Why study law?
Law affects every aspect of human life, right down to the air we breathe.
It affects our relationships with each other, the state and other countries. It affects our education, employment, travel, property, health and human rights.
The legal landscape changes in line with societal needs. A law degree offers diverse career pathways and a skillset to help you succeed in almost any career.
LLB(Hons) Law is a practical contemporary degree, recognised by employers and delivered by leading experts in one of the largest law schools in the country.
If you choose a legal career when you graduate, you’ll have a solid grounding in law and enough experience from placements and pro bono work to ensure you succeed in your legal training.
Our students value the range of optional modules and opportunity to specialise according to their interests in the second and third year.
Research informs teaching at every level and you’ll develop core legal knowledge in subjects spanning commercial law, criminal justice, environmental law, human rights and family law.
You’ll gain valuable insight and vital skills during this course. Mooting competitions, guest speakers, field trips, Pro Bono work, placements, and a practical Law in Action module let you explore cases and build your network.
You’ll have regular opportunities to practice legal submissions in our modern mock courtrooms, while law simulations allow you to test your case working abilities.
Where can it take me?
This is a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), which provides you with the core legal knowledge to progress to an LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to train as a solicitor or barrister.
You could start your legal career immediately, or pursue a different career pathway entirely. Law graduates’ broad skillset makes them very attractive to employers.
Our students have secured roles in law firms, chambers, city councils, banks, estate agents, higher education, accountancy, Citizens Advice and the Crown Prosecution Service.
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LLB(Hons)(with Foundation Year)
How long it takes:
Three Years, Four Years Sandwich
Distance learning/ Campus
Find out more about
Newcastle Law School
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- Fees and funding
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- Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment
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.
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.
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 sessions.
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.
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
Year zero (foundation year)
You will study:
- Becoming a Professional
- Introduction to Organisations, Enterprise and Management
- Economics and Accounting for the Real World
- Introduction to Law in a Social, Business and Global Context.
You normally need to pass your foundation year before going onto Year one.
You will study:
- Foundations for Law
- Constitutional and Administrative Law*
- Law of Contract*
- Criminal Law*.
You will study:
- Law of Torts*
Plus, three optional modules from:
- Land Law*
- Employment Law
- Environmental Law
- Dispute Resolution Skills
- Sexual Offences and Offending: Criminal Justice Responses
- Forensic Evidence
- Migration Law and Policy
- Public International Law
- Sports Law
- Criminal Procedure and Punishment
- Commercial Law
- Information Technology Law.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the five years (sandwich) course, you’ll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.
You’ll complete a placement learning module during this time.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- European Union Law*
Plus, three optional modules from (two if you’ve completed a placement year):
- Equity and Trusts*
- Law of Evidence
- Law of Financial Crime and Regulation
- Intellectual Property Law
- Company Law in Context
- The Law of International Trade
- Globalisation, Trade and Natural Resources
- European Human Rights
- Family Law
- Medicine and the Law
- Media and Entertainment Law
- Gender and the Law
- Organised Crime and Criminal Justice
- Law in Action
- Work Integrated Learning
- Cross-Cultural Learning and Development.
*If you are aiming to become a solicitor or a barrister, you must take these modules to get a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD).
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.
- Tariff points: 112
- GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in the English Language, 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.
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
- Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 levels 3 credits at merit.
- Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
If you wish to study Year one at University Centre, please remember to add the Campus Code ‘E’ to your application.
We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. Newcastle 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.
|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.
Many students train as a barrister or solicitor through the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC LLM), or undertake one of our LLMs.
If you major in criminology, you could go into research, education, social work, counselling, charity work and healthcare. There are also opportunities with the police, prison and court services, as well as the legal sector.
Other Related Programs
Law with Business
Law with Business with Foundation year
Law with International Business
Law with International Business with Foundation year
Law with Criminology
Law with Criminology with Foundation year
Law with Criminal Justice*
Law with Criminal Justice with Foundation year*
Law with Government & Politics
Law with Government & Politics with Foundation year
Law with Legal Innovation & Technology*
Law with Legal Innovation & Technology with Foundation Year*
Dual Degree LLB
BA (Hons) Criminology*
BA (Hons) Criminology with Foundation Year*
BSc Policing and Criminal Investigation
BSc Policing and Criminal Investigation with Foundation Year
*Subject to approval
Exploring your options
Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice. This includes online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speaks to a careers adviser. Some areas of the careers service website are available for you to see now, including help with looking for and applying for jobs. You can also read more general information about how OU study enhances your career.
In the meantime, if you want to do some research around this qualification and where it might take you, we’ve put together a list of relevant job titles as a starting point. Some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree):
- adult guidance worker
- advice worker
- chartered accountant
- Civil Service administrator
- community development worker
- housing manager/officer
- human resources officer
- local government officer
- police officer
- prison officer
- probation office
- social researcher
- policy analyst
- trading standards officer
- social/youth worker