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​What makes the criminal mind tick? How do police and lawyers seek to understand the social and psychological causes of crime? How does the legal system provide justice for victims while balancing punishment and rehabilitation for offenders?

Law and Criminology explores the answers to these questions, examining criminal behaviour from a range of legal, social, policing, and social justice viewpoints.

Course Benefits

Understand the criminal mind. You'll examine criminal behaviour from a range of viewpoints: legal, social, policing and social justice.

Study in Leeds – one of the UK's biggest centres for legal services and the youth justice system.

Gain industry experience without taking a sandwich year out. We're one of only a few

UK universities to include professional work placements with every degree.

Learn from the experts. Our lecturers are active researchers with extensive legal experience.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

You'll learn about the structure and nature of the legal system of England and Wales, which includes the criminal justice system. We'll give you an overview of the processes through which criminal behaviour is addressed – from profiling and arrest, to sentencing and   rehabilitation – as well as exploring important related aspects, such as family law and comparative law.

You'll work with a range of theories and methodologies used to understand and respond to criminal behaviour, as well as gaining an understanding of the causes and consequences of crime, looking at serious and violent crime in particular. And you'll have the chance to look at different types of criminal groups, such as football hooligans and crime gangs, as well as different social perceptions of crime.

Professional work placements in each year of your degree will provide you with insights into the range of professional careers available. You'll have the chance to specialise in your preferred area of law and criminology in a substantial research project, along with getting the option to complete a year-long professional project module with an employer.

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes. 

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  

Most of the modules on this course are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group supervised activities. Level 6 modules involve more independent learning and research. These modules include a variety of learning and assessment methods including analysing 'real world' case studies, problem based learning, leading seminars, poster presentations and mini-conferences.

On this course students undertake two professional work placements in the summer term in Level 4 and Level 5, sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on their learning.

At Level 6 students are required to undertake a 40-credit Major Research Project module, in a topic area of their interest, to provide an extended opportunity for critical thinking skill development.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors and our alumni in their final year. You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions with all module information and lecture slides posted. We also use e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus and these include access to over 1,600 psychology journal titles. The department uses social media and has its own 'twitter' account.


A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Assessments tailored to this course include diagnostic essays, focus group reports, individual and group presentations and poster presentations, work placement assessment, work placement report and work placement reflective portfolio, leading a seminar, seminar report, ethical submissions for research, 'real world' case studies and report writing.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 120 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in both English Language and Maths.​ ​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email​​​.

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Professional Work Placements

We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

Leeds is one of the UK's major centre for legal services, making it an ideal setting for placement and graduate opportunities. You'll complete a seven-week professional work placement in your first year and a six-week placement in your second year, and we have links to local youth justice, policing, and penal justice placements.

More about placements

​You'll graduate with a solid grounding in law and criminology, which will prepare you for a range of careers in youth justice, the Criminal Justice System, and local government. You'll also have the chance to develop a set of transferable skills that would prepare you for the further study you need to become a barrister's clerk, advice worker, civil service administrator, journalist, or immigration adviser.

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 
Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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