This three-year degree programme has a high level of face-to-face tuition, including delivery by practising criminologists at some campuses, and will enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of cutting edge criminology and sociology concepts and theories and apply this to current socio-economic policies and conditions. You will develop a critical understanding of criminology and sociology in relation to current issues such as urbanisation, embodiment, family, globalisation, migration and marginalisation.
The diversity of the programme we are offering will allow students to enter a wide variety of fields after graduation as well as being an excellent basis for the postgraduate study.
You will learn through a variety of group sessions, workshops, digital media and a wide range of learning resources, completing a dissertation in your final year or a research project and research methods module. In addition to your knowledge of criminology and sociology, you will gain a wide range of analytical, research, problem-solving and communication skills, which are in high demand by employers.
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 US higher education.
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BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
How long it takes:
Three Years, Four Years Sandwich
Distance learning/ Campus
Find out more about
Newcastle Law School
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Foundations of Criminology
Foundations of Sociology
Media, Crime and Control
Sociology of Embodiment
Sociology of the Family
Sociology of Religion and Belief Systems
Youth, Culture and Controls
Zemiology (The Crimes of the Powerful and the Victimisation of the Poor)
You will have the opportunity to attend our International Leadership Summer School, Berlin (5 days)
Choose three modules from:
Migration (Criminalisation of the Movement of People: Refugees)
The City and Globalisation
Each year is made up of two semesters consisting of 12 teaching weeks and one week consolidation/revision and two weeks to complete assessments. You will study a total of 18 modules over the three years of the course.
- Year 1: 31 study weeks including a one-week induction
- Year 2: 30 study weeks plus one week optional International Leadership Summer School in Berlin
- Year 3: 30 study weeks
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
- A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
- A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
- An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level
If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.
If you intend to become a Solicitor
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.
See further details of our English Language requirement
|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
Studying for the GDL is a stepping stone in achieving a successful career as a solicitor or barrister. Many students who complete the GDL go on to study the LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Studies (BPTS) to achieve these career ambitions.
Watch Sarah’s story and find out how studying the GDL and LPC have helped her land her training contract with leading law firm TLT.
Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity,and access to employer events.
Learning and Teaching
Highly experienced and supportive tutors, drawn from legal practice, as well as the academic side of law, will enable you to develop your knowledge quickly.
Each topic will be based on an introductory lecture, followed by a workshop in a large group and then a smaller-group seminar. Both the workshops and seminars are highly interactive, and are designed to give you a deeper understanding of the material covered, and how it can be applied to practical contexts.
You will research and discuss real cases and legislation, based on current developments in law, giving you a valuable insight into situations you are likely to face in your legal career.
For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
At the beginning of the year, you will attend a one-week induction and receive your books and tutors’ materials. You will then have 12 hours a week of tuition, spread over three days.
We aim to offer you the highest level of support both during your studies and after you graduate. You will be allocated a personal tutor, who you can meet with, or contact by phone or email, to discuss all aspects of the course and receive one-to-one career guidance. You will also have access to our dedicated law careers member of staff, ‘ask the experts’ careers events, CV writing clinics and mock pupillage interviews.
As is required by the professional regulatory bodies, the main form of assessment for the GDL is through examinations, which are held at the end of each teaching block. Some modules also include a coursework element of 25%.
The Independent Research Project will be assessed through your 4,000-5,000 word mini dissertation, which you will write in response to your allocated research task.
Mock assessments with feedback will be given to help you monitor and improve your performance, and help you deal effectively with all forms of assessment. Two past examination papers will also be available in order to prepare you for examinations.
For more detail see our full glossary of assessment terms.
The GDL satisfies the requirements of Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA,) showing that you have successfully completed the academic stage of your legal training.
Bristol Law School has excellent, state-of-the-art facilities, including:
- dedicated postgraduate study and common rooms
- mock law courtrooms, with equipment to record advocacy sessions for later analysis
- a 24-hour law library and computer rooms, giving you access to a wide range of legal resources, including Hein Online, LexisNexis, Westlaw and iLaw
- an online learning environment
A £50m project is also underway to build the new Faculty of Business and Law building. Located in the heart of the campus, the building will provide innovative teaching spaces, including two showcase law courts, flexible social learning spaces and an external business engagement space.
Find out more about the facilities and resources UNC has to offer.
Pro Bono Unit
The UNC Bristol Law Court Clinic provides opportunities for you to undertake legal pro bono work in and around Bristol in all areas of law. This includes providing advice and representation on family cases, including cases of domestic violence; and working with community groups. The unit won the Best New Pro Bono Activity at the Attorney-General’s Pro Bono Awards 2011.
Legal Placement Scheme
We also run a legal placement scheme in conjunction with the Bristol Law Society. As a GDL student, this gives you the opportunity to undertake a short placement with a law firm or the legal department of a large business. All the major legal firms in Bristol take part, and it is an opportunity to enhance your CV and to try out different areas of law, perhaps opening your mind to areas you had not considered practising before.