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Course Handbooks for the 2020/21 academic year will be published on this page in due course. If your Course Handbook is not published yet, please check back soon. All Course Handbooks will be published prior to the course induction.
Master of Laws Legal Practice, Level 7, 2020/21 - Course Handbook
Welcome to the Course
Welcome. I am the Course Director for Professional Postgraduate Programmes and also your Course Leader. This handbook provides you with information that you will need on your course. It lets you know what you can expect from the course and the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s requirements for the course. It also introduces the course team; the various student support services; and the formal and informal methods by which any matters of student concern can be raised and settled to everyone’s satisfaction. Please read this handbook carefully so that you are familiar with its contents. You will also receive a Module Handbook for each module you study on your course.
The course team believes that we provide a challenging and demanding course that equips students for their training contracts and future career. We also have strong links with the local legal profession including our Professional Mentor Scheme, which is available to each student.
You will find that your course is predominantly concerned with the application of law to practical situations. Many students think that this is an isolated course and that they can almost dismiss their previous studies and start from scratch but you should remember that your previous academic studies are applied in a different way in a practical setting. Don’t forget what you have learned previously – you will use the knowledge and skills obtained from your academic stage on your journey to qualification as a solicitor.
I hope that your studies on the course will be the beginning of a long and enduring relationship with Leeds Law School and that your time with us will be challenging, rewarding and successful.
On behalf of our University and the whole course team I would like to wish you well in your studies.
Welcome to the 2020/21 academic year at Leeds Law School. We are delighted you have chosen to study with us.
We sit in the heart of Leeds, the most important legal centre outside London, and are proud to be part of Leeds Beckett University, a thriving university that puts students first and provides access to great opportunities.
Leeds Beckett University, through its founding colleges, has been teaching law since 1924. Over the last 90 years we have trained many thousands of lawyers and our alumni have reached the highest levels of legal, academic and business practice. We have alumni who are managing directors, managing partners, judges, senior academics and chief executives and I am committed to helping all Leeds Law School students achieve similar success. Many of our past students return each year to help you, our current students, as professional mentors, guest lecturers and prize sponsors.
As well as helping you develop academically, we want to ensure we give you the skills and experiences to progress in your career of choice. As such, we provide support throughout your studies tailored to your ambitions and this personalisation continues in our approach to teaching, learning and assessment. If you need help or advice, our academic advisors and course administrators will support and guide you.
During your studies you will be given many opportunities to challenge yourself, both within and beyond your course. These include mooting, insight days, networking events and trips to London. I would encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities, broaden your experiences and build lifelong friendships and networks along the way.
This year will be different to any year we have experienced at Leeds Beckett this century. Covid-19 has meant a lot of changes in the way we operate, teach and, for that matter, live. As we react to the coronavirus crises and follow the Government’s advice, there may be changes to the way our teaching is delivered and these changes may be swift. Rest assured, all that we do has the best interests and the safety and wellbeing of students and staff as our highest priority and do hope you will allow us a little flexibility with any changes if and when they occur.
Deveral Capps, Dean of School
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This Handbook contains important information about Leeds Beckett University’s planned approach to course delivery and assessment in 2020/21. You should read this web page carefully so that you are aware of any changes that affect your course.
The University is informed by Government and Public Health England (PHE) Covid-19 advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment. We have made arrangements to continue to provide a high-quality educational experience in a way that protects the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff. We are engaging closely with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union to inform the arrangements and will also be informed by feedback provided by our individual students.
Government and Public Health England advice and guidance continues to evolve, so the arrangements for delivery of your course and use of the campus may need to change during the academic year to continue to protect students and staff.
The taught content advertised at each level of study, or its equivalent, will be delivered across the academic year 2020/21. We have identified an appropriate mix of blended learning – a mix of face-to-face, on-campus, online and digital content and teaching and learning for each subject, reflecting what will maximise learning as well as supporting more vulnerable learners and enabling the university as a whole to minimise transmission risk.
Covid-19 social distancing measures will be implemented during 2020/21 for teaching, learning, assessment and student support.
