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BA(Hons)

Criminology and Law (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
MM9F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
48
Department:
Bristol Law School
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Craig Whittaker (Acting)
Key fact:
Get access to advanced computing systems, laboratories, mock courtrooms and simulations that give you real-world experience to succeed in your career.

Page last updated 3 November 2017

Introduction

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 UWE Bristol?

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.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going onto year one.

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

Foundation year (Year zero)

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.

Year one

You will study:

  • Foundations for Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Introduction to Criminological Theory
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice.

Year two

You will study:

  • Developing Self and Society
  • 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 one optional criminology module from:

  • Criminal Psychology
  • Youth Crime, Youth Justice
  • Drugs Crime and Society
  • Trangression
  • Policing and Prisons.

Placement year (if applicable)

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

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Critical Criminology.

And optional law modules from:

  • European Union Law
  • Dissertation
  • Law of Evidence
  • European Human Rights
  • Family Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • Medical Law and Practice
  • Organized Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Information Technology Law
  • Law Project (for those who take a placement year).

Plus one optional criminology modules from:

  • Comparative and Transnational Criminology
  • Protest, Policing and Public Order
  • Representations of Crime and Deviance
  • Terrorism
  • Victims and Victimology
  • Digital Media & Society
  • Childhood Disorder, Disordered Childhood.

The number of optional modules you'll take depends on whether you've completed a placement year or study year abroad.

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

Our approach to learning is student-centered. You'll become a reflective learner and we'll support 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 your first year, you can continue to study criminology and law combined, or change to a major in law (LLB(Hons) Law with Criminology) or criminology (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.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
024%76%0%100%
124%76%0%100%
221%76%3%100%
325%75%0%100%

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 years one and two, you'll also 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.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
036%41%23%100%
152%48%0%100%
227%48%25%100%
361%39%0%100%

Features

Placements

You are encouraged to do a 40-week paid work placement in the UK or overseas, supported by an award-winning placement team. You will gain valuable real-world experience, develop key skills and increase your employability on graduation.

If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

In addition to this you can study the final year 'Law in Action' module where you will gain experience in a local law firm or voluntary organisation for one day a week. Students have worked with Bristol Law CentreWatkins SolicitorsRed Cross, Death Row, Citizens Advice and local schools.

Fieldwork

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.

Study facilities

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 practise legal submissions, take part in recorded mock trials and gain experience of being in court. This brings your learning to life, showing you how to apply theory to a live setting.

Practical criminology sessions are held in our well-equipped teaching laboratory, where technicians will also show you how to use advanced computing systems, software and analytic tools.

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 databases both on and off campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Pro Bono Unit

You'll 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 UWE Street Law Programme and schools mentoring scheme.

Careers

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 BPTC or LPC, or undertake 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.

Get inspired

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.

Fees

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

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

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. We don't accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as 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.

Entry requirements

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

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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