This course is perfect for anyone ambitious for a law career in the twenty first century. This challenging and stimulating course will introduce you to the basics of Law alongside Criminology modules which introduce theories and debates relating to crime, deviance, victimhood, law and punishment. This degree is taught in the oldest and most well-regarded Aberystwyth Law School in Wales. You will benefit from the experience and the enthusiasm of our expert staff, many of whom have also practiced as barristers, solicitors, thus providing a practical application to your theoretical studies. On completion of this degree, you will emerge with real world capabilities, enabling you to shape your future and develop the career you deserve.
Aberystwyth Law School: 82% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
100% of undergraduates who graduated from the Aberystwyth Law School in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
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Why study Law & Criminology at Aberystwyth University?
- This 21st century BA Law and Criminology Degree encompasses a range of traditional and contemporary legal subjects and will deliver the skills and competences which will make you ‘career ready’ and to enhance your employability in a legal context.
- A degree from a top 4 UK University and 1st in the UK for student satisfaction (NSS 2016).
- Taught by professionals who are active for large organisations e.g. GRETA, the Country Side Commission for Wales, the Youth Justice Board, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
- Excellent social and professional opportunities, visits to Law fairs and Inns of Court in London.
- Option to participate in our national and international competing Mooting Society, in order to develop your key advocacy and litigation skills. We also offer a Welsh medium Mooting competition for students who wish to moot through the medium of Welsh .
Aberystwyth Law School lecturers are mostly either qualified to PHD level or have professional experience and qualifications as practicing lawyers. Many staff also have a PGCE (Higher Education).
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
Modules delivered partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
Modules delivered partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
Your BA in Law with Criminology opens up a range of exciting opportunities for you. You will become a strong candidate for barrister and solicitor training. You will have acquired a grounding in criminological skills and methodologies.
Your future is important to us and our degrees will equip you with the following:
- Possess the confidence in selecting and deploying the most appropriate range of legal methodologies.
- Ability to write and communicate with a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information.
- Ability to gather, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal information quickly and accurately.
- The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
- Effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills.
- The ability to work independently.
- Time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines.
- Self-motivation and self-reliance.
- Team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement.
- Research skills.
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Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.
In the first year:
- You may receive core training in a number of subjects e.g. Contract law and Tort Law, which must be studied and passed for exemption from the first stage of professional law examinations.
- Explore the structure and development of the English and Welsh Legal system.
- The relationship of the judicial precedent and the court system.
- Analyse the process of creating legislation and how its interpreted by judges.
- Learn how to read, analyse and criticise readings in Criminology.
- Explain the main criminological theories.
The Second Year and Third Year you may be introduced to:
- EU Law.
- Public Law.
- Equity and the Law of Trusts.
- Land Law.
- Criminal Law.
- You will also be able to tailor your study through careful selection from a range of elective Criminology modules.
How will I be taught?
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars which are innovating and high quality allowing you to realise your potential.
In your lectures, you will be introduced to key concepts and relevant up to date information. You will also have access to recorded versions of lectures.
Our tutorials and seminars are an opportunity for you to discuss particular legal themes or topics, to evaluate and obtain feedback on your individual learning whilst at the same time improving your construction of legal arguments.
You will be assessed through essays, exams, study logs or portfolios and oral presentations including mooting exercises.
You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your time at the Aberystwyth Law School. Your personal tutor will be the key contact when you have issues or queries.
You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.
By learning about the development of law parallel to the development of criminal behaviour, and how criminals are viewed and treated by society, it forces the mind to think of innovative methods of controlling crime, both with the interpretation of law as well as treatment and rehabilitation techniques. While law alone can narrow one's way of thinking about crime, criminology can reopen the mind to think outside of the box and vice versa. Law and criminology – two sides of the same coin that rarely see eye to eye, but can help you to see a third way! David Coleman
A Levels BBB
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
30 points overall