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Law and Criminology (LLB)

  • Subject areas: Law, Social sciences
  • UCAS code: M190
  • Next intake: September 2025
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Mode: Full time

Entry year

Why study this course


Placement opportunities

Gain valuable graduate-level experience as a paralegal including: case management, legal research and legal writing.


Organisational connections

Learn from leading institutions through links to police, probation and prisons, as well as government at local and national levels.


Professional accreditation

Course accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).


Law in context

Explore contemporary issues in environmental law, human rights law and discrimination and law.


Complement your academic studies

We offer a range of pioneering pro-bono projects where you can work with clients under professional supervision.

Whereas Law examines the system of rules used by a country or state to regulate its inhabitants, Criminology focuses on criminalisation, victimisation, and social responses to crime and disorder. This makes both topics an ideal pairing for study as part of a joint honours programme.

This degree programme is an opportunity to study both Law and Criminology within an interdisciplinary social sciences context.

You will gain a comprehensive grounding in English and Welsh Law by studying the foundation modules (which constitute the academic stage of training that is currently necessary to become a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales) but, in addition, you will examine crime, justice and control as a social scientist before applying your new research-driven skills to real world issues and debates.

Criminology is the field of study which focuses on criminalisation, victimisation, and social responses to crime and disorder. We draw on a range of social science perspectives and offer you the chance to explore sociological, psychological and political approaches to crime and its control.

Subject area: Law

  • academic-schoolSchool of Law and Politics
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Subject area: Social sciences

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Entry requirements

We accept a combination of A-levels and other qualifications, as well as equivalent international qualifications subject to entry requirements. Typical offers are as follows:

A level


Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

Our grade range covers our standard offer and contextual offer. We carefully consider the circumstances in which you've been studying (your contextual data) upon application.

  • Eligible students will be given an offer at the lower end of the advertised grade range.
  • Where there is no grade range advertised and/or where there are selection processes in place (like an interview) you may receive additional points in the selection process or be guaranteed interview/consideration.

Learn about eligible courses and how contextual data is applied.

International Baccalaureate

36-34 overall or 666 in 3 HL subjects.

Baccalaureate Wales

From September 2023, there will be a new qualification called the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales (level 3). This qualification will replace the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (Welsh Baccalaureate). The qualification will continue to be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

You must have or be working towards:
- English language or Welsh language at GCSE grade B/6 or an equivalent (such as A-levels). If you require a Student visa, you must ensure your language qualification complies with UKVI requirements.
If you’d like to progress to either the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Training Course after you graduate, we urge you to first read the fitness to practise requirements of the relevant professional body to make sure you’d be eligible to register with them: 
- Bar Standards Board handbook
- Solicitors Regulation Authority period of recognised training

We do not accept Critical Thinking, General Studies, Citizenship Studies, or other similar equivalent subjects.
We will accept a combination of BTEC subjects, A-levels, and other qualifications, subject to the course specific grade and subject requirements.


Grade B or grade 6 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other subskills.


At least 90 overall with a minimum of 22 for writing and 20 in all other subskills.

PTE Academic

At least 69 overall with a minimum of 69 in writing and a minimum of 62 in all other communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: a Distinction in Writing and at least one Distinction and two Merits in other components.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Other qualifications from inside the UK


DDD in a BTEC Extended Diploma in any subject.

T level

Acceptance of T Levels for this programme will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Academic School. Consideration will be given to the T Level grade/subject and grades/subjects achieved at GCSE/Level 2.

Qualifications from outside the UK

See our qualification equivalences guide

Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.

Tuition fees for 2025 entry

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.

Learn how we decide your fee status

Fees for home status

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2025/26 academic year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in the second and subsequent years of a course as permitted by law or Welsh Government policy. Where applicable we will notify you of any change in tuition fee by the end of June in the academic year before the one in which the fee will increase.

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2025/26 academic year.

Fees for island status

Learn more about the undergraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

Fees for overseas status

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2025/26 academic year.

Additional costs

You should be prepared to invest in some key text books and to cover the costs of basic printing and photocopying.  You may also want to buy copies of other books, either because they are particularly important for your course or because you find them particularly interesting.

If you have a laptop computer you will have the option of purchasing software at discounted prices.

Course specific equipment

What the student should provide:

You do not need any specific equipment to study on this programme.  Access to a laptop computer would be advantageous as many readings are available electronically and most assessments are prepared using standard word processing software.

