Webcasts for sixth formers launched

University-made webcasts on criminal law are to be made available to sixth formers across the UK.

Webcasts and podcasts from lecturers at Northumbria University’s School of Law had been piloted in ten schools with sixth form students studying a similar, less complicated syllabus than university students. The scheme was successful and will now be used in A level law courses throughout the country.

Webcasts on seven other core areas of law from property to public law are now being trialled on Northumbria students; predominantly with those on distance learning courses.

Principal law lecturer Kim Blackie said: “These sector-leading webcasts are far from being just a series of recorded lectures. They use face-to-face learning time for problem solving, tutorial sessions and discussions and contextualising the material instead of imparting knowledge.”

“We deconstruct the syllabus into ‘learning granules’ – they last from five to 14 minutes – the webcasts and podcasts are integrated with access to cases, notes and multiple choice questions.”

Northumbria’s five-year qualifying law degree was recently put on hold by the SRA as it awaits the outcome of the overdue LETR (8 January 2012).