• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

The sector that this course is aimed at is changing, and becoming much more litigious, for example NHS medical and social services have invested heavily in legal expertise buy in and legal training, including medical records witness training, with negligence cases growing rapidly. Legal knowledge and awareness is at the heart of decision-making.

This programme focuses on the development of enhanced transferrable skills and employability-focused opportunities for students, while ensuring the emergence of sound social scientific understanding of the nature of social and economic change from a socio legal perspective.

This joint programme is excellent preparation for a wide variety of occupations and sectors, including commercial businesses, charities, government and nongovernment agencies, healthcare, community support organisations, police and other criminal law agencies and departments, including probation.

Skills for a competitive job market

The nature of the programme will provide students with an interest in a career in law/sociology and/or wanting to apply their knowledge in another area of business or service provision, to develop a depth of legal and sociological understanding in areas such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, labour, social class that impact on work and how organisations operate.

By combining law and sociology, you can study our innovative sociology modules, for example, disability in the criminal justice system, as well as gain an understanding of the work environment, including volunteering. It will also provide an opportunity for filtering legal knowledge and legal skills gained via the study of real-world scenarios, including opportunities to volunteer in the citizens advice bureau and other legal advice and healthcare service providers, court services provision and probation.

This will help you develop the multidisciplinary skills, knowledge and experience that makes you versatile and relevant for the competitive job market.

Experienced and supportive course team

Our team of tutors includes qualified lawyers and social scientists, combining backgrounds as academics and as practitioners, so they add depth and breadth to your experience of law and sociology.

With smaller, more intimate class sizes, our staff are committed to nurturing your development, helping you graduate with the skills and capabilities for a successful and fulfilling career.

Who is it for?

The combined programme would be of interest to students who do not wish to qualify as lawyers or barristers, and who may already be working or interested in a career in the relevant sectors, as well as enhancing postgraduate and employability opportunities as a result of undertaking this combined course of study.

More placements, more choices

Bucks 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.

Course Details


The Law Chambers student magazine describes the Thames Valley as a ‘dynamic growth economy in need’ of lawyers. Employability is at the core of this new degree programme and central to the curriculum is the development of professional skills. This will start from year one with an academic and employability skills programme. This will be embedded into our year one core teaching, and will focus on legal, academic and research skills. Key employability ‘soft’ skills will also be covered, including self-reflection, teamwork, and emotional intelligence which are often ranked at the top of the employers’ hierarchy of required skills.

Course content

This combined degree in law and sociology will offer a professional, socio-legal perspective, giving you the opportunity to view legal institutions and legal processes as an integral part of society.

The programme of study will allow those students with a keen interest in law, or the pursuit of a career in law, to view the law in a socio-legal context, and provide sociologists with an understanding, and application, of law and legal techniques, within their chosen area of work.

Particular to sociology is a high level of communication skills, including media communication and management. These will be continued and developed in year two, including legal debating skills, interviewing and mediation skills, as well as giving evidence in court.

This programme will also help you develop key skills required to carry out legal and sociological research as well as prepare and deliver presentations and undertake legal and policy debates.

The distinctive features of this programme will give you the opportunity to identify an area of study that suits your graduate ambitions and explore this topic in partnership with relevant organisations, in a way that emphasises solutions to real life social problems which interface with the legal systems.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 80 - 104 points. 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.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World
  • Policy and Society
  • Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination
  • Policy in Context
  • Criminal Law
  • 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
  • Dissertation
  • Globalization and Social Change
  • 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)
  • Victimology (optional)


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

Key employers, and work opportunities, include commercial employers, small and large, banks and insurance agencies, human resources, in-house company and industry advisers, as well as law firms, advocacy agencies, the courts, legal advice providers, and civil service departments. This degree will also prepare you to work in charities, including gender action support groups, environmental groups, child support and domestic violence support groups, local housing trusts as well as the police, probation, private investigation and the NHS.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.