Law with Criminology LLB (Hons)

Law with Criminology LLB (Hons)

Lancashire Law School




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: five-six years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    M191; Short form: LLB/LC

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    LLB (Hons)

Why study this course?

Get a qualifying law degree while learning about crime and justice from a sociological point of view - this degree gives you the academic training you need to pursue a professional career as a solicitor or barrister. The criminology element of your degree is taught by renowned and extensively published criminology academics and covers both the nature of crime and criminality and society’s response to it. You will learn research, interviewing and negotiating skills, which will stand you in good stead for a career in law, as well as being widely valued by a range of employers.

National Student Survey 2017
Our Law courses are top 20 in the UK for academic support

Entry Requirements

120 points at A2; General Studies accepted 
OCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit
Pass Access to Higher Education: 122 points
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 30 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent 
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory Law Modules

  • Lawyers Skills and Personal Development
  • The Law of Contract
  • Public Law
  • Legal System

Compulsory Criminology Modules

  • Key Thinkers in Criminology
  • Crime and Society


Year 2

Compulsory Law Modules

  • Legal Research and Reasoning and Personal Development
  • Criminal Law
  • EU Law
  • The Law of Torts

Optional Law Modules

  • Human Rights in the UK
  • Criminology
  • Family Law
  • Media Law
  • Medicine and the Law
  • Sentencing and the Treatment of Offenders
  • Sports Law
  • Employment Law

Optional Criminology Modules (students must choose at least 1)

  • Prostitution, Infanticide & Punishment in the Nineteenth Century
  • Media & Crime
  • Drugs & Crime
  • Understanding Policing
  • Critical Thinkers in Criminology
  • Youth Justice and Young People
  • Understanding Personal Violence
  • Victims, Communities & Crime
  • Offending Corporations
  • Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Year 3

Compulsory Law Modules

  • Interviewing, Employability and personal development
  • Land Law
  • Equity and Trusts

Optional Law Modules

  • Company Law
  • Criminal Law Relating to Sex and Violence
  • Criminal Evidence
  • EU Business Law
  • War Crimes Trials
  • Terrorism and the Law
  • Dissertation
  • Project
  • Placement
  • Law Clinic

Optional Criminology Modules

  • Theories of Crime & Punishment
  • Texts in Criminology
  • State Crime and Genocide
  • Why Prison?
  • Sex, Violence and Strategies
  • Developmental Criminology
  • Diversity, Crime and Justice
  • Obeying the Law: Political Obligation
  • Drugs & Society
  • Controversial Issues in Prison
  • Terrorism & Human Rights
  • Crime and New Technologies
  • Human Trafficking

Further Information

The Criminology element to the programme provides academic study of the nature of crime, criminality and responses to crime in contemporary society. It considers how crime is defined, perceived as a problem, and managed in modern society.

The aim of the course is to offer the opportunity for intellectual development, to acquire fundamental legal knowledge for progression into the legal profession, the wider employment market or further study and to provide flexibility in developing specialised interests.

A significant feature of Law study in the Lancashire Law School is the emphasis from the outset on relevant legal and transferable skills, including research, oral and written, e-communication and critical reasoning skills, advocacy, personal development planning and group work. We adopt a wide range of learning and teaching methods, designed to support you to develop as an independent learner. These include interactive online sessions, e-learn activities, workshops, reflective clinical legal education, group work, research exercises, presentations, mooting and debating as well as the more traditional seminars and lectures. You will have more structured class contact in Year 1 of your programme to support your transition to Higher Education.

Law students in Moot Court

In the course of study core and optional modules in both subjects are offered to allow you to acquire the range and depth of knowledge and skills appropriate to their own needs and ambitions in a supportive and friendly environment. In particular, the programme includes a module dedicated to the necessary research, interviewing and negotiating skills needed to succeed in law professions.

You will be supported in finding legal placements and have numerous opportunities to visit relevant legal establishments, both locally and beyond. In Year 2 you are able to visit many of the European Institutions during a week-long study tour in Brussels.

Our Professors usually teach on the course so students get to hear first-hand about ground-breaking research topics such as war crimes trials, women in prison, criminal law.

The approach to teaching and learning is 'student-centred': this means responsibility for achieving learning outcomes is placed on student initiative in self-managing their own programme of study. Staff facilitate this process by providing students with appropriate learning materials and support, such as module handbooks, lecture outlines, reading lists and online student support, with students being encouraged to adopt an independent approach to learning through effective use of private study time in researching information and responding to tasks and questions.

Law students

Lancashire Law School is at the cutting edge of research in a number of specialist legal areas including investigations into crime and criminal justice. Over 50% of research is classed as internationally significant or world leading. Our externally funded projects have included looking at an Alcohol Policy for Europe, Hate Crime in Europe and International War Crimes. There are opportunities for you to contribute to research projects through intern schemes.

