The details
Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: PG Cert Indicative duration: 8 months
Start date: October 2019 Tuition fee: £3,635 (learn more) Funding options: Call 0800 0527 526 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

This specialist short law course will allow you to gain specialised knowledge of the important field of international trade and commercial law. An understanding of the key components of international trade is useful in a range of roles, including management of a multi-national company and practicing law within an international firm. Many undergraduate law courses do not explore these topics, therefore this course is an excellent way to differentiate your CV and your skillset.

The course will explore the following areas of international trade and commercial law:

  • the remit, procedures and operation of the World Trade Organisation
  • competition law and how it is implemented at a national and international level
  • the main issues that arise in international sales of goods transactions

Working with others through our online learning platform, you will develop your skills in areas such as time management, research, report writing, team work and communication. These transferable skills will add to the benefit your new qualification gives you, and you will also have the opportunity to continue your study on our PG Dip or full Masters degree.

Why we’re great

  • Gain a highly recognised postgraduate qualification in just 8 months.
  • We’re the only exclusively online provider to have received a gold rating in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – the highest quality found in the UK.
  • Our student satisfaction is among the highest in the UK, according to the National Student Satisfaction Survey 2019.

The PG Cert International Trade and Commercial Law is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 60 credits.

Level 7 modules:

Upon completion of your PG Cert International Trade and Commercial Law we offer the opportunity for you to progress to study for our PG Dip degree (120 credits).

Teaching Methods

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

Our courses are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students
  • live Q&A sessions with your tutors
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • support from academic staff and your personal Student Adviser

To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

 

Assessment Methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you will be assessed exclusively through assignments. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, or by submitting longer written pieces.

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

  • Our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent.
  • You will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme.
  • You will be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log onto the learning platform.
  • There is a 7-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work.
  • You will have regular contact with your Student Adviser, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.

 

Study Duration

Our  PG Cert International Trade and Commercial Law course has an indicative study duration of 8 months, which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year.

On successful completion of your degree, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

The specialist legal knowledge you will gain is of particular use to those working within roles connected to global commerce, such as a lawyer within an international law firm, a multinational company doing business across borders, a governmental organisation regulating trade, or a research position looking into the future of business. The skills you gain will further enhance your CV to unlock senior role possibilities.

Qualified solicitors or barristers will also be able to use the skills and knowledge gained from studying the course to meet their annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English Language Requirements.

Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within the first three weeks of the course in order to continue with your studies.

 

Academic Entry Route

In order to satisfy the Academic Entry Route requirements for our PG Cert International Trade and Commercial Law, you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification

 

Work Experience Entry Route

In order to satisfy the Work Experience Entry Route requirements for our PG Cert International Trade and Commercial Law, you must meet the following criteria:

  • at least five years’ senior level work experience

 

English Language Requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Full tuition fee: £3,635
Monthly tuition fee: £454

  • Designated for postgraduate student loans in England.
  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
  • Full payment discount of 10% of the tuition fee if you pay upfront or annually.
  • International scholarship of 10% of the tuition fee if you are based outside the EU.
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.

Please note that the up-front payment discount can be used in combination with the Alumni discount or international/Executive Scholarships. The Alumni discount cannot be used in combination with the international/Executive Scholarships.

Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships here.

Our course fees are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included, and there are no hidden charges for assessments or resits. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students.

Name: Naila Anwar, PhD 
Programme: LLB (Hons) Law 

Naila is the Head of Law at the University of Essex Online having joined the team in May 2015 to develop and lead the LLB (Hons) and LLM programmes. She holds a PhD degree from the School of Law, University of Nottingham (NU). Naila previously worked as a Senior Academic Tutor at Sheffield International College (SIC), a Law Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), and a Module Coordinator and Sessional Law Tutor at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). Naila is an enrolled advocate of the Dhaka Bar Association, has also worked as a trainee lawyer for the Human Rights Enforcement Agency, one of the leading NGOs.

 

Name: Johanna Hoekstra 
Programme: LLM International Trade and Commercial Law 

Johanna worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the LLB Programme at the University of Essex, teaching contract law and  academic, legal  and professional skills. She also worked as an associate lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University where she taught on the LLM in international business law. She is an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She also worked on the Essex Business and Human Rights Project as a researcher. Johanna has an LLM from the University of Bordeaux and a M.sc from Birkbeck College. Currently she is finishing her PhD at the University of Essex, analysing the legal authority of non-state rules in international commercial contracts.

 

Name: Pamela Nika 
Programme: LLM International Trade and Commercial Law 

Pamela was awarded her LLB in 2010 from University of Athens and in 2011 comp her LLM at London City University. She also currently completing her PhD thesis in EU Banking Law at University of Reading. Pamela is a sessional lecturer at University of Reading, where she teaches and leads two LLM modules both in campus and distance learning, including Investment Treaty Arbitration and Intenational Economic Law. She is also a qualified Athens Bar Association Attorney, with experience in international transactions and central banking law.

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