University of the West of Scotland

Undergraduate Programme Specification

Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 15/07/2022 22:57:41

Named Award Title:BA (Hons) Law Single

Award Title for Each Award: BA (Hons)  Law
BA  Law
Dip HE  Law
Cert HE  Law

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:
Maximum Period of Registration:
Mode of Study:Full Time
Part Time
Campus:Paisley

School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Programme Leader:Clive Mitchell

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Chapter 2 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

SQA National Qualifications

Entry to this programme at SCQF Level 7 with the following SQA qualifications:
Grades B, B, B, C @ Higher including English. Mathematics at least at National 5.


or GCE

Grades C, C, C @ A level plus 3 GCSEs including English and Mathematics.


or SQA National Qualifications/Edexcel Foundation

Entry to Level 8 of this programme is possible with an HNC Legal Services only. Entry to Level 9 is possible with HND Legal Services only. No other HN programme will be considered for advanced entry to the programme.


Other Required Qualifications/Experience

Applicants for this programme who do not meet the formal entry requirements set out above will be considered for entry on the basis of other qualifications and/or experience.


Further desirable skills pre-application

Not applicable.


General Overview

The BA (Hons) Law programme seeks to promote knowledge, understanding, and critical awareness of a range of major concepts, values, principles, and rules of the Scottish legal system while also introducing students to comparisons with other European and non-European legal systems. Students undertaking this programme will learn about the Scottish legal system and court structure in general while also pursuing in-depth knowledge of a variety of specialist branches of law. The study of law is contextualised throughout the programme as students will learn about the relevant social, economic, and political contexts in which law operates. Whilst the programme provides students with in-depth knowledge of Scots law and a more general knowledge of laws from other jurisdictions, it also enables students to develop generic and specialist transferable skills relevant to a career within the legal profession or in any other sector. Students undertaking this programme of study will be expected to develop a variety of communication skills, research skills, and skills of analysis, synthesis, and critical judgment suitable for a variety of forms of employment.

The programme is delivered both full time and part time. Full time study lasts, normally, four years for the Honours title and three years for the Ordinary title. Part time study lasts for a maximum of six years. However, part time students can study between 30 and 119 credits per academic session thus shortening the length of time taken to obtain the qualification. Full time and part time delivery will, on the whole, be during the day. However certain modules will be delivered in a blended manner whereby face-to-face contact is limited to one day per month supported by online learning materials. The delivery of the programme is designed in such a way as to maximise student participation and engagement with their learning. Some modules utilise a traditional weekly lecture and tutorial format and others are delivered by means of seminars and online supported learning. The delivery of modules is tailored to the learning experience sought. Students, in seminars, will be expected to prepare in advance, using online materials provided via the Virtual Learning Environment and then explore, through discussion and student led activities such as presentations, the wider context in which the law is situated.

At SCQF Level 7 students study seven core modules which provide a strong foundation in key principles of Scots Law. Students will study subjects such as Introduction to Legal Study, Public Law, Criminal Law, Contract Law, and Delictual Liability alongside modules designed to support their learning at University, in particular support their development as Law students. These modules, designed to develop core skills and competencies required to progress the student’s legal study, are largely practical in nature and include Legal Advocacy Skills, and Introduction to Legal Theory and will also provide students with the opportunity to reflect on their own personal learning, and professional skills and, where appropriate, aid the identification of strategies to further develop the student’s personal learning and professional needs.

SCQF Level 8 builds upon the foundation skills and knowledge developed at Level 7 and introduces students to further in-depth study of key legal subjects. The core modules at Level 8 comprise 20 credit modules in areas of law identified as essential to ensure that students have a broad understanding of all of the main legal subjects. Students will study Law of Property & Conveyancing, Company Law, and Succession and Trusts. There will be a range of optional modules to study such as Family Law, Agency and Partnership Law, Consumer Law, Welfare Rights, and Legal Advocacy Skills 2 as well as some modules from the wider BCI school.

