Law with a Foundation Year - LLB (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (4 Years), Sandwich (5 Years)
September 2018

This LLB Law with a Foundation Year is a four year programme with the option of you undertaking an additional year on a year-long placement.

This programme has been specifically designed to allow home and EU students, who do not initially meet the Birmingham City University entry requirements for our standard LLB Law programme to undertake additional level 3 study designed to ensure they are successful on their chosen degree programme.

The LLB (Hons) programme 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. The programme provides a rigorous academic discipline and also satisfies the first part of the academic stage of qualification required to become a solicitor or barrister. 

This programme will equip you with the required knowledge and skills to progress to the straight LLB or associated LLB pathways. 

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 LLB programme provides comprehensive coverage of the foundations of legal knowledge together with a choice of optional modules. The programme is therefore relevant if you are aiming for a career in professional legal practice or if you are seeking to gain essential transferable skills, such as critical thinking, analysis, negotiation and advocacy for an alternative career. The programme places an integrated understanding of the law and its function within the context of an increasingly globalised environment.

The Law School’s location in the centre of the thriving and diverse City of Birmingham, puts it in close proximity to the Business and Legal communities and enables collaborations with external partners and stakeholders.  Your learning is therefore facilitated through engagement with real and authentic problems and challenges; you will apply and synthesise the theoretical and practical aspects of the discipline of law to reach effective, practice-led solutions.

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.
  • 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.
  • Our relationship with the Birmingham Law Society has allowed students to work on a variety of exciting pro bono projects with them.
  • 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.

This course is open to International students

*National Student Survey 2017

*DLHE 2016/17

Entry Requirements

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

Typical Offers

A Level BB or 80 UCAS points. A maximum of 2 subjects are considered.


BTEC DM or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 80 UCAS points


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

Other acceptable UK Qualifications

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

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

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

The UCAS tariff has changed

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

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

More about the new tariff

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

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLB (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 4 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 5 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
LLB (Hons) Sep 2018 FT 4 Years £12,000 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. 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

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 and your own individual study this module will help you to develop basic research skills, academic writing and reflection skills.  Acquiring these skills will aid your transition to undertake 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 Birmingham City University.

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 and your own individual study 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 Birmingham City University and in graduate employment.  Acquiring these skills will aid your transition to undertake the higher levels of study associated with your chosen degree programme and increase your self-awareness, confidence and assertiveness.   

Within the module there will be a combination of teamwork and self-directed study so as to foster a culture of innovation and collegiality that will significantly benefit your transition to degree studies and the learning and teaching philosophy of your chosen degree pathway. Through working with your peers and in addition to regular contact with the module tutor, the module enables you to enhance your ability and confidence to undertake academic study at degree level.  

Introduction to Law
20 credits

The module will introduce you to a range of substantive legal principles in England and Wales.  Right from the start you will be asked to consider the nature and role played by law in our society today.  You will start to enhance your appreciation of the law making process and principles that form the UK’s constitution and develop the ability to identify and distinguish between primary and secondary sources of legal information.  During your exploration of law you will identify the distinguishing features between civil and criminal law, appreciate some of the more common civil and criminal law principles in addition to discovering the sanctions that can be imposed when the law is broken.

You will also be introduced to key personnel involved in the administration and practice of law, as well as establish knowledge of the civil and criminal court system in the UK.  In the module you will be encouraged to think about moral and ethical dilemmas in society and how the law has sought to regulate these.

The module will be delivered using a combination of traditional lectures and interactive seminars including some specific activities that take place in one of our two purpose built mock courtrooms. In addition you will engage with a number of prescribed activities on our virtual learning environment (VLE) called Moodle. You will also have the opportunity to attend a real court observation and throughout the module will be encouraged to question accepted legal ideas and practices. 

Foundation Practice Project
40 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.

Within the module there will be a combination of teamwork and self-directed study so as to foster a culture of innovation and collegiality that will significantly benefit your transition to degree studies and the learning and teaching philosophy of your chosen degree pathway. Through working with your peers and in addition to regular contact with an assigned supervisor, the module enables you to negotiate your learning and will directly contribute to your professional development and appreciation of how others work.  

