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What makes Law with Politics* at Worcester special?

LLB (Hons) Law with Politics is a Qualifying Law degree. It is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and covers all the foundation subjects required to pass the ‘Academic Stage’ - the first step in your journey to qualifying as a barrister or a solicitor.

Law with Politics at Worcester combines a strong foundation in core principles of law with a valuable insight into related areas of politics. Indeed, the Law with Politics course aims to enhance your knowledge of contemporary politics by contextualising your law studies within a wider focus on Westminster, European, and global political philosophies, systems, and challenges.

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Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Qualifying Law Degree (QLD)
  • Enables lawyers to explore related areas of contemporary politics
  • Blended theoretical & practical approach brings law and politics to life
  • Professional volunteering opportunities develop your knowledge of how law and politics operate in the real world and the local community
  • Supportive, encouraging environment
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

120
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

  • 120 UCAS tariff points (typically BBB at A level)
  • GSCE English at Grade C/4 or above
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language require IELTS 6.5 or above

Applicants may be invited for interview 

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS Website.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Law of Contract
  • Public Law
  • Professional Legal Skills and Ethics
  • Westminster Politics

 

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Law of Torts
  • European Union Law
  • Criminal Law
  • European Politics

 

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Equity and Trusts
  • Land Law
  • Global Politics

Optional

  • Company Law
  • Employment Law
  • Law of Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Mediation and ADR
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Human Rights Law
  • LLB Project
  • Work Based Placement

 

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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars and practical exercises. Interactive workshops take a variety of forms and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and practical exercises are focused on developing subject specific skills and applying them in a professional context.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to engage fully with the employability programme in the School of Law including volunteering in the School of Law's Legal Advice Centre.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12 contact hours of teaching. Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • One 2 hour lecture
  • One 1 hour seminar

Independent self-study

In addition to contact time, you are expected to undertake around 25 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Duration

3 years full-time; 4-6 years part-time

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and legal practitioners with professional experience.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and 85% of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, courtroom activities, interviewing and advising, political discourse analysis, presentations and a final year independent studies project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • 3 formal examinations of 2 hours duration
  • 4 essays/discussion papers
  • 1 Court Report
  • 1 Moot
  • 1 Portfolio

Year 2

  • 3 formal examinations of 2 hours duration
  • 4 essays
  • 1 interviewing and advising exercise
  • 1 individual presentation
  • 1 political discourse analysis
  • 1 report

Year 3

  • 3 formal examinations of 3 hours duration
  • 4 essays
  • 1 interviewing and advising exercise
  • 2 individual presentations
  • 1 political discourse analysis

Meet the team

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Dr Luke Devine

Dr Luke Devine (Lecturer in Politics)

Luke’s teaching specialisms include contemporary politics, political philosophy, ‘race’/ethnicity, gender, and anti-Semitism. Luke’s research specialisms are in mystical Jewish literature, fin-de-siècle Anglo-Jewish literature, gender in Judaism and Jewish theology, and Shoah and post-Shoah theologies. Luke’s most recent publications include “‘I Sleep, but my Heart Waketh’: Contiguity between Heinrich Heine’s “Imago” of the Shulamite and Amy Levy’s ‘Borderland’” (2017), and “Shekhinah as ‘Shield’ to Israel: Refiguring the Role of Divine Presence in Jewish Tradition and the Shoah (2016).

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Bill Davies

Bill Davies is the founding Head of the School of Law, which formally opened at the University of Worcester in 2016. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Law School, and for its students and staff.

A commercial lawyer, Bill also teaches on the LLB and contributes to the School of Law’s extensive employability and extracurricular activities programmes.

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Josie Kemeys

Josie is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Worcester. Alongside her current teaching across the LLB courses, Josie is completing her Doctorate in Public law at the University of Sheffield.

Josie’s doctoral research relates to the challenges of analysing judicial power in the United Kingdom constitution. Entitled ‘Changing patterns of judicial power: developing current analysis’, the research presents an approach to analysis which leads to a more sophisticated understanding of the changing nature of that power.

Josie has received nominations for her teaching through the University’s Student Union Students’ Choice Awards: nominated for Outstanding Lecturer in 2017/18 and for Module Excellence (Media Law) in 2018/19.

Aisha Shah

Aisha’s research interests lie in the field of English Private Law and in particular claims for restitution in equity, trusts and unjust enrichment.

Her doctoral research is titled ‘Proprietary Claims and Restitution’ and focuses on the availability of proprietary responses in the law of unjust enrichment. Her research uses the classic example of the mistaken payment as the basis for developing her approach and builds upon the work of the late Professor Peter Birks.

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Mike Webb

Mike teaches across Politics and Sociology undergraduate courses with particular emphases on crime, political campaigning, the world of work, and social welfare.

His teaching also draws on his varied background as a former economics researcher, national organiser of a youth movement, special school teacher, and lecturer in media.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability is at the heart of Law with Politics at the University of Worcester, and we offer a wide range of opportunities to gain work experience through volunteering, mentoring schemes and placements.

In Law, we work closely with a variety of local, regional and national employers and use their expertise to input into the academic curriculum. In this way, we ensure that your Law degree is attractive to potential employers and that you have the opportunity to explore many different career options, both in the legal profession and in other areas, such as business and management.

Similarly, the Politics team enjoys links with local councillors, MPs, and parties; in the past, students have gained valuable work experience across a range of political parties and campaigns, as well as working in local constituencies and Parliament.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Law with Politics: ML22

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry into full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK. For the latest information, check the UCAS website at www.ucas.com

ML22 (full time entrants) read our How to apply pages and our How to apply for part-time entrants more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

 

UCAS Code

ML22

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Bill Davies

Admissions Tutor