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Foundation Degree in Law

Level 4-5
Course Code:
HEB006 / 8CR2
Brannams Campus
Two years, full time; three years, part time. Please note that the course (both part and full time) is taught over 2 days; consequently, applicants may feel that there is no advantage to studying part time.

FdSc Law is an exciting course with 8 Law and 4 business modules introducing students to a broad range of legal concepts, relevant in both legal practices and business. It is suited to those wanting to work in the legal department of a large organisation, or as a paralegal, barrister's clerk, court administrator or in prison services, amongst others. It would also be perfect for a business owner.

Employability, practical and transferable skills feature highly, allowing the successful student to offer real and appropriate skills whether in a legal or business environment.


The skills learnt on this Foundation Degree in Law are transferable and can be applied to a wide range of careers within the legal and business world.

The course will introduce you to a broad range of legal concepts, relevant in both legal practices and in business. Employability, practical and transferable skills feature highly, allowing you to offer real and appropriate skills whether in a legal or business environment.

First Year
1. Law Modules:
- Contract Law - how agreements are made, Consumer Law.
- Crime and Land Law - murder, theft, presenting a speech in court, buying and selling houses, and, land registration.
- English Legal System 1 - how laws are made and what it's like to be a judge.
- English Legal System 2 - magistrates, juries, police powers and the court system.

2. Business Modules:
- Organisational Behaviour.
- Human Resource Management - provides learners with the principles and theories of human resource management. The module will focus on the employer need for a flexible workforce and the importance of training and staff development.

Second Year
1. Law Modules:
- Tort Law - negligence (who sues who), accidents (who is responsible?).
- Family Law - divorce, resolving financial issues and arrangements for children, child abuse, interviewing a mock client, formal writing of advice letter.
- Constitutional Law - The theory, practice, and relevance of British Constitutional and Administrative Law; the separation of powers; and, human rights.
- Research Project - lectures and interactive workshops to guide students in planning and writing a legally based topic of your choice.

2. Business Modules:
- Financial strategy - to gain an understanding of the management of finance within an organisation.
- Business Strategy - offers the opportunity to work with real businesses and help them to develop up-to-date business strategies.

The course includes a large practical element, and you will have the chance to learn how to complete court papers and hone interview and presentation skills, including interviewing and court advocacy.

If you wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister you will need to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law, prior to taking the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course. Some exemptions from modules within the Graduate Diploma in Law modules may be awarded. You may also progress to the second year of the 3-year LLB (Hons) Law degree (subject to approval), after which you can proceed to the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course to gain qualified status.
The assessments are varied and include traditional exams, being assessed upon interviewing technique,and writing a letter of advice to a client, completing a joint presentation, presenting a plea in mitigation, research and coursework projects. We have made the course as relevant as possible to a career in law.
56 UCAS points. Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 5/4 or above, or equivalent, including English and Maths.
Mature students will be considered individually but must demonstrate at interview that they have the necessary motivation, potential, experience and/or knowledge to follow the course successfully.
Students who achieve an overall aggregate grade of 40% or above in the Foundation Degree and complete a tutorial exercise will be allowed to progress to Stage 3 of the Plymouth University BSc (Hons) Law with Business.

There is also an additional progression route for those students who achieve over 50% (2:2) on the FDSC Law. In these circumstances, the additional route is onto the 2nd year LLB (Hons) programme at Plymouth. This is a qualifying law degree.
Please note, there is a progression application deadline and places may be subject to availability.

Once the Law with Criminology pathway is open, the progression route will be to the third year of the BSc Law with Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies at Plymouth (with a 40% and over mark). The route to the LLB (Hons) 2nd year is also anticipated to be open.
Please contact the HE Team on 01271 852335 for more information.
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