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Law and policing

Take the first step in your legal career

This undergraduate pathway will provide students with the necessary skills to begin studying at level 4 in courses related to Law, Policing and Criminology.

Key information

Undergraduate course

Duration

  • Foundation (4 Years)
  • First Year (3 Years)

Intakes

  • January
  • May
  • September

Location

  • Cambridge
    Chelmsford

Law and policing overview

Students will be introduced to the core skills necessary to succeed in higher education, including thinking critically, researching and referencing appropriately, demonstrating appropriate numeracy and ICT skills, and communicating effectively verbally and in writing.

Students will also be introduced to specific concepts related to their degree programmes including an introduction to the English legal system, business law, criminal law and the criminal justice system and ethics. Real-world examples of the law in action will be highlighted, and students will practice applying the law to case studies.

Pathway progression

Successful completion of this pathway will lead to the award of the following from ARU:

Please see our International and UK/EU course matrix for entry point, intake and study location information.

Course structure

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication (ILSC)

This Element has been designed to help students develop their academic literacy, and
research and communication skills in preparation for undergraduate study. The areas of
reading, writing, speaking, and listening will be covered. ILSC also helps students
understand the institutional culture, practices, norms and expectations of the UK higher
education.

A subsidiary aim of this Element is to ensure that students develop transferable skills of
effective and professional communication to support ongoing study, as well as providing a
basis to foster career and life-building skills.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

No previous technical experience is required for this Element, which provides students with
an introduction to practical ICT skills. This foundation will be needed for academic success
across many areas of higher education. The students will use industry standard office
productivity software and techniques to produce presentations, written assignments, and
charts and tables in spreadsheets.

Alongside practical skills, fundamental topics surrounding technology use will be discussed,
together with societal and ethical perspectives. The Element will enable students to discuss
the main challenges facing society and consider the implications of their technology use.

By the end of the Element, students should have sufficient mastery of the Microsoft Office
productivity suite to allow them to plan and produce presentations, use functions and write
formula to display, format and analyse quantitative data and produce written assignments to
a standard appropriate to higher education.

Critical Thinking

This Element aims to enable candidates to participate in and practice independent learning
tasks for deeper thought and investigation as needed for Higher Academic pursuits. This
Element is designed to teach, reinforce, and practice independent learning and critical
thinking, as opposed to rote memorisation for success in University and professional life. An
open-class forum of discussion is used to encourage critical thinking skills within academic
and professional-facing contexts.

This Element enables candidates to invest in strategies that will deepen understanding and
interpretation of processes, motives, argument, rationale, credibility, and possibilities which
will then be applicable to a range of studies. Students will undertake research, based on an
issue related to their degree programme, to review the main points of examining an
argument in depth. They will learn to create a personal response that analyses the content
of the issue under study.

Composition and Style

Composition and Style aims to provide students with a structured introduction to all aspects
and stages of the academic writing process and various forms of writing to be undertaken.

It is designed to allow students the knowledge required for the preparation and completion of
written assignments within University and to University standards. This includes skills which
apply to many writing disciplines including research and note-taking; structuring work;
drafting and redrafting; editing and proof-reading; achieving an effective academic style;
referencing; writing effectively under differing conditions; using feedback on your written
work and grammar and punctuation. A focus around the writing process will be of emphasis
with application to different kinds of written products. For the writer, these processes would
correspond to the different creative stages of writing.

Ethics

This Element seeks to consider and critique different principles and theories about ethics.
This course will investigate the status of several major ethical theories and claims and
consider some practical ethical issues (such as global poverty and animal welfare) which are
impacted by these theories. Students should critically think about potential ethical dilemmas
and engage with difference value systems.

Ethics asks questions about claims in order to better grasp the nature of acceptable
principles in behaviour and treatment. These ideas cover areas in reference to psychology,
technology, education, business, and the medical and legal fields. With respect to ethical
questions, this element will investigate competing answers to an idea and critically engage
with them to examine their strengths and weaknesses. Students should gain a broad
understanding of how ethics can be applied to a variety of subject areas and what questions
should be asked to evaluate validity.

Fundamentals of Law

This Element has been designed to present some the fundamental aspects of the Legal
System and aims to:

Provide an introduction to the legal concepts and rules and the machinery involved in their
introduction, application and enforcement;

Explore and critically assess the value of legal rules, processes and institutions; and
Develop skills of communication, interpretation, reasoning and analysis in relation to a
variety of legal situations.

Business Law

This Element has been designed to present some fundamental aspects of Business Law and
aims to:

Provide an introduction to the legal concepts and rules and the machinery involved in their
introduction, application and enforcement;

Explore and critically assess the value of legal rules, processes and institutions; and
Develop skills of communication, interpretation, reasoning and analysis in relation to
Business Law.

Criminal Law

This Element has been designed to present some the fundamental aspects of Criminal Law
and aims to:

Provide an introduction to the legal concepts and rules and the machinery involved in their
introduction, application and enforcement;

Explore and critically assess the value of legal rules, processes and institutions; and
Develop skills of communication, interpretation, reasoning and analysis in relation to
Criminal Law.


Related links

For more information about intake semesters and campus location please see our course matrices.

Find out the academic entry requirements for our courses listed by country. Unless stated, requirements are standard across all courses.

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