Undergraduate Pathway in Law and Criminology


Program Description


From small law firms to the United Nations International Court of Justice, the legal profession shapes every aspect of our society, politics and economics.

Law regulates how we buy and sell goods and services, and how we govern ourselves. It defines how we prosecute and defend, and how we secure the rights of people who may not be able to protect themselves. All of Swansea's Bachelor of Law (LLB) courses are qualifying law degrees.


Learn about crime, the criminal justice system and cutting edge themes in criminological debates from leading experts in the field.

Gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you for a wide range of careers in the Criminal Justice System and related organisations.

Key Features

The College, Swansea University provides teaching in smaller groups, with a personalised and supportive educational philosophy that encourages students to reach their maximum academic potential. All courses are available with a choice of start dates and durations, depending on your qualifications and English Language proficiency.

When you study in The College, Swansea University, you are a full student of the University from the start of your course.



University foundation modules

  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
  • Composition and Style
  • Principles of ICT
  • Mass Communication
  • Legal Skills
  • English Legal System
  • Contract Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law

First-year degree modules

  • 120 Credits of Level 1 Swansea University modules in your chosen subject.


  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communications (ILSC) (worth 20 credits)
  • Academic Support (Tutorial Classes)


The following durations and start dates are available, depending on your IELTS Score.


  • Two semesters: September or January start.

First Year Degree

  • Two semesters: September start.

Entry Requirements

There are both English Language and Academic Entry Requirements for Foundation and First Year study.

You can be admitted directly to First Year if your academic qualifications do not require a Foundation stage of study. For details please refer to our Admission Requirements by Country document.

If you do not meet the English Language requirement for direct entry to your chosen pathway, you can receive the required amount of English Language tuition at Swansea University to prepare you for successful entry into your chosen programme at a later date.

How to Apply

You can apply via our online form.

Before you submit your application, please make sure that:

  • You know which course you want to study and which date you want to start.
  • You have electronic copies of your academic transcripts, which you will need to attach to your online application. Please note: the limit for all attachments is 25MB.
  • Alternatively, you can download the Application Form in PDF format, fill in and send to the-college-admissions@swansea.ac.uk with the necessary documents.

Please note: If you are a citizen/permanent resident of the United Kingdom and have not lived outside of the UK for at least three years, you may not be eligible to apply via The College, Swansea University. Admissions staff will review your application and get in touch to advise you.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

University Foundation £13,950 (2 Semesters)
£13,950 (3 Semesters - November Intake)
First Year Degree (Criminology only) £13,350
Second Year Degree £13,750 to £15,100
Final Year Degree £13,750 to £15,100

Additional Costs

Recommended textbooks for this course are available in the University libraries, but you may choose to purchase personal copies. All software needed for the course is available on the University network for use within University computer rooms. Free wireless internet access is available across the whole of the University campus, including halls of residence. Personal costs such as the purchase of stationery, photocopying costs, parking fees or travel between the campuses are not included in your tuition fees.

You will need to purchase a personal electronic calculator for statistics (approximately £10).

You may need to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) at a cost of £44 (price as at November 2017) for some Independent Research projects in Year Three or for students taking the Psychology Work Placement module.

Degree Pathways

Successful completion of this pathway will lead to the award of one of the following from Swansea University:

  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • LLB (Hons) Law (Crime and Criminal Justice)
  • LLB (Hons) Law and American Studies
  • LLB (Hons) Law and Criminology
  • LLB (Hons) Law and History
  • LLB (Hons) Law and Politics
  • BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Criminology and Social Policy

Last updated Jan 2020

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