What the University will provide:

Networked computers with appropriate file space and all necessary software.  Access to essential and background reading for each module plus a wide range of journals and other online resources.  All course documents will be available online (via the VLE) and hard copies of essential documents will be provided if requested.


We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Living costs

We're based in one of the UK's most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.

Course structure

This is a three-year, full-time course, consisting of 120 credits a year. The final degree classification that you are awarded is based on the grades you achieve in the modules that you take in years two and three.

During the course of your degree, you will be able to take the Foundations of Legal Knowledge modules that constitute the Qualifying Law Degree.

Modules offered by the School of Social Sciences allow students to explore sociological, psychological and political approaches to the study of criminology.

Academic years consist of two semesters. You are required to pursue modules to the value of 120 credits in each year of your studies.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2025/2026 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2025.

Year one

You will study four compulsory 20 credit Law modules and two compulsory 20 credit modules in Criminology in year one.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Contract [20]CL420120 credits
Criminal [20]CL420220 credits
Legal Foundations [20]CL420320 credits
Public Law [20]CL420420 credits
Foundations of Contemporary CriminologySI028420 credits

Year two

You will study modules amounting to 120 credits in total, 80 of which are to be chosen from the list of optional Law modules available. Remaining modules will be taken from the list of options in Criminology.

If you wish to obtain a qualifying Law degree, you will notice that our QLD modules (Tort and Land Law) are offered with a range of credit weightings. This provides you with flexibility in your module choices but also allows you to study the modules needed for a qualifying law degree.

The list of optional modules is kept under review on an annual basis in light of factors such as staff resources and student demand. The final honours classification is based on the assessments taken in years two and three

Module titleModule codeCredits
Responses to CrimeSI020220 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Land Law [20]CL520120 credits
Tort [20]CL520220 credits
Discrimination and Law [20]CL520520 credits
Cyfraith Tir [20]CL522120 credits
CAMWEDD [20]CL522220 credits
Welsh DevolutionCL522320 credits
Datganoli yng NghymruCL522420 credits
French Law ICL525520 credits
French Law IICL525620 credits
Land Law [30]CL530130 credits
Tort [30]CL530230 credits
Discrimination and Law [30]CL530530 credits
Sociology of LawCL531230 credits
Sociology of LawCL531230 credits
Crime, Law and SocietyCL531330 credits
Media Law [30]CL531830 credits
Cyfraith Tir [30]CL532130 credits
CAMWEDD [30]CL532230 credits
Welsh Devolution [30]CL532330 credits
Datganoli yng Nghymru [30]CL532430 credits
Legal Practice: Foundation SkillsCL532730 credits
Miscarriages of Justice: The Cardiff Innocence ProjectCL532830 credits
Public International LawCL532930 credits
Law and PovertyCL533230 credits
Offending and VictimisationSI020120 credits
Crimes of the PowerfulSI031420 credits

Year three

In year three, you will choose between 60- 80 credits from Law modules and the remaining 40-60 credits will be chosen from Criminology options.

If you wish to obtain a qualifying Law degree, you will notice that our QLD modules (Law of the European Union and Equity and Trusts) are offered with a range of credit weightings. This provides you with flexibility in your module choices but also allows you to study the modules needed for a qualifying law degree.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Law of the European Union [20]CL620120 credits
Company Law [20]CL620420 credits
Dissertation [20]CL620520 credits
Dissertation (Cymraeg)CL621420 credits
Legal History [20]CL622020 credits
Cyfraith yr Undeb Ewropeaidd [20]CL622120 credits
Healthcare, Ethics and LawCL623020 credits
Equity and TrustsCL623120 credits
Ecwiti ac Ymddiriedolaethau [20]CL623220 credits
Financial Crime [20]CL624220 credits
International Law and Transnational Challenges [20]CL624320 credits
Law of the European Union [30]CL630130 credits
Company Law [30]CL630430 credits
Dissertation [30]CL630530 credits
Family LawCL630730 credits
Human Rights LawCL630830 credits
Commercial LawCL631330 credits
Traethawd Hir [30]CL631430 credits
Legal History [30]CL632030 credits
Cyfraith yr Undeb Ewropeaidd [30]CL632130 credits
Global Problems and Legal TheoryCL632830 credits
Law and LiteratureCL632930 credits
Healthcare, Ethics and Law [30]CL633030 credits
Equity and Trusts [30]CL633130 credits
Ecwiti ac Ymddiriedolaethau [30]CL633230 credits
Law & Governance in Practice: Work Placement Module [30]CL633630 credits
Intellectual Property Law: Copyright, Patents and Trade MarksCL633830 credits
Environmental Law and PolicyCL633930 credits
EvidenceCL634030 credits
Financial Crime [30]CL634230 credits
International Law and Transnational Challenges [30]CL634330 credits
Crime, Security and Justice in the CitySI060020 credits
Police and PolicingSI060120 credits
Prisons and PrisonersSI060220 credits
Drugs, Crime and SocietySI060320 credits

