(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Philosophy and Law (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad)
University of Essex
University of Essex
UK and EU applicants:
All applications for degree courses with a foundation year (Year Zero) will be considered individually, whether you
- think you might not have the grades to enter the first year of a degree course;
- have non-traditional qualifications or experience (e.g. you haven’t studied A-levels or a BTEC);
- are returning to university after some time away from education; or
- are looking for more support during the transition into university study.
Our standard offer is 72 UCAS tariff points from at least two full A-levels, or equivalent.
Examples of the above tariff may include:
- A-levels: DDD
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: MMP
- T-levels: Pass with E in core
If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria, please get in touch for advice.
Mature applicants and non-traditional academic backgrounds:
We welcome applications from mature students (over 21) and students with non-traditional academic backgrounds (might not have gone on from school to take level 3 qualifications). We will consider your educational and employment history, along with your personal statement and reference, to gain a rounded view of your suitability for the course.
Essex Pathways Department is unable to accept applications from international students. Foundation pathways for international students are available at the University of Essex International College and are delivered and awarded by Kaplan, in partnership with the University of Essex. Successful completion will enable you to progress to the relevant degree course at the University of Essex.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 5.5 overall. Specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels required. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications
If you are an international student requiring a Student visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
Our Year 0 courses are only open to UK and EU applicants. If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to your chosen degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College.
Rules of assessment
Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.
Dr Josiah Saunders
Associate Professor Durham University
External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment.
External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course.
They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards.
External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.
Provide a sound academic grounding in the disciplines of philosophy and law.
Develop an awareness of the interactions of these disciplines.
Equip students with a range of subject-specific and general intellectual skills fostered by the study of philosophy and law, preparing them either for a wide variety of careers or for postgraduate study.
Develop students' capacities for independent thought and critical reflection
Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods
On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:
A: Knowledge and understanding
A1: Knowledge and understanding of some philosophical texts and some major issues in philosophy, and/or those at the interface between philosophy and law.
A2: Knowledge and understanding of the fundamental doctrines and principles of the law, and some substantive areas of the law in depth.
A3: Knowledge and understanding of the techniques of reasoning appropriate to the discipline in question.
A1-3 are acquired through lectures, classes which involve discussion, and in law through tutorials which allow students to work in small groups.
Where relevant and as the basis for an argument, students should use, present and evaluate relevant numerical or statistical information as appropriate.
Additionally A1-3 are acquired by means of the directed reading that students are required to undertake, and by means of writing coursework and preparing for exams.
Outcomes A1-3 are assessed through continuous coursework and unseen written examinations.
Coursework in philosophy consists of essays, essay plans, essay drafts, abstracts, peer reviews of draft student essays, reading summaries, reading analyses, in-class reading quizzes, logic exercises, take-home exams, as well as individual and group oral presentations. In law it consists of essays, problem analysis, oral presentations and group projects.
Coursework tests the ability to research a topic using, for example, library and internet resources, expound specified texts and enter into detailed argumentation with them.
Unseen exams test the ability to rehearse and assess arguments in relation to specific questions posed within a limited time frame.
Philosophy modules include examinations in the first year only.
B: Intellectual and cognitive skills
B1: Capacity to follow complex arguments, and to present one's own evaluation of them.
B2: Capacity to summarise complex and demanding texts, and to assess critically their strengths and weaknesses.
B3: Capacity to argue coherently and persuasively.
B4: Ability to gather and evaluate large amounts of information and data.
B5: Capacity to analyse legal problems.
Skills B1-5 are obtained and developed through the teaching and learning methods described above under A (Knowledge and Understanding).
Outcomes B1-5 are assessed by the assessment methods described above under A (Knowledge and Understanding).
C: Practical skills
C1: Ability to abstract and synthesise relevant information, from a range of sources, using books, journal articles, cases and internet resources.
C2: Ability to use and apply legal terminology and legal concepts.
C3: Ability to plan and undertake tasks in areas of law already studied, and to undertake independent research in areas of law not previously studied, starting from standard legal information sources.
Skill C1 is acquired and developed primarily by the preparation for and the writing of coursework, and the feedback given on it.
Skills C2 and 3 are developed through tutorials by way of the medium of problem solving and group discussion.
Outcomes C1 and 2 are assessed through coursework and unseen written examinations.
C3 is assessed through coursework.
D: Key skills
D1: Ability to produce fluent and effective communication.
D2: Use of relevant information technology to research and present written work.
D3: Not applicable.
D4: Ability to identify the problem to be solved, to analyse it carefully, to distinguish relevant from irrelevant detail, to compare and assess different solutions to it, to provide argument and evidence for one's preferred solution.
D5: Not applicable.
D6: Ability to organize one's reading and thinking in relation to specific topics, to work to a deadline, and to learn from comments on coursework and oral communication from teachers.
Skills D1, 2, 4 and 6 are acquired and developed through the teaching and learning methods described above.
Outcomes D1, 2, 4 and 6 are assessed through coursework and unseen written examinations.