2022/23 entry

LLB (Hons) Law and Criminal Justice

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

MM12

Points required:

120

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,100
Placement (home student):
£1,850
Placement (international student):
£3,650
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies:

0151 231 5175

APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

International enquiries

international@ljmu.ac.uk

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Why study Law and Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • One of only a handful of courses in England and Wales that blends LLB Law and criminal justice studies
  • 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 study in Europe as part of the University's Erasmus / Go Global programme
  • 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

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.

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.

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.

"It was always Liverpool for me, but what LJMU allowed me to do was to combine my desire to study Law with a Criminal Justice twist. 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. 6 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, Law and Criminal Justice graduate

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Employability

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.

Examples of careers our recent graduates have entered are:    

  • 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.

A life-changing experience 

There's so much more to university than just studying for a degree.

What you will study on this degree

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

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

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

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Criminal Justice System
20 credits

The module aims to explore the criminal justice process in England and Wales. You will learn about: police powers, including the power to stop and search; crime control and due process models of policing; sentencing and punishment.

Criminological Theory
20 credits

This module will provide you with an understanding of historical and contemporary criminological theories and highlight how these have shaped and influenced the modern day criminal justice system and responses to crime and deviance.

Media, Public and Criminal Justice
20 credits

This module introduces you to the relationship between the media, the public and issues of criminal justice. It will demonstrate how the media influences 'common sense' assumptions and political decision making around crime and justice. It will also highlight the importance of 'the public' in the contemporary criminal justice sphere. You will develop a fundamental understanding of the interactions and relationships that exist between the media, the public and issues of crime and justice.

4027LAWCJ English Legal System
20 credits

Skills for Success in Law and Criminal Justice
20 credits

Human Rights, Social Justice and the Law
20 credits

Level 5

Core modules

Crime, Law and Criminalisation II
20 credits

Crime, Law and Criminalisation I
20 credits

Optional modules

Decision Making in Criminal Justice
20 credits

This module will build on your knowledge of the decision making process in criminal justice in England and Wales.

Professional Development in Criminal Justice
20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide you with the ability to develop self-awareness and identify skills to improve their employability in criminal justice and allied areas. You will also gain an understanding of the relationship between theory, policy and the experience of practice in various criminal justice agencies.

An Introduction to Penology
20 credits

This module allows you to pursue a more in-depth study of two of the main criminal justice institutions, Prison and Probation services. The design and delivery surrounding their administration has remained the subject of intense debate and controversy throughout their history. Therefore, you will be encouraged to critically engage with these debates taking into consideration the theory, policy, and practice which surrounds community and custodial interventions.

Criminal Justice Policy, Practice and the Evidence Base
10 credits

This module provides you with a critical awareness of how policy has developed in the criminal justice system in England and Wales. You are introduced to the theories and concepts of policy formation and you will consider case studies of the creation, implementation and delivery of criminal justice policy across the sector. The module will help you develop your critical thinking skills in reflecting upon the impact of criminal justice practice. The sessions will discuss all key institutions within criminal justice work – the police, probation, prisons, youth justice, and courts – and engages with significant pieces of policy and legislation that continue to shape how the criminal justice system functions.

Victimology
20 credits

The overall aim of this module is to develop a more meaningful understanding of victims of crime and to critically explore their role and experiences within the criminal justice system. You will develop a critical appreciation of the conceptual development of victims and victimology as an academic discipline and also evaluate the notions of victimhood and explore challenges for victim service provision.

Criminal Justice Research
10 credits

This module covers the range of research methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative, used within criminal justice and the researching of crime. You will be provided with an overview of the development of research and evaluation within criminal justice in the last 50 years, and why it is so important. The course allows you to consider the practical and ethical considerations in research, and allows you to develop skills in producing a literature review and research proposal for an original project.

Injustices in a 'Just' System
20 credits

This module will encourage you to critically reflect on the concepts of injustice and justice, inequality, poverty, power and powerlessness. You will be encouraged to think about how these concepts impact on the experience of people processed through and experiencing the system of justice.

European Criminal Law
20 credits

To develop student knowledge of the foundations of European Union law and its interpretation

To raise awareness of European substantive criminal law, criminal procedure and sentencing

To understand the co-operation in, and enforcement of, European criminal law at national level

To reflect upon the challenges for European criminal law in the Brexit era

Criminal Evidence
20 credits

This module aims to raise student awareness of the principles and practice relating to criminal evidence, in both the legal and the criminal justice contexts.

Level 6

Core modules

Contemporary Issues in Prisons and Probation
20 credits

The aim of this module is to enable you to develop your learning and understanding of penology building on the introductory course at level 5. You will be given the opportunity to critically evaluate and consider contemporary issues in penology with a clear focus on the theory, policy and practice which surrounds community and custodial interventions.

Optional modules

Youth Justice
20 credits

This module will provide you with a critical understanding of the position of youth in society today, the relationship between youth and crime, and the range of ways in which criminal justice responds to youth crime in England and Wales. It will provide you with knowledge of the past and current policy and legislation relating to young people. You will have the opportunity to develop practice skills of assessing seriousness, suitability and risk assessment in relation to offences and sentences for young people, as well as oral presentation skills by preparing and completing the module's assessed presentation.

