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The LLB Law with Spanish degree at Aberystwyth University has been designed to meet the need for a generation of lawyers equipped both legally and linguistically to deal with the legal business. This degree scheme combines the expertise of the Department of Law and Criminology with that of the Department of Modern Languages. It will also provide you with a high level of competence in the Spanish language, and a good understanding of the culture. You will benefit from the experience and enthusiasm of the expert staff in both departments.
The LLB Law with Spanish is a practical Law degree designed to meet employer needs and taught by experienced legal professionals and academics. Upon completion, you will be eligible to continue vocational training on the Legal Practice Course (LPC), or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). During the four years of this course, you will have a selection of core and optional modules that you will have to study. Some of the modules on this course could grant you exemption from certain professional examinations.
The research that is conducted in the Department of Law and Criminology feeds directly into the teaching of our undergraduate courses. Some of our esteemed teaching staff are active researchers for large organisations e.g. GRETA, the Country Side Commission for Wales, the Youth Justice Board, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
For all students in the Department, life after university is important to us. During the four years of this degree, you will have the opportunity to visit various employment events where you will meet and have the opportunity to network with the legal industry.
Both departments have various extracurricular opportunities where students who have a similar interest in the relevant subjects meet. The Department encourages all students to participate in our national and international competing Mooting Society, in order to develop key advocacy and litigation skills. For students who are studying Law through the medium of Welsh, we also offer a Welsh medium Mooting.
In the first year, you will receive core training in a number of foundation subjects which must be studied and passed for the purpose of obtaining an exemption from the first stage of professional law examinations; these include Contract law and Criminal law. You will also explore the structure and development of the English, Welsh and international Legal systems, learn about the significance of judicial precedent and its relationship with the court system, and analyse the processes of creating legislation and how it is interpreted by judges. As well as this, you will be studying the core 30-credit language module in Spanish.
Each year, in the core module, you will acquire and consolidate the three skills: writing, speaking and listening. In the first year, especially, in lectures and small groups, we seek to consolidate your knowledge of Spanish grammar and to impart the necessary terminology to enable you to talk about the Spanish language. Various methods are used to raise your language awareness and to improve your linguistic skills, e.g. translating sentences into and out of Spanish, free composition and grammar exercises. You will also get plenty of oral practice and the opportunity to hone your listening skills.
The small groups give you the chance not only to speak Spanish but to practice your presentation skills and to learn more about the cultural context in which the language is used. In the second and third years, you will be introduced to the Law of Torts, Public Law, European Law, and Equity and the Law of Trusts, which you need to study in order to gain exemption from the Law Society and Bar Part I examinations. You will also be able to tailor your study through careful selection from a range of elective modules in Law as well as taking the 30-credit core language module in Spanish.
How to apply
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|Campus name||Main Site (Aberystwyth)|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||120 points||With B in Spanish unless to be studied as a beginner.|
|A level||BBB||With B in Spanish unless to be studied as a beginner.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM - DDM||With specified subject.|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||30 points||With 5 points in Spanish at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.|
Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed here represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. We still use the UCAS tariff to determine whether you have met the terms of our offer, so whatever qualifications you are taking, provided these are included in the UCAS tariff and provided you meet the overall points total (and any specific subject requirements) you may still receive an offer. This means that if your course requires 3 A levels at BBB, we will accept other grade combinations that are equivalent to the same number of tariff points. For example A levels ABC and AAD equate to 120 UCAS tariff points). Applicants studying a mixture of qualifications (e.g. A Level with BTEC) are also warmly welcomed. If you cannot find the qualification(s) that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: email@example.com) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.
Additional entry requirements
A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Level 3 KS/FS Communication may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE English or Welsh.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||B|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||With minimum 5.5 in each component.|
|PTE Academic||62.0||With minimum scores of 51 in each component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88.0||With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.|
If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,000||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Scholarship competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine an Entrance Scholarship with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include the Academic Excellence Studentship, Means-Tested Aberystwyth Bursary, Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.
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Department of Modern Languages (undergraduate enquiries)
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