The LLB (Hons) Law and Criminology degree is concerned with the rules by which society is organized, how they can be changed and what happens when they are broken. It is designed to appeal to students with excellent problem-solving abilities who enjoy debating and critiquing.
Criminology is an interdisciplinary field that draws on sociology, anthropology, psychology and the law, and the course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to graduate well qualified for a diverse range of careers.
Criminology is a well-established discipline at Lincoln. It combines science, social science, and politics with specialist areas such as youth culture, human rights, resistance, penal policy and war crimes.
How You Study
The Law major constitutes two-thirds of this joint course, which provides students with the opportunity to develop legal skills and sound knowledge of the professionally required foundation areas of law. The remaining third of the course consists of criminology modules, which can include Applying Criminology, Images of Crime and Criminal Justice, and Human Rights (Social Sciences).
In the first year, students have the opportunity to study key social science concepts, social issues, and justice, as well as the context of the English legal system – its origins, history and practices.
Second-year topics include the application of criminology and the way that findings translate into policy, criminal law, European Union law and land law.
In the final year of the degree, students study equity and trusts and penology and penal policy and are expected to produce an extended dissertation in an area of their choice.
Lectures aim to provide a guide to a topic, highlighting important areas and providing information on matters that may not be readily available from other sources. Seminars are normally held once a week for each module. Seminars are designed to form a forum for discussion and debate and are usually based on the preparation of an answer to a problem or a discussion topic.
How You Are Assessed
In addition to examinations, students are assessed by coursework which takes the form of assignments, mooting, individual and group presentations and workbooks. Written assignments may be in the form of an in-depth case study, an essay or writing a review. Coursework aims to provide students with an important opportunity to gauge how they are coping with various subject areas and levels of study before having to sit an examination.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
Methods of Assessment
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.
- GCE Advanced Levels: BBC
- International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall
- BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
Applicants will also need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.
EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.
We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.
About the School
Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities.