LLB (Hons) Law with Politics

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Overview

UCAS Code:8D36
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time, 5 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2019, September 2020
Department:Department of Law and Criminology
Location:Edge Hill University
Clearing & Adjustment:Places Available
  • Gain exemptions from the academic stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister;
  • Progress directly onto the next stage of legal training upon graduation;
  • Examine political concepts, institutions and systems and immerse yourself in strategic political communications.

At the heart of this course is the idea that future lawyers will need to have knowledge of national, European and international laws and institutions. This degree is primarily for LLB students who also wish to study Politics during their degree. The LLB will enable you to study all the key legal principles, doctrines and legal institutions that constitute the foundations of legal knowledge with the added advantage of a specialism in politics and political analysis. The study of politics and government will enhance your understanding of the role and application of the law.

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In Depth

What will I study?

In Year 1, you will study a number of compulsory modules to ensure you learn the fundamentals of law. During this year, you will be introduced to the political process, political institutions, and political ideas, the English legal system, legal reasoning and legal analysis, and the principles that regulate legally binding agreements. You will also study the law of civil liabilities.

Modules in Year 2 are also compulsory and will cover a variety of areas that will allow you to examine the law that regulates the relationship between citizens and government, and provide you with an understanding of the key principles of land law and criminal law. You will also explore the political and governmental systems of a number of major European States and examine recent political developments in one such state in depth.

In Year 3, you will study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You will examine the key principles of equity and trusts; the fundamentals of European Union law and the relationships between national and EU legal orders; the nature and role of political communications and the nature of actually working in politics. You can then choose from a range of specialised optional modules, including law of evidence and human rights, family, child, sports, tax, media, intellectual property and international trade laws. Taking the Law Clinic Experience module provides the opportunity to work in the department’s Pro-Bono Law Clinic and offer legal advice under the supervision of qualified solicitors.

How will I study?

As well as lectures, all modules use seminars or workshops, which are smaller discussion groups where you will get the opportunity to express your ideas and develop your legal analysis and problem solving skills. You will also have the opportunity to participate in moots, visit legal institutions and be part of the Student Law Society. For each module you will be given a comprehensive handbook, which will tell you what the classes are about, the cases and legislation to read, and the titles of coursework assignments.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is varied and designed to ensure that you acquire a wide range of skills, particularly those required by future employers. Assessment methods include writing case reports and essays, critically analysing legal documents, giving oral presentations, defending and advising clients and taking exams.

Exams account for at least half of the marks of many modules, though there are also a small number of modules which are assessed by coursework only. You will always be given feedback on your work so that you learn from the experience and develop as a learner.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic academics, who research and write about the law and are experts in their particular specialisms. Some of the team are both academics and practitioners and others are involved in international projects training judges and lawyers in European Union law. All are actively engaged in the world of the law and legal institutions.

A Great Study Environment

Law students hone their mooting skills in a mock courtroom.The £6m Law and Psychology building provides contemporary teaching and learning facilities for students in the Department of Law and Criminology and the Department of Psychology.

The three-storey building includes a 250-seat lecture theatre, seminar and tutorial rooms, and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning. Elsewhere on campus, there is a mooting room (a mock courtroom) where Law and Policing students can train and practice their advocacy skills and cross-examination techniques, as well as preparing for giving evidence in court.

New for 2019 is the EHU Police Training and Simulation Facility, part of which is furbished as a police station, that will be used to simulate a wide range of crime scenes. This will enable Law and Policing students to work together in areas such as gathering and analysing evidence, including forensic evidence at crime scenes, as well as practicing interview techniques used by the police through role play, while also ensuring that the rights of suspects are upheld.

The department’s Pro Bono Law Clinic provides opportunities for Law undergraduates to offer legal advice, free of charge, to other students in the University and members of the local community. The students providing legal advice are supervised by professionally qualified members of the lecturing staff and there is input experienced legal practitioners based in the region. The key aims of the Pro Bono Law Clinic are to enable students to gain experience of giving practical legal advice and also to provide a no cost advisory legal service to the student community.

You can also participate in the departmental Mooting Society, making an oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing counsel and before a judge, and join the student-led Edge Hill University Law and Criminology Society.

Modules

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Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)

LAW1001Legal Methods and Systems (20 credits)

Legal Methods and Systems examines the sources of English law, and explains the processes and the role and functions of the institutions and personnel involved in the English legal system. The module provides a foundation of legal knowledge, and introduces you to legal reasoning, legal analysis and legal study skills which you can apply in your subsequent legal study.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

LAW1003Law of Contract (20 credits)

Law of Contract introduces principles that regulate legally binding agreements. The module examines when the law recognises agreements as binding and how such agreements are formed. You will look at the means and pretexts by which contracting parties may seek to escape from the obligations they have undertaken and different remedies that the law makes available when such obligations are breached.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW1005Law of Torts (20 credits)

Law of Torts introduces you to the law of civil liabilities, examining the objectives of the system as well as the main areas such as negligence, trespass, occupiers’ and employers’ liability, vicarious liability, defamation and privacy. The subject is largely based on case law.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW1006Lawyers' Skills (20 credits)

Lawyers’ Skills lays the foundations for the development of a number of skills and competences related to working in the legal professions. The module introduces you to a number of aspects of the practical curriculum delivered on a Legal Practice Course and a Bar Professional Training Course.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

POL1001Introduction to Political Concepts and Theory (20 credits)

Introduction to Political Concepts and Theory explores the foundations of political analysis and the concepts, approaches and methods through which we understand the subject. The module will critically examine the core ideas central to the study of politics.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

POL1002Introduction to Political Systems and Institutions (20 credits)

Introduction to Political Systems and Institutions immerses you in political institutions and systems, focusing mainly on the UK but also using examples from the US. The module is designed to give you an introduction to, and understanding of, how politics works in practice in terms of institutions, systems, personnel and campaigns.  Focusing mainly on the UK, teaching will also draw on some examples from the US.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of LAW1006 Lawyers’ Skills.

Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)

LAW2002Criminal Law (20 credits)

Criminal Law explores the substantive criminal law in England and Wales. The module combines the basic notions and framework of criminal liability with a detailed consideration of a range of specific criminal offences.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW2005Land Law (20 credits)

Land Law will provide you with an understanding of the key principles of property law which underpin the day-to-day management and control of land ownership, use and transaction, and enable you to place those dealings within the social context.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW2007Public Law 1 (20 credits)

Public Law 1 introduces you to the fundamental constitutional principles of public law and demonstrates how these principles are realised in the UK and how an evaluation may be made of the UK’s adherence to these principles. The module also examines some of the unique or unusual characteristics of the UK constitution.


Assessment: Coursework: 20%, Written Exam(s): 50%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW2008Public Law 2 (20 credits)

Public Law 2 introduces you to administrative law as it operates in the UK. It examines the operation of judicial review and the ways in which judicial review attempts to realise and comply with the principles of the rule of law and separation of powers. The module also examines the rights protected by the European Convention on Human Rights and how these rights are given effect in the UK via the Human Rights Act 1998.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

POL2001Comparative European Politics (20 credits)

Comparative European Politics examines the government and politics of France, Germany and Italy on a comparative basis. The module will explore in a systematic manner through the application of a number of theoretical models the nature of the systems of government and politics in the three states.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

You will select one of the following modules:

HIS2030Identity and Diversity: Contemporary France from 1968 to the Present (20 credits)

Identity and Diversity: Contemporary France from 1968 to the Present provides an introduction to the history of contemporary France. The international dimension is emphasised by focusing on themes such as foreign policy, racism and colonial legacies. Also emphasised are popular protest, popular culture, social inequality and history as experienced from below. The aim is for you to benefit a comparatively rare opportunity to study the very recent history of an important neighbouring country which is often stereotyped and misunderstood in the UK and broaden your cultural awareness.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

MED2080Psychology of Persuasion (20 credits)

Psychology of Persuasion has a strong communication component, emphasising the discursive elements of a variety of written and visual texts. The module introduces a range of supporting theories, after which you work with models of audience consumption, reception and visual and discursive techniques aimed at producing impact, changing opinions and behaviours. Analysing a variety of media and case studies, you will apply a number of rhetorical and persuasive techniques to your own practice.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

MED2289Crisis Management (20 credits)

Crisis Management looks at a number of theoretical models relating to how crises develop, to the analysis of crisis situations and to the management of crisis. It focuses on reputation management and related concepts of organisational image and identity. The module includes analysis of past examples of crisis management and workshops simulating reactions to hypothetical crisis scenarios. A wide range of crises are used including crises from the worlds of politics, business and the charity sector.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

POL2004The Politics of Migration (20 credits)

The Politics of Migration acknowledges that migration is one of the key paradigms of the 21st century. To understand many of the trends and events in the world today, it is necessary to understand what migration is, how it is represented and ‘managed’, and how it is experienced, whether directly or indirectly. The module will introduce you to a range of theoretical traditions of migration, as well as a variety of case studies from both the UK and overseas, to enable you to understand and analyse a phenomenon that is highly relevant in contemporary politics.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

POL2005Contemporary US Politics (20 credits)

Contemporary US Politics looks at politics in the US today and in the recent past.  It focuses on major trends and key developments while exploring in some detail the key institutions relevant to US politics. Focusing on the US politics from the Reagan presidency onwards, the aim is to equip you with an understanding of one of the major ‘theatres of politics’. You will explore key aspects of recent presidencies, the development of the role of Vice President, the US candidate selecton system, the funding of political campaigns, the operation of Congress and State Houses, legislative processes, trends in party management and development, as well as any emerging news stories.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

SPY2135Broken Britain (20 credits)

Broken Britain explores issues around class, culture and conflict in contemporary British society. You will examine a variety of sociological perspectives and case-studies to engage critically with questions such as whether British society is ‘broken’ or if the claim is a case of ‘moral panic’? If it is broken, why? Who broke it? What role has globalisation played? Is modernity itself broken? Can society be mended? What is the ‘Big Society’? What is the Good Society? Case studies may include ‘affluenza’ and consumption, family breakdown and the ‘parenting deficit’, the ‘underclass’ debate, the hollowing out of representative democracy, and the rise of ‘radicalisation’ and ‘violent extremism’.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)

LAW3051European Union Constitutional Law (20 credits)

European Union Constitutional Law examines the Constitutional Law of the European Union and the nature of the relationship with national legal orders. The module explores the nature and effects of the legal relationship and examines in particular the doctrines, principles, legal instruments, competences, institutions and rights recognised and conferred by EU Law and the law making process in the European Union.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW3052European Union Substantive Law (20 credits)

European Union Substantive Law examines some of the core areas of the substantive law of the European Union. The module focuses on the law relating to the four freedoms and competition law in the context of the regulatory development of the EU Internal Market.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

LAW3053Equity and Trusts (20 credits)

Equity and Trusts examines the fundamental principles of the law relating to trusts and equitable ownership of property. It also considers the role and responsibilities of trustees and other fiduciaries.


Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

POL3001Strategic Political Communications (20 credits)

Strategic Political Communications looks in depth at political communication and how it is used by various players in the political arena. It is impossible to understand modern day politics without understanding how politicians and campaign groups communicate.  This module builds on your understanding of political systems and practices and analyses pieces of communication in a critical way.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

LAW3032Child Law (20 credits)

Child Law examines the law governing the relationship between the State, parents and children in England and Wales. This includes exploring the law regulating conception, adoption, child abuse, juvenile crime, child rights, sterilisation, residence and the legal relationship between parents and children.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3033Company Law (20 credits)

Company Law concentrates on the key features of the company as a legal institution and covers a selection of topics addressing some of the main policy issues relating to companies and business activity.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3034Consumer Law (20 credits)

Consumer Law examines the law relating to consumer protection, focusing on sale of goods and supply of goods and services to consumers, product liability and product safety, off-premises and distance selling contracts, consumer credit, and the laws governing unfair commercial practices.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW3035Dissertation (20 credits)

Dissertation is designed to allow you to carry out a substantial piece of self-directed legal research. The topic of your research may draw on the practical experience of the law gained in an appropriate work placement.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LAW3036Employment Law (20 credits)

Employment Law deals with an important business resource, namely its employees and one of the most important forms of exchange between business and clients, namely contracts for the sale and exchange of goods.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3037Family Law (20 credits)

