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COURSE OVERVIEW

The BA (Hons) Law with Criminology Programme explores the legal framework of our modern society, whilst being underpinned by criminological theories and issues. Legal knowledge and practical skills will be developed alongside an applied examination of the fundamentals of contemporary criminal justice.

The Law discipline at Winchester has been developed to embed legal skills, which include mooting, negotiation and client‐interviewing as a general learning, teaching and assessment method. Our three‐year Law with Criminology course appeals to those who are fascinated by these two overlapping and intellectually stimulating subjects. Taught by research‐active experts who form part of a strong and lively community of students and staff, you are actively encouraged to critically evaluate a broad range of criminal, and legal and concepts, developing your understanding for strategic and operational entities.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and Teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
Independent learning: 936 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
Independent learning: 924 hours
Placement: 12 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
Independent learning: 948 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

Assessment

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

13% coursework
62% written exams
25% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

66% coursework
6% written exams
28% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

76% coursework
3% written exams
21% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

 

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2021 Entry: 104-120 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required

International Baccalaureate: 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components.

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0) 1962 827023.

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Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

The English Legal System and Academic Legal Skills 15

This module introduces students to the structure and operation of the institutions and processes of the English legal system. It will consider at the primary and secondary sources of English law and how the law is interpreted. In addition, the module will allow students to develop a theoretical understanding of a number of foundation academic legal skills used in the study and practice of law.

Introduction to English Legal Process and Practical Legal Skills 15

This module introduces students to the civil and criminal justice systems in England and Wales. Students will gain an insight into the role of judges, the legal professions and lay participation in the legal system. In addition, the module will allow students to develop a theoretical understanding of a number of foundation practical legal skills used in the study and practice of law.

Introduction to Public Law 15

This module explores core issues relating to the UK constitution, such as the role of parliament and the monarchy within a parliamentary democracy. We will examine the balance of power between parliament and the courts, as well as the powers of government and its limitations. The module introduces students to the legal and political sources of the British constitution, the relationship of the State towards its citizens and to other States, and to the scope of the courts to review government action. 

Public Law: Judicial Review and Human Rights 15

This module continues to explore the constitutional role of the courts in examining the actions of government, as well as the steps a petitioner must take when asking a court review the legality of government action. We will examine the legal analysis used by the courts in the process of judicial review of the government. This module will encourage you to examine the individual human rights afforded to citizens, as well as the protections provided by the common law.

Foundations of the Law of Tort 15

A ‘tort’ is a civil wrong against protected interests such as the physical integrity of the person, land and property, reputation and economic interests. This module introduces some foundations of the of torts. It considers key principles of selected torts and considers their historical development. This module will examine the interactions between law and public policy, as well as the social and philosophical foundations of the law of torts more broadly.

Further Principles of Tort 15

This module follows on from the Foundations of the Law of Torts module and aims to further develop the knowledge and skills already gained.  This module studies a range of different torts, each varying in nature and possessing unique complexity. This could include those relating to physical integrity of the person, land and property, reputation and economic interests.  The key principles of various selected torts and their historical development are explored including reflections on the social and public policy implications, as well as the philosophical or social foundations of each tort studied.

Introduction to Criminology 15

Criminology is considered as a ‘rendezvous’ but specialist discipline; a study of crime and criminal activity that serves as a meeting point for Social Science disciplines. This module introduces and explores the various disciplinary approaches to the study of crime. However, it will have as its starting point an exploration of common-sense and everyday perceptions and the social construction of crime, as well as the representation of crime and the criminal justice system. The module will also begin to introduce and explore the range and scope of issues and topics examined by the specialist discipline of Criminology.

Police and Police Work 15

The police are one of the most important parts of the criminal justice system and also one of the most scrutinised. This module will introduce students to the work conducted by the police in England and Wales and focus on key debates on the role of the police with respect to the rest of society.

The module will also examine and explore issues such as policing by consent, the arming of police and contemporary issues such as community policing and the policing of terrorism. Other issues will include the policing approaches to protests and demonstrations. Challenges around police and youth groups and policing culture will be further considered. There will also be some comparisons with police forces outside the United Kingdom.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Criminal Law - Principles and Personal Offences 15

The criminal law provides citizens with a framework set of rules for conducting day to day activities. Under the criminal law, those people who have been found to fail to comply to these rules are punished. The state – through legislation and common law – uses its power to uphold these rules and award punishments to those who offend. The criminal law covers a wide range of behaviours that vary in severity and regularity. This module focuses on the fundamental principles of criminal law. It explores key offences against the person, including non-fatal offences against the person, homicide, and sexual offences, and examines legal and moral issues relating to these offences.

Criminal Law - Property Related Offences 15

The criminal law provides citizens with a framework set of rules for conducting day to day activities. Under the criminal law, those people who have been found to fail to comply to these rules are punished. The state – through legislation and common law – uses its power to uphold these rules and award punishments to those who offend. The criminal law covers a wide range of behaviours that vary in severity and regularity. This module focuses on the fundamental principles of criminal law. It also explores key offences against property, including theft, criminal damage, burglary, robbery and fraud, and examines legal and moral issues relating to these offences.

