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Law and Criminology (BA)

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This programme is subject to re-validation.

This programme aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the English Legal System, key areas within these systems and specifically the Foundations of Legal Knowledge. Prepare for a career in a law and criminology context by developing professional skills and intellectual skills, including critical thinking, complex problem solving, creativity and reflection.

You will develop a systematic knowledge and critical understanding of the institutions, practices, policies and processes relating to law, justice and punishment that evolve in response to crime and how these have developed.

This degree will provide you with the foundations of law alongside another discipline as law firms require graduates to come with a wider understanding of the world in which they function, and we want to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of another discipline to widen your employment options. This is particularly useful if you aspire to following a career in the wider criminal justice system, such as the police, prison, probation and youth justice.

The course also aims to enhance your transferable skills of research, interpretation, critical evaluation and your ability to turn theory into practice.

This course offers the opportunity to understand the fundamentals of Law that govern all aspects of life.

It develops knowledge and understanding of the core schools of criminological thought, their historical and political foundations and practical application.


Law and Criminology (BA)
UCAS Code: 861G
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Contact Email: sian.turvey@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Sian Turvey

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. This course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the legal justice system or those interested in working in the public sector, for example, the Police Force.

  2. The course has developed strong links with local organisations to allow for relevant and professional work experience. giving our graduates the best possible springboard from the academic to the working world. some of the volunteer work opportunities that have been developed will allow for students to play an integral part in a professional working environment and will give a clear and in-depth insight into the profession.

  3. The course team operates an open door policy allowing for a friendly and open environment for students to learn and develop. there is a learning support team that run regular workshops and tutorials in basic and advanced skill development. the excellent levels of student care are reflected in the NSS results of the course and students feel valued and supported throughout their university career.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The course combines the study of Criminology where the student will look at crime, why people commit crime, what deters people from crime, policing of crime and the legal penal system, with a grounding of legal principles such as Contract, Public tort, Property, and Criminal Law. 

The course offers students the opportunity to go into a variety of different professions in the legal justice system, for instance the operational policing module incorporates the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) a level 3 qualification which currently an entry requirement for a number of Police forces in the UK. 

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (CertHE, DipHE & BA)

  • Behavioural Dynamics (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Criminal Law (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Legal Process (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Preparing for Employment (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Public Law (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Study Skills (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two – Level 5 (DipHE & BA)

  • Contract Law (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Family Law and Practice (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Preparing for Criminological Research (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Tort Law (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Understanding Crime, Justice and Punishment (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Volunteering: the Gateway to Employment (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three – Level 6 (BA)

  • Crime and Vulnerability (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Equity and Trusts (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Gender, Race, Religion and Crime (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Frameworkmodule)
  • Property Law (20 credits; compulsory).

The course will be assessed by a mixture of written coursework and exams. Each module is worth 20 credits which would equal two assessments per module with the equivalent of a 2,000 word assignment or an exam per 10 credits.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

Related Links

Swansea Business Campus

Volunteering with the South Wales Police

Key Information

Entry Criteria

80 UCAS Points.

Career Opportunities

The course team has developed very close links with a number of professional organisations in both the public sector and legal services fields. This has allowed for close consultation on the development of course content and the availability of unique work experience opportunities.

For those students who wish to pursue a career in the Police force then the course works closely with South Wales Police and Dyfed Powys Police and has developed a volunteer work programme for the students to gain valuable experience and insight into the profession. 

The course includes the option of the Operational Policing which incorporates the Certificate of Knowledge of Policing (CKP).

It has now become essential for several Police forces to have a CKP before applying.

This will put the students in a more advantageous position to gain employment in their chosen profession. 

The course provides a good opportunity for students who would be interested in the Fast Track route into the Police.

The course works closely with other Public sector organisations, all of which have legal departments and the combination of both legal and public sector understanding and knowledge would be seen as a benefit to such a position.

The team has developed close relationships with local Law firms and developing work experience opportunities which would benefit the students if they chose to extend into further legal study.

Additional Costs

This course has no additional costs.

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Bursary / Scholarship Information

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Further Information

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