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Law with Criminal Justice LLB

Course code

M1M2

MCM2 with placement

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

Fees

2019/20

UK / EU £9,250

International £15,400

Entry requirements

ABB (A-level)

D*DD (BTEC)

31 (IB)

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Overview

The Brunel Law with Criminal Justice LLB gives students the opportunity to earn a qualifying law degree with specialist knowledge in the field of criminal law and criminal justice.

Along with the requirements of the traditional LLB degree you’ll learn substantive criminal law and how the criminal justice system works in practice and procedure.

Importantly, you’ll be encouraged to use this knowledge to think critically about crime: its origins, its impact on society and the most effective strategies to combat it.

We offer two study options. You can choose three years full-time, or four years full-time with a one-year professional placement that will give you hands-on experience in a legal practice.

Our Law with Criminal Justice LLB undergraduate degree is accredited by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA), meaning that you will gain the necessary knowledge and skills required to go on to be a practising solicitor.  Please note, from October 2019, rather than accrediting LLB Degrees, the Bar Standard Board requires law degrees to cover the seven legal foundation subjects and the skills associated with graduate legal work in order to meet the requirements of the Academic Component of becoming a barrister. Brunel Law School's LLB Degrees fully meet these requirements.

All of our students have careers advisers who you can discuss career ideas with and who can offer guidance on placements and further study options throughout the duration of your time with us.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

The LLB consists of both compulsory and optional modules, which are designed to give you a thorough grounding in the English law and criminal justice system.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

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Careers and your future

Our high quality placements will give you first-hand professional legal experience and a real taste of what life after your studies could be like. You’ll benefit from the guidance of dedicated careers advisers and access to workshops and masterclasses to help find the best path for you. So whether you want to explore your passion for law or already have your dream job in mind, we’ll support you on your career journey.

Our strong links with industry will help you to boost your career potential. Brunel is one of the few UK universities on the Blake Morgan Brand Ambassador Scheme – offering great work experience opportunities, mentoring programmes and giving you great exposure to the graduate recruitment team of a leading law firm.

With a 95%* employment rate, you’ll be sure to leave Brunel with a firm grounding in legal theory, allowing you to be flexible in your future choices. Law affects every part of our society so we’ll prepare you for work in the corporate world and government as well as legal roles in the humanitarian and criminal fields.

Under the umbrella of Law Lives, you’ll build, develop and strengthen transferable skills and experiences through a range of activities and programmes such as our Pro Bono Clinic, volunteering at the Family Court for the Personal Support Unit, and much more.

*UNISTATS 2018: 4-year course

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A Level ABB (all subjects considered excluding General Studies).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*DD in Business or Public Services.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Business or Public Services subject, with an A Level at grade A.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in Applied Law, Business or Public Services subject, with A Levels grade AB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 31 points.
  • Accessto Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass Access to Law course with 45 credits at Level 3 Distinction.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally required.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2019/20

UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

£1,000 placement year

International

£15,400 full-time

£1,000 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

Brunel Law School is research driven and was ranked 14th in the UK for REF Intensity in Law in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). Through their research, our lecturers are constantly extending the boundaries of domestic and international legal scholarship, which means your education will be innovative, inspiring and truly up-to-date.

Your course will consist of lectures, tutor-led seminars, private study and one-to-one supervision with your tutor. Our lecture class sizes are around 250 students, and your seminar groups will consist of up to 15 students. You will have one weekly two hour lecture and a fortnightly seminar in each module. You’ll also receive further support with our unique first-year module, ‘Legal Skills and Methods’, where you will begin to build your professional skills and legal profile.

Independent learning features heavily on the Law undergraduate degrees, and you will be expected to complete around 10-12 hours of self-directed study a week alongside your lectures and seminars.

The learning doesn’t stop there. We offer a host of professional development activities to help you develop the legal and transferable skills that will make you stand out in the job market.

  • We run workshops, short courses and career events with experts from across the legal spectrum that will give you an insider’s view of the various aspects of the profession
  • Our mentoring scheme gives you the opportunity to work individually with an experienced legal practitioner and gain insight into a particular area of law and the profession in general
  • Mooting sessions, which are mock courtroom hearings, allow you to test out the presentation, argument and research skills you’ve been learning

You will receive your timetable in advance of the course starting.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Modules are assessed by various combinations of coursework and/or examinations. In the final year you are also required to write a dissertation.

In Levels 1 and 2, you will be assessed by 50% examination, 35% coursework consisting of a 2000 word essay including footnotes and references, and 15% seminar participation. 

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.