In the event of further government lockdowns, either local or national, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies.
If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice. We may revert to different proportions of on-campus learning and online learning delivery later in the academic calendar year or a later teaching block. Learning will remain accessible for students who are unable to attend on campus sessions.
How we will communicate with you
We have sent information to new and continuing students on the plans for delivery of your course in 2020/21, the academic calendar (teaching block delivery or alternative) applicable for your course and the options available to you, to enable you to make informed choices.
As the situation evolves, further information on local course delivery arrangements will be provided to you in emails and on the University’s Covid-19 microsite.
In addition to the course specific information set out in this Handbook and the above communications, the University’s Covid-19 microsite contains information for students and applicants, including information relating to University accommodation and University facilities and services. The Covid-19 microsite is regularly reviewed and updated as the situation, advice and planning evolve.
Key terms and conditions
Further important information for applicants and students is available on our Information for Applicants and Students website. This includes information about the student contract, fees and funding, your rights of cancellation, the student protection plan and the University complaints process. It is essential that you read the information on this webpage carefully as it sets out the rights and obligations that form the contract between you and the University and information about how to make a complaint.
Location of delivery
In academic year 2020/21, it is planned that your course will be delivered via a blend of online and digital learning and on-campus teaching and learning, with the necessary Covid-19 social distancing and other measures in place on campus informed by the Government and Public Health England advice and guidance.
Information on how blended teaching and learning will be delivered and the location of any on-campus delivery is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘Location(s) of Delivery’ and ‘Teaching and Learning Activities’.
Information on the delivery of placements and other off-campus learning opportunities is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (if applicable to your course), ‘Sandwich Placement Information’.
Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. Other additional costs remain as published on our original Online Prospectus information in addition to the areas of costs outlined below and in the updated 2020/21 Course Specification for your course.
The course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions. If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning. Students are advised that they will need a personal digital device for this purpose. The University’s wide range of student support services available for students also includes a laptop loans scheme. Students may wish to bring an existing personal device or purchase or lease a laptop or similar device for their personal use which would be an additional cost. The costs of this would vary depending on your individual requirements but can be in the region of £400-800 depending on the device.
The University has developed a means-tested Covid-19 Financial Assistance Package to support students to acquire a laptop should this be needed. Students may also apply for a living expenses fund for unexpected personal hardship as a result of the Covid-19 Crisis.
Students will need to follow the Public Health England advice and any specific national requirements for maintaining personal safety and hygiene to protect themselves and others from the Covid-19 risks. These personal safety measures such as the wearing of face coverings will be an additional cost that students need to consider.
Where PPE is an essential requirement for the nature of the course you are undertaking this will be detailed below.
Policies, Standards and Regulations
Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. This means that there will be operational requirements and protocols in place for the way in which your course is delivered and the way in which University activities, facilities, and spaces operate which students and staff will need to follow.
In the event of further government lockdowns either local or national in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. We may need to implement approved emergency Covid-19 pandemic academic regulations to take account of the impact of Covid-19 general extenuating circumstances.
Details of the policies and regulations which are relevant to you are available in the ‘Policies, Standards and Regulations’ section of this Handbook.
Sandwich Placements, Other Placements and Other Off-Campus Learning Opportunities
Covid-19 response measures are likely to impact on the arrangements for placements, field trips, volunteering and other off-campus activities. If available, these are likely to operate with appropriate social distancing arrangements. Employers may reduce the availability of placement or volunteering opportunities due to the impact of Covid-19 on their operations.
The availability or type of placements with employers, study abroad or volunteering opportunities, may be restricted. The University follows the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice and is also informed by any specific in-country international travel restrictions or requirements.
The University’s current position is that we will not facilitate outward (from UK) international/overseas placements, study abroad or volunteering activity in 2020/21. This is to protect students and minimise the risk of you being stranded abroad in the event of a lockdown and the introduction of national/local travel restrictions. We will only consider international placements for students whose domicile address is in the country of their placement.
Inward Erasmus study (from other EU countries to the UK under this scheme) will be supported where these align with the teaching blocks academic calendar delivery dates. There may be other national or international travel restrictions or quarantine measures or specific work-place Covid-19 measures that impact on these opportunities.
