BA (Hons) Criminology and Law

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  • Work Placement Opportunity

Overview

UCAS Code:C5L6
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2020
Department:Department of Law and Criminology
Location:Edge Hill University
Example Offers:BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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  • Gain exemptions from qualifying law modules towards the academic stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister (specific modules must be selected);
  • Benefit from highly-committed research active staff and visiting experts who will introduce you to new concepts and ideas;
  • Develop a critical understanding of the interface between legal approaches and institutions and social and ideological constructions of crime and criminal justice.

If you want to explore the perspectives around the causes of crime and the role and function of the criminal justice system, together with the complementary study of key legal principles, then this degree gives you an opportunity to study Law alongside Criminology in an integrated programme. In addition to giving you knowledge of law, and civil and criminal justice systems, it will help you develop a critical understanding of the connections between the law and the institutions, processes and perceptions of crime and criminal justice and examine the complex and often contradictory relationship between crime, justice and the law. You will be studying cutting edge, contemporary subjects alongside staff at the forefront of research in Criminology and Law.

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In Depth

What will I study?

Criminology teaching focuses on the contexts of crime, deviance and disorder and examines the response of the state in the UK and internationally. The Law elements of the programme provide an opportunity to develop an understanding of legal systems, principles and theory. You will apply this understanding to distinct areas of law.

In Year 1, you will study modules on theoretical perspectives using contemporary case studies and develop an understanding of how the criminal justice system operates. You will be introduced to the legal system and its institutions, and learn legal reasoning and analysis skills. You will apply this knowledge to distinct areas of law including those which regulate legally binding agreements, and be introduced to the law of civil liabilities.

In Year 2, you will study modules which will further develop your understanding of crime, disorder and conflict, and look at theoretical debates and the process of conducting social research. You will also consider what has to be proven against defendants in criminal trials in England and Wales before they can be convicted, and the laws which govern the relationships between individual citizens, groups and the state.

In Year 3 you study topics including prisons, policing, and the laws relating to evidence presented in court, and you will continue to develop your understanding of the laws which govern England and Wales.

How will I study?

Learning involves lectures and seminars in which you will express your ideas and develop your criminological and legal analysis skills, supplemented by independent study. You will also participate in debates, and visit legal and criminologically significant institutions. We are committed to focused teaching where tutors concentrate primarily on areas of specialism.

How will I be assessed?

Methods of assessment are designed to ensure that you acquire a wide range of skills, particularly those required by future employers. You will write essays and case reports, critically analyse legal documents, give oral presentations, defend and advise clients and take examinations.  Most modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, or by coursework alone. Feedback will be given on all of your work so that you can develop your criminological and legal skills.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by tutors whose research and teaching has a well-established national and international reputation. We are committed to ‘focused teaching’ where tutors concentrate primarily on areas of specialism. You will benefit from studying in a highly committed and research-active department.

A Great Study Environment

Two students study books, with one making notes, in the Law library.The £6m Law and Psychology building provides contemporary teaching and learning facilities for students in the Department of Law and Criminology 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) where Law and Policing students can train and practice their advocacy skills and cross-examination techniques, as well as preparing for giving evidence in court.

The EHU Police Training and Simulation Facility, part of which is furbished as a police station, is used to simulate a wide range of crime scenes. This will enable Law and Policing 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.

The department’s Pro Bono Law Clinic provides 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 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.

You can also participate in the departmental Mooting Society, making an oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing counsel and before a judge, and join the student-led Edge Hill University Law and Criminology Society.

