Law - Bachelor of Laws - LLB (Hons) with Foundation Year

Law - Bachelor of Laws - LLB (Hons) with Foundation Year

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Year 1 of the course

This course is subject to validation by Leeds City College.


Foundation Year

This foundation year helps prepare you for the LLB Hons if you do not have traditional academic qualifications or have not achieved the required grades. You will learn the basics of law and how this applies across society. The course will also develop the academic and study skills you need to complete a LLB Hons programme and succeed in any further study. An added advantage is that this course will allow students to meet the Law higher education teaching team and become comfortable with the teaching methods, assessment methods and the facilities. For example you will have the opportunity to experience assessment methods such as; presentations, group discussions, assignments, group assessments and an exciting opportunity to experience a moot. Upon completion of the foundation year students will progress on to the LLB Hons (Bachelor of Law with honors).


Year 2 - 4 of the course

This course is validated by The Open University


LLB (Hons)

The Bachelor of Law Degree has been designed so as to encompass modules which will assist work related skills and professional development skills, and modules which will allow for a Qualifying Degree status. In the final year, students can complete modules which will allow for dual qualification upon completion of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives Graduate Fast Track Diploma. A distinctive feature of the LLB programme is that students have the chance to complete their three year programme of study and be qualified to practice law as a Graduate Fellow of CILEX, in addition to the option for further study to qualify as a solicitor or barrister through the LPC or BPTC.

The timing of the modules allows for coverage of the foundation law subjects in the first two years hence the Level 4 and Level 5 modules are all compulsory. At level 6, students have the opportunity to choose from a number of options that allow for specialisation, in addition to a compulsory dissertation.

The aim of the degree is to develop the ability to appraise legal principles critically, to be logical and balanced in argument, to undertake research from legal sources, and to develop clear and fluent legal skills.

The theoretical parts are complemented by more practical elements, including visits and moots and innovative forms of assessment that develop the vocational skills necessary for the practice of law. The transferable skills acquired are extremely valuable to employers and so beneficial when seeking work in the legal sector.

Duration 4 Years Full Time
Study mode Full time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72675-05
Fee £7,250 Full Time (per academic year)

What you learn

Modules may include:

Foundation year:

  • Introduction to Criminal Law and Justice (core)
  • Family Law (core)
  • Academic Skills (core)
  • Legal Obligations (core)
  • English Legal Systems (core)
  • Extended Project (core)

Level 4:

  • Criminal Law (core)
  • Citizen and the State (core)
  • Law of Contract (core)
  • Legal Foundations (core)
  • Law of Tort (core)
  • Professional Development (core)

Level 5:

  • Equity and Trusts (core)
  • Human Rights (core)
  • Legal Research Methods and Skills (core)
  • Work Related Learning (core)
  • Land Law (core)
  • European Union Law (core)

Level 6:

  • Criminal Justice (option)
  • Family and Child Law (option)
  • Commercial Law (option)
  • Client Care (option)
  • Civil Litigation (option)
  • Criminal Litigation (option)
  • Immigration Law (option)
  • Dissertation (core)

Benefits / Skills you will develop

The Degree aims to deliver a rigorous education in the discipline of law and inculcate the highest standards in clarity, integrity and objectivity.

The Foundation Year gives all students a good base of knowledge to build on during level 4, 5 and 6 of the LLB (Hons) programme. The Foundation Year has a varied amount of topics and content to give you a real taste of different areas of law available, both on the degree and as a specialist subject for your career. The varied topics and content is unlike what is offered during a typical A level syllabus so it provides you with a more extensive knowledge and exposes you to areas of law you may not have even known about! The Foundation year also gives you an opportunity to develop core personal and academic skills required to be successful during your LLB (Hons). You will build skills such as; academic writing, referencing, time management, research skills, stress management/strategies and reflection.

It will develop analytical, problem-solving and critical skills in relation to the creation, interpretation, application and development of law.

There will be the opportunity to engage in extended research and study specialist modules.

The aim is to produce graduates who are equipped for training and employment in the legal professions and in other fields of employment or to undertake postgraduate study.

How you will be assessed

Assessment methods will vary according to the needs of the different modules and the level at which they are being taught. Assessment methods include examinations (seen and unseen, open and closed book), class based assessments, coursework, project, academic discussions and presentations. A wide variety of assessment methods will suit a number of different learning styles and the focus will be on progression and development of all learners.

Formative assessment, with high quality and prompt feedback, is integral to the modules and there will be a number of opportunities for formative assessment and feedback and feedforward in all law modules, examples include scenario questions, timed questions, discussion boards, presentations and mock examinations.

The assessments are weighted according to the level and module. Each module has a different assessment method, these methods include:

  • Written assignments of varying word length
  • Group presentations
  • Extended research project
  • Reflective statements
  • Group discussions
  • Case studies
  • Professional discussions
  • An academic moot

The varied approach ensures the appropriate assessment of both knowledge and understanding and the skills elements of the programme. The assessment methods also helped to prepare you for the assessment strategy on level 4, 5 and 6 of the LLB (Hons).

There is also a compulsory 40 credit dissertation module at Level 6 and the other modules available allow for some element of choice. Modules can be chosen which will allow for the completion of the Chartered Institute of Legal executives Graduate Fast Track Diploma, these modules will also be assessed in programme. The additional Chartered Institute of Legal Executives assessments will not affect the assessment and consequent grading of the degree.

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

This course will be delivered at the University Centre where students will have access to a HE-specific study zone, including computer facilities, and social area.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 and above. Including English and Maths.

Additional Costs

There are a number of additional fees that are associated with the CILEx route. Please note that this route is optional, and does not impact on the attainment of an LLB. You can achieve your law degree without achieving the CILEx qualification, and the decision does not need to be made until the second year of the degree. Please note these fees are correct for academic year 2017-18, however are subject to change.

  • Additional fees Assessment fees - £283
  • Manuals - £168 plus delivery charge
  • CILEx Exemption fee - £200
  • CILEx Associate membership - £230 (which includes the first registration fee)
  • Qualifying Employment application* - £70
  • Application for Fellowship** - £300

* this cost is payable after completing the course when you begin your qualifying legal employment stage.

** this cost is payable after you complete your qualifying legal employment.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is 1R11 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

What's next

If not already completed, there could be progression to Chartered Institute of Legal Executives Graduate Fast Track Diploma. You could complete the Legal Practice Course or the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam to continue your journey to become a solicitor. You could complete the Bar Professional Training Course to continue your journey to become a barrister. Alternatively you may choose to go on to complete a LLM (Masters qualification) or enter employment.

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