, suspicious deaths and Criminal Justice.

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For the course starting on 9 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).


Stoke-on-Trent campus
LLB (Hons)
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
9 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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