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Law with Criminology LLB (Hons)

UCAS code: M1M9

Are you fascinated by law and how it is viewed through a criminological lens? Our Qualifying Law Degree, Law with Criminology LLB (Hons), explores the foundations of law and theories of crime, providing exemptions from the academic stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister.


Course length: 3 years full-time
5 years part-time
Start dates: September 2024
September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Law
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Law and Criminal Justice
Students practice their mooting skills in a mock courtroom and consult with the judge.

Our law with criminology degree provides an overview of legal systems and institutions with a minor specialism in criminology. You’ll get an understanding of the law’s role in society and key legal principles such as civil liabilities, legal reasoning and contract law.

You’ll explore contemporary case studies and their critiques to sharpen your critical analysis skills. You’ll look at the police, criminal courts, prisons and youth justice services under the microscope, and understand the legal system as a whole – including its impact on society.

In the final year of law with criminology, you’ll choose an optional module from a variety of specialist areas of law. Outside of the classroom you’ll be offered the chance to visit courts including the Old Bailey, the Supreme Court and Parliament in London, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and the European Parliament and European Commission in Brussels.

Listen to regular guest lectures from experienced lawyers like Paul Tweed – a libel lawyer who has represented clients such as Britney Spears, Whitney Houston and Liam Neeson.

Want to get practical experience? Show your legal prowess in our on-campus courtroom, where you’ll take part in mock courtroom scenarios and get a taste of the real thing. Join the student-led Law Society to meet your peers and Edge Hill alumni.

Our law with criminology degree provides an engaging, insightful and thorough insight into the world of law and crime, equipping you with the practical and substantive knowledge to practise law.

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Course features

  • International students can apply

  • Learn a language option available

  • Professional accreditation

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Studying abroad option available

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My degree has given me the opportunity to meet inspirational people from the legal sector and to create connections within my chosen field.

Vanya Krystyna

LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology

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What you'll study

In the first year of law and criminology, we’ll unpack the basics. There’s an overview of legal reasoning and analysis, and you’ll take a look at the principles that regulate legally binding contracts. Hone your abilities in our Lawyers’ Skills module and experience an introduction to the law of torts. We’ll focus on criminal justice processes in crime and social justice contexts.

Compulsory modules:

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Introduction to Criminological Theory
Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process
Law of Contract
Law of Torts
Legal Methods and Systems

One of:

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Lawyers’ Skills
Cyber Security Fundamentals and Ethics

Explore property and land law in Year 2 of law and criminology. And decide whether to delve into administrative law as it operates in the UK or the process behind bringing a claim for judicial review. We’ll help you explore criminal law and critical criminology theory too, as well as the fundamental principles of public law. You’ll examine questions around violence. What are the various forms? And how can we understand its impact on society?

Compulsory modules:

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Criminal Law
Critical Criminological Theory
Land Law
Public Law 1
Violence and Society

One of:

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Advanced Lawyers’ Skills
Business and Company Law
Cyber Crime and Criminal Justice
External Law Competitions
International Law
Media Law
Public Law in Practice
Sports Law
Work Placement

In Year 3 you’ll shape your studies by choosing from a variety of specialist areas of law. You’ll study these alongside your compulsory modules and could learn about Digital Policing and Cybercrime, Family Law, or Counter Terrorism. Perhaps you’d like to specialise in human rights, sports, the media or tax law? You’ll have the opportunity to forge the first steps to your future career path and apply practical aspects through our Law Clinic Experience module.

Compulsory modules:

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Equity and Trusts
European Union Constitutional Law
The Politics of Imprisonment
The Politics of Policing

Two of:

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Alternative Dispute Resolution
Artificial Intelligence and Technology Law
Civil Litigation
Company Law
Counter Terrorism
Criminal Law in Practice
Cyber Risk and Incident Management
Digital Policing and Cybercrime
Employment Law
European Union Substantive Law
External Law Competitions
Family Law
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Business Law
International Criminal Law
International Peace and Security
International Sports Law
Law Clinic Experience Module
Law of Evidence
Media Law
Property Law in Practice
Private Client
Public International Law
Refugee Law
Sports Law
Tax Law

Where your course includes optional modules, these are to provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

As well as lectures, all modules on law and criminology use seminars or workshops – which are smaller discussion groups in which you will get the opportunity to express your ideas and develop your legal analysis and problem solving skills. You will also participate in moots, visit legal institutions and be part of the Student Law Society. Each module has a comprehensive handbook which tells you what the classes are about, the cases and legislation to read and the titles of coursework assignments.

The department’s Pro Bono Law Clinic provides additional opportunities for law undergraduates to offer legal advice, free of charge, to other students in the University and members of the local community. The students providing legal advice are supervised by professionally qualified members of the lecturing staff and there is input from experienced legal practitioners based in the region. The key aims of the Pro Bono Law Clinic are to enable students to gain experience of giving practical legal advice and also to provide a no cost advisory legal service to the student community.


Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment is designed to ensure that you acquire a wide range of skills from your law and criminology degree, particularly those required by future employers. You will write case reports and essays, critically analyse legal documents, give oral presentations, defend and advise clients and take exams. Exams account for at least half of the marks of many modules, though there are also a small number of modules which are assessed by coursework only. You will always be given feedback on your work so that you learn from the experience.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic academics who are actively researching and writing about the law as experts in their particular specialisms. Many of the programme team are also involved in international projects, for example training judges and lawyers in European Union law. All are actively engaged in the world of the law and legal institutions.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-BBB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.


Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Part-time applications require a direct application to Edge Hill. Please select the year of entry that you wish to apply for.

Apply for September 2024 part-time.

Apply for September 2025 part-time.

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Law and Psychology buildingThe £6m Law and Psychology building provides contemporary teaching and learning facilities for students in the School of Law and Criminal Justice and the Department of Psychology.

The three-storey building includes a 250-seat lecture theatre, seminar and tutorial rooms, and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning. Elsewhere on campus, there is a mooting room (a mock courtroom) and Police Training and Simulation Facility.

Where you'll study

Law and Psychology

Police Training and Simulation Facility

Learning resources

The mooting room is where students can train and practise their advocacy skills and cross-examination techniques, as well as preparing for giving evidence in court, in a mock courtroom setting.

The Police Training and Simulation Facility, part of which is furnished as a police station, is used to simulate a wide range of crime scenes. This will enable students to work together in areas such as gathering and analysing evidence, including forensic evidence at crime scenes, as well as practicing interview techniques used by the police through role play, while also ensuring that the rights of suspects are upheld.


Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits



a year

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

There are a number of paths that open up after graduation from law and criminology. Our programme provides you with the practical and substantive knowledge to practise law and is compatible with all routes of qualification as a lawyer. The degree fulfils the first academic component required by the Bar Standards Board to become a barrister, while also providing a strong foundation to embark on the new routes of qualifying as a solicitor through the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Although students may want to become a graduate paralegal, postgraduate law courses and further studies are required for roles such as:

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Chartered Legal Executive
  • In-house Lawyer
  • Personal Injury Litigator
  • Some may also want to continue their life in academia and specialise in law

At Edge Hill we are proud of our connections within the legal profession. Our excellent alumni network gives students of law and criminology the opportunity to talk to past graduates about their own experiences. We host biannual Question Time panels, mentoring and masterclasses to give students a strong start to their legal careers.

Gaining a law qualification at Edge Hill also provides you with a broad array of attributes including problem-solving, team-working, and analytical skills, which are attractive to prospective employers in other fields.

Law with criminology graduates are well equipped to pursue careers in areas such as probation work, youth and community work, research, police service, prison service and criminal justice agencies.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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