Introduction to English Law and Systems
Law with Criminology with Foundation Year
Salford Business School
In a nutshell
Designed to allow you to gain a qualifying law degree, as well as to explore crime and justice from a sociological perspective, Law with Criminology is a programme for people who wish to embark on a career in law and lift the lid on some of the most important and contentious issues facing society. You will study at our Salford campus close to Manchester city centre.
An industry-focus is placed at the heart of every programme delivered at Salford Business School. Modules are designed around the current needs of employers and the law profession.
We also place great emphasis on the development of your professional skills; you will have the opportunity to shadow working lawyers and judges, practise your learning during a year’s work placement and develop your client care skills by helping people looking for support from our legal advice schemes. In this way, you learn to put your academic knowledge into practice.
Extra-curricular activities, like mooting and trips, are organised by our student-led Law Society, complementing your studies and enhancing your experience throughout. Through initiatives like the CLOCK scheme (in partnership with Salford Citizens Advice), you’ll have the chance to offer support to people with welfare benefits appeals in the region, allowing you to not only practise what you’ve learned, but provide help for vulnerable people in the community. In 2019, 90% of students agreed they had been provided with opportunities to apply their learning (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2019 data).
Law with Criminology equips you with the tools you need for a successful career in the legal sector and an advanced knowledge of criminology. The programme is recognised by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. This means your studies will satisfy the requirements of the legal professional bodies for the award of a qualifying law degree with nine generic core law modules and one other specialist law module.
The Foundation Year of the four-year programme aims to provide understanding of the key subjects in business and law to meet the prerequisites for studying Law with Criminology.
Read about recent graduate, Olivia’s experience studying Law with Criminology in her Salford Story.
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- Gain a qualifying law degree
- Explore some of the most important issues facing society
- Benefit from close links with the legal sector including mini pupillage and judicial shadowing opportunities
- Practise your professional skills through a range of out-of-the classroom schemes and activities
- Help the local community in our legal support schemes
This is for you if...
You want to earn a qualifying law degree
You are interested in exploring the societal causes and implications of crime
You like to put your learning into practice
You are a critical thinker
You want to develop highly transferable skills
You enjoy exploring complex theories
All about the course
Like all programmes at Salford Business School, the modules delivered on this course are designed around the current needs of employers and professional bodies. With the opportunity for all students to complete a paid work placement between levels 5 and 6, you will enter the world of work with an in-depth knowledge of the industry and of key business concepts.
Following the foundation year which introduces essential legal skills and knowledge, you’ll study a number of modules aimed at exploring law as an area of academic study and professional practice. Throughout the remainder of the course, these key concepts are expanded upon and combined with criminology related modules.
A career-focused and industry-relevant approach is taken to the curriculum, meaning that the syllabus is designed to reflect the current needs of employers and encourage the development of professional skills.
You will also have access to a wide number of out-of-the-classroom activities to develop your real-world skills. Initiatives like the CLOCK Scheme, which gives you the chance to use your knowledge of law to assist the vulnerable, and the inclusion of guest speakers and industry visits all aim to help you to translate what you learn in the lecture theatre into real-world organisational scenarios.
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This module introduces you to the English Legal System, its main processes and its role within society. You will explore some of the central principles, concepts, structures and practices within English Law and develop an understanding of how the English Legal System sits within the broader contexts of EU law, international law and human rights law.
Foundations of Human Resource Management
Foundations of HRM provides you with a basic introduction to Human Resource Management. You will learn about the five key areas of the HRM discipline: employee resourcing, employee reward, performance management, employee relations and employee training and development.
Academic and Personal Skills
Academic and Personal Skills is delivered with your future in mind. This module takes you through how to get to grips with the technology you need to succeed, as well as using the library, how to reference and how to produce the different styles of academic writing.
It also helps you to develop yourself; you will create a CV, learn how to write a cover letter and find out what your learning style is. The module has guest speakers who share their expert knowledge and experience with you. All the skills covered in this module will help you to succeed in your chosen degree.
Foundations of Legal Knowledge
Foundations of Legal Knowledge gives you a basic understanding of how legal additional subjects, including Employment Law, Cyber Law, Medical Law, Family Law and Industrial Law, interrelate with the legal landscape.
Legal Skills and Attributes
This module introduces you to a range of core legal skills, and how to apply the same in the academic study of law. It will also equip you with basic skills in legal research, presentation and writing.
