School of Law, Criminology and Government

BSc (Hons) Law with Criminology and Criminal Justice

Are you ready to make your mark? If you’ve studied a foundation course in law with criminology and criminal justice (CCJ) at one of our partner colleges and want to obtain a law degree, BSc (Hons) Law with CCJ will prepare you for a career in the legal or criminal justice professions and beyond. Develop a breadth of transferable skills, and benefit from our focus on teaching law in the ‘real’ world.

*Please note: the first two years of the degree are only available through the University’s partner colleges which provide you with a foundation degree in law, enabling you to join the third year of our law, criminology and criminal justice programmes to obtain the BSc law degree.

Careers with this subject

Undertaking a degree study in law will develop a number of skills valued by employers: communication and interpersonal skills, time keeping, problem solving and make ethical judgements, and an attention to detail throughout planning and interpreting information, among others, will make you stand out to employers across a number of fields.

Where could your law degree take you?

Key features

  • Choose from a range of relevant third year law and CCJS options from the LLB (Hons) Law programmes and BSc (Hons) Law with Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies.
  • Benefit from working with a faculty of highly qualified law and CCJS staff who provide a great mix of research-informed and practice-led teaching.
  • Pursue further criminological study – we offer an MSc in Criminology at Plymouth Law School
  • Take part in relevant work experience and research in areas such as criminal justice, employment and family law via our Law Clinic.

*Please note: the first two years of the degree are only available through the University’s partner colleges which provide you with a foundation degree in law, enabling you to join the third year of our law, criminology and criminal justice programmes to obtain the BSc law degree.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • You will develop the appropriate analytical and research techniques required to examine the fields of law and criminal justice, and can choose from optional modules including criminal law, comparative youth justice and professional knowledge of policing. You will also complete a module focussing on career planning and employability, and have the option to produce a substantial dissertation on a legal or legally related area, which may be set in the context of criminology and criminal justice.

    Optional modules
    • CCJ606 Systemic Violence

      The module will present the issue of systemic violence. Students will consider the social, political and economic forces that shape structures of oppression and harm, critically examining particular topics in depth. Examples include ‘hate’ crimes, workplace violence and gendered violence. The module will also examine legislation, policy and practice in relation to these topics.

    • CCJ607 Global (In)security and the State

      This module explores the issue of global (in)security in the context of state and non-state conflict. Theoretical and conceptual understandings of crime, violence, victimisation and justice will be used to interrogate acts such as war crimes and terrorism. The module will address the history of such crimes and will critically explore State and international responses.

    • CCJ608 Social Change and Justice

      This module examines how attitudes towards crime and justice have changed and developed over time. It will demonstrate the importance of historically and socially contextualising specific crimes in order to increase the understanding of their contemporary relevance, alongside examining the political and economic context.

    • CCJ609 Crime, Control, Regulation and the Social

      This module critically examines steadfast and emergent social issues at the interplay between social control and the social, providing students with a critical understanding of how the social is regulated socially, culturally and legally. We will explore meanings, cultural significance, and political consequences from a criminological perspective.

    • CCJ610 Green Criminology

      This module will address theoretical perspectives, methodological issues, and empirical research related to the field of green criminology, including applied concerns, such as policy and social/political praxis, through a range of concepts, topics, and themes that are central to green criminology.

    • CCJ611 Leisure, Consumerism and Harm

      This module explores contemporary developments within the study of leisure and consumerism, offering a theoretically informed understanding of key issues at the forefront of the discipline. Students will have the opportunity to study the changing nature of criminology’s engagement with leisure against a backdrop of global consumer capitalism.

    • LAW3222 Dissertation

      The production of a substantial dissertation (12,000-15,000 words) on a legal or legally related area with content and form determined by the student. For the LLB with CCJS or Business the dissertation will be set in context.

    • LAW3223 Work-based Action Research

      A module in which BSc Law with Business or CCJS students apply legal skills (including research) and knowledge by undertaking practical legal research as part of their work-based learning.

    • LAW3226 Company Law

      The module considers the key legal concepts, principles and policies relating to business organisation and corporate governance.

    • LAW3228 Employment Law

      This final year elective module provides students with knowledge of a specialist area of law, namely Employment Law, whilst also continuing to offer development of general legal skills.

    • LAW3229 Environmental Law

      The module provides an examination of key themes in environmental law, with a focus on the generation, application and enforcement of this law within a critical and applied context.

    • LAW3230 Family Law

      This module will examine the principles of family law from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

    • LAW3233 Commercial Law

      In outline this module covers elements of commercial law, trading, commercial relations and practice. It includes aspects of commercial transactions, agency, regulation enforcement and remedies.

    • LAW3235 Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law

      This module focuses on the key and topical issues in Immigration, Nationality and Refugee law in the UK. The UK¿s system of immigration control is fully considered and there is some emphasis on the application of decision making to those entering the UK both for immigration purposes and as refugees. There is consideration of the global and European context and of the influence of policy, politics and the media in the field.

    • LAW3237 Intellectual Property and Information Law

      This module focuses on the law and concepts of intellectual property, examining in addition related legal themes of information access, dissemination and control.

    • LAW3239 Cybercrime: Issues and Regulation

    • LAW3242 Criminal law

      "This module provides in depth examination of basic principles and concepts of criminal law, an introduction to modes of participation, and detailed analysis of selected offences and defences. The module fulfils the professional requirements of the Law Society and Bar Council. "

    • LAW3244 Jurisprudence: law, society and justice

      This module follows jurisprudential inquiries into themes and topics relating to the concept of law and the intersection between law and society. It analyses key ideas and theories on the development of legal concepts and regulatory frameworks. It adopts a broad range of theoretical perspectives from sociology, cultural studies and economics to examine the phenomenon of law, providing a platform for developing rich interdisciplinary discussion and reflection.

    • LAW3249 Law, Literature and the Screen

      To introduce students to fictional representations of the legal order in prose, film and TV, and to examine the inter-connections between law, literature and the screen.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

In order to join this course, you'll need the successful completion of a foundation degree in law or an equivalent two-year higher-education qualification.

English language requirements

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Please contact the Admissions Team for further information.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2020 2021
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £13,800 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) £770 To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. For more information about fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

Undergraduate scholarships for international students

To reward outstanding achievement the University of Plymouth offers scholarship schemes to help towards funding your studies.

Find out whether you are eligible and how you can apply

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.

How to apply

For further information and to apply to this course, please contact the institution's admissions team directly.

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Plymouth Law Clinic

The Law School is committed to giving you the opportunity to put the law into practice.

The Law Clinic offers advice and representation to real clients and in many cases, makes a tangible difference to their lives.

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