University of East London

LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology with Foundation Year

Law with Criminology is a popular combination for anyone who wants to focus on law and also gain valuable insights into the causes and consequences of crime.

You'll study two criminology modules each year, with the rest of your course devoted to law. As an LLB degree this course meets all of the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

You'll learn how the law is made and administered, and its relationship with the broader social, political and cultural context in which it operates. For the criminology part of the course, you'll receive a solid introduction to the subject, including an understanding of the criminal justice system, which includes the police, courts and prison systems.

While much of the law course is compulsory, you'll be able to choose from a range of options modules in your third year to pursue areas that are of most interest to you.

Entry Requirements


64 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least 1 subject
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the  Law Short Course.

English Language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. 

Alternative GCSE Qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those without formal qualifications

As an inclusive University, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

By studying Law with Criminology, you'll gain skills and knowledge that are in high demand from employers in a variety of fields. 

Many of our students go on to enjoy successful careers as solicitors after completing their legal studies through the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and obtaining a training contract with a law firm.

Others become barristers, going on to take the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and then obtaining Pupillage in barristers' chambers. This can lead to a tenancy as a self-employed barrister, or you can practise as an employed barrister.

Some students use their legal knowledge and the other skills and qualities they develop at UEL to pursue other related careers. Communication skills, such as writing, speaking and presenting, and the ability to analyse and evaluate information are just the thing many employers are looking for.
Other career options include:

  • General management roles in the private or voluntary sectors, e.g. in finance, insurance, media or education
  • The criminal justice system, e.g. police, prison or probation officer
  • Public administration, e.g. in local government housing, planning or legal departments
  • Paralegal or legal executives work in a variety of sectors.
  • Some students go on to postgraduate study or enter other fields, such as teaching or journalism.

Course Details

This course will give you a comprehensive understanding of the law and its place in the criminal justice system. In your first two years you'll build firm foundations by studying the fundamentals of the law, taking modules that include the Legal System and Legal Methods, and Constitutional and Administrative Law.

As you progress into your second and final years, you'll study aspects of civil and criminal law, along with modules in Human Rights and European Union Law.
As a student on a two-subject degree you take professional skills modules to prepare you for employability, from essential skills to leadership.  You also take core modules from criminology in contemporary issues and policing, followed by a choice of options in your final year.
You'll be encouraged to 'learn by doing' by taking the chance to gain work experience and take an active role in student clubs and societies.

Foundation Year

Mental Wealth: Introduction to Legal Method
Introduction to Key Legal Concepts
Legal Communications
Introduction to Digital Sociology
Crime, Justice and Surveillance
Globalisation & Society

Year 1

Developing Skills for Justice (MW)
English Legal System
Legal Methods
Contract Law
Public Law
Contemporary Issues in Criminology

Year 2

Essential Skills for Justice (MW) (Term 1)
Introduction to Land Law
Public Law II: Human Rights Proceedings
Tort Law
Equity and Trusts
Policing and Society: Critical Perspectives

Optional Placement

This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

Year 3


Leadership Skills for Justice (MW) (Term 2)
Criminal Law
European Union Law


Law Option

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