Should the Covid-19 response and alert level be amended any activity may also be subject to Covid-19 employer, local or in-country requirements applicable at the time of the placement/activity. We will keep the position under review for teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2, informed by Public Health England and the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice.
Students will have access to advice and support from the University careers and employability team during their studies via the online resources and support.
Further information on placements or other off-campus learning opportunities applicable to your course is provided in the ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (where relevant) ‘Sandwich Placement Information’ sections below.
Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course
We will prioritise face-to-face teaching and practical teaching to meet any requirements of relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRB) if your course includes these elements. This will ensure that your course retains its full professional status.
Where applicable, specific information on applicable professional statutory or regulatory body recognition or requirements for your course is summarised in the ‘Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course’ section below.
Teaching and Learning Activities
The way we will deliver this course and teaching, learning and assessment activities in 2020/21 will be informed by Public Health England advice and guidance on Covid-19 secure requirements and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff.
You will experience a blended approach to learning for 2020/21; this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus online, and digital content, teaching and learning.
We are working within the government 2 metre social distancing measures for Teaching Block 1 so we are not planning to deliver large-group teaching on campus throughout 2020/2021. This will ensure that maximum space will be available for small-group teaching.
In most cases, the taught content will also be available online so you can still access it if you are not able to attend campus due to the pandemic (for example, due to self-isolation, shielding or travel restrictions). There will be digital content and recorded lectures available online to support students who may be unable to travel to campus. In some circumstances, other formal taught sessions may also be recorded.
In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies and study towards achieving any specified professional statutory and regulatory body accreditation requirements where this applies.
If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice (see Introduction section above).
Further information on local course delivery arrangements will continue to be available from your School.
Our approach to delivering student support in 2020/21
Given the planned social distancing measures in place on campus for 2020/21 to ensure safe delivery of services for students and staff, some of the arrangements for student support will be accessible online.
We are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the forthcoming year. General learning spaces, including access to libraries, will be available to be booked online; and where specialist space is needed, this will either be provided: as normal; created in newly adapted spaces; or replicated as part of an enhanced suite of online resources.
We want to provide a safe environment for students and staff, so on-campus delivery of student support services will be limited. This may mean that campus-based school offices will operate within defined core office hours. However, full access to advice, learning support and specialist services will be delivered via telephone, email, video calls and online live chat. The Students' Union will also be implementing social distancing arrangements for student advice services.
Access to Library support in 2020/21
The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or theLibrary website which also provides full details of all our services.
In response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21 for students to study, access PCs and laptops, printer/ copiers, and other equipment, and to use the books and journals.
Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook.
Range of Support Services Available
There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance. The service contact details are email@example.com or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need, directly with their Course Director and if resident in halls, their Residential Life Team.
Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook.
Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook.
In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided on our University Covid-19 microsite.
Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch
Each student will be allocated an Academic Advisor whom they will have the opportunity to meet before teaching on the course begins.
Tel: 0113 8129028 (Law School Reception), 0113 8124672 (LPC Course Administrator)
Course Representatives will be elected as part of the course induction
The contact details of other key services, such as the Student Advice Hub, Disability Support, Library, Money, Careers, Students' Union Advice Service and Students' Union Student Voice Team can be found on the Students web page.
Skype for Business is a communication tool for staff and students:
- Make calls using audio, video and instant messages across the University community.
- Create and participate in group online meetings to support project assignments.
- Available across University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
- Fully integrated with the Office 365 suite already used by staff and students.
Further information is available on the Library's Skype for Business web page for students.
MS Teams is part of the Office 365 suite used by staff and students for communication and collaboration:
- Access via MyBeckett on University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
- Participate in online meetings and video conferencing in groups or one-to-one.
- Work on shared content, ideas, projects and online learning.
Further information is available on the Library's MS Teams FAQ web page.
Your course team will advise how Skype for Business will be used on your course and make guidance available as required.
This course will be scheduled using a teaching block or semester-based delivery. The 2020/21 academic calendar and term dates are available on our Academic Calendars web page.
