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Certificate in Law Certificate course
This is a part-time, full-time single honours programme within the Law at Medway subject area.
- Subject area: Law at Medway
- Award: Certificate course
- Code: M105:K
- Location: Medway
- Honours: Single
- Mode of study: Part-time, Full-time
- Duration: 1 year
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: No
- Year abroad: No
- Institution(s): University of Kent
The Certificate in Law is an innovative one-year programme (equivalent to Stage 1 of the LLB) which offers a supportive and inclusive environment for students who do not yet meet Kent Law School's normal entry requirements but who demonstrate ability and potential, and who would benefit from a more supportive study environment to aid their transition to higher education.
Based at the University's Medway campus, students taking the Certificate will enjoy the same high quality critical legal education as at Canterbury. Students will broadly follow the same curriculum as in the first year of the LLB at Canterbury, but with bespoke modules designed to provide an even more supportive environment that emphasises small group tuition and the development of essential academic skills. Placing law within its social context, the programme will inspire those with an interest in law, as well as encouraging their academic and personal development.
Download the Certificate in Law subject leaflet for more details.
The Certificate modules are equivalent to those at Stage 1 of the Qualifying Law Degree, providing you with the basic study, research and critical skills necessary for degree-level work and giving you a solid foundation of knowledge about law and the English legal system.
The modules are:
- A Critical Introduction to Law (Certificate)
- Introduction to Obligations (Certificate)
- Foundations of Property (Certificate)
- Criminal Law (Certificate)
- Public Law 1 (Certificate)
- Performing Effectively in Law.
Students who pass the Certificate are eligible to progress to Stage 2 of the LLB at Canterbury. The Certificate is also a stand alone qualification (a Certificate of Higher Education) and can be used to demonstrate the ability to study at university level.
It is also possible to take the full LLB degree at Medway on a part-time basis, studying in the evening. See www.kent.ac.uk/law for details.
Teaching and assessment
The Certificate is designed to meet the needs of those contemplating a career in the legal professions and those motivated primarily by an intellectual interest in law and legal issues. It provides foundational knowledge of the principal institutions and procedures of the English legal system, introducing you to the concepts, vocabulary, principles and rules of certain core legal subjects.
The Certificate develops your ability to manage your own learning and carry out independent research, as well as developing critical, analytical and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of legal and non-legal contexts.
Assessment is through a combination of coursework and end-of-year exams, with study skills and exam preparation an integral part of teaching on the Certificate.
Kent has an excellent employment record, with former Law School students demanding some of the highest starting salaries in the UK.
Accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board (Joint Academic Stage Board).
The Certificate is aimed at applicants who, for a variety of reasons, do not meet the Law School's normal entry requirements but who demonstrate the potential to achieve the high academic level required to succeed as a law student.
Selection is likely to be by an interview, a group discussion and a short written test. We welcome interested applicants who may not have considered studying law at University level but who demonstrate enthusiasm for and commitment to learning as well as the necessary aptitude.