SCQF Level 9 then introduces the student to more critical approaches to law. The purpose of this year of study is to enable students to develop skills in critical analysis through studying two core modules namely International Human Rights Law and Legal Research Methods. SCQF 9 provides much of the international comparisons within the programme and, where appropriate, students will study Scots law in the context of other global jurisdictions. SCQF Level 9 also allows the student to partake in more independent learning through work based learning and through the Legal Writing 3: Project module. At SCQF Level 9, students may have the opportunity to study abroad for up to one year. 

SCQF Level 10 is taught almost entirely in the form of seminars and it is at this level that students will be expected to apply all of the skills developed in previous years of study to critique the law. Students can complete a traditional Honours dissertation on legal topic of their choice supervised by a member of staff or participate in the Exploring Legal Issues module which can be taken as an alternative to the dissertation and comprises two mini-dissertations. The Honours Dissertation (Law) module and the Exploring Legal Issues module span terms 1 and 2 and are both worth 40 credits. Students then select an additional 80 credits of optional modules; 60 of which must be in Law.

At each SCQF level students are given the opportunity to pursue study in other disciplines via their optional modules, although students must take at least 100 credits in law modules at each level to ensure the award criteria for the BA (Hons) Law degree is met. Students may wish to consider modules from the School of Business and Creative Industries portfolio or indeed from other areas of the University, in particular languages.


Graduate Attributes, Employability & Personal Development Planning

Learning outcomes throughout the programme have been designed to ensure that, in addition to the development of knowledge and understanding of law, students will have the opportunity to develop those skills and attributes valued by employers, such as Universal, Work-ready, and Successful. Students gain Universal skills in that they are globally relevant independent thinkers as developed in assessments throughout the programme and in particular in the Honours Dissertation. Students are Work-ready in that they acquire appropriate knowledge, with good communication skills whilst striving to fulfil personal goals which leads them to Success. All modules are assessed on a knowledge and understanding basis, whereby students have to communicate, to the best of their abilities the knowledge gained. Students can enter the workplace to develop the skills learned/utilised from their degree.

The programme has embedded employability into the curriculum, ensuring that all students are exposed to the development of key skills and have the opportunity to reflect on their own personal development. The programme has mapped the development of key skills throughout the programme, recognising that many employability skills and capabilities are complex and take time to develop. Deliberate attempts have been made to ensure that skills development is continually reinforced, and that transferability of skills is able to be demonstrated and built upon throughout the programme. There are a number of Employability events throughout the year focusing on writing applications/CVs, further study and seeking graduate jobs/internships.

Students will be expected to reflect on and develop, employability skills and personal development planning throughout the length of their study as facilitated by their Year Lead but also more formally in the following modules:

Introduction to Legal Study

Legal Advocacy Skills

International Human Rights Law

Honours Dissertation (Law)

 

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

There are opportunities for students to engage in credit bearing work based learning as part of this programme and from the wider School of Business and Creative Industries. Students can take optional modules in Levels 8 and 9 which allow them to undertake a project or work within a workplace setting.

 

Engagement

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

Where a programme has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:

Students are required to attend scheduled teaching sessions and engage with the Virtual Learning Environment, lack of which could result in the student being referred to the Engagement Panel, and could prevent student progression, and ultimately successful degree completion.

Students have a maximum of 2 years to progress through a module/level, which over 4 levels, could cumulatively take a maximum of 8 years for Full-Time study.

