|Location:||University Centre at Blackburn College|
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|Awarded by:||University of South Wales|
|Study Mode:||Full Time, Part Time|
Full time: 1 academic year
Part time: N academic years
|Start Dates:||september 2019|
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This course provides an opportunity to study six Level 4 modules including Law, Criminology and Public Services, which allow you to sample these subject areas and to achieve 120 credits at Level 4. This will give you an introduction to the study of law and allow you to progress to Law LLB (Hons) Accelerated Route subject to you successfully completing the programme.
The course is available on a full-time and part-time basis and should be particularly appealing to students who are less confident about committing to Higher Education studies and embarking on a 3 year, full-time Honours degree in Law.
- What will I study?
This course provides a combined study of contemporary issues at Level 4 including topical subjects such as Brexit, devolution in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the relationship between the media and the law, the intricacies of the English and Welsh legal system and individuals' legal rights in a range of domains. In addition, you will obtain an understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system together with social problems and their relationship to crime and society.
Moreover, you will develop a wide range of skills such as communication (oral and written), locating, interpreting and using primary and secondary sources, referencing and research. Students will also develop their interpersonal skills. These skills will prepare you for further study in a Higher Education environment and, due to their transferable nature, for employment also.
All students take a total of 120 credits per level.
Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:
- Government, Politics and the Law
- Law, Media and Culture
- Law and Society
- Legal Rights
- Skills and Methods
- Understanding Criminal Justice
- Entry Requirements
In order to join this programme you will need to gain a 64 UCAS Tariff points (formerly 160 UCAS points). This is equivalent to 2 Cs at A-Level.
Applicants without formal qualifications but with relevant work experience will be considered for entry to the programme subject to an interview or an appropriate diagnostic test that involves the current recommendation process. All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English.
All applicants will be required to have GCSE Mathematics grade 4 (grade C) or higher, a qualification directly equivalent to GCSE Mathematics grade 4 (grade C) in terms of level and scope, or to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skill in an assessment undertaken as part of the application process.
- How will I be assessed?
Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You could be assessed by examinations, including open-book examinations, practical assessments, assignments, briefs, essays, presentations (including group presentations), reports and portfolio building.
Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence. This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.
Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.
Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
- Teaching and Learning
The learning environment and facilities could include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.
You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.
In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.
We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.
We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;
- Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
- Written English
- Academic Writing (including referencing)
- Research Skills
- What can I do next?
This course has been designed as the perfect 'first step' in continuing to study Higher Education onto Law, Criminology or Public Service degree level courses. Subject to achievement of the Certificate of Higher Education in Legal Studies you will be able to progress onto Law (Accelerated Route) LLB (Hons) . This will allow you to achieve a full LLB (Hons) Law degree with two additional years of full-time study.