Law and Criminal Studies (Top-Up) Leeds City College


Awarded by: The Open University

The course is a one year programme, ideal for those students who have completed a Law and Criminal Studies Foundation Degree, or who have extensive experience in the vocational area. The course is delivered full time, over a one year period in a specialist University Centre, by a small, committed and supportive team of lawyers and academics. The course differentiates from similar courses in its vocational focus, underpinned with the independent, self-selected and specialist research module.

We aim to provide an intellectually challenging, high quality vocational programme in law and criminal studies, by offering a contemporary and vocationally relevant degree which is underpinned by research and will allow you to progressively advance your specialist academic skills and interests in law and criminal studies, whilst giving scope for any emergent vocational interests to develop.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    University Centre

  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    1 year

Course details


We want to progressively develop graduates who have strong general and specific academic skills and are confident independent learners, with an ability to specialise in any number of vocationally appropriate areas.

The modules that you will study have a strong employability focus and may include:

Policing & Social Control
Penology & Sentencing
Human Rights: Past, Present & Future
Criminal Litigation

In addition to these career focused modules, you will also be expected to produce a self-directed piece of research on a related socio-legal dissertation question. You will be supported by one of a number of specialist tutors who have a range of subject specialisms. This is an opportunity for you to produce novel, methodologically sound, and in depth research on an aspect of a topic area that has sparked your interest throughout your studies. We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Assessment method

Assessment will be continuous throughout the course, and take both a summative and formative form. We will assess you in various ways, including: presentations, vocationally focused written assignments, research proposal and project, electronic discussion boards and memos, professional discussions, exams, and class-based assessments. The assessment strategy for the course has been developed in line with industry standards, contemporary methods of working, and intensive student/academic consultation.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code ML32
Institution code L21
Campus name University Centre
Campus code 1

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Leeds City College and it's various centres welcome students from across the EU and international students who are already residing in the UK. The College is not currently recruiting students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) whose immigration permission is for education only.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information

This programme is predominately offered to those students who wish to continue their studies after successful completion of an HND or FD in Criminal Studies, Law/Legal Studies, Criminology, or other relevant discipline. The standard entry requirement is a Merit grade profile at HND level or an average grade of 50% or more at FD level from a UK Institution.

Students not achieving this requirement will be considered on an individual basis with consideration of tutor references.

International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages will need to possess an IELTS band score of 6.0 (with no-less than 5.5 in any one element) or a recognised English Language Level 2 qualification.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £7,250 Year 1
EU £7,250 Year 1
England £7,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7,250 Year 1
Scotland £7,250 Year 1
Wales £7,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are charged per academic year.