Modules

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Year 1

CRI1005Criminology and the Modern World (20 credits)

Criminology and the Modern World presents you with a number of case studies on substantive topics of current interest and importance. You will undertake a systematic examination of some of the major changes that are occurring and their implications for British society and other societies across the world. Phenomena such as the economic crisis, the environmental crisis, the increasing religiosity of politics and problems in the developing world will be considered in order to foster an understanding of contemporary society and some of the key issues it faces. Aspects of social and criminal justice, harms and rights, and the role that the media plays in shaping social perceptions will be subject to analysis.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CRI1124Introduction to Criminological Theory (20 credits)

Introduction to Criminological Theory introduces you to key theoretical perspectives relevant to the study of crime and social justice. The module will use contemporary case studies in crime, deviance and conflict to evaluate the main theoretical traditions and recent critiques within criminology, providing a foundation in critical analysis. In particular, the module will emphasise the political underpinnings to theoretical perspectives and will encourage you to recognise the need to locate theories of crime and deviance in their structural contexts.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

CRI1125Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process (20 credits)

Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process introduces you to key aspects of the criminal justice system, primarily in England and Wales but with some reference to other UK and international jurisdictions. The module will critically analyse official responses to ‘crime’ and deviance through an examination of fundamental criminal justice agencies including the police, criminal courts and prisons as well as probation and youth justice services.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW1001Legal Methods and Systems (20 credits)

Legal Methods and Systems examines the sources of English law, and explains the processes and the role and functions of the institutions and personnel involved in the English legal system. The module provides a foundation of legal knowledge, and introduces you to legal reasoning, legal analysis and legal study skills which you can apply in your subsequent legal study.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

LAW1003Law of Contract (20 credits)

Law of Contract introduces principles that regulate legally binding agreements. The module examines when the law recognises agreements as binding and how such agreements are formed. You will look at the means and pretexts by which contracting parties may seek to escape from the obligations they have undertaken and different remedies that the law makes available when such obligations are breached.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW1005Law of Torts (20 credits)

Law of Torts introduces you to the law of civil liabilities, examining the objectives of the system as well as the main areas such as negligence, trespass, occupiers’ and employers’ liability, vicarious liability, defamation and privacy. The subject is largely based on case law.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

Year 2

CRI2225Critical Criminological Theory (20 credits)

Critical Criminological Theory provides a grounding in critical criminological theory and its application to contemporary debates and issues concerning harm and criminal justice. The module will familiarise you with the development of criminological theory in historical and political contexts. You will be encouraged to apply theoretical perspectives to issues incorporating harm and crime, as well as social and state responses, drawing on national and international examples. The module will challenge mainstream theories of crime and deviance by locating current examples of harm, criminalisation and criminal justice within determining contexts of class, gender, sexuality, neo-colonialism and age within political priorities of the neoliberal agenda.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

You will select two of the following modules:

CRI2023'Race', Crime and Criminology (20 credits)

‘Race’, Crime and Criminology explores how ideas about ‘race’ help to shape and determine social, judicial and political responses to perpetrators and victims of crime. The module explores the role of race as a major source of social division and aims to show the significance of racism to the reproduction of structural inequalities. You will gain knowledge about patterns of continuity and change in racism and an awareness of the relationship between ethnic and cultural diversity and social and criminal injustice.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

CRI2024Crime, Media and Criminology (20 credits)

Crime, Media and Criminology investigates how the news media plays a primary role in the  construction of social problems, crime, deviance  and, to an extent, reality. The relationship between crime, media and criminology is long established, so this module critically explores the representation of ‘crime’ and criminal activity within various types of media forms incorporating traditional print, online news domains and social media forums. Developing a critical theoretical framework, the module will enable you to examine the criminological and wider societal significance of the production and reproduction of dominant images and discourses around ‘crime’, criminalisation and the construction of victims, perpetrators  and events.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

CRI2025Gender, Sex and Violence (20 credits)

Gender, Sex and Violence explores the concept of violence and the various forms it can take. Specifically, the module will focus on the relationships between gender, sex, sexuality and violence, and the ideological, cultural and religious underpinnings of such violent acts. You will be encouraged to look beyond established understandings of what constitutes a violent act to explore more abstract forms of violence such as harm, denial of rights, and poverty. Criminological and social science theory will form the basis of considerations of aspects of violence. The structural relations of class (production), ‘race’ (neo-colonialism) and gender/sexuality (reproduction) will be highlighted as the determining contexts in which such violence occurs and is legitimated. Power, dominance, legitimacy, hegemony and ideology  will be key themes of the module.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 100%.

