2021/22 entry

LLB (Hons) Law and Criminal Justice with Foundation Year

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full-time home tuition fee: £9,250 per annum
Full-time international tuition fee: £11,000 Foundation year
Placement year fee (home student): £1,850 per annum
Placement year fee (international student): To be confirmed

All figures are subject to annual increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

Course type

LLB (Hons)

LLB Hons

UCAS info

UCAS code: M102

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Four years full time or five years with one year spent on industrial placement

 Clearing
Minimum UCAS points required: TBC

Limited places available. Use our Online Clearing Form to find your course or call our hotline: 08085 564 565.

About your course

The LLB (Hons) Law and Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University is the ideal preparation for a range of fascinating careers in both the legal and the criminal justice sectors.

     
  • Teaching from supportive, internationally recognised legal professionals and criminal justice writers and practitioners
  • Work placements and voluntary work opportunities to enhance your CV
  • Opportunities to represent LJMU at national debating and mediation competitions
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
  • Start month: September
  • Campus location: Mount Pleasant Campus


From September 2021 the LLB Law and CJ course will not be a Qualifying Law Degree. The training processes for solicitors and barristers will differ from September 2021. Students who want to become solicitors can do any undergraduate degree before doing SQE stages 1 and 2 and then moving onto the training contract stage. Students who want to become barristers still need to do either a qualifying law degree or any other undergraduate degree plus a conversion programme, such as the 1 year Graduate Diploma in Law, before starting vocation barrister training.

"Tailoring my course with more criminal justice-based modules allowed me to really expand my knowledge in areas that really interested me. Right from the first open day I was hooked; my lecturers were personable and interesting, my peers were supportive and I have made friends for life. Six years on I now work in education, supporting the safeguarding and wellbeing of my students and guiding them to their next steps in life, always with a nudge towards studying at LJMU."

Hannah Goodrick, BA (Hons) Law and Criminal Justice graduate

Work-related learning

This highly vocational course is designed to enhance your employability by incorporating hands-on practical experience and work-related modules at every level. We also strongly encourage you to seek out voluntary work at all stages of the programme, as the experience will significantly enhance your CV and put you in a strong position once you start to compete on the open job market. A member of staff will advise you about specific work-related opportunities and act as a link mentor, liaising with local organisations on your behalf.

The course contains a number of modules that focus specifically on the skill sets that employers value, not just in the legal professions but in other careers as well. Communication, writing and organisational skills are all assets that will help you stand out from the crowd.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

Our staff are committed to ensuring you get the most out of your three years at LJMU and encourage you to come to them for advice and guidance. For example, your personal tutor and module leaders will meet with you one-to-one to discuss personal or course-related issues.

There is plenty of support available throughout the assessment process too. On top of the support offered by academic staff, you will be given written guidelines, hints and tips and there will be revision and recap sessions for all modules as well as study support classes.

Course details

The law is a set of rules governing our day-to-day lives, defining right from wrong and what constitutes a crime. This is one of the few LLB programmes in England and Wales that compares the law in law books with how the law is used and applied by the criminal justice process.

Many of your tutors have professional frontline experience of working in the criminal justice system or researching law and criminal justice, with international reputations for research and writing, giving you a solid grounding in both areas.

While this course prepares you for a career in the legal profession following completion of professional training programmes for solicitors and barristers, it also develops vital personal skills in teamwork, communication, writing and time management, so that you are more than ready to face the challenges of a range of careers should you decide that law isn’t for you.

Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the interest and ability to study for a degree, but do not have the qualifications to enter directly onto the Law and Criminal Justice honours degree programme yet.

Once you pass the Foundation Year (level 3) you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).

 



We encourage you to organise a placement for your final year as it will give you vital experience of how the law or criminal justice system work in practice. For the same reasons, we recommend that you undertake some form of voluntary work during your time at LJMU and/or apply to take part in the University's Erasmus programme to see how legal systems work in another country.

