Law and Criminal Justice LLB (Hons)

Why choose this course?

This course will enable you study the foundations of legal knowledge required as part of the training for the Bar. You will also critically engage with the legal system itself and develop an understanding of the principles underpinning crime control; as well as the practice of law and the implementation of criminal justice in real world situations.

You will gain skills in analysis and evidence evaluation, project management and communication. 

You will hear from practitioners who work in the criminal justice system and have opportunities to conduct field work in areas of law and criminal justice that most interest you, in order to root your classroom learning in practical experience.

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time M190 2024
4 years full time including professional placement M192 2024
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2024
Location Penrhyn Road

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • The course provides the foundational legal knowledge as defined by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to pursue training in the legal profession.
  • You will learn about the criminal justice system and debate the application of justice in a case study approach.
  • You will gain vital skills in dispute resolution, project management and communication.

Kingston's Department of Law

What you will study

Year 1

Year 2

Optional year

Final year

Year 1 introduces the English Legal System and Methods, including how to access and use legal materials. Public Law covers the UK's constitution and relationships between individuals and state. Law of Tort considers civil wrongs such as negligence, nuisance and occupier's liability. Law of Contract explores binding agreements and breaches.

Core modules

English Legal System and Methods

30 credits

This module develops your understanding of the English Legal System (ELS) - courts, procedure and sources of law - in order to make sense of your legal studies.

You will be equipped with a legal methods toolkit, covering skills for research, analysis and writing relevant to your studies and in legal practice.

This module also has a strong emphasis on developing your personal and professional skills. We will help you to build your professional identity and global citizenship, enhancing your understanding of ethical issues, values, design thinking and commercial awareness. You will be guided by your Personal Tutor to plan your own personal and professional development journey and identify your core graduate attributes.

Law of Contract

30 credits

The law of contract is the law of legally enforceable agreements and is at the heart of the English common law. It is one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge and invariably forms part of any degree with an overt legal content. It describes the rules which govern commercial activity, allowing businesses and consumers to maintain stable, consistent relationships over time and over distance. The law of contract covers everything from a complex multi-party agreement to construct a stadium, the employment of the cleaners and the star players, as well as the purchase of a hot dog from a stall outside.

Public Law

30 credits

The module introduces you to the constitutional and administrative law of the United Kingdom through a study of the core constitutional principles present within the UK legal system and the control of executive action by the courts. The module provides an essential introduction to the study of law since the validity of any particular law is a function of a constitutional rule which establishes manner, form and necessary pedigree for what is to qualify as a valid particular or occasional law.

Law of Tort

30 credits

Tort can be described as the area of civil law which provides a remedy for a party who has suffered the breach of a protected interest. The module focuses on the wide range of activity to which tort law applies and examines the remedies it provides for many different types of loss or harm. Tort is also one of the foundations of legal knowledge subjects required by the professional bodies as part of a qualifying law degree for those seeking entry to the legal profession.

In Year 2 you will build on what you have learned in Year 1. Your Land Law module will cover property ownership, use and rights. In the Criminal Law module you will study murder, theft and sexual crimes. Exploring EU Law considers the single market (informed by recent politics). You'll also develop critical insight into key issues and controversies in the delivery of justice by our principal criminal justice institutions: the police, prison and probation services. You will explore the range of different penalties available and the changing ways in which 'justice' is conceptualised and delivered.

Core modules

Land Law

30 credits

Land law studies the nature of land, the history of the current legislative structure and third party interests in, on and over private land in England and Wales. It introduces the concepts behind ownership and use of private land, considering also how the law operates in the context of freehold and leasehold title, rights of way and squatters' rights.

Criminal Law

30 credits

This module studies the general principles of criminal liability, definitions of what constitutes particular crimes and offences, and how that law affects particular circumstances. This involves not only a critical examination of the law, but also, using hypothetical factual situations, an understanding its detailed application. 

Exploring EU Law

30 credits

The European Union's (EU) development has had a significant impact in Europe and globally. Although the UK has left the EU, its law is still relevant not only because it remains part of the applicable law of the UK, but also to understand how the UK now interacts with the EU.

You will develop detailed knowledge and in-depth understanding of the core areas of EU law, and the relationship between the EU and its member states and the respective role of the Court of Justice of the European Union and national courts in applying EU law.

This module also has a strong focus on developing your employability skills. You will take part in personal development activities designed to strengthen your professional identity and global citizenship, while expanding your knowledge of legal practice in different professional contexts.

Criminal Justice: Policing, Prison and Probation

30 credits

This module provides you with a critical insight into key issues and controversies in the delivery of justice by our principal criminal justice institutions: the police, prison and probation services.

