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Law affects every aspect of human life.  From the ordinary day-to-day activities of eating and drinking, through relationships, employment and buying and selling, to the functioning of our democracy and relationships with other nations, law is there to regulate pretty much everything that we do. That is what makes it such a fascinating subject to study. 

It is also a subject that enables you to develop important transferable skills: analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving, oral argument and dialogue, negotiation, work and file management. All of these open up a wide array of employment prospects.  

*available, subject to approval, from 2018

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This course is ideal if you don’t have the qualifications required for direct entry to a full degree, if you want to change your skillset, or if you’re a mature student.

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but applicants will be expected either to have studied at Level 3 (e.g. A Level / BTEC / Access to HE) or be mature applicants who can demonstrate relevant skills from life experience. 

Applicants will need to demonstrate the potential to study at university level. 

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Course content

The Cert HE Introduction to Law is a full-time year of study designed to make our Law degrees more accessible. 

It is a standalone course and successful completion of course will lead to a Certificate of Higher Education.  This will also guarantee you admission to our LLB (Hons) Law* degree or the BA (Hons) Law, Philosophy and Ethics* programme. 

The course gives you a good, basic grounding in Law, providing you with foundational understanding of key areas of the discipline.  It will also, crucially, help you develop the important skills you need for academic study as well as for employment generally and the practice of Law in particular. 

Our Law courses begin preparing you for those employment opportunities right from the outset, with the development of practical legal skills being a key component of study.  We do this while continuing to engage with some of the really interesting ‘big’ questions about Law – what it is and where it comes from – and with a sustained focus on the ethical dimensions of the subject. 

This Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) Introduction to Law is ideal if you want to study law but don’t have the required A Level or BTEC qualifications, are returning to education or changing careers. 

Successful completion of the Cert HE guarantees you a place on either the LLB (Hons) Law* degree or the BA (Hons) Law, Philosophy and Ethics* programme.   

*available, subject to approval, from 2019

Where this can take you

Successful completion of this course guarantees you a place on our LLB (Hons) Law* degree or the BA (Hons) Law, Philosophy and Ethics* programme. 

Studying law opens up a wide range of employment opportunities.  As well as going on to train as solicitors, barristers and legal executives, the legal expertise that law graduates develop through their study is required in many different areas of both public and private sectors. 

*available, subject to approval, from 2019

Indicative modules

All students will take the following core modules, each running across both semesters:

Introduction to Law: Contract, Tort, Crime and Administrative

This module introduces some of the key areas of law, providing a foundation on which to build in degree level study.  Exploring these different areas of law will give you a good idea of what legal study is like and develop some of the approaches to learning that you will need for a degree in law.  You will learn important terminology used in law, begin to understand relationships between different areas of law, and start to think like a lawyer. 

Academic, Professional and Legal Skills

The aim of this module is to help you develop the skills you need for studying, for employment generally and, specifically, for practicing law.  Many of these skills are the same and are interrelated. 

For example, written and verbal communication skills, oral argument and dialogue, problem solving, analytical and critical thinking, negotiation, file and work management, and networking are closely related to one another and are required for academic study, where you will have to prepare essays and give presentations, as well as for the practice of law, where you will have to write letters to clients and other lawyers, draft legal documents and argue points in briefing meetings. These are all transferable skills – they will be applicable to most employment situations. 

Introduction to Society and Legal Philosophy

In order to understand law properly it is not enough simply to learn some of the different areas of law: you need to have thought about what law is, where it comes from, why it has developed in the way it has and how it relates to the society in which we live.  These are just some of the questions addressed in legal philosophy, or jurisprudence.  Exploring these and other related questions is important in helping you think intelligently about law rather than simply learning and applying a body of knowledge.     

Critical and Ethical Thinking in Legal Problem-Solving

Law is an intensely practical subject that relates in some way to every area of life and opens doors to numerous forms of employment.  The practice of law, however, requires the academic study of law where skills of critical thinking are central.  Developing those skills lies at the heart of this module alongside an exploration of the relationship between ethical principles and legal rules which is very important for both understanding and practicing law. 

An emphasis on this ethical dimension is a distinctive feature of the Chichester approach.  After an introduction to critical and ethical thinking, this module develops those skills using a problem-centred learning approach in which legal and ethical problems are central to the learning approach. 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching on law courses at Chichester is generally interactive in style with small group work and problem-centred learning as a key feature.  As well as lecture input, you can expect there to be seminar discussion of preparatory reading and analysis of important cases. 

Assessment includes essay writing, seen and unseen examinations, presentations and project work.   

Additional Costs

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Bursary Available

Students beginning this course in September 2018 will received a £1000 bursary during the course of their year of study.

This will be delivered in two instalments of £500, the first paid at the end of the first semester and subject to satisfactory attendance (80% in every module unless mitigating circumstances are granted); the second on successful completion of the year and progression within University of Chichester.