Law & Criminal Studies (Top Up) - BA (Hons)

Law & Criminal Studies (Top Up) - BA (Hons)

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This course is validated 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.  

Duration 1 Year Full Time
Study mode Full time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72638-10
Fee £7,250 Full Time (per academic year)

What you learn

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
  • Dissertation

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!  

Benefits / Skills you will develop

We aim to provide students with the key skills in research methods applicable to law and criminal studies, and to develop graduates who have the ability to reflect and learn from their experience and relate  this experience to relevant theory and practical tasks applicable to law and criminal studies in both their academic and professional life.

How you will be assessed

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.

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

At the dedicated University Centre, in specified rooms with up to date audio-visual equipment that facilitates the interactive, small group environment. The University Centre has an eatery and chill out area, with the vast majority of the HE courses at LCC being delivered at the centre, creating a mature and relaxed community-based HE environment.

Entry requirements

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.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is ML32 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

What's next

Upon successful completion of this honours degree, there are opportunities for graduates to continue their studies at masters level, with new Government funding facilitating level 7 education, which is becoming an increasingly popular choice.

Most people work for the award because of a specific interest in the academic area, but you will find that throughout your studies, you will settle on one of a range of vocational areas, within which a BA (Hons) will be essential or desirable for progression. Students could progress into a career Policing, Offender Management, Youth Offender Programmes, the Penal System, Support work, CILEx qualifications and practice and more.   

Campus Locations

University Centre

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 216 2406
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.6 MilesWebsite

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