Criminal Justice 15
Penology 15

What constitutes ‘justice’ and how is this ‘delivered’? How did we come to contemporary concepts of “just punishment”? You will be introduced to the most important philosophical interpretations of the concept of punishment, and will discover the birth, evolution and socio-criminological characteristics of the main form of punishment (prison) and its alternatives.  Finally, contemporary penological approaches to the punishment of offenders will be analysed, from community penalties to restorative justice. You will be invited to practice and maintain a critical approach to the subject, in order to understand that theory and reality in criminal justice practice may be two different things, and to identify where some change in the policies could be needed.

Violent Crime 15

Violent crime often triggers social outcry and political response when targeted towards particular vulnerable groups within society. However, the notion of violent crime moves beyond the obvious offending into areas such chastisement of children, violence in social disorder and domestic violence/abuse. The aim of this module is to explore the range of violent offending currently criminalised within the criminal justice system, the social and political responses to such offending and the treatment of violent offenders.

Drawing on theoretical considerations from sociological, penological and psychological fields of knowledge alongside political, social and media reactions, the module offers a multi-disciplinary view on this particular form of offending.

Optional modules
  • Land law - 15 credits
  • Equity and Trusts Law - 15 credits
  • Medical Law - 15 credits
  • Human Rights Law - 15 credits
  • Sports and the Law - 15 credits
  • Criminal Justice - 15 credits
  • Evidence Law - 15 credits
  • Immigration Law and Policy - 15 credits
  • Volunteering for Law Students - 15 credits
  • Value Studies - 15 credits

Optional Credits

Criminal Law - Principles and Personal Offences 15

The criminal law provides citizens with a framework set of rules for conducting day to day activities. Under the criminal law, those people who have been found to fail to comply to these rules are punished. The state – through legislation and common law – uses its power to uphold these rules and award punishments to those who offend. The criminal law covers a wide range of behaviours that vary in severity and regularity. This module focuses on the fundamental principles of criminal law. It explores key offences against the person, including non-fatal offences against the person, homicide, and sexual offences, and examines legal and moral issues relating to these offences.

Criminal Law - Property Related Offences 15

The criminal law provides citizens with a framework set of rules for conducting day to day activities. Under the criminal law, those people who have been found to fail to comply to these rules are punished. The state – through legislation and common law – uses its power to uphold these rules and award punishments to those who offend. The criminal law covers a wide range of behaviours that vary in severity and regularity. This module focuses on the fundamental principles of criminal law. It also explores key offences against property, including theft, criminal damage, burglary, robbery and fraud, and examines legal and moral issues relating to these offences.

Criminal Justice 15
Penology 15

What constitutes ‘justice’ and how is this ‘delivered’? How did we come to contemporary concepts of “just punishment”? You will be introduced to the most important philosophical interpretations of the concept of punishment, and will discover the birth, evolution and socio-criminological characteristics of the main form of punishment (prison) and its alternatives.  Finally, contemporary penological approaches to the punishment of offenders will be analysed, from community penalties to restorative justice. You will be invited to practice and maintain a critical approach to the subject, in order to understand that theory and reality in criminal justice practice may be two different things, and to identify where some change in the policies could be needed.

Violent Crime 15

Violent crime often triggers social outcry and political response when targeted towards particular vulnerable groups within society. However, the notion of violent crime moves beyond the obvious offending into areas such chastisement of children, violence in social disorder and domestic violence/abuse. The aim of this module is to explore the range of violent offending currently criminalised within the criminal justice system, the social and political responses to such offending and the treatment of violent offenders.

Drawing on theoretical considerations from sociological, penological and psychological fields of knowledge alongside political, social and media reactions, the module offers a multi-disciplinary view on this particular form of offending.

Optional modules
  • Land law - 15 credits
  • Equity and Trusts Law - 15 credits
  • Medical Law - 15 credits
  • Human Rights Law - 15 credits
  • Sports and the Law - 15 credits
  • Criminal Justice - 15 credits
  • Evidence Law - 15 credits
  • Immigration Law and Policy - 15 credits
  • Volunteering for Law Students - 15 credits
  • Value Studies - 15 credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Dissertation 30

Students will need to choose either Dissertation OR Independent Research Project

 

The Law Dissertation module provides students with an opportunity to research an area of law which is of particular interest. Students will be assigned supervisor who will help to guide and support them as they focus their research question on a specific area of law.

Students are expected to meet with their supervisor and work with them to formulate a working title and structure, with a view to producing a coherent and detailed dissertation which critically analyses a particular legal issue. This will require researching a range of primary and/or secondary legal sources and materials in order to engage with the required depth of analysis and evaluation.

Independent Research Project 15

Students will need to choose either Dissertation OR Independent Research Project

 

The Independent Research Project module provides students with an opportunity to undertake an independent study, with the support of an assigned supervisor. This will facilitate the in-depth critical analysis of an area of law which is of interest to the student.

