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What makes Law with Politics at Worcester special?

The LLB (Hons) Law with Politics at the University of Worcester provides you with legal knowledge in fundamental subject areas and enables you to develop both practical legal skills and transferable professional skills. Law degrees are highly valued by a wide range of prospective employers. If you decide to pursue a career as a solicitor, the LLB will provide you with a solid grounding for your future preparation for Stage 1 of the Solicitors Qualification Examination (which is required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority). Should you choose to become a barrister, the LLB will also provide a solid foundation for your potential future studies on the Bar Professional Training Course (as required by the Bar Standards Board).

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.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Mandatory modules at each level of your study to help you develop subject knowledge in Westminster, European and global politics
  • Regular trips including an annual trip to Parliament in Westminster, as well as regular socials, local lectures and events, and extracurricular activities
  • 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

Entry requirements

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

T Levels may be used to meet the entry tariff requirements for this course. Find out more about T levels as UCAS tariff points here.

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

Course content

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 in Context 
  • Criminal Law
  • European Politics

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Equity and Trusts
  • Land Law
  • Global Politics

Optional

  • Company Law
  • Employment Law
  • Law of Evidence
  • Family Law
  • LLB Project
  • Work Based Placement
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Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment

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 and to be supported by the School of Law’s Employability Team.

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

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification.

Hannah Carstairs - Former Politics student

Politics is such a vast subject covering topics of history, sociology, ethics and a little philosophy. It helps you to gain a clear understanding of the world around you and I have really enjoyed how the course focuses on contemporary political issues rather than just ideologies. The lecturers use a variety of interactive media to engage students and help you find interesting research. Studying politics has assisted me to fine tune the skills I will need to seek a career in teaching and writing. I will take what I have learnt on this course into my Masters.

I would highly recommend the university to others. The lecturers on my course have been incredibly supportive and understanding allowing me to take the course at my own pace.

Linda Lukangu - Former Politics student

The politics classes are quite small, so it’s easy to get your voice heard and you really get to know your lecturer and your classmates. The classes are usually divided into a lecture about a specific subject and the second half is more about discussions and group work where you can develop your critical thinking.

I would definitely recommend the university. It's the right size with loads of greenery and a good sized town centre only walking distance away. The university also offers loads of assistance for those who need it so you never feel alone and the course selection is so big, everyone is guaranteed to find something they are interested in

Meet the team

Nicola Monaghan

Nicola Monaghan

Nicola Monaghan is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Worcester. She has taught at the University of Worcester since the School of Law opened in 2016. She has been teaching law at Higher Education institutions since 2001 and specialises in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and the Law of Evidence.

Nicola’s research interests include jury misconduct and the criminal trial and she has published a wide range of journal articles in the Journal of Criminal Law, International Journal of Evidence and Proof, and Information and Communications Technology Law. Her work has been cited widely by academics and by the Law Commission.

Dr Luke Devine

Luke is currently Course Leader for Sociology

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Dr Chris Monaghan

Chris Monaghan is the Head the School of Law and a Principal Lecturer in Law at the University of Worcester. He has taught at the University of Worcester since the School of Law opened in 2016. He has published in journals such as the Criminal Law Review, Judicial Review, European Human Rights Law Review, Public Law, and Legal Studies.

Chris has a PhD in Law from the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London. His thesis set out the case for a new impeachment process for the United Kingdom, arguing that it would have a valuable role to play in the future development of the United Kingdom’s system of politics and government.

He is happy to supervise PhD students and welcomes expressions of interest.

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Dr Josie Welsh

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

Josie has received nominations for her teaching through the University’s Student Union Students’ Choice Awards: nominated for Outstanding Lecturer, Exceptional Personal Academic Tutor and Module Excellence. In November 2020, Josie was awarded a University of Worcester Teaching Award which recognises innovative, inspiring, and excellent practice.

Dr Aisha Shah

Aisha is a Lecturer at the School of Law. Her research interests lie in the field of English Private Law and in particular claims for restitution in equity, trusts and unjust enrichment.

Her completed doctoral thesis 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 mistaken payment as the basis for developing her approach and builds upon the work of the late Professor Peter Birks.

 

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Jenny Watkins

Jenny is a Lecturer at the School of Law and teaches on the LLB undergraduate programme and on the Legal Practice LLM. She is the module leader for the Professional Legal Skills and Ethics module on the LLB, and the English and Welsh Legal System module on the LLM. Jenny is also involved in teaching Family Law, Tort Law and Commercial Law.

 

Prior to becoming an academic Jenny worked in legal practice in the West Midlands, training in Family Law, Dispute Resolution and Property Law, before qualifying as a Solicitor specialising in Family Law.

 

Before joining the University of Worcester, Jenny led multiple undergraduate Law modules at Newman University and was the Foundation Year Link tutor and Placements lead for law. Jenny was nominated for the award of ‘Staff Member of the Year’ and the ‘unsung hero’ award, and was awarded two ‘you’re great’ awards by the Students’ Union following nominations from students.

Careers

Careers

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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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

Find out how we can support you to achieve your potential
Costs

Fees and funding

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 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 enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the academic year 2024/25 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 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 an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £131 per week to 'En-suite Premium' at £221 per week (2024/25 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How to 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.

Dr Chris Monaghan

Head of Law

Dr Luke Devine

Politics Lead