LLB (Hons) Law with foundation year

Seeking a Qualifying Law Degree? If you aspire to have a successful career in the legal profession, our LLB (Hons) Law with foundation year is an ideal choice. With highly-experienced tutors and dedicated courtroom facilities, we offer excellent training in all the core areas of Law in a supportive and personalised learning environment.

Key information

Award:

LLB (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

UCAS points:

48

UCAS code:

M180

Start date:

21/09/2020

Course Details

Whether you’re seeking to forge a career as a solicitor, barrister, costs lawyer, legal executive or conveyancer, or aspire to work in sectors such as business management, the civil service, politics, HR or finance, our LLB (Hons) Law with foundation year is an excellent choice.

During the foundation year, our experienced team will introduce you to key areas of law and raise your awareness of the legal system and the law-making process in England and Wales. We’ll also introduce you to general study skills such as finding, understanding and using appropriate academic resources, as well as skills specific to law such as mooting and how to interview a client.

After you’ve successfully completed the foundation year, you’ll progress on to the accredited Qualifying Law Degree, following the same programme of study as students on our three-year LLB (Hons) Law course. We’ll guide you in a detailed exploration of the sources, institutions and personnel involved in the law in England and Wales, and support you to develop the skills required to practice law.

We’ll also challenge you to develop sought-after employability and transferable skills. Overall, our dedicated team are focused on helping you gain the skills employers value along with a deep and critical understanding of the law.

Highlights
  • Your study will be based on the requirements defined by the Joint Academic Stage Board (JASB) and the Legal Training Review (LETR), which represents the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Chartered Institute for Legal Executives (CILEx) for the initial or academic stage of training to practise in the legal profession. The JASB is responsible for making sure that all Qualifying Law Degrees meet a nationally recognised standard. At Bolton, we are gratified that our law degree meets that high national standard.
  • The University of Bolton’s Legal Advice Centre launched in September 2019, where law students are guaranteed a work placement (of at least one semester) and can put their acquired skills into practice by assisting members of the public with their legal enquiries.
  • Few law schools have their own courtroom. Our state-of-the-art Moot Law Court gives you the opportunity to apply your academic and forensic skills to practical situations in front of your peers.
  • We have our own dedicated Law library, as well as a specialised law librarian. Online legal database resources are available via Lexis Library and Westlaw and we use the virtual learning environment, Moodle, to create an interactive learning environment.
  • We maintain strong partnerships with local law firms and other legal service providers, facilitating work shadowing opportunities and regular visits by guest speakers. We also run the prestigious annual Ryder Lecture series and are home to the Centre for Contemporary Coronial Law.
Key Features
  • We offer a deep understanding of the fundamental legal principles, concepts, values, rules and techniques, establishing your knowledge and understanding of the doctrines and principles which underpin the law of England and Wales.
  • Our research active academic law staff offer you access to expertise in a range of disciplines, including alternative dispute resolution, commercial, employment, European, family, healthcare, intellectual property, international and judicial reform.
  • We’ll guide you in the use of research data, including primary sources such as legislation, EU law, case law, and secondary source materials such as government reports, white and green papers, and refereed journal articles.
  • You’ll be encouraged to gain practical experience of presentation, argument and applying legal method skills as you take part in mock interviews, moot debates and negotiations.
  • We recommend you to join the University of Bolton’s Student Law Society, which offers access to work placement opportunities, presentation skills development sessions and court trips.
Professional recognition
Your study will be based on the requirements defined by the Joint Academic Stage Board (JASB) and the Legal Training Review (LETR), which represents the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Chartered Institute for Legal Executives (CILEx) for the initial or academic stage of training to practice in the legal profession. The Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board have accredited the University of Bolton for the purposes of the solicitors’ and barristers’ academic stage requirements. The JASB is responsible for making sure that all Qualifying Law Degrees meet a nationally recognised standard. At Bolton, we are gratified that our law degree meets that high national standard.

