Law and Welfare

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:36 months
Local:$ 9k / 1 Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 12.5k / 1 Academic year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:705

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This degree offers you the opportunity to study the related disciplines of Law and Welfare in a three-year programme, with a pathway enabling you to obtain to Qualifying Law Degree (giving you the ability to progress to the next stage of legal training in England and Wales).

Covering the foundations of law alongside compulsory and optional modules broadly in the area of social welfare (taught by our highly regarded School of Sociology, Social Policy, and Social Research), you develop an understanding of the law, taught from a critical perspective which allows you to engage in informed debate about contemporary legal issues (with an understanding of its history and development), and an understanding of contemporary issue in social welfare, looking at both the 'causes' of such problems but also at the policies directed towards them by government and at the role of voluntary and private welfare.



Kent has an excellent employment record, with Law School graduates demanding some of the highest starting salaries in the UK. Law graduates can go into a variety of careers, including working as: solicitors or barristers in private practice; lawyers in companies, local authorities, central government and its agencies, or in the institutions of the European Union; non-legal careers, such as banking, finance and management.

Kent Law School has an active careers programme that sees a number of leading law firms and prominent members of the legal profession (including Kent alumni) visit the University to meet and speak with students. The Law School also gives students the opportunity to develop legal skills while at Kent, through modules in mooting and negotiation, and through involvement in the Law Clinic. We also actively work with employers to create work placement opportunities for our students.

Social Policy

We place a high emphasis on developing transferable skills such as those in written and verbal presentation, groupwork and the use of ICT. Our graduates fare extremely well in terms of finding employment, whether in directly related areas such as social work and health care; policy analysis in the public and voluntary sector; human resource management and advice services; education and research; and management in the Civil Service, local authorities or other public agencies, the voluntary sector; or beyond.

Professional recognition

This programme can lead to a Qualifying Law Degree, which exempts you from the first stage of professional examinations required for qualification as a solicitor or as a barrister by the English Law Society and Bar Council.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline You are advised to apply as early as possible Tuition fee
  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 12450 Year (Non-EEA)
Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Credits 360
Duration full-time 36 months Partnership Joint Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Part-time, Full-time Intensity Flexible More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Stage 1

Possible modules may include:

  • LW313 - A Critical Introduction to Law
  • LW315 - Introduction to Obligations
  • LW316 - Foundations of Property
  • LW588 - Public Law 1
  • SA300 - Social Problems and Social Policy I: Youth,The family and the State
  • SA301 - Social Problems and Social Policy II: The Market, The Family and the St

You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage

Stage 2

Possible modules may include:

  • LW597 - The Law of Obligations
  • LW598 - Equity and Trusts
  • LW599 - Land Law
  • SO601 - Welfare in Modern Britain
  • LW592 - Public Law 2
  • LW593 - European Union Law

Stage 3

Possible modules may include:

  • LW601 - Advanced Level Criminal Law
  • SO575 - Poverty, Inequality and Social Security
  • SO595 - Reproductive Health Policy in Britain
  • SO678 - Issues in Social Care
  • SO603 - Health and Health Policy
  • SO668 - The Sociology of Work
  • SO670 - Kent Student Certificate for Volunteering, Platinum Award
  • SO679 - Research Dissertation
  • SO702 - Sociology and Social Politics of the Family
  • SA519 - The Social Politics of Food
  • SA525 - Education,Training and Social Policy
  • SA531 - The Care and Protection of Children and Families
  • SO509 - Health, Illness and Medicine
  • SO532 - Mental Health
  • SO538 - Childhood, Society and Children's Rights
  • LW600 - Law, Science and Technology
  • LW603 - Race, Religion and Law
  • LW604 - Morality and Law
  • LW607 - Reading Twentieth Century Murder Cases
  • LW608 - Law in Action
  • LW609 - Advanced Topics in Property Law: the politicsof ownership
  • LW615 - Neuroscience in Law: Forensic, Medical and Ethical Aspects
  • LW617 - Legal Ethics: Exploring the Ethics of Lawyersand Lawyering
  • LW623 - Race, Religion and Law
  • LW624 - Labour Law
  • LW594 - Skills in Legal Interpretation
  • LW595 - Access to Land
  • LW596 - Gender, Sexuality and Law
  • LW589 - The Skills of Argument - How to Argue and Win
  • LW589 - The Skills of Argument - How to Argue and Win
  • LW591 - Family Law
  • LW505 - The Family and the Law
  • LW506 - International Law
  • LW509 - Human Rights and English Law
  • LW514 - Labour Law
  • LW517 - International Business Transactions
  • LW518 - The Law of Evidence
  • LW519 - Law and Medical Ethics
  • LW520 - Company Law and Capitalism
  • LW522 - Comparative Law
  • LW523 - Mental Health Law
  • LW540 - The Philosophy of Law
  • LW541 - Legal History
  • LW542 - Policing
  • LW543 - Clinical Option:Legal Process and Public Legal Services
  • LW544 - Punishment and the Penal System
  • LW551 - Law and Literature
  • LW552 - European Legal Systems
  • LW555 - Banking Law
  • LW556 - Intellectual Property Law
  • LW563 - Law - Dissertation
  • LW566 - Law Dissertation (1 unit option)
  • LW570 - Law and Social Change
  • LW572 - Immigration Asylum & Nationality Law
  • LW579 - The Law & the Media: Freedom of Expression as it relates to the Media
  • LW580 - Consumer Law
  • LW581 - Law and Literature
  • LW582 - Banking Law
  • LW583 - Art Law
  • LW584 - Forensic Science in Criminal Trials
  • LW585 - Environmental Law I
  • LW586 - Environmental Law II
  • LW611 - Law Dissertation Autumn Option

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 75(Grade B) TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test : 85

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test.


Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

Qualification /Typical offer/minimum requirement

  • A level


  • Access to HE Diploma

The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

The university will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) on a case by case basis please contact us via the enquiries tab for further advice on your individual circumstances.

  • International Baccalaureate

34 points overall or 17 points at HL

International students

The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Kent.


Kent offers generous financial support schemes to support eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our 2013 financial support package includes a fee waiver and cash bursary, as well as additional funds on your Kent account to help with accommodation, food, books and other living costs. Find out more on our fees and funding page.

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created a new scholarship, The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence, which will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our funding pages.

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