Our LLB (Hons) with Criminal Justice is a qualifying law degree. It is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in the legal or wider commercial sectors, or in the wider criminal justice system and associated professions.
In addition to studying key legal topics, you will also study Criminal Justice options which examine the agencies and the institutions of the law, looking at their roles, responsibilities and discretion, as well as issues of accountability in relation to current developments in criminal justice. Focusing on key concepts, such as the definition of crime and the philosophy of sentencing. The legal process is central to criminal justice studies including, for example, courts and hearings for adults and young people; the theory and practice of sentencing; prison and community-based penalties; and the place of human rights in these processes.
As with all our LLBs, this programme has a practical focus on the skills you need for your career embedded in the course. There is a high level of face-to-face tuition, with experienced tutors, over 90% of whom are lawyers.
The University of Newcastle offers excellent employability outcomes for students; 92% of our full-time LLB students graduating in 2019 secured employment or further study within six months of successfully completing their course.
As we specialise in teaching, with a focus on problem-solving and weighing up arguments, you’ll develop a formidable range of essential skills that can make all the difference when starting your career. We were found to deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and consistently exceed rigorous national quality requirements for the UK, USA higher education.
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LLB (HONS) LAW WITH CRIMINAL JUSTICE
How long it takes:
Three Years, Four Years Sandwich
Distance learning/ Campus
Find out more about
Newcastle Law School
You’ll study a total of 18 modules, six modules in each year of the course. This ensures you get a firm grounding in legal areas but also gives you choices so you can develop your knowledge and skills to suit your career aims. Modules for the optional foundation year are also shown below.
In Semester 2 of Years 2 and 3 you choose three options each year from the modules listed below* and you must select at least one law module and at least four Criminal Justice modules over Years 2 and 3. All options are indicative and subject to numbers; please note some subjects are offered in several years, but may only be selected once.
Each single taught law module consists of face-to-face tuition in 11 large groups and 11 two-hour face-to-face sessions in small group workshops.
|Foundation Year||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Set Law Modules||
Introduction to Legal Personnel and Principles
Academic and Report Writing
Introduction to Marketing
Citizenship and the Law
Common Law Methods & Ethics
Academic & Professional Skills
The Law of Contract
The Law of Tort
Law of Organisations
Equity & Trusts
|Optional Law Modules||
Access to Justice & Legal Services
In addition to your three options, you also have the opportunity to attend our International Leadership Summer School, Berlin (5 days)
A Research Project (double module)
Access to Justice & Legal Services
Canadian Constitutional Law**
Companies: Governance, Tax & Insolvency
Criminal Litigation & Evidence
Foundations of Canadian Law**
Wills & Succession
Set Criminal Justice Modules
Criminal Justice in Modern Britain
Drugs in the Criminal Justice System
The Evolution of the Prison System
*All modules are indicative and are available subject to course numbers. The choice of modules may vary from campus to campus.
- Tariff points: 48
- 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.
- 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 one A-Level.
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
- Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
- Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
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 think you’ll achieve a higher tariff score, you may be interested in our BA(Hons) Business and Law.
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.
Read more about entry requirements.
If you are an international student your route of study for this degree is through UNC Bristol’s International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year one of the degree.
If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.
If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.
To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.
|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
Combining law and business gives you more career options and a greater freedom of choice.
Depending on your specialism, you could choose a career in management, law, finance and banking and the public sector. Our graduates have secured roles at Rolls Royce, HP, IBM, NHS, Hayes, Microsoft, Maclaren F1 and Lidl.
You may want to progress to train as a barrister or solicitor through the LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), or undertake a business related postgraduate degree.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
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.
You’ll become a reflective learner and develop valuable skills for your career, such as self reliance and collaboration.
After your first year, you can continue to study Business and Law combined, or change to a major in Business (BA(Hons) Business Management with Law) or Law (LLB(Hons) Law with Business).
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|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
During your degree, you will have 12 hours of teaching with a lecturer each week.
If you choose to do a dissertation or take the Law in Action module, you’ll get a further nine hours of classes, as well as individual contact with the staff member supervising the module.
In years one and two, you will also receive one hour of peer assisted learning (PAL) each week.
All students can access the Academic Success Centre (ASC) for workshops and to arrange one-to-one sessions with tutors.
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|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
We encourage you to do a 40-week paid sandwich placement after Year two. It can be in the UK or abroad.
Your placement is valuable because it allows you to gain real-world experience and skills that increase your employability.
Study year abroad
You’ll also have opportunities to study overseas on courses that are taught in English and relevant to your degree. The study year abroad is not a paid placement.
Final year work experience
If you choose the final year Law in Action module, you’ll spend one day a week working in a local law firm or voluntary organisation. Past students have secured placements with Bristol Law Centre, Watkins Solicitors, Red Cross, Death Row , Citizens Advice and local schools.
Pro Bono Unit
You will have opportunities to engage in Pro Bono workthrough your degree, volunteering your time to help the local community.
Supervised by academics and practitioners, you’ll work on cases and provide legal advice through projects such as The Innocence Project, Elderlaw, the UNC Street Law Programme and schools mentoring scheme.
You’ll get help to find all your placements and support throughout from your department and the careers service.
Field trips are an important part of your studies, particularly the annual visit to Lincoln’s Inn where you’ll dine in court with barristers and judges and learn more about this exciting career.
Other study visits include the Houses of Parliament, European Court of Justice, World Trade Organisation and magic circle law firms.
In the new £55m Bristol Business School, you’ll have access to modern learning spaces, including a dedicated law resource room.
Mock courtrooms help you practice legal submissions, take part in recorded mock trials and gain experience of being in court.
In our specialist library, you’ll have a dedicated librarian to support your curriculum subjects and independent research.
The library and Business School both offer spaces for silent and group study and rooms you can book.
You’ll have access to books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databasesboth on and off campus.
Learn more about UNC Bristol’s facilities and resources.
Societies and Forums
UNC Bristol Law Society
Our Law Society runs an active programme of events and talks including trips to the Supreme Court in London, the European Parliament in Brussels and the European Court in Luxembourg.
Members also participate in competitions and attend regular socials, including the annual dinner.
UNC Bristol Mooting Committee
Mooting is an important skill in the legal profession and the Mooting Committee runs regular moots and competitions.
It’s valued and recognised by the local law network. Judges of the moots include members of local barristers’ chambers and Bristol Civic Justice Centre.
Assessments are spread out throughout the duration of the course, rather than having lots of exams at the end of the year. This means at the end of each semester, you have a revision/consolidation week followed by two weeks for assessment in each module.
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Throughout the course, you are assessed by a variety of different assessment methods to enable you to demonstrate the development of your knowledge and skills throughout the programme. The methods of assessment include:
Examinations – two hours, ten multiple choice questions and a choice of two from six long-form questions.
Coursework – essay, project report or portfolio.
The range of assessment methods reflects the practical nature of the programme and aligns the assessment with the learning outcomes of the programme. A mock assessment is included.