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Law & Practice Foundation Year 2017/18 entry

Course code:

MM12

Study options:

4 years

 

Location:

CU Coventry

Starting:

September 2017
November 2017
January 2018
February 2018
April 2018
June 2018

Fees:

Get in touch

+44 (0) 24 7765 8787


Overview

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 BA (Hons) Degree in Law & Practice, subject to meeting specific entry criteria. 

Why CU Coventry

We are committed to delivering a modern university experience to all our students. Our unique timetable and teaching structure gives you flexibility and our small class sizes ensure students receive plenty of contact hours with tutors. We are also dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we kept our fees low, our timetable structured and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.

Employability

Dedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment

Top Quality Courses

Taught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University

No End of Year Exams

Our modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress

Professional Recognition

Specific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies

Your course in pictures

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

CILEx

Modules within the programme include units based on the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Level 3 Professional Certificate in Civil Law and Practice. Upon successful completion of these elements you’ll have the opportunity to secure this additional qualification. This is not, however, a condition of academic credit; assessment for the professional qualification is independent from those undertaken for the academic award. Should you decide to take the professional qualification with CILEx, there is an initial affiliate membership fee. Please visit the CILEx website for further details.

What our students say

Learning one module at a time was such a relief; never being overloaded with work, knowing exactly when assignments were due in and knowing we had help made the journey so much easier. The environment facilitated a good level of learning.

Kathryn Wilson - Graduate

Course information

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 BA (Hons) Degree in Law & Practice, subject to meeting specific entry criteria.

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.

Course Specification
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In more detail...

  • You will receive support with applying for short and long-term placements, to gain the experience employers desire, with our in-house Careers & Employability department.
  • You will have the opportunity for multi-campus learning in Coventry, London and Scarborough.
  • We keep our fees low to make higher education more accessible to everyone. This means you benefit from an amazing modern university experience, at a competitive price.
  • Small tutorial group sessions of up to five people ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.

Your main study themes are:

  • Academic Skills: You will improve and refine key academic skills needed for progression into higher education and industry application. These skills include research methods, communication skills, presentation skills and more.
  • Referencing Skills: Effective reference practice makes your writing scholarly and authoritative.
  • Management Skills: You will understand management skills and appropriate approaches. You will also learn motivational skills, decision making, problem solving and more.
  • Communications: Exploring communicating with teams and the role of importance in the legal industry. You will also look at different forms of communications from presentations to written and how to share information effectively. 

At CU Coventry, students learn through a variety of modes. The Foundation Year programme is focused on applied learning geared to high intensity teaching and study throughout the programme, requiring full commitment from students. The delivery of course content is a blend of lectures, tutorials and online mediums. 

Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end of year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which is more reflective of a working environment.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and include practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Course Breakdown (approximate):

  • 60% Coursework
  • 40% Phase Tests

60% Coursework

On completion, you will gain:

  • A broad appreciation of the United Kingdom’s Constitution and how the institutions of the law are positioned within that constitution.
  • Knowledge of the basic underlying legal principles at work in both the criminal and civil justice systems in England and Wales.
  • Knowledge of the sources of law and the ability to carry out research amongst those sources.
  • An ability to interpret and apply legal concepts and principles to given scenarios in order to develop lines of argument and reach informed and justified conclusions. 
  • An ability to communicate legal concepts, ideas and arguments in a structured and coherent manner through a variety of oral and written media.
  • The qualities and transferable skills necessary to undertake a degree course in a law or law related subject in the UK higher education sector as an independent learner.

Full-time students receive 18 hours of teaching each week.
Classes are split into categories:
Morning - 9am-1pm
Afternoon - 2pm-6pm

Part-time students receive 8 hours of teaching each week.
Classes are split into two categories, subject to numbers:
Saturday - 9am-6pm
Tuesday and Thursday - 6pm-10pm.

We hold tutorials in groups no larger than 5 every week. These sessions are mandatory and ensure you receive detailed feedback about your work, go into depth on specific topics and have any of your burning questions answered.

Groups are kept at an average of 25-50 students per class. This way, students can take advantage of small numbers to increase contact time with lecturers.

What our students say

Learning one module at a time was such a relief; never being overloaded with work, knowing exactly when assignments were due in and knowing we had help made the journey so much easier. The environment facilitated a good level of learning.

Kathryn Wilson - Graduate

Entry Requirements

Law & Practice Foundation Year

40 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information.

Law & Practice Foundation Year

40 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information.

Law & Practice Foundation Year

40 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information.

CU Coventry welcomes international students from all around the globe. If you are an international student and are interested in applying for a Foundation Year, HNC, HND or Degree course you can do so by completing our online application form.

Once your application form has been processed you will receive the outcome of your application via your given email address.
Please be aware you will need the following information in order to make your application:

  • All academic transcripts
  • Copies of degree/diploma certificates or work reference if employed
  • One academic reference
  • English Language competence by completing a successful Secure English Language Test
  • International students are required to have English language proficiency level to IELTS 6.0.
  • Your personal statement
  • Copy of your current passport

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to CU Coventry. We assess an applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course, and we may feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer to CU Coventry. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join CU Coventry.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. Requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made CU Coventry their firm choice.

CU Coventry has assessed that you can achieve the required grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer if you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in the year for which they applied.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we have a number of programmes which upon completion, automatically qualifies you onto a place on this degree course, such as Foundation Years or Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

What our students say

Learning one module at a time was such a relief; never being overloaded with work, knowing exactly when assignments were due in and knowing we had help made the journey so much easier. The environment facilitated a good level of learning.

Kathryn Wilson - Graduate

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£6,009 (per year)


November 2017

£6,009 (per year)


January 2018

£6,009 (per year)


February 2018

£6,009 (per year)


April 2018

£6,009 (per year)


June 2018

£6,009 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2017

£6,009 (per year)


November 2017

£6,009 (per year)


January 2018

£6,009 (per year)


February 2018

£6,009 (per year)


April 2018

£6,009 (per year)


June 2018

£6,009 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2017

£8,725 (per year)


November 2017

£8,725 (per year)


January 2018

£8,725 (per year)


February 2018

£8,725 (per year)


April 2018

£8,725 (per year)


June 2018

£8,725 (per year)


Full-time (UK/EU)

For the academic year 2017/18, each six-week block will cost £1,502.25. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £6,009. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

Part-time (UK/EU)

The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year.
Each stage of the qualification (Foundation/HNC/HND/Degree) will require you to complete four academic blocks. You can study up to four blocks in one academic year or study at a slower pace (usually three academic blocks per year). Please note if you do study at a slower pace you will need to re-enrol to complete your studies in the next academic year.

For the academic year 2017/18, each block for part-time students will cost £1,502.25. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2017/18 is: £6,009.

Funding

As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Coventry from Student Finance England.

Please note: If you wish to continue your studies outside of the Coventry University Group you will be liable to pay the tuition fees for this course. The Coventry University Group consists of:

  • CU Coventry
  • CU London
  • CU Scarborough
  • Coventry University
  • Coventry University London

What our students say

Learning one module at a time was such a relief; never being overloaded with work, knowing exactly when assignments were due in and knowing we had help made the journey so much easier. The environment facilitated a good level of learning.

Kathryn Wilson - Graduate

Career prospects

If you successfully pass a Foundation Year, you are guaranteed a place on a relevant degree course at CU Coventry, subject to meeting specific entrance criteria, including:

What our students say

Learning one module at a time was such a relief; never being overloaded with work, knowing exactly when assignments were due in and knowing we had help made the journey so much easier. The environment facilitated a good level of learning.

Kathryn Wilson - Graduate