CRI2026Work Experience (20 credits)

Work Experience will develop your employability skills and enhance your career prospects. You will be required to engage in part-time or voluntary work in a criminology or criminal justice related field, as appropriate, to gain experience in a working environment. You will be expected to secure your own work placement, with the support of your work experience tutor.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CRI2027Crime, Law and Society (20 credits)

Crime, Law and Society explores the application and effect of the criminal law upon individuals in society from criminological and complementary socio-legal perspectives. Through utilising both of these perspectives, you will be encouraged to look beyond established traditional legal explanations for crime and the legal responses to it, in order to explore the wider social, historical, political and theoretical context of the laws relating to crime. The module will enhance your understanding of how determining contexts impact upon how laws relating to crime are created, developed and enforced.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

CRI2028Youth Justice (20 credits)

Youth Justice provides a grounding in issues of youth justice. The module explores the history of youth justice in the UK and elsewhere and examines the development of responses to children and young people in conflict with the law in their social and political context. You will investigate theoretical approaches to youth justice and consider explanations regarding differences in state responses to this issue. The module critically appraises current and recent youth justice practices and policies in relation to state intervention, human rights, harm and power.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CRI2223Generating Reputations (20 credits)

Generating Reputations highlights and explores the production of identities, reputations and stereotypes and the impact these have on particular social groups. A key focal point of the module will be the role of the media in shaping reputations and perceptions. You will consider ways in which determining contexts can influence societal perceptions of individuals and groups, as well as the impact of stereotypes, reputations and ‘common sense’ thinking on criminal justice policies and responses.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CRI2224Violence and Society (20 credits)

Violence and Society explores the concept of violence and the various forms it can take, ranging from intrapersonal violence (e.g. self-harm) to interpersonal violence, institutional and state violence, and violence on a global scale. You will be encouraged to look beyond established understandings of what constitutes a violent act to explore more abstract forms of violence such as harm, denial of rights, and poverty. Criminological theory will form the basis of considerations of aspects of violence. The structural relations of class (production), ‘race’ (neo-colonialism) and gender/sexuality (reproduction) will be highlighted as the determining contexts in which such violence occurs and is legitimated. Power, dominance, legitimacy and hegemony will be the key themes of the module.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 100%.

CRI2226Challenging Childhoods (20 credits)

Challenging Childhoods examines the theoretical traditions, and their legacies, of what constitutes the ‘child’. Drawing on historical and theoretical developmental models, both nationally and internationally, you will analyse the various mechanisms through which children are socialised, placed under surveillance, disciplined and in turn criminalised and victimised. Central to the module will be a critical analysis of state intervention into the lives of children, together with an exploration of child exploitation and the process through which children become ‘victims’.  The concept of harm will be of particular significance and this will be juxtaposed and examined in relation to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

You will select three of the following modules. If you wish to graduate with exemptions from the academic stage of legal training to become a solicitor or a barrister, you must study LAW2002 Criminal Law, LAW 2005 Land Law and LAW2007 Public Law 1.

LAW2001European Union Constitutional Law (20 credits)

European Union Constitutional Law examines the Constitutional Law of the European Union and the nature of the relationship with national legal orders. The module explores the nature and effects of the legal relationship and examines in particular the doctrines, principles, legal instruments, competences, institutions and rights recognised and conferred by EU Law and the law making process in the European Union.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW2002Criminal Law (20 credits)

Criminal Law explores the substantive criminal law in England and Wales. The module combines the basic notions and framework of criminal liability with a detailed consideration of a range of specific criminal offences.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW2003Equity and Trusts (20 credits)

Equity and Trusts examines the fundamental principles of the law relating to trusts and equitable ownership of property. The module also considers the role and responsibilities of trustees and other fiduciaries.


Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

LAW2004European Union Substantive Law (20 credits)

European Union Substantive Law considers some of the core areas of the substantive law of the European Union. The module focuses upon the law relating to the four freedoms and competition law in the context of the regulatory development of the EU Internal Market


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

LAW2005Land Law (20 credits)

Land Law will provide you with an understanding of the key principles of property law which underpin the day-to-day management and control of land ownership, use and transaction, and enable you to place those dealings within the social context.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW2007Public Law 1 (20 credits)

Public Law 1 introduces you to the fundamental constitutional principles of public law and demonstrates how these principles are realised in the UK and how an evaluation may be made of the UK’s adherence to these principles. The module also examines some of the unique or unusual characteristics of the UK constitution.


Assessment: Coursework: 20%, Written Exam(s): 50%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW2008Public Law 2 (20 credits)

Public Law 2 introduces you to administrative law as it operates in the UK. It examines the operation of judicial review and the ways in which judicial review attempts to realise and comply with the principles of the rule of law and separation of powers. The module also examines the rights protected by the European Convention on Human Rights and how these rights are given effect in the UK via the Human Rights Act 1998.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

Year 3

You will select two of the following modules:

CRI3021Crimes of the Powerful 1 (20 credits)

Crimes of the Powerful 1 traces and explores serious harms and crimes perpetrated by states and associated professional and commercial interests from the eighteenth to mid-twentieth century. Adopting a zemiological frame, the module locates such harms within a range of political forms, particularly during times of social and economic upheaval, and ethnic, national and imperial conflict. The module concludes with a detailed exploration of the origins, implementation, consequences of, and responses to, the extreme state violences of the first half of the twentieth century. The aim is to enable you to critically explore issues at the cutting edge of criminological thinking.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

CRI3022Crimes of the Powerful 2 (20 credits)

Crimes of the Powerful 2 considers the key forms and determinants of serious contemporary harms originating in the actions or omissions of corporations, states and associated powerful organisations after the Second World War. The module critically examines the origins of such harms, the ways in which they are framed within dominant and alternative discourses, and critiques the responses to them. The module takes an expansive view of harm, drawing upon examples from within and without the criminal justice system, at local, national and international levels.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

CRI3109The Politics of Policing (20 credits)

The Politics of Policing equips you with a critical knowledge and understanding of the concept of policing, both in its philosophical sense and as a function of the modern liberal democratic state. The module will consider the role and function of the police service, and explore related issues including police powers, political accountability, protection of civil liberties and the concept of equality before the law. Contemporary strategies and approaches to policing will be located within their structural, political, social and geographical contexts. The module is underpinned by theories of authority, power and legitimacy.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

CRI3110The Politics of Imprisonment (20 credits)

The Politics of Imprisonment provides you with a critical knowledge and understanding of the nature, functions and justifications for the use of punishment, specifically incarceration, in modern society. The module will consider the philosophical theories that are used to legitimise the state’s use of imprisonment and the sociological theories that explain historical developments in the purpose of state punishment. The various divisions and functions of the prison estate will be examined within their historical, structural, political, social and geographical contexts. Related methods of state punishment, such as the death penalty, will also be considered. You will adopt an international perspective and explore penal theory and practice in a range of countries. The relationships between power, legitimacy and justice will be central themes throughout the module.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

You will select one of the following modules or a third module from the four options above:

CRI3023Crime and Place (20 credits)

Crime and Place enables you to build your knowledge and understanding of the relationships between crime and place and examine developments in policy relating to place, criminality and safety. The module appraises the strengths and weaknesses of different theoretical, philosophical and practical approaches to crime and place. Geographies/landscapes of crime and criminalisation are examined utilising empirical and theoretical materials.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CRI3024Criminology and Philosophy (20 credits)

Criminology and Philosophy recognises how criminology has long drawn on philosophy to inform its development. You will consider philosophical ideas and concepts as they relate to the study of crime and its control. The module considers debates concerning continental and analytic philosophy and how these are reflected in criminology through discussions concerning qualitative and quantitative approaches, and between critical/sociological criminology and administrative criminology/crime science. You will assess a range of key philosophical ideas and concepts that relate to criminology, with a particular focus on how we get on with one another and what happens when we do not.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CRI3112Justice, Rights and the State (20 credits)

