Law with a Foundation Year - LLB (Hons)

  • UCAS Code: M111
  • Level: Foundation
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Study mode: Full Time (4 Years), Sandwich (5 Years)
  • Location: City Centre

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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.

Tailor your Law Degree

When you successfully complete your Foundation Programme, you will be able to progress onto a range of Undergraduate courses at the School of Law. These include:

What's covered in the 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.

Why Choose Us?

  • This course is designed to progress students who fall below normal entry requirement levels on to full Undergraduate degrees.
  • This degree course is accredited by the Joint Academic Stage Board (representing the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board). This means that the course is designed to be as professionally relevant and up-to-date as possible, taking into account the very latest developments in the profession.
  • On all of our programmes you will gain a professional focus and real world experience of law, ensuring you are equipped to make an immediate impact in the legal world. You have the opportunity to embark on a year-long sandwich placement as part of your degree course.
  • The School of Law houses both a mock Crown Court and a mock Magistrates Court, giving you the chance to practice your skills in a realistic environment mimicking the top levels of the British legal system.
  • Our Law Clinic can give you opportunities to volunteer with local charitable legal advice providers and to work alongside legal professionals undertaking pro-bono work, allowing you to make a genuine difference to the lives of Birmingham residents.
  • Our renowned American Legal Practice placement offers you the chance to apply to undertake an internship in the United States.
  • We have strong links with law firms and companies based right here in Birmingham, which allow us to host guest speakers from industry regularly.
  • All of our programmes have an international focus. This is embedded throughout the curriculum, giving you the opportunity to transform your experience with us into a global one. There are a variety of exciting possibilities open to you, ranging from our successful international travel scholarships scheme, through which you can spend a summer working for a charitable organisation overseas, to one of our many overseas study exchange programmes.
  • As a student on one of our undergraduate degrees, you will be able to benefit from our Graduate+ initiative. This three-year award programme enables you to gain award levels for all the extra-curricular activities you undertake so that you can stand out from the crowd on graduation.
  • You will have the chance to join our nationally recognised Mooting Society, as well as our Student Law Society and Student Debating Society. All three provide extracurricular opportunities for you to practise, develop and enhance your skills.
  • Our Virtual Solicitors’ Office gives you the opportunity to practise your law skills in an authentic work setting.
  • You will study in our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, ideally located for you to take advantage of our links to Birmingham’s legal district, one of the largest in the UK.
  • Birmingham City University has just launched the UK's first Centre for Brexit Studies, researching all aspects of the UK's vote to leave the EU, including the impact it has on domestic law and legislation.

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Entry Requirements

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

Essential Requirements

80 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a maximum of 2 A Levels.

Typical Offers (UK Students)

GCSE English Language 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 2020/21
A Level / AS Level Obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points at A-level and/or AS-level.
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3. Must already hold GCSE English Language Grade 4 or higher or the equivalent at application point.
BTEC National Diploma DM combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 80 UCAS points.
BTEC Extended Diploma MMP (80 points).
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 80 UCAS points.
International Baccalaureate Diploma

Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two High Level subjects, will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 80 UCAS Tariff Points.

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 80 tariff points, achieved in three level subjects.  This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum H3/D1 taken from three subjects).
Scottish Higher / Advanced Higher

Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CDD. 

Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers). 

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
Essential

Applications from international applicants with equivalent qualifications to 80 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
IELTS

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

From two A Levels and a minimum of grade 4 GCSE English

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLB (Hons) Sep 2020 FT 4 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
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International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLB (Hons) Sep 2020 FT 4 Years £12,800 per year Register your interest

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

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Year One

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete all of the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

Introduction to Law
20 credits

This module will help you to develop some of the foundational skills necessary to effectively study law in HE. You will be introduced to a range of substantive legal principles in England and Wales and right from the outset you will be asked to consider the nature and role played by law in our society today. In this module you will start to enhance your appreciation of the law making process and principles that form the UK’s constitution and develop your ability to identify and distinguish between primary and secondary sources of legal information.

