Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Law with a Foundation Year

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Course summary

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Looking for a law foundation degree in Birmingham? Our LLB (Hons) Law with a Foundation Year course has lower entry requirements and can lead to a full undergraduate qualification. The course is a four year course with the option of undertaking an additional year on a yearlong placement. This course has been specifically designed to allow students who do not meet the Birmingham City University entry requirements for our standard LLB course to undertake additional level 3 study designed to ensure they are successful on their chosen degree course. The foundation year is designed to equip students with a range of academic skills in addition to legal knowledge and practice to successfully progress through the LLB course or one of its associated LLB pathways. During the duration of the foundation year students will be introduced to the law and the role that it plays in society, the methods employed for effective legal learning, as well as experience our approach to clinical legal education in a simulated law environment. Teaching for the foundation is conducted in small classes and there is a high degree of interactivity with a tutor as well as peers and engagement is encouraged. There will be opportunities in each module to receive formative feedback to enhance learning as well as a wide variety of assessment. After successful completion of the foundation year students’ progress to study undergraduate level LLB foundations of legal knowledge together with a choice of optional modules. Learning is facilitated through engagement with real and authentic problems and challenges to give students the opportunity to apply and synthesise the theoretical and practical aspects of the discipline of law to reach effective, practice-led solutions. Key employability skills are embedded within the learning and teaching, and we provide additional careers development opportunities through a course of guest speakers, pro bono and placement opportunities which offer a practical experience of the world of work. Our highly acclaimed, nationally recognised, Mooting Society, our Student Legal Society and Student Debating Society also provide extra-curricular opportunities to practise, develop and enhance the transferable skills developed whilst on this course. The LLB (Hons) course provides a knowledge-led and practice-based education in English Law, delivered by a team of academics which includes internationally recognised researchers and respected former professional practitioners. Not only is it relevant for those aiming for a career in professional practice but also those seeking to gain essential transferable skills necessary for an alternative career. For full details, visit our website.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeM111
Institution code B25
Campus nameCurzon Building Campus
Campus codeF

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 80 points Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
A level 80 UCAS tariff points A maximum of three subjects are considered. A levels and other level 3 qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP
Access to HE Diploma Pass 60 credits overall At least 45 credits at level 3.
Scottish Higher CDDDD Where a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers are taken you must achieve grades DD in two Advanced Highers and grade DD in two Highers
AS AA - CC A maximum of two subjects along with two A levels or level 3 qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) 80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) MMP
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) 80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) 80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualification
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) 80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications
Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF) 80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications
Scottish Advanced Higher DDD Where a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers are taken you must achieve grades DD in two Advanced Highers and grade DD in two Highers
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points points Overall For Students who do not already hold GCSE in English Language at grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not Literature) English A-grade 4 or above or English B - grade 5 from IB Diploma will be accepted.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) 80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications
Extended Project 80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H5, H5, H5, H5 This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 or A-C/A1-C3) or Higher level minimum grade H5/D1
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal 80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language grade C/4 or above or equivalent level 2 qualifications. All level 2 quals must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Acceptable English equivalents considered in lieu of GCSE:- - City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy - Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - Key Skills level 2:- Application of Number and Communication Maths and English Language grade C or above:- Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish National 5 Maths and English Language grade 2 or above:- Scottish Credit Standard Grade
HNC (BTEC) Not accepted
HND (BTEC) Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMP
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma 80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualification
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma 80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with one A level or equivalent level 3 qualification
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma 80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma 80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate 80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate 80 UCAS tariff points. Considered with two A level or equivalent level 3 qualifications

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Law with a Foundation Year at Birmingham City University - UCAS