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COURSE OVERVIEW

*Subject to revalidation

  • Study key aspects of law in a city that has been central to the English legal system for at least 1,000 years
  • Learn real-world professional skills from practical assessments such as mooting and negotiation
  • Gain an impressive range of other transferable skills that will prepare you for future employment in both legal and non-legal working environments
  • Benefit from small numbers in tutorials, which allow for rewarding discussions and debates and closer interaction with our expert staff
  • Develop as a critical thinker and master the art of how to communicate clearly and creatively
  • Use the Work Placement module to gain experience in an organisation relevant to your career aspirations and explore opportunities to study abroad in the USA and Japan
  • Access outstanding industry-standard facilities in our Multimedia Centre, including two HD TV studios with green screens, a newsroom, and a computerised radio studio

Law continues to provide the framework for modern society, impacting on all our lives. While for most of us, media is at the centre of our daily experience and the ways in which we communicate with each other. These two areas overlap and form part of our private and public worlds. 

As a Law with Media and Communication student at Winchester you engage with these subjects in a practical, dynamic fashion, exploring the relationships between them and seeking to understand how they interact. You will develop legal knowledge and practical professional skills alongside an applied examination of modern media concepts and legal principles.

Studying for a law-based degree with us is an intellectually stimulating and thought-provoking experience. The programme encourages you to develop an enquiring and critical attitude to law, and you learn to think logically and communicate clearly. You become proficient in vital legal skills such as legal research, negotiation and mooting – presenting a legal argument to defeat an opponent in court. Mooting brings law alive and you may find yourself discussing a wide range of topics from discrimination in the workplace to third-party rights when downloading music from the internet. 

Taught by research-active experts who form part of a strong and lively community of students and staff, you develop a strong understanding of the media industries and trends in media culture and communication and have access to our state-of-the-art multimedia facilities.

Year 1 gives you a solid grounding in Legal Systems and Method, Law of Torts and Public Law as well as Media Law and Media in the 21st Century. 

In Year 2, you study Advanced Media Law, Media and the Making of the Modern World, and Journalism: Politics, Representation and Participation.

Your final year features compulsory modules in Consuming and Regulating Media and Media Law Update. You also produce a dissertation on a topic of your choice, subject to approval from tutors expert in the field. 

Throughout Years 2 and 3 you can choose from a wide range of optional modules available for you to explore your special interests. These may include Technology and Cyber Law, Sport and the Law, Penology and Prison Law, Human Rights, or family, medical or property law.

Your programme will comprise 75% of the modules from the Law programme and 25% from the Media and Communication programme.

Careers

As well as a flexible qualification with a solid foundation in law, graduates leave Winchester armed with a key set of transferable skills. They go on to work in a wide range of careers in both the public and private sectors, professional services, businesses, journalism, media, film and sport.

94% of our 2016/17 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

Pre-approved for a Masters

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

*Subject to revalidation

This course is subject to revalidation. 'Revalidation' is the process by which the University refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applications from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

You have the opportunity to undertake professional practice placements during the programme for three months, six months or one year. Three or six month placements can be taken as part of credit bearing modules, allowing you to undertake a work placement and still graduate within three years.

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.                      

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
  • Independent learning: 936 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
  • Independent learning: 936 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

The University library is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:
  • 25% coursework
  • 50% written exams
  • 25% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 54% coursework
  • 14% written exams
  • 32% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 54% coursework
  • 15% written exams
  • 31% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2020 Entry: 104-120 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

Send us a message

International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Legal Systems and Methods 30
Public Law 30
Law of Tort 30
Media Law 15
Media in the 21st Century 15

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Criminal Law

 

Journalism: Digital and Social Media 15

 

Media Campaign Management 15
Optional Modules
  • Law of Property - 30 Credits
  • Company Law I - The Corporate Body - 15 Credits
  • Employment Law I - The Personal Employment Contract - 15 Credits
  • Human Rights Law - 15 Credits
  • Company Law II - Corporate Governance - 15 Credits
  • Employment Law II - Discrimination - 15 Credits
  • Medical Law - 15 Credits
  • Sport and the Law - 15 Credits
  • Criminal Justice - 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Criminal Law

 

Journalism: Digital and Social Media 15

 

Media Campaign Management 15
Optional Modules
  • Law of Property - 30 Credits
  • Company Law I - The Corporate Body - 15 Credits
  • Employment Law I - The Personal Employment Contract - 15 Credits
  • Human Rights Law - 15 Credits
  • Company Law II - Corporate Governance - 15 Credits
  • Employment Law II - Discrimination - 15 Credits
  • Medical Law - 15 Credits
  • Sport and the Law - 15 Credits
  • Criminal Justice - 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Dissertation OR Independent Research Project
Consuming and Regulating Media 15
Media Law Update 15
Optional Modules
  • European Union Law - 15 Credits
  • Intellectual Property Law - 15 Credits
  • Company Law I - The Corporate Body - 15 Credits
  • Human Rights Law - 15 Credits
  • Family Law - 15 Credits
  • Law of Equity and Trusts - 15 Credits
  • Advocacy - 15 Credits
  • Child Law - 15 Credits
  • Company Law  II – Corporate Governance - 15 Credits
  • Employment Law II - Discrimination - 15 Credits
  • Medical Law - 15 Credits
  • Technology and Cyber Law - 15 Credits
  • Criminal Justice - 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Dissertation OR Independent Research Project
Consuming and Regulating Media 15
Media Law Update 15
Optional Modules
  • European Union Law - 15 Credits
  • Intellectual Property Law - 15 Credits
  • Company Law I - The Corporate Body - 15 Credits
  • Human Rights Law - 15 Credits
  • Family Law - 15 Credits
  • Law of Equity and Trusts - 15 Credits
  • Advocacy - 15 Credits
  • Child Law - 15 Credits
  • Company Law  II – Corporate Governance - 15 Credits
  • Employment Law II - Discrimination - 15 Credits
  • Medical Law - 15 Credits
  • Technology and Cyber Law - 15 Credits
  • Criminal Justice - 15 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 Course Tuition Fees

 UK/EU

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,500
Year 2 £9,250 £13,500
Year 3 £9,250 £13,500
Total £27,750 £40,500
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £28,450 £41,200

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2020, the first year will cost you £9,250*. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,935.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £112.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,687.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 

Additional Costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Mandatory

Printing and Binding

We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.

Course specific bursaries/scholarships

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

Key course details

UCAS code
M290
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
Location
On campus, Winchester