Course Overview

This is a challenging and rewarding Foundation Degree in Law and Legal Practice. The course provides you with a rewarding route to legal practice, by combining academic aspects of law with more practical modules and work placements.

This course is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Council and gives direct entry to Year Two of our LLB degree courses.

Course Structure

This is a  two year full time course delivered over four semesters.

Modules Covered

Year 1 / level 4 / 120 credit points

  • Contract Law (QLD Core)
  • English Legal Process 1
  • Public Law 1 (QLD Core)
  • Criminal Law (QLD Core)
  • English Legal Process 2
  • Public Law 2 (QLD Core)

Year 2 / Level 5 / 120 credit points

  • Family Law and Practice
  • Litigation
  • Conveyancing
  • Property Law
  • Work Placement.

Learning Methods

The programme employs a blended learning strategy where attendance in lectures, workshops and seminars is supported by a comprehensive e-learning portal, Moodle.

The resources on Moodle include links to websites, our e-databases, electronic books and tutor/ librarian produced materials. There are sections for each module of study which focus on specific module content, including a module handbook with assessment details, reading lists, workshop and seminar tasks. Each module is divided into a weekly breakdown of materials and specific resources. The online resources may include lecture PowerPoint’s, lecture hand-outs, television programmes, web links, video clips, MCTs and other materials.

Written assessments are submitted to Moodle and the submission goes through Turnitin (plagiarism detection software). Our primary intention is not to use Turnitin as a punitive tool but as part of the learning process. To that end, you can submit and re-submit your work to Turnitin as many times as you wish prior to the end submission date, and through this process you may identify referencing points that require rectification.

All tutors have access to Skype and this can be utilised inside and outside of the classroom. You may use this tool to have discussions with us throughout the year. Both Skype and Moodle also have messaging tools to assist communication to students, either as a group or to individuals.
 

Teaching Methods

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of Lectures, Workshops and Seminars. 

Lectures will be interactive, with question and answer sessions and other forms of student involvement. Workshops are designed to enhance individual learning in relation to a common end task (the set seminar task(s)), which will then be explored in further detail with the tutor in the seminar. The individualised workshops may have you practicing timed essays, whilst others are involved in peer discussion and support. Alternatively, they may be based on last minute preparation, viewing resources on the e- learning portal or even test their knowledge with multiple choice questions (MCQs). In the workshop, the onus is on you to identify your own learning requirements.

Fda Law and Legal Practice, you will benefit from additional seminar time on the writing and research skills development modules of English Legal Process 1 and English Legal Process 2. This will ensure that you develop your skills sufficiently from your entry level through year 1, and therefore have the abilities to satisfy the rigorous requirements of studying at level 4 and beyond.

Assessment

The programme employs a plurality of assessment methods including assignments, examinations, presentations, and reflective diary submission. This range of assessment ensures that students graduate with the skills and abilities required in employment, such as the ability to work under pressure and within short time constraints (examinations), as well as the ability to address a large audience (presentations).

The programme will develop your communication skills eg in writing (assignments/portfolios) and communicating verbally (presentations). This knowledge and these skills are designed to be transferable to a variety of careers, whether within the legal sector or another realm such as business or public service. The assessments will prepare you for further study at degree level and for employment.

Work Placement/Fieldwork

Work Placement is a component of this programme. Undertaking the work placement in year 2 ensures that you commence the placement with the legal knowledge acquired year 1 and whilst studying other legal components thereby placing you in the position of being able to gain a valuable experience from the placement.

In the Work Placement modules, you will undertake a range of practical activities under the strict supervision of a mentor, usually a solicitor or trainee solicitor. You are encouraged to find your own placement by pursuing a traditional application process, but the Law School does have a number of placement contacts. The majority of placements are with Law Firms but we have placements with Citizens Advice Bureaus and with the College Students Union. The placements are widely available in Bradford, Dewsbury, Halifax and Manchester. This enables some students to perform their placements near their place of residence. Beacon Recruitment, part of the Bradford College family, and the College Health and Safety team assist academic colleagues in undertaking health and safety checks with placement providers.
 

What's Next?

On successfully completing the course you will have direct access to Year 2 of the LLB (Hons) degrees.

Alternatively, you may consider entering the legal profession as a fee earner/ paralegal. It will also be a useful qualification for those wishing to enter employment in areas such as insurance work, probation service, local government which require knowledge of the legal and litigation processes.

