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Top Up - Law and Practice BA (Hons) Degree


Our offering differs from a ‘qualifying’ law degree and is thus not accredited by the SRA or Bar Standards Board but we embed CILEx into our qualifications.

BA: embeds the level 6 Higher Diploma in law and practice

The embedding of these qualifications allows you to apply for exemptions from CILEx (at an extra cost payable to CILEx) to gain the additional vocational qualifications with no extra study. If you choose to apply for these exemptions you will gain academic and vocational qualifications during the 1 year period of study.

Additionally, if you wish to become solicitors and progress on to the LPC the option is available for you to undertake external examinations in the SRA core subjects which will enable you to progress on to the LPC.


Focusing strongly on EU law, employment law and company and partnership law, this course covers a broad range of topics, from engaging critically with the principles of employment law – and in particular how employment law has evolved – through to contractual and tortious liability. The skills and knowledge that you develop during your studies will also help prepare you to gain additional professional qualifications, should you wish to do so.


  • EU law
  • Employment law and practice
  • Company and partnership law
  • Client care and legal research

On successful completion of the programme you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Contractual & Tortious Liability – including, offer, acceptance, misrepresentation, breach of contract and contractual remedies as well as an understanding of tort law, occupiers liability, negligence, tests of negligence and remedies for tort law. You will develop an understanding of theoretical doctrines and practical applications of contract law. Attention will be paid to formation of contractual relations, the requirements for enforceability of contracts, the rights of third parties, terms and interpretation of contracts, performance and breach of contracts, vitiating factors and remedies. At this level you will develop a comprehensive knowledge of the English law of Torts, including the principle of negligence, the property torts, torts of intentional harm and defamation;
  • The Civil and Criminal Justice System and Practice – this includes the aspects of trial law for magistrates’ court, county court, appeals structure, procedural law and the court system. It will allow the student to gain detailed knowledge of the system. You will undertake a practice based exploration of the key principles related to the development of effective client care practice;
  • Legal aspects of Employment Law – this includes a detailed view of the law relating to employment including rights and responsibilities of the employee and the employer, dismissal, redundancy and discrimination. At this level you will engage critically with the principles of employment law and in particular how employment law has evolved. Also how the practical side of employment law is governed and how cases are brought to the tribunal or civil court. Managing employment cases and transfer of undertakings will be explored with examples of best practice;
  • Client Care and Practice – this includes the understanding of conducting interviews and best practices, identifying legal problems, customer support and system management and law from the clients perspective. You will undertake a practice based exploration of the key principles related to the development of effective client care practice. At this level you will also evaluate critically the principles of client care and consider how effective client relationships contribute to the development of a successful legal practice;
  • Land Law – this includes the understanding of the law relating to land and property, easements, LPA 1925, ownership and tenancy. You will develop a sound understanding of the principles of English Land Law & of the centrality of Land Law to society in an economic system based on the concept of private ownership. Also, how Land Law operates to regulate relationships between owners of property rights.


This course will be taught through a variety of methods – lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning, textbooks, module webs, scenario-based learning sets, professional libraries and resources, journals and casestudies, seminars, discussion forums and peer-to-peer learning.


Assessments will take the form of individual and group coursework, which is vocationally relevant. The wide range of assessment techniques used at CU Coventry will ensure that you have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in full.

There are no traditional final examinations to worry about. Instead, we will assess your learning through course work and phase tests. Assessments take place during and at the end of each six-week block.


As a full-time student a normal learning block will mean that you get 18 hours of teaching each week in groups of approximately 25-50 students. Depending on the course you have chosen, you will attend morning (9.00-13.00) or afternoon (14.00-18.00) sessions. You will also need to attend one two-hour tutorial each week.

Entry Requirements

UK/EU Students

Level 4 and 5 qualifications (Foundation Degree or HND) and 260 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.

International Students

To apply for this course as an international student you must:

  • Meet the above entry criteria with either UK or equivalent qualifications.
  • Be trained to English language proficiency level IELTS 6.5.


Full-time course is: £6,009 per year

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. 

The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year.

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.

International course fees is: £8,725


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.  


You can make your application in two ways:

• If you’re interested in a full-time course your application must be submitted via UCAS. Once you’ve registered you can start the application process; you’ll need our unique institution code C85, the code for your preferred course and the campus code 5.

Part-time/International Students

If you're looking to apply for a part-time or International course you can submit your application directly to CU Coventry via our online application form.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

With a Law and Practice BA (Hons) Degree qualification, your chances of employment are improved, and the level at which you enter the jobs market could mean a higher salary. The skills and knowledge you acquire during your studies should increase the options available to you.


We plan to support you on your journey from student to graduate and hopefully employment by facilitating and encouraging work placements and internships to help you stand out from other graduates.

Sandwich years and placements give you the opportunity to gain further insight into the industry or career you are seeking to follow. This enables you to contextualise the theoretical models and concepts discussed in the classroom in the work place. Furthermore, if you choose to take advantage of a placement or sandwich year this version of the degree will help to increase your employment prospects by acquiring skills and gaining an understanding of what employers expect of graduates.


Modules within the programme include units based on the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in 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 are independent from those undertaken for the academic award.

Should you decide to take the professional qualification with CILEx, there is a student membership fee and assessment fee. Please visit the CILEx website.

Course code:

  • 1 year full-time; 14 months part-time (UK/EU only)

  • Top-up Courses

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Part time


Contact Details:

CU Coventry

+44 (0) 24 7765 8787