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Law and Public Services (BA)

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This course offers a unique opportunity to study the key pillars of law alongside the organisational structure of the public sector.

This course offers the opportunity to understand the legal structure governing all aspects of our lives today alongside an understanding of the public services and its organisational management. 

The course allows for the development of leadership and management and an understanding of corporate responsibility and strategic planning in the public sector.


Law and Public Services (BA Hons)
UCAS Code: L2J5
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Law and Public Services (DipHE)
UCAS Code: L492
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Law and Public Services (CertHE)
UCAS Code: L492
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Contact Email: sian.turvey@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Sian Turvey

Tuition Fees 2022/23:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. This course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the legal justice system or those interested in working in the public sector, for example, the Police force.

  2. The course has developed strong links with local organisations to allow for relevant and professional work experience. Giving our graduates the best possible springboard from the academic to the working world. Some of the volunteer work opportunities that have been developed will allow for students to play an integral part of a professional working environment and will give a clear and in-depth insight into the profession.

  3. The course team operates an open door policy allowing for a friendly and open environment for students to learn and develop. There is a learning support team who run regular workshops and tutorials in basic and advanced skill development. The excellent levels of student care are reflected in the NSS results of the course and students feel valued and supported throughout their university career. 

What you will learn

Course Overview

The combination of both Law and Public Services allows for a greater depth of knowledge and the workings of Public Sector organisations which would prove invaluable for those seeking a fast track career in professions such as the police force.

The course will cover the Public Sector environment, accountability management of resources and strategic management. It will allow for a greater understanding of how the public sector is managed. 

Public services and the third sector are the largest employers within Britain, which results in an increasing demand for graduate employment within these areas and this programme is relevant to those who will seek employment within the public service professions such as the police force.

The course is delivered over three years and will cover the fundamental pillars of law, including criminal, contract, EU, Tort, Land and Trusts Law as well as Legal Process. This is not a qualifying law degree although law subjects covered will allow graduates of the course to apply for several Common Professional Examination (CPE) exemptions if they do subsequently choose to pursue a legal career.

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (CertHE, DipHE & BA)

  • Behavioural Dynamics (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Contemporary Challenges: Making a Difference (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Criminal Law (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Legal Process (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Public Law (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two – Level 5 (DipHE & BA)

  • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment (20 credits; optional; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; optional; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Contemporary Issues in Public Services (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Contract Law (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Family Law and Practice (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Tort Law (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three – Level 6 (BA)

  • Equity and Trusts (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Management of Resources and People (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Property Law (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Strategic Management for Public Organisations (20 credits; compulsory).

The course will be assessed by a mixture of written coursework and exams. Each module is worth 20 credits which would equal two assessments per module with the equivalent of a 2000 word assignment or an exam per 10 credits.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

80 UCAS Points.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Career Opportunities

The course team has developed very close links with a number of professional organisations in both the public sector and legal services fields. This has allowed for close consultation on the development of course content and the availability of unique work experience opportunities.

For those students who wish to pursue a career in the Police force then the course works closely with South Wales Police and has developed a volunteer work programme for the students to gain valuable experience and insight into the profession.

This will put the students in a more advantageous position to gain employment in their chosen profession.  The course provides a good opportunity for students who would be interested in the Fast Track route into the Police.

The course works closely with other Public sector organisations, all of which have legal departments and the combination of both legal and public sector understanding and knowledge would be seen as a benefit to such a position.

The team has developed close relationships with local Law firms and developing work experience opportunities which would benefit the students if they chose to extend into further legal study.

Additional Costs

This course has no additional costs.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.


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