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BA(Hons) Law and Criminology (with Foundation Year)

Entry year
Course code
Bristol Law School
Tariff points
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader
Ms Chathushka Kiriella

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Page last updated 10 July 2024


Get access to advanced computing systems, laboratories, mock courtrooms and simulations that give you real-world experience to succeed in your career.

Why study law and criminology?

Studying criminology gives you a deep understanding of offending and victimisation and the realities of societies' responses to crime. This knowledge both complements and critically contextualises the study of the laws through which criminal justice is applied. You'll develop an understanding of how law is applied, which will benefit you whether you wish to practise criminal law or work in the criminal justice system.

Why UWE Bristol?

Here at UWE Bristol, we acknowledge the intrinsic link between law and criminology. In this course, you won't just learn what the law is but how and why it has come about. You'll consider law, criminal justice and society from different perspectives, and learn how concepts and institutions work and could be improved.

You'll be able to explore modules spanning criminal justice, criminal law, crime patterns, policing, media, youth justice, drugs, terrorism, serious offending and penology. You'll gain a solid grounding in criminological research methods and practice, plus you'll develop valuable legal skills such as mooting and negotiating.

Our course gives you real-world insight and you'll be able to develop professional abilities through community engagement and work-based learning. Within your first two years, you'll have bespoke law and criminology modules designed to give you the knowledge and skills required of this joint discipline. In years two and three, you'll select optional modules that allow you to specialise more in law or criminology or study both in equal measure.

Where can it take me?

If you wish to pursue a career in law, our BA(Hons) Law and Criminology will prepare you to sit the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

For those who aspire to become barristers, the course can include the subjects you'll need to satisfy the academic stage of training before studying the Bar Training Course (BTC). To do this, you'll need to select certain optional modules within years two and three, which we'll be able to advise you on.

As a full-service Law School, you can study the LLM/PGDip Bar Training Course (BTC), PGDip/PGCert Solicitors Training Course (SQE prep) and LLM/PGDip Solicitors Training Course (SQE Prep) at UWE Bristol.



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

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

Year zero (foundation year)

You'll study:

  • Becoming a Professional
  • Introduction to Organisation, Enterprise and Management 
  • Economics and Accounting for the Real World
  • Introduction to Law in a Social, Business and Global Context.

Year one

You'll study:

  • An Introduction to Applied Criminal Justice and Community Policing
  • Criminal Law
  • Foundations for Law and Criminology.

Year two

You'll study:

  • Contract Law
  • Policing and Crime Prevention
  • Problem-solving in Law and Criminology
  • Tort Law.

Plus, optional Law modules (the number depending on credit requirements) from:

  • Environmental Law
  • Land Law (if you wish to take the Bar Training Course you must study this module)
  • Migration, Law and Policy
  • Public Law (if you wish to take the Bar Training Course you must study this module)
  • Sexual Offences and Offending: Criminal Justice Responses.

Plus, optional Criminology modules (the number depending on credit requirements) from:

  • Angels or Demons?: Understanding and Managing Youth Offending
  • Drugs, Crime and Society.

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 or study year abroad after year two.

You'll complete a placement or study year abroad learning module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You'll study:

  • Criminology and Law Project
  • Criminal Justice.

Plus, optional law modules (the number depending on credit requirement) from:

  • Equality and the Law
  • Equity and Trusts (if you wish to take the Bar Training Course you must study this module)
  • European Union Law in Context (if you wish to take the Bar Training Course you must study this module)
  • Family Law
  • International Human Rights Law.

Plus, optional criminology modules (the number depending on credit requirement) from:

  • Green Criminology: Environment, Crime and Justice
  • Risk and Risk Management
  • Transnational Crime and Comparative Criminology
  • 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'll inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Our student-centred learning approach supports you to develop the skills you need to have a successful professional career. Our modules take different learning approaches, so you can choose those that match your style best.

You'll be allocated an academic personal tutor who will support you academically throughout your degree.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

During your degree, you'll 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.


You'll be assessed using problem and essay questions, exams, research-based assessments, reflection on skills acquisition, report writing, portfolio submissions and presentations.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year.

Learn more about assessments.



We encourage you to do a 40-week paid work placement in the UK or overseas, supported by an award-winning placement team. You'll 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'll gain experience in a local law firm or voluntary organisation for one day a week. Previous students have worked with Bristol Law Centre, Watkins Solicitors, Red Cross, Death Row, Citizens Advice and local schools.


Field trips are an important part of your studies, particularly our 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

You'll study in our Bristol Business School building, where 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.

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

In our specialist library, you can access books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases both on and off campus.

You'll also have access to the College of Business and Law (CBL) Learning Hub, which provides one-to-one support and workshops.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Pro Bono Unit

You'll have opportunities to engage in Pro Bono work, where you'll volunteer 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.

Take a virtual tour of the Psychology, Sociology and Criminology facilities and see what's on offer here for you.



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Careers / Further study

BA(Hons) Law and Criminology graduates are highly valued by employers due to their wide knowledge base and critical, analytical and legal skills. This degree combination leads naturally to a career in criminal law. You could pursue a career as a solicitor or barrister or in areas such as criminal justice and the charity sector.

Our graduates could go on to find employment in the following sectors and roles:

  • legal adviser
  • paralegal
  • prisons and probation
  • policing
  • education
  • research
  • social work
  • charity sector
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGO)
  • public sector.

As well as the careers above, alumni from this course have gone onto careers in:

  • finance
  • fire and rescue
  • marketing
  • civil service
  • Network Rail
  • primary school teaching.

Many students train as a barrister or solicitor through the LLM/PGDip Bar Training Course (BTC), PGDip/PGCert Solicitors Training Course (SQE prep) or LLM/PGDip Solicitors Training Course (SQE Prep) 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.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and help you to find 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.


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.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • Contextual tariff: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English and Mathematics, or equivalent.
  • English Language Requirement:

    International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Please visit our English language requirements page.

  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.

    For information on required Guided Learning Hours please see our minimum entry requirements page.

  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Highers: No specific subjects required.
  • T Levels: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you exceed the entry requirements you may be eligible for BA(Hons) Criminology and Law.

International applicants

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through our International College, which upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to year one of the degree.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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