South Devon College

FdSc Law

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • SOUD1279 English Legal System and Method 1

      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.

    • SOUD1381 Legal Writing and other Skills

    • SOUD1127 Developing Research and Practice

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skill necessary for relevant employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

    • SOUD1280 English Legal System and Method 2

      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.

    • SOUD1323 Criminal Law

      A module which introduces the student to the elements of criminal law and substantive criminal offences.

    Optional modules
    • SOUD1343 Introduction to Criminological Theory

      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.

    • SOUD1281 Business Environment

      The module introduces students to the national, European and global business environment and considers a range of economic factors that affect decision making.

    • SOUD1282 Employment Law

      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.

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

      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.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • SOUD2330 Contract Law

    • SOUD2228 Tort Law

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

    • SOUD2229 Constitutional and Administrative Law

      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.

    • SOUD2388 Legal Research Skills

      This supervised production of a 4000 word project on a legally related area developed by the student.

    Optional modules
    • SOUD2292 Criminological and Penal Theory

      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.

    • SOUD2293 Youth Justice, Restorative Justice and Victims of Crime

      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.

    • SOUD2230 Managing Financial Resources

      This module is designed to build upon and further develop knowledge and develop around the issues faced by managers when making decisions regarding financial resources.

    • SOUD2117 Decision Making in Business

      This module enables students to gain experience and build on existing knowledge of the use and application of integrated software packages to aid decision-making in a business context.

    • SOUD2331 Operations Management

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.

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 international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Progression routes

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

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

Our partnership with South Devon College

Plymouth University 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 college 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 Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your college 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 Partners 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. 

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.

Find out more about studying at South Devon College