You will learn about the historical context of these key institutions of justice, as well as the main issues confronting the criminal justice system in the 21st century.

You will explore the range of different penalties available, from fines and community sentences to restorative justice, and the changing ways in which ‘justice' is conceptualised and delivered, or not delivered, in the present day, particularly with respect to the changing place of the victim. You will connect theory to practice through projects in partnership with external organisations.

Optional Study Abroad Year

You will also have the opportunity to spend a year abroad on work placement or studying at one of our partner institutions in North America, Europe, Australia or Asia.

In the Final Year, you will study Equity and Trusts, which considers wills, charitable trusts, and trustees. You will also study Law in Context, which will help you develop your your legal reasoning and other key employability skills.

For the rest of your study you will be able to shape your degree around what interests you the most.

Core modules

Equity and Trusts

30 credits

This module examines the idea of conscience in English law. It looks at how, historically, equity developed from the King in order to ameliorate the problems caused by an increasingly inflexible common law, at a time when Parliament met infrequently. The concept of the trust, where ownership is divided between legal and beneficial owners, is examined, including the conscience-inspired constructive trust, and the use of the trust in many contexts, including charity law. The administration of trusts is also considered.

Law in Context

30 credits

This module will help you to develop legal reasoning skills in specific legal contexts, such as environmental law, criminal justice, employment issues, business law, company law and family matters.

You'll analyse legal issues and how they apply to real-life scenarios, enhancing your employability skills. You'll also have a choice of pathways in which you can showcase your legal research, writing and presentation skills in a topic that interests you.

We will help you to further strengthen your professional skills, encouraging you to critically evaluate your own personal development and plan for your future career.

Optional modules (choose 60 credits)

International Criminal and Human Rights Law

30 credits

This module introduces you to the criminal law responsibility of private individuals and their human rights protection under international law.

The first part of the module focuses on the mechanisms of international criminal justice, and the law that underpins it. The sources and fundamental principles of ICL, institutional aspects of ICL are explored, from the Nuremberg Tribunals, to the international Criminal Court (ICC), as well as established international crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes). 

The second part of the module focuses on essential aspects of international human rights law. It examines the main international instruments which provide protection for human rights, substantive established human rights, the importance of the distinction between global and regional protection of human rights, with a special focus on the European Convention of Human Rights, as well as the mechanisms in place to protect and enforce these rights.

The final part of the module focuses on a number of crimes, analysed both from an international criminal law and international human rights perspective, such as the crime of torture.

Criminology and the Law

15 credits

This module brings criminological theories and perspectives to bear on the uses of criminal law in contemporary societies. Students will have the opportunity to think critically about selected current and emerging topics in criminal law and explore how the relationship between the elements of crimes and the processes of criminalisation change over time.

As new technological developments present challenges to existing frameworks in criminal law, offending behaviour in cyberspace and the uses of artificial intelligence in the delivery of criminal justice raise important criminological issues in law reform. Similarly, popular and media narratives about social disorder often expose the limits of the criminal law and how such limits may be justified – should the criminal law have a place in the construction of the self and identities in public and private spheres?

The module examines a range of current and emerging problems that raise questions about law and power in crime control, individual autonomy and consent, security and liberty in criminalisation and decriminalisation, surveillance technology in law enforcement, and the protection of vulnerable groups.

Dispute Resolution

30 credits

The dispute resolution module makes extensive use of role-play in order to develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics that underlie conflicts, and of the process of dispute resolution. Comparisons are made with litigation and with other adversarial and quasi-judicial mechanisms to place mediation and negotiation in context. Themes are identified and discussed, often using role-plays, and the social and psychological aspects considered. The module also covers theories of conflict and conflict management, and the general landscape of dispute resolution.

Youth Justice

15 credits

This module considers the rules, processes and institutions involved in responding to young offenders. Together, these elements shape what is deemed the youth justice system as separate from the standard criminal justice system designed for adults.

From the point of arrest through to sentencing, you will be equipped to analyse the relevant legal framework and wider criminological research.

This module also has an international dimension, covering the basis, evaluation and enforcement of international human rights standards.

Migration in a Global Context

15 credits

Global migration has intensified rapidly since 1960, with the UNPD estimating an increase from 80 to 210 million by 2009. It has become a contentious political topic with far-reaching consequences for contemporary societies, and arguably for established sociological paradigms (e.g. methodological nationalism).

