Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1003: Criminal Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Nathan Tamblyn (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Crimes are the laws with the most serious consequences: commit a crime, and you could go to prison, even for the rest of your life. So pervasive is the criminal law that most people who have never studied law before are already aware of a range of crimes. In this module, we start by drawing upon your background awareness of criminal law, or at least your sense of right and wrong, and from there build a methodical knowledge and useable understanding of some of the major crimes found in the law of England and Wales. (No prior knowledge of the law is needed or expected.) This module is an opportunity for you to explore the legal details and moral underpinnings of such crimes as murder, rape, theft and criminal damage, and the defences available to such crimes, like self-defence or intoxication. You will be encouraged to adopt a critical attitude towards the criminal law, reflecting on why the law is the way it is, and how it can be improved. 

This module is one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge required by the JASB of the Law Society and Bar Council and it is therefore compulsory for all who wish to progress onto the Vocational Stage of Training to become a Solicitor or Barrister. 

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