Taught sessions will normally be scheduled and included in your timetable. This will include on-campus sessions that you should attend. In 2020/21, depending on your course, this may also include scheduled online teaching and learning sessions where student engagement is required at a specified time and tutor pre-recorded lectures and scheduled discussion sessions. Module information will be made available online by the school for enrolled students.
Timetables will be made available to students during induction week via:
1. The Student Portal (MyBeckett)
2. The Leeds Beckett app
You should discuss any difficulties relating to your engagement with timetabled sessions with your Course Administrator.
The School Forums, where students raise feedback on their academic experience, are scheduled into all students’ timetables. Any student can attend but only Course Reps are expected to be in attendance.
LPC Teaching & Assessment Course Calendar 2020-21
The aims of the programme are to:
- meet the Legal Practice Course Outcomes set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority;
- prepare students for work based learning;
- provide a general foundation for practice in the solicitors profession;
- enable students to understand and explore concepts of professionalism and the demands of professional practice; and
- give students the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of research.
On completion of the course, students should be able to commence a period of work based training with the necessary underpinning skills and knowledge which can then be enhanced and consolidated throughout the period of training and on into general practice.
Students successfully completing the LLM in Legal Practice will achieve an LLM award as well as the vocational qualification of the LPC.
- Demonstrate and apply research skills appropriately in the context of complex law and legal practice
- Critically analyse the client’s needs and/or objectives, advise the client on the means of achieving those objectives and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the choices available
- Apply intellectual transferable legal skills as a means of achieving the client’s objectives in a range of complex client transaction
- Demonstrate a deep understanding of the rules of professional conduct with reference to their impact and the capability to apply them in the relevant context
- Demonstrate critical knowledge and the ability to apply skills specified in the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s Legal Practice Course Outcomes, including the ability to integrate and synthesise knowledge and skills in the relevant areas of practice
- Demonstrate the qualities of the reflective practitioner through ongoing critical evaluation of their learning
- Demonstrate a critical, ethical, and reflective approach to the responsibilities of a legal professional, and its relation to making complex professional judgements in practice
- Demonstrate originality in the use of knowledge and the application of theory and techniques through the production of a significant piece of high-level independent scholarship addressing a question in the field of law
Assessment & Feedback
On this course students will be assessed by a varied diet of assessments which are matched to the learning outcomes and are primarily transactional in nature. Those deployed are designed to be rigorous, realistic and test the ability to analyse and apply knowledge. They include examinations, practical skills assessments, multiple choice testing and written assignments. The Independent Legal Research Project is an independent study module, which will require the production of a research project of 12,000 words.
Please refer to the LPC course calendar above under ‘timetable information’ for details of the assessment dates and assessment periods for this course, which sit outside of the standard university academic calendar.
Disabled students requiring adjustments to assessments and/or examinations should contact Disability Advice at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements. In order for adjustments to be identified and implemented in a timely fashion we urge all students to register with us as soon as possible, as we cannot provide adjustments at short notice.
For further information visit Disability Advice or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0113 812 5831. Please also see Disability Advice on the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett for further information.
It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.
It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process.
If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.
You will be required to submit your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available here: http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/mybeckett/turnitin
Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive feedback on your assessments. Students are encouraged to contact their module leaders to make an appointment for individual feedback following a failed summative assessment.
Results from module assessments and decisions on awards are available on the Results Online system. Results will appear within Results Online five working days after the date of the Module and Award Board meeting. If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator.
Students will receive LPC Transcripts for Stage 1 and Stage 2. Transcripts will be sent to students following the successful completion of each stage. The Transcript sets out your uncapped marks for each subject and well as the number of attempts taken.
The University recognises that, from time to time, students may encounter issues which may prevent them from being able to submit or take assessment. Where this is the case, students may be able to submit their 'extenuating circumstances' for consideration. Please see the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances web page for further information.
If you have not passed a module at the first attempt (or a second attempt unless it’s the Independent Legal Research Project) you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via Results Online of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your Course Director, Course Administrator or Academic Advisor for any necessary clarification.
