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Northumbria’s GDL is taught using a practical, student-focused approach providing a solid grounding in the major areas of law.

It covers the foundations of legal knowledge which are taught by means of lectures, group sessions and seminars. Students are provided with comprehensive study materials, textbooks and step-by-step workbooks to support their studies.

At the beginning of the programme students are required to study the English Legal System by means of a pre-attendance package and induction programme.

In addition, students must study the following seven subjects, which are stipulated by the professional bodies as being the foundations of legal knowledge:

  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • European Union Law
  • Property Law
  • Public Law
  • Law of Tort

All students are required to undertake research into a further area of law. Past options have included Company Law, Commercial Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Evidence and Legal History among others. Students receive initial guidance on the subject and advice on how to conduct legal research.

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Studying law? Or thinking of studying law?

Thinking of becoming a solicitor?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it will be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The earliest date for introduction is September 2020.

This will be a national assessment for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. It will provide a fair and consistent assessment for all candidates regardless of whether they have taken a law degree or qualified through new routes like the solicitor apprenticeship.

If you have already started your law degree or an exempting law degree, or will do so before the SQE is introduced, you will be able to finish and qualify in the same way as before or qualify under the new system.

Under the current system you must complete both the academic and vocational stages of training as well as meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor. The academic stage is achieved by either a) a qualifying law degree or b) a non law degree in a different subject and completing the Common Professional Examination. The vocational stage comprises:

  • the Legal Practice Course
  • a two year period of recognised training
  • the Professional Skills Course

So what will qualifying look like for solicitors after 2020?

  • having a degree or equivalent 
  • two stages of the SQE assessment
  • having a two year period of work experience
  • meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor

The SRA will be providing information and guidance about how to qualify in the new system so keep checking its website.

Watch the SRA's video here.

Please note that although an undergraduate qualification is required for access to the Graduate Law Degree (GDL), the programme is an undergraduate award and adheres to the University’s undergraduate regulations and procedures. Students who apply for the GDL are not eligible for the postgraduate scholarship scheme but on completion of this programme those who progress to the LPC or BPTC at Northumbria will qualify for the scholarship at that stage.

Northumbria’s GDL is taught using a practical, student-focused approach providing a solid grounding in the major areas of law.

It covers the foundations of legal knowledge which are taught by means of lectures, group sessions and seminars. Students are provided with comprehensive study materials, textbooks and step-by-step workbooks to support their studies.

At the beginning of the programme students are required to study the English Legal System by means of a pre-attendance package and induction programme.

In addition, students must study the following seven subjects, which are stipulated by the professional bodies as being the foundations of legal knowledge:

  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • European Union Law
  • Property Law
  • Public Law
  • Law of Tort

All students are required to undertake research into a further area of law. Past options have included Company Law, Commercial Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Evidence and Legal History among others. Students receive initial guidance on the subject and advice on how to conduct legal research.

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Studying law? Or thinking of studying law?

Thinking of becoming a solicitor?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it will be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The earliest date for introduction is September 2020.

This will be a national assessment for anyone who wants to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. It will provide a fair and consistent assessment for all candidates regardless of whether they have taken a law degree or qualified through new routes like the solicitor apprenticeship.

If you have already started your law degree or an exempting law degree, or will do so before the SQE is introduced, you will be able to finish and qualify in the same way as before or qualify under the new system.

Under the current system you must complete both the academic and vocational stages of training as well as meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor. The academic stage is achieved by either a) a qualifying law degree or b) a non law degree in a different subject and completing the Common Professional Examination. The vocational stage comprises:

  • the Legal Practice Course
  • a two year period of recognised training
  • the Professional Skills Course

So what will qualifying look like for solicitors after 2020?

  • having a degree or equivalent 
  • two stages of the SQE assessment
  • having a two year period of work experience
  • meeting the character and suitability requirements to become a solicitor

The SRA will be providing information and guidance about how to qualify in the new system so keep checking its website.

Watch the SRA's video here.

