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What makes Law with Policing at Worcester special?

LLB (Hons) Law with Policing 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 Policing at Worcester combines a strong foundation in core principles of law with a valuable insight into related areas of policing. The policing modules take key elements of the College of Policing Core Curriculum - a requirement for all student police officers – and combine these with forward thinking elements from other associated professional bodies.

Our policing modules will put you in a great position to pursue a career in the police force or to work alongside members of a police service. You'll learn from specialist practitioners and real-world experience, so you'll get a genuine taste of the work police officers perform on a day to day basis and work you could be doing after you graduate.

* Launching in September 2020. Subject to approval.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Purpose-built facilities, including our own courtroom, to help you get used to the legal environment
  • Mooting and mock trials, where you learn how to project your voice and exude confidence - also highly valuable when applying for work experience
  • Excellent links with local law firms, so you can learn about the law in context and get excellent work experience opportunities
  • Designed for individuals who wish to join the police service, prison or private security organisations
  • You'll have the opportunity to develop specific police skills and/or knowledge and critical understanding of specific areas of criminality or leadership skills
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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)
  • GCSE English at Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)
  • 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.

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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

  • Introduction to Policing in England & Wales

  • Evidence Based Policing

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Law of Torts
  • European Union Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Emotional Intelligence and Black Box Thinking

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Equity and Trusts

  • Land Law

Optional

  • Law of Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • LLB Project
  • Work Based Placement
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Victims and Vulnerability
  • Cybercrime and Internet Security
  • Leadership and performance management
  • Terrorism and Extremism
  • Substance Misuse
  • Mental Health in the context of offending behaviour and the criminal justice system
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

We enable 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, practical exercises and work placements. 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, such as mooting and client interviewing, 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:

  • Four 2 hour lectures
  • Four 1 hour seminars

Duration

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

Independent self-study

In addition to the 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 such as the Westlaw and Lexis Library legal databases.

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, 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
  • 1 Court Report
  • 1 Moot
  • 1 Portfolio

Year 2

  • 3 formal examinations of 2 hours duration
  • 6 essays
  • 1 interviewing and advising exercise
  • 1 individual presentation

Year 3

  • 3 formal examinations of 3 hours duration
  • 4 essays
  • 1 interviewing and advising exercise
  • 1 individual presentation

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.

Meet the team

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, legal practitioners with professional experience and current and former policing professionals.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and 80% of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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Michelle Clarke

Michelle joined the University of Worcester in 2019 as a Lecturer in Policing having served 17 years with West Mercia Police in a variety of roles. She achieved the rank of Sergeant, serving predominantly as a detective within the Criminal Investigation Department and associated specialist units. During this time, she discovered a passion for investigating the most serious and complex crimes committed against our most vulnerable members of society, specialising in domestic violence and abuse investigations, and has experience working within associated specialist investigation departments, including Major Incident Units. For the last four years of service, Michelle designed, delivered and co-ordinated the training for the College of Policing accreditation of all newly recruited detectives across West Mercia and Warwickshire police forces.

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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.

Chris Monaghan

Chris Monaghan is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Worcester. He is currently studying for a PhD at Kings College London and his thesis looks at impeachment from a historical, comparative and a contemporary perspective.

Nicola Monaghan

Nicola Monaghan is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester. She teaches Criminal Law and the Law of Evidence on the LLB.

Nicola has been teaching law at Higher Education institutions since 2001. She has published textbooks on Criminal Law (Oxford University Press) and the Law of Evidence (Cambridge University Press) as well as other books. Her research interests include jury misconduct and the criminal trial, and she has published a wide range of journal articles.

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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Doug Wotherspoon

After practising company and commercial law for 20 years in the city of Worcester, representing clients ranging from sole traders, ordinary partnerships, LLPs and limited companies to multi-national companies in transactions covering everything from business formations to business insolvencies, Doug embarked on a change of career and is very much enjoying transferring his practical experience in a legal environment into the classroom environment for the benefit of HND and undergraduate students alike.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Students not currently employed in the legal sector are encouraged to take part in the full range of law employability activities at Worcester.

Employability is at the heart of the School of Law, and we offer a wide range of opportunities to gain work experience through volunteering, mentoring schemes and placements. 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 the criminal justice sector  and in other areas, such as business and management.

The course design is also informed by the College of Policing Curriculum and students will also be well placed to join the police force.

Please note: From 2020, all new police officers in England and Wales will need to be educated to degree level.

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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.

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