Students are expected to meet with their supervisor and work with them to formulate a working title and structure, with a view to producing a coherent research project on a particular legal issue. This will require engaging in a critical analysis of primary and/or secondary legal sources and materials.

Optional modules
  • The Politics of Crime - 15 credits
  • Crime and Humanity - 15 credits
  • Criminological Investigation: Miscarriages of Justice: The Justice Project - 15 credits
  • Preventing and Controlling Crime and Deviance - 15 credits
  • Politics of Crime - 15 credits
  • Crime and Humanity - 15 credits
  • Criminal Bodies - 15 credits
  • Drugs and Alcohol: Use and Control - 15 credits
  • Employment Law - 15 credits
  • Company Law –The Corporate Body - 15 credits
  • Human Rights Law - 15 credits
  • Sports and the Law - 15 credits
  • Company Law – Corporate Governance - 15 credits
  • Equality Law - 15 credits
  • Evidence Law - 15 credits
  • Medical Law - 15 credits
  • Immigration Law and Policy - 15 credits
  • European Union Law - 15 credits
  • Mental Health Law - 15 credits
  • Family Law - 15 credits
  • Advocacy - 15 credits
  • Child Law and Policy - 15 credits
  • Current Legislative Problems - 15 credits
  • Philosophy of Law - 15 credits
  • Employment Law in the Workplace - 15 credits
  • European and International Labour Law - 15 credits
  • Environmental Law and Policy - 15 credits
  • International Criminal Law - 15 credits
  • Intellectual Property Law - 15 credits
  • Technology and Cyber Law - 15 credits
  • Advanced Equity and Trusts Law - 15 credits
  • Value Studies - 15 credits

Optional Credits

Dissertation 30

Students will need to choose either Dissertation OR Independent Research Project

 

The Law Dissertation module provides students with an opportunity to research an area of law which is of particular interest. Students will be assigned supervisor who will help to guide and support them as they focus their research question on a specific area of law.

Students are expected to meet with their supervisor and work with them to formulate a working title and structure, with a view to producing a coherent and detailed dissertation which critically analyses a particular legal issue. This will require researching a range of primary and/or secondary legal sources and materials in order to engage with the required depth of analysis and evaluation.

Independent Research Project 15

Students will need to choose either Dissertation OR Independent Research Project

 

The Independent Research Project module provides students with an opportunity to undertake an independent study, with the support of an assigned supervisor. This will facilitate the in-depth critical analysis of an area of law which is of interest to the student.

Students are expected to meet with their supervisor and work with them to formulate a working title and structure, with a view to producing a coherent research project on a particular legal issue. This will require engaging in a critical analysis of primary and/or secondary legal sources and materials.

Optional modules
  • The Politics of Crime - 15 credits
  • Crime and Humanity - 15 credits
  • Criminological Investigation: Miscarriages of Justice: The Justice Project - 15 credits
  • Preventing and Controlling Crime and Deviance - 15 credits
  • Politics of Crime - 15 credits
  • Crime and Humanity - 15 credits
  • Criminal Bodies - 15 credits
  • Drugs and Alcohol: Use and Control - 15 credits
  • Employment Law - 15 credits
  • Company Law –The Corporate Body - 15 credits
  • Human Rights Law - 15 credits
  • Sports and the Law - 15 credits
  • Company Law – Corporate Governance - 15 credits
  • Equality Law - 15 credits
  • Evidence Law - 15 credits
  • Medical Law - 15 credits
  • Immigration Law and Policy - 15 credits
  • European Union Law - 15 credits
  • Mental Health Law - 15 credits
  • Family Law - 15 credits
  • Advocacy - 15 credits
  • Child Law and Policy - 15 credits
  • Current Legislative Problems - 15 credits
  • Philosophy of Law - 15 credits
  • Employment Law in the Workplace - 15 credits
  • European and International Labour Law - 15 credits
  • Environmental Law and Policy - 15 credits
  • International Criminal Law - 15 credits
  • Intellectual Property Law - 15 credits
  • Technology and Cyber Law - 15 credits
  • Advanced Equity and Trusts Law - 15 credits
  • Value Studies - 15 credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2021 Course Tuition Fees

 UK / Channel Islands /
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland 

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,800
Year 2 £9,250 £13,800
Year 3 £9,250 £13,800
Total £27,750 £41,400
Optional Sandwich Year* £1,385 £1,385
Total with Sandwich Year £29,135 £42,785

If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2021, the first year will cost you £9,250**. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,935.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £115 and a 15 credit module is £1,725.

* Please note that not all courses offer an optional sandwich year. To find out whether this course offers a sandwich year, please contact the programme leader for further information.

**The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

Mandatory

Printing and Binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative cost of £1.50-£3.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

Key course details

UCAS code
M211
Duration
3 years full-time
Typical offer
104-120
Location
On campus, Winchester