LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology

LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology

Study key elements of law and criminology

Study key elements of law and criminology

3 years full-time
Bishop Otter Campus
  • Learn the seven core fundamentals of legal knowledge
  • Explore the psychology of criminals and crime
  • Strong links to employers and organisations within the profession
  • Smaller class sizes for better learning
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3. Guardian University Guide 2021


Develop your knowledge across seven key areas of modern law and criminology

Law exists to regulate pretty much everything we do, which is why it remains such a relevant and fascinating subject to study.

Study criminal law in each year

This three year course will develop your knowledge and understanding of legal frameworks to give you the opportunity to pursue a career as a barrister or solicitor.

The course provides debate, discussion and learning on the seven core areas of knowledge, as you develop your academic and practical skills to prepare for a career within the profession.

We also offer you the unique opportunity to study criminal law in each year of your degree.

Examine the psychology of criminals

In addition, you will explore criminology as a real-world application of the law.

You will examine the psychology of criminals and the investigative element of understanding crime.

Innovate assessments

We use a variety of assessment methods beyond just traditional exams in order to fully prepare you for your professional career, including mock trials and client interviews.

Support for SQE 1

We also offer specific support put in place to help prepare you for the first Solicitors’ Qualifying Examination after you graduate.

Start your journey

All of our Law courses are suitable for those who have previously studied the subject, but previous study is not required.

Course accredited by:

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Solicitors Regulation Authority logo

The Course

Study criminal law every year as you learn the foundations of legal knowledge

Fundamentals of law

Our Law with Criminology degree develops your knowledge and understanding of real world legal skills in preparation for your progression into the profession.

You will study many aspects of the law, including the foundation of legal knowledge subjects of:

  • Criminal law
  • Contract law
  • Tort law
  • EU law
  • Public law
  • Land law
  • Equity and trusts

Explore our optional modules

You will also have opportunities to study:

  • History of criminology
  • Understanding the criminal mind
  • Forensic psychology
  • Cyber crime and security
  • International environmental law
  • Sexual offending
The following list of modules for this course is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Introduction to the English Legal System

This module introduces you to the different aspects of the English Legal System. You will examine the different ways laws are made and interpreted in court. You will form an understanding of the different personnel and courts within the English Legal System and how effectively these operate. This module will also include an introduction to legal research and methods.

Criminal Law I

This module introduces you to the different aspects of Criminal Law. You will examine the theory Underpinning criminal law and the elements of criminal liability. You will develop an understanding of a range of criminal offences and be able to analyse and evaluate related case law. You will continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.

Contract Law I

This module introduces you to the different aspects of Contact Law. You will study the nature of contract law and the fundamental elements of contract. You will develop an understanding of contract terms and exclusion clauses. You will continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.

EU Law I

This module introduces you to European Union Law and impetus behind the formation of the European Union. You will examine the law-making institutions of the European Union, the different sources of EU Law and the relationship between EU Law and English Law. You will examine the impact of the different EU Laws on the enforceability of an individual’s legal rights. You will continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.

Constitutional Law

In this module you will study the different aspects of Constitutional Law. You will examine the nature and the structure of the UK Constitution, as well as the impact of membership of the European Union and the Human Rights Act 1998. You will continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.

Crime and Punishment: Inside a Criminal Mind

This module explores key issues and debates in criminology and gives you a solid foundation in these topics. You will explore the origins of crime, categorisation of crime, theories of crime, and the psychological frameworks of crime.

Crime and Society

This module examines how society manages crime and criminals and introduces you to the wider judicial and prison systems. You will consider the role of the media, moral panics, emerging crimes, and world approaches to crime.

Criminal Law I

This module introduces you to the different aspects of Criminal Law. You will examine the theory Underpinning criminal law and the elements of criminal liability. You will develop an understanding of a range of criminal offences and be able to analyse and evaluate related case law. You will continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.

Administrative Law

In this module you will continue to study Public Law by focusing on Administrative Law. You will examine the development of Administrative Law in England, Judicial Review and Police Powers

Company Law

In this module you will study the law relating to the practical aspects of setting up and running a business.  You will learn about business organisations, rules and procedures.  You will also examine the different types of tax in relation to businesses.

Tort Law I

This module introduces you to the concept of Tort Law and a range of torts including negligence, product liability, trespass to the person and defamation, as well as relevant defences and remedies. You will continue to develop legal reasoning, research and referencing skills.

Criminology Classics and Controversies

You will develop your critical knowledge of classic and contemporary criminological cases and your understanding of the role of criminology in understanding different forms of crime. You will have the opportunity to compare and contrast profiles of criminological cases.

Mental Health and Forensic Psychology

This module is an opportunity to explore a comprehensive range of key constructs, theories, and research in mental health and forensic psychology. You will examine the numerous ways that psychological research, methods, and expertise are applied to the study of criminal behaviour and the issues that psychopathology create within the context of the criminal justice system. You will be assessed through an essay, a presentation and a reflective report.

Cyber Crime and Security

In the age of technology and digitalisation, crime has become more diverse and often easy commit. This module introduces cybercrime and cybersecurity and will cover key emerging research on this contemporary topic.

International Human Rights

This module examines different sources of Human Rights Law, the impact of this Law on the English Legal System and considers different substantive areas of Law under the European Convention Human Rights including absolute, limited and qualified rights.

