Our Foundation Year courses offer an introduction to your chosen subject and are an ideal route to degree level qualifications, helping you develop the necessary skills for further study.
Filled with intrigue and complexities, law is a fascinating and exciting subject area that is an essential component of every business organisation.
This course aims to provide a thorough understanding of legal principles and best practice. With a focus on European, national and local contexts, this course explores the development of legislation and case law with core academic skills. If you successfully pass all modules you can continue your studies with us on to the BA (Hons) Degree in Law & Practice, subject to meeting specific entry criteria.
Why CU Coventry
We offer a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.
With a focus on European, national and local contexts, this course explores the development of legislation and case law with core academic skills. If you successfully pass all modules you can continue your studies with us on to the BA (Hons) Degree in Law & Practice, subject to meeting specific entry criteria.
Introduction to the English Legal System
The aim of this module is to ensure that you understand the primary concepts, terms and processes in the practice of Law in England and Wales. We’ll discuss the interpretation and application of legal rules; providing you with an insight into key aspects of professional practice and law in the workplace.
We will focus on contemporary case studies and analyse current issues in the legal system to keep the course relevant.
This module has content from the CILEx Level 3 Unit 1: Introduction to Law and Practice embedded.
In this module you will learn to understand exactly what constitutes a valid and enforceable contract. You’ll look at obligations, the rights of third parties and the terms of a contract to solidify your understanding. You will cover a range of relevant topics, such as discharge of contract, misrepresentation, vitiating factors and legal reasoning.
You’ll develop analytical skills by performing critical evaluations of contractual obligations and the remedies available.
This module has the CILEx Level 3 Unit 2: Contract Law embedded.
Criminal Law and Practice
The Criminal Law and Practice module encompasses both criminal theory and criminal process.
The Criminal Law element of the module will examine the general principles of criminal law, including how liability is incurred through acts, omissions and intention. Consideration will be given to particular offences involving dishonesty and non-fatal offences against the person, murder/manslaughter, criminal damage and where relevant, defences. Key doctrines and rules will be discussed with analysis of statute and case law.
The Criminal Litigation element will be embedded into and run alongside Criminal Law study. The study will look at how criminal cases play out at court within the criminal litigation system of England and Wales. Students will gain knowledge of the professional requirements and skills to run a criminal file in practice. In addition, students will gain valuable experience in making oral legal submission (advocacy) in a virtual courtroom.
Academic and Professional Skills for Lawyers
The initial transition to higher education can pose a range of challenges that you need to overcome. Therefore, we ensure that you have a clear understanding of the skills needed for effective legal practice, including how to create, draft and use various client care documents as well as becoming confident as an independent learner.
We’ll guide you through legal reasoning, critical thinking and decision making. You’ll also learn the processes and procedures of professional conduct, with client care, interviews and communications.
We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.
Why choose this course?
Located on our campus in Mile Lane, Coventry, you will have access to our Library & Learning Services, fully equipped seminar rooms and impressive IT suites. Plus, you can take advantage of reading rights in Coventry University’s Lanchester Library, make use of sport centre facilities and receive full membership to Coventry University Students’ Union (CUSU).
This course has been developed and is taught by practising legal professionals and industry experts. Our academics bring a wealth of legal expertise to the classroom. Many are qualified lawyers e.g. solicitors and barristers, and are continuing to undertake research and other projects alongside teaching, meaning our students gain a well-rounded and relevant teaching experience.
Throughout your studies, you will find that the course is underpinned with practical elements such as creating and writing reports from the view of a legal practitioner, to making use of our in-house mock law court to watch and take part in example legal proceedings.