Unlike other courses resitting students on this course are NOT required to retake an assessment at the next assessment opportunity. It is therefore vital that you check Results Online so that you are aware of the deadline for you to resit any assessment. If you do not comply with the deadline you will lose an attempt at that assessment. If you are intending to resit an assessment you are required to give written notice to the Course Administrator (LPC@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) of your intention to do so. Notice should be given no later than 3 weeks before the date of the assessment. If you need to retake an assessment the general position is that you will not be permitted to attend workshops unless you pay to do so. The following support will, however, be available to you
1. The module leader of the relevant subject will advise you about recent changes in the law of which you should be aware;
2. If a formative assessment is available, you may sit this and receive feedback. It is for you to arrange this with the module tutor;
3. You may arrange with the module tutor ONE feedback appointment for which you should come prepared with a series of questions/matters to be discussed with the tutor.
Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.
Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.
Teaching & Learning
The approach for academic year 20/21 will be one of ‘blended learning’ – this means that some workshops will be scheduled to take place on-campus and others online. You will be provided with a timetable at the start of the academic year indicating which workshops are on-campus and which are online. The course has an attendance policy and this applies to both on-campus and online workshops.
Teaching on the LLM Legal Practice is by way of workshops of three hours duration.
In each workshop students will be required to:
- develop their analytical skills;
- learn and develop practical skills; and
- understand the issues of professionalism that exist in relation to realistic client scenarios and simulated practice sessions.
Each workshop is supported by written course materials and online learning resources which can be accessed remotely via the University’s virtual learning environment (MyBeckett).
No large group sessions will be delivered on the Legal Practice Course. Podcasts will be used to cover more complicated areas of law and issues.
The course (both full time and part time modes) will commence with a four-day introductory period, which will enable students to study in some depth elements of the professional nature of the course and to appreciate how the course prepares them for work-based learning and for practice.
You will be provided with a course calendar and your timetable at the start of the course.
The LLM Legal Practice may be studied one year full time or over two years part time. It comprises the LPC and the Independent Legal Research Project. The Solicitors Regulation Authority prescribes the content of the LPC component in two stages which may be delivered as a combined programme. The requirements for each stage are as follows:
Core practice areas:
• Business Law and Practice;
• Litigation (Civil and Criminal); and
• Property Law and Practice.
• Interviewing and Advising;
• Practical Legal Research; and
Other core areas:
Professional Conduct and Regulation
Wills and Administration of Estates
Students must choose and study three vocational electives.
The following elective modules are indicative of a typical year. There may be some variance in the availability of elective modules.
• Commercial Law and Practice
• Commercial Leases
• Commercial Dispute Resolution
• Employment Law and Practice
• Family Law and Practice
• Mental Health Law
• Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
• Private Acquisitions
This range of vocational electives provides students with a choice of contentious and non-contentious practice areas which all complement and build on the concepts studied in the core practice areas.
In relation to the part time LPC, stages 1 and 2 are combined so that at the conclusion of the two-year period of study students will have demonstrated the learning outcomes for both stages.
- Independent Legal Research Project
|Overall Workload for the Course|
|Teaching, Learning and Assessment||322 hours|
|Independent Study||1478 hours|
Details of School academic staff can be found on the Leeds Law School Website.
Attendance & Absence
The University expects you to attend and fully contribute to all mandatory sessions on your timetable as set out in your student contract. Engagement in your lectures, seminars and practicals is an important part of your learning - contributing both to the University community and the learning experience of your fellow students on the course.
We monitor your engagement at the University as regular attendance and academic achievement are closely linked. Moreover, by monitoring your engagement and attendance we can identify students who may need our guidance or support at an early stage to help them progress in their studies. This is part of our commitment to ensuring an excellent education and experience and supporting your success at Leeds Beckett.
The University does understand that from time to time there is good reason why you cannot attend a class, and in this instance you must contact your School office to let them know.
Please note that any attendance reports can be shared with you and your Course team. You might be asked to contact your School office so that appropriate academic or pastoral support can be offered, should your attendance record give cause for concern.
