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Northumbria’s GDL is taught using a practical, student-focused approach providing a solid grounding in the major areas of law. It covers the foundations of legal knowledge which are taught my means of lectures, group sessions and seminars. Students are provided with comprehensive study materials, textbooks and step-by-step workbooks to support their studies.

At the beginning of the programme students are required to study the English Legal System by means of a pre-attendance package and induction programme.

In addition, students must study the following seven subjects, which are stipulated by the professional bodies as being the foundations of legal knowledge:

  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • European Union Law
  • Property Law
  • Public Law
  • Law of Tort

All students are required to undertake research into a further area of law. Past options have included Company Law, Commercial Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Evidence and Legal History among others. Students receive initial guidance on the subject and advice on how to conduct legal research.

The distance learning programme is ideally suited for those in employment or with family commitments. Students are required to attend 12 study days per academic year for two years. The study days (9am - 6pm) are grouped in six pairs, normally a Wednesday and Thursday, which fall approximately every six weeks during September, October, December, February, March and May. Timetables are issued in advance of each set of study days. It is recommended that students allow 15 - 20 hours per week for independent study. Each subject has a detailed study guide, textbook and a weekly study schedule which together, set out what work is required in advance of the study days. 

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Studying law? Or thinking of studying law?

Thinking of becoming a solicitor?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it will be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The earliest date for introduction is September 2020.

This will be a national assessment for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. It will provide a fair and consistent assessment for all candidates regardless of whether they have taken a law degree or qualified through new routes like the solicitor apprenticeship.

If you have already started your law degree or an exempting law degree, or will do so before the SQE is introduced, you will be able to finish and qualify in the same way as before or qualify under the new system.

Under the current system you must complete both the academic and vocational stages of training as well as meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor. The academic stage is achieved by either a) a qualifying law degree or b) a non law degree in a different subject and completing the Common Professional Examination. The vocational stage comprises:

  • the Legal Practice Course
  • a two year period of recognised training
  • the Professional Skills Course

So what will qualifying look like for solicitors after 2020?

  • having a degree or equivalent 
  • two stages of the SQE assessment
  • having a two year period of work experience
  • meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor

The SRA will be providing information and guidance about how to qualify in the new system so keep checking its website.

Watch the SRA's video here 

Please note that although an undergraduate qualification is required for access to the Graduate Law Degree (GDL), the programme is an undergraduate award and adheres to the University’s undergraduate regulations and procedures.  Students who apply for the GDL are not eligible for the postgraduate scholarship scheme but on completion of this programme those who progress to the LPC or BPTC at Northumbria will qualify for the scholarship at that stage.

Northumbria’s GDL is taught using a practical, student-focused approach providing a solid grounding in the major areas of law. It covers the foundations of legal knowledge which are taught my means of lectures, group sessions and seminars. Students are provided with comprehensive study materials, textbooks and step-by-step workbooks to support their studies.

At the beginning of the programme students are required to study the English Legal System by means of a pre-attendance package and induction programme.

In addition, students must study the following seven subjects, which are stipulated by the professional bodies as being the foundations of legal knowledge:

  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • European Union Law
  • Property Law
  • Public Law
  • Law of Tort

All students are required to undertake research into a further area of law. Past options have included Company Law, Commercial Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Evidence and Legal History among others. Students receive initial guidance on the subject and advice on how to conduct legal research.

The distance learning programme is ideally suited for those in employment or with family commitments. Students are required to attend 12 study days per academic year for two years. The study days (9am - 6pm) are grouped in six pairs, normally a Wednesday and Thursday, which fall approximately every six weeks during September, October, December, February, March and May. Timetables are issued in advance of each set of study days. It is recommended that students allow 15 - 20 hours per week for independent study. Each subject has a detailed study guide, textbook and a weekly study schedule which together, set out what work is required in advance of the study days. 

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Studying law? Or thinking of studying law?

Thinking of becoming a solicitor?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it will be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The earliest date for introduction is September 2020.