  • 48 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English.
  • You may be required to pass a diagnostic test prior to admission.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • If English is your second language and you feel you need extra help with your language skills, you have the option of studying specialist language modules during the foundation year. Please contact the English for Academic Purposes team for further information and advice.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


The academic study of law will give you an insight in to the legal systems on which much of our day-to-day life is based. As well as acquiring a comprehensive knowledge of the law, this degree will enable you to develop a range of key employability skills such as reasoning and critical judgement, researching for accuracy, confidence gained from public speaking, ability to formulate arguments and great attention for detail. These skills are highly transferable and can place you well for a career inside or outside of the legal profession. If you intend to practice law after graduation you must go on to further study and vocational training. To become a solicitor in England and Wales you have to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC), followed by a two-year training contract with a law firm, or Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). If your aim is to work as a barrister in England and Wales, you need to undertake the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), followed by a one-year training period called a pupillage. Variations in training routes exist in Scotland and Northern Ireland for both roles.

What can I do with this qualification?

As a graduate with a law degree, there are a range of career options that you’ll be more acquainted with and are more obvious to you, including becoming a solicitor, barrister, paralegal, legal executive, legal secretary and patent attorney. If you qualify as a solicitor, you’ll have direct contact with clients, with the broadest caseload coming from high street practices which cover criminal, family, probate and business law. Opportunities are therefore available in private practice, in public sector bodies such as local authorities and the Government, and in the in-house legal departments of companies. If you choose the barrister route, you’ll most likely work in sets of chambers on a self-employed basis. Others are employed in public sector bodies such as the Crown Prosecution Service, the Armed Forces legal service, and the Government Legal Service.

Alternative career options

Not all graduates want to qualify as a lawyer, yet they want to work in an area that involves legal content whether it is in business or in the wider community. There are a variety of fields that you could work within (please note, that some of these areas may require further study or work experience):

  • Immigration
  • Police
  • Trading standards
  • Investment banking
  • Tax advice/inspection
  • Teaching and education
  • International aid/development
  • Human Resources
  • Health and safety
  • Probation/social work
  • Accountancy
  • Political research
  • Charity and advice work
  • Recruitment
  • Stockbroking
  • Marketing

Course fees
Home EU Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/242024/25
2020£9,250£9,250£9,250£9,250-£37,000
International Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/242024/25
2020£9,250£12,450£12,450£12,450-£46,600

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/2020.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

University of Bolton Group Partners

Bolton College
University Technical College
University of Bolton

The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


The School of Law is led by professionally qualified and specialist law staff with a wide range of experience in practice, teaching and research. The LLB programme is taught using a variety of methods. You can expect lectures, seminars, tutorials, technology-enhanced applications, mooting, debates, role plays and student presentations.

In the majority of modules, formal lectures are used to introduce a topic, with follow-up small group seminars where you’re encouraged to apply this knowledge to case studies based on a range of legal problems. You’ll have the opportunity to attend additional weekly tutorials, ensuring you have space to ask questions or seek individual help.

In terms of assessment, a diverse and distinctive regime is in place so you benefit from a balanced approach including both examinations and coursework, as well as presentations, mock interviews, mooting and negotiations. Some assessments will contribute to your final module mark and allow you to demonstrate that you’ve met the learning outcomes, while others are designed to help you identify areas that need extra attention on your part, or where you need extra support from your tutors.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Academic and Research Skills
  • Law in Context
  • Mooting and Interviewing
  • Core Legal Principles
  • Academic Language and Skills 3
  • English Legal System and Foundation Legal Skills
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Public Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Professionals in Practice
  • Law of Tort
  • European Law
  • Land Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Preparation for Practice
  • Dissertation
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Company Law
  • Social Security Law
  • Law of Evidence
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Jurisprudence
  • Legal Skills
  • Street Law - A Law Clinic Module
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Sports Law
  • Medical Law and Ethics
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 50%, Practical exams 25%, Written exams 25%
Level twoCoursework 50%, Practical exams 17%, Written exams 33%
Level threeCoursework 71%, Practical exams 22%, Written exams 7%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 74%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 26%
Level twoGuided independent study 74%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 26%
Level threeGuided independent study 78%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Alicia Danielsson
LLB Co-ordinator

A.Danielsson@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903918

Zaman Kala
Programme Leader - Foundation Year and Admissions Tutor

Z.Kala@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903673

Beverley Caddick
Programme Leader - LLB (Hons)

B.Caddick@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903976

Sally Preece
Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes

S.Preece@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903613

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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