Our most important aim is to support your studies, but we are also required to report attendance to various external bodies such as the Student Loan Company and the Home Office. There are measures in place for students who seek to falsely register either their own or fellow students’ attendance.
Our Attendance Policy is available under ‘Student Contract’ on the Student Regulations web page.
Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific attendance requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.
You must notify your Course Administrator if you are absent for more than one day (for example for an interview, emergency unforeseen circumstances, or for compassionate leave). If you are going to apply for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence.
Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.
If you are unable to study due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, please see the guidance available on our Covid-19 web page.
If you are unable to study because of another illness for more than 14 consecutive days (including weekends), you must provide us with a Fit Note.
You can send a digital copy of your Fit Note to your Course Administrator, and then send the original by post.
If you are absent through illness on the day of an examination or assignment deadline and you intend to apply for mitigation, you must also provide us with details as possible. Your submission for mitigation may be made online and the circumstances surrounding it may be self-certified unless your period of absence is prolonged. Generally, all absences of 2 weeks or more will require the submission of verifiable documentary evidence. For more information on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit our Mitigation web page.
Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.
Campus-based students who suspect they may have, or have been diagnosed as having a serious infectious disease such as Mumps, TB, measles, meningitis or chicken pox should not attend campus and notify their Course Director or Course Administrator as soon as possible giving information regarding which groups of students (and/or colleagues and clients on placements) you have been in contact with and when. For diseases such as Mumps, TB or meningitis, your doctor will notify the West Yorkshire Public Health Protection Team who may also wish to speak to you (or your family) to determine if others require screening or medication. You should follow advice given by the hospital or your GP about when it is safe to return to University. Further information is available on the Student Wellbeing web page.
For guidance on what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus), please visit our Covid-19 web page.
If you are thinking about changing course or withdrawing from your course, further information can be found on our Student web pages
Please be aware that our university fully complies with University Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) policy at all times. There are legal reporting requirements for all students in the UK on a Student visa, and full attendance is mandatory for all students on a Student Visa. Failure to meet UKVI attendance requirements could lead to your academic sponsorship being withdrawn and your visa being revoked. Students on a Student Visa need to be aware of their responsibilities whilst in the UK, please see www.ukcisa.org.uk or our Student Immigration Advice and Compliance web page for full information.
For up to date information about visas, immigration issues and other matters relating to international students, please visit the International Students’ web pages on the Students website (www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/) or contact the International Student Advice Centre on email@example.com
Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (the SRA) sets the standards for qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales and the requirements for these are detailed in the Training Regulations 2014 - Qualification and Provider Regulations. These set out the outcomes-focused requirement governing the education and training for people seeking to be admitted as solicitors and those providing training. They are supplemented by Information Packs which provide further guidance.
The Legal Practice Course (the LPC) is part of the vocational stage of training and can be studied full time or part time with an authorised provider. The aim of the LPC is to prepare students for work-based learning and to provide a general foundation of practice. The LPC comprises two stages: Stage 1 comprises the core practice areas and skills; Stage 2 includes three vocational electives.
The LPC must be undertaken after the academic stage of training (either a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) or a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or an Exempting Law Degree at an approved education provider). Leeds Beckett University is an authorised provider for the LPC, the GDL and the QLD.
The vocational stage of training also includes completion of a period of recognised training with an authorised training provider as well as completion of the Professionals Skills Course with an authorised education provider.
Students successfully completing the LLM in Legal Practice will achieve a LLM award as well as the vocational qualification of the LPC.
There is a strict attendance policy on the course as prescribed by the SRA.
Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities
Team-working, independent learning, development of practical legal skills, employability skills and an understanding of professionalism.
You will have opportunities to gain recognition during your time at Leeds Beckett University for the extra activities you do in addition to your studies, including volunteering, student societies, playing in our University sports teams and being a Course Representative.
This course is part of the vocational stage of training and its aim is to prepare students for work-based learning and to provide a general foundation of legal practice
If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to specialist professional services as appropriate. They can give you a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript. You may also like to contact your Course Rep or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course-related questions.
Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.
