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Law with a Foundation Year - LLB (Hons)

This course has recently been updated. Please download the course specification for the up to date information. A law degree is an important first step into a career in law, as well as an important foundation on the route to many other careers, and Birmingham City University is a long-established provider of legal education to the Birmingham legal community and beyond....

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Any arrangements put in place by the University for the 2021/22 academic year 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.

  • Level Foundation
  • Study mode Full Time
  • Location City Centre
  • School School of Law
  • Faculty Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Course overview

This course has recently been updated. Please download the course specification for the up to date information.

A law degree is an important first step into a career in law, as well as an important foundation on the route to many other careers, and Birmingham City University is a long-established provider of legal education to the Birmingham legal community and beyond.

This course has been developed to enable anyone wishing to qualify as a solicitor or barrister to undertake this first, important academic stage of their career. To achieve this, the course has been designed to align with the subjects that you will need to study further in order to successfully undertake the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), while also meeting the requirements of the Bar Standards Board for an undergraduate law degree.

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

The study of law is both academic and practical, and therefore both of these are important elements in the LLB (Hons) degree at BCU. Theory and academic study are important on an LLB, but so too is the application of that knowledge, and so our LLB (Hons) degree offers plenty of opportunity for you to develop the practical lawyering skills, as well as the transferable skills enhancing your employability, that graduates will need when entering the workplace.

The different pathways on the LLB course will allow you to make decisions regarding the direction in which you want to take your studies, with named degrees in Law with American Legal Studies, Law with Business Law, and Law with Criminal Justice, as well as a broad range of optional modules ranging from more theoretical topics through to those aimed at the practical application of the law in real-world situations.

You will also have the opportunity to put those skills to practical use, both in the local community and beyond. Whether that is through our programme of placement opportunities with local providers such as Citizen’s Advice and various legal advice charities, through opportunities in the local legal community, or via BCU’s own Law Clinic, established to serve the local community from our City Centre campus, there are plenty of options available to you.

You can also apply your legal knowledge further afield, through our US internship programme which has been placing students with attorneys throughout the US for over 20 years. A professional placement year is also available, between years 2 and 3 of the degree, offering further opportunity for you to put your knowledge and skills to practical use, and thereby enhancing your CV further.

By focussing on the development of a range of transferable skills, the course employs numerous innovative assessment methods, going beyond the typical forms of written academic assessment.

You are also encouraged to engage in extra-curricular activities to support your learning, with student societies such as the highly successful Mooting Society. Furthermore, you will have the ability to engage with the wider Birmingham legal community through our connections with the Birmingham Law Society, the largest regional law society in the UK.

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 courses 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 professional 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 courses 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, including 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 course 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.

Find out more

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 minimum of 2 A Levels.

Level 2 Qualifications
UK Qualification Requirements 2021/22
GCSE
  • GCSE English language at grade C/4 or above

  • Equivalent level 2 qualifications can be accepted

  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment

Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)
  • See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.
Scottish National 5
  • English language at grade C or above

  • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment

Plus one of the following Level 3 (and above) Qualifications
UK Qualification Requirements 2021/22
A level and Advanced VCE
  • 80 UCAS points

  • A maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A-levels or level 3 equivalents.

Access to HE Diploma
  • Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at level 3.

  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma
    (2016 – present)
  • Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)
    (2010 - 2016)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
    (2002 – 2010)
  • MMP
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
    (2016 – present)
  • Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)
    (2010 – 2016)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Certificate
    (2002 – 2010)
  • 80 UCAS points
  • Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
  • Pearson BTEC National Foundation Diploma (2016 to present)
  • Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) (2010 - 2016)
  • 80 UCAS points
  • Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate
    (2016 – present)
  • Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)
    (2010 - 2016)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Award
    (2002 - 2010)
  • 80 UCAS points
  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

Foundation Studies (Art and Design, and Art, Design & Media)

  • Pass overall

IBO Certificate in Higher Level

  • Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 11 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects

  • Considered with other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 80 UCAS Tariff Points

  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall

  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.

Irish Leaving Certificate (Highers)

  • Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 80 tariff points, achieved in four Higher 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 grade H5/D1)

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Applied General Certificate in Health and Social Care

  • 80 UCAS points.
  • Can be considered along with A-levels or a combination of equivalent level 3 qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

  • MMP

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

  • 80 UCAS points
  • Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification
  • OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate
    (2016 – present)
  • OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma
    (until 2016)
  • 80 UCAS points
  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

Scottish 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 DDD.

  • 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).

Scottish Higher

  • Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.

  • Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades CDDDD is required. 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.

T-Levels

  • 80 UCAS points (Merit overall)

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate - Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

  • 80 UCAS points
  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma – Core (awarded until 2016)

ESW/KS Combined component

  • 80 UCAS points
  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Criminology (QCF)

  • 80 UCAS points
  • Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)
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

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award: LLB (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees

Award: LLB (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 4 Years
  • £13,200 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead.

£150 free credit (home/EU students only)

For 2021 entry, all new home/EU undergraduate students will receive £150 worth of free credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials.

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.

Printing

You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

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.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

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.

Placement expenses (optional)

If you choose to undertake a placement, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst living or working away from home.

Field trips (optional)

This course includes the option of additional trips that may enhance your experience.

Subscriptions (optional)

You may wish to purchase subscriptions to online e-books as an alternative to purchasing textbooks, e.g. Oxford Law Trove.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU 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

Course in Depth

Year One

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

This module has been designed to help you to develop essential academic and interpersonal skills required to be successful on the course and to help you transition into Level 4 of your LLB studies.

The module will provide you with foundational transferable skills to equip you for your future study in law and your personal and career development. You will explore some of the foundational transferable skills that are needed in order to successfully study a law degree, as well as starting a reflective process preparing you as a graduate. This module will link to Developing Legal Scholarship which you will during semester 2 and Level 4 Foundations in Professional Skills.

The module will provide an introduction to what law is and the role that it plays in society today.  You will be introduced to both domestic and international legal principles and processes, in order to explore their impact on specific areas of human conduct and, how they seek to manage the coexistence of individuals.  This introduction to a variety of law and legal concepts will help underpin the study of other law modules across Level 3, such as Learning the Law and Studying Successfully.

This will provide a greater appreciation of the function played by law in contemporary society. This introduction to foundational legal principles will be developed across Levels 4 and 5 of the course. It will also introduce other areas such as international human rights, international business law and alternative methods of resolving legal disputes which can be studied at a later stage of the course.

This is a core and compulsory module and is part of the Level 3 of the course. This module aims to provide you with a foundational knowledge of the law and the core research and written communication skills necessary to be a successful undergraduate law student.

The module will introduce you to several areas of the law and their socio-legal impact on individuals. This module  will work in conjunction with the ‘Introduction to Law’ module with further engagement into the socio-political and legal procedures of contract, tort, criminal, public and employment law through case-studies and legal cinema. The use of legal cinema will be crucial in developing your interpretative, deductive and analytical skills whilst separating the “myths” of the law and the judicial system. This module will provide you with essential knowledge and skills, which will support your learning at Level 4.

The module aims to provide you with an introduction to aspects of legal practice and processes within the context of the English legal system.

You will be introduced to a variety of legal processes within the English legal system, and the roles of the personnel involved within Civil and Criminal litigation, including alternative dispute resolution. This knowledge will complement and enhance your studies across the semester. It also introduces concepts which will be developed further at Level 4 within Legal Systems and Law of Tort and at Level 5 in Criminal Law and Constitutional and Administrative Law.

The module builds on what you have learnt in Studying Successfully, Introduction to Law, and Learning the Law during Semester one. This module will introduce you to areas of Tort, Contract and Criminal Law which are studied in depth at Levels 4 and 5 and will equip you with transferrable skills which will help with your transition into Level 4.

During the module you will begin to appreciate the difference between primary and secondary sources of law, the different forms of primary sources, the part case law plays in the creation and development of our laws and the interpretation of legal principles. This module will foster your ability to read cases and undertake legal research which will develop your ability to engage in higher level study throughout this course. 

This is a core and compulsory module and is part of Level 3. The module aims to introduce typical skills and attributes demonstrated by legal practitioners. You will begin to explore some of the key professional attributes expected of a legal practitioner such as drafting and advocacy.  You will build upon many of the skills that you developed in Semester one to enhance your communication skills in the context of legal practice, enhancing the development of the transferable skills and professional attitudes to underpin successful study throughout the course.

Year Two

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete all of the following CORE modules (totalling 100 credits):

The module has been designed to align with aspects of the functioning legal knowledge of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam.

The module aims to provide you with basic knowledge of what the law is, what are its sources and the main characteristics of UK and foreign legal systems.

The module provides foundational knowledge to support your study in Contract Law & Tort Law at Level 4, Criminal Law and Constitutional & Administrative Law at Level 5, Law of the European Union and the optional Comparative Constitutional Models module at Level 6 by providing you with foundational concepts to be developed further in these modules. 

The module aims to provide you with foundational skills to equip you for your future study in law and also your future personal and career development. You will explore some of the foundational transferable skills that are needed in order to successfully study the law, as well as starting a reflective process preparing you for a future legal or other career.

The module provides foundational knowledge to support your study in Professional Skillsat Level 5 by starting your learning in a range of professional skills such as time management, independent learning and reflection. Since it is vitally important that you begin your career reflection and management early, you will also start to think about your own career development and this will be taken further in Professional Skills at level 5.

This module aims to furnish you with the key academic and scholarly skills to enable to flourish as a legal scholar and succeed in your studies. The module’s primary goal is to introduce you to the skillset necessary to be part of the community of knowledge and practice which is united by the use of legal thinking and knowledge.

The module provides core legal skills which will support your study of contract and tort law at Level 4, and in all compulsory and optional academic legal modules at Level 5 and Level 6. It will develop your ability to find, interpret, apply and understand the law and its role. It will provide you with the foundations for subsequent modules in which you solve legal problems and/or seek to explain or understand the law.

This is a compulsory module which has been designed to align with aspects of the functioning legal knowledge of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam. The module will introduce theoretical considerations within the Law of Tort and its function in dispute resolution and with a focus upon concepts and principles of the Tort of Negligence.

The module builds on what you have learned in Legal Systems, Foundations of Professional Skills and Critical Thinking during Semester 1 of Level 4. You will consolidate your legal knowledge and you will be introduced to principles of dispute resolution in the context of the Law of Tort. You will identify facts and analyse legal issues, in order to identify solutions to legal problems.

This is a compulsory module which aims to provide you with an appreciation of the relevant contractual principles such as offer, acceptance and consideration that are involved when parties enter into legally binding agreements. The module provides foundational knowledge to support your study in Business Law at level 5 as it introduces the context for the formation of commercial transactions which is an important aspect of business law.

This module aligns with the LLB course’s ethos of fostering the development of your autonomy and professional attributes through a rigorous education in law. To achieve this the module content has been designed to improve your knowledge of the substantive law as well as to prioritise the development of key transferrable employability skills, particularly those related to communication, research, commercial awareness and problem-solving. 

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 20 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules:

The module addresses the regulation of consumer markets and the law, and the policies and institutional framework concerning the regulation of consumer markets. The module aims to balance both the theoretical and commercial aspects of both Consumer and Agency Law by showing how consumer law sets out to define and protect a consumer and the legal significance of being an agent. As a threshold idea you will be enabled to see that it attempts to re-balance the market in favour of the individual consumer. You will also see how fundamental Agency Law is to nearly every transaction that people undertake.

The module aims to provide you with knowledge of key aspects of the history of the U.S. Constitution and will provide you with the basic skills that will enable you to find U.S. legal material and conduct meaningful legal research.

The module provides foundational knowledge to support your study in ‘Federalism and the US Constitution’ at Level 5 and the ‘Individual and the US Constitution’, ‘American Legal Practice’, “American Criminal Procedure and Practice’, Human Rights in America’ and ‘Comparative Constitutional Models at Level 6.  It will complement your study of the UK legal system at Level 4 and support your studies in the compulsory Constitutional and Administrative Law module at Level 5.

Global Protection of Human Rights will provide a general introduction to human rights and the essential knowledge of the human rights safeguarding mechanisms. It will introduce the theory and practice of human rights and then the regional structure of the United Nations (UN), the Council of Europe (CE), the Organisation of American States (OAS), and the African Union (AU). You will learn how to research the region’s legislation, the special procedures mechanisms, and then how to interpret the adjudication by the region’s judicial bodies.

Criminal Justice Process and Procedure aims to provide you with essential foundational knowledge of the criminal justice system in England and Wales, building upon what you have learned about the criminal justice system in English Legal Systems in Semester 1.

This module will introduce you to a range of contemporary issues in criminal justice, enabling you to develop key transferrable skills, such as legal research, written and oral communication, team-work and ability to formulate coherent, persuasive and well-reasoned arguments.  This module will therefore provide essential foundational knowledge and transferrable skills to support your study in Human Rights and Criminal Justice and Crime and Punishment at Level 5, and for Advanced Criminal Law and Evidence, Proof and Argument at level 6.  

The module aims to provide you with the underlying skills which are required for advocacy. The module provides foundational knowledge to support your study in Advanced Mooting at Levels 6 by considering different court structures, presentation skills and the rules of legal language and court etiquette, building upon the study of Legal Systems in Semester 1 of Level 4.

This module will provide you with the opportunity to consider how to conduct the legal research which is required for court advocacy and consider the ways in which this can be used in order to form persuasive arguments. It will also consider the ethical implications which might arise in court advocacy. It will do this by means of a rich, diverse and inclusive learning, teaching, assessment and feedback experience where you are given the opportunity to work within teams to build understanding as well as giving you the opportunity to work independently on tasks.

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

Year Three

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete all of the following CORE modules (totalling 100 credits):

The module aims to provide you with an understanding of the legal principles and rules involved in land law and an introduction to property transactions (also known as conveyancing). You will consider how they operate in the wider social and economic context and the legal ethics of property transactions. 

The module builds on the transferable skills that you developed in Professional Skills  and Critical Thinking at Level 4 by developing the skills acquired .The module also provides foundational knowledge to support your study in the optional module  Advanced Property.

The module aims to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the fundamental concepts and principles of criminal law together with some of the criminal offences against the person and against property and some general defences.

The module builds on what you have learned in Legal Systems and Criminal Justice Process at Level 4.It also provides foundational knowledge to support subsequent Level 5 and 6 Criminal Justice pathway options by the introduction of concepts, processes and ideology.

The module aims to providing you with an opportunity to develop certain transferable skills, principally oral skills, but also written skills and professional ethics. Workshops will take place in dedicated courtroom space to foster a professional approach.

The module builds on what you have already learned in Foundations in Professional Skills at Level 4 by developing your confidence further through the practice of oral and written skills, and by recognition of the need for resilience and emotional intelligence. The module also acts as a preparation for clinical placement modules studied later at Levels 5 and 6 by equipping you with oral, written and ethical awareness.

Building on the knowledge of British political and legal institutions that you acquired in Legal Systems at Level 4, this module will allow you to explore the UK constitutional framework in greater depth, and key constitutional principles that underpin British democracy.

You will develop a critical understanding of those UK constitutional institutions and you will also conduct research into the impact of Brexit on the sovereignty of the UK Parliament and Constitution. Judicial and non-court based mechanisms of control of governmental action, such as judicial review and Parliamentary Ombudsman, will be considered and you will critically assess the case-law that forms the basis of the unwritten British constitution.

The module will provide you with a comprehensive overview of key legal principles which determine and oversee business structures carrying out economic activities. In addition to addressing the available legal channels for conducting business, the module will also focus on the formation, management and decision-making procedures in private limited companies.

This module builds on knowledge acquired in the Contract Law module at level 4 and in particular, your prior knowledge of the formation of contracts will be relevant to further discussions on commercial arrangements where business organisations are contractual parties.

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 20 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules:

The module aims to balance both theoretical and practical elements of ADR, including negotiation, mediation and arbitration. The module provides fundamental knowledge and transferable skills used in the placement modules or clinical placement modules by providing you with workplace and dispute resolution skills.

Through participation and engagement with authentic simulations, the module will enable you to foster the development of your autonomy by working in teams, as well as developing your professional and ethical attributes through experiential learning, all of which are part of our ethos to incorporate a rigorous, liberal research and practice-informed education in law. 

The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to work on real cases within a supervised setting either within Citizens Advice (CA) or at another placement provider.

If working with Citizens Advice you will start training two days per week from the July at the end of Level 4 for a period of 8 weeks and then from the start of Level 5 you will work one day per week at a CA office.

If working with another placement provider, it is likely you will start work at the beginning of Semester One of Level 5. The time is used to develop transferable skills at your placement.

The module will focus on the law relating to corporate insolvency law. It addresses the various mechanisms offered to businesses experiencing financial difficulties with a view to either liquidate or rescue the company.  

The module focuses on core concepts and principles of corporate insolvency, such as the evolution and rationales of corporate insolvency law; the sources, definitions and objectives of insolvency law; the causes of corporate failure; the creditor/debtor relationship; and the liquidation/rescue dichotomy. It also engages with the issues of cross-border insolvency law and the position of the United Kingdom on the international insolvency scene. This module is of particular relevance for students wishing to understand what tools exist for failing businesses.

This module will examine the fast-moving field of employment law and employment-related equality law You will engage with  the relevant legal rules, and you will also analyse the wider significance of these rules in reflecting and in shaping society and the economy.

This approach will facilitate a highly imaginative and contextual analysis of the law. The module is both very practical, in that employment law remains a relevant area of legal practice, and, on the other hand, is outward-looking and intensely topical, in that a day barely goes by without a major news story touching upon employment or equality issues and how these are treated in law.

This module will consider the relationship between the aims and purpose of the Criminal Justice System, the need to protect the public and fight crime with the requirement to protect the Human Rights of suspects and offenders.

The module builds on what you have learned in Legal Systems and Criminal Justice Process at Level 4 and Criminal Law at Level 5 by building upon your knowledge of the foundations of criminal law and the processes through which those charged and convicted of a criminal offences pass and their human rights at each stage. It will also provide foundational knowledge to support your study in Advanced Criminal Law and Evidence, Proof and Argument at Level 6 by the introduction of concepts, processes and ideology.

The module builds on what you have learned in Criminal Law and Tort Law at Level 4 and complements your learning on Constitutional and Administrative Law at Level 5 by helping you master public, civil and criminal legal elements of the law surrounding medical treatment. This module will help you develop a critical and well-rounded approach to analysing complex medical decisions by using both legal theories as well as ethical approaches. This will enable you to independently assess a variety of legal and non-legal viewpoints and formulate reasoned positions in a clear and coherent manner. 

The module aims to provide you with an understanding of domestic and commercial property law processes and transactions. You will consider how they operate in the wider social and economic context with particular consideration of planning law and commercial controls.

The module builds on what you will have learned in Property Law and Practice at Level 5 by developing and expanding upon the threshold concepts of Land Law and the introduction to conveyancing. By consideration of social and economic factors, the module also links with Business Law.

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):

The module aims to introduce the concept of equity and how it interacts with the law to create the trust by building on what you have learned in Contract Law and Land Law at Levels 4 and 5 about equitable remedies and property ownership.

This module will develop your ability to undertake independent research while critically analysing the way in which the law applies to real life scenarios. It will do this by incorporating a rich, diverse and inclusive learning environment which draws upon the knowledge which you have already gained and challenging your understanding through group work and interactive materials taking a student-led approach.

The module aims to familiarise you with the Law of the European Union, combining the study of theoretical and practical elements and the procedural and substantive foundations. The module examines and evaluates the structural organisation of the EU and the way its legal processes operate. This module contextualises the rules that derive from Europe within the legal institutional framework and also the way in which those rules affect business and wider society.

The module builds on what you have learned in Legal Systems at Level 4 and Constitutional & Administrative Law at Level 5 as it relates to the relationship between the structure of the EU and the English legal system, taking into account the UK’s status as a Third Party Country under EU Law.

You will also choose one of the following:

The module aims to provide you with an intellectually stimulating and academically rigorous education in the preparation and successful completion of a dissertation. The module will explore some of the key aspects involved in the preparation of a dissertation which will be approached through a critical examination of the current law relevant to the chosen topic and through an emphasis on how the subject of the dissertation operates in context.

American Legal Practice (ALP) is an optional module. To be eligible for this module you must average a 2:1 across Level 4 and Level 5.

ALP prepares and facilitates you to apply for an internship in law a legal organisation in the United States (US), developing your legal systems knowledge and legal practice skill-set, and supporting you to create a high quality CV and Cover Letter as part of your career planning. 

*Students wishing to study this module are subject to academic requirements specified by the Module Team

This module will provide you with critical knowledge of international humanitarian law, and international human rights law. It presents an overview of the Charter of the United Nations and engages with the International Bill of Rights and associated international legislation.  

The module provides a simulated crisis and humanitarian disaster wherein you will engage in a Model United Nations’ Security Council. The crisis issues include: the necessity for a sanctions regime to stop the human rights violations of--genocide, torture, executions, famine, mass casualty medicine and the spread of disease, closure of schools, and border controls. To help solve the crisis, you will participate in the MUN through: (a) providing a UNSC speech; (b) engage in an alliance building activity with fellow member states, and; (c) draft a UNSC Resolution. The module will provide a critical examination of the historical and political backgrounds of the legal architecture of the UN, and how it works in practice.

Selection for the module is through application and interview.

The module aims to enhance your existing problem-solving skills, and provide you with opportunities to develop your ethical awareness and transferable employability skills through casework either in our Law Clinic, or on a pro bono placement (e.g. with Citizens Advice), in private practice, or in a clinical arbitration setting. 

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

Students may study up to 40 credits of the following modules:

This is an optional module which introduces you to the key skills required in becoming an advocate including threshold concepts such as courtroom etiquette and roles, preparation of written submissions and oral advocacy skills. The module builds on what you have learned in Contract, Tort, Criminal and Land Lawat Levels 4 and 5 by engaging with and applying the law within a moot scenario as well being challenged on the application of key principles.

You will consider the professional attributes required for legal advocacy through a rich, diverse and inclusive learning experience which uses a range of different methods including group work and practical sessions as well as the opportunity to observe legal advocacy in practice with a courtroom visit. 

This is an optional module which aims to introduce you to the methodology and classifications of comparative constitutional study with particular reference to four so-called constitutional families: Romanistic, Germanic, Anglo-American and Nordic. You will study the different systems of government (presidentialism, parliamentarism and semi-presidentialism) and the mechanisms for distribution of power (unitary, federal and mixed states).

The module builds on what you have learned in Legal Systems and in Constitutional and Administrative Law at Level 4 and at Level 5. You will compare the history and characteristics of the English legal system with other legal systems.

The module aims to introduce students to the domestic, supranational and international forms of equality law. The module builds on what you have learned in Legal Systems at Level 4 by expanding on your understanding of human rights and international law and its influence on our domestic legislation and equality rights.

This module will develop your autonomy by requiring you to conduct research independently and consider the way in which the law applies in practice and its theoretical and social background. It will do this by incorporating a rich, diverse and student-centric approach to teaching. Students will engage in team work, student-led research and presentations which will help to build on scholarly and personal development by challenging ideas, beliefs and understandings.

Family Law is an optional module of the LLB and focuses upon the law relating to marriage and separation, divorce, disputes involving children, cohabitation and domestic violence.

The module will build upon your studies in Level 5 Constitutional and Administrative Law, related to European Convention of Human rights and the impact it has on family life.

The module provides a solid grounding in black letter law and an appreciation of social and policy implications that underpin and inform the legal processes related to the family. The module’s approach to learning, teaching and assessment is practice-informed as it will require you to apply the law in a practical context by constructing realistic advice to reach solutions to family law utilising realistic case-studies, enabling you to apply and consolidate knowledge. 

This module provides you with a critical and immersive introduction to the philosophy of law and justice in a way which allows you to understand, explore and explain the nature of law, its place in society, and its relationship with justice and morality.

The module will furnish you with an empowering framework to develop and explain your own understandings of law and legal concepts in a manner which allows you to engage with influential ideas which have shaped modern legal systems and societies. The module will introduce you to exciting and radical ways of understanding law and its role and also the skills and methods which allow you to challenge these ideas and generate your own perspectives. 

This module will act as a bridge between your undergraduate studies and post-graduate professional legal studies.

The module aims to introduce basic procedures involved in civil litigation and dispute resolution, criminal litigation, property transactions and business structures, reflecting some of the problems encountered within legal practice. You will be introduced to issues of professional conduct and also the funding and costs implications of your advice.

Students may study a maximum of 20 credits from the following modules:

American Criminal Procedure & Evidence will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the American criminal justice process; teaching key criminal procedure and evidence frameworks through "relational learning.” This technique involves you learning substantive law through the lens of real case materials. This module focuses on case materials pertaining to the case of Ray Krone. Krone was the 100th person to be exonerated by post-conviction DNA testing in the USA. He was wrongly convicted twice of a crime he did not commit and spent numerous years on death row.

It will also be relevant to those studying human rights modules across the course. The module provides an opportunity to study how America engages with human rights in the context of international law and foreign relations through the United Nations’ international human rights mechanism, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). This module is directly related to the Centre of Human Rights’ “UPR Project at BCU.”

This module provides fundamental knowledge and transferrable skills used in the United Nations Law and Practice module. If you have studied other modules on the American Legal Studies pathway, it will further develop your autonomous understanding of US legal systems and research.

Students may study a maximum of 20 credits from the following modules:

This module will examine how businesses interact in the market and the laws that govern market manipulations. The module will enable you to consider commercial behaviour and what happens when businesses violate competition laws in the United Kingdom (UK). You will study legal regulation and theory relating to the UK economy.

This is an optional module offered as part of the LLB in International Business Law pathway. It considers the nature of corporate crime in the UK with specific focus on tax avoidance and evasion practices which may amount to crimes under UK law.

The module seeks to develop a critical understanding of the socio-economic impact of corporate tax avoidance and evasion by considering different theories on the nature of harm caused (e.g. profit maximisation and shareholder duty; corporate citizenship; public interest and expenditure). Methods of attributing corporate criminal liability under UK law are analysed, along with practices that amount to tax avoidance and evasion and which may constitute crimes. Reference is made to UK statutes and case law, and case studies are used to provide insight into tax avoidance and evasion practices.

The module will provide a general overview of the ways in which a person’s ideas, inventions, business reputation and creations can be protected both nationally and internationally. Intellectual property can be defined as those products of the mind to which the law grants the author/creator legal protection and hence the enhanced ability to exploit. You will examine the reasons behind intellectual property laws including a review of copyright, patents and trademarks.

The rapid advancement of technology is disrupting all industries, including the legal sector. Businesses, large and small, are embracing technology as a means to improve their services meeting clients’ needs and satisfaction.  

The module aims to give you an insight into the application and operation of technology in different aspects of contemporary legal practice.   Employers value digital fluency and technology skills so this module enhances compatible transferable skills.

Students may study a maximum of 20 credits from the following modules:

This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to examine in detail and critically reflect on some of the more complex criminal law principles and doctrines, as well as their underlying rationales.

The module builds on what you have learned in Legal System at Level 4, Criminal Law at level 5 and the Criminal Justice pathway modules that you have studied across Levels 4 & 5. As such you will be encouraged to consolidate your legal knowledge and use it to reflect on the scope of criminal law and critically analyse a variety of conceptual, moral and policy issues affecting criteria for attributing responsibility and blame to those who breach criminal prohibitions.

The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the Criminal Justice System by examining due process in trial procedure and the aims and purposes of sentencing following conviction.  It will provide you with an understanding of the fundamental principles of law and legal theory. 

The module builds on what you have learned in Criminal Justice Process and Procedure at Level 4, by building upon your knowledge of process and procedure within our Criminal Justice System and  from the Level 5 Human Rights and Criminal Justice module, which introduced a range of  concepts, processes and ideology.

Evidence, Proof and Argument aims to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the rules of criminal evidence and procedure in England and Wales.  Your learning will revolve around a fictitious case studies, akin to a real-life case.  The case study will provide you with a ‘practice-led’ experience in identifying and solving evidential issues that may arise in a criminal law trial, and by using authentic pre-trial documents, including witness statements, statements of proof and interview transcripts.  

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 course 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 courses there are also a wide range of study abroad and internship opportunities available to compliment your studies.

All of our degree courses 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.  

Employability

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.

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.

International Students

The School of Law at Birmingham City University is home to students from a wide number of countries studying on traditional degree programmes and short-term international courses both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

A legal education at Birmingham City University is widely recognised and many of our international students return to their home country to either pursue legal practice or requisite professional qualifications in their jurisdiction.

As a law student you will not only develop and refine knowledge in discrete areas of English and international law but also develop key transferable skills designed to enhance your employability profile. Many international students have travelled thousands of miles to study at Birmingham City University and the School offers you an engaging and diverse study experience based in the city of Birmingham which is the second largest city in the UK.

Due to our proximity close to the legal and business district of the city we enjoy strong links with Birmingham Law Society and law firms around the West Midlands. The benefit of these links is passed directly onto you so that you can enhance your network of contacts whilst seeking relevant legal practice experience to enhance your employability profile.

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

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

Facilities and Staff

Curzon facilities eatery
Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

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

Our staff

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

Director of Research, Reader in Interdisciplinary Legal Studies

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

Director of International Recruitment and Development

Ian Fox-Williams has strategic oversight and responsibility for all international activity in the School of Law from international student recruitment, development of partnerships with overseas institutions, designing collaborative courses taught overseas, as well as student and staff international mobility. 

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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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