Name of Programme
LLB Law with integrated Foundation
Final Award
LLB
Location
Buckingham
Awarding Institution/Body
University Of Buckingham
Teaching Institution
University Of Buckingham
School of Study
School of Law
Programme Code(s)
ULBF0SLA / Full Time / 3 Years
Professional Body Accreditation
Solicitors Regulation Authority
Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS)
Law (2019)
Admission Criteria
A levels, or the International Baccalaureate, or the Cambridge Pre-U, and/or work experience, and/or evidence of genuine intellectual capacity.

For international students, qualifications equivalent to the above.
Applicable Cohort(s)
Winter 2022
FHEQ Level
6
UCAS Code
M200
Summary of Programme
An LLB Honours programme by full-time study, and a Qualifying Law Degree.

The 3 year LLB is designed for students who need an extra introduction to enable them to study at undergraduate level. The first year of the programme gives a foundation to the more specialist subjects delivered in years two and three.
All Modules assessed through a variety of assessment methodologies, as set out below.

Examination and resit regulations are to found in the University Calendar and the Student Handbook.

In some cases, it may be possible for a student to substitute a dissertation for a Part Two module, after proper consultation with potential supervisors and with the permission of the Dean (for full list of conditions, see Programme Structure below).

Introduction to Legal Studies (ILS) and Legal Skills and Procedure (LSP) are continually assessed, details of which are set out in their respective Module Specifications.

Further details of the way in which students are assessed are set out in the individual Module Specifications and the Student Handbook, both of which are issued to students at the start of their programme.
Educational Aims of the Programme
In the First Year:
• To develop in students the ability to construct and communicate logical arguments clearly;
• To help students acquire and practice strategies for effective reading and for academic vocabulary development;
• To provide opportunities for students to develop IT skills;
• To train students in language awareness;
• To encourage students to develop general study skills, particularly including the ability to learn independently using a variety of source materials;
• To stimulate engagement and participation in the learning process; To encourage students to become autonomous learners.
• To provide students with the opportunity to develop knowledge of academic subjects related to their future study.

In years Two and Three:

• To meet the requirements of a qualifying law degree and study contemporary specialist subjects in law.
• To develop the skills necessary to analyse and evaluate complex legal problems and issues.
• To develop effective oral and written skills.
• To develop transferable personal and work place skills which are suited to both a career in law and outside it.
• To foster intellectual self-confidence and stimulate intellectual inquiry through pro-active teaching and high quality feedback.
• To develop ability to research from a range of primary and secondary legal sources.
Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Year 1
On successful completion of the Year 1 programme, students should be able to:

1. Use English effectively for academic study
2. Demonstrate the use of sources of information
3. Demonstrate a knowledge of the structures, functions, processes and cultures pertaining to a range of social organisations,
4. Demonstrate a knowledge of the external environment within which organizations operate, including the political, social, and legal contexts at both national and international levels
5. Obtain a basic foundation of the knowledge required to undertake study at a higher level in their chosen academic specialisation

In Years 2 and 3 students will acquire:

6. Knowledge and understanding of the institutions, values and procedures of the legal systems of England & Wales and of the European Union
7. Knowledge and understanding of the main principles, legal rules and values of the core subjects of a Qualifying Law Degree, and of any optional modules.
8. Knowledge and understanding of legal research methods, referencing protocols and the different primary and secondary sources of law
9. Awareness and understanding of the importance of personal and professional development.
10. Awareness of current areas of debate and, where appropriate, the socio-cultural, economical and other influences on English and European Union Law
11. Knowledge and appreciation of legal and professional ethics.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Year 1
1. The use of small group tutorials or seminars is central to the Buckingham’s learning and teaching strategy to accomplish all intended learning outcomes.
2. Students are taught in a combination of structured lectures, seminars and tutorials.
3. The use of IT is embedded in the curriculum. Understanding is reinforced by support from tutors in feedback across all modules.

Years 2 and 3

1. Small group tutorials, involving an exploration of essay and problem questions.
2. Encouragement of open debate in tutorials.
3. Written formative and summative. assignments.
4. Library training exercise (ILS).
5. Plagiarism and AM prevention training (ILS).
6. Database training (ILS).
7. Negotiation exercise (LSP).
8. Mooting (LSP).
9. Use of feedback on formative and summative coursework.

Assessment Strategy

Year 1

Students are formally assessed by completing individual assignments, presentations, individual projects and group projects. Knowledge and understanding is also tested through unseen written examinations in most modules.