Please note that although an undergraduate qualification is required for access to the Graduate Law Degree (GDL), the programme is an undergraduate award and adheres to the University’s undergraduate regulations and procedures. Students who apply for the GDL are not eligible for the postgraduate scholarship scheme but on completion of this programme those who progress to the LPC or BPTC at Northumbria will qualify for the scholarship at that stage.

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time

Department
Northumbria Law School

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

An undergraduate degree
in any subject, or equivalent UK/Overseas qualifications.

Additional:
Applications for this programme must be made through the Law Society Central Applications Board accessible at www.lawcabs.ac.uk

Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree (in any subject) from a UK or Republic of Ireland Higher Education Institution, or a Certificate or Academic Standing from the Law Society or the Bar Council.

Applicants who have previously studied four or more of the foundation subjects may obtain an exemptions from those subjects.

Applications for exemption should be made to the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Standards Board and, if granted, a certificate of exemption must be shown at enrolment.

Please note that students with exemptions who pass the outstanding subjects will pass the programme, but will not generally be awarded the Diploma.

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: TBC

** It is expected that fees will be as noted above for 20/21 entry.


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

Scholarships for 2020/2021 entry have not been announced. Please visit the 2019/2020 international scholarship page for the 2019/2020 scholarship offer.


ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs


Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

LA0544 -

Public Law [CPE FT, CPE PT] (Core,15 Credits)

The module is designed to provide students with a sound knowledge base for Public law, which is a ‘core’ Law Society module. At the end of the module the students should have a working knowledge of the constitution and the issues surrounding it. In addition they should have a working knowledge of police powers, the law relating to public order and judicial review

More information

LA0545 -

Contract Law [CPE FT, CPE DL] (Core,15 Credits)

By the end of the module you should be able to:

explain what is required to form a contract, the impact of various terms of a contract, when a contract is invalidly formed, how a contract may be brought to an end, the remedies available upon a contract being broken and the principles of restitution;

identify areas of the law of contract where the law of tort provides an alternative cause of action;

read a case and formulate a principle of law upon which the decision in a case is based and identify other statements of law which are not necessary to decide a case;

analyse legislation, breaking sections into constituent parts and show how such parts apply to a body of facts;

construct legal advice and/or legal argument from the application of case law and legislation to a body of factual material;

analyse, evaluate and discuss contractual concepts;

research independently areas of contract law; and

demonstrate an ability to explain contractual principles clearly and succinctly in a written form.

More information

LA0546 -

Criminal Law [CPE FT, CPE DL,CPE EL] (Core,15 Credits)

This is a core module on the Graduate Diploma in law.

The aim of the module is to familiarize students with key issues and topics in substantive criminal law. Students will consider the nature, scope and function of the criminal law and will then be introduced to fundamental concepts concerning the elements of criminal liability (actus reus and mens rea). They will then study key offences including homicide, offences against the person (non-fatal offences and sexual offences), property offences (including dishonesty offences and criminal damage offences). Key defences will also be introduced at appropriate points, including mistake, intoxication, automatism, duress, necessity, self-defence / prevention of crime and consent. Topics relevant to participation in crime and inchoate offences will also be covered.

Students will be introduced (where appropriate) to policy issues arising from the substantive law and will consider proposals for reform. Aspects of aspects of comparative law will also be discussed.

At the conclusion of the course, students should have an understanding of the fundamental principles of criminal law, knowledge of key offences and the ability to apply the law to the facts of given case scenarios.

The module will be taught by way of lectures and seminars. Students will be required to undertake independent learning in preparation for seminars. These will take the form of case studies in which students will begin to develop the ability to apply the law to the facts of a case. Students will also be required to explain and analyse the law in relation to given topics in the context of essay questions. They will participate in discussions about the theory of substantive criminal offences and defences.

Assessment will take the form of a three-hour, unseen examination.