A contract is a legally binding agreement between two or more parties which, if it contains the elements of a valid legal agreement, is enforceable by law. The contract law module concerns itself with the rules governing such agreements. You will be acquainted with the role contract law performs in business and economic activity. The course also aims to teach the principles that underlie the common law of contract and explain the effect of legislative intervention on the common law principles of contract law. You will learn both the common law rules and legislation affecting contract law, as well as the ability to avoid contractual disputes and/or solve them
Legal Systems & Legal Digital Skills
On this introduction to the English Legal System and its role within society, you will look at the court system in England and Wales and learn how core legal subjects are integrated in the legal landscape. You will look at the importance of legal principles, concepts, structures, citations and practices within English Law; and develop your skills in interpreting primary and secondary sources of law including how to use OSCOLA (Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities). This module looks at the importance of good digital skills within the law and you will be supported and assessed through an eLearning legal training course.
Students are encouraged to sign up for and complete the following online courses after the end of the module to develop your digital legal skills further:
- The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) working towards your bronze award. iDEA is an interactive programme that improves digital, enterprise and employability skills
- Westlaw and Lexis Library Legal Research Basic Certificates.
Crime, Conflict and Society
This module provides an introduction to the key foundational issues, ideas, and ways of thinking within criminology. You will explore the various relationships between crime and society drawing upon contemporary, historical and comparative evidence and demonstrate links between particular theories and concepts and their implications for research methodology and social policy.
Law of Tort
This module allows you to review the law relating to civil wrongs, such as negligence, and when and how compensation can be claimed if one person negligently causes harm to another.
You will examine punishment by the state of offenders and the general principles of criminal liability, along with an examination of principal offences and defences.
Criminal Justice and Human Rights
You will be introduced to the form, key features and purpose of the institutions of the contemporary criminal justice system in England and Wales and begin an exploration of the issues relating to justice and civil liberties.
Public Law introduces students to the analysis of the nature and structure of the UK Constitution. After introducing the idea of constitutionalism in general, it explores the peculiar uncodified nature of the UK Constitution, and how this is reflected in its sources and basic principles. It also illustrates the most recent ‘constitutional revolutions’ happened in the UK: the HRA, devolution, and Brexit. It concludes by introducing the theory and practice of judicial review of administrative action.
You will develop an understanding of the range of theories of crime and criminal justice and locate the key issues of criminology within their socio-political and historical context. You will gain a knowledge of the most important theories, and their relevance for understanding crime matters in contemporary society.
European Union Law
This module gives you a general introduction to European Union Law, dealing with the structures and institutions of the EU, the obligations imposed upon the EU Member States, and the rights conferred upon EU citizens.
You will consider the legal nature of ownership and possession of land, the classification of property in English law, and how interests in land are created and transferred.
You will look at the history, context, implications, and regulation of media law. Considering some of the legal, moral, social and political debates which exist in this area of law. Issues such as the freedom of the press, reporting restrictions and pretrial publicity will be examined as well as defamation, privacy and harassment.
Policing and Social Control
You will be introduced to issues surrounding the policing and social control in the past, in contemporary society and in the future, and analyse how social control and surveillance are manifested. You will identify the implications for policing and social control studies on wider sociology as well as policy and practice.
Prisons and Punishment: Responses to Crime
Provides an understanding of the evolution of the modern prison and its policies, practices, and regimes. In this module you will develop an understanding of the relationship between prisons, probation, and the courts; and of the use and impacts of punishment with regard to age, gender, and ethnicity.
Violence in Society
An overview of the conceptualisation of “violence”. You will examine debates concerning violence in various aspects of life, consider the contemporary debates surrounding violence in a range of contexts, trace the development of theorisations of violence and consider ethical, methodological and practical issues involved in the researching of violence.
Human Rights, Genocide and Resistance
This module addresses the complex and often paradoxical relationships between human rights, extreme human rights abuses, particularly genocide, and resistance to such abuses. Its distinctiveness lies in providing students with interdisciplinary, theoretically informed approaches to human rights, genocide and resistance.
You will be introduced to the form, key features and purpose of the institutions of the contemporary criminal justice system in England and Wales and begin an exploration of the issues relating to justice and civil liberties.
Equity and Trusts
Equity and Trusts is a wonderful subject which is rooted in morality and the history of ‘conscience’. It is utterly unique and occurred entirely accidentally as a result of the flaws in common law. The purpose of this module is to provide an introduction to an invisible system of justice which runs alongside the common law known as Equity. Equity ‘glosses’ over the harsh results sometimes incurred by the rigidness of common law and it’s development is fascinating. For anyone who feels that the legal system is sometime unjust, Equity will restore your faith. The second purpose of this module is to introduce you to the concept of a trust. This is often referred to as Equity’s greatest achievement. The trust is used in almost all financial aspects of your life probably without you even realising and thus its exploration is vital and eye-opening."
Optional modules - you will select 5 modules (3 law and 2 criminology) from the list below
The Practice of Company and Partnership Law
This module covers the law relating to the formation, financing and management of companies, and related corporate activity.