Weightings (course / project work to examinations) vary from module to module and will be made explicit to students on each module specification document.

Years 2 and 3

1. The Preliminary and Part One modules are assessed by a variety of means, the detail of which is set out in each of the respective module specification.
2. Part Two modules are assessed by a variety of means, the detail of which is set out in each of the respective module specification.
3. For Introduction to Legal Studies (‘ILS’) and Legal Skills and Procedure (‘LSP’), a range of written and practical assessments is used, including a library exercise, database training and mooting.
4. In some Part Two modules, it may be possible for a student to substitute a dissertation for a Part Two module, after proper consultation with potential supervisors and with the permission of the Dean.

Programme Outcomes

Cognitive Skills

1. Ability to apply knowledge to, and solve, problem scenarios.
2. Ability to identify and analyse legal doctrines and principles, and to assess their validity and merit.
3. Ability to think critically about various legal arguments, doctrines and various legally related issues.
4. Ability to apply knowledge in order to synthesise ideas and information, with a view to reaching justifiable conclusions.
5. Able to identify, locate, retrieve and evaluate legal information, from both primary and secondary sources and in both hard and electronic form.
6. Ability to create a body of work that is coherent and resolved.
7. Ability to critically reflect on personal and professional development.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Year 1

As above.
Students are provided with practical activities to develop cognitive skills, utilising case study materials and computer software.

Years 2 and 3

1. Small group tutorials, involving an exploration of essay and problem questions.
2. Encouragement of open debate in tutorials.
3. Written formative and summative assignments.
4. Library training exercise (ILS).
5. Plagiarism and AM prevention training (ILS).
6. Database training (ILS).
7. Negotiation exercise (LSP).
8. Mooting (LSP).
9. Use of feedback on formative and summative coursework.

Data management skills are fully integrated throughout the programme. Role-play exercises, case studies, and individual and group presentations facilitate the development of communication, interpersonal skills, time management and team working.

Assessment Strategy

Year 1

1. Cognitive skills in all areas are assessed by coursework, examinations, projects & presentations.
2. Assignments are designed to require the skills of analysis, evaluation and integration.
3. The Individual Research Project in the first year is an extended opportunity for students to further develop and be assessed on these skills.

Years 2 and 3

1. The Preliminary and Part One modules are assessed by a variety of means, the detail of which is set out in each of the respective module specification.
2. Part Two modules are assessed by a variety of means, the detail of which is set out in each of the respective module specification.
3. For Introduction to Legal Studies (‘ILS’) and Legal Skills and Procedure (‘LSP’), a range of written and practical assessments is used, including a library exercise, database training and mooting.
4. In some Part Two modules, it may be possible for a student to substitute a dissertation for a Part Two module, after proper consultation with potential supervisors and with the permission of the Dean.
Programme Outcomes

Practical/Transferable Skills

1. Ability to engage with their own personal and professional development and academic integrity.
2. Ability to work collaboratively.
3. Ability to explain and debate legal ideas clearly, both in the written and oral form.
4. Ability to present written coursework ethically and free from academic misconduct, using the correct format and style.
5. Ability to access, identify and assimilate information from a variety of sources, including up-to-date primary and secondary legal resources, both in hard copy and electronic form.
6. Ability to act independently in planning and managing tasks.

On successful completion of the Year 1 programme, students should have acquired:
1. Data management skills
2. Communication skills
3. Leadership and team-building skills
4. Time management skills
5. Decision-making and problem-solving skills
6. Life-long learning skills

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Teaching/Learning Strategy
Year 1

1. Students will be exposed to a variety of workshops and practical exercises helping to develop IT skills.
2. Students will be encouraged to use Moodle and other online resources to aid learning and develop IT skills.
3. Students will be required to write and present assignments both as individuals and in groups, prepare spreadsheets and worksheets, use Word and Excel and learn the basics of file management. Other computer software packages will also be introduced.
4. Students will be given the opportunity to apply knowledge to solve practical problems.

Years 2 and 3

1. Small group tutorials, involving an exploration of essay and problem questions.
2. Encouragement of open debate in tutorials.
3. Written formative and summative assignments.
4. Library training exercise (ILS).
5. Plagiarism and AM prevention training (ILS).
6. Database training (ILS).
7. Negotiation exercise (LSP).
8. Mooting (LSP).
9. Use of feedback on formative and summative coursework.

