LLB (Hons) Law and Legal Practice: 3-Year, Full-time – Bloomsbury Institute

LLB (Hons) Law and Legal Practice: 3-Year, Full-time

Duration
3 years full-time
Start Dates
You can apply now for entry in October 2022 or February 2023
Awarding Body
Glyndŵr University*
UCAS Course Code
LLB3
Attendance
3 days a week (average 12 hours each week).
Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm
Entry Requirements
112 UCAS tariff points. GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4. Alternatively, you can take our assessment and interview.
Access to HE Courses & international equivalent qualifications are also accepted
Fees
Home: Year 1 fee, £9,250
International: Year 1 fee, £12,000
Student Satisfaction
Our Law Degree is ranked #1st in London for student satisfaction, and 7th in the UK (NSS 2022)

Course Overview

Launching October 2022, our LLB (Hons) Law and Legal Practice has been redesigned to meet the changes that have been made to how you qualify as a lawyer.

However, a law degree is not just for those who wish to pursue a legal career. Irrespective of your career aspirations, our practice-based LLB will equip you with skills that are in demand by employers.

On our LLB, academic knowledge is brought to life. Throughout the course you will put that knowledge into real-life practice, providing you with a practice-based and vocational exposure. For example, the Criminal Law and Practice module covers the traditional academic knowledge, but it then departs from a traditional Criminal Law module and covers criminal proceedings in the magistrates’ courts and the crown court; bail; allocation hearing; disclosure of evidence; and sentencing. On our Equity, Wills and Probate module you will learn how to write a will, using software that lawyers use within their practice.

You will be taught by tutors who not only have experience of teaching law, but who also practise (or have practised) law as a Chartered Legal Executive, Solicitor or Barrister.

When you enrol on the LLB from October 2022, you will be provided with a laptop that has access to all the software you will use during the course. You will also be able to access our Virtual Learning Environment, online library and eBooks.

We aim to provide you with a 21st Century technology-advanced educational experience where there are no hidden costs. Your tuition fees are fully inclusive – finance will not be a barrier to your ultimate success.

By the end of your degree, you will:

  • Be able to make an active contribution to our Bloomsbury Law Clinic, providing you with invaluable clinical legal experience
  • Develop the essential practical legal knowledge and skills to enable you to secure quality legal (or non-legal) work experience during the course
  • Be “work ready” when you graduate, having been equipped with specialist and practical legal knowledge and skills, enabling you to secure highly skilled employment
  • Satisfy the CILEx Regulation knowledge and skills education standards, if you seek to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive
  • Be prepared for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) Part 1 if you seek to qualify as a Solicitor
  • Be prepared for the Barrister’s vocational stage of training if you seek to qualify as a Barrister

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A minimum UCAS Tariff Score of 112. This could, for example, be BBC at A Level or DDM at BTEC. We also accept Access to HE Courses and a broad range of international qualifications.

GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4, or an equivalent qualification. Alternatively, you can take our English Language assessment and interview that we provide free of charge.

International applicants for whom English is a second language require IELTS at 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each skill sub-set). Alternatively, you can take our English Password Skills Solo Test that we provide free-of-charge to all international applicants.

For more information on how to make an application, please visit our Apply page.

If you are an international student and would like information on making an application, please see our International page.

Integrated Foundation Year Entry Requirements

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, you may be eligible to join the Foundation Year. For more information visit our Foundation Year page.

For more information on our Admissions Policies – click here.

Home Students

October 2022 entry & onwards:

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Total
£9,250 £9,250 £9,250 £27,750

(Home student fees apply to students who do not require a Student Visa to study in the UK (e.g. UK and Irish citizens; EU citizens with settled or pre-settled status).

International Students

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Total
£12,000 £12,000 £12,000 £36,000

Travel Bursary for Home Students

You are eligible for a travel bursary if your tuition fees and/or maintenance is covered by a loan or grant from the Student Loans Company. The Travel Bursary covers the full cost of a student Zone 1-6 bus and tube Monthly Travel Card during term time (currently £181.70 per month). The bursary is paid monthly, from the second month, directly into your bank account.

For more information on Fees and Financial Support click here or contact our Student Recruitment team on sr@bil.ac.uk.

Level 4

You will complete the following four 30-credit modules during Year 1 (taking two modules in Term 1 and two modules in Term 2):

Law and the Legal System

The aim of the module is to:

  • Provide students with a broad knowledge and understanding of English legal methods and systems, including: the nature of law; classifications of law; sources of law; doctrine of precedent; principles of statutory interpretation; the court structure; and the personnel involved within the English legal system.
  • Develop students’ subject-specific and transferable skills which will enable the effective study of subsequent law modules.

