Legal Studies - HND

UCAS Code:
039M
Attendance:
Full Time (2 years)
Starting:
September 2017

Places on this course are available through Clearing

48 points (or equivalent) is the minimum you will need to be considered for this course in Clearing.
See the 'Entry Requirements' tab for more detail.

Call the Clearing hotline now or contact us on social media.

0121 331 6777

Whether you’re a looking to enhance your work experience or want to progress onto our LLB degree, this Legal Studies HND course will provide you with the key skills and knowledge you need to begin your law career.

What's covered in the course?

This course is aimed at those who have studied law at GCSE or A Level, or as part of another course, and others who have an interest in law, but without the A Level grades to allow them to join the LLB degree. It is also suitable for mature students with relevant work-based experience.

Why Choose Us?

  • The course is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as providing exemptions from the academic stage of training.
  • On successful completion you will exit with a Level 5 Award receiving both the Higher National Diploma and a Certificate in Higher Education. This entitles you to progress to the second year of the LLB (Hons) Law course at the University should you wish to continue your studies and gain a qualifying law degree.
  • You will attend both the University and Birmingham Metropolitan College, enjoying the advanced facilities of both institutions, and sharing ideas and perspectives with full-time LLB students.
  • You will see inside the legal world on placement modules, gaining confidence, competence and professional contacts such as St Philips Chambers.
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Clearing Open Day - August 2017

If you're starting with us this September, our Late Recruitment Clearing Open Day is the perfect opportunity to find out more about our courses and see our facilities.

Register now - 19 August

To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2017 or 2018, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid.

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This course is not open to International students
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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for Clearing 2017

48 points (or equivalent) is the minimum you will need to be considered for this course in Clearing. Please call us to see if we can make you an offer.

Use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to work out your points.

Call our Clearing hotline on 0121 331 6777.

Our Clearing hotline opens at 6am on Thursday 17 August.

Message us on social media

Get an offer or ask a question by direct messaging us on Facebook or Twitter. We’ll be available for 44 hours from 12am on Thursday 17 August.

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Alternative options
  • If you do not have 48 UCAS points, you may like to explore your options if you don’t have enough points for any of our courses.

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Typical Offers

A Level CC or 64 UCAS points. A maximum of 2 subjects are considered.

Or

BTEC MM or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 64 UCAS points

Plus

GCSE GCSE English Language grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subject as long as the required subject is covered.
View Equivalent GCSE Qualifications that will be considered
QualificationGradeRequirements
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Pass English. Considered in lieu of GCSE English language at grade 4. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Scotland
Scottish Intermediate 2 C. English Language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish Credit Standard Grade 2. Must include English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish National 5 Only in certain circumstances. Must include English language. Required at the point of enrolment.

Other acceptable UK Qualifications

Please select a qualification from the drop-down list to view our entry requirements:

If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Course Enquiries Team

EU / International students
English language requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page

The UCAS tariff has changed

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system has changed.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – has introduced a new system on how points are calculated. This will be different to what you may have seen if you have applied or looked at undergraduate courses previously.

More about the new tariff

Worried about results?

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If you're worried about your exam results, changed your mind about your course choices or haven't applied yet - Clearing is a great time to explore your options. We explain what Clearing is and how it works.

Advice about Clearing 2017

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
HND Sep 2017 FT 2 years £5,000 per year Call Clearing hotline

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Places available to start in September 2017

If you’d like to start this course full time this September, you can apply through Clearing.

0121 331 6777

Our Clearing hotline opens at 6am on Thursday 17 August.

Message us

Get an offer or ask a question by direct messaging us on Facebook or Twitter. We’ll be available for 44 hours from 12am on Thursday 17 August.

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International and part-time students can apply online as normal using the links above.

Want to start in September 2018?

You can apply via UCAS from 6 September 2017.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Sorry, this course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

All modules on the course are compulsory and in your first year you will study:

English Legal System and Practice
15 credits

The module provides you with foundation knowledge of the principal features of the English Legal System as well as developing many of the practical lawyering, study and employability skills required by you throughout your legal education and into employment.  The approach is very practical and designed to enable you to develop the required skills at your own speed.  Personal development planning and self-reflection are important features of this module.