Equality and Diversity


The University's Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Procedure can be accessed at the following link: UWS Equality and Diversity Policy

The Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Code underpins student engagement. We aim to make UWS a fair and equal place to study an institution which addresses specific issues covering all aspects of equality, diversity and human rights. Where required module assessment will be adapted to meet student requirements.

https://www.uws.ac.uk/about-uws/uws-commitments/equality-diversity-inclusion/

UWS Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Code - https://www.uws.ac.uk/media/7187/uws-edihr-code-april-2021.pdf


Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, term, module name and code, credits and awards ( Chapter 1, Regulatory Framework )

A. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate a broad overview of the Scottish legal system, its institutions, and the evolving nature of law in Scotland, the UK and Europe.
A2Demonstrate knowledge of some specialist areas of law.
A3Demonstrate awareness of theoretical concepts of law.
A4Demonstrate awareness of the difference between civil and criminal law, and between public and private law.
A5Demonstrate awareness of the sources of Scots Law and the sources of European and International Law, where appropriate.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Demonstrate knowledge of a range of legal principles, and identify and use primary and secondary legal sources relevant to particular topics.
B2Identify the most appropriate course of action in given legal situations.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Utilise a wide range of skills for the gathering and basic analysis of data and the presentation of ideas and concepts. This will include the use of information and communications technology.
C2Convey ideas in a well-structured and coherent form.
C3Use a range of forms of communication effectively in both familiar and new contexts.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Use some basic legal skills, techniques, practices, and materials in both familiar and non-familiar contexts.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Exercise some initiative and independence in carrying out defined activities independently or as part of a team under guidance.
E2Systematically identify, reflect upon and address personal learning needs.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
7LAWW07022Introduction to Legal Study20check mark  
7LAWW07019Public Law I10check mark  
7LAWW07020Public Law II10check mark  
7LAWW07013Criminal Law20check mark  
7LAWW07024Scots Private Law 1: Contract20 check mark 
7LAWW07021Delictual Liability20 check mark 
7LAWW07016Legal Advocacy Skills10 check mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Legal Advocacy Skills is only available to BA (Hons) Law students.

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
7LAWW07023Contemporary Legal Issues 120  check mark
7LAWW07015Intro to Legal Theory10 check mark 
7ARAB07003Introduction to Arabic 110check mark  
7FREN07005Introduction to French 110check mark  
7GERM07007Introduction to German 110check mark  
7MAND07005INTRODUCTION TO MANDARIN 110check mark  
7SPAN07007INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH 110check mark  
7BUSN07029Leadership & Management Skills10 check mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Students can take 120 credits of LAWW modules where provided. Or, if they wish they can study modules from the wider School of Business and Creative Industries or UWS portfolio up to a maximum of 10 credits.

Criteria for Progression and Award

Students obtaining 120 credits at SCQF 7, or above, from the programme are eligible for the exit award of Certificate of Higher Education in Law.

For information on progression with credit deficit please refer to University Regulation 3.13.


B. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate a broad knowledge of a range of legal concepts, and detailed knowledge in respect of the specific legal areas addressed.
A2Understand how different areas of law relate to each other, and, where appropriate, understand the extent to which they may also impact on other disciplines.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Carry out investigation into professional level legal problems and issues.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Use a range of routine skills and techniques in more complex situations.
C2Use a range of communication skills and some advanced and specialised skills to convey complex information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Develop skills of investigation and interpretation.
D2Undertake critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of legal concepts, information, and arguments relevant to the subjects studied in Scotland and beyond.
D3Evaluate evidence based solutions/responses to defined and/or routine legal problems.
D4Use a range of approaches to formulate evidence-based solutions in contexts where the scope of the task and the criteria for decisions are generally well-defined. Additionally the criteria will be within the common understandings of the legal subjects studied, but where some personal responsibility and initiative is required.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Exercise autonomy and initiative in some activities with appropriate guidance.
E2Take continuing account of own and others’ roles, responsibilities and contributions in carrying out and evaluating tasks.
E3Systematically identify and address own learning needs in current areas.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
8LAWW08023Company Law 120 check mark 
8LAWW08013Law of Property & Conveyancing Practice20check mark  
8LAWW08018Succession and Trusts20 check mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
8BUSN08058Business Accelerator20check mark  
8BUSN08059Business Ethics in a Global Context20check mark  
8LAWW08025Consumers and the Law20check mark  
8MARK08009Contemporary Consumer Behaviour20 check mark 
8LAWW08024Contemporary Legal Issues 220  check mark
8LAWW08022Corporate Law 120check mark  
8MARK08014Customer Service Skills20 check mark 
8LAWW08026Legal Advocacy Skills 220 check mark 
8HURM08001Organisational Behaviour20check mark  
8LAWW08027Scots Private Law 3: Family20check mark  
8HURM08003Talent Management20 check mark 
8LAWW08028Welfare Rights20 check mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Students can select 120 LAWW credits where available. As a minimum, students must select 100 credits of LAWW modules at Level 8 including core and optional modules. Therefore, students must choose a minimum of 40 credits of LAWW modules from the list of optional modules above. However, students may also wish to pursue study in other disciplines building on optional module study at SCQF 7. Students can select up to 20 credits from the wider School of Business and Creative Industries or UWS portfolio.

