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Law & Legal

Law Diploma

This fully accredited Level 3 Diploma course is designed to give a "taster" to the subject and is suitable for both the adult learner returning to studying, or to the younger learner preparing for further academic study.
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Course introduction

This course provides a complete foundation in the subject area for those wishing to pursue a career in Law or for those wishing to undertake graduate studies in the field of Law. It is hoped that the course might inspire learners to proceed further in their study of law and embark on a degree course or equivalent professional course. Some of the degree "core subjects" are included in this course.

Law is a fascinating subject and covers every aspect of our daily lives. It is an ideal subject for someone with a logical mind, who likes research and attention to detail.

The course consists of ten modules. There are some graded and challenging tasks set throughout the course, which are designed to enhance understanding of the subject.

Required knowledge

No previous knowledge or experience is essential to study this course.

Assessment

Final online multiple choice examination counts for 100% of the final grade. Throughout the course there are ten SAPs (coursework) and a thesis. The course clearly states that this is not mandatory to complete as it has no bearing on the final grade. We do suggest that students complete these as this will not only assist them in examination preparation but also will give the student the skill set should they wish to continue their studies (continuous professional development) at a higher level.

Awarding organisation

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course). 

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. 

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

 The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Course units

Module 1: What is Law - Where does it come from?
The first module is the foundation to the diploma course. It poses the question as to what is law and where it comes from. In answer, it traces today's legal concepts from the Norman conquest, and gives an in depth look at some sources of law, particularly Judge made law - which has developed from that time, and how legislation is passed by Parliament.

Module 2: Who enforces the law - the Court structure
Having looked at where the law comes from in module 1, this module examines who enforces the law. The module looks at the hierarchy of the Court structure in England in Wales and the European Courts. It looks at the function and jurisdiction of both Civil and Criminal Courts, and Tribunals

The module examines the lay person's role in law, namely the Magistrate and Juror. It module looks at how magistrates are appointed, and the work which is carried out by them in the Magistrates Court. The role of the Jury in the Crown Court is then examined, including who is eligible for Jury service and what decisions Jurors have to make. The module discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the lay person's role and encourages the learner to form his or her own views in this area.

Moving on to paid professional legal personnel, the module looks at the role and qualifications of solicitors and their staff, barristers and judges.

Module 3: Introduction to Law of contract and obligations (1)
Agreements are made every day. Friends might make arrangements to meet for lunch or dinner and although one person might not turn up, the other person may be annoyed but won't intend to sue the other for their non appearance! They will not intend to create legal relations.

A contract is an obligation, or an agreement made between 2 or more persons, who do intend to be legally bound and have some remedy in the civil courts if one party does not fulfil his or her obligations. To enable the parties to do this, the contract must be enforceable in the Courts, so various criteria must be met to ensure that the contract is valid. This module looks some of this criteria namely:

- Offer and Acceptance
- Intention to create legal relations
- Consideration
- Terms of the contract

Module 4: Law of Contract and obligations (2)
This module further explores the Law of Contract. Whilst module 3, looks at how a valid contract enforceable is made, this module looks at matters which might negate this intention such as - mistake and misrepresentation. It goes on to examine when exclusion clauses are valid and the three tests that are applicable. Finally, the module looks at how a contract can be terminated, and the remedies available to an aggrieved party for breach of contract. Law of Contract is 1 of the "core subjects" studied in a Law degree course.

Module 5: Introduction to Property Law: (1)
This module looks at some Land law principles which have evolved and relate to land ownership. It studies the difference between real and personal property, which is essential not only so far as property law is concerned, but also in Will making and law of succession. The module then considers what chattels are as opposed to fixtures. This concept is important as anything which is attached to the land and is a fixture becomes part of the land. Ownership of the fixtures will pass to the new owner when the property is sold. However, a chattel such as a picture, will remain in the ownership of the seller.

It is interesting to study what a person actually owns where land is concerned. The legal title to the property comes from the land itself, and any house built on the land becomes attached to it. There are three different legal estates which can be held in land namely; freehold, leasehold and commonhold.

