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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Explore the relationship between Law and Politics
  • Join a long tradition of legal history in the city of Winchester
  • Develop 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

The BA Law with Politics Programme explores questions at the centre of our modern society. Legal knowledge and practical skills will be developed alongside an examination of complex political and global issues. Bringing together political, legal and philosophical understanding to subjects which dominate the contemporary world.

Winchester has been central to the English legal system for at least 1,000 years. Choose to study here and you will be following in a long, historic tradition. It was King Alfred who established English law-making and its ideology as a distinctive system which would have a major influence on the common law of later medieval England. Even today, The Domesday Book, a cornerstone legal document compiled in Winchester, is still valid as evidence of title to land.

Studying for a Law with Politics degree with us is an intellectually stimulating and thought-provoking experience. The programme is taught by research‐active experts who form part of a strong and lively community of students and staff. You are actively encouraged to critically evaluate a broad range of political and legal concepts, developing your understanding for strategic and operational tasks. 

The programme encourages you to develop an enquiring and critical attitude to law, learn to think logically and communicate clearly. You become proficient in vital skills such as legal research, negotiation and mooting - presenting a legal argument to defeat an opponent in court.

In year 1 you will be introduced to the foundations of law including Public and Tort Law as well as an introduction to Global Politics and Political Philosophy.

Year 2 will focus on Criminal Law with optional modules such as Human Rights, Media Law, Security Studies and Gender, Power and Global Politics.

Final year 3 requires a Dissertation which is complemented by further optional modules such as Mental Health Law, Diplomatic Studies, Philosophy of Law and Populism and National Identity.

Careers

Graduates may go on to careers in a variety of areas including professional services, journalism, media and business. 

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.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applications from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

You have the opportunity to undertake professional practice placements during the programme.

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) Law with Politics course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad.

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

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)*:
  • 50% coursework
  • 23% written exams
  • 27% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 56% coursework
  • 14% written exams
  • 30% 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
2021 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 Modules
Introduction to Politics and Political Philosophy 30

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Criminal Law

 

Global Governance 15

 

Political Leadership and Communication 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

 

Global Governance 15

 

Political Leadership and Communication 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
Populism and National Identity 15
Case Study in Political Philosophy: Conservatism 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
Populism and National Identity 15
Case Study in Political Philosophy: Conservatism 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.

Optional

Formal wear: Students may be expected to dress formally for oral assessments. Costs will vary depending on the student's existing wardrobe. Indicative cost is £0 - £50. 

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
M293
Duration
3 years full-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
Location
On campus, Winchester