The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first arrive at University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.
As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.
If you need help with more complex queries or concerns, their trained advisers also support students with 1-1 appointments, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk about your circumstances and identifying support that you can access within and outside of the University. You can book an appointment with an Adviser on MyHub.
Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.
Within MyBeckett you will see two tabs (Support and Opportunities) where you can find online information and resources for yourselves. The ‘Support’ tab gives you access to details of services available to give you academic and personal support. These include Library Services, the Students’ Union, Money advice, Disability advice and support, Wellbeing, International Student Services and Accommodation. There is also an A-Z of Support Services, and access to online appointments/registration.
The ‘Opportunities’ tab is the place to explore the options you have for jobs, work placements, volunteering, and a wide range of other opportunities. For example, you can find out here how to get help with your CV, prepare for an interview, get a part-time job or voluntary role, take part in an international project, or join societies closer to home.
Support for disabled students is available from our Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:
• epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
• depression, anxiety and eating disorders
• dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
• Autism Spectrum Conditions
• Mobility difficulties
• Sensory impairments
Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course. We would encourage you to contact us as early as possible to enable us to implement any adjustments you may need. If you have a disability and have not previously declared it, please fill in the registration form (which is also available via the Disability Advice web page) or contact the Disability Advice team on 0113 8125831 or email email@example.com
More information on disability advice is available under the Academic and Personal Support sections of the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett, and on the Disability Advice web page.
Disabled students can also access the Disability Resource Areas in each library and the support provided by the Library Learning Support Officer. More information is available on the Library website.
The Library offers 24/7 support for your studies. You can access thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services.
Library Academic Support
The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies.
The team maintains a number of websites to support your learning:
- In your Subject guide, you'll find a variety of information resources which have been selected as a good starting point for research in that area. These are available on the Skills and Subject Support web page or via the Course or Support tabs in My Beckett.
- On the Skills for Learning website, you’ll find online resources covering topics such as essay writing, research and time management, plus information to help you reference and avoid plagiarism, alongside details of online workshops that are designed to help you succeed in your assessments. The Skills for Learning website can be found on the Library website or via the Library or Support tabs in My Beckett.
Library and Student IT Advice Service
The Library and Student IT Advice Service team can answer your queries on borrowing, finding information, passwords, Office 365, online meetings, saving your work, MyBeckett and more:
- online (including 24/7 chat) via the Contact Us web page
- by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)
They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel.
Wi-Fi on the University campus is provided by eduroam, a secure wireless network, which also allows you Wi-Fi access if you visit other universities. To connect:
1. Select eduroam from available Wi-Fi
2. Your login details are:
Username: e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org
Password: your normal university password
*Android Users: Select under Phase 2 Authentication – MS-CHAPv2
Help is available on the Library’s Wi-Fi web page.
Microsoft Office 365
You are provided with free access to Office 365 and the latest version of Office can be downloaded from the IT tab in MyBeckett or from office.com. All students who are registered for a qualification at Leeds Beckett University are eligible and you can use the subscription for the duration of your course. For instructions and more information, please see the Office 365 support page.
OneDrive Leeds Beckett is your individual file storage with 1TB of storage space. With OneDrive you can access and share your files across your devices. This is accessible on University PCs and off-campus through Office 365 portal. See the Saving your Work pages on the Library website for more information.
Leeds Beckett RemoteApp
The Leeds Beckett RemoteApp gives you access to a range of specialist software for your course on your personal devices. See the RemoteApp page on the Library website for more information.
Media Equipment – free loans
You can borrow high-end Media Equipment for free. Browse, reserve and collect equipment ranging from GoPros to Remote Presenters from the ground floor of the Shelia Silver and Headingley Libraries. Further information is available on the Media Equipment web page.
The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent, non-judgemental advice and guidance to all Leeds Beckett Students. This can include advice on any problems you might have whilst on your course including all the Academic Regulations (Mitigation, Extensions, Complaints, Appeals, Disciplinary procedures and Academic Integrity). We can also give advice on any issues you may have with your housing including disrepair, contract checking and issues with deposits. We can also advise on student funding and debt.