The module will equip students to understand and investigate in depth the social dynamics of migration and its consequences, and enable them to offer informed and critical comment on contemporary debates (e.g. media coverage of migration, on the economics of migration, and on migration's consequences for social solidarity). It is organised to reflect on social issues such as social mobility, poverty, gender and education, inequality and citizenship as they relate to different types of international mobility, and to explore fundamental consequences of migration for shaping social relations at local and global levels.

This module will introduce students to current trends in migration flows, to the different types of human mobility and the dynamics behind them, and to governments' responses to the social, political and legal challenges raised by international migration. In addition, students will have the opportunity to develop their own professional thinking in this field.

Evidence and Miscarriages of Justice

15 credits

This module explores miscarriages of justice: the issues, circumstances, and responses to problems in criminal justice processes that result in wrongful convictions.

You will consider theoretical, empirical, and practical explanations of miscarriages of justice with particular focus on the nature and construction of evidence. Therefore you will also be introduced to the law of criminal evidence, with insights from forensic science, psychology, and sociology.

This module also examines significant case studies – some historical and some contemporary – with opportunities to consider developments in comparable jurisdictions. You will be exposed to current and challenging debates about justice, rights, innocence, remedies and compensation that surround these cases.

Applied Social Science: Work and Volunteering

30 credits

This is a Level 6 optional module that draws upon social science debates and knowledges. Students will learn by observing and undertaking work-based practice. The principle underlying this module is that worksites are important contexts for students to test, validate, expand upon, supplement and enrich their academic learning.

The module requires students to undertake a minimum of 40 hours of fieldwork in an organisational setting. The form that the fieldwork will take will depend upon the type of placement secured, but, typically it may involve interning, shadowing or volunteering in subject relevant placements (for example across social justice, criminal justice/crime prevention, welfare and support fields).

Whilst in their placements students are encouraged to think about the social aspects of organisations and working life, including their structural forms, interpersonal relationships and their practices. Students will be supported in securing their placement at Level 5 in preparation for the commencement of the module at Level 6.

Justice in Principles and Practice

15 credits

This module introduces you to philosophical underpinnings of justice, including ethics and morality. You will explore a range of case studies and the exercise of justice in different national and international contexts, including in response to war crimes and breaches of human rights, such as the work of the international criminal court and the role of truth and reconciliation commissions.

The module recreates real-world tasks you may encounter upon graduation in practitioner and policy focused environments. You will have flexibility in your assessments to grapple with justice in UK or international contexts.

Drugs and Criminal Justice

15 credits

This module considers the place of drugs in society, ways of policing of drugs, and justice issues concerned with the possession, use, and supply of drugs.

You will analyse the wider societal harms linked to drug use, including drug-related crime, as well as the politics of drugs control itself. You will learn about the effects of drug consumption and dependency on the individuals who use drugs, with a spotlight on the UK's most popular drugs of choice, both illegal (e.g. cannabis) and legal (e.g. alcohol), as well as the misuse of medicines.

You will engage in topical debates around the efficacy of drug prohibition in reducing supply/demand, the potential costs (monetary and social) of drug law enforcement, and the adoption of a criminal justice approach, as opposed to a health-based approach, to drugs.

Please note

Optional modules only run if there is enough demand. If we have an insufficient number of students interested in an optional module, that module will not be offered for this course.

Future Skills

Knowledge to give you the edge

Embedded within every course curriculum and throughout the whole Kingston experience, Future Skills will play a role in shaping you to become a future-proof graduate, providing you with the skills most valued by employers such as problem-solving, digital competency, and adaptability.

As you progress through your degree, you'll learn to navigate, explore and apply these graduate skills, learning to demonstrate and articulate to employers how future skills give you the edge.

At Kingston University, we're not just keeping up with change, we're creating it.

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Kingston School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences

The School offers courses in economics, sociology, law, psychology and criminology. Our degrees are underpinned by a vibrant research culture and delivered by a blend of practitioners and academics who are dedicated to equipping you with the employability skills to thrive in your career.

You will have a wealth of opportunities outside the classroom to further your learning and gain hands-on experience in your chosen field.

Kingston's Department of Criminology, Politics and Sociology

Social Sciences Café

Social Sciences Café (SSC) is a series of events within the Department of Criminology, Politics and Sociology (CPS) which aims to help prepare students for life after graduation. Students can take part in seminars on employability skills and postgraduate studies; speaker and panel events on topical issues that engage the broader Kingston University (KU) community; and social events linked to key moments in the academic calendar.

SSC is often visited by KU graduates working in the public, private and third sector in the UK and around the world, who are keen to share their career journeys and advice for students at an early stage of their career planning, as well as professionals for ‘meet the employer' advice and networking sessions.