Designed to enable you to acquire a sound knowledge of the role played by negotiation within legal practice, the Client Care module is a unique and highly practical offering at undergraduate level. Throughout the module you will develop and strengthen your capability to demonstrate good practice in legal writing, as well as a real appreciation of professional conduct issues arising in modern UK practice. The aim of the module is to enable you to build skills and gain a real awareness of the importance of client care within legal practice, giving you a real competitive edge in any legal and customer facing roles.
Artificial Intelligence and Law
Emerging technologies are having a major impact on society and has the potential to transform the legal sector. This module introduces you to AI and Law and key technologies that have the potential to change how lawyers operate in practice. You will look at topics such as; the impact of emerging technologies on the legal sector, how robotics, technology and AI interacts with the law and the legal implications of present-day issues such as driverless cars, military applications and technology use in healthcare. The interaction between legal, ethical and business issues, will provide you with a grounding in the advancements autonomous technologies and will prepare you for the careers of tomorrow.
You will start this module by looking at how the law defines ‘family’ and what family law is, analysing current issues in family law and exploring socio-legal research in this area. You will consider the current law on divorce, proposals for reform and how this affects the division of property when marriage and cohabitation ends. You will also study abusive relationships and the implications of domestic violence. Looking at child protection under the Children Act 1989 and Human Rights Act 1998, you will consider the arrangements for children in private family matters.
You will look at case law and legislation in the area of health and safety law, evaluate the nature, purpose, sources and development of the UK industrial law; develop an understanding of the general duties of employers and others and complexities of their legal interpretation; and consider the impact of the international and European principles and regulation on the development of the UK industrial law. The module also looks at the nature and application of various health and safety specific regulations, including workplace regulations and construction regulations.
Medical Law and Ethics
This module increases your awareness of contemporary medico-legal issues in all areas of healthcare and helps you to develop an understanding of the role ethical disclosure has to play in shaping the law in this field.
You will explore the rights and obligations that arise directly and indirectly from the employment relationship.
This module covers a growing area of legal practice. In today's online society an understanding of the law in cyberspace is now vital. You will consider topics including cybercrime, data protection and internet regulatory issues.
Business Ethics and Sustainability
This module equips you with an appreciation and in-depth understanding of the implications of Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability within national and international organisations. This module will also develop your knowledge with respect to the importance of the balance between shareholders, stakeholders and the purpose and values of the organisation. It will explore the roles of social and technological innovation in global ethical organisations in order to prepare you for future employability.
This module has been developed to provide students with strong foundations of Civil Litigation at undergraduate level. Students will develop a broad and detailed understanding of Civil Litigation, including the role of arbitration therein. Undertaking this module will provide students with a strong capability to apply legal principles to the solution of the problems and dilemmas arising from the civil litigation process; and inculcate in students an appreciation of policy in the principles and practice of civil litigation.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What Will I be Doing?
Our staff are legal experts who have experience of working in the real-world as well as academia, so our teaching is strongly industry-focused and industry-informed. You will benefit from a wide range of teaching methods which keep your studies interesting.
Lectures, seminars, practical workshops, mooting exercises and case study classes are used across our modules and ensure variety in your learning experience. This is further enhanced by our Virtual Learning Environment and the use of podcasts, blogs, discussion boards and electronic voting systems, which making classes highly interactive.
There are various opportunities to develop your practical skills in real-world situations. You can shadow a lawyer or a judge; use teamwork skills by making presentations (before judges) to help unrepresented people in the Employment Tribunals; enhance your advice skills while supporting the work of our volunteering schemes, through working on supervised projects in a Law Centre; and improve your client contact or courtroom skills through the CLOCK scheme or mooting competitions respectively. From late 2019 you will also get the chance to volunteer in our new in-house legal advice clinic, working under supervision of qualified lawyers to provide legal advice and other practical help to local people unable to access free or affordable advice.
Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include:
- Multiple choice tests
- Online tests
- Group reports
- Portfolio work
The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.
Salford business school
Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.
We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.
Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. Lady Hale is also the home for the mock courtroom where the mooting team hone their skills in case presentation and debate.
A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills.
Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.
Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)
The routes to becoming a qualified lawyer are changing, especially for those who wish to become Solicitors. At present this new route to qualification is still in the planning stages, however here at Salford we are putting provisions in place to ensure that our graduates are industry-ready and prepared for the new method of professional qualification.
If you’re planning on commuting, both our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses are perfectly placed. Whether by bus, rail, bike or car, we’re easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond.
We want you to enjoy your time studying here, but we understand that there may be times you need a little extra support to help you. The Business School student progression team is here to help you progress through your courses as smoothly as possible.
University-wide, askUS is at the core of our student support service, offering information and advice on matters such as finance, wellbeing and counselling, accommodation and more. If you have any worries, concerns, or need advice on a particular topic, visit askUS on campus.
