Law with Criminology LLB(Hons)

2020-21

Start date

21 September 2020

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDM

See full entry requirements

Places available (subject to change)

60

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472956

About the course

Why Law with Criminology?

The aim of this course is to enable you to study the foundations of law while exploring the social aspects of crime, punishment and victimisation which makes it highly relevant if you wish to pursue a career in the field of criminal justice (for example, the police service, probation service, Crown Prosecution Service, prison service or other related fields).

How will you learn?

You will learn through practical application and delivered lectures, workshops, seminars and group work sessions.

  • You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of legal principles and core legal concepts.
  • You’ll be able to start focussing on the topics that interest you in your second and third years, when you can choose from a range of specialised modules.
  • The specialised Criminology and Legal modules will enable you to explore a diverse set of criminological issues, from Criminological Explanations, Administration of Justice, Human Rights and Contemporary and Comparative Criminology.

To help you take the first steps in your legal career we aim to give you as much experience as possible. Our Partners in Law and mentoring schemes provide you with networking, mentoring and training opportunities.

The Legal Advice Clinic was set up by students in 2013 in response to the legal aid cuts which left the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society without access to legal representation. The university invested in a clinic which is innovatively placed off campus in a shop in the town centre.

Over the last academic year students, working with academics and local solicitors, have helped hundreds of people who otherwise may not have access to legal help and assistance. Volunteering in the legal advice clinic represents transformational learning at its best and compliments your theoretical studies. You'll develop into reflective practitioners and realise the importance of professionalism. Through advising real clients in real life situations You'll also see a side of law that cannot be taught in a lecture theatre or tutorial and the real impact that the law can have on individuals. For three years in a row, our students were shortlisted for the prestigious LawWorks and Attorney General Awards, winning 'Best Contribution by a Team of UK Students' in 2015.

Gemma Manning

Gemma Manning, Senior Lecturer

Course detail

Core modules:

Constitutional and Administrative Law

Study of the law relating to the United Kingdom constitution, and the legal framework in which the Government and Parliament operates, and the relationship of Her Majesty’s subjects to Governmental and regulatory actions and decisions. The module will examine different types of constitutional framework, the sources of constitutional law, the supremacy of Parliament and its relationship to the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights, the legislative process, the role of MPs and the nature and scope of executive powers under the Royal Prerogative and statute. Also examined will be the nature of legal powers exercised by Government and how they are obtained, the principles of judicial challenge, and, in particular, judicial review and the availability of alternative remedies through such as ombudsmen, tribunals and inquiries. The operation of the domestic system of rights protection will also be examined together with the rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. Change within the Constitution will also be considered, including limited devolution in Wales and Scotland, and aspects of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005.

Principles of Law of Contract

This module provides a detailed evaluation and practice of application of the legal principles governing the formation, enforceability and content of contracts, as well as breach, misrepresentation, remedies and an introduction to restitution in the contractual context. These principles and their application underpin modules taught in the second and final years of the law degree. This module encourages you to understand the different contexts in which contractual principles are applied and the applicable policy issues.  

Law of the European Union

This module introduces you to the constitutional, administrative and substantive law of the European Union, you'll be taught about the principles of EU Law, and of the way in which these principles have developed, have an understanding of the role of relevant EU institutions and regulatory framework. Learn about the key principles of EU Law and how to apply the law to a range of non-complex problem based scenarios along with researching primary and secondary sources of EU Law.

Professional Skills and Legal Method

This module provides an introduction to the English Legal System, statutory interpretation and precedent. You’ll attend a workshop every week which comprises practical exercises and team building skills development. The module also helps to develop your legal and transferable skills.

Introduction to Explaining Crime

You will be introduced to the key foundations of criminological study. By exploring the main theories that have been proposed you will explore why some people commit crime, why some people don’t commit crime and how this relates to ideas that address crime prevention and criminal behaviour. You will study these key theories in conjunction with exploring criminological research to consider the relationships proposed between criminal behaviour and other social issues, such as education, class and poverty, and psychological issues, such as intelligence, personality type and moral development.

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 credits achieved from any units awarded at merit.
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

What our students have to say


The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment, located on one central town centre campus site. The Business School provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop, located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

Watch our profile video to hear Danny describe why he chose the University of Huddersfield.

Placements


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad.

Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to you on sandwich courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CVs and covering letters.

Gaining experience at the Legal Advice Clinic has given me an opportunity to practice what I have learnt so far, while helping the local community with professional legal advice.

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Zuzanna Kowalczyk, Law LLB(Hons), work experience with the Legal Advice Clinic, Huddersfield

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Added Value

Your Career


Previous graduates from this subject area have gone on to roles such as Industrial Disease Paralegal, Legal Administrative Assistant, Legal Assistant in organisations including Slater and Gordon, Greenhead Solicitors, Ramsden Solicitors LLP.**

*  Percentage of graduates from these subject areas at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015/16 and 2016/17 aggregated).

**Source: LinkedIn

93-96% Graduates employed from these subjects*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Within Huddersfield Business School, there are numerous student support services that you can access to ensure that you make the most of your time with us.In terms of academic support, we have highly qualified Academic Skills Tutors who are able to provide support to those of you who require help in improving your academic skills in areas such as academic writing, presentation techniques, referencing etc.We also offer additional support to our International students by giving free language support sessions to our Final Year/Top-Up and Postgraduate students and co-ordinate the ‘Bud In Hud ‘ programme which provides opportunities for both International and Home students to meet and socialise in an informal setting.

We also have a team of Student Guidance and Support Officers within the School who can provide support and advice to you with any non-academic issues such as health issues, financial problems or personal issues, you may be facing which are having an effect on your ability to study to the best of your abilities.Drop in sessions are always available so you can pop in and have a confidential chat about how we can help and what support is available to you.

Our support services are here to ensure that you are able to achieve your academic, professional and personal potential during your time with Huddersfield Business School.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable.A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas.Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students.If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution.Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course.Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University.If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date.We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

If you are thinking of becoming a solicitor please read the following statement which we received in April 2017 from the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The SRA specifies the qualification requirements for solicitors.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it will be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), the earliest date for introduction is September 2021. This will be a national assessment for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. It will provide a fair and consistent assessment for all candidates regardless of whether they have taken a law degree or qualified through new routes like the solicitor apprenticeship.

If you have already started your law degree, or will do so before the SQE is introduced, you will be able to finish and qualify in the same way as before or qualify under the new system. The SRA will be providing information and guidance about how to qualify in the new system so keep checking its website.

Please find more details on the SRA's website here

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