Developing Academic Skills for Success
20 credits

This module will help you to develop the essential academic skills required to be successful in Higher Education. Within a supportive class environment this module will help you to develop basic research skills, academic writing and reflection skills. Acquiring these skills will aid your transition to the higher levels of study associated with your chosen degree programme.

During this module you will be required to maintain a learning diary to reflect upon the enhancement of your own academic skills development. The majority of taught sessions will involve interactive discussion and activities led by the module tutor. Certain sessions will introduce you to services and resources available to you at BCU.

Developing Interpersonal Skills for Success
20 credits

This module will equip you with the essential skills required to be successful in Higher Education. Within a supportive class environment this module will help you to develop the professional presentation, time management and team working skills that will be needed in your subsequent study at BCU and in graduate employment. Acquiring these skills will aid your transition to the higher levels of study associated with your chosen degree programme and increase your self-awareness, confidence and assertiveness.

Legal Skills and Attributes
20 credits

This module will help you to develop some of the foundational skills necessary to effectively study law in HE. Through your awareness of the important role played by cases and legislation (Learning the Law module) you will appreciate how you can use such sources to construct appropriate legal argument both orally and in writing. This module will focus on the practical nature of legal practice whereby you will be introduced to basic court procedure and the legal skills required to present a case effectively in court.

Learning the Law
20 credits

This module will help you to develop some of the foundational skills necessary to effectively study law in HE. In the module you will begin to appreciate the constituent parts of both cases and legislation in order to become aware of the part played by these primary sources in the development of either new law or amendment of existing legal principles. Possessing the ability to read cases and legislation will directly help your higher level study of law throughout this 4 year programme.

Foundation Practice Project
20 credits

The Foundation Practice Project module is a practical piece of extended work related to your chosen degree. It will require you to apply the knowledge and skills developed throughout your current level of study and will enhance your ability to work individually and as part of a team. During the project you will be given the space, time and facilities to support deeper appreciation for your specialisation and you will be encouraged to demonstrate creativity in the design, planning and execution of a project.

Year Two

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete all of the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

Criminal Law 1: Fundamental Concepts and Crimes Against Persons
20 credits

Criminal Law 1: Fundamental Concepts & Crimes Against Persons is a core module and part of one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training for entry into the legal profession.

The rationale for its inclusion in the LL.B programme is to provide you with a comprehensive overview of common criminal offences against persons and defences under English law, as largely prescribed by domestic statutes and common law (case law).

Torts 1: Fundamental Concepts, Trespass to the Person and Negligence
20 credits

Torts 1: Fundamental Concepts & Trespass to the Person and Negligence is a core module and part of one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training for entry into the legal profession.

The rationale for its inclusion in the LL.B programme is to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the more common tortious wrongs and associated defences and remedies under English law.

Contract Law 1: Fundamental Concepts and Creating Contracts
20 credits

Contract Law 1: Fundamental Concepts & Creating Contracts is a core module and part of one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training to qualify into the legal profession.

The rationale for its inclusion in the LL.B programme is to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the substantive Law of Contract; giving a foundational review of the legal concepts and principles involved when two parties make an agreement. This module will also address certain aspects of the English Legal System including European Law and Equity in the context of the module topics.

Criminal Law 2: Process, Property Crimes and Problem Solving
20 credits

Criminal Law 2: Process, Property Crimes & Problem Solving is a core module and a part of one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training for entry into the legal profession.

The rationale for its inclusion in the LL.B programme is to provide you with a comprehensive overview of common criminal offences against property, general defences and criminal justice process issues and personnel.

Torts 2: Property, Reputation and Privacy
20 credits

Torts 2: Property Reputation and Privacy is a core module and part of one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training for entry into the legal profession.

The rationale for its inclusion in the LL.B programme is to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the more common tortious wrongs and associated defences and remedies under English law.

Contract Law 2: Breach, Remedies and Advocacy
20 credits

Contract Law 2: Breach, Remedies & Advocacy is a core module and part of one of seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training to qualify into the legal profession.