Substance Use, Society and Criminal Justice
20 credits

This module aims to provide you with a broad understanding of the sociocultural place of substance use. It will investigate different paradigms and perspectives on substance (mis)use and explore relevant drug policy. The module will also seek to provide a comprehension of how we practically respond to substance use via treatment interventions.

Dissertation
40 credits

The dissertation module requires you to select a problem or issue within criminal justice, to locate this within existing literature, and to conduct independent research generating data which forms the basis of a written thesis. You will be allocated an individual supervisor and support will be available throughout the process.

Regulation, Harm and Victimisation
20 credits

Within this module, you will be introduced to the area of governance, regulation and regulatory bodies in the context of non-conventional harm and victimisation. You will also be able to critically investigate non-conventional harm and victimisation and explore and apply concepts such as regulation, accountability and justice.

Comparative Criminal Justice
20 credits

The overall aim of this module is to examine the practices, policies, and philosophies of criminal justice in different cultural and geographical contexts and provide an overview of different types of criminal justice systems around the globe. This module will therefore provide a critical understanding of the development of alternative justice processes across the globe.

Crime, Risk and Dangerousness
20 credits

The module aims to develop an understanding and appreciation of the development of risk and dangerousness. You will locate these developments within the broader development of criminal justice, public protection, and victim-centred approaches.

Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
20 credits

In this module you will examine the key concepts in relation to terrorism and explore a number of key issues including definitions of terrorism, ideologies, typology, group structures, tactics, methods of operation, target selection, state response, use of technologies, funding and media impact. You will also explore the concept of, and delivery of, counter terrorism initiatives with a focus on the measures being adopted within the United Kingdom, drawing on comparative counter-terrorism strategies from the US and Canada.

Contemporary Issues in Prisons and Probation
20 credits

The aim of this module is to enable you to develop your learning and understanding of penology building on the introductory course at level 5. You will be given the opportunity to critically evaluate and consider contemporary issues in penology with a clear focus on the theory, policy and practice which surrounds community and custodial interventions.

Contemporary Issues
20 credits

The module aims to develop your understanding by looking at issues that are current and relevant in policing today. It will specifically cover public order and protest, human trafficking and intelligence and security.

International Criminal Law and State Crime
20 credits

Criminal Advocacy
20 credits

Green Criminology and Environmental Crime
20 credits

Cybercrime and the AI World
20 credits

Violence and Society
20 credits

Advanced Criminal Law: Theory and Practice
20 credits

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

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

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.

Assessment

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

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

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.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Noel Cross

Dr Noel Cross

Programme leader

Noel has worked at LJMU for 18 years now, having joined as a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice in September 2002, before becoming Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader in Criminal Justice in April 2011, and then Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in November 2019. Prior to joining LJMU, Noel worked as a research assistant and assistant lecturer at the University of Wales Swansea (now Swansea University) during his doctoral studies in the field of bail support services for young people involved in the youth justice process. Drawing on his previous academic experience of studying criminal law as part of my undergraduate degree, he has taught a module comparing criminal law and criminal justice to students on Criminal Justice programmes for 14 years now, and has also published two textbooks on this subject as an extension of the themes which form part of the teaching on this module.  Noel has also taught a variety of other modules while at LJMU, often focusing on what he sees as being particular challenges to the criminal law in terms of how it is applied in criminal justice practice (for example, youth justice and the special treatment which young people accused of crime are and should be entitled to by the law; and crimes of the powerful, which often involve internationally-orientated group criminal activity of various kinds and/or crime which can be hidden by social power, rather than isolated and publicly visible individual wrongdoing). Noel remains very interested, in both teaching and research terms, in how the criminal law is applied in criminal justice practice, and in philosophical debates on the form and functions of criminal law.

Teaching on the course from supportive, internationally recognised legal professionals and criminal justice writers and practitioners

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

Based within the John Foster Building, in the Mount Pleasant Campus, the School of Justice Studies is a leading provider of education in Policing Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice. We provide specific training for policing students wishing to enter the service as a graduate recruit. The John Foster Building has many outstanding facilities, including well-equipped IT Suites, a light-filled Student Common Room and dedicated study areas. At the back of the John Foster Building is the Aldham Robarts Library, which gives 24 hour access to an exceptional range of materials to support your studies.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 120


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Welsh GCSE in Maths or Numeracy
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: BBB
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

T Levels

120 UCAS Tariff points in a related subject

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DDM required in a relevant subject if no other Level 3 qualifications taken.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 120 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 120 UCAS Tariff points from IB Composite parts or in combination with other Level 3 qualifications

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 120 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

OCR National acceptability

  • National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

NVQ

  • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Alternative qualifications considered

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
International applicants will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess.Your personal statement should be concise and to the point.We want to see a systematic approach behind your submission with evidence that you have organisational ability.Explain why you want to study the course, show you’ve done some research into it and be aware of the career pathways.Work experience or contact with the legal system would be advantageous along with individual achievements.

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.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.