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Law and criminology are inextricably linked. This qualifying degree gives you a solid grounding in law, as well as an understanding of criminology: the nature of crime, its causes, and how best to manage it. At Leicester, you will develop skills in legal and academic reasoning and research, and an appreciation of the social and policy issues underlying the law. You will study modules from both Leicester Law School and the School of Criminology which examine the nature, extent, causes, and control of criminal behaviour in both the individual and wider society. You will also explore the factors that underscore processes of law-making, law-breaking and law enforcement. You can broaden your perspective with a year studying overseas, or make a difference by giving free legal advice to real clients through our Pro-Bono group. We will also encourage you to build practical skills through our award-winning extracurricular activities. Law and Criminology are inseparable. Each discipline informs the other - changes in law inevitably lead to criminologists adapting their understanding, and vice versa. This course is ideal if you are interested in criminal law and want to broaden your knowledge to include what goes on outside the courtroom. Topics that are typically explored in criminology include: What is the nature of criminal behaviour? Why do individuals commit crime? How and why do definitions of crime change over time and between societies? How should society deal with criminal activity? By combining the study of Law with Criminology you can complement and contextualise your Law studies for a broader and deeper understanding of your subject. This is a joint honours course, in which Law modules make up 75% of the content, with Criminology modules accounting for the other 25%.
In your first year you will study the fundamentals of the legal system and criminology and consider the relationship between the two. During your second year you will continue your legal education by studying the three major areas of Criminal Law, European Law and the Law of Tort. You will build upon your first year of criminology by studying the practical matters of punishment and rehabilitation. If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad. Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details. In your final year you will have greater freedom to specialise in your degree. The majority of your modules will be options, giving you the opportunity to tailor your degree around the area of law that most interests you. For further information please see our website.
Assessment methods are varied. They can include assessed essays/coursework, exams and multiple choice question papers. Professional legal writing - for example, writing a letter of advice to a client - is also built into our curriculum and you will start developing these practical skills from your very first year with us.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*D*D||Must have a strong GCSE background.|
|Access to HE Diploma||D: 30 credits M: 15 credits||Pass relevant diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.|
|Scottish Higher||Qualification accepted. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||AAB|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||33 points||Plus grade 4 in Standard Level English required if not held at GCSE.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications|
|Extended Project||This qualification is only acceptable when combined with other qualifications|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||Qualification accepted. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||D3, D3, M2|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||D*D*D||Must have a strong GCSE background.|
GCSE English Language required at grade C/4 or above. When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous examination results.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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