Anglia Law School sets benchmark for the Justice Sector

Published: 12 March 2009 at 16:27

Law school enhances its position as a provider of top quality, work-based learning.

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Anglia Law School at Anglia Ruskin University has been awarded the Skillsmark ‘seal of approval’ for its Legal Practice Course. Not only is its Legal Practice Course the first in the country to receive Skillsmark accreditation, it was awarded a Grade 1, the top award of four possible grades for the course.

Skillsmark was established by Skills for Justice, the Sector Skills Council which covers all employers, employees and volunteers working in the UK justice system, as part of its mission to link learning to reputable and valued qualifications.

The two-stage Skillsmark process required Institutional accreditation followed by a more in-depth process for the course itself including the submission of detailed documentation and an on-campus audit which took place in January 2009.

Achieving a Grade 1 judgement in all areas the course was described as ‘meeting the needs of local and national employers… through a number of effective mechanisms for canvassing and utilising employer views’ which are used to inform curriculum design and development. In addition, teaching staff, learning outcome and assessment design, method of assessment and quality assurance processes were all highly praised along with the law school’s ‘excellent modern resources’.

John Fairhurst, Head of Anglia Law School said of this recognition:

“To be the first accredited Legal Practice Course in the country will greatly enhance our position as providers of worked-based learning programmes within the Justice sector. Our grade 1 status affirms the excellent quality of this provision.”

Anglia Ruskin University is now a Skillsmark accredited institution and is now able to submit further courses, relevant to the Justice sector, for accreditation.

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