Clinical Legal Practice

The aim of the module is to:

  • Develop students’ professional legal skills including client care, professional conduct and ethics, client interviewing, collaborative working, file management (using Intralinks VIA Pro), practical legal research, drafting and writing.
  • Develop students’ Legal IT skills to enable them to achieve Westlaw UK Basic Certification, and to develop students’ understanding of how artificial intelligence will impact the future delivery of legal services.
  • Equip students with the necessary skills to enable them to undertake the role of Student Advisor in the Bloomsbury Law Clinic, the mission of which is:
    • Social justice: to provide free legal advice to people who are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford to pay.
    • Student learning: to provide law students with clinical experience.

Dispute Resolution

 The aim of the module is to:

  •  Provide students with a broad overview of the Law of Contract and Tort.
  • Enable students to gain an understanding of the key aspects of civil litigation in the context of a contractual or tortious dispute.

Public and EU Law

 The aim of the module is to:

  • Enable students to analyse and explain the nature, functions and fundamental principles of the UK’s constitution, the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights (and the Human Rights Act 1998) on the UK’s constitution, and the impact of EU Law on the UK’s constitution following the UK’s departure from the EU.
  • Enable students to apply the grounds of judicial review in order to challenge the decision-making duties and powers of public bodies.

Level 5

You will complete the following four 30-credit modules during Year 2 (taking two modules in Term 1 and two modules in Term 2):

Criminal Law and Practice

The aim of the module is to:

  • Provide students with a broad knowledge and a critical understanding of Criminal Law, including: principles of criminal liability including strict liability; homicide and specific defences; non-fatal offences against the person; property offences; attempt; and general defences.
  • Enable students to gain an understanding of the key aspects of criminal practice.

Land Law and Conveyancing

The aim of the module is to:

  • Provide students with a sound knowledge and critical understanding of the key aspects of Land Law.
  • Equip students with the tools to develop a critical analysis of the key principles, rules and concepts of Land Law and apply them to solve practical problems.
  • Enable students to gain an understanding of the key principles and rules of conveyancing.

Equity, Wills and Probate

The aim of the module is to:

  • Enable students to acquire a sound knowledge and critical understanding of the key principles, rules and concepts of Equity and Trusts.
  • Enable students to gain an understanding of the key principles and rules of wills and probate.

Conduct, Professional Ethics and Accounts

The aim of the module is to:

  • Provide students with a broad knowledge and understanding of Conduct, including the SRA and CILEx Codes of Conduct and professional ethics.
  • Enable students to gain an understanding of the key aspects of the CILEx Accounts Rules and provide students with the ability to apply the Accounts Rules.
  • Develop students’ Legal IT skills to enable them to achieve Westlaw UK Advanced Certification, and to further develop students’ understanding of how artificial intelligence will impact the future delivery of legal services.

Level 6

You will complete two of the following four 30-credit option modules* in Term 1 of Year 3:

Civil Litigation and Advocacy

The aim of the module is to:

  • Provide students with a broad, detailed and systematic understanding of the key aspects of Civil Litigation and Advocacy.
  • Enable students to develop key advocacy skills and techniques.
  • Enable students to identify and critically explain the principles of legal professional ethics as they apply to Civil Litigation matters, and the duties of the adviser and advocate.
  • Enable students to apply key issues relating to Civil Litigation and Advocacy to provide practical advice and assistance within the context of a specific legal situation.

Immigration Law and Practice

The aim of the module is to:

  • Provide students with a broad, detailed and systematic understanding of the key aspects of Immigration Law and Practice.
  • Enable students to identify and critically explain the principles of legal professional ethics as they apply to Immigration Law and Practice matters, and the duties of the adviser.
  • Enable students to apply key issues relating to Immigration Law and Practice and to provide practical advice and assistance within the context of a specific legal situation.

Conveyancing

The aim of the module is to:

  • Provide students with a broad, detailed and systematic understanding of the key aspects of Conveyancing.
  • Enable students to identify and critically explain the principles of legal professional ethics as they apply to Conveyancing matters, and the duties of the adviser.
  • Enable students to apply key issues relating to Conveyancing and to provide practical advice and assistance within the context of a specific legal situation.

Internship

The aim of the module is to:

  • Provide students with a beneficial experience of the working environment, analysing real-life legal issues and providing solutions.
  • Enable students to become aware of the culture and structure of a working environment, develop new capabilities and skills, and engage in reflective practice.

You will complete two of the following four 30-credit option modules* in Term 2 of Year 4:

Criminal Litigation and Advocacy

The aim of the module is to:

  • Provide students with a broad, detailed and systematic understanding of the key aspects of Criminal Litigation and Advocacy.
  • Enable students to develop key advocacy skills and techniques.
  • Enable students to identify and critically explain the principles of legal professional ethics as they apply to Criminal Litigation matters, and the duties of the adviser and advocate.
  • Enable students to apply key issues relating to Criminal Litigation and Advocacy to provide practical advice and assistance within the context of a specific legal situation.

