Law with Criminology - LLB (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (3 Years), Sandwich (4 Years), Part Time (5 Years)
September 2018

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Through studying this specialised pathway you will gain a practice-based education in law with a critical appreciation of crime with our LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology programme.  

The aim of this pathway is to allow you to study the foundations of law while exploring the social aspects of crime, punishment and victimisation, making this course highly relevant if you are aiming for a career in the legal profession or more generally within the criminal justice system.

What's covered in the course?

The specialised Criminology modules will enable you to explore a diverse set of criminological issues, from youth crime to intelligence and security. You’ll engage in philosophical and ethical debates surrounding war and conflict, developing a criminological understanding of homicide and victimisation.

Why Choose Us?

  • This degree course is accredited by the Joint Academic Stage Board (representing the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board). This means that the course is designed to be as professionally relevant and up-to-date as possible, taking into account the very latest developments in the profession.
  • On all of our programmes you will gain a professional focus and real world experience of law, ensuring you are equipped to make an immediate impact in the legal world. You have the opportunity to embark on a year-long sandwich placement as part of your degree course.
  • Our renowned American Legal Practice placement offers you the chance to apply to undertake an internship in the United States.
  • We have strong links with law firms and companies based right here in Birmingham, which allow us to host guest speakers from industry regularly.
  • Our relationship with the Birmingham Law Society has allowed students to work on a variety of exciting pro bono projects with them.
  • All of our programmes have an international focus. This is embedded throughout the curriculum, giving you the opportunity to transform your experience with us into a global one. There are a variety of exciting possibilities open to you, ranging from our successful international travel scholarships scheme, through which you can spend a summer working for a charitable organisation overseas, to one of our many overseas study exchange programmes.
  • As a student on one of our undergraduate degrees, you will be able to benefit from our Graduate+ initiative. This three-year award programme enables you to gain award levels for all the extra-curricular activities you undertake so that you can stand out from the crowd on graduation.
  • Taught by the School of Law and the Department of Criminology, you will receive excellent advice and guidance from leading industry professionals from both fields
  • We will equip you with the skills and knowledge to make a difference in issues of fairness, equality and access to justice.
  • You will have the chance to join our nationally recognised Mooting Society, as well as our Student Law Society and Student Debating Society. All three provide extracurricular opportunities for you to practise, develop and enhance your skills.
  • Our Virtual Solicitors’ Office gives you the opportunity to practise your law skills in an authentic work setting.
  • You will study in our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, ideally located for you to take advantage of our links to Birmingham’s legal district, one of the largest in the UK.
  • Birmingham City University has just launched the UK's first Centre for Brexit Studies, researching all aspects of the UK's vote to leave the EU, including the impact it has on domestic law and legislation.

To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2018 or 2019, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid. Terms and conditions apply.

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This course is open to International students

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Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Typical Offers

A Level BBC or 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 subjects


BTEC D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points


GCSE GCSE English Language grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
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England, Wales and Northern Ireland
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Literacy Pass Adult Literacy. Considered in lieu of GCSE English language at grade 4. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Pass English. Considered in lieu of GCSE English language at grade 4. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) BBBB Must include English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish Intermediate 2 C. English Language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish Credit Standard Grade 2. Must include English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish National 5 Only in certain circumstances. Must include English language. Required at the point of enrolment.

Other acceptable UK Qualifications

Please select a qualification from the drop-down list to view our entry requirements:

If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Course Enquiries Team

EU / International students
English language requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page
International Students

Entry requirements here

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels


Our LLB has a very flexible structure which enables us to admit you onto the LLB with maximum possible exemptions. Graduates of any discipline are exempted from one year of the LLB, enabling you to complete the course in two years (full-time).

Full exemptions for modules completed on an English LLB (including London International (External) LLB and Northumbria LLB)

One year exemption for completion of a degree (any subject) provided the degree is equivalent to a UK bachelor degree, for example:

Bangladesh - one year exemption for completion of a four-year bachelor degree (any subject) average 50 per cent from a Bangladesh public university or average 55 per cent from a Bangladesh private university rated good by UGC

Bangladesh - one year exemption for completion of a minimum of two years of an LLB average 50 per cent from a Bangladesh public university or average 60 per cent from a Bangladesh private university rated good by UGC

Pakistan - one year exemption for completion of a four-year bachelor degree (professional subjects) average 55 per cent

Sri Lanka - one year exemption for completion of a four-year degree (any subject) average 55 per cent

Up to one year exemption for partial completion of an overseas LLB, for example:

Sri Lanka - one year exemption for completion of a minimum of two years of a professional degree in law average 50 per cent

See the International Section of the School of Law's website for more information.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLB (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
PT 5 Years See below

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLB (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 3 Years £12,000 per year
SW 4 Years £12,000 per year (excluding sandwich year)

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Guidance for UK/EU students


UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form, and submit them together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Fees for part time students

If you study this course part-time or via distance learning, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis. This means your fee will be calculated per module.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Worried about personal statements?

