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Birmingham City University

Law with a Foundation Year

UCAS Code: M111

Bachelor of Law (with Honours) - LLB (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B

Can include AS Levels and/or tariff point qualifications.

Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.

60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3. Must already hold GCSE Mathematics and English Language Grade C or higher or the equivalent at application point.

Combined with other level 3 qualifications. Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

grade C/4 English Language and Maths. Must have been achieved at the point of Enrolment. Considered in lieu of GCSE English Language at grade C/4. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy and Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - Pass Eng Language and Maths. Key Skills level 2 - Pass Application of Number and Communication. Scottish Intermediate 2 - CC Scottish Credit Standard Grade - 22

HNC (BTEC)

P

HND (BTEC)

P

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

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

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).

See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.

OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate

P

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum. Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DM

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMP

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum. Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.

OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

D*D

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D,M

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DM

Combined with other level 3 qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP

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).

Scottish Higher

B,B

UCAS Tariff

80
80%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2020

Subject

Law

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.

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.

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Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Curzon Building Campus

Department:

School of Law

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

75%
med
Law

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Law

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Law

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
80%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Law graduates tend to go into the legal industry, and they usually take similar routes. Jobs are competitive — often very competitive - but starting salaries are good and high fliers can earn serious money - starting on over £24k in London on average. Be aware though - some careers, especially as barristers, can take a while to get into, and the industry is changing as the Internet, automation and economic change all have an effect, If you want to qualify to practise law, you need to take a professional qualification — many law graduates then go on to law school. If you want to go into work, then a lot of law graduates take trainee or paralegal roles and some do leave the law altogether, often for jobs in management, finance and the police force. A small proportion of law graduates also move into another field for further study. Management, accountancy and teaching are all popular for these career changers, so if you do take a law degree and decide it’s not for you, there are options.

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