Criteria for Progression and Award

Students obtaining 240 credits of which 100 are LAWW credits at SCQF8, or above, are eligible for the exit award of Diploma of Higher Education in Law.

For information on progression with credit deficit please refer to University Regulation 3.13.


C. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate knowledge of a substantial range of major concepts, values, and principles of the Scottish and other legal systems, and specific areas of substantive and procedural law.
A2Demonstrate study, in depth and in context, of a broad range of issues concerning the law.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Undertake independent research in areas of law starting from standard legal information sources.
B2Use knowledge and understanding of the law and legal skills to critically evaluate and formulate evidence-based arguments and identify solutions to problems.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Make use of and evaluate numerical information in certain subjects.
C2Use a range of communication skills and some advanced and specialised legal skills to convey information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Use knowledge, understanding and skills to critically evaluate and formulate evidence-based arguments and identify solutions to clearly define problems of a generally routine nature.
D2Identify and address own learning needs within defined contexts and undertake independent learning with limited guidance.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Identify and address their own learning needs within defined contexts and undertake independent learning with limited guidance in relation to areas of law which they have already studied.
E2Systematically identify, reflect upon and address personal learning needs in current areas.
E3Demonstrate a basic ability to work, with minimum supervision, in groups as a participant who contributes effectively to the group’s task(s).

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
9LAWW09018International Human Rights Law20check mark  
9LAWW09002Legal Research Methods20check mark  

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
9LAWW09028Immigration and Asylum Law20 check mark 
9LAWW09021Information and Communication Technology Law20check mark  
9LAWW09015Law of Employment20 check mark 
9LAWW09029Legal Project20 check mark 
9LAWW09030Media and the Law20 check mark 
9LAWW09024Practical Legal Learning20 check markcheck mark
9LAWW09027Public International Law20 check mark 
9LAWW09031Tribunal Skills20check mark  

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Students must select at least 100 L9 LAWW credits but may, if they wish, select 120 LAWW credits, where available. Students may elect to study up to 20 L8 credits either in Law or another discipline. Optional modules may be selected from the wider School of Business and Creative Industries or University portfolio as listed above.

Public International Law has a co-requisite with International Human Rights Law.

Criteria for Progression and Award

Students obtaining 360 credits with 200 in the subject area, of which a minimum of 100 credits are at SCQF Level 9, are eligible for the exit award of BA Law.

The award of distinction can be made to a student obtaining a pass degree as stated in the University Regulations 3.25. For information on the award of distinction please refer to University Regulation 3.25.

For information on progression with credit deficit please refer to University Regulation 3.13. Please note students cannot enter L10 with a credit deficit.


D. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of a wide range of legal subjects and an ability to maintain the currency of the subject knowledge.
A2Evaluate the effectiveness of the law in the context of wider social and legal issues, proposing areas for reform where appropriate.
A3Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal legal theories, concepts and principles of the subjects studied.
A4Demonstrate understanding of the ways in which the law in the subject areas being studied has developed and continues to develop.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Analyse problems in terms of a wide range of legal concepts and principles and apply the relevant concepts and principles to propose solutions.
B2Interpret and explain complex legal concepts.
B3Retrieve, interpret, and manipulate primary and secondary legal and, where appropriate non-legal, information from a variety of sources including electronic sources.
B4Identify accurately key legal issues which require researching.
B5Maintain the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation, and judgement necessary to undertake a sustained piece of individual research on a chosen topic with minimal guidance.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Communicate effectively and appropriately in speech and writing in relation to a wide range of complex legal matters.
C2Read complex primary materials and identify the key statements from them.
C3Distinguish, through the use of coherent and logical argument, between alternative opinions on the basis of evidence.
C4Make effective use of information retrieval systems and use information technology applications to present documents in an appropriate form.
C5Present knowledge and/or a sustained argument in a way which is comprehensible to others and which is directed at their concerns.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Maintain expertise in the skills of enquiry, investigation, analysis, evaluation and judgement necessary to undertake a sustained piece of individual research on a chosen topic.
D2Engage in discourse in relation to legal and ethical issues.
D3Give reasons for opinions and identify flaws in arguments and discriminate between legally relevant and irrelevant material.
D4Adopt an evaluative approach to the study of legal subjects.
D5Bring together information from a variety of sources, including academic research publications.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Work effectively together with others in groups or teams, taking a leadership role where appropriate.
E2Systematically reflect upon, evaluate, and address own learning needs both in current and new areas, making use of research, personal development and professional materials, including those related to the forefront of legal developments in Scotland and beyond.
E3Demonstrate the ability to learn independently with minimal guidance.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
10LAWW10016Exploring Legal Issues40check markcheck mark 
10LAWW10010Honours Dissertation (Law)40check markcheck mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Students must select either the Honours Dissertation (Law) module or the Exploring Legal Issues module.

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
10LAWW10011Advanced Company Law20check mark  
10LAWW10024Advanced Public Law20check mark  
10LAWW10014Contemporary Issues in Law20 check markcheck mark
10LAWW10015Equality Law20 check mark 
10LAWW10022Honours Criminal Law20check mark  
10LAWW10023International Criminal Law20 check mark 
10LAWW10019Medical Law and Ethics20check mark  
10LAWW10020Scottish Administrative Law20 check mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Students may select a full 120 LAWW credits from the modules listed above. However, should students wish they may select up to 20 L9 credits in a Law subject not previously studied. Students may select up to 20 L9 or L10 credits from the wider School of Business and Creative Industries or University portfolio assuming all pre-requisite requirements are met.

L10 Optional Law modules are subject to availability/resourcing.

Criteria for Award

Students obtaining 480 credits, with a minimum of 100 LAWW module credits from each SCQF Level (Levels 7, 8, 9 and 10) including all core modules, are eligible for the exit award of BA (Hons)Law.

For information on the award of Honours classification please refer to University Regulations 3.20-3.24.


Regulations of Assessment

Candidates will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in the University Regulatory Framework.

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and the assessment criteria for each module is provided in the module descriptor which forms part of the module pack issued to students. For further details on assessment please refer to Chapter 3 of the Regulatory Framework.

To qualify for an award of the University, students must complete all the programme requirements and must meet the credit minima detailed in Chapter 1 of the Regulatory Framework.

Combined Studies

There may be instances where a student has been unsuccessful in meeting the award criteria for the named award and for other more generic named awards existing within the School. Provided that they have met the credit requirements in line with the SCQF credit minima (please see Regulation 1.21), they will be eligible for an exit award of CertHE / DipHE or BA / BSc in Combined Studies.

For students studying BA, BAcc, or BD awards the award will be BA Combined Studies.

For students studying BEng or BSc awards, the award will be BSc Combined Studies.



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