We will listen to your problem and outline what options are available to you, so you can make an informed decision on what to do.
Hopefully you will never need us but just remember we are here for you if you do.
Tel: 0113 812 8400
The Students’ Union Student Voice & Insight Team works together with the Education Officer to effectively represent students’ academic interests.
We provide support, training and ongoing development to c.1000 Course Representatives, who are elected by you to represent you whilst you study at Leeds Beckett, and facilitate the School Forums where any student can raise feedback about their academic experience at Leeds Beckett and discuss changes that have occurred as a result of student feedback with University staff.
Unsure who your Course Rep is? Maybe you’re interested in becoming a Course Rep or have feedback about your academic experience? Drop us a message on the details below:
Tel: 0113 812 8400
MyBeckett, the portal and virtual learning environment provides:
• access to your modules and timetables;
• your reading lists and email account;
• your personal storage area on our University IT servers;
• information on where to look for academic or personal support (Support tab);
• information on opportunities such as jobs, careers, part-time work, placements and volunteering (Opportunities tab)
• access to Library and student IT advice
Further information and support for using MyBeckett can be found on the MyBeckett Support Pages.
Each workshop is supported by written course materials and online learning resources which can be accessed remotely via the University’s virtual learning environment, MyBeckett. Students will be provided with LPC textbooks and in most cases will also be given access to these textbooks in an online format.
We are committed to working in partnership with you and the Students’ Union to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.
We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey. We utilise the outcomes of these surveys to benchmark our courses nationally and to inform annual course enhancements.
Informal feedback is also welcome at any time either via your Academic Advisor or module tutor or via your Course Representative. Our partnership with you enables us together to make the most of your learning experience with us and to enhance the quality and reputation of your course. You can find out what actions have been taken in response to your feedback through your Course Representative, the Students’ Union, your tutors or through the Library.
Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.
You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.
As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.
Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.
We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey.
We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your Course Representative or directly with your Course Director or Academic Advisor.
If you have a specific complaint about an act or omission of our University, you may be able to make a complaint under the Student Complaints Procedure. In the first instance, you should raise the matter as soon as possible with the member of staff most directly concerned, or with the person who can best resolve it. If this does not resolve the matter, or if the complaint is too serious to be addressed in this way, then you should make a formal complaint in writing. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages
Postgraduate Diploma Legal Practice
Leeds Beckett University
Level 7 180 credits
The length and mode of delivery of the course is confirmed below:
- 1 year (full time, campus based)
- 2 year (part time, campus based)
Part-time delivery begins with the same four-day Introductory Course as the full time course. After that, part-time delivery takes place over two evenings per week. Part -time students will choose one elective module during their first year of study and the remaining two electives during their second year of study. Part time students commence the Independent Legal Research Project towards the end of their first year of study.
City Campus, Leeds (plus location of work placement, if applicable)
Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. If you have any queries about your tuition fees, please visit our Course/Tuition Fees Payment web page or contact Fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Ongoing queries relating to additional course costs may be discussed with your Course Administrator.
Policies, Standards & Regulations
Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:
• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page
• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page
• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)
Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page
You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment.
The Course Assessment Regulations are set out in the Appendix to this Handbook and these relate specifically to your course. These cover issues such as assessment, the fit to sit policy and award requirements amongst a range of other issues. You should familiarise yourself with the regulations.
There is a strict attendance policy on the course. Attendance at all workshops is compulsory. If for any reason you are not able to attend a workshop you should, as a matter of professional courtesy, email the module tutor and the course administrator at LPC@leedsbeckett.ac.uk to explain the absence.
Please also refer to the Course Assessment Regulations for the effect of non-attendance which specify that if a student's attendance falls below a certain level that students may not be permitted to undertake an assessment(s).
The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.
There are five External Examiners associated with your course. They are:
Cerys Mawson, Senior Lecturer, The University of York
Gay Wilder, Senior Lecturer, City Law School, City University London
Robin Jones, In practice
Fourth external appointment to be confirmed in October 2020
Dr Ryan Murphy, Associate Professor of Law, Swansea University
The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett