Criminal Law Awareness


Legal Services

Unit Code
Level 4
Distance Learning
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Unit Code
Level 4
Distance Learning Fee
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Total Fee £1600

£2360 (£1600 during the tuition waiver period)

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Course Overview

This course will equip learners with knowledge of the general foundations of criminal liability and with understanding of the major types of offences and their constituent elements. The unit aims to enable learners to determine whether specific offences have been committed and whether any defences may be applicable. Learner will explore the aims and nature of criminal law and its function as a protector of the State.

Course Content


  • Elements In order to Prove a Crime
  • Actus Reus
  • Mens Rea
  • Causation

Criminal Homicide

  • Murder
  • Actus Reus
  • Mens Rea
  • Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Loss of Self Control
  • Diminished Responsibility
  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Conclusion


  • Introduction to Theft
  • Theft
  • Appropriation
  • Property
  • Belonging to another
  • Special Situations
  • Dishonestly
  • With the Intention of Permanently Depriving the Other of it
  • Conclusion.


  • Introduction to Fraud
  • Fraud by false representation
  • Representations to Machines
  • Dishonesty
  • Know that the representation is, or might be, untrue or misleading
  • Intention to make a gain or cause a loss
  • Fraud by Failing to Disclose Information
  • Fraud by Abuse of Position
  • Obtaining Services Dishonestly
  • Conclusion


  • Types of Burglary
  • Actus Reus
  • Mens rea
  • Conclusion

Parties to a crime

  • Principal Offenders
  • Innocent agents
  • Secondary Parties
  • Actus reus of secondary parties: aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring
  • What if the principal lacks mens rea, or has a defence?
  • Mens rea of Secondary Parties
  • Conclusion

Mental Capacity Defenses

  • Insanity
  • The M’Naghten Rules
  • Automatism
  • Intoxication
  • Conclusion

General Defenses

  • Duress
  • Sources of duress
  • Duress by threats
  • The Development of Duress of Circumstances
  • Duress of circumstances and necessity: are they the same thing?
  • Necessity
  • Self Defence
  • Meaning of ‘reasonable force’
  • Reasonable force decided objectively
  • Scope of private defence
Learning Outcome & Assessment Criteria

1.  Understand aims and general principlesof criminal law

  1. Evaluate the aims of criminalisation of specific acts and the function of criminal punishment
  2. Analyse the role of public prosecution and criminal standardof proof
  3. Explain capacity to commit a crime

2.  Understand the elements of the different offences against a person

  1. Analyse the components of murder
  2. Illustrate circumstances giving rise to voluntary and involuntary manslaughter
  3. Assess the nature of non-fatal offences against the person

3.  Understand property offences.4. Understand the general principles ofinchoate offences

  1. Explain the components of property offences
  2. Distinguish between lack of honesty under s.2(1) TA 1968 and dishonesty under common law
  3. Compare and contrast robbery with burglary

4.  Understand the general principles of inchoate offences

  1. Assess the types of inchoate offences
  2. Explain the meaning of assisting or encouraging crime
  3. Distinguish intention to commit crime from an attempt

5.  Understand the nature and applicationof defences

  1. Examine specific and general defences
  2. Illustrate the defence of insanity, duress,mistake andinvoluntary intoxication
  3. Illustrate the application of the self- defence rule
  • The assessment strategy for this course is designed to test all the learning outcomes.
  • Learners must demonstrate successful achievement of all learning outcomes to pass the course.
Assessment Marking Criteria


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  • The assessment criteria for a pass will be presented with the summative exercise.
  • Further information and guidance on the assessment will be made available through the tutor.
Unit Pass Requirements

To pass the unit a 40% overall grade must be achieved.

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