Assessment Strategy

Year 1
There will be a combination of coursework, projects, presentations, practical computing examinations and written examinations.

Years 2 and 3

1. The Preliminary and Part One modules are assessed by a variety of means, the detail of which is set out in each of the respective module. specification.
2. Part Two modules are assessed by a variety of means, the detail of which is set out in each of the respective module specification. Part Two modules principally consist of a summative essay worth 25% of the assessment, and an unseen written exam worth 75% of the assessment. In the exam, students are required to answer three questions out of eight.
3. For Introduction to Legal Studies (‘ILS’) and Legal Skills and Procedure (‘LSP’), a range of written and practical assessments is used, including a library exercise, database training and mooting.
4. In some Part Two modules, it may be possible for a student to substitute a dissertation for a Part Two module, after proper consultation with potential supervisors and with the permission of the Dean.
Assessment of skills 1-6 is via written coursework, individual and group presentations and examinations.
External Reference Points
• The European Qualifications’ Framework for Lifelong Learning (Link) ;
• How to Use Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria by David Gosling and Jenny Moon. Published by SEEC. (Link).
• Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
• Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement(s)
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental or programme handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Date of Production
Revised Autumn 2020, September 2021, October 2021
Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee
14/10/20; IQP Winter 2021, September 2021, October 2021
Date approved by School Board of Study
04/11/20; IQP Winter 2021, September 2021, October 2021
Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee
IQP Winter 2021, September 2021, October 2021
Date of Annual Review
In line with the University annual monitoring review process

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURES

LLB Law with integrated Foundation

ULBF0SLA / Full Time / January Entry
Term 1
Winter
Key Academic Skills [L3/10U] (FFFKASK)
UK & Global Institutions [L3/10U] (FFFUKGI)
Introduction to Legal Skills [L3/10U] (FFFITLS)
Critical Thinking [L3/10U] (FFFCRTH)
Term 2
Spring
Academic Writing Skills [L3/10U] (FFFACWS)
International Studies [L3/10U] (FFFINST)
The English Legal System [L3/10U] (FFFTELS)
Introduction to Criminal Law [L3/10U] (FFFINCL)
Term 3
Summer
Research Skills [L3/10U] (FFFRSKS)
Advanced Academic Skills [L3/10U] (FFFADAS)
Introduction to the Law of Contract and Tort [L3/10U] (FFFILCT)
Foundations of International Human Rights Law [L3/10U] (FFFIHRL)
Foundation Examination
Term 4
Autumn
Introduction to Legal Studies [L4/15U] (LUFILS1)
European Union Law 1 [L4/15U] (LUFEUL1)
Preliminary 1 Examination
Term 5
Winter
Law of Torts [L4/30U] (LUFTOR4)
Constitutional & Administrative Law [L4/30U] (LUFCOAD)
Term 6
Spring
Law of Torts [L4/30U] (LUFTOR4)
(Continued)
Constitutional & Administrative Law [L4/30U] (LUFCOAD)
(Continued)
Preliminary 2 Examination
Term 7
Summer
Legal Skills and Procedure [L5/15U] (LUFLSKP)
Law of Contract [L5/30U] (LUFLCNT)
Criminal Law [L5/30U] (LUFCRML)
Term 8
Autumn
European Union Law 2 [L5/15U] (LUFEUL2)
Law of Contract [L5/30U] (LUFLCNT)
(Continued)
Criminal Law [L5/30U] (LUFCRML)
(Continued)
Part 1 Examination
Term 9
Winter
Land Law [L6/30U] (LUFLAND)
Two of:
Company Law [L6/30U]
Intellectual Property Law [L6/30U]
International Law [L6/30U]
Sex & Gender in the Legal Process [L6/30U]
Family Law [L6/30U]
Dissertation [L6/30U] (LWXXXXX11)
Term 10
Spring
Land Law [L6/30U] (LUFLAND)
(Continued)
Two of:
Company Law [L6/30U]
Intellectual Property Law [L6/30U]
International Law [L6/30U]
Sex & Gender in the Legal Process [L6/30U]
Family Law [L6/30U]
Dissertation [L6/30U] (LWXXXXX11)
(Continued)
Part 2 Stage 1 Examination
Term 11
Summer
Law of Trusts [L6/30U] (LUFLTST)
Two of:
Criminology and Criminal Justice [L6/30U]
Commercial Law [L6/30U]
Medical Law and Ethics [L6/30U]
Jurisprudence [L6/30U]
Law of Evidence [L6/30U]
International Human Rights: Contemporary Law and Practice [L6/30U]
Employment Law [L6/30U]
Dissertation [L6/30U] (LWXXXXX15)
Term 12
Autumn
Law of Trusts [L6/30U] (LUFLTST)
(Continued)
Two of:
Criminology and Criminal Justice [L6/30U]
Commercial Law [L6/30U]
Medical Law and Ethics [L6/30U]
Jurisprudence [L6/30U]
Law of Evidence [L6/30U]
International Human Rights: Contemporary Law and Practice [L6/30U]
Employment Law [L6/30U]
Dissertation [L6/30U] (LWXXXXX15)
(Continued)
Part 2 Stage 2 Examination


