Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Principles of Evidence
Academic Year
Semester 1
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Reading List

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  2000 Words  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Unseen Examination  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  2000 Words  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Unseen Examination  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

​1. Identify, understand and explain main rules of evidence.

2. Understand theories and principles of evidentiary rules.

3. Understand practical application of evidentiary rules.

4. Utilize and apply evidentiary rules into practical courtroom scenarios.

5. Discuss evidentiary rules and their application.

Brief description

The law of evidence governs the methods by which matters may be proved within the criminal legal process. The module covers the rules of criminal evidence in England and Wales.


The module considers key concepts of evidence, including but not limited to: burden/standard of proof, character, hearsay, witness testimony, expert evidence, confession evidence, identification, improperly obtained evidence.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Seminar discussions/activities will develop individual and group presentation and oral argument.
Improving own Learning and Performance Seminar participation and exam will develop different aspects of academic research, from understanding and referencing sources through the dissemination of ideas to others orally, and developing written communication skills.
Information Technology Library and research skills are fundamental to preparation for seminars and exam and assessed work.
Personal Development and Career planning ​Recommended topic for any considering working in criminal practice/criminal justice system.
Problem solving Seminar discussion/preparation and debate
Research skills Research and preparation for seminars and exam.
Subject Specific Skills Reading and understanding legal materials particular to the law of evidence.
Team work Group activities and discussion in seminars.


This module is at CQFW Level 5