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

In each year of the programme, students are required to take modules to the value of 120 credits, which will be made up of 80 credits in Law and 40 credits in Criminology. Modules are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars, amounting to approximately ten to twelve hours a week of formal teaching.  This, of course, will be supplemented by independent research and study through which students will acquire more advanced knowledge and understanding. 

Students take four compulsory 20 credit Law modules and two compulsory 20 credit modules in Criminology in Year 1, none of which count towards the final degree classification.  In Years 2 and 3, modules are chosen from a range of options, including those required for legal practice in the UK.

How will I be supported?

All modules within the programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Learning Central, on which students can access discussion forums and find course materials including recordings of lectures, links to related materials, multiple-choice tests, past exam papers and examples of student work from previous years.  We provide students with frequent feedback on their work. This comes in an array of formats (including oral tutor feedback during tutorials, personalised feedback on written work, feedback lectures, generic written feedback and feedback on tutorial performance). This feedback is intended to help students reflect on their performance and identify things they can do in order to improve.

All students will be allocated a personal tutor in both the Law School and the School of Social Sciences. Personal tutors will not only assist with reflection on performance on the course but also advise on study techniques, module selection and career planning (in conjunction with the University’s Career Service) and provide a first point of contact when difficulties are experienced.

An extensive programme of careers lectures and workshops is delivered within the Law School and an in-house Law Careers Consultant is available.

A range of staff are available to provide further support, including an academic support tutor, a pro-bono scheme co-ordinator and specialist law librarians. A member of academic staff acts as a designated Disability and Diversity Officer and ensures that reasonable adjustments are made for students with disabilities.




How will I be assessed?

Modules are assessed in a variety of ways, as detailed in the module descriptions. Social Science modules usually include a mixture of exam and coursework, whilst Law modules are typically assessed by examinations held place during the summer examination period.  Coursework is submitted on designated dates during the academic session. 

During the academic year, students will be required to complete various pieces of formative work which are designed to assist them in achieving the learning outcomes for individual modules and improve their ability to perform well in summative assessment. Formative work might be written or oral and may be submitted formally to a tutor or presented during tutorials or seminars. Preparation for formative work will normally be done during students’ independent study time. Feedback on formative work is given frequently and in a wide variety of formats and is intended to help students identify strengths and weaknesses in their learning, as well as giving indications of how they might improve in their performance in summative assessments.

Alternative provision may be made for students with disabilities.

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Describe the main principles, values, institutions and processes of the legal systems in England and Wales and the European Union
  • Where appropriate, demonstrate awareness of the impact of relevant international law on the laws of England and Wales and outline alternative models of legal regulation with reference to the laws of other jurisdictions
  • Describe and explain the main principles, values and rules of the primary areas of substantive law of the legal system of England and Wales
  • Explain the relationship between an existing body of law and relevant political, economic, social and cultural issues and outline how these factors contribute to contemporary legal debates
  • Explain the political, legal, social and/or philosophical context of the evolution of a particular body of law
  • Give an explanation of the meaning of complex legislation and identify its doctrinal implications
  • Provide a summary of a complex body of case law and identify the legal principles arising from it
  • Explain the meaning and significance of a range of primary and secondary legal materials, academic research and commentary.
  • Explain key concepts and theoretical approaches in Criminology.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Apply knowledge of legal rules and principles to propose solutions to doctrinal problems of varying complexity
  • Evaluate the doctrinal coherence and significance of a body of statutes and/or case law
  • Evaluate the success and/or shortcomings of an area of law in relation to policy perspectives and wider social/contextual issues and identify areas where law reform might be needed
  • Evaluate law reform proposals in a way which demonstrates sound understanding of current legal problems, sensitivity to law’s social, cultural and political context and awareness of international legal obligations
  • Relate a piece of academic writing or research to a contemporary legal debate and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses with reference to other supportive materials
  • Use official publications, academic research and commentaries presented in a variety of formats in the construction of an argument relevant to a contemporary legal debate
  • Discriminate between primary and secondary materials, with reference to their authority, relevance and objectivity
  • Through independent research, identify appropriate primary and secondary legal sources, research and commentary and apply them in written work or an oral presentation
  • Evaluate the principles that underlie criminal justice policy and crime control strategies

