School of Law, Criminology and Government

LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies

Ready to make your mark? Our academically challenging, qualifying law degree will prepare you for a career in the legal or criminal justice professions and beyond. With strong public and private sector connections, and a focus on workplace learning, we’ll ground you in the fundamentals of law and criminology so you can set your sights high. From national competitions to High Court appeals and community projects our students win acclaim. And a satisfaction rating of 87%* says they’re enjoying it.

You’ll benefit from working with a faculty of highly qualified law and criminal justice staff who provide a great mix of research-informed and practice-led teaching. You will also learn your practice while making a real difference to real clients, with work experience placements open to all year two and three students, supported by our well-connected Law Clinic.* 2016 National Student Survey results

Key features

  • Get ahead with a skills-focused, qualifying law degree designed to help you stand out with employers, whatever your career goals.
  • Learn your practice while making a real difference to real clients, with work experience placements open to all year 2 and 3 students, supported by our well-connected Law Clinic.
  • Benefit from working with a faculty of highly qualified law and criminal justice staff who provide a great mix of research-informed and practice-led teaching.
  • Choose the subjects that most interest you from a range of elective law or criminology modules, so you can shape your degree and prepare for a career inside or outside the legal and criminal justice sectors.
  • Take part in a range of competitions and social activities, as well as networking with high-profile guest speakers and prospective employers, as a member of our highly successful, student-run Student Law Society.
  • Make a difference – draw on our inter-disciplinary approach to study with a focus on contemporary issues and gain a real insight into the nature of crime, the workings of the criminal justice system and the society around you. You will graduate equipped with the skills to bring about change.
  • Deepen your understanding and insight through our sophisticated array of online resources.
  • Pursue your ambition to become a solicitor, barrister or criminal justice professional, or a range of other professions linked to law and criminology.
  • Enjoy the opportunity to mix with students and organisations from both the law and criminology and criminal justice parts of Plymouth Law School. You’ll benefit socially and boost your employability too.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In the first year, you’ll learn about the core theories, principles and processes of the law, introducing you to how it’s studied and practised. We’ve structured the curriculum so that alongside studying legal systems, contract, constitutional and administrative law (fulfilling the requirements of professional bodies), you’ll also get to grips with criminology and start to develop the kind of critical thinking and self-reflective skills that will equip you for your chosen career.
    Core modules
    • CCJS1112 Criminology and Crime Problems

      This module introduces students to the subject of criminology. It emphasises criminology's multi-disciplinary and the different perspectives, methods and sources of information that it draws upon in developing theories about the different causes and problematizations of crime and deviance.

    • LAW1208 Legal Systems and Skills

      Overview of the English Legal System with reference to the criminal and civil legal process and their operation in terms of dispute resolution; introduction to the role, influence and impact of International Law, the law of the European Union and European Convention on Human Rights, and their relationship to English law and procedure.

    • LAW1209 Contract Law

      An introduction to the law of contract through study of the essential elements in contract formation. This module then considers the nature and relative significance of contractual terms. The module fulfils the contract law professional requirements of the JASB

    • LAW1212 Constitutional and Administrative Law

      This module focuses on Constitutional and Administrative Law, examining fundamental theories and principles, and their application and practice within the British constitution. This module fulfils the professional requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board

    • LAW1214 Introduction to Law

      This short immersive module will provide a basic introduction to the study of law, the law making process and legal institutions, and the legal profession. It provides a platform to enable students to develop the relevant legal and practical skills to effectively undertake a law degree.

    • LAWGEAR1 Graduate Employability and Achievement Record

      A module designed to facilitate students assessing and self-reflecting on their skills and to develop action to cope successfully with the transition to Higher Education. Students will also begin career planning.

    Optional modules
    • GOV1000PP One Planet? Society and Sustainability

      This module addresses some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century from a variety of ideological and political perspectives. Through real-world case studies and critical reflection of lived experiences, we explore and debate the complex, interdependent processes underpinning sustainability and global inequality and insecurities. You develop an understanding of key drivers and public policy impacts and consider future alternative scenarios. The emphasis is on active, collaborative, learning via field trips and debates.

    • LAW1000PP Ethics and Justice in the Balance

      This short intensive module will provide a basic introduction to ethical considerations in human activity, social life and institutional decision making. It provides a platform to enable students to evaluate concepts of justice, law and ethics as well as themes of morality, duty and responsibility, in relation to everyday individual and collective choices of action.

