Number of credits: 40

Pre-requisites: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent


To prepare students for undergraduate programmes which involve the study of law by providing a grounding in the main principles of English law and the structure of the English legal system.

Intended learning outcomes

Assessable outcomes

On completion of this module students are expected to be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structure, personnel and functions of the English legal system and the law of negligence and contract
  • show evidence of the ability to apply techniques of ordered thinking and the skills necessary to analyse and solve legal problems
  • communicate legal arguments clearly and succinctly and to draw appropriate conclusions
  • demonstrate a critical awareness of the changing nature of law in society.

Additional outcomes

The development of library and research skills and the ability to make use of available resources.

Outline content

The module begins with an introduction to some basic principles of the constitution: sources; parliamentary sovereignty; the rule of law; separation of powers. These principles provide a background to a more detailed study of the English legal system: sources of law to include the legislative process, statutory interpretation, judicial precedent, common law and equity, EU law, the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998; institutions and process to include civil and criminal proceedings, the hierarchy of the courts, the judiciary and the jury.

Two areas of substantive law are included, the law of contract and the law of negligence. The module introduces students to the principles of formation of a contract: offer, acceptance, intention, consideration and privity. The study of the law of negligence is more detailed and includes duty of care, breach, causation and remoteness of damage. Duty situations are exemplified through an examination of economic loss and nervous shock.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods

Topics are introduced through a combination of taught classes, seminars and individual tutorials. Independent learning is encouraged through reading based on textbooks, articles and case studies. Case and statute exercises assist in the development of skills in legal reasoning.

Student views of this module

Fola Falana (Nigeria)
'I chose to study Law because I want to be a lawyer.
Learning about the different cases has been both challenging and interesting.
I would advise future students of this module to study constantly and this will allow you to cope with the workload.'

Oluwaseni Talabi (Nigeria)
'I chose to study Law because I like the subject.
Although learning the cases can be challenging, the principles and rules behind them are very interesting. Also interesting is the way in which the teacher encourages all the students to participate in the class.
My advice to future students of this module would be to keep up with your work because it is stressful and almost impossible to do the reading over a short period of time.'

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