LLB (Hons) Law including Foundation Year (Four Year)

Start Dates: January 2022
Duration: Four years full-time
Awarding Body: University of Northampton
Average Contact Hours: 12 per week
UCAS Code: M100

The Course

This four-year course is perfect for those returning to education who may not have the expected qualifications. If you’ve only studied up to GCSE Level but have always dreamed of working in the legal field or becoming a lawyer, there’s nothing stopping you. We pride ourselves on accepting applicants who have previously ruled out a degree based on their past grades.

In your foundation year (first year) you’ll complete four modules designed to give you the skills and knowledge you will need to study law at university level.

Whether you want to work within the legal profession or you just have a real interest for the subject, studying law with us will challenge the way you think while opening the door to incredible career opportunities.

The LLB Law degree (including foundation year) covers the key aspects of legal theory and practice theory. You will study all areas of English Law and how this is influenced by and impacts ethical, social, political, environmental and economic values. The skills and knowledge you’ll gain will be transferable to everyday life, enabling you to experience and see the world from different viewpoints.

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Teaching and Learning

Please note: our courses are taught face-to-face, and we plan to deliver all classes in-person. Depending on Government guidelines and Covid-19 restrictions, we may have to hold classes online.  If you are an international applicant and you are unable to travel to the UK because of Covid-19 restrictions, you will be able to start the course online – click here for further information.

Throughout your studies you’ll be taught via three methods: lectures, workshops and seminars. Expect to hear interesting talks, participate in debate and conversation and apply your knowledge in a practical way.

Assessments come in a mix of formats, also depending on your chosen options. These include essays, portfolios, exams, reports, group presentations and case studies.

We use a range of new and traditional assessment methods to allow you to explore and express your abilities. They are not just a way of assessing whether something has been learned, but an opportunity to develop skills that will equip you in your life outside of university.

We aim to provide all the support you need to make sure you have the confidence and understanding to engage with your assessments. Our tutors are specialists in providing support to students who may feel unconfident in an academic environment.

Assessment and feedback are designed to make sure our teaching is effective. We adapt our teaching and learning methods to suit you, offering you a high quality and stimulating educational experience.

To pass modules in this course, you will need to achieve an overall grade of at least D- in the module.


Five GCSEs at Grade C/4 (or equivalent), including English Language. International equivalent qualifications may also be accepted.

If you do not meet these entry requirements, you can take our assessments and attend an interview. If you pass, you can be admitted to the course. We do not charge a fee for this.

If you are an international student, you will need to pass a Secure English Language Test (SELT) approved by the UKVI unless you are exempt.

You must have completed Year 11 (Key Stage 4) at least 2 years before you start the course. This would normally mean that you will be 18 years old or above when you start.


UK: £9,000 per year
Total course fee: £36,000
International: £12,000 per year
Total course fee: £48,000

UK students may be eligible for our travel bursary worth up to £1,090 which covers unlimited free tube and bus travel from Zone 1 – 6. Head to our Fees and scholarships page for more information.

International students who require a Student Visa can work up to 20 hours per week during term time (full time during the holidays).

All the above fees are correct as of April 2021.

Level/Year Semester 1 Semester 2
Level 0 – Foundation Professional Skills (30 credits) Contemporary Themes (30 credits) Study and Research Skills (30 credits) Introduction to Law (30 credits)
Level 4 – Year 1 Legal Method and Systems (30 credits) Contract Law (30 credits) Option (30 credits) Criminal Law (30 credits)
Level 5 – Year 2 Public Law (30 credits) Law of Tort (30 credits) Option (30 credits) Option (30 credits)
Level 6 – Year 3 Option (30 credits) Equity and Trusts (30 credits) Option (30 credits) Dissertation (30 credits)

Option modules
Students will complete one of the following option modules in their first year:

Perspectives on Law
Professional Legal Skills

Students will complete two of the following Year 2 option modules:

European Union Law **
Principles of Land Law ***
Punishment and the Penal System
Independent Learning Module****

Students will complete two of the following Level 6 option modules:

Civil Litigation and Client Care (subject to demand)
Criminal Litigation (subject to demand)
Aspects of International Law (subject to demand)
Company and Partnership Law and Practice
Employment Law and Practice (subject to demand)
Family Law and Practice
Legal Internship (see below)
Law of the European Union **
Land Law ***
Independent Learning Module****

** Students are only allowed to take one of the following two option modules: (i) Level 5 European Union Law; or (ii) Level 6 Law of the European Union.

*** Students are only allowed to take one of the following two option modules: (i) Level 5 Principles of Land Law; or (ii) Level 6 Land Law.

**** Students are only allowed to take one Independent Learning Module during their programme.

Qualifying Law Degree
Students will have to complete the following modules to graduate with a Qualifying Law Degree. This will enable you to enter the legal profession as a barrister or solicitor of England and Wales, as you will satisfy the academic stage of training.

Module Code Level Module
LSBM110 4 Legal Method and Systems
LSBM108 4 Contract Law
LSBM109 4 Criminal Law
LSBM212 5 Law of Tort
LSBM214 5 Public Law
LSBM319 6 Equity and Trusts
LSBM213 5 Principles of Land Law or Land Law
LSBM321 6
LSBM211 5 European Union Law or Law of the European Union
LSBM322 6

Independent Learning Module (ILM)
During the first and second year, you can choose to take an Independent Learning Module. If you’re interested in a subject outside of your chosen modules, this is a perfect opportunity to pursue this. You will agree on the topic area with your supervisor who will support and help you throughout this module.

Legal internship
Experience within the legal profession is available through our internship programme. If you have taken the Level 4 module Professional Legal Skills, you can choose to undertake an internship in Year 3. More information about this will be available during the second semester of Year 2.

Work Experience
Students will gain valuable industry experience through completing 200 hours of work experience. You can choose to do this full-time during the summer break at the end of your first year, or part time throughout your final year.

Students complete a 30-credit Level 6 dissertation. Teaching for this is provided Year 3, Semester 1. Students will submit a research proposal in teaching week 8 of Semester 1. The due date for the dissertation will be teaching week 12 of Semester 2.

Featured Modules

Public Law is a compulsory module at Level 5 that covers UK constitutional and administrative law. It explores the nature, functions and fundamental principles of the UK’s constitution, and the impact of EU Law and the European Convention on Human Rights (and Human Rights Act 1998) on the UK’s constitution. This is followed by analysis of how the Human Rights Act 1998 has been applied by UK courts. The module concludes with a detailed study of how judicial review can be used to challenge the decision-making duties and powers of public bodies.

Company and Partnership Law and Practice is an optional Level 6 module that requires a systematic understanding of the following key aspects of the legal system:

Financial and fiscal implications in choice of business medium
Formation, management and termination of a partnership
Formation of a limited company and implications of incorporation
Convening and conducting of shareholder meetings
Role and responsibilities of directors and other company officers
Amending a company’s constitution
Issuing share capital and company borrowing
Company administration and disclosure requirements
Corporate insolvency

This module examines these key aspects of company and partnership law, to enable students to critically discuss the issues and provide practical advice and assistance within the context of a specific legal situation.

Accreditations and Employability

Our Law course is a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), meaning those who wish to qualify as a Solicitor or Barrister of England and Wales can skip the academic stage of training.

You can go on to unlock a traditional legal career as a solicitor, barrister, chartered legal executive or paralegal. But many of our students follow exciting careers outside of law. You can look forward to working in areas such as education, journalism and public relations.