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Locate a variety of primary and secondary materials in both paper and electronic format
  • Identify and access up-to-date legislation and case law on a legal issue
  • Use appropriate databases to find academic research and commentary of relevance to a topic for the purposes of supplementing reading lists and taught materials
  • Produce written work, in a variety of formats, which is accurately informed, coherently written and structured, and appropriately referenced in accordance with OSCOLA guidance
  • Give a clear, confident and informed oral presentation or oral response to a question on a taught or independently researched legal topic in a manner that would be appropriate for a professional environment.
  • With support, propose appropriate discussion questions for a tutorial or seminar group study of a topic and manage a short group discussion of those questions
  • Evaluate and critically appraise criminological research

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Effectively communicate information and ideas, both orally and in writing, at a level which demonstrates accurate and clear use of the English language
  • Prepare and give an oral presentation and provide clear and accurate supporting materials in an appropriate format.
  • Take responsibility for structuring, managing and reporting, orally and/or in writing, a small research project
  • Contribute constructively and reliably to a group task
  • Effectively manage time and conduct self-directed study in the context of a structured timetable, prescribed learning activities and task deadlines
  • Reflect on their own learning, identify gaps in their knowledge and plan strategies for closing those gaps
  • Make use of both oral and written feedback, including feedback obtained through tutor assessment, self assessment and peer assessment
  • Use subject specific electronic sources and Virtual Learning Environments
  • Use electronic methods for research and demonstrate general competency in IT skills when preparing and presenting written material

As students progress through the three years of the degree the depth and breadth of their studies will increase. Our overall objective is to encourage students to become independent learners, with a commitment to continuing learning and development.



Other information

School of Law and Politics

We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities, some unique to Cardiff University, which equip our students with a competitive edge over other law graduates.


Our students are encouraged to enter annual mooting competitions. These competitions give you an opportunity to present legal issues before a judge, against an opposing counsel.

Mooting is a great skill to be able to add to your CV and provides an invaluable experience of public speaking in a formal court setting.

Client interviewing competition

Our students are encouraged to take part in an annual client interviewing competition, which has Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC as its President. You will gain crucial experience interviewing in a simulated setting and will be assessed against specific criteria that include interpersonal skills and your ability to handle legal problems.

School of Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences has a dedicated Placements Manager who can offer advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons. Support with job applications and interview techniques is also available.

Careers and placements

Career prospects

School of Law and Politics

Students who have chosen to work immediately following their degree have obtained roles as negotiators, paralegals, mortgage handlers and lawyers with law firms such as Hugh James Solicitors, Admiral Law, Eversheds LLP and NHS Wales Legal and Risk Services.

A law degree doesn’t restrict graduates to careers within the legal profession. Each year a number of law graduates enter professions as diverse as finance, sales and marketing, digital communications and recruitment.

You will have access to a dedicated Careers Consultant at the School of Law and Politics. They arrange practical employability workshops throughout the year which cover topics including writing CVs and covering letters, preparing for employer selection days and interviews, job search strategies and sourcing work.

School of Social Sciences

Turning theory into practical application and providing experience of the working world are important facets of preparing our graduates for life outside of education.

We encourage our students to think about life beyond University from day one, offering modules and support to give you a competitive advantage on graduating.



In your second year you will have the opportunity to apply for a work placement which will be carried out in the third year of your LLB Law degree. The full-time, salaried placements will be open to you via a competitive application process which aims to replicate the graduate recruitment processes you will encounter after leaving university. During your placement, you will undertake legal practice as paralegals, and will be performing graduate level roles. You will develop both key practitioner skills such as case management, legal research and legal writing in addition to generic employability skills such as time management, team working and commercial awareness. Placements will be located in Cardiff and will count for 10% of degree classification.

Studying in Welsh

Up to 38% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.

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HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20, published by HESA in June 2022.