£1000 - the cost of the course will usually be funded by your employer
Who is the course for?
Designed for administrators who work in the Coroner’s office, this distance learning, 40 credit course consists of two modules which aim to enhance administrator skills in understanding more about Coroners law and reflect on their own learning.
- By gaining an understanding of the basics of Coroner’s Law through this online course, you will be able to apply this knowledge to improve your work output with your employers
- You’ll examine case studies where you will decide how they would be processed within the coroner’s court
- You will learn the basics of legal skills by looking at the court system, cases, legislation and how to read and apply principles from each
Please note that the online distance learning nature of this course is such that there are no live classes for you to attend. This means that you can study at any time and any place – it is designed to be as flexible as possible to meet your needs.
To support you in your online studies, you will have access to the Leeds Law School subscription of Law Trove, an Oxford University Press (OUP) database, providing free access to over 200 law textbooks, significantly reducing the number of books, if not all, you need to purchase for your course.
Everything you need to know
You will need to be in relevant employment and have the support of your employer to study this course.
You should also have a minimum of English Language GCSE grade C or an equivalent English Language qualification.
As the course is studied online you will need to have basic IT skills, access to a computer and the internet.
Teaching and learning
The course is delivered online and is divided into two modules of 20 credits each. Each module is taught and assessed over 12 weeks.
The first module is Coroners Law & Administration, where you will be introduced to the basics of legal skills such as reading case law and statutes. You will then look at the legal and procedural aspects of the Coroner's role, gaining familiarity with case files and researching relevant aspects of Coroners law. This module is delivered in seven units of learning (one a week) and is assessed by one 10-minute recorded presentation and one 2000-word assignment.
The second module is an agreed piece of work or project between your tutor, employer, and yourself, which must be related to your employment. The module requires you to think and reflect on your abilities, strengths, weaknesses and how you could make improvements at work. It is important that you understand how to write reflectively and apply academic concepts to your reflections. This module is delivered in 4 units assessed by a 3500-word project.
Both modules will require you to upload your work on a discussion board, where a lecturer will review your work and give you feedback either individually or as a group.
Please note, there are no exams on this course.
Nick Kirkland (Course Leader)
The course is taught by Senior Lecturer, Nick Kirkland. He is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (non-practising) and has worked for the Crown Prosecution Service as well as in private practice with firms throughout Yorkshire.
Nick has experience in dealing with deceased claims and representing claimants at Inquests in a personal injury and industrial disease context appearing in Coroners courts throughout Yorkshire and the Midlands, as well as advising on fatal incidents during his time as a Crown Prosecutor in the North Yorkshire region.