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Coventry University

Law and Practice (Foundation Year)

UCAS Code: M251

Foundation Certificate - Fd cert

Entry requirements


The Access to HE Diploma. Plus GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 / C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

PPP

Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)

D

UCAS Tariff

40

from a minimum of one A2 level.

67%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Law

This course aims to provide a thorough understanding of legal principles and best practice. With a focus on European, national and local contexts, this programme explores the development of legislation with core academic skills. If you successfully pass all modules you can continue your studies with us on to the LLB (Hons) Law & Practice degree, subject to meeting specific entry criteria.

Our Foundation Year courses offer an introduction to your chosen subject and are an ideal route to degree level qualifications, helping you develop the necessary skills for further study.
Law is one of the world’s oldest professions. Filled with intrigue and complexities, law is a fascinating and exciting subject area that is an essential component of every business organisation.

This course aims to provide a thorough understanding of legal principles and best practice. With a focus on European, national and local contexts, this programme explores the development of legislation with core academic skills. If you successfully pass all modules you can continue your studies with us on to the LLB (Hons) Law & Practice degree, subject to meeting specific entry criteria.

**Key course benefits;**

- Facilities

You’ll be based in the spacious Civic Centre building, which provides an outstanding learning environment. You will have access to our Library & Learning Services, fully equipped seminar rooms and impressive IT suites.

- Staff

This course has been developed and is taught by practising professionals and industry experts. Our academics bring a wealth of expertise to the classroom with many continuing to undertake research and other projects alongside teaching, meaning our students gain a well-rounded and relevant teaching experience.

- Practical Experience

Throughout your studies, you will find that the course is underpinned with practical elements such as creating and writing reports from the view of a legal practitioner.

Modules

Your main study themes are:

**Introduction to Law and Practice**
The aim of this module is to ensure that you understand the underpinning concepts, terms and processes in the practice of Law in England and Wales. We’ll enable you to discover, interpret and apply legal rules, providing you with an insight into key aspects of professional practice and law in the workplace. To keep teaching contemporary, you’ll get a handle on modern and relevant case studies, analysing current and relevant issues confronting the legal system.

This module has the CILEx Level 3 Unit 1: Introduction to Law and Practice embedded.

**Contract Law**
From the outset, you will understand exactly what constitutes as a valid, enforceable contract. You’ll look at the resulting obligations, the rights of third parties and the terms of a contract to fully cement your understanding. You will cover a range of exciting and relevant topics, such as discharge of contract, misrepresentation, vitiating factors and legal reasoning.

You’ll develop analysis skills by performing critical evaluations of contractual obligations and the remedies available.

This module has the CILEx Level 3 Unit 2: Contract Law embedded.

**Civil Litigation**
Starting with an exploration of the civil court hierarchy, this module focuses on advancing your analytical skillset with an in-depth evaluation of the Civil Litigation system in England and Wales and relating topics. You’ll cover the advantages and disadvantages of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and its various methods such as negotiation, mediation and conciliation.

Excitingly, you will also learn how to run a civil client file from the first client interview through to trial.

This module has the CILEx Level 3 Unit 15: Civil Litigation embedded.

**Academic and Professional Skills for Lawyers**
The initial transition to higher education can pose a range of challenges that you need to overcome, before you can be an effective independent learner. Therefore, we ensure that you have a clear understanding of the skills needed for effective legal practice, including how to create, draft and use various client care documents.

We’ll guide you through legal reasoning, critical thinking and decision making. You’ll also learn the processes and procedures of professional conduct, with client care, interviews and communications.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

The Uni


Course location:

CU London

Department:

School of Law

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
med
Law

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Law

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

72%
UK students
28%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


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Law

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
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Average annual salary
98%
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Employed or in further education
91%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Legal associate professionals
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Law graduates tend to go into the legal industry, and they usually take similar routes. Jobs are competitive — often very competitive - but starting salaries are good and high fliers can earn serious money - starting on over £24k in London on average. Be aware though - some careers, especially as barristers, can take a while to get into, and the industry is changing as the Internet, automation and economic change all have an effect, If you want to qualify to practise law, you need to take a professional qualification — many law graduates then go on to law school. If you want to go into work, then a lot of law graduates take trainee or paralegal roles and some do leave the law altogether, often for jobs in management, finance and the police force. A small proportion of law graduates also move into another field for further study. Management, accountancy and teaching are all popular for these career changers, so if you do take a law degree and decide it’s not for you, there are options.

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