The rationale for its inclusion in the LL.B programme is to provide you with a comprehensive overview of Consumer Rights, Discharge, Unconscionability and Remedies in relation to the Law of Contract. It will also develop your skills in the analysis, research and construction of legal arguments both in writing and oral presentation. This module will also explore knowledge and skills related to the English Legal System, including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Advocacy and Law of the European Union.

Year Three

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete all of the following CORE modules (totalling 60 credits):

Constitutional and Administrative Law
20 credits

Constitutional & Administrative Law is a core module and one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training to qualify into the legal profession.

This module will explore the UK constitutional framework including sources of law, institutions, and key constitutional principles. It will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the UK constitutional institutions involved in the legislative process, including accountability mechanisms. You will explore UK administrative law which is concerned with review mechanisms which hold the Executive to account. You will also develop critical problem-solving skills by applying administrative law mechanisms to everyday problem scenarios.

Land Law
20 credits

Land Law is a core module and one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training for entry into the legal profession.

The aim of this module is to provide an intellectually stimulating and academically rigorous education in Land Law which will be approached through a critical examination of the historical, political and economic elements of the discipline. Alongside the accumulation of knowledge, you will also engage in activities which will enable you to refine your analytical skills and ability to apply the rules to solve legal problems.

Professional Skills and Practice
20 credits

Professional Skills and Practice is a compulsory module providing you with an opportunity to develop your employability skills and also acting as a preparation for the programme’s optional placement modules which can be studied later in the programme.

In accordance with the programme’s philosophy and aims, the module is practice-led and knowledge based and is experiential by design. It will equip you with simulated experiences of legal practice skills such as interviewing, advising, negotiation, advocacy, communication skills, both written and oral, interpersonal skills (including team-working skills), the ability to prioritise and to work to strict deadlines.

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete at least 60 credits from the following list of OPTIONAL modules:

Alternative Dispute Resolution
20 credits

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an optional module that forms one of your choices on the programme to provide an examination of methods of resolving disputes other than by means of litigation. ADR is a popular method of both domestic and international dispute resolution, often involving cross-border disputes. Processes central to ADR include negotiation, mediation, arbitration and adjudication.

Company Law
20 credits

Company Law is an optional module that forms one of your choices on the programme to provide a review of the limited company. It is one of the most important concepts in English law; it is the foundation of the business economy. You will develop a sound knowledge of the substantive and procedural aspects of company law with a practical understanding of the legal aspects of setting up and running private limited companies and their importance. This module will provide you with an appreciation of business organisations; offering a solid foundation for those wishing to progress to professional qualification courses and key transferable skills essential for employment.

Employment Law
20 credits

Employment Law and Practice is an optional module that forms one of your choices on the programme and will provide a grounding in the principles of Employment Law, concentrating on the foundational areas of the subject.

Having studied the module you will appreciate the practical importance in Employment Law of the function of both the common law and of statute, and will have a grounding in the key areas of law relating to the employment contract and employment status, dismissal and equality rights.

Medical Law and Ethics
20 credits

Medical Law and Ethics is an optional module that forms one of your choices on the programme to provide an introduction for you to the ever-growing body of law concerned with the regulation of health care practice and some of the ethical dilemmas advances in medical science can generate within society. As the title implies Medical Law and Ethics invites you to explore the complex relationship between the law and ethics within a medical context. This relationship, where these elements meet, will be the focus of your studies.

Federalism and the US Constitution
20 credits

This is an option module that is compulsory for students on the LLB with American Legal Practice pathway. It involves an examination of the way in which the US Constitution allocates powers between the federal government and the several states and explores the way in which the exercise of these powers is mediated by the Supreme Court. Studying this module will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the role of the Supreme Court as the final guardian of the Constitution.

The Individual and the US Constitution
20 credits

The Individual and the US Constitution is an optional module for students studying the LLB (Hons) Law and a compulsory module for students on the LLB with American Legal Studies pathway. This module explores how the US Constitution protects the rights of the individual citizen against both the federal government and several States. It also considers the way in which these rights are mediated by the Supreme Court. You will develop a critical understanding of the role of the Supreme Court as the final guardian of the Constitution and the place of rights-based discourse in American political life.

