LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology

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UCAS Code:M1M9
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time, 5 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2018
Department:Department of Law and Criminology
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Learn the fundamentals of law and immerse yourself in contemporary issues and debates in the criminal justice process;
  • Gain exemptions from the academic stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister;
  • Progress directly onto the next stage of legal training upon graduation.

This degree is primarily for LLB students wishing to study criminology and criminal justice during their degree. It involves comprehensive study of key legal principles, doctrines, civil and criminal justice institutions and systems, together with modules that comprise the foundations of legal knowledge. It has the added advantage of a specialist minor in Criminology. At the heart of this course is the idea that future lawyers need to have knowledge of national, European and international laws and institutions. You will be expected to take an interest in legal issues and be able to comment on developments in the law, including new case law and legislation, based on your analysis of legal authorities. The study of criminological theories will enhance your understanding of law’s place and role in society.

Student Profiles

  • Chanelle Moran-Bakes

    LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology
    Combining the practical with the theoretical has given me the confidence to know that when I graduate I will leave with an excellent degree that has equipped me with a deep understanding of many different areas.
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Course in Depth

What will I study?

In Year 1 you will study a range of compulsory modules to ensure you learn the fundamentals of law. This includes legal reasoning and legal analysis, and the principles that regulate legally binding agreements. You will be introduced to the law of civil liabilities and have the option of taking a legal skills module. Focus is also placed on criminal justice processes, in addition to key theoretical perspectives relevant to the study of crime and social justice.

Modules in Year 2 are compulsory and will cover a variety of areas that will allow you to examine the law that regulates the relationship between citizens and government. This equips you with an understanding of the key principles of land law and considers what has to be proved against defendants in criminal trials in England and Wales before individuals can be subject to punishment. You will also explore the concept of violence in its various forms and study contemporary debates and current issues in criminal justice.

In Year 3 you will study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. These cover areas such as employment law, company law, tax law, media law, sports law or family law, as well as jurisprudence – the theory or philosophy of law. You will examine the fundamentals of European Union law and the relationships between national and EU legal orders. You will also study the functions, purpose and justifications for the use of punishment as well as the historical and political contexts of contemporary policing. Taking the Law Clinic Experience module provides the opportunity to work in the department’s Pro-Bono Law Clinic and offer legal advice.

How will I study?

As well as lectures, all modules use seminars and 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 and Criminology 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.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is designed to ensure that you acquire a wide range of skills, 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 usually account for more than half of the marks for any module though a small number of modules are assessed by coursework only. You will always be given feedback on all your work so that you will learn from the experience.

Who will be teaching me?

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.

A Great Study Environment

Mooting RoomThe stunning £8m Business and Law building provides state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for students in the Department of Law and Criminology and Business School.

The three-storey building includes a dedicated law and criminology library and a 100-seat lecture theatre. A roof garden and atrium are other attractive features along with modern seminar and meeting 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) in which students can train and practice their mooting skills.

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.


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Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)

CRI1121 Introduction to Criminological Theory (20 credits)

Introduction to Criminological Theory explores the key theoretical perspectives relevant to the study of crime and social justice. Using contemporary case studies in crime, deviance and conflict, the module evaluates the main theoretical traditions and recent critiques within criminology, providing a foundation in critical analysis.

CRI1122 Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process (20 credits)

Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process provides an overview of the key aspects of the criminal justice system. The module critically analyses 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.

LAW1001 Legal 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.

LAW1003 Law 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.

LAW1005 Law 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.

LAW1006 Lawyers' Skills (20 credits)

Lawyers’ Skills lays the foundations for the development of a number of skills and competences related to working in the legal professions. The module introduces you to a number of aspects of the practical curriculum delivered on a Legal Practice Course and a Bar Professional Training Course.

Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of LAW1006 Lawyers’ Skills.

Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)

CRI2220 Violence 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.

CRI2221 Critical 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 considers the development of criminological theory in its historical context and encourages you to apply theory to ‘concrete’ current issues around harm and crime and to social and state responses.

LAW2002 Criminal 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.

LAW2005 Land 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.

LAW2007 Public 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.

LAW2008 Public 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.

Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)

CRI3101 The Politics of Policing (20 credits)

The Politics of Policing provides the historical and political contexts to contemporary policing from a perspective of citizens’ civil rights and civil liberties. Drawing on case studies and contemporary examples, it examines the tension between the principle of equality before the law and differential police strategies, and between lawful discretion and institutionalised discrimination.

CRI3102 The Politics of Punishment (20 credits)

The Politics of Punishment provides you with a critical knowledge and understanding of the nature, functions and justifications for the use of punishment in modern society. It considers the philosophical and sociological theories of punishment and the legitimacy of the state’s use of punishment, specifically imprisonment but also other methods such as capital punishment.

LAW3051 European 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.

LAW3052 European 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.

LAW3053 Equity 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.

You will select one of the following modules:

LAW3032 Child 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.

LAW3033 Company 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.

LAW3034 Consumer 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.

LAW3035 Dissertation (20 credits)

Dissertation is designed to allow you to carry out a substantial piece of self-directed legal research. The topic of your research may draw on the practical experience of the law gained in an appropriate work placement.

LAW3036 Employment 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.

LAW3037 Family 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.

LAW3038 Human 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.

LAW3039 Intellectual 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.

LAW3040 International 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.

LAW3041 International 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.

LAW3042 International 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.

LAW3043 Jurisprudence (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.

LAW3044 Law 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.

LAW3045 Law 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.

LAW3046 Media 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.

LAW3047 Public 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.

LAW3048 Refugee 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.

LAW3049 Sports 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.

LAW3050 Tax 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.

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 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.


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

120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

Example Offers

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

  • A Levels – BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – 45 credits at Level 3, for example 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.

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 Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

You will be provided with a solid foundation and preparation for a legal or legal-related profession. Graduates are also equipped to pursue careers in areas such as banking, insurance, retail management, journalism, as well as local and national public administration.

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;
  • Language Learning – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes 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.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2018/19, tuition fees are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2018/19 are £11,800 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

Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2018/19 are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

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


ScholarshipsEdge 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.


How to Apply

If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com. Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at www.edgehill.ac.uk/apply-part-time.

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.

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