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If you are passionate about being at the centre of societal change, then a BA (Hons) Law and Sociology degree is the best way to gain the core knowledge of law, justice and social policy needed to kickstart your career.
This joint programme prepares you for a wide variety of careers in sectors such as court systems, welfare and immigration, housing, government and non-government agencies, community support, police and other related law enforcement agencies.
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
Why study this subject?
Law and society go hand in hand, with each one directly affecting the other. Having the opportunity to study both subjects at undergraduate level allows you to jump straight into exploring how the changing landscape of society and the actions of groups are impacting how legislation, regulation and law are being interpreted and rewritten.
It is an exciting time to study law and sociology with the global landscape providing new challenges as it evolves and becomes more litigious. We are seeing more examples of medical and social services investing in legal expertise and training to ensure they are equipped to handle the growing negligence, data and malpractice cases being brought forward.
Legal knowledge and awareness are at the heart of decision-making for many services and organisations operating within our society, and we want to ensure that you develop the essential skills needed to give you a solid foundation to begin a legal related career in the social sector. You will study policy and society alongside English legal systems so you can be confident that you are developing the wide breadth of knowledge to make a mark in the postgraduate workplace.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
Having the opportunity to study sociology alongside law will give you the unique opportunity to see how the emergence of social science, society’s evolving attitudes and the progression of law have adapted to reflect modern views. Our combined degree will help you to challenge your understanding of the nature of social and economic change from a socio-legal perspective.
If you are passionate about a career in the socio-legal sector, our programme is an ideal way to gain a solid comprehension of law in a broader sociological context, whilst also gaining an understanding of the nature of social and economic environments, and application of the law in social contexts.
At BNU we are a student focused and employer led university which means that you are at the forefront of all that we do. We are proud of our high lecturer to student ratio, which means that we see you as a person and for who you are. You are our priority and our lecturers operate an open-door policy meaning that you can get the staff time, support and contact you need to best suit your learning.
We have knowledgeable lecturers who draw upon their vast industry experience to ensure the course is relevant and will help you build up your legal knowledge and practical application awareness. You will be able to develop a wide range of skills, such as abstract thinking and practical problem-solving, which are relevant to a wide range of related careers.
We are dedicated to helping you put your learning into practise. You will have plenty of chances to visit magistrates’ courts to participate in bail applications and Parliament to see first-hand how these institutions operate, meet guest speakers from the legal industry and hear from our alumni about life beyond university in the workplace at networking events.
Our Bucks Students’ Union has been rated in the top 2 in the whole of the UK (NSS, 2022) and it has a range of societies students can join free of charge. One of these societies is the Mooting Society where you can pursue your passion for law outside of your timetable. It allows you to meet with like-minded students and practise court proceedings and arguing your case. You can even have the opportunity to participate in varsity and national mooting competitions.
What will I study?
In your first year you will focus on learning the base concepts, theories and models of sociology and law to enable you to begin to develop an understanding of how to two interconnects. You will study topics, such as, understanding the social world, policy in context, criminal law, EU constitutional and procedural law and sociological imagination.
During your second year, you will begin to specialise in specific areas of law that interest you. You will learn to apply, analyse and evaluate the principles and theories you have learned and be able to reference and apply them to contemporary situations. You will have the option to study subjects including gender, sexuality and society, human rights, criminology, criminal justice, family law and tort law.
In your final year, you will focus on preparing yourself for your future and career after graduation. Topics, ranging from law of evidence, globalisation, environmental law, media law and victimology can be explored. You will also undertake a dissertation to illustrate how you have developed a depth of understanding through a combination of critical analysis and evaluation.
How will I be taught and assessed?
At Buckinghamshire New University we like to foster an interactive and student-focused teaching style where we blend lectures, seminars, one-to-one workshops, tutorial sessions, independent study and guest speakers to enhance the learning experience.
We will help give you the confidence to analyse and manage large quantities of complex information from both printed and electronic sources. You will also learn to construct clear and well-reasoned legal arguments.
Our lecturers work hard to ensure that you learn the latest industry standard practices and knowledge. To support in the delivery of this we also welcome industry experts and professionals to deliver guest lectures who share their experience of the latest legal rulings and cases.
You will have the opportunity to engage a wide variety of assessments, including:
- written coursework
- oral group and individual presentations
- client advice written reports
- role play advice (applying for jobs in skills, presenting bail a case in a magistrate’s court, preparing for a legal advice exhibition, role play mediation and negotiations)
- written examinations.
You will also be assessed on your ability to carry out effective research, understanding, analysis and use of source materials, ability to assess competing legal arguments, and capacity to recognise potential conclusions for situations and give reasons for them. You will also need to show you can work successfully in a team for moots and presentations. These are all valuable skills to help prepare you for your future career.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112
A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World
Policy and Strategy
Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination
Policy in Context
English Legal Systems
EU Constitutional and Procedural Law
Year 2 Modules
EU Internal Market Law
Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists
Gender, Sexuality and Society
Law of Tort
Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity (optional)
Issues in Criminology (optional)
Citizenship, Welfare and Society (optional)
Ethical Issues in Health and Social Science (optional)
Professional Skills 3 (optional)
Criminal Justice (optional)
Media Law 1 (optional)
Employment Law (optional)
Family Law (optional)
Employment and Volunteering (optional)
Qualitative Research Methods for Social Scientists
Year 3 Modules
Law of Evidence
Children and Law
Globalisation: Issues and Debates
Globalisation: Living in the Late Modern World
Disability, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System (optional)
Aging through the life-course (optional)
Global Health and Society (optional)
Media Law 2 (optional)
Environmental Law (optional)
What are the tuition fees
Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£9,250 per year
Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£14,250 per year
What are my career prospects?
We are committed to your education journey and that doesn’t stop as you near graduation. We want to work with you to ensure that you complete university with a competitive degree, industry experience and ready to hit the ground running. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become resourceful, employable and good workplace trailblazers. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Careers in the law industry are very competitive and our law academic team work alongside the BNU Careers Service to support you in finding voluntary opportunities within and outside of legal environments whilst you are studying with us. This is a useful way to apply the knowledge and skills you are learning in the workplace and gain key connections and experience in the industry.
This course will help prepare you for a range of careers. Occupations and sectors, where a knowledge of law and regulation, combined with social studies, is required or desired, include:
- commercial businesses
- nongovernment agencies
- community support organisations working with children, families
- criminal law sector.
Law related careers are highly sought after across the globe. Having the foundation of having studied a degree in the subject the world becomes your oyster. The topics you will study on this programme and the transferrable skills you will have developed will make international careers easily accessible.
Did you know?
We are one of the top 10 UK universities mostly likely to produce graduates who go on to own or manage a business (Capital on Tap, 2021), find out more about this excellent news.