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Law and Sociology With Foundation Year

Bucks New University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
High Wycombe

Program description

Law and Sociology With Foundation Year

The sector that this course is aimed at is changing, and becoming much more litigious, for example NHS medical and social services have invested heavily in legal expertise buy in and legal training, including medical records witness training, with negligence cases growing rapidly. Legal knowledge and awareness is at the heart of decision-making.

This Program focuses on the development of enhanced transferrable skills and employability-focused opportunities for students, while ensuring the emergence of sound social scientific understanding of the nature of social and economic change from a socio legal perspective.

This joint Program is excellent preparation for a wide variety of occupations and sectors, including commercial businesses, charities, government and nongovernment agencies, healthcare, community support organisations, police and other criminal law agencies and departments, including probation.

Skills for a competitive job market

The nature of the Program will provide students with an interest in a career in law/sociology and/or wanting to apply their knowledge in another area of business or service provision, to develop a depth of legal and sociological understanding in areas such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, labour, social class that impact on work and how organisations operate.

By combining law and sociology, you can study our innovative sociology modules, for example, disability in the criminal justice system, as well as gain an understanding of the work environment, including volunteering. It will also provide an opportunity for filtering legal knowledge and legal skills gained via the study of real-world scenarios, including opportunities to volunteer in the citizens advice bureau and other legal advice and healthcare service providers, court services provision and probation.

This will help you develop the multidisciplinary skills, knowledge and experience that makes you versatile and relevant for the competitive job market.

Experienced and supportive course team

Our team of tutors includes qualified lawyers and social scientists, combining backgrounds as academics and as practitioners, so they add depth and breadth to your experience of law and sociology.

With smaller, more intimate class sizes, our staff are committed to nurturing your development, helping you graduate with the skills and capabilities for a successful and fulfilling career.

Admission requirements

Who is it for?

The combined Program would be of interest to students who do not wish to qualify as lawyers or barristers, and who may already be working or interested in a career in the relevant sectors, as well as enhancing postgraduate and employability opportunities as a result of undertaking this combined course of study.

This course is offered as a four year Program, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree. You may also be interested in our three year Law and Sociology.

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate Program, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year Program including a Foundation Year.

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Program content

Foundation Year Modules

  • Ways of Knowing about the Social World
  • Preparing for Success, Knowledge and Creativity
  • Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility
  • Inquiry Based Learning

Year 1 Modules

  • Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World
  • Policy and Society
  • Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination
  • Policy in Context
  • Criminal Law
  • English Legal Systems
  • EU Constitutional and Procedural Law

Year 2 Modules

  • EU Internal Market Law
  • Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists
  • Gender, Sexuality and Society
  • Law of Tort
  • Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity (optional)
  • Issues in Criminology (optional)
  • Citizenship, Welfare and Society (optional)
  • Ethical Issues in Health and Social Science (optional)
  • Professional Skills 3 (optional)
  • Criminal Justice (optional)
  • Media Law 1 (optional)
  • Employment Law (optional)
  • Family Law (optional)
  • Employment and Volunteering (optional)
  • Qualitative Research Methods for Social Scientists

Year 3 Modules

  • Law of Evidence
  • Children and Law
  • Dissertation
  • Globalization and Social Change
  • Disability, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System (optional)
  • Aging through the life-course (optional)
  • Global Health and Society (optional)
  • Media Law 2 (optional)
  • Environmental Law (optional)
  • Victimology (optional)

Tuition fees

Academic Year 2020-2021 Full-time Fees

  • Home and EU: £9,250 per year
  • International: £12,500 per year

Career opportunities

What are my career prospects

Key employers, and work opportunities, include commercial employers, small and large, banks and insurance agencies, human resources, in-house company and industry advisers, as well as law firms, advocacy agencies, the courts, legal advice providers, and civil service departments. This degree will also prepare you to work in charities, including gender action support groups, environmental groups, child support and domestic violence support groups, local housing trusts as well as the police, probation, private investigation and the NHS.

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About this institute

Bucks New University

“Shortlisted in the International category of WhatUni Students’ Choice Awards 2019’’     With a rich 125-year history, Bucks New University offers high quality, employment-focused degree programmes in a wide range of subject areas, from pilot training to business, and nursing...

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Bucks New University

Queen Alexandra Road
HP11 2JZ High Wycombe Buckinghamshire
United Kingdom

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