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The Criminal Law of England & Wales

The Criminal Law of England & Wales (Short course)

Course Details

Law Training Centre’s short course, ‘The Criminal Law of England & Wales’, will provide you with the essential knowledge and understanding of the framework and functioning of the criminal law of England and Wales. The course examines the fundamental elements of criminal liability, together with a consideration of a variety of offences including theft act offences, criminal damage, arson and those offences committed against the person including non-fatal and fatal offences. The course will also consider the general defences that may apply to each offence as well as partial defences to murder. Additionally, the course considers the role of the criminal justice system and the criminal court structure including the process for appeals.

Enrolment for this course is now open.


Who is this course for?

Anyone that wants to learn and understand the Criminal Law of England & Wales.


What prior knowledge is needed for this course?

Law Training Centre’s Criminal Law of England and Wales short course does not have any entry requirements, which means that anyone can undertake the short course with us. The course is in English so a basic understanding of the English language is required.


How long is my course access period?

3 months


Time for course completion?

Guided learning: 30 hours

Total qualification time: 60 hours


What is included with my fees?
  • Written course notes within an interactive e-learning environment covering the core content and learning outcomes for each topic
  • Pre-recorded lectures, covering key points and the application of knowledge to practice questions
  • Support materials to cater to all learning styles, including flashcards, and revision guides
  • Self-test questions
  • Multiple choice question assessments
  • Access to a personal academic coach
  • Well-being, support and study tools



Course Specification

Topic 1: Introduction to Criminal Law

  • Introduction
  • The role of criminal law in society
  • Offence classifications
  • Criminal court structure

Topic 2: Basic elements of Criminal Liability

  • Actus Reus
  • Mens Rea

Topic 3: Complicity

  • Section 8 Accessories and Abettors Act 1861
  • Joint enterprise

Topic 4: Inchoate offences

  • Attempt
  • Conspiracy

Topic 5: General Defences

  • Self-defence
  • Intoxication
  • Mistake
  • Necessity
  • Duress
  • Insanity
  • Automatism

Topic 6: Dishonesty offences

  • Theft
  • Fraud
  • Burglary
  • Robbery

Topic 7: Criminal damage

  • Criminal damage
  • Aggravated criminal damage
  • Arson

Topic 8: Assault

  • Common assault/Assault by beating
  • Assault occasioning actual bodily harm
  • Inflicting grievous bodily harm/wounding
  • Causing grievous bodily harm/wounding with intent
  • Consent

Topic 9: Murder and Voluntary manslaughter

  • Murder
  • Partial defences and voluntary manslaughter

Topic 10: Involuntary manslaughter

  • Unlawful act manslaughter
  • Gross negligence manslaughter

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed in the following ways:

  1. Topic MCQs: At the end of each topic a series of multiple-choice questions designed to assess knowledge of the particular topic.
  2. Final assessment: A final assessment comprising multiple choice questions applying knowledge gained across all topics to legal situations.

Each assessment is a timed assessment and can be completed on the online learning environment at any time.  All attempts must take place within the course access period.  For a certificate to be awarded on completion of the course, each element of the course must be completed, with an average score of at least 50% across all topic assessments and at least 50% achieved in the final assessment.

Course fees and enrolment

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