Citizens' Advice Placement
20 credits

Citizens’ Advice Placement is an optional module positioned at semester 2 of level 5. Students will apply at the end of level 4 to be considered, via formal application and interview, for placement with Citizens’ Advice (CA). If successful, a student will receive CA training over the summer period, usually for 2 days per week. A student will thereafter be placed with a local CA office and will attend for 1 day per week throughout the whole of level 5. The student will study the core Professional Skills and Practice module in semester 1 of level 5, learning complementary skills, and may opt to take this module in semester 2 in order to obtain appropriate credit upon successful completion of the placement and the module’s assessments.

 
All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

Final Year

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete all of the following CORE modules (totalling 80 credits):

Equity and Law of Trusts
20 credits

Equity and the Law of Trusts is a core module and one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training to qualify into the legal profession. The broad aim of this module is to provide you with an intellectually stimulating and problem-based education in Equity and the Law of Trusts.

The module will provide you with a sound basis of knowledge needed in order for you to apply the relevant legal concepts and principles. It will contribute towards your continuing professional development by learning through the application of law to concrete legal problems.

Law of the European Union
20 credits

Law of the European Union is a core module and one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge that must be successfully completed by a law graduate in order to proceed to the next stage of training to qualify into the legal profession.

This module is designed to familiarise you with the Law of the European Union, combining the study of theoretical and practical elements and the procedural and substantive foundations. In conjunction with the programme’s philosophy and aims the module will enable you to appreciate the EU aspect of the wider international legal framework within which UK law resides, and to evaluate the way in which UK law relates to it.

Including ONE of the following four CORE modules:

Integrated Law Research Project
40 credits

The aim of this module is to provide a framework for you to undertake a substantial piece of disciplinary-relevant research. It is founded upon Birmingham City University’s teaching and learning philosophy which integrates theory and practice.

American Legal Practice
40 credits

American Legal Practice (ALP) is an optional module that forms one of your choices on the LL.B. (Hons) and LL.B. (Hons) Law with American Legal Studies programmes. It provides experience of a fusion of law and practice in an international context. You must apply to undertake a placement. The rationale for its inclusion in the programme and the LL.B. Law with American Legal Studies pathways is to provide you with an overview of the American justice process (with a particular focus on criminal proceedings) and an opportunity to develop key legal skills through a practical internship and factually-based research and writing exercises. In so doing, the module engages with relevant legal concepts and practical lawyering skills relevant to the application of due process protections in the American justice system and advances your ability to undertake effective American legal research, referencing and writing.

The United Nations: Law and Practice
40 credits

This intellectually stimulating and exciting module engages with the law and practice of the United Nations for resolving international crisis situations. It provides students with critical knowledge of the UN. Charter, international humanitarian law and international human rights law, for solving humanitarian disasters. It presents an overview of the Charter of the United Nations and engages with the International Bill of Rights and associated international legislation.

Legal Advice and Representation Unit
40 credits

Legal Advice & Representation Unit is an optional double module (40 credits) positioned across Semesters 1 and 2 of level 6. Students will apply at the end of level 5 to be considered, via formal application and interview, to undertake the module in the law clinic or via a placement either with Citizens Advice (CA), with another pro bono advice provider or with a firm of solicitors.

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete at least 40 credits from the following list of OPTIONAL modules:

Evidence Proof and Argument
20 credits

Evidence, Proof and Argument is an optional module that forms one of your choices on the programme to provide a comprehensive overview of the rules of criminal evidence and procedure. This module will sufficiently prepare students to progress onto one of the legal vocational training courses or to seek employment within the criminal justice system.

Family Law
20 credits

Family Law is an optional module that forms one of your choices on the programme to provide you with a grounding in the principles of Family Law.

You will concentrate on the foundational areas, including the law relating to marriage and separation, divorce and financial matters, and children disputes, to include the involvement of local authorities. After studying the module you will appreciate the importance of how statute and the developing case law continually impacts on family lives.