More information

LA0547 -

EU Law [CPE FT, CPE DL] (Core,15 Credits)

The module is designed to introduce students to the law and institutions of the European Union. It begins with an historical overview of the development of the EU from its origins in the 1951 European Coal & Steel Community to the present day EU. This is followed by a look at the EU’s institutions, with an emphasis on the European Court of Justice, and the various sources of EU law (this is consolidated in a special IT-based seminar on researching EU law). The module continues by examining the preliminary rulings procedure, the extent to which EU law can be enforced in national courts, state liability, European Citizenship – a rapidly developing area – and substantive EU law in the form of the free movement of goods, persons, establishment and services. A critical approach is fostered throughout.
The module is designed to develop students’ skills in legal research, critical analysis, and problem-solving.
The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions and independent learning. Where appropriate, the module makes use of real and realistic scenarios and activities to add practical context to the students’ learning.

The module is assessed by a 3-hour, unseen, closed-book examination.

More information

LA0548 -

Property Law [CPE FT, CPE DL] (Core,15 Credits)

The overall aim of the module is to introduce students to some of the central principles of substantive English land law. Following its completion the students should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of those principles.
The module will be delivered by a combination of large and small group sessions, directed learning and independent learning.

The module will be assessed by way of an end of year examination.

More information

LA0549 -

Tort [CPE FT, CPE DL] (Core,15 Credits)

The Law of Tort is concerned primarily with the circumstances in which one person may seek compensation for a civil wrong (other than a breach of contract) committed by another, and with the form and measure of compensation where liability is established. The overall aim is to provide students with an understanding of the principles of liability in relation to specific torts (such as negligence, nuisance and defamation), and of the way in which compensation is assessed, with reference in particular to personal injury claims (which in practice account for the vast majority of tort claims). The impact of the Human Rights Act will also be considered where relevant.
Assessment takes the form of a 3 hour examination.

More information

LA0550 -

Trusts [CPE FT, CPE DL] (Core,15 Credits)

This module introduces students to the substantive law of equity and trusts. It begins with an historical overview of the development of equity. This is followed by study of the creation of trusts (both express and implied). The next topic is Charitable trusts, an area which lends itself well to critical analysis. Next is non-charitable purpose trusts where students study the situations in which these trusts can be valid. Students then study the powers and duties of trustees, breach of trust and the remedies for this including tracing. A critical approach is fostered throughout.
The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions and independent learning. Where appropriate, the module makes use of real and realistic scenarios and activities to add practical context to the students’ learning.

The module is assessed by a 3 hour unseen closed book exam which accounts for 100% of the overall module mark.

More information

LA0551 -

Further Area of Law [CPE FT, CPE DL] (Core,10 Credits)

LA0699 -

English Legal Systems MCT [CPE FT/CPE DL] (Core,5 Credits)

This module is a requirement of the GDL course and as an introductory module, it is delivered by way of a pre attendance packages and taught sessions during the induction sessions. It is examined by way of an MCQ test in October on a pass/fail basis.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

LA0544 -

Public Law [CPE FT, CPE PT] (Core,15 Credits)

The module is designed to provide students with a sound knowledge base for Public law, which is a ‘core’ Law Society module. At the end of the module the students should have a working knowledge of the constitution and the issues surrounding it. In addition they should have a working knowledge of police powers, the law relating to public order and judicial review

More information

LA0545 -

Contract Law [CPE FT, CPE DL] (Core,15 Credits)

By the end of the module you should be able to:

explain what is required to form a contract, the impact of various terms of a contract, when a contract is invalidly formed, how a contract may be brought to an end, the remedies available upon a contract being broken and the principles of restitution;

identify areas of the law of contract where the law of tort provides an alternative cause of action;

read a case and formulate a principle of law upon which the decision in a case is based and identify other statements of law which are not necessary to decide a case;

analyse legislation, breaking sections into constituent parts and show how such parts apply to a body of facts;

construct legal advice and/or legal argument from the application of case law and legislation to a body of factual material;

analyse, evaluate and discuss contractual concepts;

research independently areas of contract law; and

demonstrate an ability to explain contractual principles clearly and succinctly in a written form.

More information

LA0546 -

Criminal Law [CPE FT, CPE DL,CPE EL] (Core,15 Credits)

This is a core module on the Graduate Diploma in law.

