South Devon College

FdSc Law with Business

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

    • Organisational Behaviour (SOUD1543)

      Organisational Behaviour is concerned with understanding how humans think, act, and react in the workplace. This module introduces students to the study of the behaviour of individuals and groups within an organisational context and explores how that behaviour influences, and is influenced by, the culture and structure of an organisation and how it affects performance

    • English Legal System (SOUD1548)

      Considering the concept of social justice and examining the way in which disputes can be settled inside and outside of Court. Consideration of the hierarchy structure of the civil and criminal courts, and evaluating how the law is interpreted by the Courts. Module will also provide an understanding of the legal and non-legal personnel roles with the English Legal System and the practice of client care.

    • Constitutional and European Law (SOUD1549)

      This module will focus on exploring the theories, principles and traditions underpinning the constitution of the United Kingdom as well as touching on the key features of the European Union, its legal order, and the legal impacts of Brexit.

    • Contract Law (SOUD1550)

      This module will introduce the student to the key legal areas of contract law, considering the fundamental principles as well as cover related aspects of law and practice. Students studying the module, can expect to learn about the foundations of contract, which has real world application, providing the skills necessary for a career in either the law or business sectors.

    • Introduction To Legal Research and Practice (SOUD1551)

      Module aims to build skills to enhance relevant academic related skills and focus on work-based learning to enhance employment-related skills. Students will be able to demonstrate their qualities and transferable skills which are necessary for employment, requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate legal professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

    • The Business Environment (SOUD1558)

      This module provides the foundation knowledge relating to the internal and external environment of business operations, and the factors that impact upon them. This will include a consideration of key aspects of financial, strategic, and operational techniques focussing on law as a business and how law firms work in practice.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Managing Change (SOUD2504)

      Change is a necessity for survival. This module considers the importance of change management and how it can be achieved and sustained. You will examine how change affects organisations and the individuals who work within them

    • Tort Law (SOUD2510)

      The law of tort includes a diverse range of areas and situations and can therefore be challenging to define; however, tort law occurs when there is a breach of a general duty. When a tort is committed, a victim can claim damages (money), among other remedies, under civil law as compensation, with the aim to place the victim back to the position they were in before the breach occurred.

    • Employment Law (SOUD2511)

      This module will introduce you to the key legal areas of employment legislation and its legal framework, focusing on how people professionals are obliged to take account of legal requirements in different jurisdictions. Students studying the module, can expect to learn about the foundations employment law, which has real world application, providing the skills necessary for a career in either the law or business sectors.

    • Criminal Law (SOUD2512)

      The module introduces the fundamental rules of criminal law, including the basic principles of criminal offences. Criminal law affects many aspects of human behaviour and interaction but has complex definitions. This module aims to help students to understand the nature and requirements of fatal and non-fatal offences against the person, property offences, the features of strict liability offences and also the availability of defences. It will demonstrate the processes involved in criminal law including Police powers and duties under PACE, bail, the right to representation, the Court’s jurisdiction and procedures and power to sentence.

    • Research Project (SOUD2519)

      This module will enable you to engage with work-based learning through undertaking a research study of your choice within the parameters of the legal sector and the links with local employers, giving you the opportunity to investigate an area that is of particular interest to you, or one that you would like to explore to further develop your knowledge and understanding.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

SOUD FdSc Law with Business Programme Specification 23 7608

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.

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