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Criminology and Law (with Foundation Year)

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

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Bristol Law School
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Sabine Hassler (Acting)

Page last updated 28 June 2017


Why BA(Hons) Criminology and Law?

Criminology gives you a deep understanding of crime and criminal justice in the real world, the subject complements and contextualises legal study, and is an extremely useful addition to those looking to practice criminal law or work in the criminal justice system.

Why study our course?

This flexible course brings together expertise and cutting-edge teaching in Criminology and Law at UWE Bristol to explore the relationship through topical modules spanning criminal justice, penology and sexual offences and offending.

You will gain a solid grounding in criminological research methods and practice and develop valuable legal skills, such as mooting and negotiating alongside your academic studies. You will graduate with crucial skills that enhance your employability and prepare you for diverse careers in either Law or Criminology or more specifically Criminal Law.

You will study both subjects in equal measure in your first year and then opt to major in either Law or Criminology from Year 2.

If you major in Law, you will have the option to graduate with a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), allowing you to progress to the LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Studies to become a Solicitor or Barrister.

Real-world experience

The practical, applied nature of the course brings opportunities to gain real-world insight and develop vital professional skills through community engagement and work-based learning. If you major in Law, the 'Law in Action' module gives you valuable knowledge of real life cases and access to UWE Bristol's local law network whilst practical-based criminology sessions focus on real-world issues.

Where it can take you

The knowledge and professional skills gained through study of these subjects are highly valued by employers and provide a solid foundation for a variety of careers. Depending on specialisms you may progress to further training to pursue exciting and diverse careers in Criminology or the Legal Professions or combine your knowledge and experience for a more specific career in Criminal Law.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



In a Year 0 (Foundation Year), the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance law, economics, accounting, plus business and management, will play in your future professional lives.

You are encouraged to develop as reflective learners and will gain an understanding of the attributes that graduates of UWE Bristol attain, such as being self-reliant, enterprising, future-facing, collaborative and globally responsible citizens.

Much of the scheduled class time will be spent in rooms equipped for technology-supported work in groups.Teaching methods will be engaging, as staff use the latest techniques and technologies to enhance the learning experience.

The four modules will have three hours of teaching each week (12 hours of scheduled class time in total). On four occasions during the year, the whole 12 hours will be spent team-working on a joint project. One of the weeks will result in an exhibition of assessed group posters and another will produce individual personal development plans.

Year 0 (Foundation Year)

  • 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 will study the Foundation Year alongside students from other business and law courses and so you may transfer to another course in one of these areas at the end of a successful Foundation Year. The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year 0 modules before progressing to Year 1. Students seeking transfer to BA(Hons) Business (Team Entrepreneurship) would be required to pass an interview process. Transfer to BSc(Hons) Economics (as distinct from BA(Hons) Economics) would require an A-level in Mathematics.

Year 1

You will study the following compulsory modules:


  • Foundations for Law
  • Criminal Law


  • Introduction to Criminological Theory
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice

After Year 1 you can continue to study the modules listed below for a degree in Criminology and Law. Alternatively, you can select a module pathway which will enable you to major in Law and graduate with an LLB(Hons) Law with Criminology or Criminology and graduate with a BA(hons) Criminology and Law.

Year 2

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Criminological Research and Investigation

Plus two optional Law modules from the list below:

Optional Law modules

  • Civil Liberties
  • Forensic Evidence
  • Sexual Offences and Offending: Criminal Justice Responses
  • Law of Torts
  • Land Law
  • Migration Law and Policy

You will also select from the following optional Criminology modules, depending on credit requirements:

  • Criminal Psychology
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice
  • Drugs Crime and Society
  • Trangression
  • Policing and Society
  • Psychoanalysis and The Sociology of Racism
  • The Sociology of Madness and Mental Disorders
  • Self, Stigma and Spoilt Identity
  • Policing and Prisons

Final year

You will study the following compulory module:

  • Critical Criminology

Plus two optional Law modules from the list below OR one if a Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year has been completed:

Optional Law modules

  • European Union Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Dissertation
  • Law of Evidence
  • European Human Rights
  • Family Breakdown
  • Gender and the Law
  • Medicine and the Law
  • Sexuality and the Law
  • Law Project

You will also select from the following optional Criminology modules, depending on credit requirements:

  • Comparative and Transnational Criminology
  • Protest, Policing and Public Order
  • Real and Virtual Worlds: The Sociology of Cyberspace
  • Representations of Crime and Deviance
  • Terrorism
  • The Family, Community and Crime
  • Criminology Project
  • Social Psychology of Violence and Crime
  • Victims and Victimology

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.

Learning and Teaching

We offer a student centred learning experience supporting you to develop the skills you will need to study law and to continue to have a successful career based on your legal studies. Our modules take different approaches to learning ranging from the traditional to the highly innovative allowing you to make an informed choice of modules so that you can select the learning experience which best supports your learning style.

On your first day at UWE Bristol you will meet your personal academic tutor, who will support you in your academic studies at UWE Bristol throughout your degree.

We see engagement with learning as a key feature of your success and we want you to succeed. The role of the personal academic tutor in supporting your academic aspirations is a key feature of the course. This support continues throughout your degree through three core modules which aim to support your personal development.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

During each year of your taught degree you will have 12 hours of teaching each week with a lecturer.  If you undertake a dissertation or take the Law in Action module, you will receive nine hours of contact in a classroom setting, as well as further individual contact with the member of staff supervising the module. 

In years 1 and 2 you will 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.


Assessments vary across the course, including problem and essay questions, examinations, research based assessments, reflection on skills acquisition, report writing, portfolio submission and presentations.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



Field trips form an invaluable part of your studies, particularly the annual visit to Lincoln's Inn where you will dine in court with barristers and judges and learn more about this exciting career.

Other study visits include the Houses of Parliament, European Union, World Trade Organisation and magic circle law firms.

Study facilities

Criminology and Law students benefit from high-quality study facilities: an excellent library, with a dedicated subject Librarian, and access to academic journals, industry databases and reports.

Excellent teaching facilities including well-equipped labs, are underpinned by an effective IT infrastructure. Practical-based psychology sessions are often held in our undergraduate teaching laboratory where students are supported by dedicated psychology technicians in using advanced computing systems, software and analytic instrumentation.

State-of-the-art mock courtrooms provide opportunities to practice submissions, take part in recorded mock trials and gain experience of being in court. This brings learning to life and allows you to apply the skills that have been developed during your studies to a practical setting.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Pro Bono Unit

You will have a valuable opportunity to engage in Pro Bono through your degree, volunteering your time to help the local community. Supervised by academics and practitioners, you will work on cases and provide legal advice through projects such as: The Innocence Project, Elderlaw, the UWE Bristol Street Law Programme and schools mentoring scheme.


Careers / Further study

Criminology and Law students are highly valued by employers due to the broad skillset and knowledge base gained from studying the subjects and the degree combination leads naturally to a career in Criminal Law.

If you major in Law, you may decide to pursue a legal career as solicitor, barrister, legal adviser, legal executive or paralegal although there is also scope to enter a wide range of careers in HR, finance, teaching, advice and charity work and in the public sector.

Many students progress to train as a barrister or solicitor through the BPTS or LPC or undertake further study relevant to a specialism with an LLM in Commercial Law, Human Rights and International Law.

If you major in Criminology you may pursue careers in research, education, social work, counselling, charity work and healthcare. There are also many opportunities within the police, prison and court services, as well as legal sector.

Award-winning careers service

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.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real-world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

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Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years1800
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years with placement2250
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, 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. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of 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.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Criminology and Law course.

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