Law with Criminology (Including Placement Year)

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Course overview
(LLB) Bachelor of Laws
Law with Criminology (Including Placement Year)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree

Professional accreditation

The qualifying law degree is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for the purposes of satisfying the academic stage of training.

Admission criteria

A-levels: BBB, including one essay-based subject

IB: 30 points, including a Higher Level essay-based subject grade 5. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.

Course qualifiers


Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes


External examiners

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 27 January 2020 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  LW105-4-AU  Legal Skills  Core  15 
02  LW109-4-SP  Foundations of Property Law  Compulsory  15 
03  LW103-4-FY  Foundations of Public Law  Compulsory  30 
04  LW104-4-FY  Criminal Law  Compulsory  30 
05  SC104-4-FY  Introduction to Crime, Law and Society  Compulsory  30 
06  LW111-4-FY  Career Management and Personal Development Skills I  Compulsory 

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  LW108-5-AU  Foundations of the Law of Obligations  Compulsory  15 
02  LW101-5-SP  Contract Law  Compulsory  15 
03  LW302-5-FY  Law of the European Union  Compulsory  30 
04  LW254-5-SP  Legal Research Skills  Compulsory  15 
05  LW303-5-AU  Land Law  Compulsory  15 
06    SC204-5-FY or SC205-5-FY  Compulsory with Options  30 
07  LW211-5-FY  Career Management and Personal Development Skills II  Compulsory 

Year Abroad/Placement - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  LW400-6-FY  Law Placement Year  Compulsory  120 

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  LW201-6-AU  Tort Law  Compulsory  15 
02  LW202-6-SP  Equity and Trusts  Compulsory  15 
03    Option from list  Compulsory with Options  15 
04  LW304-6-SP  Final Year Research Project  Compulsory  15 
05    SC304-6-SP or SC382-6-AU or SC306-6-AU  Compulsory with Options  15 
06    SC304-6-SP or SC382-6-AU or SC306-6-AU  Compulsory with Options  15 
07    Option(s) from list  Optional  30 

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

The aims of the programme are:

To provide students with a rigorous academic training in the disciplines of Law and Criminology.

To enable students to develop the critical, reflective and analytical skills that are common to both disciplines.

To maximise opportunities for graduates in terms of employment or postgraduate study by providing expertise in two fields that have many intellectual links.

To draw on the many areas of common and converging interests shared by members of the Departments of Law and Sociology that have hitherto not been fully exploited for the benefit of students interested in cross-disciplinary issues.

To allow students to develop a critical awareness of the nature of Law within its social, political, philosophical and economic contexts and enable students to develop an approach to the discipline so that they are able to see each subject area as part of an integrated whole.

To inculcate in students an awareness of the place of the Law of England and Wales in its European and international frameworks.

To provide opportunity to gain exemption from the academic stage of the Bar Finals and Legal Practice Course.

The outcomes listed below represent the minimum that might be expected of a graduate of the School of Law of the University of Essex.

It is the intention of the Department that the vast majority of law and criminology graduates will achieve significantly more.

Details of the different standards expected for the various classes of degree can be found in the Student Handbook produced annually by the Department of Law.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1: Fundamental doctrines and principles of the law, and the institutions and procedures of the legal system of England and Wales.

A2: Social, cultural, economic and political context in which the law develops.

A3: Some substantive areas of law in depth.

A4: Those areas of law necessary to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree for the purposes of the Bar and Law Society.

A5: How Law influences and is influenced by the fundamental principles of criminology

Learning methods

A1, A2, A3, A4 and A5 are acquired through lectures; large group interactive classes which encourage dialogue between the students and teacher and between the students inter se; and tutorials which allow students to work in small groups and for dynamic interaction.

Where relevant and as the basis for an argument, students should use, present and evaluate relevant numerical or statistical information as appropriate.

Students are expected to undertake independent research through directed reading to consolidate and develop what they have learned in class.

Assessment methods

Testing of the knowledge base for A1 - A5 is through unseen examinations and coursework.

Coursework consists of essays, problem analysis, oral presentations and group projects.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1: Identify accurately the issue(s) which require researching.

B2: Demonstrate and exercise independence of thought.

B3: Present and make a reasoned choice between alternative solutions.

B4: Make a critical judgement of the merits of particular arguments.

B5: Produce a synthesis of relevant doctrinal and policy issues in relation to a topic.

B6: Recognise, rank and collate items and issues in terms of relevance and importance.

B7: Reason critically, identify, analyse, and solve problems, sometimes within a comparative framework.

B8: Apply relevant primary and secondary legal and criminological sources.

Learning methods

Skills B1 - B10 are obtained and developed through tutorials and large group interactive classes where there is an emphasis on group discussion and analysis of case material and problems (hypothetical and actual), and through the year abroad.

Assessment methods

Skills B2 - B8 will be acquired through unseen examinations, and B1 - B8 through continuous coursework.

C: Practical skills

C1: Identify, select and retrieve up-to-date information relating to law and criminology, using both paper and electronic sources.

C2: Use and apply terminology and concepts relating to law and criminology.

C3: Plan and undertake tasks in areas of law and finance already studied, and undertake independent research in areas of law and criminology not previously studied, starting from standard information sources.

Learning methods

Students will be given a grounding in skills C1 and C2 in LW105 Academic, Legal and Professional Skills. Skill C1 is further developed in the rest of the course through preparation for tutorials, coursework and examinations. Skills C2 and C3 are developed through tutorials by way of the medium of problem solving and group discussion. Skills C1 - C3 are formatively assessed in tutorials and large group interactive classes, which assessment reinforces their learning by students. Skill C3 is also acquired in particular by those students who choose to take LW237 Clinical Legal Education.

Assessment methods

Skills C1 - C3 are assessed through continuous coursework. In addition to traditional research methods, students are expected to use the internet when researching their coursework in order to find primary and secondary sources, either in on-line or paper format. Skill C3 is acquired in particular by those students taking the option of writing a dissertation in their final year. Skill C2 is also obtained through unseen examinations.

D: Key skills

D1: Both orally and in writing, (i) work with the English language proficiently in relation to legal matters and matters of business; (ii) present knowledge or an argument in a clear, coherent and relevant manner.

D2: (i) Produce a word-processed essay or other text in an appropriate form and (ii) use the worldwide web, e-mail, and also some electronic information retrieval systems.

D3: Where relevant and as the basis for an argument, use, present and evaluate information provided in numerical or statistical form.

D4: Problem Solving: Analyse a reasonably complex set of facts and apply relevant law and political science thereto.

D5: Participate in group work to the benefit of the group as a whole.

D6: With limited guidance, reflect on his or her own learning, and to make use of feedback.

Learning methods

Students will gain an initial grounding in skills D1, D2 ,D4 and D5 in LW105 Academic, Legal and Professional Skills. Those skills will be further developed in the rest of the course through tutorials where students debate legal issues and problems.

Skill D1 (ii) is additionally obtained through the University's online essay writing tutorial at:

Skill D2 (ii) is obtained and developed in all modules through tutorial and coursework preparation, in particular by using web-based materials and law data bases (such as LEXIS and WESTLAW).

Skills D1, D2, D4 and D6 will be learnt through writing summatively assessed and formative coursework and consequent feedback, both writtAen and obtained in oral sessions.

Skill D3 is acquired in particular in LW108 Foundations of the Law of Obligations and in LW101 Contract Law, in the context of the law of damages, in LW109 Foundations of the Law of Property, LW303 Land Law and LW202 Equity and Trusts in the context of quantification of interests, and in LW108 Foundations of the Law of Obligations in the context of probabilistic causation.

Skill D6 is developed, in particular, by those students who opt to take LW237 Clinical Legal Education.

Assessment methods

Skills D1, D2, D4 and D6 are assessed through coursework.

Skills D1, D3 and D4 are also assessed through unseen examinations.

Skills D1 (oral communication) and D5 (working with others) are summatively assessed as part of the assessment process in LW105 Academic, Legal and Professional Skills.


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