Law (Criminal Justice)

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LLB (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
3 Years
Start date:
13 September 2021

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Our LLB (Hons) Law (Criminal Justice) is a qualifying law degree that is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

The Law (Criminal Justice) course covers a distinctive knowledge base relating to 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. The Criminal Justice modules draw 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 Community Safety, 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 (Criminal Justice)

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 Evidence and Human Rights. 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 Criminal Justice, such as Crime Prevention and Law of Criminal Evidence, as well as the opportunity to write a dissertation.

Staffordshire University Legal Advice Clinic (SULAC) and Employability

Our Law Department offers one of the most exciting and innovative legal advice clinics in the UK (SULAC – Staffordshire University Legal Advice Clinic).  Enabling students to gain real life experience working within the community, our law clinic offers free legal advice, on a variety of subjects, to the public and to certain specific sectors of the local community. SULAC provides Staffordshire law students the unique opportunity to experience the process of applying law to real life situations in some truly innovative settings.

We have also embedded clinical legal education into our LLB suite of awards.  You will learn about professional conduct, standards and ethics as well as various skills such as letter writing, interviewing, negotiation and advocacy in your first year.  In your second year, you can take the full Legal Advice Clinic module in your final year, putting you at the front line in employability skills as you graduate.

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.

Mock Court Room Tour

Mock Court Room Tour


Join Tracey Horton, Manager of the Staffordshire University Legal Advice Clinic, on a tour of our Mock Court Room, used by students to prepare them for their future career.


The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Constitutional Law 15 credits
Contract And Problem Solving 30 credits
English Legal System And Legal Skills 30 credits
Law And Society 15 credits
Tort Law And Civil Remedies 30 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Administrative Law And Human Rights 15 credits
Community Safety 15 credits
Criminal Law 30 credits
European Union Law 15 credits
Property Law And Application 30 credits
Research Project 15 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Law Of Trusts And Equitable Remedies 30 credits
Show 11 optional modules

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

Staffordshire University Law Clinic (SULAC)

Staffordshire University Law Clinic (SULAC)


The Staffordshire University Law Clinic, which launches in autumn 2018, is a free legal service.

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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We have Libraries and Service desks at both sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. All have experienced and friendly staff who can answer your IT queries, help you to access resources, show you how to research for your assignments and even help with referencing.

Some libraries are open 24/7 at key times in the academic year and we have a 24 hour help line too.

Lecture Theatres

Course lectures take place in the Ashley Building, adjacent to the Law School. These lecture theatres seat up to 200 students each and are equipped with the latest audio visual and computer technology.


Here at Staffordshire University you will be supported by our designated law careers tutor and our wider careers team.

You can expect exciting and diverse events throughout the academic year which will support you in enhancing your employability skills in whichever career you choose following your law degree

We have a number of links with local firms, businesses and services within criminal justice that mentor our students and provide guest lectures, which will spark your enthusiasm further.

Unique to the law department is our specific law fair event. A number of delegates from law and non-law businesses attend. The event enables you to build on your networking skills, obtain information about the different areas you can work and the opportunity to secure work experience or even training contracts.

Upon graduation, you’ll be able to continue your studies via our highly regarded Legal Practice Course, or complete one of our specialised postgraduate awards. LLB (Hons) Law (Criminal Justice) also opens the door to a number of exciting graduate opportunities within legal practice and the criminal justice system, 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.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module includes a practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessment. This includes a range of assessments, such as essays, reports, problem-solving tasks, portfolios, presentations, academic posters, projects, dissertations and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

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 normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take summative assessment.

Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. A typical composition of study time for this course is:

Year 1

24% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
76% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

22% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
78% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

30% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
70% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities and informal learning zones.

Year 1

23% practical exams
20% coursework
58% written exams

Year 2

0% practical exams
50% coursework
50% written exams

Year 3

0% practical exams
50% coursework
50% written exams


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.

Keith Wharton


Keith served with West Midlands Police and the National Crime Squad and became a specialist in pro-active paedophile investigation and Head of Intelligence and Prison Intelligence. He is the Course Leader for LLB Law (Criminal Justice).

Keith's profile


For the course starting on 13 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for LLB (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,000 per year of study

UK 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 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).

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:
  • As a Staffordshire University student, you’ll be entitled to a range of free software programs.
  • The use of specialist facilities relating to your course of study. 
Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students choose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from any placements
  • Clothing suitable for any placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting:

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.


Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campus LLB (Hons) Full-time 13 September 2021 Apply now

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Rules and regulations

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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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