Family Law examines the main areas of substantive law and social policy pertaining to the family. The focus is on the ‘family’ and the rights and obligations of the adults within it.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3038Human Rights (20 credits)

Human Rights introduces you to the assessment of the nature of human rights claims and their translation into law and legal institutions. It charts the emergence of human rights arguments through legal, social and political theory, and examines how these discourses have informed the creation of national and international law.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW3039Intellectual Property Law (20 credits)

Intellectual Property Law critically examines the key principles of intellectual property (IP) law, the nature and scope of IP rights, procedures, national, regional and international, for the granting and recognition of the rights, mechanisms for enforcement, as well as defences against the enforcement.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3040International Business Law (20 credits)

International Business Law examines some of the legal aspects governing the organisation and regulation of private international business, especially multi-national corporations.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3041International Criminal Law (20 credits)

International Criminal Law analyses the key principles of international criminal law. It examines legislation and prosecution of international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3042International Sports Law (20 credits)

International Sports Law examines the complex pattern of international regulatory frameworks affecting sport. It explores the role of sport in society and assesses the claims that sport should be self-regulating.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3043Jurisprudence (20 credits)

Jurisprudence introduces you to various theoretical perspectives on the creation and application of law and seeks to enable you to develop an appreciation of the major theories of law, justice and rights. It will explore the principles underpinning legal doctrine, and the way those principles can conflict.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LAW3044Law Clinic Experience Module (20 credits)

Law Clinic Experience Module provides you with the opportunity to further develop and apply a number of the practical aspects of being employed in the legal professions.


Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

LAW3045Law of Evidence (20 credits)

Law of Evidence examines the procedural framework which regulates the conduct of the adversarial trial. The main focus are the main rules of evidence which govern the conduct of a criminal trial and the extent to which the rules are an expression of the relationship between the interests of the state and the rights of the individual within the criminal justice system.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3046Media Law (20 credits)

Media Law examines current laws governing libel, social media, privacy, malicious communications and contempt of court. It explores these rules within the context of areas such as press regulation, the regulation of the internet and the regulation of media broadcasting.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3047Public International Law (20 credits)

Public International Law examines the law governing relations between states. It is concerned with questions such as the settlement of disputes, title to territory, diplomatic relations, human rights, the law of the sea, legal restraints on the use of force, and the law governing international commercial/trade agreements.


Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

LAW3048Refugee Law (20 credits)

Refugee Law analyses the legal obligations nation states owe to refugees and migrants. It examines the pertinent International and European Union legislation with attention to both the legal norms and the actual practice.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW3049Sports Law (20 credits)

Sports Law examines the claims that the volume of sports related case law and statute combined with the development of discrete legal doctrines unique to sport has contributed to the emergence of a new legal area – sports law.


Assessment: Written Exam(s): 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LAW3050Tax Law (20 credits)

Tax Law provides you with a solid grounding in the law and principles relating to taxation, including the taxation of business. It provides you with a general understanding of the operation of the tax system, to enable you to analyse accurately the tax consequences of a given set of facts, and to make critical assessments of the law covered in the module.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LAW3054Alternative Dispute Resolution (20 credits)

Alternative Dispute Resolution recognises the importance of an understanding of the legal principles, processes and procedures of alternative dispute resolution. This module will consider arbitration, mediation and negotiation as alternative methods of dispute resolution. It will provide an understanding of the law and practice of arbitration in England and Wales generally. It will also explain the fundamental principles of arbitration, mediation and negotiation, consider the Arbitration Act 1996 and contemplate the role of the courts in the arbitral process  A case study of an arbitration process will be included.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

You will select one of the following modules:

HIS3021Black Life and Black Protest in the United States Since 1945 (20 credits)

Black Life and Black Protest in the United States Since 1945 analyses the reasons for the emergence of the post-war civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. The contribution of leading individuals within the movement, like Martin Luther King, is also examined together with the life and career of Malcolm X and the Black Power movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The module concludes by assessing the legacy of the civil rights era for present day race relations and the extent to which the election of Barack Obama in 2008 means that the United States can now be described as a post-racial society.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

HIS3036The Special Relationship: Britain and the USA (20 credits)