This will be a national assessment for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. It will provide a fair and consistent assessment for all candidates regardless of whether they have taken a law degree or qualified through new routes like the solicitor apprenticeship.

If you have already started your law degree or an exempting law degree, or will do so before the SQE is introduced, you will be able to finish and qualify in the same way as before or qualify under the new system.

Under the current system you must complete both the academic and vocational stages of training as well as meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor. The academic stage is achieved by either a) a qualifying law degree or b) a non law degree in a different subject and completing the Common Professional Examination. The vocational stage comprises:

  • the Legal Practice Course
  • a two year period of recognised training
  • the Professional Skills Course

So what will qualifying look like for solicitors after 2020?

  • having a degree or equivalent 
  • two stages of the SQE assessment
  • having a two year period of work experience
  • meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor

The SRA will be providing information and guidance about how to qualify in the new system so keep checking its website.

Watch the SRA's video here 

Please note that although an undergraduate qualification is required for access to the Graduate Law Degree (GDL), the programme is an undergraduate award and adheres to the University’s undergraduate regulations and procedures.  Students who apply for the GDL are not eligible for the postgraduate scholarship scheme but on completion of this programme those who progress to the LPC or BPTC at Northumbria will qualify for the scholarship at that stage.

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
2 years distance learning

Department
Northumbria Law School

Location
Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019 or September 2020

Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one Year one comprises of 5 core modules totalling 65 credits

Year 2

Year two Year two comprises 4 core modules totalling 55 credits

Who would this Course suit?

This course would suit a student with a non-law undergraduate degree who would like to go on to study either the Legal Practice Course with a view to becoming a solicitor, or the Bar Professional Training Course with a view to becoming a barrister.

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £8,500

International Fee in Year 1: £8,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for UK/EU undergraduate tuition fee information**.

Click here for International undergraduate tuition fee information.

Click here for additional costs which may be involved while studying.

Click here for information on fee liability.

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: TBC

Undergraduate fees are set by Government and are subject to annual review. Once these have been approved we will update fees/funding information for UK and EU students.


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

Scholarships for 2020/2021 entry have not been announced. Please visit the 2019/2020 international scholarship page for the 2019/2020 scholarship offer.


ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC


FUNDING INFORMATION

20/21 fees and funding information has not been confirmed. 19/20 information is listed below.

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for UK/EU undergraduate tuition fee information**.

Click here for International undergraduate tuition fee information.

Click here for additional costs which may be involved while studying.

Click here for information on fee liability.

 

 

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How to Apply

Applications via UCAS

Most full-time and sandwich first degrees, extended degrees, DipHE and HND courses require that application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Clearing House.

If you are at school or college, staff there will advise you on how to apply. If you are not at school or college, you can apply using the UCAS secure, web-based online application system ucasapply.

Applicants apply via UCAS apply wherever there is access to the internet, and full instructions and an online help facility is available. Application details can be checked and printed at any time, text for personal statements and references can be copied and pasted into applications from a word processing package, and applications can normally be processed by the relevant Clearing House within one working day once submitted. More details on apply can be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

  • The UCAS institution code for Northumbria University is NORTH N77

If you wish to defer your entry, you should ensure you indicate this in section 3i of the application form. Full details of application deadlines and the application fee can be found on the UCAS website. Please note, however, we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to our Teacher Training, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice programmes.

Application Deadlines

Equal consideration is given to all applications received at UCAS by 6.00pm on 15 January. Details of all UCAS deadlines can be found on the UCAS website www.ucas.com.

UCAS will accept applications up to 30 June, but we can only consider these if there are still vacancies in relevant subjects. You are advised to check with the University before applying for popular courses which may already be full. Candidates applying for any courses after early September must follow the UCAS Late Registration Procedure, and we will provide the appropriate form.

Decision Making Process

When we receive your application it will be forwarded to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy.

Most subject areas do not require applicants to attend an interview as part of the selection procedure. However, if the standard procedure is to interview candidates, this is specified in the degree programme entrance requirements. Some courses, such as Health, Social Work and Teacher Training, require specific checks or requirements to be put in place during the normal selection process. These are detailed on the individual course details pages.