Law Dissertation

You will produce a dissertation which, as the culmination of your undergraduate studies, will enable you to engage with, and participate in, research and scholarship appropriate to your object of study

Land Law I

In this module you will study how property is classified, the registration of land and the doctrine of tenures and estates.  Your studies will examine role and impact of statutory law, common law and equity in relation to the classification and ownership of land.

Land Law II

In this module you will continue your study of Land Law.  You will examine the topics of easements and profits, mortgages, licenses, covenants relating to freeholds and the rules of perpetuity.

Equity and Trusts I

In this module, you will study how the law of equity was developed, the different types of trusts, and the requirements for a valid trust.

Equity and Trusts II

In this module you will continue your study of Equity and Trusts focusing on the areas of law relating to when a trust is up and running, as well as considering the nature of charitable trusts.

Sexual Offenders – Across the Life Course

This module will introduce you to the theoretical models that underpin sexually problematic behaviours perpetrated across the life course, while considering the typology of offenders in this cohort.

Criminology in Professional Practice

This will introduce you to the practice in real life of criminology and give you an idea of where you could apply your skills. You will explore jobs relating to criminology degrees, including: community development worker, detective, police officer, prison officer, probation officer, social worker, and youth worker.

Young People and Crime

You will examine the factors that contribute to young people becoming involved in crime and consider crimes committed against them. You will explore the Youth Justice System in the UK and the interventions offered to young people to reduce their offending behaviour.

Committing Crime Under Duress

This module provides an in-depth study of the criminal defence of duress by examining its historical development, current restrictions, reform proposals and drawing comparisons to other common law jurisdictions.


Develop strong professional links and seize vital networking opportunities



Law student and winner of the Scholar of the Year prize for 2020
"The University of Chichester has allowed me to continue further with my studies and I have been able to explore and fall in love with this multi-faceted subject. The lectures have ensured that I enjoy my time studying and have pushed me work as best I can. I have also been given incredible opportunities such as: meeting Lade Hale, being in contact with legal firms, and even being taught by solicitors. The experience I have had at Chichester has gone far further than my expectations. I am very glad I chose Chichester."


Law student
"I chose to study Law full-time after taking an introductory class under another course at the University of Chichester - I was hooked! The topics are so interesting and the tutors are incredibly supportive. It’s been a wonderful experience so far."


Law student
"I chose Law because it’s a diverse field of study I know will always give me opportunities to continue learning throughout and after my degree. I always want to be learning, to me a day I haven’t learnt something new even if it is small, is a day wasted. That coupled with The University of Chichester has been a great fit for me, there are two beautiful campuses and plenty of facilities to make the most of your Degree! The teaching methods are personal and give opportunities to ask questions, discuss and understand subject material in every face to face session as well as outside of the classroom."

Teaching and Assessment

Feel the support of experienced expert staff with our smaller class sizes

Smaller class sizes

You will learn in small groups to allow our experienced and expert staff to mould their teaching around you.

Teaching sessions are interactive and include case analysis, interpretation of statutes, debates and discussion on every core aspect of English law.

More than just exams

We use a wide range of assessment methods rather than relying just on exams.

As such, none of the modules are 100% exams, but rather a blend of coursework, mock trials, presentations, academic posters, mock client interviews, and negotiations.

Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, allowing you to clearly see your academic progress.

Preparation for SQE

Dedicated support for new postgraduate examinations for solicitors

The way to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales has changed through the introduction of a new postgraduate examination process known as the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations, known as SQE 1 and SQE 2.

You will be supported in preparing for the first of the Solicitor’s Qualifying Examinations, which you can sit after completing your degree.

This will include:

  • How to make a bail application
  • The role of a duty solicitor in a police station
  • How to bring a claim in the civil courts
  • The methods of resolving a dispute without resorting to court

Work Placements

Gain vital experience through our strong links with professional settings

During your second year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement that will give you vital real-world experience of working within the law profession.

You will have the choice of taking this work placement at a local law firm (e.g. Irwin Mitchell), an in-house legal department of a large company, Citizen’s Advice, or at a local authority.

These placements can lead to additional opportunities, with students having sealed coveted mini-pupillage positions at law firms to enhance their professional prospects.



LLB (Hons) Law student
"I feel that we have been truly fortunate to have the opportunity to take part in the virtual sessions with Irwin Mitchell. The way in which the sessions were designed around mock scenarios really helped me to understand application of the law in practice. It has also been a wonderful networking experience."


Open up your future career options

Our Law with Criminology course is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board as a Qualifying Law degree, which allows you to work towards becoming a solicitor or barrister.

All Solicitors must pass the Solicitor Qualifying Exam (SQE Parts 1 & 2), with the University of Chichester offering specific support for our students to take the first part after they graduate.

Other career paths include:

  • Paralegal
  • Legal secretaries
  • In-house lawyers
  • Human resources
  • Local and national government
  • Civil services
  • Teaching

Careers within law enforcement

  • Criminologist
  • Police officer
  • Forensic science technician
  • Probation manager

Some Law students choose to pursue a career within teaching. At Chichester, we offer postgraduate options to allow you to qualify as teacher.

Postgraduate pathways

  • PGCE Primary (5-11)
  • PGCE Primary (5-11): Modern Languages
  • PGCE Secondary (with subject specification)

University of Chichester alumni receive a 15% discount on our postgraduate courses.

Course Costs

Course fees 2022/23

UK fee
International fee

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary)

96 - 120
tariff points.
A Levels
Access to HE Diploma
28 points
6.0 overall
with no element lower than 5.5.
BTEC/Cambridge Technical


Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

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When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.


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