Criminal Law
30 credits

Providing an introduction to the basic principles of criminal law, you will assess homicide, sexual, property and participatory offences, as well as examining general defences including insanity, automatism, duress, necessity and self-defence. It will provide you with a critical examination of the historical, political and ethical background to modern criminal law.

Law of Tort
30 credits

The aim of this module is to explore aspects of substantive tort law and to provide a sound basis for the understanding and application of the legal concepts and principles involved.

Year two

In your second year, you will study:

Law of Contract
30 credits

Here you will explore aspects of the substantive Law of Contract and to provide a sound basis for the understanding and application of the legal concepts and principles involved. 

Work Placement
30 credits

This module enables you to gain valuable work experience, yet at the same time achieve academic credit. By finding suitable work experience in a legal environment, you will forge contacts with legal professionals which could prove invaluable at the end of your studies when you are seeking full-time positions.

 
Justice Systems
15 credits
 
Foundations of Family Law
15 credits

How you learn

You will study all the core modules from the first year of the LLB Law degree at Birmingham City University. These include Criminal Law, Law of Tort and Contract Law and are split between year one and year two of the HND Legal Studies course. Successful completion of these LLB core modules will give you a Certificate in Higher Education and entitle you to progress to the second year of the LLB course.

Additionally, you will choose from a range of module options related to aspects of Law such as Family Law and Land Law. These will enable you to further your interest in psychology, forensic science or litigation.

Assessment of HND-specific modules is varied; you will be writing reports, engaging in research and making oral presentations to your peers. 

Further Study

As a successful graduate of the HND you would be eligible to continue to stage two of any of the LLB degrees. For more information please see the courses section of the website.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

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Enhancing your employability skills

The HND is a vocational qualification highly regarded by employers. This course will prepare you particularly, although not exclusively, for employment in the expanding field of paralegal work.

If you wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister, you will have the opportunity to complete an LLB degree at Birmingham City University. The core modules studied are recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as forming part of a ‘qualifying’ Law degree if you complete your LLB with us.

Employability is embedded into our HND courses with a compulsory skills module - Skills, Processes and Scholarship - which will focus on preparing you for finding a job and being successful in the workplace.

The University's has a thriving Mooting Society who:

  • Organise a range of internal mooting and social activities throughout the academic year
  • Enter mooting teams in a variety of prestigious national mooting competitions including the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting, Oxford University Press, English Speaking Union and the Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Competition.
  • Have reached five finals of national mooting competitions in the past eight years.
  • Have beaten eight of the elite Russell Group of universities in the past eight years.

Placements

The work placement module in your second year of the HND Legal Studies course enables you to gain valuable work experience, yet at the same time achieve academic credit. By finding suitable work experience in a legal environment, you will forge contacts with legal professionals which could prove invaluable at the end of your studies when you are seeking full-time positions. It is your responsibility to find an appropriate placement and you will receive support from Birmingham Metropolitan College in this process.

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OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

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Graduate jobs

Many former HND students have completed the LLB degree with Birmingham City University and have gone on to qualify as solicitors and barristers.  Entry into the legal professional is competitive so it is essential that you example the necessary commitment and hard work for success right from the start of your studies.

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at the City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Law, Business, Social Sciences and English courses

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The facilities at the Curzon building include two bespoke Law Courtrooms, replicating a Crown court and a Magistrates court. These rooms will play a key part in your learning experience, allowing you to try your hand in mock court cases, whilst also being the venue for our Mooting and Debating Societies.

On top of this, the Curzon building houses an extensive Law library, with books covering every aspect of Law history.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Tracey Hough

LLB Programme Director

Tracey Hough is the LLB Programme Director. Her teaching areas are Land Law, Contract Law and ADR. She has experience in teaching and leading programmes both home and abroad, having taught at institutions in Mauritius and Hong Kong.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295