Career opportunities include: Barrister, Solicitor, Police, Military, Local and National Government, Medicine (professional negligence) Teaching, Media (Defamation law), Youth Justice, Inland Revenue, Customs and Excise, Banking and Insurance, Property Management and Conveyancing, and Sports (representation/agents).

Did You Know?

  • Students will be allocated a personal tutor in the Law School, who can be contacted in person, by telephone, e-mail or Skype. This tutor will be the first point of contact for both pastoral and academic issues.
  • Induction is seen as an important aspect of the programme and helps to prepare students for studying at degree level and to help them familiarise themselves with the facilities and support mechanisms available to them. The Induction process will give the students the opportunity to meet other students on their programme, members of the programme team and the subject librarian, as well as preparing them for their programme of study
  • Students will receive, via the College's e-learning portal Moodle, a College student handbook which will provide information regarding the College and the services that the College can provide to students
  • Law students also receive bespoke module handbooks for each module of study. These will include the full scheme of work, assessment details, and recommended reading, and seminar / workshop tasks. The seminar / workshop tasks will be a mixture of professional/vocational and academic exercises. These handbooks and other learning resources are available via Moodle.
  • Various other guides, including course documentation and careers guidance, are available on Moodle
  • Delivery of marketing modules will be through integration with students on other degrees i.e. students undertaking the marketing pathway will study the marketing modules alongside students on the business degree. This provides an excellent opportunity for students to widen their College peer group and ensures that modules are taught by highly qualified specialists in marketing
  • The College has a comprehensive law library which utilises on-line publications including Lexis Nexus Professional, Westlaw and Lawtel. These systems can be accessed from anywhere in the College including the Law School computer suite and, with an Athens account; students can access them from work or home. The Law Resource Room in the library also houses the Moot Court which is utilised in Skills sessions and extra-curricular competitions. The Moot Court provides a quiet study room when not being utilised as a court
  • Students with disabilities, if disclosed to the College, will receive support from the College Learner Services Unit which has specialists in many areas to support students with learning difficulties or disabilities such as dyslexia, visual impairment, and epilepsy. The support which can be offered to students includes note-takers, the provision of specialist technical equipment, and ensuring that assessments are suitable with adjustments such as sitting examinations separately or having additional time being available
  • We have students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and prayer rooms are located around college. The College also has a multi-faith Chaplain whose role it is to support students and staff of all denominations
  • Each year the programme attracts a small number of international students who are further supported by colleagues in the International Centre. The International Centre supports students through the application process, to enrolment and with issues that may arise throughout the course of study
  • The College has an active Students' Union who support students throughout their study with such support ranging from academic advice to arranging events at the Freshers' Fayre
  • The Law School has a dedicated Lecture Theatre, three Seminar Rooms, an IT Suite, a Moot Courtroom and a Library Resource Area, in addition to offering access to the generic College facilities including The David Hockney Building, our award winning new campus
  • Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment, is at the forefront of the Law School teaching
  • We have recently introduced an online Law School journal - ‘The Brief’. The Brief incorporates subject updates, conference reviews and articles (staff and joint staff/student) and allows law students to publish work in conjunction with their tutors and peers and also act as academics in their own right, enhancing their employability
  • Our Law courses rate very highly in the most recent NSS (National Student Survey) results.

 

Additional Costs

Books and writing materials.

Entry Requirements

36-64 UCAS tariff points.

For UCAS tariff points grade combinations click:

https://www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/study/university-centre/apply/tariff

Standard applicants should normally have a minimum of five passes in GCSE subjects at Grade C/4-5 or above, A Levels or the equivalent, such as BTEC, GNVQ Advanced or successful completion of an accredited Access to Higher Education Course.

Non-standard applicants will be required to produce evidence of their ability to study at the Higher Education level. Short courses and relevant work experience may be taken into account. Non-standard applicants may be interviewed and may be required to complete a piece of written work as part of their application.

The programme actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Students should consult the admissions tutor if they wish to claim such.

International applicants are additionally required to achieve a specified level on IELTS or equivalent. 

International students should call Registrar Services on  00 44 (0)1274 433008.
 

 *PLEASE NOTE - THIS PROGRAMME IS UNDERGOING PERIODIC REVIEW/REAPPROVAL IN THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR FOR DELIVERY FROM 2020-21.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

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