Our lecturers are from both academic and professional backgrounds ensuring our commitment to research informed teaching is maximised. You will be taught by leading academics and by staff who are professionally qualified as solicitors and barristers hence giving you a sound understanding of substantive law and its practical application.

You will benefit from expert teaching by renowned and extensively published academics in the criminology field. For example, Helen Codd spoke at the International Hate Crime Conference in Brussels.

You can join the Student Law Society, which is run by students for students, and has arranged events such as trips to London to visit the Supreme Court, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Old Bailey, a Law Ball and numerous guest speakers.

Each year we organise a dedicated law careers fair which is supported by the Crime Prosecution Service (CPS) and legal professions and placement providers from throughout the North West.

Law students

Our aim is to provide you with a superlative student experience and this is what our students say which makes us stand out from the crowd:

  • The range of optional modules available
  • The friendliness and accessibility of tutors - you know your tutors and your tutors know you!
  • The feedback you obtain from your tutors, which ensures you reach your potential
  • The IT support in place for each module via Blackboard
  • The embedded skills spine which helps you to build your employability skills, your legal and transferable skills and so to become more confident.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Apply Now

You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

Lancashire Law School has strong links with the legal profession and with a range of other professional employers and our students enjoy regular visits and talks from leading practitioners, academics, barristers, solicitors and judges. This ensures that the skills which our undergraduates develop are directly relevant to those required by employers. 


Tim Owen Senior Lecturer in Criminology, was interviewed by BBC Radio Lancashire about recent cybercrime attacks. Listen Here.

Professional Accreditation

The courses are validated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board meaning that they are qualifying law degrees. Our LLB provides the academic stage of training should you wish to go on to a career as either a solicitor or a barrister.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The School’s teaching environment is designed to stimulate learning. For large group teaching, we make use of the many modern lecture theatres across campus all of which have state of the art audio visual support and presentation facilities. All small group teaching rooms, contain state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment to enhance and support the learning experience.

As you would expect from a Law School committed to enhancing the employability of its graduates, there are a number of dedicated skills development rooms with recording and play back facilities within the School itself. There is also an impressive moot court room which looks just like a real court and provides students with an invaluable real-life educational experience. The moot court room is also used extensively for extra-curricular activities such as mooting competitions, advocacy training and visiting speakers. The Library contains a dedicated Law Library with a plethora of textbooks, law reports and journals as well as providing a quiet space for students to study both individually and as part of a group. The Law School’s extensive e-law library facility gives access to many legal and academic sources from the UK and beyond and is available to students not just when they are on-campus but whenever they are sitting in front of a PC.

There is a dedicated Blackboard page for each module which provides extensive online support, from module handbooks and lecture outlines to self-test quizzes and interactive revision materials.

Assessment is undertaken in a variety of ways, from the traditional unseen exam (a professional requirement for all of the core foundation modules), to seen examinations; end of module and in-course formative coursework assessments; e-quizzes; e-case studies; group and individual presentations; portfolios; pod casts; personal development reflective diaries; moots and debates and oral performance in seminars.



You can take up a wealth of opportunities for real life work experience and personal skills development, for example, taking part in mooting competitions, undertaking work placements, mini-pupillages and attending Summer Schools.

There is no formal sandwich placement, although there is an optional module in Year 3 where you can spend a period in law related work placements. We have a network of alumni working in large North West organisations that offer placements to our graduates.

You also have the opportunity to study or work abroad, through the Erasmus scheme or via international exchanges and placements. In addition you can gain the benefit of visits, for example, to the European Commission in Brussels, the European Parliament and the European Commission in Luxembourg.

Our students are valued highly by employers due to their aptitude and skills profile. They have an impressive track record of gaining graduate level jobs or professional training contracts. Our graduates are attractive to a range of employers – solicitors, barristers, company legal advisers, football clubs, insurance companies, HR departments, teachers, criminal justice system, courts, probation service, police officers. Lancashire Law School graduate are much sought after in the workplace.

After successfully completing our combined LLB (Hons), you can go on to the professional element of legal training either as a solicitor (the Legal Practice Course) or as a barrister (the Bar Professional Training Course). The programme is also an excellent starting point if you’re thinking of a career with a specific criminological interest, such as the probation service, social work, youth and community work, the police, prison and immigration services.

Some of our eminent alumni include judges, Queen’s Counsel, barristers and solicitors across the UK, Europe and around the world, CEOs, business leaders and industrialists, entrepreneurs and business owners, senior public servants such as civil servants, politicians, senior police and local government officers, senior academics and researchers at all levels, authors of many academic works, leading voluntary sector workers, board representatives and trustees.

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