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What makes Law with Criminology at Worcester special?

LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology is a Qualifying Law degree. It is accredited by the Solicitors Regulations Authority and the Bar Standards Board and covers all the foundation subjects required to pass the ‘Academic Stage’ – the first step in your journey to qualifying as a barrister or a solicitor.

Law with Criminology at Worcester combines a strong foundation in core principles of law and also enables you to gain a valuable insight into related areas of Criminology. When it comes to the criminal justice system, your criminal law studies will be enhanced through criminology modules that study the causes of crime and its impact on individuals, families and society as a whole. 

Key features

  • Qualifying Law Degree (QLD)
  • Enables lawyers to explore  related areas of Criminology
  • Blended theoretical & practical approach brings Law to life
  • Professional volunteering opportunities develop your knowledge of how Law operates in the real world and benefit the local community
  • Supportive, encouraging environment
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Law at Worcester

Worcester offers an intimate, collegial and diverse environment in which you will grow through your interactions with other students and with our dedicated and interdisciplinary faculty. After your time here, you will be able to think about the law systematically and be academically prepared to work at the highest levels of the profession.

With extensive instruction in the technical aspects of the profession and a broad range of practical opportunities to engage with Law in action, you will not just learn about the Law, but will learn to think like a lawyer.  This practical, professional approach is further enhanced by the brand new School of Law premises with its specialist teaching facilities including a purpose built courtroom enabling students to engage in mooting, mock trials and other court based exercises.

You will also have the possibility of working with our research centres, such as the National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse, to further enhance your learning and develop your experience.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

120

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

120 UCAS points (typically BBB at A level)

GSCE English at Grade C/4 or above

Applicants for whom English is not their first language require IELTS 6.5 or above

Applicants may be invited for interview

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Law pathway page.

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Course content

What will you study?

Indicative course content.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Law of Contract
  • Public Law
  • Professional Legal Skills and Ethics
  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Law of Torts           
  • European Union Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Theory, Research and Practice: Developing a Criminological Perspective

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Equity and Trusts
  • Land Law           

Optional     

  • Company Law
  • Employment Law
  • Law of Evidence 
  • Family Law
  • Mediation and ADR  
  • Medical Law and Ethics 
  • Human Rights Law  
  • LLB Project
  • Work Based Placement
  • Substance Abuse   
  • Crime, Criminals and Communities
  • Domestic Abuse 
  • Children, Young People and Crime   

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars and practical exercises. Interactive workshops take a variety of forms and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and practical exercises, such as mooting and client interviewing, are focused on developing subject specific skills and applying them in a professional context.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to engage fully with the employability programme in the School of Law including volunteering in the School of Law’s Legal Advice Centre.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12 contact hours of teaching.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • One 2 hour lecture
  • One 1 hour seminar

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and legal practitioners with professional experience.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and all course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, courtroom activities, interviewing and advising, presentations and a final year independent studies project.

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
3 formal examinations of 2 hours duration
4 essays
1 Court Report
1 Moot
1 Portfolio

Year 2
3 formal examinations of 2 hours duration
6 essays
1 interviewing and advising exercise
1 individual presentation

Year 3
3 formal examinations of 3 hours duration
4 essays
1 interviewing and advising exercise
1 individual presentation

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate. We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

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Practical experience

Law is constantly evolving and practical experience is one of the best ways to develop the creative and critical approach you will need to succeed.

 

Pro bono activity is built into the LLB at Worcester, giving you the chance to improve your legal research, public speaking and client care skills while making a genuinely positive contribution to society. You will also have the opportunity to speak to lawyers and others involved in institutions such as the courts to gain an insight into how they work.

 

You may also choose to develop your legal skills further by joining in extracurricular activities such as mock trials or client interviewing. You can choose to be part of the University of Worcester Student Law Society, which will be run by Law students for Law students.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

Employability is at the heart of Law at the University of Worcester, and we offer a wide range of opportunities to gain work experience through volunteering, mentoring schemes and placements.

We work closely with a variety of local, regional and national employers and use their expertise to input into the academic curriculum. In this way, we ensure that your Law degree is attractive to potential employers and that you have the opportunity to explore many different career options, both in the legal profession and in other areas, such as business and management.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £12,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2018/19 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses. In addition, you will need to cover the cost of travelling to and from approved workplaces and placements in order to meet the requirement that you spend no fewer than 600 hours in practice over the duration of the course.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Law with Criminology LLB (Hons) - M10L

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

M10L

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Head of Law

Bill Davies
01905 542781
bill.davies@worc.ac.uk