Justice, Rights and the State examines the development of the discourse about rights and justice. Taking a national and international approach, the module will consider the development of rights historically and the new discourses of rights. You will evaluate statutory policies and responses to the issue of rights and justice and consider how states respond to issues of justice and rights, including where states themselves uphold or violate citizen’s rights.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

CRI3113Expanding the Criminological Imagination (20 credits)

Expanding the Criminological Imagination critically reflects upon and analyses the discipline of criminology. You will examine criminology’s political, practical and theoretical strengths and limitations and explore the production and commodification of criminological knowledge. The module will consider whether criminology has become a ‘parasitic’ discipline with the criminalisation of social problems, and the ever increasing techniques of crime control, forming the justification for the discipline’s existence, rather than providing a platform for resistance. You will explore the concept of the ‘criminological imagination’ as an alternative way of envisaging the discipline and its utility. You will also examine the way in which criminology has to connect with other disciplines in order to expand the range of issues it deals with. This is a necessity in order to help criminologists make sense of issues where the ‘normal’ boundaries of criminology would stifle or limit an analysis.


Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Practical(s): 60%.

CRI3114Learning Together: The Sociological Imagination (20 credits)

Learning Together: The Sociological Imagination involves Edge Hill University students and HMP Thorn Cross students studying and learning together. The module will be taught at HMP Thorn Cross, a young offenders’ institution near Warrington for those aged 18 to 25. The aim is to use education as a means to connect people in higher education and in the criminal justice system: to dismantle stereotypes and prejudices in both directions; and to provide a reflective, empowering and empathic learning experience. C Wright Mills’ seminal work The
Sociological Imagination will be the foundation of the substantive content. You will reflect on the interplay between ‘personal troubles’ and ‘public issues’ and, additionally, challenge the process of ‘othering’ by considering your own role in the social and political world.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

You will select three of the following modules. If you wish to graduate with exemptions from the academic stage of legal training to become a solicitor or a barrister, you must study LAW3051 European Union Constitutional Law, LAW3052 European Union Substantive Law and LAW3053 Equity and Trusts.

LAW3032Child Law (20 credits)

Child Law examines the law governing the relationship between the State, parents and children in England and Wales. This includes exploring the law regulating conception, adoption, child abuse, juvenile crime, child rights, sterilisation, residence and the legal relationship between parents and children.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3033Company Law (20 credits)

Company Law concentrates on the key features of the company as a legal institution and covers a selection of topics addressing some of the main policy issues relating to companies and business activity.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3034Consumer Law (20 credits)

Consumer Law examines the law relating to consumer protection, focusing on sale of goods and supply of goods and services to consumers, product liability and product safety, off-premises and distance selling contracts, consumer credit, and the laws governing unfair commercial practices.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW3036Employment Law (20 credits)

Employment Law deals with an important business resource, namely its employees and one of the most important forms of exchange between business and clients, namely contracts for the sale and exchange of goods.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3037Family Law (20 credits)

Family Law examines the main areas of substantive law and social policy pertaining to the family. The focus is on the ‘family’ and the rights and obligations of the adults within it.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3038Human Rights (20 credits)

Human Rights introduces you to the assessment of the nature of human rights claims and their translation into law and legal institutions. It charts the emergence of human rights arguments through legal, social and political theory, and examines how these discourses have informed the creation of national and international law.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW3039Intellectual Property Law (20 credits)

Intellectual Property Law critically examines the key principles of intellectual property (IP) law, the nature and scope of IP rights, procedures, national, regional and international, for the granting and recognition of the rights, mechanisms for enforcement, as well as defences against the enforcement.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3040International Business Law (20 credits)

International Business Law examines some of the legal aspects governing the organisation and regulation of private international business, especially multi-national corporations.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3041International Criminal Law (20 credits)

