Criminology and Law
This course is open for applications.
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Tariff points:
- Bristol Law School
- Three Years, Four Years Sandwich
- Full-time, sandwich
- Programme leader:
- Edward Johnston (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 18 September 2018
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.
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
You will study the following law modules:
- Foundations for Law
- Criminal Law.
Plus, the following criminology modules:
- Introduction to Criminological Theory
- Introduction to Criminal Justice.
You will study:
- Criminology in Action: Engaging with the Real World
- 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 optional criminology modules from (the number depending on credit requirements):
- Criminal Psychology
- Angels or Demons: Understanding and Managing Youth Offending
- Drugs, Crime and Society
- Contemporary Issues in Policing
- Difference: Race, Ethnicity and Diversity in Contemporary Society
- Crime, Media and Culture.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.
You will complete a placement learning module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- International Crime and Criminology.
Plus, two optional law modules from:
- European Union Law
- Law of Evidence
- European Human Rights
- Family Law
- Gender and the Law
- Medical Law and Practice
- Organised Crime and Criminal Justice
- Information Technology Law
- Cross Cultural Learning and Development
- Law Project*.
And optional criminology modules from (the number depending on your credit requirements) :
- Protest, Policing and Public Order
- Victims and Victimology
- Gender, Sex and Social Control
- Hate Crime: Offending, Victimisation and Policing
- Risk and Risk Management
- Punishment and Human Rights.
*A compulsory module if you have completed a placement.
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, 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.
After Year one, you can continue to study criminology and law combined, or change to LLB(Hons) Law with Criminology or 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.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
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*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, you'll get another nine hours of classes, as well as individual contact with the staff member supervising the module.
In Year one and Year two, you'll 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.
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*:
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*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
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 four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work 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.
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 building, 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 instrumentation.
In our specialist library, you'll have a dedicated librarian to support your curriculum subjects and independent research. The library and new building 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 work through 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 / 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 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.
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.
There is currently no published fee data for this course.
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 four year course and then transfer to the three 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.
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.
- Tariff points: 112
- 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.
- 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
- Specific subjects: We welcome applications from students whether or not they have studied law prior to University entry.
- Relevant subjects: Law, History, English Language and Literature, Psychology, Economics, Business and Sociology
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
- Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
- Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
We welcome applications from students who have not studied law before applying to us.
If you do not think you will be able to meet the entry requirements for entry into Year one of this course, you can consider applying for Foundation Year of this or related degree courses.
If you have completed your qualifications and do not meet the normal entry requirements, but you can show us that you have relevant experience and capabilities that make you suited to this course, we will be pleased to consider your application. For example, we accept a pass in the CILEX Professional Diploma as suitable for entry onto this course. Please make sure your application form includes details of your experience and the capabilities you have developed. If you would like to discuss this before formally applying, please talk to us at an open day or contact the course leader (details above).
UWE Bristol's International College
If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.
If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol 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 UWE Bristol 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 at UWE Bristol, 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.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333