Course Overview

This programme recognises the need to provide an academically challenging degree which will give you a sound knowledge of legal concepts together with an understanding of the operation of law in society.

This course is a qualifying Law degree accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Council.

Course Structure

This Honours degree consists of  nine semesters taken over five years of part-time study (and a evening summer school). If studied of an evening, the sessions are 6pm to 9pm on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings. It is possible to study the majority of the course during the day or to combine day and evening classes

Modules Covered

This Solicitors Regulation Authority/Bar Council qualifying Law degree contains the seven core law subjects. These are: Contract, Tort, Criminal Law, Public Law, Equity and Trusts, Land Law and European Law. These professionally required core modules are supplemented with a range of electives including Work Placement, Immigration law, Commercial Law, Jurisprudence (legal philosophy) Family law and English Legal Process.

Within the pure Law degree, LLB (Law) there is scope to either try your hand at a bit of all sorts including Family Law, Company Law, Immigration Law, Employment Law, Commercial Law, Jurisprudence (legal philosophy), Landlord and Tenant Law to see where you might want to specialise in the future or, if you have decided your area of specialism, to create a portfolio of modules to support that. A commercial/business portfolio might include Contract Law, with options in Commercial Law, Company Law and a dissertation in one of those areas. A Criminal Law portfolio might include Criminal Law, with Criminology as an option and a dissertation in that area, and a Property Law portfolio might include Contract Law, Land Law and options in Landlord and Tennant Law, Conveyancing and a dissertation to support one of those areas.

 

With our wide range of courses and the flexibility within the pure Law degree, it is up to you to make of your study, what you want.

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 Moodle resources include links to websites, to our e-databases, electronic books and tutor/librarian produced materials. There are sections for each module of study which include a module handbook which focuses to specific module content including assessment details, reading lists, workshop and seminar tasks. Each module is divided into a weekly breakdown of materials and specific resources. The 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, students can submit and re-submit their work to Turnitin as many times as they wish prior to the end submission date and through this process they may identify referencing points that require rectification.

All tutors have access to Skype and this can be utilised inside and outside of the classroom. Students may use such for one to one discussions with tutors throughout the year, for example to support one to one ELP sessions, dissertations and work placements.

Both Skype and Moodle have messaging tools to assist communication to student either as a group or to individuals.
 

Teaching Methods

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 students practicing timed essays, whilst others are involved in peer discussion and support or do last minute preparation or view resources on the learning portal or even test their knowledge with multiple choice questions (MCQs). In the workshop, the onus is on the student to identify their learning requirements.
 

Assessment

The programme employs a plurality of assessment methods including, assignments, examinations, dissertation, presentations, assessed moots, assessed negotiations, assessed client interview, 'soap box' debates, and portfolio submission. This plurality 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) and the ability to address a large audience (presentations).

The programme will develop communication skills eg in writing (assignments/portfolios) and communicating verbally (moots/client conference/negotiation). This knowledge and these skills are designed to be transferable to a variety of careers, whether such is within the legal professions or another realm such as commerce, public service or education.

Work Placement/Fieldwork

Work Placement and Legal Skills are a component of this programme. Students are required to study one or the other .

The Legal Skills modules are designed to replicate legal practice with students developing a portfolio (case file) on behalf of a client. In representing a client they will conduct client and witness conferences, perform negotiations and undertake advocacy exercises as well as draft an opinion, write various correspondences and undertake legal research.

In the Work Placement modules, the students will undertake the above activities with an external placement provider and under the strict supervision of a mentor, usually a solicitor or trainee solicitor in the firm. Students are encouraged to find their own placement by pursuing a traditional application process but in the event of such being unsuccessful, 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 are exploring opportunities with the College Student Union. The placements are 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?

The structure of the programme offers a wide range of exciting career opportunities in the legal and business world. These include working as a solicitor, barrister or legal executive, working in local and national government, for the Inland Revenue Service, in insurance, banking and finance or in a variety of public service roles including the probation service.

Students may also use the qualification in property management roles and we do have a number of young entrepreneurs who use the transferable skills and knowledge acquired on the course to set up in business themselves.

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.

For informal enquiries please contact Darran Chapple on 431679 or [email protected]

Additional Costs

Books and writing materials.

Entry Requirements

72-96 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 and A levels, or equivalent, 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.

Students who have successfully completed the Foundation Degree in Law and Legal Practice are eligible to join the LLB (Hons) at Level 5 (Year 2). Their course of study is two years of Foundation Degree plus two years of Degree.

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.
 

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
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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