LAND LAW 1 - 2022/3

Module code: LAW2081

Module Overview

This module introduces learners to the basic principles of real property in England and Wales. It will orient learners towards understanding how title to land is obtained and evidenced and how other legal and equitable rights in land are created and exercised. This module will introduce learners to the fundaments of the land registration system and explore key aspects of the landlord tenant relationship in regards to the leasehold estate.

Module provider

School of Law

Module Leader

THANAPAL Vickie (Schl of Law)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 54

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 7

Guided Learning: 45

Captured Content: 22

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Nature of Land                                       

  • Ownership of Land (historical origins and modern significance including estates in land)

  • Acquisition of title to land

  • Creation of legal and equitable rights in land

  • Introduction to different kinds of third party rights in land.

  • Introduction to the creation and development of the land registration system under LRA 2002 (including a brief overview of the unregistered system and the registered system under LRA 1925)

  • Enforcement of third party rights in the registered system

  • The leasehold estate in land               

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 3000 WORD COURSEWORK 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate: in accordance with the Learning Outcomes, their acquired knowledge and critical awareness of the key principles and policies studied in this Module, and further, to evidence their ability to evaluate and apply their acquired knowledge and critical awareness to the resolution of hypothetical legal problems.


  Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • A single 3000 word coursework


  Formative assessment: a single 1500 word coursework


  Feedback: Students will receive verbal feedback on their performance during tutorials.  In addition, they will undertake a written 1,500 word formative assessment, during Semester 1, on which they will receive individual written feedback and group verbal feedback. This written formative assessment will be designed to give the students practice in writing an answer to a problem solving tasks which tests skills similar to those expected in their summative assessment.

Module aims

  • To consider and critically examine the rules of law (comprising both the common law principles and the legislative provisions) which provide the legal framework of land law in the areas covered by the Land Law I syllabus (as indicated below)
  • To enable learners to effectively apply the rules of law in reaching reasoned response and solutions when presented with problem solving tasks
  • To consider and critically examine the considerations of policy which underpin land law in the areas covered by the Land Law I syllabus
  • To partially satisfy the Qualifying Law Degree requirements and to introduce students to the foundations of legal knowledge as to property law.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Explain and analyse the principal features of the areas of land law considered in this Module and of the way those principles have developed KC
002 Analyse and demonstrate a critical understanding of the legal issues arising in a range of hypothetical legal problems CPT
003 Use and critically engage with the sources of land law, including common law, equity and statute, and the relationship between them KCT
004 Be able to conduct an analysis of such hypothetical legal problems by applying their acquired knowledge and critical understanding of the underlying concepts and principles to reach a legal resolution of the problems KCPT
005 Analyse and demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between policy and principle in the relevant areas of land law considered and be able to evaluate the law and policy they have studied KC
006 Analyse major tendencies within scholarly discussions of Land Law KCPT
007 Critically apply knowledge of the primary and secondary legal authorities to solve novel problems and answer essay questions about the competing goals and content of land law KCPT
008 Be able to effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed around large group lectures and smaller group tutorials. Lectures will introduce the topics, give a general overview of the principles of each topic, give guidance on how to analyse the law and research those topics and in some instances give specific examples of the law and its effect. 

The lectures will not give a full description of, or appreciation of, the law. In order to learn in greater depth and breadth, such as to satisfy the learning outcomes, students will discuss questions of some complexity in the seminars, either resolving legal problems or performing a critical analysis of the law. Typically, the seminar groups will each contain c.18 students, who will work in small groups to research the law and present answers, demonstrating self-direction and originality, of both approach and resolution. Students should be prepared to field questions during their presentations and discussions, either from their tutor or from fellow students, and to follow up the presentations with group discussion and feedback. Presentations may be required in any form, including advocacy for a specific party in a problem question or argument for or against a specific proposition.

The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Lectures (2 hrs x 11 weeks)


  • Tutorials (1 hrs x 7 weeks)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Law (Law and Technology Pathway) LLB (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law (Philosophy, Politics and Law Pathway) LLB (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law LLB (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law with Criminology LLB (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law with International Relations LLB (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.