Most land in England and Wales has now been registered at Land Registry, and Land Registration System will be examined in detail

Module 6: Property law (2) - The Conveyancing Process
This module continues to look at Property law and some further land law principles, such as co-ownership of land; legal rights over land and covenants. The main part of the module examines the current the Conveyancing system in England and Wales and the procedure involved in the sometimes stressful act of buying and selling a house. Conveyancing is presently undergoing a revolution - the Land Registration Act 2002 is changing the concept of Conveyancing by dematerialising title deeds, and going forward to e-Conveyancing. Home Information Packs is due to be piloted in 2007.

Module 7: Wills, Intestacy and Law of Succession
This module looks at the law of succession. It examines why make a person should make a Will and looks at the legal requirements of a valid will and how this should be signed and witnessed. It goes on to look at the types of legacies a person can leave in a Will.

The module then examines what happens if someone dies intestate - without making a Will, and looks at the Intestacy rules.

Module 8: Law of Torts
This module looks at a civil wrong - a wrong which is committed by 1 individual against another to which redress can be sought in the civil Courts. In the module, the tort of negligence, which is topical is examined in detail. The concept of duty of care is crucial to a claim for negligence and emerged from "the snail in the bottle" case of DONAGUE v STEVENSON 1932 wherein Mrs Donoghue drank a bottle of ginger beer and then realised that there was a decomposing snail and she became ill. In order for her to be able to sue the manufacturer of the bottle of ginger beer she had to establish:

- That there was a duty of care owed her
- That the duty of care was broken
- That there was loss, injury or damage caused

It was out of this case that Lord Atkins' "neighbour" principle upon which all negligence claims are based was established.

The module will look also look at omissions as a form of negligence. Finally the module will examine the defences which can be put forward by a defendant which may defeat of substantially diminish any claim, such as contributory negligence.

Module 9: What are my rights? Consumer Issues
This module firstly looks at another topical issue -consumer law. It examines in some detail the rights of a consumer contained in legislations, to expect that goods bought are of satisfactory quality and last for a reasonable period of time.
There are similar provisions in force with regard to the supplying of services which will be considered.  The module then moves on to consider rights of property owners concerning boundaries and how the Land Registry may help to determine the correct boundaries of a property.
Finally the impact of recent legislation, the High Hedges Act will be considered which may help a home owner when faced with a dispute with a neighbour.

Module 10: Introduction to Criminal Law
The final module gives an overview of criminal law. It looks at the following areas:
- What is a crime?
- How crime is investigated and the accused's rights at the Police Station
- The mental element to a crime
- The offences of Homicide - Murder and Manslaughter Some specific defences, such as diminished responsibility in murder, provocation and mental incapacity

Learner support

12 Months Tutor Support. Tutors are available to answer student questions relating to course materials and to comment on the assignments that are sent in to state how well students have understood the unit content.

FAQs

What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You need to be able to commit your time to the course. To help you understand the commitment needed, each of the course descriptions estimates the amount of time it will take you to complete the course. This is based on an average study period of approximately 10 hours per week.

It is best to choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy Now’ option against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone or by post, call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from six weeks to nine months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the size of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that postage and packaging is charged in addition to the course price.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exam at a registered test centre. You will need to organise the examination yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be included in your study pack.

The details of what sort of exam/assignment (if any) is required for a course will be stated on the course description page, so please check these for full details.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing enquiries@ncchomelearning.co.uk or calling 0333 3445 690.

Can reasonable adjustments be made to help reduce the effects of a disability or difficulty that may place me at a disadvantage?

A reasonable adjustment is any action that helps to reduce the effect of a disability or difficulty that places the candidate at a substantial disadvantage in the assessment situation. Reasonable adjustments must not affect the integrity of what needs to be assessed, but may involve:

Changing standard assessment arrangements, for example allowing candidates extra time to complete the assessment activity Adapting assessment materials, such as providing materials in Braille Providing access facilitators during assessment, such as a sign language interpreter or a reader Re-organising the assessment room, such as removing visual stimuli for an autistic candidate.

Reasonable adjustments are approved or set in place before the assessment activity takes place; they constitute an arrangement to give the candidate access to the assessment activity. The use of a reasonable adjustment will not be taken into consideration during the assessment of a candidate’s work.

Awarding organisations and centres are only required by law to do what is ‘reasonable’ in terms of giving access. What is reasonable will depend on the individual circumstances, cost implications and the practicality and effectiveness of the adjustment. Other factors, such as the need to maintain competence standards and health and safety, will also be taken into consideration.

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