I am currently studying the Law Foundation program, which Bellerbys College offered, Law, Politics, English and CIT are four compulsory modules that we have to take in the first term. For law, we are currently looking at the English Legal system, on the civil and criminal procedure rules, sentencing, ways of solving disputes etc. Whereas for politics, we have learnt the UK constitution, referendums and how voting systems in the UK work. For English, we have learnt Basic English skills as well as writing argumentative essays; lastly we have worked on the Microsoft Programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint for CIT lessons.
The things learn from these four subjects significantly differs from each other. For example, for both law and politics, what we are learning now are things related to the real world, on how the legal system in England works, as well as is the British government working well and how the politicians and citizens view about their own country. And by having basic knowledge and the law side of our country, it makes us advantageous students over the others A-level or IB students as we now have learnt something relevant to what we are going to learn at university and have suitable amount of knowledge on it. On the other hand for English and CIT, the skills learnt are basic skills but which would be fundamental in our daily lives. Building a wide range of vocabularies and able to write with good sentence is beneficial for us in the field of studying law at university. Especially mooting, which draws my attention to a lot, requires fluent and convincing English in order to able to persuade and tackle the opponent side. Moreover for CIT, it helped us in develop worthy computing skills that keeps us up to date with the modern technology nowadays. All skills learnt from those four subjects differ, but are all valuable and advantageous to us.
Nearly half of the term has passed, the analytical skills which I have learnt after writing essays on law has now made me become found myself as being more commonsensical and logical. The study of politics has coached me to become fight for what we want and what we deserve for. I have also learnt not to just start last minute revision before any test but should develop a habit of doing revision everyday, in order to reduce levels of stress and pressure.
What I found most challenging in studying this foundation program is the language us in law are tougher than the Basic English we use in everyday life. Some phrases are difficult to understand as the words are stronger and the ways that they are phrased are distinctive. The only way to solve this problem is looking up those difficult terms and phrases in the dictionary or by using translators in order to make myself easier to understand. Sometimes, I will also study with my friends so that we could help each other out when we have problems in understanding the context.
At first when I am small, I believe that by studying law, it thought law in an interesting subject with lots of challenges, and could help to resolve disputes and obtain rights upon injustice. However, after studying the law courses, I found the related Act repetitive, clumsy and boring.
During this term, what I am most pleased about is I managed to meet a group of lovely and jaunty friends that we have lots of fun during classes and have always made my day; and being supportive whenever I need them. The teachers at school are also very helpful and caring which they are passionate in teaching, as well as they are willing to develop a good relationship with students that they say jokes and play with us everyday.