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Law and Practice - HND

The Higher National Diploma (HND) Law and Practice offers you a thorough grounding in English civil and criminal law whilst providing you  knowledge and expertise in other areas of legal practice typical today. During the course you will study selected foundation areas of English law in addition to more specialised areas such as business and environmental law....

Studying with us in 2021/22 and 2022/23

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses.  Information about the arrangements for the 2021/22 academic year can be found here.  


Should the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continue in the 2022/23 academic year or subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

  • Award HND
  • Start date September 2022
  • School School of Law
  • Faculty Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences


The Higher National Diploma (HND) Law and Practice offers you a thorough grounding in English civil and criminal law whilst providing you  knowledge and expertise in other areas of legal practice typical today.

During the course you will study selected foundation areas of English law in addition to more specialised areas such as business and environmental law. A focus of the course is bridging the gap between your knowledge of legal theory and the abilty to apply this law using recognised skills to typical issues in everyday life.

Whilst also developing academic skills to underpin your successful legal study, the course gives you the opportunity to create and refine typical transferable skills that are useful for working with others.  By implementing established techniques of communication to present oral and written legal advice in a meaningful way, you will present legal arguments to a range of audiences based on a variety of simulated legal issues.  Typical specialist skills that you will develop whilst on the course include legal drafting, conducting research, alternative dispute resolution and advocacy.

Successful completion of the HND Law and Practice opens up a variety of career possibilities as well as the possibility of further legal study such as the LLB degree.  For professions such as traditional careers in legal practice like solicitor or barrister as well as professions in areas related to law the HND Law and Practice provides a solid foundation in legal understanding giving you a competitive edge where having an understanding of law and legal process is an advantage.  You will be taught using a variety of methods and assessed in a range of ways designed to develop and enhance your legal knowledge and the command of practical skills to apply that knowledge. 

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

The course is based at Birmingham Metropolitan College and this is where you will receive all scheduled teaching for the course in addition to accessing learning resources and student services to help support you throughout the course. In addition to being a student of Birmingham Metropolitan College you will also be a student of Birmingham City University with access to additional  learning resources, buildings and study space at the university to help you be successful on the course.    Throughout the year you will be invited to participate in relevant activities held by the School of Law at Birmingham City University that have been designed for you to showcase your legal skills and develop your peer and professional networks.

Successful completion of this HND provides you with a nationally recognised qualification at Level 5.  If you would like to pursue further studies in law post successful completion of this course  then you will be eligible for advanced entry to level 5 of the LLB degree at Birmingham City University.  So as to complete all the core foundation areas of English law you will study modules at levels 5 and 6, it is not possible to directly enter the degree at Level 6 (Year Three).

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.
  • 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.

Find out more

Entry Requirements

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

Essential Requirements

CC or 64 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a maximum of 2 A Levels.

Typical Offers (UK Students)

GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above, at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered. Plus, you must have achieved or be completing one of the following:

UK Qualification Requirements 2022/23
A Level / AS Level CC at A Level (64 points). A maximum of three subjects are considered, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 18 of of which must be achieved at merit or distinction in a related subject. 
BTEC National Diploma MM in a related subject area.
BTEC Extended Diploma MPP (64 points) in a related subject area.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 64 UCAS points.
International Baccalaureate Diploma

Obtain 24 points overall.Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 10 points or above from two Higher Level Subjects will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 64 UCAS Tariff Points.

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) 64 UCAS Tariff Points in four subjects (must include English).
Scottish Higher / Advanced Higher DD. Maximum of two Advanced Highers can be considered together.
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
Additional information for EU/International students

Applications from international applicants with equivalent qualifications to 64 points are welcome. Please see your country page for further details on the equivalent qualifications we accept.

In additional to the academic entry requirements listed above, international and EU students will also require the qualifications detailed in this table.

English language requirements 2020/21

6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award: HND

Starting: Sep 2022

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Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

Access to computer equipment

You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.

Field trips

All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites and available through our library.

Free access to Rosetta Stone

All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.

Printing (optional)

Costs will apply for on-campus printing.

Books (optional)

Some modules may suggest that you purchase a key textbook. All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. Many students choose to purchase a copy.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees.

Guidance for UK students

UK students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS

 Register with UCAS

 Login to UCAS

 Complete your details

 Select your course

 Write a personal statement

 Get a reference

 Pay your application fee

 Send UCAS your application

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.

Course in Depth

Year one

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

English Legal System and Method 20 credits

Criminal Law 1 20 credits

Criminal Law 2 20 credits

Law of Tort 1 20 credits

Law of Tort 2 20 credits

Resolving Disputes 20 credits

Year two

In your second year, you will study:

Contract Law 1 20 credits

Contract Law 2 20 credits

Business Law and Practice 20 credits

The Reflective Practitioner 1 20 credits

The Reflective Practitioner 2 20 credits

Principles of Environmental Law and Policy 20 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 Law and Practice 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.


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.

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.


The work placement module in your second year of the HND Law and Practice 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.

More about our placement opportunities


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.

Facilities and Staff

College facilities

BMET's Matthew Boulton College boasts an amazing range of specialist teaching and learning facilities including;

  • Podiatry clinic
  • Graphic design studio
  • Fashion studio
  • Print shop
  • Dentistry suite
  • Samsung’s digital technology lab
  • Recording studios
  • Working radio station

Alongside these areas there are excellent social spaces including a Starbucks, an on-site canteen and an excellent gym – so you can de-stress and relax in whichever way you prefer.

Our staff

Tracey Cooper

Director of Educational and Professional Development

Tracey Cooper is the Director of Educational and Professional Development at BCU, prior to this she held the role of LLB Programme Director for 7 years. Her teaching areas are Land Law, Contract Law and ADR. She obtained her LLB with the Open University and LLM with the University of Wolverhampton.

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