LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology and Criminal Justice

The Law with Criminology and Criminal Justice degree is recognised as a qualifying law degree for professional purposes of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and The Bar Standards Board. This means it satisfies the academic stage of training set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board for progression to the vocational stage – either the Legal Practice Course (LPC) to become a solicitor or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to become a barrister.

The Law with Criminology and Criminal Justice degree will appeal to those wishing to work in the criminal justice field, either as qualified lawyers or in a range of other possible careers including in the police and prison services or protection and victim support services. You will develop specific knowledge of the law and its application in the real world, allied with a sound understanding of crime, the criminal justice system, criminality and victimisation.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
M1M9 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
M1M9 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A

The LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology and Criminal Justice course comprises two thirds law and one third criminology and criminal justice. This makes for a stimulating programme of study and will broaden your range of career options upon graduation.

Year One

Law modules:

  • Public Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Skills
  • Legal Systems and Sources

Criminology and Criminal Justice modules:

  • Understanding Crime, Victims and Society
  • Understanding Criminal Justice

Year Two

Law modules:

  • Law on Trial
  • Contract and Problem Solving
  • Tort and Transactional Learning
  • Land Law

Criminology and Criminal Justice modules:

  • Policing
  • Penology: Prisons, Punishment and Offender Management

Year Three

Law modules:

  • Law of the European Union.
  • Equity and the Law of Trusts
  • Two optional law modules

Criminology and Criminal Justice modules:

  • Comparative Criminology
  • Criminology option module

Teaching

Our teaching is informed by actual practice and our modules reflect real-life trends. Formal teaching methods range from the traditional large-group lecture to more clinical legal education and online simulations. Lectures serve as a basic introduction to subjects and are intended to provide the framework to enable you to carry out further in-depth study. You will also have tutorials, which take place in smaller groups to provide a forum for more detailed discussion and debate on assignments that you will have prepared in advance. In addition to these contact hours you will be expected to undertake a substantial amount of private study.

We have an active Student Law Society, with activities that include mooting and debating in our state-of-the-art Moot Court. The Law Society have previously entered national competitions.

A number of part-time study options are also available, providing an attractive alternative for anyone interested in the legal field. Study for the part-time degree is over a maximum six-year period.

Research-informed teaching

Law lecturers engage in a variety of research activities which result in the presentation of papers at conferences, the publication of journal articles and textbooks. All our areas of research feed directly into your studies, so you will benefit from a cutting-edge curriculum that is taught by staff who are at the forefront of their subject area.

You will be taught by leading Criminologists who are actively involved in Criminology research. We also have expert, practitioner guest speakers on a number of criminology modules and encourage students to attend British Society of Criminology (Wales and West) branch talks.

Assessment

Assessments include self, peer and tutor assessment, written coursework, portfolio, written exercises, in-class work, and examinations.

Facilities

Facilities include a mock moot courtroom with state-of-the-art technology. Here, you can hone your advocacy skills in a realistic environment and build confidence in a courtroom setting. Not only will you gain the knowledge, skills and values that employers want, but you will also use the latest technology and practitioner-standard databases to prepare for a successful career.

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Placement expenses: Work placement module as part of second year studies
Students must undertake a period of work placement. Student's undertaking placement may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire will vary according to the placement.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Through studying this LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology and Criminal Justice course you will get a well-rounded education and will leave the University of South Wales a more versatile and more employable graduate.

We are committed to delivering the highest quality legal education. We’ve designed our courses in consultation with local solicitors to meet the demands of today’s legal profession and to give you the intellectual training and practical skills to succeed in today’s competitive employment market. Our links with businesses in Wales, the UK and overseas mean that our teaching is informed by actual practice, and our modules are regularly updated to reflect real-life trends.

In addition to specific knowledge of the law and its applications in the real world, you will gain a vast range of transferable skills such as the ability to communicate effectively, retrieve and handle information competently, analyse and solve problems, and have the confidence to present logical, reasoned arguments. Such emphasis on the acquisition of skills means that our graduates are well-equipped for the challenges of the workplace.

To improve your career prospects, we encourage personal development and invite high-profile speakers. Our careers provision includes workshops that aim to improve your skills in CV writing, creative job-hunting, completing effective application forms and the opportunity to meet prospective employers.

The Law with Criminology and Criminal Justice degree will appeal to those wishing to work in the criminal justice field, either as qualified lawyers or in a range of other possible careers including in the police and prison services or protection and victim support services.

If you opt to undertake the optional work based learning module, you could gain experience in the workplace or in our Legal and Financial Advice Clinic. We have extensive links with some 40 firms and legal departments of local authorities. So you could acquire valuable professional skills and business contacts which can often lead to full-time employment.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.