Course overview

  • Study the causes and consequences of crime in society.
  • Work on research issues, and gain practical skills and experience using a wide range of exciting datasets.
  • Enjoy the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or complete a professional placement on a four-year optional course.

    Institutional Accreditation 

    University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

    Course Level:

    Bachelor of Laws (LLB)


    CODE U1207

    How long it takes:

    4 years

    Study Mode:

    Distance learning/ Campus

    Entry requirements

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    Newcastle Law School

    Course content for year 1

    Year 1 gives you a broad introduction to the social sciences, enabling you to make an informed choice of areas to specialise in for your second and third years.

    Course units for year 1

    The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.


    Title Code Credit rating Mandatory/optional
    Study Skills (BA Econ/BASS) – semester 2 SOCS10902 10 Optional
    Study Skills (BA Econ/BASS) – semester one SOCS10911 10 Optional

    Course content for year 2

    In Year 2, you begin to specialise.

    If you decide to specialise in one subject, you will take between 60-80 credits in it.

    If you decide to specialise in two subjects, such as Criminology and Quantitative Methods, you will take at least 40 credits in each.


    Course content for year 3

    In Year 3, you pick your final areas of specialisation.

    If you decide to specialise in one subject, you will take between 60-80 credits in it.

    If you decide to specialise in two subjects, such as Criminology and Quantitative Methods, you will take at least 40 credits in each.


    Course content for year 4

    If completing a year professional placement, you will take the Year 3 course content in Year 4.


    • ABB
    • We do not accept two A/S Levels grades in place of one A-Level.
    • Applicants must be studying at least one of the following A-level subjects: Accounting; Economics; Finance; Business Studies; Development Studies; Government and Politics; Economic and Social History; Mathematics; Anthropology; Sociology; Philosophy; Religious Studies; English Language; English Literature; Geography; Psychology; Classical Civilisation; History; Archaeology; Communication Studies; Environmental Studies; World Development; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Modern Languages.
    • We accept native language A Levels providing they are taken in the same sitting as your other subjects. We will not accept combination of Mathematics, Further Mathematics and a native language.
    • We accept the Level 3 Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) as equivalent to an A-level if taken alongside two full A-levels from the list of acceptable subjects above.


    AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Newcastle.

    Unit grade information

    The University of Newcastle welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.



    Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

    International Baccalaureate

    6,5,5 at Higher level, 34 points overall. Applicants taking English Language A must achieve grade 4 at Higher or Standard level. Applicants offering English Language B must achieve grade 5 at Higher level and grade 6 at Standard level.

    Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

    Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2020 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £19,000 per annum.


    You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

    All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

    Career opportunities

    We’re one of the most targeted universities by the nation’s top employers.

    A degree in the social sciences gives you the skills and knowledge that you need to be able to succeed in the future. Graduates are highly sought-after and are able to use their skills and knowledge in a wide range of different areas.

    Popular avenues include journalism and the media, charities, consultancy, the civil service, finance, marketing and PR, social work, teaching, and the law.

    Another popular option is postgraduate study. We offer a wide range of specialist taught master’s courses within the School of Social Sciences.

    Some of our most recent graduates are currently studying postgraduate qualifications in teaching, law, political theory and political economy, business and marketing, visual anthropology, and social work.

    Throughout your studies and after you graduate you will have to access our Careers Service, which can help you:

    • find summer internships or work experience;
    • apply for jobs and provide practice interviews;
    • Access online and interactive services such as practice psychometric tests.

    English language

    All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency.  The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

    • GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade C.
    • IELTS 6.5 overall with no lower than 6 in any component.
    • TOEFL (IBT) 92 overall with minimum of 21 in listening and speaking, 22 in reading and 23 in speaking.
    • iGCSE English (Second Language) grade B
    • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

    The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the ‘B2 level’.

    Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level.