As the course progresses, the modules become more focused on preparing you to work in the legal or criminal justice systems, and in your final year you will be able to specialise in the areas that interest you most, whether they be vocational or more abstract topics.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 3

  • Preparing for success: Academic Skills
  • Investigating Liverpool
  • Crime, Justice and Diversity
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Contemporary Issues in Security
  • Understanding Contemporary Social Problems
Level 4
  • Criminal Justice Process
  • English Legal System
  • Skills for Success in Law and Criminal Justice
  • Criminological Theory
  • Social Justice and Human Rights
  • Media, the Public and Criminal Justice
Level 5
  • Crime, Law and Criminalisation I
  • Crime, Law and Criminalisation II

Plus choose from these options:

  • Injustices in a 'Just' System
  • Professional Development in Criminal Justice
  • An Introduction to Penology
  • Criminal Justice Policy, Practice and the Evidence Base
  • Victimology
  • Criminal Justice Research
  • European Criminal Law
  • Criminal Evidence
  • Decision Making in Criminal Justice

Level 6

 

The following options are typically offered:

  • Contemporary Issues in Prisons and Probation
  • Youth Justice
  • Substance Use, Society and Criminal Justice
  • Dissertation
  • Regulation, Harm and Victimisation
  • Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Crime, Risk and Dangerousness
  • International Criminal Law and State Crime
  • Criminal Advocacy
  • Green Criminology and Environmental Crime
  • Cybercrime and the AI World
  • Violence and Society
  • Advanced Criminal Law: Theory and Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Policing
  • Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching is via a combination of lectures, smaller student-led tutorials, hands-on practical experience and private study.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

Many of the tutors on this course have practical experience of working in the legal or criminal justice systems, and are committed to ensuring you get the very best out of your learning experience.

The team is also actively involved in pioneering research and academic writing, with regular contributions to conferences in Europe, North America and Asia. Current research includes:

  • policing of ethnic minorities
  • terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • the impact of privatisation and renationalisation on probation practice
  • links between armed forces veterans and crime   

Most of the staff are actively engaged in research and publish widely. For example, Ester Ragonese’s book on employability and criminal justice, and Daniel Marshall’s book on privacy and criminal justice, are both the basis for course modules.

This combination of professional expertise and active research interests feed directly into the curriculum, ensuring the topics you cover are relevant to today’s law professional.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

The teaching team prides itself on its assessment methods, which combine traditional exams (seen and unseen), online multiple choice exams, coursework (essays, literature reviews and reports) and group presentations with pioneering practical assessments, such as mooting or arguing a legal case in a court setting.

We acknowledge that every student is unique and may perform differently depending on how they are assessed, so we allow you to choose assessments tailored to your own individual strengths.

Once you have completed an assessment, feedback is given within three working weeks, so you can promptly discuss your marks with your tutor and establish where you are performing well and areas for improvement.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

The information below relates to the 2021/22 academic year unless otherwise specified.

LJMU scholarships

Applications for all LJMU's scholarships are open to new full-time, Home undergraduate students that are liable to pay the full tuition fee. 

Scholarships are not income assessed; they are awarded to applicants who are academically outstanding or to applicants who have excelled in other ways or supported work in your local community. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. In 2021/22 scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £5,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. In 2021/22 the annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

The information below relates to both UK students studying in 2021/22.

If you are interested in studying with us in 2021/22, please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.

In 2021/22 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home students is £9,250. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

For more information on student finance, eligibility and loan repayments go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance if you normally live in England
www.studentfinancewales.co.uk if you normally live in Wales
www.studentfinanceni.co.uk if you normally live in Northern Ireland
www.SAAS.gov.uk if you normally live in Scotland

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £26,575* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £26,575).*

* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

Vocational skills are not just as ‘add-ons’ to this Law and Criminal Justice LLB programme, but a fully integrated part of it, so you will be perfectly positioned to apply for a range of different careers.

  • solicitor
  • barrister
  • local authority legal adviser
  • media-related work
  • various legal roles in the private business sector
  • police officer
  • police community support officer
  • trainee probation officer
  • probation service assistant
  • arrest referral and bail support team worker
  • drug and alcohol support worker
  • Prison Service (including prison warden, education officer, drugs support officer)
  • social work, youth work (and working with young offenders)
  • and victim/witness support worker

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

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Foundation year fees

If you are studying on a foundation year of a degree programme you will be charged a reduced fee for your 1st year only. After your first year, your annual tuition fees will increase to the standard tuition fee charged for our undergraduate courses.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Tuition fee deposits

As an international student, unless you are exempt, you will need to pay a tuition fee deposit.  See further information on deposits and additional payments needed prior to enrolment. 

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The university reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the university. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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