BA (Hons) Law & Criminal Justice

Course details

  • UCAS CodeLC21
  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 3 YRS (FT) 6 YRS (PT)
  • UCAS Tariff 80-112
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
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Course Highlights

1st in the UK

for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2022)*

1st in Wales

overall in the Criminology subject league tables (The Guardian University Guide 2022)*

1st in the UK

for teaching quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)*

Why choose this course?

Our Law degree provides a grounding for a career in law by focussing on the academic and professional foundations for sitting the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) 1 and 2 and the Bar Training Course.

The course:

  • Covers necessary legal subjects referred to in the professional bodies’ qualifying regulations as the Foundations of Legal Knowledge and the SQE1 Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) subject areas.
  • Includes qualifications, of which the law elements have been developed in partnership with legal professionals representing firms local to the University.
  • Is delivered from a department at the University with almost twenty years experience of in delivering flexible face to face and online higher education programmes.
  • *Is part of a subject area rated first in the UK for student satisfaction in the Sociology subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022.
  • *Is part of the Sociology CAH3 subject group rated 2nd out of UK universities for teaching in the National Student Survey 2021. It was also rated 1st out of Welsh universities for learning opportunities, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning community, student voice, students' union and overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2021. 
  • *Is part of a subject area rated 4th in the UK and 1st in Wales overall in the Criminology subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022. In the same league tables, the subject area was also rated 1st in the UK for satisfaction with teaching, 1st in the UK for satisfaction with the course, and 1st in the UK for satisfaction with assessment. 
  • *Is rated 1st in the UK for teaching quality and 1st in Wales for student experience in the Criminology subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Key course features

  • The programmes cover the necessary legal subjects, referred to in the professional bodies’ qualifying regulations as the Foundations of Legal Knowledge and the SQE1 Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) subject areas.
  • Work-based modules allow the student to develop legal experience.
  • Combine law and criminal justice modules and tailor your studies to your interests.
  • *Is part of a subject area rated first in the UK for student satisfaction in the Sociology subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022.
  • *Is part of the Sociology CAH3 subject group rated 2nd out of UK universities for teaching in the National Student Survey 2021. It was also rated 1st out of Welsh universities for learning opportunities, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning community, student voice, students' union and overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2021. 
  • *This course is part of a subject area rated 4th in the UK and 1st in Wales overall in the Criminology subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022. In the same league tables, the subject area was also rated 1st in the UK for satisfaction with teaching, 1st in the UK for satisfaction with the course, and 1st in the UK for satisfaction with assessment. 
  • *This course is rated 1st in the UK for teaching quality and 1st in Wales for student experience in the Criminology subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

What you will study

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

MODULES

  • Legal System and Skills (core)
  • Public Law: Constitutional and Administrative Law (core)
  • Contract Law (core)
  • European Law and Global Problems (core)
  • 2 optional Criminal Justice modules from the departmental portfolio

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

MODULES 

  • Criminal Law (core)
  • Tort (core)
  • Equity and Trusts (core)
  • Legal Ethics and Professional Standards (core)
  • 2 optional Criminal Justice modules from the departmental portfolio

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)

MODULES 

  • Property and Land Law (core)
  • Law Dissertation (core)
  • 3 optional Criminal Justice modules from the departmental portfolio

 

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

The academic requirements for the course are 80-112 UCAS tariff points at GCE A-level or equivalent. 

No DBS required by the University but applicants must declare “relevant” criminal convictions that are not “spent” on the UCAS or direct application form. Relevant criminal convictions are those for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, or for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking, offences involving firearms, arson or those listed in the Sex Offences Act 2003 or the Terrorism Act 2006. Applicants can find useful information on what counts as a “spent” conviction on the following GOV.UK website.

Applicants who declare a relevant unspent criminal conviction will be contacted by letter by the Admissions Manager with a request to provide additional details. This is so that a risk assessment can be undertaken and the matter considered under the Procedure for Consideration of Disclosed Criminal Conviction(s) on Programmes that Do Not Require a DBS Check. The full policy may be viewed here.

Students should be aware that those wishing to go on to practice law in England and Wales have to show evidence of good character under the SRA Assessment of Character and Suitability Rules full details of which may be found here.

Teaching & Assessment

Opportunities for formative assessments will feature regularly in order that students can gauge their own benchmarks and plot their own progress. These will include short pieces of writing and online exercises. Levels five and six will also include formative assessments but these will be less frequent and more self-directed i.e. students will be expected to be active in identifying their own strengths and limitations.

A range of summative assessments has been designed to encompass rigorous academic requirements and also to accommodate individual differences in preferred learning style. Consequently, there is a mix of essays, online multiple-choice tests, individual and group presentations and role-plays. Exams feature prominently. This is because to become a solicitor in England and Wales from 2021 onwards, two SQA exams must be passed. Accordingly, it is prudent to progressively expose students to examination conditions to develop their familiarity and skills in such assessments.

Importantly, some of the assessments have been designed to reflect the professional requirements of legal practice - associated with the accurate and professional presentation of evidence/knowledge and self.

Teaching and learning

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our Student Support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers and employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Law degrees  are not only a great foundation for careers in law, but also business, and a huge range of careers in the criminal justice and social care arena. Students who complete the SRA requirements to practice law would be found working in: National and International Law firms; Local Authorities, HR departments; Civil Service; Crown Prosecution Service; Business and commerce related settings; third sector organisations, societies and charities. 

 

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are TBC.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our Fees and Funding pages. 

 

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.

 

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our Accommodation to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

International

If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section