Intellectual Property Law
20 credits

Intellectual Property Law is an optional module that forms one of your choices on the programme to give a general overview of the ways in which a person’s ideas, inventions, business reputation and creations can be protected both nationally and internationally. In this module you will examine the reasons behind intellectual property laws including a review of copyright, patents and trademarks. You will also examine emerging issues in intellectual property law.

American Criminal Procedure and Evidence
20 credits

American Criminal Procedure and Evidence provide you with a comprehensive overview of the American criminal justice process. This module will therefore examine due process protections afforded to individuals, under the U.S. Constitution, who are alleged to have committed or have been convicted of crimes. In so doing, you will engage with political, historical and social concepts relevant to the application of these due process protections in the American criminal justice system and this will advance your ability to undertake effective American legal research and referencing.

America and International Legal Issues
20 credits

America & International Legal Issues is an optional module that is required to be undertaken as part of your pathway to provide an opportunity to study how America engages with specific aspects of international law and its foreign relations.

You will study how America interacts with international law by reviewing a series of case studies covering aspects of human rights law, environmental law, international trade law, international criminal law and humanitarian law. This module will examine how America’s legal order has responded to the lack of ‘outward-facing’ provisions in the US Constitution; providing you with an opportunity to analyse how America views international law and how it seeks to avoid influential international legal developments.

 
All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

Course Structure

Throughout your degree programme you’ll be developed into a work-ready graduate, equipped with a range of intellectual, enterprising and employability skills, suitable for a wide range of positions in law and the legal services sector, from practising as a solicitor, barrister or legal executive to careers where having a forensic knowledge of law gives you an advantage.  

Your degree will foster your intellectual and ethical development and encourage your personal commitment to the socially useful purpose of becoming a legal professional.  It will also develop your professional behaviours through learning activities that enable you to practice, exhibit and develop confidence in legal learning and future practice. 

You will also be provided with the opportunity to either undertake a live project or placement in the final year of your LLB degree. This will enable you to put into practice the specific law related and ethical skills learnt at levels 3, 4 and 5.  Across our degree programmes there are also a wide range of study abroad and internship opportunities available to compliment your studies.

All of our degree programmes are delivered from our forward-thinking and growing School of Law at the heart of the UK’s second city.  The academic staff at Birmingham City University have a range of professional practice and academic experience of law that will enhance your academic studies.  

Further Study

When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to proceed on to any of of our undergraduate degree programmes offered within the School of Law. 

Enhancing employability skills

Key employability skills are embedded within the learning and teaching, and we will provide you with additional careers development through our guest speakers, and pro bono and placement opportunities. The transferrable skills you learn will also give you the attributes needed to satisfy employers across a range of disciplines.

Our Student Law Society also provides you with the chance to interact and work with other students on legal pursuits, career enhancement and social activities, offering you support and helping you build your employability skills.

We also have our dedicated Careers Service, which provides a wide range of online and face-to-face services to help you develop your employability skills, plan your career and access the latest job opportunities. They will also help with you tailoring CVs, writing applications and interview techniques.

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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.

More about Graduate+

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

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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

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Professor Jon Yorke

Professor of Human Rights and Director of the Centre for Human Rights

Jon Yorke is the Professor of Human Rights in the School of Law and is the Director of the Centre for Human Rights. His qualifications include LL.B. (Hons) (BCU), LL.M. and Ph.D. (Warwick). He currently teaches LL.B. International Human Rights and LL.M. Human Rights in the Wider World.

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Dr Sarah Cooper

Interim Director of Research / Reader in Law

Dr Sarah Cooper is a Reader in Law and Interim Director of Research in the School of Law. Sarah teaches English Criminal Law, and leads the School of Law’s modules in American Criminal Procedure and Evidence, and American Legal Practice, which prepares students to be interns in the United States.

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Ian Fox-Williams

Ian Fox-Williams

Deputy Head of the School of Law, International Development and Partnerships

Ian Fox-Williams is the Deputy Head of the School of Law with responsibility for International Development and Partnerships.

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Tracey Hough

Associate Professor, LLB Course 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.

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