Law with Criminology at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

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Course summary

This is a Connected Degree Portsmouth is the only University in the UK with the flexibility to choose when to do an optional paid placement or self-employed year. Either take a placement in your third year, or finish your studies first and complete a placement in your fourth year. You can decide if and when to take a placement after you've started your course. Overview Complement your law studies with an understanding criminal behaviour and the processes of criminal justice. On this degree you’ll learn about competing perspectives of crime, how social order can be challenged and maintained, and how the world deals with the crimes of the powerful — such as genocide and war crimes. You’ll develop your knowledge of the law and legal frameworks too, which builds an ideal foundation for a career in the police or prison services. You'll apply your learning throughout the course with real world scenarios or live client work, and gain practical experience with opportunities such as the Community Lawyer module. By taking an optional paid placement year before or after your final year of study, you'll graduate with a year of industry experience too. Course highlights

  • Enrich your study of law by developing your understanding of criminal behaviour and criminal justice
  • Apply your learning in community settings to gain real-world legal practice skills
  • Have confidence in your learning with our research expertise in areas such as data protection, policing and financial crime
  • Benefit from teaching shaped by expert staff who have been practicing lawyers and criminologists, and who understand how the legal landscape is changing
  • Be able to obtain module exemptions from the Professional Qualification in Probation
  • Benefit from our partnership with Barbri, the world’s largest legal exam preparation experts, if you choose to do your Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) after graduation
  • Have the opportunity to apply your learning in a paid placement year before or after your final year, where you can apply your knowledge in a criminal justice organisation
New Solicitors Qualifying Exam The route to qualifying as a solicitor has changed for new applicants. If you accept an offer on this course after 21 September 2021 you'll need to take the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) after you graduate to qualify as a solicitor. The content and mode of assessment of many of our modules provide a good foundation for further specific SQE preparation. If you completed or started this course, accepted an offer of a place, or paid a non-refundable deposit (international students only) before 21 September 2021 (inclusive) you can choose to take either the new SQE or the Legal Practice Course (LPC) after graduation. Worried about your grades? If you're not sure you meet the entry requirements, or need some help to get uni-ready, then we offer this course with a foundation year to bring you up to speed. When you successfully finish, you'll get a guaranteed place on this course. Careers and opportunities When you graduate you'll be ready to take your next step to train as a solicitor, a barrister or a Chartered Legal Executive. It's worth noting that Chartered Legal Executives can now become judges, coroners, advocates and partners in law firms. Law degrees are in the top 10 degrees for employability. You'll graduate with a wide range of transferable skills that will make you very employable across a range of other sectors.


Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Contract Law (20 credits)
  • Criminal Justice (20 credits)
  • Criminal Law (20 credits)
  • Public Law (20 credits)
  • The English Legal System (20 credits)
  • Understanding Criminology (20 credits)
There are currently no optional modules in this year. Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Equity and Trusts (20 credits)
  • Human Rights Law (20 credits)
  • Land Law (20 credits)
  • Legal Writing and Research (20 credits)
  • Questioning Criminology (20 credits)
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
  • Crimes of the Powerful (20 credits)
  • Global Security (20 credits)
  • Penology and Prison (20 credits)
  • Policing and Society (20 credits)
  • Principles of Economic Crime Investigation (20 credits)
  • Wildlife Crime: Threats and Response (20 credits)
Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Contemporary Criminologies (20 credits)
  • Criminal Justice and Human Rights (20 credits)
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
  • Advocacy - Practice and Theory (Level 6) (20 credits)
  • Business Law (20 credits)
  • Children's Rights (20 credits)
  • Civil and Criminal Litigation (20 credits)
  • Commercial Law (20 credits)
  • Comparative Equality Law (Berkley) (20 credits)
  • Environmental Law (20 credits)
  • European Union Law (20 credits)
  • Family Law (20 credits)
  • Feminism, Law and Gender (20 credits)
  • Intellectual Property Law (20 credits)
  • International Law and Armed Conflict (20 credits)
  • Law in Action (20 credits)
  • Law in Practice (40 credits)
  • Law in the Community (40 credits)
  • Law of Succession L6 (20 credits)
  • Legal Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Legal Project (20 credits)
  • Property Practice (20 credits)
  • Public International Law (20 credits)
Placement year (optional) On this course, you can do an optional work placement year after your 2nd or 3rd year to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • coursework essays
  • presentations
  • participation in mock trials
  • written moot arguments
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select.

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
PTE Academic61An overall score of 61 with a minimum of 54 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)9191 with a minimum of 20 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 20 in Writing
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Trinity ISETrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £17200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,385 EU – £1,385 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,875. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Law with Criminology at University of Portsmouth - UCAS