Law (Cert HE)
A Law Certificate at Ruskin is perfect for you if you have an interest in law but without the qualifications to apply directly for an LLB.
Size: Certificate HE
Purpose: Higher Education
Duration: 1 year
Course validation: The Open University
What are the qualifications about?
This one year course, equivalent to the first year of university level study, provides you with the groundwork to progress to degree level programmes, and lays the foundation for the academic study of law. The programme will give you an insight into the law and its application in practice and you will learn how to find, read and understand legislation, case law and other legal texts.
Who are they for?
If you are looking to a career in Law but don’t yet have the qualifications to apply for an LLB (law) programme, this is the ideal course for you.
What do I need?
There is no specific level 3 qualification required but you will need English at Level 2 and a commitment to achieving Level 2 in Maths during the course.
Please note that you may need a C or higher in GCSE Maths and English before you can progress from this course onto a Law degree.
Why choose Ruskin College?
Ruskin has a remarkable history of championing equality and justice, alongside a reputation for excellence in the social sciences.
You will study in a challenging and supportive learning environment with a small learning group approach which really focuses on you.
What sorts of things do they cover?
- English Legal System
- Civil Liberties and Human Rights
- Employment Law
- Law, Rights and The Body
- Anti-Discrimination Law
How will I learn and be assessed?
You will study five modules over two semesters and attend 10 hours of lectures and seminars per week, alongside a weekly tutorial.
Case studies are used to bring the law to life. You will develop problem-solving skills in small groups and acquire legal reasoning and analytical skills. You will enjoy plenty of opportunities for lively debate.
Over 90% of your assessment will be coursework and this is partnered with one exam. The coursework element includes essays, presentations, case-study reports and problem-solving scenarios.
How long do they take?
Completing the Law (Cert HE) usually takes:
- 1 year full time
What jobs could they lead to?
You will most likely wish to progress to university to study a law degree (LLB), which is the qualifying degree in law. (Please note: the Cert HE will be of significant value in a range of careers, but it does not count as the first year of an LLB course; if you wish to complete a full law degree, you will need to apply to do a full three year degree at another university. This is a process which we can help you through.) You can also go on to study a range of different degrees using the transferable skills acquired through this course.
Your career avenues could include law-related employment, trade union work, business or education in the UK or abroad.
100% of graduates progress onto degree programmes (72% onto LLB).
What would it cost me?
Please visit the University Programmes Fees and Funding page for more information.