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Introduction to Law and Criminology

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Start date

September 2019

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Course summary

Introduction to Law and Criminology is a short course enabling mature students without traditional qualifications and those who have been out of education for some time to progress to the University of East London to study a degree in Law, Criminology or Policing. Alternatively, those who complete the course can also apply for a joint degree in subjects such as Criminology and Psychology, Sociology with Criminology or Law and Criminology.

With low course fees and evening class times, this course makes higher education truly accessible for people who would find traditional study options difficult to balance with other commitments. Our Law and Criminology department is highly respected and balances friendly, supportive teaching with world-class research and academic expertise. In 2014's Research Excellence Framework, 99% of our Criminology and Law research was rated as 'internationally recognised' and our courses receive a high satisfaction rating; 90% for BA Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2017 (NSS).

The course starts in May and lasts for 10 weeks. Attendance is required for 2 hours on one evening per week plus weekly independent study.

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Access a full degree

Fast track your way on to a Law or Criminology degree at the University of East London

Study skills

Learn essential study skills to prepare you for higher education alongside key aspects of studying law and criminology

Flexible study

Convenient class times to fit in with your work and family commitments.

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Fees and funding

£200 (some means-tested bursaries are available for those on a low income).

Entry requirements

Successful completion of an entry test.  Applicants are also expected to have a GCSE pass at grade C or above or other equivalent level 2 qualification in English language (or English language and maths) or be working towards this qualification to be completed successfully before starting the degree.

What you'll learn

Topics on this course include an introduction to legal and criminological materials; rule handling; statutory interpretation; reading case law; understanding quantitative and qualitative methods; problem solving.

What you will study

Topics relating to criminology and law. 
Written assignments and end of course assessment.
Lectures, group activities, guided reading and written work.

Your future career

Most Introduction to Law and Criminology students go on to study the Law or Criminology degree of their choice at the University of East London.  Many have continued on to do postgraduate courses and/or professional training. 

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