Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Keys to Law
Academic Year
Semester 2
Completion of the IFC Semester 1 modules, or an IELTS score of at least 6.0 with no more that 1 score below 6.0 and no score below 5.5
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Presentation  Seminar presentation (10 minutes)  15%
Semester Assessment Essay  Essay - 2000 words  40%
Semester Assessment Exam  Exam - 2 hours  45%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary Assessment  All failed elements of the assessment must be retaken if the student's average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40% 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate through discussion and written work both an understanding and practical application of academic legal skills

Demonstrate through discussion and written work am understanding og the basic principles and concepts of criminal law, contract law, tort law, and the legal systems of England and Wales

Demonstrate an ability to meet the required academic standards in relation to the preparation and presentation of assessed work


Keys to Law aims to provide international students with a comprehensive introduction to the language, core ideas and issues discussed in law. In doing so, students are able to develop a subject-specific vocabulary, and academic skills including identification and analysis of relevant study material and essay/exam writing skills. Upon successful completion of the module, students will have appropriate knowledge and skills to allow them to progress onto the undergraduate law degree offered by the Department of Law and Criminology.

Brief description

By the end of the module students should have developed:
  • an understanding of key legal concepts in the core legal topics (criminal, contract & tort)
  • a grounding in core areas of substantive law (as above)
  • familiarity with researching legal databases and library resources linked with legal research
  • a practical understanding of key legal academic skills, including case noting, critical analysis, construction of legal arguments and the application of legal reasoning
  • familiarity with the structure of the courts and legal system of England and Wales


Unit 1 - Legal Skills

Unit 2 - Legal system of England and Wales

Unit 3 - Criminal Law

Unit 4 - Contract Law

Unit 5 - Tort Law (+ assessment and additional topic week 14: Law in Action)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number n/a
Communication Seminar discussions will develop individual and group presentation and oral argument skills
Improving own Learning and Performance The three assessments will develop different aspects of academic research, from understanding and referencing sources through the dissemination of ideas to others verbally in presentations and seminars, and developing written communciation skills in essays and exams
Information Technology Preparation for seminars and assessments require online research and the use of library records. Course will make use of Blackboard.
Personal Development and Career planning Foundation course to prepare for law degree
Problem solving Critical analysis and discussion of legal concepts and case law will assist and develop problem solving skills
Research skills Library and research skills are fundamental to the study of law and to preparation for assessments
Subject Specific Skills Skills required in reading and interpreting case law and understanding basic legal concepts - evaluate and critical understanding
Team work Group work fo seminar discussions


This module is at CQFW Level 3