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Certificate of Higher Education in Law and Languages - Learning outcomes

Educational aims

This qualification will provide you with:

  • The opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the legal system of England and Wales; to gain broad knowledge and understanding of the role and function of law in an increasingly globalised world.
  • Opportunities to develop your plurilingual and intercultural competence by learning to communicate effectively in your chosen language in different contexts while also increasing your knowledge of the societies and cultures in which that language is spoken.
  • Comprehensive support and guidance to develop as an independent learner, to develop legal and language skills, and to develop a range of non-subject-specific skills, including academic, digital, and professional skills.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You’ll be able to demonstrate:

  • Some of the concepts, values, rules and principles of the legal system of England and Wales, and an awareness of some of the powers exercised by the devolved legislatures in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
  • Some of the areas of substantive English law and their impact on individuals and society.
  • Some of the social, political, economic, historical and ethical dimensions of law.
  • The ability to communicate fluently and appropriately with competent speakers of your chosen language in a broad variety of oral and written contexts, including academic ones, maintaining a good degree of grammatical accuracy and appropriate style.
  • Broad knowledge of aspects of the societies of the countries where your chosen language is spoken (including aspects such as literatures, cultures, linguistic contexts, politics, geography, and social and economic structures).
  • Good intercultural communicative competence, including an awareness and understanding of the cultures and societies associated with each language and the ability to describe, analyse and evaluate the similarities and dissimilarities between cultures and societies with your own.

Cognitive skills

You’ll be able to:

  • Ask and answer appropriate questions about law and legal systems, identifying gaps in your own knowledge.
  • Recognise legal principles and authority to start to develop reasoned answers to questions.
  • Make use of a wide variety of written, spoken and multimodal texts for different audiences in your chosen language, employing appropriate reading and listening strategies.
  • Write short texts of different types in your chosen language and/or English, following appropriate structures and conventions, including academic language, selecting and making critical use of written and spoken sources.
  • Make spoken presentations on particular topics, using appropriate styles and techniques, and take part in spoken interactions likely to arise while travelling in an area where your chosen modern language is spoken, using appropriate discourse strategies.
  • Interpret and evaluate evidence in the light of alternative explanations, arguments and theories.

Practical and/or professional skills

You’ll be able to:

  • Conduct basic legal research under guidance.
  • Identify, retrieve and start to evaluate legal information from electronic and other sources acknowledge the sources of information that you have used, in a style appropriate to the task.
  • Start to gather and process information from a variety of paper, audio-visual and electronic sources, in English and your chosen language.

Key skills

You’ll be able to:

  • Communicate relevant ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Recognise different textual, numerical and statistical data and ways of working with these.
  • Reflect on your own learning and development, making effective use of feedback, and demonstrating a willingness to acknowledge and correct errors.
  • Collaborate with others to achieve joint outcomes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to independently find, evaluate and use a wide range of information, data or tools accurately in complex contexts.
  • Recognise and use effective learning strategies.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

The modules in this qualification employ a blended approach of text books, online materials, synchronous and non-synchronous online tutorials and face-to face meetings with tutors. All modules involve assignments and either an end-of-course assessment or exam.