Criminal Law Interactive

Course Synopsis

What makes a person “guilty”? How are punishments decided? What is the difference between murder and manslaughter? These are just some of the major questions relating to the study of criminal law that we will attempt to answer throughout this course.

Criminal law is arguably the most well-known area in the study of law – it is certainly the most macabre! It deals with the punishment of crime by the state, the process by which transgressors are tried, judged, and punished according to the law. If you are interested in studying law at university, then this course will give you the chance to explore one of the most important branches of law that you would study as part of a university course.

Encompassing such offences as murder, manslaughter, rape, and grievous bodily harm, this course will introduce you to the main criminal acts that violate the law of England and Wales alongside the key features of a criminal offence. Through a discussion of both legislation and case law, this criminal law course will guide you through the evolution of criminal law in this country and the fundamental principles that underpin it.


What’s Included?

This course consists of 4 X interactive lectures – audio recordings with accompanying presentation material – each taking approximately 1 hour to complete. Our unique, on-demand, interactive delivery system means that students are able to start instantly and work through material at their own pace. The interactive format ensures that the learning process is engaging and enjoyable, with regular quizzes and exams to enable students to check that they are following the topics covered. The course is available to start instantly online – once enrolled, you can get started straight away.





Personal Profile

Interactive Tutorials

Quizzes and Exams



Why Take this Course?

This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying law at university or law school, particularly those applying to study law in the UK. It provides an insight into one of the most exciting areas of law – Criminal Law – as well as providing applications and career advice for law applications in general, along with a wide range of additional resources.

Aims and Objectives

  • To gain a more in-depth look at one of the most important fields of law
  • To understand the elements that make up a criminal offence
  • To understand the complexities of various individual offences

Key Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Discuss the difficulties in charging someone with such offences as rape, murder, or manslaughter
  • Understand the difference between the mens rea and actus reus - the components of an offence


All courses include the following Interactive Tutorial series

Tutorial 1


1 - 1.5 hours

This tutorial will introduce you to the key elements of a criminal offence: the mens rea and the actus reus. It will then move on to identify how criminal liability can be established in a discussion of the important concept of criminal law known as causation.

Tutorial 2


1 - 1.5 hours

This tutorial will explore the most morbid of criminal offences: murder and manslaughter. It will guide you through exactly what constitutes these offences and the different forms of manslaughter before discussing two partial defences of murder in detail.

Tutorial 3

Non-lethal Offences

1 - 1.5 hours

This tutorial will take a look at a range of criminal offences that, although often concerned with physical violence, do not implicate fatal consequences. It will cover such offences as assault, battery, grievous bodily harm, and rape.

Tutorial 4


1 - 1.5 hours

This final tutorial will explore the vast range of defences available to an individual charged with the commission of a criminal offence. These will include self-defence, necessity, consent, duress, automatism, insanity, and provocation.

What’s Included?

All courses contain the following elements:

Interactive Tutorials
Online Quizzes
Access to the discussion forum
Access to all course resources
Certificate of completion

Key Details

Course Pre-Requisites Advanced/fluent level of English
Motivation and enthusiasm to learn more about the law
Course Level For students applying to/thinking of applying to university to study law
This course is an area-specific course, designed to expand your legal knowledge
Difficulty level: Moderate
Fees £29.99
Workload 4 - 6 hours

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