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The award
CertHE

How long you will study
8 months

Domestic course fees
GBP 3080 per total

How you will study
distance, online

Course starts
January

International course fees
GBP 3080 per total

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About Law at University of Essex Online

Our CertHE Law course online can be achieved as a stand-alone qualification or used as a stepping stone towards a Bachelors degree. Study is based around specific law-related issues within the context of cross-functional modules that will develop your communications, presentation, writing, analytical and critical thinking skills.

Law is a widely recognised and highly respected subject and the knowledge gained on our CertHE Law will open up many opportunities for you to develop your career both inside and outside the legal field.

Alongside subject-specific knowledge, this course helps you develop skills in a number of areas including research, presentation and critical thinking.

After completing our CertHE Law programme, you have a number of options to continue your personal and professional development. You can continue your journey by progressing onto our LLB (Hons) Law programme, or you can choose to specialise with our LLB (Hons) Law with Business course or our LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology course.

Course structure

The CertHE Law is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 120 credits.

Level 4 modules:

  • Fundamentals of Effective Learning in Law (15 credits)*
  • English Legal System (15 credits)*
  • Criminal Law (30 credits)*
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law (30 credits)*
  • Contract Law (30 credits)*

* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

Upon completion of your CertHE Law we offer the opportunity for you to progress to study for a Bachelors degree (360 credits).

Learning and assessment

Introduction

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you - at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

All of our online courses have an indicative study duration which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability. It's possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year. Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

Teaching methods and style

As we are a 100% online university, we utilise a virtual learning environment instead of a traditional campus. The system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials.

This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet. All courses are delivered in English only.

You are supported throughout your course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor. To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

Assessment

We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. CertHE Law assignments are based on real-life work experience and assessed by tutors on an ongoing basis.

You are always aware of your current provisional grade right from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve.

We believe that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your course. We achieve this by:

  • showing your marks clearly in your gradebook, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform
  • the rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your gradebook is always up to date
  • assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for end of year exams
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser
  • the simplicity and transparency in the design of our assessment criteria

We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

Career prospects

We are dedicated to improving employability amongst our graduates. Our online courses give you the opportunity to improve your career prospects and earning potential with a mix of key skills that are directly transferable to the workplace.

The legal knowledge gained from the CertHE Law could benefit roles in finance, human resources, education, local and central government, the voluntary sector or management.

The CertHE Law can also be used as a stepping stone towards studying for our LLB (Hons) Law degree which is recognised as a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) in England and Wales and is the first step if you are considering practising law professionally. If you want to progress to complete a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), you must also complete all your degree studies in not more than six years from start to finish. The minimum standard for a QLD undertaken for the purpose of completion of the Academic Stage for qualification as a barrister is lower second class honours.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it will be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The earliest date for introduction is September 2020. The SRA will be providing information and guidance about how to qualify in the new system so keep checking their website.

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Notes about fees for this course

Tuition fee: £6,160 (learn more)

Entry requirements

We believe that education should be accessible for everyone, so you do not need any previous academic qualifications to start our CertHE Law course.

You will be allowed to start the CertHE Law course and make an assessment of whether it is right for you during the first three weeks. You must pass your first assignment set during this time in order to continue with your studies.

If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0. If you do not hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, we require students to pass a free online English test.

You don't need to prove your knowledge of English if you're a national of, or if you have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

21-day money back guarantee

We want to give you the opportunity to experience a University of Essex Online course for a 21-day trial period. That's why we have introduced our money back guarantee. If you start the course and decide it's not for you during the first three weeks, you will receive a full refund.

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