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Criminal Law: On-Demand Online Course

Join our Criminal Law online course, with Oxford Royale Academy, and launch your career to new heights.

Online Criminal Law Course Introduction

Interested in studying one of the most exciting areas of law? Our Criminal Law online course is just right for you. You’ll cover some of the most important questions surrounding criminal law, such as what is the difference between murder and manslaughter. You’ll be introduced to the main criminal acts the violate the law in England and Wales, and go into detail on some of the most significant crimes in the UK. With our online course you can study at your own pace and in ways most convenient for you.

Join our Criminal Law online course, with Oxford Royale Academy, and launch your career to new heights.

Criminal Law

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What's in the Criminal Law On-Demand Course?

Course Summary

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.

Topics Covered

During the course, students will…

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

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

What’s Included?

  • 4 x Interactive Tutorials
  • Online quizzes and exams
  • Access to the course discussion forum
  • Course worksheets and case studies
  • ORA Certificate of completion


Tutorial 1: Causation (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: Homicide (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: Defences (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.

Key Details

Course Pre-requisites

Advanced level of English
An interest and enthusiasm for law

Course Level

For students applying to university to study law.



Prior Knowledge

A basic understanding of the law and an interest in politics.
ORA's Introduction to Law course is recommended pre-learning.
Other than that, an enthusiasm to learn more is all that is required!




4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)

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