Law Options: Students must choose law options to the value of 120 Units.

 

LLB Law with integrated Foundation

ULBF0SLA / Full Time / September Entry
Term 1
Autumn
Key Academic Skills [L3/10U] (FFFKASK)
UK & Global Institutions [L3/10U] (FFFUKGI)
Introduction to Legal Skills [L3/10U] (FFFITLS)
Critical Thinking [L3/10U] (FFFCRTH)
Term 2
Winter
Academic Writing Skills [L3/10U] (FFFACWS)
International Studies [L3/10U] (FFFINST)
The English Legal System [L3/10U] (FFFTELS)
Introduction to Criminal Law [L3/10U] (FFFINCL)
Term 3
Spring
Research Skills [L3/10U] (FFFRSKS)
Advanced Academic Skills [L3/10U] (FFFADAS)
Introduction to the Law of Contract and Tort [L3/10U] (FFFILCT)
Foundations of International Human Rights Law [L3/10U] (FFFIHRL)
Foundation Examination
Term 4
Summer
Introduction to Legal Studies [L4/15U] (LUFILS1)
Law of Contract [L4/30U] (LUFLCN4)
Criminal Law [L4/30U] (LUFCRM4)
Term 5
Autumn
European Union Law 1 [L4/15U] (LUFEUL1)
Law of Contract [L4/30U] (LUFLCN4)
(Continued)
Criminal Law [L4/30U] (LUFCRM4)
(Continued)
Preliminary 1 Examination
Term 6
Winter
Legal Skills and Procedure [L5/15U] (LUFLSKP)
Constitutional & Administrative Law [L5/30U] (LUFCOA5)
Law of Torts [L5/30U] (LUFTORT)
Term 7
Spring
European Union Law 2 [L5/15U] (LUFEUL2)
Constitutional & Administrative Law [L5/30U] (LUFCOA5)
(Continued)
Law of Torts [L5/30U] (LUFTORT)
(Continued)
Part 1 Examination
Term 8
Summer
Law of Trusts [L6/30U] (LUFLTST)
Two of:
Criminology and Criminal Justice [L6/30U]
Commercial Law [L6/30U]
Medical Law and Ethics [L6/30U]
Jurisprudence [L6/30U]
Law of Evidence [L6/30U]
International Human Rights: Contemporary Law and Practice [L6/30U]
Employment Law [L6/30U]
Dissertation [L6/30U] (LWXXXXX15)
Term 9
Autumn
Law of Trusts [L6/30U] (LUFLTST)
(Continued)
Two of:
Criminology and Criminal Justice [L6/30U]
Commercial Law [L6/30U]
Medical Law and Ethics [L6/30U]
Jurisprudence [L6/30U]
Law of Evidence [L6/30U]
International Human Rights: Contemporary Law and Practice [L6/30U]
Employment Law [L6/30U]
Dissertation [L6/30U] (LWXXXXX15)
(Continued)
Part 2 Stage 1 Examination
Term 10
Winter
Land Law [L6/30U] (LUFLAND)
Two of:
Company Law [L6/30U]
Intellectual Property Law [L6/30U]
International Law [L6/30U]
Sex & Gender in the Legal Process [L6/30U]
Family Law [L6/30U]
Dissertation [L6/30U] (LWXXXXX11)
Term 11
Spring
Land Law [L6/30U] (LUFLAND)
(Continued)
Two of:
Company Law [L6/30U]
Intellectual Property Law [L6/30U]
International Law [L6/30U]
Sex & Gender in the Legal Process [L6/30U]
Family Law [L6/30U]
Dissertation [L6/30U] (LWXXXXX11)
(Continued)
Part 2 Stage 2 Examination


Law Options: Students must choose law options to the value of 120 Units.