Overview

why study criminology and law?

Studying criminology gives you a deep understanding of crime and criminal justice in the real world.

It complements and contextualises legal study, and is useful for those looking to practise criminal law or work in the criminal justice system.

Why University of Newcastle?

BA(Hons) Criminology and Law is a flexible course that allows you to explore topical modules spanning criminal justice, penology, sexual offences and offending.

Gain a solid grounding in criminological research methods and practice. Develop valuable legal skills such as mooting and negotiating alongside your academic studies. Graduate with crucial skills that enhance your employability and prepare you for diverse careers in law or criminology.

This hands-on course gives you real-world insight and helps you develop professional abilities through community engagement and work-based learning.

You’ll study both law and criminology in equal measure in your first year and then opt to major in one or the other from year two.

 

Key features of the course

Develops your expertise of topics related to the investigation, exploration and contested terrain of crime, and social harm Extends skills and insights regarding the criminal justice system, victim protection and support, civil liberties, human rights, security and social justice Ideal preparation for work where analytical and careful decision making is required, and where initiative is valued. Please note that this masters degree is not suitable for those who wish to go on to PhD level study.

Accreditation

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation is your assurance that the University meets quality standards.

Institutional Accreditation

If you major in law, you’ll have the option to graduate with a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD). This gives you access to our Legal Practice Course (LPC), which includes the option to do an LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Studies (BPTS) to become a solicitor or barrister.

Law majors can choose from a range of modules that provide academic discourse as well as examples of real-life cases. Criminology majors get to explore contemporary issues through practical lab session

 

BA (Honours) 

Course Level:

Undergraduate

Credits 

112

Course

code MM19

How long it takes:

Three Years, Four Years Sandwich

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$15000.00

Entry requirements

Find out more about

Department:

Newcastle Law School

Why study criminology and law?

Studying criminology gives you a deep understanding of crime and criminal justice in the real world.

It complements and contextualises legal study, and is useful for those looking to practise criminal law or work in the criminal justice system.

Why Newcastle?

BA(Hons) Criminology and Law is a flexible course that allows you to explore topical modules spanning criminal justice, penology, sexual offences and offending.

Gain a solid grounding in criminological research methods and practice. Develop valuable legal skills such as mooting and negotiating alongside your academic studies. Graduate with crucial skills that enhance your employability and prepare you for diverse careers in law or criminology.

This hands-on course gives you real-world insight and helps you develop professional abilities through community engagement and work-based learning.

You’ll study both law and criminology in equal measure in your first year and then opt to major in one or the other from year two.

Where can it take me?

The knowledge and professional skills you’ll gain on this course are highly valued by employers. They also provide a solid foundation for a variety of careers.

This degree combination leads naturally to a career in criminal law. But depending on your specialism, you could pursue a career as a solicitor, barrister, legal adviser or paralegal, or as a teacher, social worker, counsellor or charity worker.

There are also opportunities with the police, prison and court services, as well as the legal sector.

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study the following law modules:

  • Foundations for Law
  • Criminal Law.

Plus, the following criminology modules:

  • Introduction to Criminological Theory
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice. 

After Year one, you can continue to study BA (Hons) Criminology and Law, or change to LLB(Hons) Law with Criminology or BA(Hons) Criminology with Law.

If you decide to change to LLB(Hons) Law with Criminology or BA(Hons) Criminology with Law, the course structure will differ from the one below, as some of the modules will be different. For further information, please contact the programme leaders.

Year two

You will study:

  • Criminology in Action: Engaging with the Real World
  • Nature and Use of Research.

Plus, two optional law modules from:

  • Forensic Evidence
  • Sexual Offences and Offending: Criminal Justice Responses
  • Law of Torts
  • Land Law
  • Migration Law and Policy
  • Criminal Procedure and Punishment.

And optional criminology modules from (the number depending on credit requirements):

  • Criminal Psychology
  • Angels or Demons: Understanding and Managing Youth Offending
  • Drugs, Crime and Society
  • Contemporary Issues in Policing
  • Difference: Race, Ethnicity and Diversity in Contemporary Society
  • Prisons
  • Crime, Media and Culture.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you’ll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

You will complete a placement learning module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • International Crime and Criminology.

Plus, two optional law modules from:

  • European Union Law
  • Dissertation
  • Law of Evidence
  • European Human Rights
  • Family Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • Medical Law and Practice
  • Organised Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Information Technology Law
  • Cross Cultural Learning and Development
  • Law Project*.

And optional criminology modules from (the number depending on your credit requirements) :

  • Protest, Policing and Public Order
  • Terrorism
  • Victims and Victimology
  • Gender, Sex and Social Control
  • Hate Crime: Offending, Victimisation and Policing
  • Risk and Risk Management
  • Punishment and Human Rights.

*A compulsory module if you have completed a placement.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet the UK Border Agency’s and the University’s minimum English language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.

  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels
  • Specific subjects: We welcome applications from students whether or not they have studied law prior to University entry.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UNC Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application. 

If you don’t meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it’s really like to study here. You’ll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.

Fees Amount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee 9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee 13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1625

 

Careers / Further study

Criminology and Law students are highly valued by employers because of their broad skillset and knowledge base.

This degree combination leads naturally to a career in criminal law. If you major in law, you could pursue a career as a solicitor, barrister, legal adviser, legal executive or paralegal.

You could also begin a career in HR, finance, teaching, advice and charity work or the public sector.

Learning and Teaching

Our approach to learning is student-centered, supporting you to develop the skills you need to have a successful legal career.

Our modules differ in learning approaches, so you can choose those that match your style.

After Year one, you can continue to study criminology and law combined, or change to LLB(Hons) Law with Criminology or BA(hons) Criminology with Law.

You’ll be allocated an academic personal tutor who will support you in your academic studies throughout your degree.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you’ll spend in different learning activities*:

Year Scheduled learning and teaching study Independent study Placement study
1 24% 76% 0%
2 21% 76% 3%
3 24% 76% 0%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Study time

During your degree, you will have 12 hours of teaching with a lecturer each week. 

If you choose to do a dissertation, you’ll get another nine hours of classes, as well as individual contact with the staff member supervising the module. 

In Year one and Year two, you’ll receive one hour of peer assisted learning (PAL) each week. 

All students can access the Academic Success Centre (ASC) for workshops and one-to-one sessions with tutors.

Assessment

You can expect to be assessed using problem and essay questions, exams, research based assessments, reflection on skills acquisition, report writing, portfolio submissions and presentations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

Year Written exam assessment Coursework assessment Practical exam assessment
1 52% 48% 0%
2 49% 43% 8%
3 36% 45% 19%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year