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Law with Criminology

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 128-136 Tariff points from 3 A levels.

128-138 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 60-62.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30-31

30 points from the IB Diploma. 665 at Higher Level - 31 points from the IB Diploma. 765/774 at Higher Level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3-H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD-DDM

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDD-DDM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD-DDM

128-136 Tariff points.

T Level

M-D

UCAS Tariff

128-136

128-136 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subjects

Criminology

Law

**Overview**

Are you interested in understanding criminal behaviour and the processes of criminal justice at the same time as gaining a fully accredited law degree?

This Bachelor of Laws (LLB) gives you the choice to study for your solicitor exams or your Bar exams after you graduate. Alongside your study of law you'll gain knowledge of:

- the history of criminology

- the role of criminology in maintaining and challenging social order

- how the world deals with the crimes of the powerful, such as genocide and war crimes

- policing and society

As well as preparing you for a career as a lawyer, this course is ideal if you're considering a career in the police or prison services.

**Course highlights**

- Get lots of practice at the type of assessment used in the first part of the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE)

- Cover in-depth all the foundations of legal knowledge you need to go on and take your Bar exams

- Take our advocacy module, which prepares you to put a case in both criminal and civil courts

- Apply your learning in our community settings, gaining real-world legal practice skills

- Take our Law in Practice module and gain 3 months work experience that can count towards your qualifying work experience for the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE)

- Benefit from teaching that's shaped by expert staff who have been practicing lawyers and criminologists and who understand how the legal landscape is changing

- Enrich your learning through our expertise in areas such as data protection, policing and financial crime

**New Solicitors Qualifying Exam**

The route to qualifying as a solicitor has changed for new applicants.

If you accept an offer on this course after 21 September 2021 you'll need to take the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) after you graduate to qualify as a solicitor. The content and mode of assessment of many of our modules provide a good foundation for further specific SQE preparation.

If you completed or started this course, accepted an offer of a place, or paid a non-refundable deposit (international students only) before 21 September 2021 (inclusive) you can choose to take either the new SQE or the Legal Practice Course (LPC) after graduation.

**Accredited by:**

This course satisfies all the degree requirements laid down by the Bar Standards Board.

**Careers and opportunities**

When you graduate you'll be ready to take your next step to train as a solicitor, a barrister or a Chartered Legal Executive. It's worth noting that Chartered Legal Executives can now become judges, coroners, advocates and partners in law firms.

Law degrees are in the top 10 degrees for employability. You'll graduate with a wide range of transferable skills that will make you very employable across a range of other sectors.

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as:
- DC Kaye & Co

- The Home Office

- Surrey Police

- Willis Towers Watson (risk management)

- Invicta law

- Parker Bullen LLP

Graduates of this course have secured jobs as:

- trainee solicitor

- legal executive

- probation service officer

- Border Force executive officer

- police community support officer

- account manager

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year currently include:

- English Legal System
- Contract Law
- Criminal Law
- Public Law
- Understanding Criminology
- Tort

There are currently no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year currently include:

- Land Law
- Equity and Trusts
- Human Rights Law
- Legal Writing and Research
- Questioning Criminology

Optional modules in this year currently include:

- Crimes of the Powerful
- Global, State and Corporate Security
- Penology and Prison
- Policing and Society
- Principles of Economic Crime Investigation
- Tort (Level 5)
- Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response
- Youth Crime, Youth Justice

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year currently include:

- Contemporary Criminologies
- European Union Law
- Human Rights Law
- White Collar Crime

Optional modules in this year currently include:

- Advocacy, Practice and Theory
- CILEx Client Care Skills
- CILEx Level 6 Practice
- Commercial Law
- Community Lawyer
- Employment Law
- Equity and Trusts (Level 6)
- Family and Child Law
- Landlord and Tenant Law
- Law in Practice
- Law of Succession
- Legal Dissertation
- Legal Project
- Social Care Law

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

- examinations
- coursework essays
- presentations
- participation in mock trials
- written moot arguments

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 43% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 50% by coursework
Year 2 students: 23% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 65% by coursework
Year 3 students: 52% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 43% by coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Business and Law

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

68%
med
Criminology
79%
med
Law

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

69%
Library resources
76%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
16%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

Law

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
65%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

71%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
55%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
13%
Protective service occupations
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

Law

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
72%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Legal associate professionals
13%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
12%
Legal professionals

Law graduates tend to go into the legal industry, and they usually take similar routes. Jobs are competitive — often very competitive - but starting salaries are good and high fliers can earn serious money - starting on over £24k in London on average. Be aware though - some careers, especially as barristers, can take a while to get into, and the industry is changing as the Internet, automation and economic change all have an effect, If you want to qualify to practise law, you need to take a professional qualification — many law graduates then go on to law school. If you want to go into work, then a lot of law graduates take trainee or paralegal roles and some do leave the law altogether, often for jobs in management, finance and the police force. A small proportion of law graduates also move into another field for further study. Management, accountancy and teaching are all popular for these career changers, so if you do take a law degree and decide it’s not for you, there are options.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£25k

£25k

£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Law

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£24k

£24k

£33k

£33k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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