The Special Relationship: Britain and the USA concentrates on the major diplomatic, economic and cultural meeting points of arguably the two most influential nations of the 20th century. You will study how their relationship – at times good and at times bad – influenced the course of international history. It is a relationship of unparalled closeness and complexity which persists into the present day. By analysing the principle issues that arose between these two competitive yet cooperative states, we may be in a position to judge to what extent the relationship actually deserves the epithet ‘special’.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

POL3003Working in Politics (20 credits)

Working in Politics focuses on preparing you for careers in politics or a politically related area. The module will also, however, encourage you to think about the world of work more generally. Politics (or those jobs linked to it) is a very competitive career environment. To succeed, you need to fully understand what is required and be aware of how to develop those skills and attitudes. This module will enable you to demonstrate that you have an understanding of operational politics and campaigning, while also equipping you with the tools to recognise opportunities in the career market.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

POL3006Advanced Parliamentary Studies (20 credits)

Advanced Parliamentary Studies equips you with a thorough and deep understanding of the workings of the UK Parliament and Parliamentary systems. The module explores the history, culture and potential future of Parliament, examines aspects of Parliamentary process in-depth, and considers related issues such as regulation and ethics. You will have the opportunity to interact with practitioners from the workforce in the Houses of Parliament.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

SPY3110Critical Terrorism Studies (20 credits)

Critical Terrorism Studies recognises that in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and those in London, Madrid, Paris and beyond, terrorism and political violence have become ever more pressing contemporary issues. But, what is ‘terrorism’; what does the term itself actually mean? What causes political violence, how is it represented in modern multi-mediated societies and how does the issue of ‘counter terrorism’ impact on the lives of people today? How has the ‘fear’ of terrorism come to affect our society? These are the sort of questions this module is designed to address. You will be invited to employ and develop your understanding of critical sociological theories, concepts and approaches in order to investigate these matters of great contemporary social importance.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SPY3111Social, Cultural and Political Ideas (20 credits)

Social, Cultural and Political Ideas enables you to undertake focused work on trans-disciplinary theoretical studies that combine social, political and cultural dimensions in order to understand issues and problems in the contemporary world. The module provides a discursive base on the relationship of theory to practice and the critical study of ideas before focusing on three particular issues and/or theoretical positions and perspectives. Topics might include democracy and democratisation, neo-liberalism, models of justice, consumerism, governance and globalism, cultural Marxism, Orientalism, post-colonialism, or post-Marxism. The balance of generality with specific focus allows for a detailed and critical approach to social, political and cultural ideas.


Assessment: Coursework: 80%, Practical(s): 20%.

If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional Law modules above (LAW3032-LAW3054).

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

Timetables

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. 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. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria 2019/20

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Entry Criteria 2020/21

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 112-120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBC-BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

You will be provided with a solid foundation and preparation for a legal or legal-related profession. Graduates are also equipped to pursue careers in areas such as probation work, youth and community work, research, police service, prison service and criminal justice agencies.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
  • Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 are £12,000 per annum.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit, i.e. £1,540 per 20 credit module. 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2020/21, tuition fees are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 are £12,250 per annum.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2019/20 can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2019/20, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters guide for your intended mode of study.

Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2020/21 are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com. Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at www.edgehill.ac.uk/apply-part-time.

Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

23rd January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

112-120 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2020 entry.

15th January 2019 - Change of Modules

SPY3110 Critical Terrorism Studies (20 credits) replaces SPY3041 Critical Terrorism Studies (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 3. POL3006 Advanced Parliamentary Studies (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3.

18th July 2018 - Change to Module Assessment

The module assessment for LAW10001 Legal Methods and Systems (20 credits) has changed to 50% Written Exam(s) and 50% Practical(s).

26th March 2018 - Change of Module

POL3003 Working in Politics (20 credits) replaces POL3002 Working in Politics (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 3.

12th March 2018 - New Module Added

HIS3036 The Special Relationship: Britain and the USA (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3.

6th February 2018 - New Modules Added

POL2004 The Politics of Migration (20 credits) and POL2005 Contemporary US Politics (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 2.

LAW3054 Alternative Dispute Resolution (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3.