Legal Skills and Attributes
20 credits

The purpose of this module is to introduce you to foundational sources that help to make law as well as develop the necessary techniques to support your successful study of law as a student on the LLB.  You will develop your understanding of how legislation and case law works by dissecting each to examine the component parts that together form important primary sources of law.  Through this forensic investigation you will develop an appreciation of the vital role these play in the law making process. 

You will also develop your competency to perform basic legal research through learning how to design and execute a research plan to discover the type of information appropriate to the area you are investigating.  It is through the ability to perform effective research that you will you able to construct and communicate meaningful and relevant legal argument in writing or orally. 

As a student in the School of Law at Birmingham City University with a national reputation for excellence in student mooting, you will have the opportunity to observe LLB students perform a moot and start your own journey to develop your advocacy skills to take part in a mock moot in one of our two real-life mock courtrooms.  Participation in mooting will have a direct positive impact not only on your presentation skills but also your confidence and networking which are two vital skills in legal practice.  

Year Two

The following modules are those taught on the LLB (Hons) Lawpathway. You can choose to specialise in different areas of Law (American Legal Studies, Law with Business or Law with Criminology) or switch to any other standard undergraduate course from the School of Law upon completing your Foundation Year.

Law of Contract: Fundamental Concepts & Creating Contracts
20 credits

This module involves analysis of cases and judicial opinion.

Criminal Law: Fundamental Concepts & Crimes Against Persons
20 credits

This modules involves analysis of criminal statute and case law.

Law of Tort: Fundamental Concepts, Trespass to the Person and Negligence
20 credits

This module looks at how tort law governs relationships between individuals and as an element of social responsibility and risk apportionment.

Law of Contract: Breach, Remedies & Advocacy
20 credits

You will be involved in a moot in a fictitious contract litigation scenario.

Criminal Law: Process, Property Crimes & Problem Solving
20 credits

Application of the criminal law and solving criminal problems.

Law of Tort: Property, Reputation and Privacy
20 credits

This modules looks at the operation of precedent and statutory provisions in assessing tortious liability and application to authentic scenarios.

Year Three

The following modules are those taught on the LLB (Hons) Lawpathway. You can choose to specialise in different areas of Law (American Legal Studies, Law with Business or Law with Criminology) or switch to any other standard undergraduate course from the School of Law upon completing your Foundation Year.

Constitutional and Administrative Law
20 credits

You will analyse sources of UK constitutional law, constitutional institutions and key constitutional principles. 

Land Law
20 credits

You will learn to critically examine key legal and equitable principles governing property rights in England and Wales. 

Professional Skill and Practice
20 credits

On this module, you will develop your personal initiative and employability skills, whilst engaging in team work and advocacy.

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Company Law
  • Employment Law
  • Federalism and the US Constitution
  • International Human Rights
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • The Individual and the US Constitution

Final Year

The following modules are those taught on the LLB (Hons) Lawpathway. You can choose to specialise in different areas of Law (American Legal Studies, Law with Business or Law with Criminology) or switch to any other standard undergraduate course from the School of Law upon completing your Foundation Year.

Equity and the Law of Trusts
20 credits

You will create a presentation within a group trustee board meeting, demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of the key principles, rules and concepts in equity and the law of trusts. 

Law of the European Union
20 credits

You’ll learn to demonstrate a knowledge of the relevant constitutional rules of the European Law. Assessment will be delivered through an examination. 

Option Modules
20 credits

The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:

  • American Criminal Procedure and Evidence
  • American and International Law Issues
  • Evidence, Proof and Argument
  • Family Law
  • Intellectual Property Law 

Your 40 credit module will be one of the two following options.

Integrated Project
40 credits

Delivered as an oral presentation and written project, you will self-manage your research, using a range of sources and data and applying them to a specific topic, project or organisation. Alternatively, you could undertake a placement, for example, in a Citizens’ Advice Bureau or similar environment.

American Legal Practice
40 credits

Prepare to apply for an internship in the USA by exploring issues in the US criminal justice system and developing key skills to be used in practice such as legal research, drafting and interviewing. This will be done in conjunction with our Centre for American Legal Studies.

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.


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.


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 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.

Learn more about BCUIC

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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

Jon Yorke

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.

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 Research, International Partnerships and Enterprise. Ian manages the School's collaboration with international partners as well as leading on initiatives for income diversification.

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.