Fairness and Transparency

The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

What Happens Next

You will receive one of the following from UCAS or our Admissions Office:

  • Conditional offer which depends on you achieving certain grades from forthcoming examinations, completing relevant checks, or other requirements prior to entry. You may be asked to send us a copy of your certificates/qualifications once these have been received to enable us to confirm your offer. Not all examination results are sent to Universities via UCAS.
  • Unconditional offer if you have already satisfied entry requirements.
  • Reject your application.

Tuition Fee Assessment

Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process

Interviews

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening

Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire, and you may be required to attend a doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning your programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from your own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, you may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them - unless you are applying for one of the courses outlined within the following paragraph.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled ‘Criminal Convictions’. You must disclose anycriminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet ‘How to Apply’. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell UCAS and the University. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell UCAS and the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks

Please note that both UCAS and the University follow anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism

Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false information will be referred to UCAS if their application was made via UCAS. The same is true for applicants who are suspected of omitting, or found to have omitted, information that they are required to disclose according to UCAS regulations. Applications identified by UCAS’s Similarity Detection software to contain plagiarised material will be considered on an individual basis by Admissions Staff, taking into account the nature, relevance and importance of the plagiarism. The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

Extra

The Extra process enables applicants who have not been offered a place, or have declined all offers received, can use EXTRA to apply for other courses that still have vacancies before Clearing starts. The Extra process normally operates from late February until the end of June and Applicants should use the Course Search facility at UCAS to find which courses have vacancies.

Clearing

If you have not succeeded in gaining a place at your firm or insurance university, UCAS will send you details about Clearing, the procedure which matches course vacancies with students who do not have a university place. Information about degree vacancies at Northumbria is published in the national press; and you can also find information on our dedicated Clearing web pages during this period. We operate a Helpline - 0191 40 60 901 - throughout the Clearing period for enquiries about course vacancies.

Adjustment
If an applicant has both met and exceeded the conditions of their firmly accepted offer, they will have up to five calendar days from the time their place was confirmed (or A level results day, whichever is the later) to research places more appropriate to their performance. Applicants will have to nominate themselves for this system, and their eligibility will be confirmed by the institution they apply to adjust to.

Going to University from Care
Northumbria University is proud of its work in widening participation of young people and adults to university. We have recently been successful in being awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. This mark was created to recognise institutions who go that extra mile to support students who have been in public care. To find out more, visit our Going to University from Care web page.

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK
Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

LA0545 -

Contract Law [CPE FT, CPE DL] (Core,15 Credits)

By the end of the module you should be able to:

explain what is required to form a contract, the impact of various terms of a contract, when a contract is invalidly formed, how a contract may be brought to an end, the remedies available upon a contract being broken and the principles of restitution;

identify areas of the law of contract where the law of tort provides an alternative cause of action;

read a case and formulate a principle of law upon which the decision in a case is based and identify other statements of law which are not necessary to decide a case;

analyse legislation, breaking sections into constituent parts and show how such parts apply to a body of facts;

construct legal advice and/or legal argument from the application of case law and legislation to a body of factual material;

analyse, evaluate and discuss contractual concepts;

research independently areas of contract law; and

demonstrate an ability to explain contractual principles clearly and succinctly in a written form.

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LA0546 -

Criminal Law [CPE FT, CPE DL,CPE EL] (Core,15 Credits)

This is a core module on the Graduate Diploma in law.

The aim of the module is to familiarize students with key issues and topics in substantive criminal law. Students will consider the nature, scope and function of the criminal law and will then be introduced to fundamental concepts concerning the elements of criminal liability (actus reus and mens rea). They will then study key offences including homicide, offences against the person (non-fatal offences and sexual offences), property offences (including dishonesty offences and criminal damage offences). Key defences will also be introduced at appropriate points, including mistake, intoxication, automatism, duress, necessity, self-defence / prevention of crime and consent. Topics relevant to participation in crime and inchoate offences will also be covered.

