South Devon College

FdSc Law

Everything at University Centre South Devon (UCSD) is designed to maximise your employability and future career opportunities. Courses are created with local employers to ensure you learn industry-relevant skills and are delivered in small classes with regular one-to-one support, covering a range of study skills – it’s no wonder we’re recognised as a leading institution in the National Student Survey.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • English Legal System and Method 1 (SOUD1279)

      To introduce the student to the role of law in society, the workings of the British Legal System, including the court system, legal services and alternatives to litigation, as well as an examination of the methods by which law is made and enforced.

    • English Legal System and Method 2 (SOUD1280)

      To further explore the workings of the English Legal System, including a critical examination of the personnel involved in the making, enforcing and interpretation of the law and a further consideration of sources of law.

    • Work Based Learning (SOUD1450)

      This module enables students to experience real working environments and understand practical legal issues. This experience will enable students, amongst other things, to contextualise theory in to practice; to further develop key transferable and employability skills and to reflect on own practice. The required placement must be within the areas of either: business; law or criminal justice

    • Criminal Law (SOUD1522)

      This module provides an examination of core principles and concepts of criminal law, an introduction to modes of participation and analysis of selected criminal offences and defences

    Optional modules

    • Employment Law (SOUD1282)

      A module covering the key and topical issues in Employment Law as they affect individuals in the U.K. The course is designed to give a perspective of the employment relationship from inception to termination, including the law relating to recruitment and selection contracts of employment and employment status, individual rights at work, employer and employee responsibilities, discrimination (sex, race and disability), dismissal and redundancy.

    • Introduction to Criminological Theory (SOUD1343)

      Students will develop an in-depth understanding of criminological theories of offending and the extent to which crime happens. A range of theories, frameworks and paradigms will be explored and analysed to develop an understanding of the application of criminological principles to law enforcement and criminal justice agencies.

    • An Introduction to the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales (SOUD1344)

      This module describes the roles and practices of the main criminal justice institutions in England and Wales and uses a basic framework to analyse these institutions and practices. It introduces students to the sentencing process, describing sentencing objectives and philosophy, sentencing options and sentencing patterns.

    • Economics for Business (SOUD1408)

      The module introduces students to the national, European and global business environment and considers a range of economic factors that affect decision making. It emphasises the power of market forces in modern capitalism and the need for some government control. The influence of the macroeconomic environment on firms is analysed, the concepts of economic growth and the problems that this may create are analysed.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Tort Law (SOUD2228)

      A module introducing basic principles and concepts of tort law and examining the principles involved in a number of selected torts.

    • Constitutional and Administrative Law (SOUD2229)

      A module aimed at introducing the student to the principles of constitutional law, including the main constitutional law concepts and the basic principles of the British Constitution.

    • Contract Law (SOUD2330)

    • Legal Research Skills (SOUD2480)

      Module requires the supervised production of a project on a legal or legally related area through the correct application of research skills and planning

    Optional modules

    • Criminological and Penal Theory (SOUD2292)

      This module will review the historical origins that have shaped the contemporary penal system, focussing upon key theories relating to punishment and contemporary penal policies and practices. The module will analyse and evaluate the frameworks that purport to examine desistance and reducing reoffending behaviour. Social issues affecting penal policy, such as gender and socioeconomic status will be included.

    • Youth Justice, Restorative Justice and Victims of Crime (SOUD2293)

      Youth Justice, Restorative Justice and Victims of Crime will assess the key socio-political issues and debates which have shaped youth justice in modern Britain. Within this module students will also engage with a range of research focussing upon reactions to crime, with specific focus upon restorative justice and how the government are working towards bringing victims and witnesses of crime to the centre of the process.

    • Operations and Logistics Management (SOUD2357)

      Operations Management is concerned with creating the products and services upon which all organisations depend. Operations Management is at the core of all businesses including manufacturing, retail and the service sector. The study of Operations Management is concerned with the way in which these operations are designed, planned, organised and controlled.

    • International Trade and Finance (SOUD2360)

      This module enables students to identify and evaluate the management accounting and information relevant to decision making and reporting. Students will be able to build upon existing knowledge and develop further their understanding of issues faced by managers when making decisions regarding the international business environment.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply
All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with South Devon College
The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with South Devon College

At the heart of the sunny English Riviera, we’re an award-winning Beacon status college. Add to that our ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted (in 2009), modern facilities and our larger-than-life Students’ Union, and you’re left with the perfect environment.
Plymouth students working on a group project