Law with Criminology LLB (Hons) – 2017 entry

I was attracted to the University of Surrey because of the excellent graduate prospects, as well as the range of extracurricular activities within the School of Law.

What you'll study

This programme combines the expertise of the School of Law with the internationally recognised research and teaching strengths of the University’s Department of Sociology, offering you the chance to develop an understanding of the law and legal principles whilst also studying advanced areas of criminology.

As well as equipping you with the skills and knowledge necessary to proceed to professional legal qualifications as a solicitor or barrister and to engage critically with the key principles of law in core subjects, the programme will give you an awareness of current issues in criminology – from debates surrounding criminal justice to social control and the role of the police.

Programme overview

Through our range of Law programmes you will foster an extensive understanding of the law and the legal system, as well as tackling the fundamental issues of fairness, justice and equality that are at the heart of every society.

Our Law programmes blend traditional and modern teaching methods to introduce you to a range of legal topics in a stimulating and supportive environment. You will gain a critical understanding of the law, as well as developing a range of essential skills necessary for careers in the legal professions.

Challenging you not only to understand the law, but also to apply it and consider its impact on society, our Law programmes develop your professional skills through a series of extracurricular activities focusing on client interviewing, negotiation and mooting.

You will conduct in-depth research and analysis as part of your classes, before discussing your understanding and evaluation of each topic in small group tutorials.

Focusing on the law of England and Wales as affected by European and international law, you will be schooled in the core elements of legal understanding. While you will spend time identifying current legal rules and principles, our programmes are a far cry from the memorisation of dry legal detail.

You will be expected to debate the law, to analyse its application to given situations and to apply your legal understanding in a national or international context. You will also have the opportunity to study legal areas that are of particular interest to you or your career.

The School of Law at Surrey is renowned for its extra curricular activities, links with local legal organisations and a long tradition of offering Professional Training placements that ensure you are prepared for your future legal career.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

As with our single honours programme, you will be introduced to key legal skills and study the English legal system in your first year, alongside the study of core foundation subjects, namely criminal law, contract law, public law and EU law.

The Criminology element of the programme includes modules on crime and society and an introduction to criminological theories.

Compulsory modules:

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Year 2 subjects comprise EU law, tort law, land law and public law, plus a choice of Criminology modules from the following: Crime, Community Safety and Crime Prevention; Crime, Power and Justice; Crime and Technology; and Crime and Media.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules (two of the following):

Professional Training placements

Our Law programmes all offer optional Professional Training placements.

You could work for the full year, either in the UK or abroad, or spend half the year on a work placement and the other half studying at one of our partner universities in countries such as the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Singapore and Australia.

Many Professional Training placements are paid, with the opportunity to experience a variety of contexts, including solicitors’ offices, local authority legal departments, non-governmental organisations and corporations.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

You may opt to undertake a Professional Training placement in your third year, before returning for your final year of study.

In this final year you will study equity and trusts, as well as selecting optional Law modules (including a dissertation) and a choice of two Criminology modules from the following: Youth, Crime and Control; Crime, Ethnicity and Racism; and Policing and the Police.

Compulsory modules:

  • Property Law II A
  • Property Law II B

You will also choose from a range of optional Law modules (examples of which are listed below) and one option from the Criminology modules:

Optional Criminology modules:

Optional Law modules:

Professional recognition

All programmes are Qualifying Law Degrees (QLD). A QLD provides exemption from the academic stage of the Law Society and Bar examinations.


For our core Law subjects, teaching consists of weekly lectures and tutorials in groups of eight to twelve students. Tutorials are weekly in the first and second years. You will carry out extensive research into the law in preparation for tutorials, using lecture content as guidance.

During the tutorial, you will engage in discussion, using legal sources as the basis of your answers and presentations.


Each core module is assessed by either coursework or examination (weighted at 100 per cent). The split between coursework assessment and examination across Years 1 and 2 of the LLB programmes is approximately 50/50. Optional modules may be assessed in a variety of ways.

Written examinations are generally two hours long and require you to answer two or three questions out of six posed on the paper. Questions include a combination of problem-based and essay questions that also form the content of tutorials and seminars.

You are marked on your ability not simply to identify the relevant law, but to apply it in a logical manner. You are required to identify inconsistencies in the law and to question and critique the theoretical underpinnings of particular laws and of law in general.

All work is marked in accordance with identified grade descriptors, which ensure that marking is transparent and consistent.

Contact hours

The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on this programme, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016):

  • 4 per cent personal tutorial/small group teaching
  • 1 per cent medium group teaching
  • 14 per cent large group teaching
  • 81 per cent studying and revising in your own time

Career opportunities

Each year, many former students take up permanent employment with prestigious employers who have included Electricité de France, Clifford Chance, Eversheds and other firms of solicitors, sets of barristers’ chambers and legal departments of large companies.

We offer a varied programme of careers sessions, which provide advice and guidance on what you should do to develop a suitable career path.

In combination with our student Law Society, we run a variety of events, competitions and activities, such as mooting and client interviewing, that are not only enjoyable and rewarding but will also enhance your employability and introduce you to local and regional solicitors, barristers and other legal professionals.

The School of Law also has close links with the University of Law in Guildford and cooperates with the university in a number of career-development activities.

Graduate prospects

Recent Law graduates have entered employment with organisations such as:

  • Clifford Chance
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • GE Healthcare
  • Home Office
  • UK Supreme Court

Global opportunities

We encourage you to add an international experience to your degree by studying overseas for one or two semesters as part of your Professional Training placement programme.

The School of Law currently has 14 exchange agreements spanning three continents. Our international partners include:

  • University of Queensland
  • La Trobe University
  • Monash University
  • University of Wollongong
  • Victoria University, Wellington
  • Singapore Management University
  • University of Gent
  • Stockholm University
  • Turku University
  • Groningen University
  • University Catholique de Lille

If you study at a European university you will be eligible for an Erasmus grant.

Our partners complement our commitment to excellence in teaching and research and enable students to enhance their international outlook. 

In your third year you might want to think about spending your Professional Training placement abroad. Students have worked in many places, both in Europe and beyond; if working in Europe you will again be eligible for an Erasmus grant.

This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also to improve or learn another language. 

Taking part in the exchange programme is an invaluable experience that will expand your knowledge of legal systems, broaden your horizons, enhance your CV and enrich your life on a personal and professional level.

Learn more about the Erasmus programme or discover where our global opportunities can take you.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

Access to HE Diploma

QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction - QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 39 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 6 Level 3 Credits at Merit

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

76 per cent-75 per cent

International Baccalaureate

36-35 points

Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers AAA/Scottish Highers AAAAB-Scottish Advanced Highers AAB/Scottish Highers AAABB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or international equivalent – see relevant country page)

Preference may be given to subjects with a strong theoretical and analytical sub-skill. Please contact us for further details.

A-level Law is acceptable for entry.

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.5 IELTS minimum in reading and writing elements

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2018 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
LLB (Hons) 3 years M1M9 View KIS data set
LLB (Hons) 4 years M1M8 View KIS data set

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Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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