Students will be introduced (where appropriate) to policy issues arising from the substantive law and will consider proposals for reform. Aspects of aspects of comparative law will also be discussed.

At the conclusion of the course, students should have an understanding of the fundamental principles of criminal law, knowledge of key offences and the ability to apply the law to the facts of given case scenarios.

The module will be taught by way of lectures and seminars. Students will be required to undertake independent learning in preparation for seminars. These will take the form of case studies in which students will begin to develop the ability to apply the law to the facts of a case. Students will also be required to explain and analyse the law in relation to given topics in the context of essay questions. They will participate in discussions about the theory of substantive criminal offences and defences.

Assessment will take the form of a three-hour, unseen examination.

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LA0547 -

EU Law [CPE FT, CPE DL] (Core,15 Credits)

The module is designed to introduce students to the law and institutions of the European Union. It begins with an historical overview of the development of the EU from its origins in the 1951 European Coal & Steel Community to the present day EU. This is followed by a look at the EU’s institutions, with an emphasis on the European Court of Justice, and the various sources of EU law (this is consolidated in a special IT-based seminar on researching EU law). The module continues by examining the preliminary rulings procedure, the extent to which EU law can be enforced in national courts, state liability, European Citizenship – a rapidly developing area – and substantive EU law in the form of the free movement of goods, persons, establishment and services. A critical approach is fostered throughout.
The module is designed to develop students’ skills in legal research, critical analysis, and problem-solving.
The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions and independent learning. Where appropriate, the module makes use of real and realistic scenarios and activities to add practical context to the students’ learning.

The module is assessed by a 3-hour, unseen, closed-book examination.

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LA0548 -

Property Law [CPE FT, CPE DL] (Core,15 Credits)

The overall aim of the module is to introduce students to some of the central principles of substantive English land law. Following its completion the students should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of those principles.
The module will be delivered by a combination of large and small group sessions, directed learning and independent learning.

The module will be assessed by way of an end of year examination.

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LA0699 -

English Legal Systems MCT [CPE FT/CPE DL] (Core,5 Credits)

This module is a requirement of the GDL course and as an introductory module, it is delivered by way of a pre attendance packages and taught sessions during the induction sessions. It is examined by way of an MCQ test in October on a pass/fail basis.

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LA0544 -

Public Law [CPE FT, CPE PT] (Core,15 Credits)

The module is designed to provide students with a sound knowledge base for Public law, which is a ‘core’ Law Society module. At the end of the module the students should have a working knowledge of the constitution and the issues surrounding it. In addition they should have a working knowledge of police powers, the law relating to public order and judicial review

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LA0549 -

Tort [CPE FT, CPE DL] (Core,15 Credits)

The Law of Tort is concerned primarily with the circumstances in which one person may seek compensation for a civil wrong (other than a breach of contract) committed by another, and with the form and measure of compensation where liability is established. The overall aim is to provide students with an understanding of the principles of liability in relation to specific torts (such as negligence, nuisance and defamation), and of the way in which compensation is assessed, with reference in particular to personal injury claims (which in practice account for the vast majority of tort claims). The impact of the Human Rights Act will also be considered where relevant.
Assessment takes the form of a 3 hour examination.

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LA0550 -

Trusts [CPE FT, CPE DL] (Core,15 Credits)

This module introduces students to the substantive law of equity and trusts. It begins with an historical overview of the development of equity. This is followed by study of the creation of trusts (both express and implied). The next topic is Charitable trusts, an area which lends itself well to critical analysis. Next is non-charitable purpose trusts where students study the situations in which these trusts can be valid. Students then study the powers and duties of trustees, breach of trust and the remedies for this including tracing. A critical approach is fostered throughout.
The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions and independent learning. Where appropriate, the module makes use of real and realistic scenarios and activities to add practical context to the students’ learning.

The module is assessed by a 3 hour unseen closed book exam which accounts for 100% of the overall module mark.

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LA0551 -

Further Area of Law [CPE FT, CPE DL] (Core,10 Credits)

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