The aim of the module is to familiarize students with key issues and topics in substantive criminal law. Students will consider the nature, scope and function of the criminal law and will then be introduced to fundamental concepts concerning the elements of criminal liability (actus reus and mens rea). They will then study key offences including homicide, offences against the person (non-fatal offences and sexual offences), property offences (including dishonesty offences and criminal damage offences). Key defences will also be introduced at appropriate points, including mistake, intoxication, automatism, duress, necessity, self-defence / prevention of crime and consent. Topics relevant to participation in crime and inchoate offences will also be covered.

Students will be introduced (where appropriate) to policy issues arising from the substantive law and will consider proposals for reform. Aspects of aspects of comparative law will also be discussed.

At the conclusion of the course, students should have an understanding of the fundamental principles of criminal law, knowledge of key offences and the ability to apply the law to the facts of given case scenarios.

The module will be taught by way of lectures and seminars. Students will be required to undertake independent learning in preparation for seminars. These will take the form of case studies in which students will begin to develop the ability to apply the law to the facts of a case. Students will also be required to explain and analyse the law in relation to given topics in the context of essay questions. They will participate in discussions about the theory of substantive criminal offences and defences.

Assessment will take the form of a three-hour, unseen examination.

More information

LA0547 -

EU Law [CPE FT, CPE DL] (Core,15 Credits)

The module is designed to introduce students to the law and institutions of the European Union. It begins with an historical overview of the development of the EU from its origins in the 1951 European Coal & Steel Community to the present day EU. This is followed by a look at the EU’s institutions, with an emphasis on the European Court of Justice, and the various sources of EU law (this is consolidated in a special IT-based seminar on researching EU law). The module continues by examining the preliminary rulings procedure, the extent to which EU law can be enforced in national courts, state liability, European Citizenship – a rapidly developing area – and substantive EU law in the form of the free movement of goods, persons, establishment and services. A critical approach is fostered throughout.
The module is designed to develop students’ skills in legal research, critical analysis, and problem-solving.
The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions and independent learning. Where appropriate, the module makes use of real and realistic scenarios and activities to add practical context to the students’ learning.

The module is assessed by a 3-hour, unseen, closed-book examination.

More information

LA0548 -

Property Law [CPE FT, CPE DL] (Core,15 Credits)

The overall aim of the module is to introduce students to some of the central principles of substantive English land law. Following its completion the students should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of those principles.
The module will be delivered by a combination of large and small group sessions, directed learning and independent learning.

The module will be assessed by way of an end of year examination.

More information

LA0549 -

Tort [CPE FT, CPE DL] (Core,15 Credits)

The Law of Tort is concerned primarily with the circumstances in which one person may seek compensation for a civil wrong (other than a breach of contract) committed by another, and with the form and measure of compensation where liability is established. The overall aim is to provide students with an understanding of the principles of liability in relation to specific torts (such as negligence, nuisance and defamation), and of the way in which compensation is assessed, with reference in particular to personal injury claims (which in practice account for the vast majority of tort claims). The impact of the Human Rights Act will also be considered where relevant.
Assessment takes the form of a 3 hour examination.

More information

LA0550 -

Trusts [CPE FT, CPE DL] (Core,15 Credits)

This module introduces students to the substantive law of equity and trusts. It begins with an historical overview of the development of equity. This is followed by study of the creation of trusts (both express and implied). The next topic is Charitable trusts, an area which lends itself well to critical analysis. Next is non-charitable purpose trusts where students study the situations in which these trusts can be valid. Students then study the powers and duties of trustees, breach of trust and the remedies for this including tracing. A critical approach is fostered throughout.
The module is delivered by a combination of large group sessions, small group sessions and independent learning. Where appropriate, the module makes use of real and realistic scenarios and activities to add practical context to the students’ learning.

The module is assessed by a 3 hour unseen closed book exam which accounts for 100% of the overall module mark.

More information

LA0551 -

Further Area of Law [CPE FT, CPE DL] (Core,10 Credits)

LA0699 -

English Legal Systems MCT [CPE FT/CPE DL] (Core,5 Credits)

This module is a requirement of the GDL course and as an introductory module, it is delivered by way of a pre attendance packages and taught sessions during the induction sessions. It is examined by way of an MCQ test in October on a pass/fail basis.

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