  • Year 2
  • In the second year, you’ll focus on real-life scenarios and develop practical skills in areas such as negotiation and advocacy. You’ll study law of tort, land and EU law in depth and begin to tailor your degree to your specific interests by studying criminological and penal theory. Unlike most other law degrees, where you have to wait until your final year, you’ll also start gaining hands-on experience through work-based studies and a compulsory skills module.
    Core modules
    • CCJS2115 Crime, Theory and Culture

      This module examines contemporary criminological theory and scholarship, providing a critical analysis of new directions at the forefront of the discipline. The module covers the intersections of criminology with contemporary social theory, communications theory, urban studies, international relations, cultural theory and zemiology.

    • LAW2212 Dispute Resolution Skills

      This module focuses on the development of transferable skills based on real-life scenarios with an emphasis on enhancing employability. It revolves around dispute resolution exercises helping ¿clients¿ to resolve disputes using role play and teamwork. It is designed to enhance practical skills such as negotiation as well as so called `soft skills¿ such as people skills and problem solving.

    • LAW2213 Land Law

      The module examines the law relating to the ownership of estates and interests in land and the systems of registered and unregistered land. It fulfils the property law professional requirements of the Law Society and Bar Council.

    • LAW2216 Human Rights Law

      This module focuses on the law relating to human rights with reference to national, regional and international law principles. It examines the development and scope of fundamental rights in both theory and practice, and the legitimate limits and restrictions on rights in the interests of balancing conflicting interests in democratic societies.

    • LAW2221 European Union Law

      This module focuses on the law of the European Union. There will be emphasis on the means of enforcing EU Law and substantive legal areas such as the free movement of persons and goods and competition law. This module, in conjunction with the module Legal Systems fulfils the professional requirements of the Law Society and Bar Council.

    • LAW2222 Tort Law

      The Law of Tort is concerned with the creation and imposition of civil rights obligations on people generally. It is focused on the legal protection of a number of key rights, such as the right to bodily integrity, reputation, enjoyment of property and privacy amongst others.

    • LAWGEAR2 Graduate Employability and Achievement Record

      A module designed to facilitate students assessing and self-reflecting on their skills and to develop action to enhance them; and to focus on career development planning to enhance employability.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • 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. "

    • LAW3243 Equity and Trusts

      The module examines the principles of equity and the law relating to trusts. It builds on the basic understanding of equity and trusts as acquired through Land Law and fulfils the equity and trusts professional requirements of the Law Society and Bar Council.

    • LAWGEAR3 Graduate Employability and Achievement Record

      A module designed to continue the process of development of self-assessment and reflection with particular focus on career planning and employability post- graduation.

    Optional modules
    • CCJS3148 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

      This module focuses upon a contemporary criminal justice-related issue that has received attention in the media and in official reports but may not be well covered yet in an established academic literature. The purpose of the module is for students to collect data on the issue and to subject it to a thorough criminological analysis, using the variety of concepts and perspectives covered throughout the degree programme.

    • CCJS3149 Crime and the City

      Crime and deviance are intrinsic to life in the city. Most crimes are experienced and reported within the city, while urban areas provide unique social and cultural conditions under which criminal activity and disorder are able to flourish. Our mediatised experience of cities, if not our reality, is often of cities as alien and dangerous spaces, in which the threat and fear of violence and criminal activity is constant. This module attempts to view the urban from a number of different perspectives, examining how the socioeconomic changes which have shaped urban areas, not just in the UK, but globally, affect life at the nexus of crime and the city

    • CCJS3150 Crimes of the Powerful

      Criminology has tended to ignore crimes of the powerful instead focusing on everyday street crimes and the crimes of lower status individuals. This module rebalances this bias by focusing on the crimes that power makes possible. It introduces students to theory, research, and case-studies on corporate and white-collar crimes, as well as state crimes.

    • CCJS3154 Women, Crime and Criminal Justice

      This module examines the relevance of gender in understanding the experiences and treatment of women offenders within the criminal justice system. This gendered perspective draws on theoretical and empirical insights to engage critically with malestream criminology and to review the important issues in relation to policy and practice that arise from this.

    • CCJS3156 Criminology of War

      This module explores the issue of crime in the context of war and conflict. Theoretical and conceptual understandings of crime, violence, victimisation and justice will be used to interrogate acts considered as war crimes. The module will address the history of crimes committed in war and will critically explore international criminal justice responses.