Find out more about Student Support Services at Salford.
What about after uni?
Studying law with criminology opens up opportunities in a wide variety of career paths both within and outside the legal profession. Because of their rigorous intellectual training and highly developed skills in research, analysis and communication, law graduates are in high-demand by employers.
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Keoghs, Reeds Solicitors, Simpson Millar and Slater and Gordon are just a few of the organisations our LLB graduates have joined after graduating.
We have strong relationships with legal firms which open up excellent opportunities for you to learn from and network with solicitors and barristers. These include:-
- Mini-pupillage: all Law students have the opportunity of a week-long mini-pupillage shadowing a barrister at Kenworthys Chambers during your 2nd or 3rd year of study. This includes a morning briefing to go through files and spend the day in court sitting with the barrister. You get direct experience of how the system works and the nature of the role of barrister, helping you to make career decisions, develop contacts and enhance your CV.
- Judicial Shadowing: spending a day with a judge, you start with breakfast in the judicial dining room, going through case files then sit in on cases and discuss the reason for the decision. You see first hand how the court works, gain valuable contacts and enhance your CV. Numbers are limited and are by application.
The University of Salford has a number of legal advice schemes which give you the opportunity to develop your client skills in a number of ways:-
- CLOCK: you can apply to the CLOCK scheme through which you can practise what you’ve learned by offering support to people who otherwise might have none. Watch the video to hear students talk about their experience.
- Employment Law Scheme: you can apply to be trained to be part of a team delivering presentations on the Employment Tribunal procedures to litigants in person (someone who makes or defends a claim without legal representation from a solicitor or barrister). You do not give advice; however, this support is of great practical benefit to litigants in person and, at the same time, you get practical experience (including presenting to judges) and develop contacts, as well as working with teams of students from another university. Read Hannah Murphy's blog on the Tribunals project and how it helped her to develop her skills.
- Housing Advice Scheme: if you apply to support this, you will be trained and supervised to provide advice to tenants experiencing a range of housing problems (such as homelessness or disrepair). You will have the chance to interview clients at Bury Law Centre, working with an experienced supervising solicitor, to draw up action plans to give real, practical help to clients in need. You will support the community with your legal knowledge while developing your skills and enhancing your CV.
- Universal Credit Application Scheme: an opportunity open to all Law students, you will be trained to support Salford Citizens Advice with their requests for assistance from local people with Universal Credit applications. This is another great opportunity to deliver real community benefit whilst you develop your employability skills and your awareness of the advice sector.
There is an exciting series of guest lectures and industry visits when you can network with Law professionals. Recent speakers have included Wilf White, Head of Communications at the Bar Standards Board; and lawyers from DWF LLP.
LLB Law is recognised by the two leading regulatory bodies in the legal sector, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
You can enhance your career options with a year-long work placement with a legal firm giving you the opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained in the first two years of the course. Taking a placement between your second and final year helps to further develop your management skills and enhances your CV and employment prospects. A placement also provides a real context for the subjects studied on the course and helps in the preparation for your final year.
You will work with an employer which could be a local, national or international organisation. Our students have worked in a wide variety of organisations; some legal, some commercial – recently, these included Shoosmiths LLP, Slater and Gordon Lawyers and the Viacom International Media Networks. You will arrange your work placement with support from the School’s dedicated Employability Hub and from your industrial placements tutor both before and during your placement. The placement year gives you an additional 60 credits towards your final results.
During this year, you will not pay fees to the University and will earn a wage for the work that you do.
There are different entry requirements and course codes for the Professional Experience Year option.
What You Need To Know
This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.
If you are looking to study any law degree, you need to be prepared to work consistently to meet the standards and deadlines required by the academic and professional strands of a qualifying law degree.
Law with Criminology involves a high level of self-directed study and research outside of the classroom; you will be required to read each week, and digest and critically analyse complex source materials. You will be expected to be up-to-date with news and enjoy reading, debating and developing your own arguments.
But, as well as this hard work and dedication, you will meet great people like yourself, have access to a wide range of learning activities and open the doors to an exciting and rewarding career.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.
Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.
Maths and English at grade C or grade 4 or above (applicants who do not have the equivalent of grade C or above, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English will be considered on a case by case basis).
UCAS tariff points
64 points from a minimum of one A2 pass
BTEC National Diploma
MPP (BTEC Extended Diploma), MM (BTEC Diploma)
Access to HE
64 Points – Pass with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2
64 points from a minimum of one Advanced Higher
Irish Leaving Certificate
64 points from a minimum of one Higher Level subject
Pass Diploma with 60% or above
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2020/21||£8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
All Set? Let's Apply?
Course ID M1M8
Start this course in September. Call 0300 555 5030 to apply through Clearing.
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