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Our Law with Criminology programme is tailored for students who are interested in careers in the criminal justice system, or are interested in law and in becoming a barrister or solicitor. 

  • Practice-focussed vocational modules as well as modules exploring criminology, legal theory and cultural issues.
  • Emphasis on employability via engagement with the local legal community and extra-curricular activities such as mooting, mock trials and commercial awareness workshops.
  • The friendly and enthusiastic team of lecturers teach areas they've either practised or carried out research in, and are available for individual support.

Why study Law with Criminology (with a Foundation Year)?

A major challenge to society is 'crime'. Criminology examines 'crime' and 'deviance,' and the processes through which the criminal justice system responds to these phenomena.

You'll learn the core ‘foundations of legal knowledge’ required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board to pass the academic stage of training and progress on to the vocational stage.

Future changes to the qualification routes for solicitors with the introduction by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) mean that if you start a law degree course in the 2021/22 academic year or later, you will need to pass the SQE to qualify as a solicitor.

The Criminology modules explore why crime exists, how crime and deviance is socially constructed, which societies have the most crime and how societies deal with crime. No society is crime-free; crime and society are intertwined.

By studying this degree you'll develop the analytical and reasoning skills essential for formulating legal arguments and will gain a thorough understanding of key issues within criminology. Not only does it allow graduates to pursue legal careers, but the programme provides the opportunity to pursue several career pathways.

Why St Mary's?

Our Law with Criminology degree is taught by leading academics in both fields - as well as former solicitors and barristers - in an open and friendly environment, with emphasis given to supporting you as an individual.

We work hard to help you develop your employability skills and this degree programme will enable you to experience external visits to the Supreme and Crown Courts, for example. The teaching staff on the programme have expertise in modern slavery and human trafficking, terrorism and counter radicalisation, green criminology, sports criminology, and drugs, alcohol, homelessness and crime. There are also regular talks by guest speakers on topics such as organised crime and human trafficking, medical fraud and prisons.

There are opportunities for you to sign up to observe at legal advice clinics in the borough of Richmond upon Thames. You may also have the opportunity to observe practitioners at a local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and at a pro-bono legal advice service for the local community. You may even be able to shadow a judge at a local court.

With a wide range of option modules - including work-based learning placements - and a diverse variety of assessment methods, such as simulated negotiation exercises and delivering presentations, you will learn through experiencing the law, not just through exams.

Previous students have undertaken placements in the local and wider London area, in private and sole practitioner solicitor firms, barristers' chambers, charities, and the Youth Justice Board.

The degree programme is connected to the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery and the Centre for Law and Culture. You're encouraged to attend public lectures and other suitable events as these opportunities will enable you to develop learning beyond your undergraduate studies, both in the context of further studies and career development. 

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

On successful completion of the Law Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the three-year undergraduate degree in Law with Criminology.

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Entry requirements

48-72 UCAS points required


A Levels


BTEC Extended

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To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

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Course content

On successful completion of the foundation year you will be automatically enrolled on to the first year of the undergraduate degree.

Foundation year

  • Personal Learning Competencies Core
  • Taking a Professional Approach Core
  • Rights and Responsibilities I Core
  • Rights and Responsibilities II Core
  • Thinking Critically, Creatively and Ethically Core
  • Individual Project Core

Year one

  • Legal Process and the Introduction to the Practice of Law Core
  • Sources of Law and Academic Legal Skills Core
  • Human Rights Law Core
  • Criminal Law Core
  • Law of Contract Core
  • Investigating Criminal Justice Core

Year two

  • Law of the European Union Core
  • Land Law Core
  • Law of Tort Core
  • Criminalising Social Problems Core
  • Crime and the Media Core

Year three

  • Law Research Project Core option
  • Extended Essay in Law Core option
  • Equity and Trusts Core
  • Criminology: New Perspectives Core
  • Cultural Legal Studies Optional
  • Work Based Learning for Law Optional
  • Introduction to Sharia Law Optional
  • Intellectual Property Law Optional
  • Jurisprudence Optional
  • Insurance Law Optional
  • Medical Law and Ethics Optional
  • Employment Law in the Workplace Optional
  • International Criminal Law Optional
  • Counter Radicalisation and Terrorism Optional
  • Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Organised Crime Optional

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

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Career opportunities

Many graduates will go on to vocational training in order to practise law as a barrister, solicitor, legal executive or paralegal. Almost half of graduates use their law degree to enter careers in the private and public sector, public services, commerce and government.

Generally, an LLB degree is highly valued by employers in all sectors as you'll have a range of highly transferable skills, and a detailed and analytical knowledge of law.

Law with Criminology graduates have a wide variety of career options including the following possible career pathways:

  • Policy and administration
  • Government civil service 
  • Campaign groups working for social and criminal justice
  • Investigating justice and victim support
  • The Police
  • HM Prison Service 
  • National Probation Service
  • Community, health and social work

The Careers Service has more information on careers study options available to students and graduates.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

The programme makes use of a range of traditional and innovative teaching methods including lectures, seminars, practice vivas, mock client interviews and interactive workshops as well as online discussion forums, podcasts and audience response systems.

The teaching team has a significant amount of experience teaching in higher education as well as in the practice of law. The team includes barristers, solicitors and active researcher career academics who provide academic support and pastoral care.

In addition to group contact time students are encouraged to visit lecturers for supportive friendly one-to-one tutorials for general guidance and feedback on work or formative assessments.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 22%
  • Guided learning: 43%
  • Independent study: 35%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed on an individual basis in a variety of ways throughout your degree. Assessments will include essays, case studies, presentations (group and individual), vivas, in-class tests, examinations, skills portfolios, reflective e-portfolios and simulated exercises including client interviews and negotiations. 

These are designed to assess you but also to enhance your academic and employability skills. They aim to be challenging but for you afterwards to be able to reflect on your increased confidence in carrying out research, producing written work and in your oral skills, all essential for the workplace.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

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Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 fees

  • Home: £9,250*
  • International: £12,900

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Fees for EU applicants starting courses in 2021/22 academic year

Eligible EU applicants will pay the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

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Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact


A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

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Further information

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