    • CCJS3158 Drugs, Crime and Society

      This module critically examines the social construction of drug use and control in the UK and internationally, analysing the relationship between drugs, crime and society. A comparative approach will be utilized to explore the contextual dimensions of illicit drug use and control. Students will read criminological texts, engage with works from other disciplines and critically analyse non-academic sources, including popular journalism, internet sites and postings, and films.

    • CCJS3165 Crime, Punishment and Social Change

      This module responds to a growing criminological interest in the history of crime and punishment. It examines how attitudes towards crime and the punishments used have changed and developed since the 18th century. It introduces students to historical research methods by utilising both digital and local archives, and encourages them to research aspects from crime history and critically compare and contrast them with contemporary perspectives and criminological literature.

    • CCJS3166 Digital Crime and Deviancy

      This module explores the issue of crime related to digital technology, in particular the Internet. It will consider how digital technology normalises and legitimises criminal activity, with a particular focus on harassment, sexual crimes and activities related to children and young people. The module will also consider approaches to tackling digital crime, considering legislative approaches contrasted against human rights issues.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • LAW3236 Law, Literature and Film

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

    • LAW3238 Sex, Power and Legal Control

      This module examines how law and society controls and regulates sexual behaviour and conduct and why and how it criminalises and punishes certain activities and sexual expression. In particular it will focus on the enactment and implementation of laws relating to sexual autonomy and sex crime and examine how these are practically operationalized within the criminal justice process. Within this context the impact upon those affected by such legal regulation is also examined.

    • LAW3239 Cybercrime: Issues and Regulation

    • LAW3241 Marine Law, Regulation and Development

      This module will consider the regulatory and policy framework which applies to activities and development, including the exploitation of energy resources, in the marine environment. Set in the context of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and national implementing measures, the module will consider a variety of contemporary issues relating to the sustainable use of the marine environment. It provides a theoretical and practical analysis of the relevant law, as well as providing insight into a rapidly evolving and contemporary area of law.

    • 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.

    • LAW3247 Work-Based Learning

      A 40 credit module in which students develop intellectual, practical, transferable and ethical skills in a work-based learning context. The placement may be in or for any work-based organisation, though many of these will be law related. Students may be placed within one of the Law School's Law Clinic projects or within a Law Clinic partner organisation or they may choose to find the whole or part of their work experience independently.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

LLB Law and Law with Business and with CCJS 16 17 4490

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

UCAS tariff

120

A levels: Including a minimum of two A levels. Excluding general studies. Preferable subjects include English, history, languages, geography, sociology, and law.

GCSE: All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade C or above.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DDM in any subject. 12 Unit BTEC Diploma: D*D to D*D* dependant on subject.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access: Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction.

International Baccalaureate: 30 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level.

All relevant international qualifications will be considered - please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be eligible for a foundation year to prepare you for possible entry onto this course for the following year.

Learn more about foundation years with the Faculty of Business.

English language requirements 

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

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How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Student Insight

The academic staff are very supportive and encourage students to explore different career opportunities and gain vital work experience so after graduation you are attractive to potential employers.

Faith Pengilly, Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies graduate.

Careers

Do you see yourself working as a barrister or taking your legal skills into the business sector? Whatever your chosen path, we’ll work closely with you throughout your degree to help you set your career off in the right direction.

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Our student network is your business network for the future

It’s our students that make us different. Prepare to join a very active community of engaged students. In partnership with our people they are the driving force behind Plymouth University’s internationally recognised focus on social enterprise and sustainability, as well as one of the best students' unions in the UK.

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Student success stories

As well as benefitting from excellent teaching and unrivalled opportunities to learn in the workplace, becoming a Plymouth law student also means you can join one of the most active societies of its kind in the country.

Find out more about the Plymouth Student Law Society

Study sessions for students by students: Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS)

To complement your formal learning we offer regular sessions that provide the opportunity for you to learn with and from your peers. Share knowledge, discuss ideas, and ask questions in a relaxed and friendly environment

If you are a first or second year take the opportunity to study in a relaxed environment, along with other students on the same programme.

Find out more about how PALS can benefit your studies

International study pathways with Plymouth University International College

Plymouth University International College (PUIC) offer university foundation, first year degree and pre-masters pathways to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees within the Faculty of Business. With 96 per cent of all students progressing on to their chosen Plymouth University degree, the PUIC pathways are an excellent alternative entry point for international students.

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