International Criminal Law analyses the key principles of international criminal law. It examines legislation and prosecution of international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3042International Sports Law (20 credits)

International Sports Law examines the complex pattern of international regulatory frameworks affecting sport. It explores the role of sport in society and assesses the claims that sport should be self-regulating.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3043Jurisprudence (20 credits)

Jurisprudence introduces you to various theoretical perspectives on the creation and application of law and seeks to enable you to develop an appreciation of the major theories of law, justice and rights. It will explore the principles underpinning legal doctrine, and the way those principles can conflict.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LAW3044Law Clinic Experience Module (20 credits)

Law Clinic Experience Module provides you with the opportunity to further develop and apply a number of the practical aspects of being employed in the legal professions.


Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

LAW3045Law of Evidence (20 credits)

Law of Evidence examines the procedural framework which regulates the conduct of the adversarial trial. The main focus are the main rules of evidence which govern the conduct of a criminal trial and the extent to which the rules are an expression of the relationship between the interests of the state and the rights of the individual within the criminal justice system.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3046Media Law (20 credits)

Media Law examines current laws governing libel, social media, privacy, malicious communications and contempt of court. It explores these rules within the context of areas such as press regulation, the regulation of the internet and the regulation of media broadcasting.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3047Public International Law (20 credits)

Public International Law examines the law governing relations between states. It is concerned with questions such as the settlement of disputes, title to territory, diplomatic relations, human rights, the law of the sea, legal restraints on the use of force, and the law governing international commercial/trade agreements.


Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

LAW3048Refugee Law (20 credits)

Refugee Law analyses the legal obligations nation states owe to refugees and migrants. It examines the pertinent International and European Union legislation with attention to both the legal norms and the actual practice.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW3049Sports Law (20 credits)

Sports Law examines the claims that the volume of sports related case law and statute combined with the development of discrete legal doctrines unique to sport has contributed to the emergence of a new legal area – sports law.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW3050Tax Law (20 credits)

Tax Law provides you with a solid grounding in the law and principles relating to taxation, including the taxation of business. It provides you with a general understanding of the operation of the tax system, to enable you to analyse accurately the tax consequences of a given set of facts, and to make critical assessments of the law covered in the module.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3051European Union Constitutional Law (20 credits)

European Union Constitutional Law examines the Constitutional Law of the European Union and the nature of the relationship with national legal orders. The module explores the nature and effects of the legal relationship and examines in particular the doctrines, principles, legal instruments, competences, institutions and rights recognised and conferred by EU Law and the law making process in the European Union.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW3052European Union Substantive Law (20 credits)

European Union Substantive Law examines some of the core areas of the substantive law of the European Union. The module focuses on the law relating to the four freedoms and competition law in the context of the regulatory development of the EU Internal Market.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

LAW3053Equity and Trusts (20 credits)

Equity and Trusts examines the fundamental principles of the law relating to trusts and equitable ownership of property. It also considers the role and responsibilities of trustees and other fiduciaries.


Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme 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.

Timetables

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.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes 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 accrediting 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.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

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

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 112-120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBC-BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • 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.

As long as 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 the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

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 lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

You will be prepared for a career in legal or legal related training, social work, probation, youth justice, youth and community work, research, police service, prison service, criminal justice agencies, welfare rights, care and resettlement of offenders, and civil liberties.

This degree also provides you with the opportunity to gain exemptions required by The Law Society of England and Wales, the legal professional body which validates the academic stage of legal training towards becoming either a barrister or a solicitor. You will need to choose specific optional modules in order to be eligible for these exemptions.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
  • Learning a Language – you may be able to participate in Language Steps classes, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 are £12,250 per annum.

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.

Financial Support

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

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2020.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

23rd January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

112-120 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2020 entry.

15th January 2019 - New Module Added

CRI3114 Learning Together: The Sociological Imagination (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3.

18th July 2018 - Change to Module Assessment

The module assessment for LAW10001 Legal Methods and Systems (20 credits) has changed to 50% Written Exam(s) and 50% Practical(s).