Worried about personal statements?

If you've got no idea where to start or just want to check you're on the right track, we’ve got expert advice and real examples from our students to help you nail your personal statement. You can even download our ultimate personal statement guide for free.

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year One

Law of Contract: Fundamental Concepts and Creating Contracts
20 credits

This module involves analysis of cases and judicial opinion.

Criminal Law: Fundamental Concepts and Crimes Against Persons
20 credits

This modules involves analysis of criminal statute and case law.

Law of Tort: Fundamental Concepts, Trespass to the Person and Negligence
20 credits

This module looks at how tort law governs relationships between individuals and as an element of social responsibility and risk apportionment.

Law of Contract: Breach, Remedies and Advocacy
20 credits

You will be involved in a moot in a fictitious contract litigation scenario.

Criminal Law: Process, Property Crimes and Problem Solving
20 credits

Application of the criminal law and solving criminal problems.

Law of Tort: Property, Reputation and Privacy
20 credits

This modules looks at the operation of precedent and statutory provisions in assessing tortious liability and application to authentic scenarios.

Year Two

The following four modules are core modules.

Constitutional and Administrative Law (Core Module)
20 credits

You will analyse sources of UK constitutional law, constitutional institutions and key constitutional principles. You’ll learn to critically analyse the role of UK constitutional institutions in the legislative process. 

Land Law (Core Module)
20 credits

This module will teach you to analyse and exam the legal and equitable principles governing property rights in England and Wales. 

Professional Skills and Practice (Core Module)
20 credits

On this module, you will develop your personal initiative and employability skills, whilst engaging in team work and advocacy.

Youth Crime and Justice (Criminology Pathway Module)
20 credits

This module aims to equip you with a sound theoretical knowledge of Youth Crime both in terms of understanding crime within society and within the criminal justice arena. 

You will have the choice between either of the two following modules:

The Ethics of War and Conflict (Criminology Pathway Module)
20 credits

This module considers a range of different philosophical and ethical debates surrounding war and conflict. The module looks to establish the relevance of ethics within the entire cycle of opting to use military force, using said force, and concluding the violence.  

Intelligence and Security (Criminology Pathway Module)
20 credits

The module aims to develop an understanding of the role of intelligence agencies in combating insecurity with particular reference to Britain. The module fulfils this through an examination on key aspects in the field of security studies.

You will also need to complete one of the following optional Law modules:

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Company Law
  • Employment Law
  • Federalism and the US Constitution
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • The Individual and the US Constitution

Final Year

Law of the European Union (Core Module)
20 credits

You will learn to demonstrate a knowledge of the relevant constitutional rules of the European Law. Assessment will be delivered through an examination. 

Equity and the Law of Trusts (Core Module)
20 credits

You will create a presentation within a group trustee board meeting, demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of the key principles, rules and concepts in equity and the law of trusts. 

Of these four modules, students must choose two to study.

War on Terror OR Gender and Crime

Homicide and Multiple Homicide OR Cyber Crime

War on Terror (Criminology Pathway Module)
20 credits

The module aims to provide an understanding of the development of US security policy in the light of the 9/11 attacks by examining the range of domestic and external factors which have shaped the American declared ‘War on Terror’ and the success of that policy in augmenting or eroding American security both abroad and at home. 

Gender and Crime (Criminology Pathway Module)
20 credits

This module will explore the gendered nature of crime and criminal justice. In doing so, students will consider the gendered perspective of victims, perpetrators and those working within the Criminal Justice System. This module will draw on a broad theoretical framework; including feminist, psychological, biological and human rights perspectives.

Homicide and Multiple Homicide – Criminological Understandings of Killing (Criminology Pathway Module)
20 credits

This module provides students with an opportunity to critically engage with some of the key aims of their programme by examining some of the contemporary debates that surround the phenomenon of homicide and multiple homicide - and how various perspectives have generated their own arguments in an attempt to understand this unique form of offending.

Cyber Crime (Criminology Pathway Module)
20 credits

The module will introduce students to the complex world of cyber crime and issues related to cyber technology, and how the police deal with cyber issues from cyber terrorism, cyber bullying and cyber hate. 

You will have to complete one of the following two options:

Integrated Project
40 credits

Delivered as an oral presentation and written project, you will self-manage your research, using a range of sources and data and applying them to a specific topic, project or organisation. Alternatively, you could undertake a placement, for example, in a Citizens’ Advice Bureau or similar environment.

American Legal Practice
40 credits

Prepare to apply for an internship in the USA by exploring issues in the US criminal justice system and developing key skills to be used in practice such as legal research, drafting and interviewing. This will be done in conjunction with our Centre for American Legal Studies.

