LLB CPE Conversion

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About this course 2019/20

Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) within the past five years are eligible to convert their Diploma into an LLB (Hons) degree by either part-time or distance learning (open learning) study. This requires the study of either two additional legal subjects or the submission of a project of 10,000 - 15,000 words on a legal subject chosen from the following list:

Company Law

Company Law considers a wide range of topics relating to both private and public companies. These include: how companies are formed; how they are managed and controlled; how they are financed; and what happens if they become insolvent. Particular emphasis is given to the legal rights and duties of directors and shareholders.

Employment Law

The programme entails a study of individual employment law i.e. the contractual and statutory regulation of the relationship between employer and employee. Consideration will be given to: Sources and institutions of employment law; Worker status; Contents of the contract of employment: express terms, implied terms, standard common law duties; Formalities: section1 statement; Wages, including equal pay, minimum wage; Unlawful discrimination; Breach of contract, wrongful dismissal and remedies; Unfair dismissal and remedies; Redundancy; and Transfers of undertakings.


The evidence options on the LLB part-time and Open Learning programmes are concerned with the major principles of criminal and civil evidence. Specifically, the areas of the Law of Evidence which are covered comprise: the burden and standard of proof; the rule against hearsay and its major criminal and civil exceptions; confessions; silence; unlawfully obtained evidence; the character of the accused (including similar fact evidence); the examination of witnesses, the competence and compellability of witnesses; supporting evidence; identification evidence; lies told by the accused; opinion evidence; privilege; public interest immunity and estoppel by record. Assessment is by a three hour open book examination at the end of the programme.

Medical Law

This module looks at the legal consequences of medical misadventure, for example, suing in a court of law. Additionally, the ethical and legal rules surrounding the more controversial developments that have taken place in the field of medicine are explored. These include cloning, surrogacy, euthanasia and other topical issues.


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 

Course info

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year distance learning

Department Northumbria Law School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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