Social Sciences Café

After you graduate

Graduates will be well placed for careers in the legal profession, criminal justice system and advocacy.

You will be able to pursue law opportunities as a solicitor or barrister in the usual way in a non-criminal justice field, as you will qualify with a LLB.

There are new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) requirements that are emerging which an LLB Law graduate will need to satisfy to practice Law in any field. However, there will also be a wide range of career opportunities in criminal justice outside the route to become a lawyer.

Careers where a legal qualification is not required but law and criminal justice knowledge would be useful include: the police or detective degree entry pathway, Probation Service, Prison Service, the civil service fast stream, the Health and Safety Executive, research organisations, Liberty, Amnesty International and a variety of charity and campaigning groups.

Specialist careers support

You will take part in an Assessment Centre Experience, providing the opportunity to experience the pathway to employment with tailored feedback to help develop your employability skills for the world of graduate employment.

  • Develop your understanding of the jobs market, including current trends and opportunities, different recruitment processes and how to identify relevant roles
  • Receive personalised feedback reports to help you to improve and progress
  • Access additional webinars on top tips, employer expectations and best practice
Specialist careers support

Entry requirements

Typical offer 2024

  • 120-136 UCAS tariff points.
  • BTEC Lvl3 National: Distinction, Merit (DDM)
  • Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects at grade C/4 or above, including Mathematics and English Language.

International

  • We welcome applications from International Applicants. Please click here to view our standard entry requirements from your country
  • All non-UK applicants must meet our English Language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no element below 5.5

Country-specific information

You will find more information on country specific entry requirements in the International section of our website.

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Typical offer and UCAS points explained

Like most universities, we use the UCAS Tariff point system for our course entry requirements.

Find out more about UCAS Tariff points and see how A-level, AS level, BTEC Diploma and T-level qualifications translate to the points system.

Teaching and assessment

Timetabled learning and teaching on this course includes lectures, small group tutorials and seminars.

Guided independent study (self-managed time)

When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking coursework assignments, and preparing and giving presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, support you throughout your time at Kingston and show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University. 

Your workload

Year 1

Year 2

Final year

Year 1
  • Scheduled learning and teaching: 264 hours
  • Guided independent study (self-managed time): 936 hours
Year 2
  • Scheduled learning and teaching: 264 hours
  • Guided independent study (self-managed time): 936 hours
Final year
  • Scheduled learning and teaching: 99 hours
  • Guided independent study (self-managed time): 501 hours

 

  • Year 1 - 22% of your time is spent in timetabled learning and teaching activity
  • Year 2 -  22% of your time is spent in timetabled learning and teaching activity
  • Final year -  17% of your time is spent in timetabled learning and teaching activity

Please note: the above breakdowns are a guide calculated on core modules only. Depending on optional modules chosen, this breakdown may change.

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (e.g. test or exam), practical assessments (e.g. presentations, performance) and coursework (e.g. essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though this does depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

 

Year 1

Year 2

Final year

Year 1
  • Coursework: 63%
  • Practical: 10%
  • Exam: 27%
Year 2
  • Coursework: 41%
  • Practical: 16%
  • Exam: 43%
Final year
  • Coursework: 70%
  • Exams: 30%

Please note: the above breakdowns are a guide calculated on core modules only. Depending on optional modules chosen, this breakdown may change.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback to you on your assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student friendly as possible, scheduled learning and teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 6pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Who teaches this course?

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on this course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

 

Course fees and funding

2024/25 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2024/25 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students)

£9,250*

International

Year 1 (2024/25): £16,200 
Year 2 (2025/26): £16,800
Year 3 (2026/27): £17,500

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

The Government has recently announced that new students from the European Union and Swiss Nationals starting their course after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for a student loan in England for Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies from the 2021/22 academic year. This decision only applies to new EU students starting after 2021/22. If you are an existing/continuing EU student, you will continue to be funded until you graduate or withdraw from your course.

Need to know more?

Our undergraduate fees and funding section provides information and advice on money matters.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.

Textbooks

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books, e-books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks – this can cost between £50 and £250 per year.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost from £100 to £3,000 depending on your course requirements.

Photocopying and printing

In the majority of cases written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.

Field trips

There may be optional trips to London-based criminal justice system institutions or events which would incur a travel cost of approximately £25 per year.

Course changes and regulations

The information on this page reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. To improve your student experience and the quality of your degree, we may review and change the material information of this course. Course changes explained.

Programme Specifications for the course are published ahead of each academic year.

Regulations governing this course can be found on our website.