Throughout the programme, you’ll be given the chance to practice a range of legal skills, including legal research, problem solving, advocacy and drafting, as well as a host of transferrable skills.

Teaching sessions will include lectures and small group interactive seminars, and we will also encourage you to use our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which will offer interactive, practice-orientated opportunities to test and apply your legal skills.

The programme offers a diverse range of assessments, which are practice-led and knowledge-applied, providing an opportunity for you to demonstrate your legal knowledge and employability skills. Your learning will include a range of activities, which will be influenced by professional practice, and assessments will be delivered through coursework, case summaries, courtroom moots and examinations.

The assessments you undertake have been devised to fit with the ethos of the programme and the way it is taught – it is based on authentic situations encountered in professional practice.

There will be one point of final assessment for 20-credit modules, and a maximum of two points of final assessment for 40-credit modules (unless stated otherwise).

Trips and Visits

You will have the chance to visit an array of legal institutions, both here and abroad. In the last 12 months, Law students have visited the European Union in Brussels and the UK’s Houses of Parliament.

Our LLB (Hons) Law degree has Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) status as recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board through the Joint Academic Stage Board (JASB).

Joint Academic Stage Board

Our LLB is accredited by the Joint Academic Stage Board, which represents the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board of England and Wales. It is a Qualifying Law Degree, satisfying the academic stage of training if you are seeking to qualify as a solicitor or barrister of England and Wales.

It is also recognised by the Bar Council of India. However, Bar Council of India recognition stipulates that the three-year LLB can only be taken by graduates e.g. BA, BSc, BCom, BBA (any subject). 

Many overseas legal professional bodies recognise our LLB, particularly in Commonwealth countries. If you intend to practise overseas, you should contact the local Law Society or Bar Council. The majority will require you to undertake additional training after graduating from our LLB before being authorised to practise law.

International Opportunities

You will assess law and legal practice in the context of contemporary, social, cultural and economic factors, on a global scale. You will also have the chance to study abroad.

Further Study

Options for further study at our University include:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC)
  • LLM International Business Law
  • LLM International Human Rights
  • MPhil/PhD research degrees

Enhancing employability skills

Key employability skills are embedded within the learning and teaching, and we will provide you with additional careers development opportunities through a programme of guest speakers, pro bono and placement opportunities which offer you practical experience of work.

Our nationally recognised Mooting Society, Student Legal Society and Student Debating Society also provide extra-curricular opportunities for you to practise, develop and enhance the transferable skills you have developed within the learning environment.


The Department of Criminology has close links with local and national criminal justice agencies such as Midland regional police forces and community safety partnerships. 

Being part of this Department will provide you with the opportunity to liaise and work with external organisations such as The Howard Student League, which raises awareness of penal reform issues, The New Bridge Group which trains and pays for students to write to and visit prisoners, and Prison Link, a Birmingham-based organisation that offers help to serving prisoners.

More about our placement opportunities...


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Mooting Society

We actively encourage you to take part in the Mooting Society. Our students have reached five finals in the past six years and have regularly beaten teams from some of the country’s most prestigious universities.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.

The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our law with criminology course is most popular with international students from:

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Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at the City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Law, Business, Social Sciences and English courses

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The facilities at the Curzon building include two bespoke Law Courtrooms, replicating a Crown court and a Magistrates court. These rooms will play a key part in your learning experience, allowing you to try your hand in mock court cases, whilst also being the venue for our Mooting and Debating Societies.

On top of this, the Curzon building houses an extensive Law library, with books covering every aspect of Law history.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Jon Yorke

Professor Jon Yorke

Professor of Human Rights and Director of the Centre for Human Rights

Jon Yorke is the Professor of Human Rights in the School of Law and is the Director of the Centre for Human Rights. His qualifications include LL.B. (Hons) (BCU), LL.M. and Ph.D. (Warwick). He currently teaches LL.B. International Human Rights and LL.M. Human Rights in the Wider World.

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Dr Sarah Cooper

Interim Director of Research / Reader in Law

Dr Sarah Cooper is a Reader in Law and Interim Director of Research in the School of Law. Sarah teaches English Criminal Law, and leads the School of Law’s modules in American Criminal Procedure and Evidence, and American Legal Practice, which prepares students to be interns in the United States.

Ian Fox-Williams

Ian Fox-Williams

Deputy Head of the School of Law, International Development and Partnerships

Ian Fox-Williams is the Deputy Head of the School of Law with responsibility for Research, International Partnerships and Enterprise. Ian manages the School's collaboration with international partners as well as leading on initiatives for income diversification.

Tracey Hough

Associate Professor, LLB Course Director

Tracey Hough is the LLB Programme Director. Her teaching areas are Land Law, Contract Law and ADR. She has experience in teaching and leading programmes both home and abroad, having taught at institutions in Mauritius and Hong Kong.