Business Law and Practice

The aim of the module is to:

  • Provide students with a broad, detailed and systematic understanding of the key aspects of Business Law and Practice.
  • Enable students to identify and critically explain the principles of legal professional ethics as they apply to Business Law and Practice matters, and the duties of the adviser.
  • Enable students to apply key issues relating to Business Law and Practice and to provide practical advice and assistance within the context of a specific legal situation.

Wills and Probate Practice

The aim of the module is to:

  • Provide students with a broad, detailed and systematic understanding of the key aspects of Wills and Probate Practice.
  • Enable students to identify and critically explain the principles of legal professional ethics as they apply to Wills and Probate Practice matters, and the duties of the adviser.
  • Enable students to apply key issues relating to Wills and Probate Practice and to provide practical advice and assistance within the context of a specific legal situation.

Internship

The aim of the module is to:

  • Provide students with a beneficial experience of the working environment, analysing real-life legal issues and providing solutions.
  • Enable students to become aware of the culture and structure of a working environment, develop new capabilities and skills, and engage in reflective practice.

Dissertation

The aim of the module is to:

  • Enable students to exhibit a detailed, critical and research-informed knowledge of an area of law chosen by the student.
  • Enable students to exhibit the key graduate skills of independent learning, synthesis, critical analysis and critical evaluation.

*All optional modules are delivered subject to sufficient student demand

You will be taught at our Central London (Zone 1) Campus. You will have full access to the library at Birkbeck College (University of London), including the right to borrow books.

You will attend two Terms each year. Each Term you will complete two 30-credit modules.

You will attend classes 3 days a week, averaging 12 hours a week. Your classes will be scheduled Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

You will experience a variety of teaching methods. Most modules are delivered through lectures, seminars and workshops.

Lectures provide a broad outline structure for each topic to be covered. Lectures offer a good way of covering a lot of information and, more importantly, of conveying ideas to many people at once.

Seminars enable you to complete directed self-study and to answer questions and solve problems which are set by the lecturer. You will discuss your answers and solutions within the seminar group. Seminars will enable you to explore further the topics introduced in the lectures.

Workshops follow on from lectures and seminars. They are designed to enable you to work within a small group to perform set tasks (e.g. working on an exercise or case study).

During the course you will be developed to successfully complete Westlaw UK Basic Certification (during Level 4 study) and Westlaw UK Advanced Certification (during Level 5 study).

Assessment

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 future life and career.

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 experienced in providing support to students who may feel unconfident in an academic environment. You can also access free support through our Learning Enhancement team.

The type of assessment for each module is as follows:

Module Assessment Weighting
Level 4 Law and the Legal System Assessment 1: Portfolio
Assessment 2: Coursework
50%
50%
Level 4 Clinical Legal Practice Assessment 1: Coursework
Assessment 2: Report
50%
50%
Level 4 Dispute Resolution Assessment 1: Coursework
Assessment 2: Project
50%
50%
Level 4 Public and EU Law Assessment 1: Portfolio
Assessment 2: Case Study
50%
50%
Level 5 Criminal Law and Practice Assessment 1: Coursework
Assessment 2: Portfolio
50%
50%
Level 5 Land Law and Conveyancing Assessment 1: Coursework
Assessment 2: Portfolio
50%
50%
Level 5 Conduct, Professional Ethics and Accounts Assessment 1: Coursework
Assessment 2: Report
50%
50%
Level 5 Equity, Wills and Probate Assessment 1: Coursework
Assessment 2: Case Study
50%
50%
Level 6 Civil Litigation and Advocacy Assessment 1: Presentation
Assessment 2: Project
50%
50%
Level 6 Immigration Law and Practice Assessment 1: Portfolio
Assessment 2: Case Study
50%
50%
Level 6 Conveyancing Assessment 1: Portfolio
Assessment 2: Case Study
50%
50%
Level 6 Criminal Litigation and Advocacy Assessment 1: Presentation
Assessment 2: Project
50%
50%
Level 6 Business Law and Practice Assessment 1: Portfolio
Assessment 2: Case Study
50%
50%
Level 6 Wills and Probate Practice Assessment 1: Portfolio
Assessment 2: Case Study
50%
50%
Level 6 Internship Assessment 1: Report
Assessment 2: Reflective Practice
70%
30%
Level 6 Dissertation Assessment 1: Research Proposal
Assessment 2: Dissertation
10%
90%

 

Start date: October 2022

You will be invited to attend the welcome week 3 to 7 October 2022.

Year 1 Pre-reading Start Pre-reading Finish Teaching Start  Teaching End  Easter 
Term 1 10 October 2022 23 December 2022
Term 2 23 January 2023 3 February 2023 6 February 2023 28 April 2023 Easter 7 – 10 April 2023

 

Year 2 Pre-reading Start Pre-reading Finish Teaching Start  Teaching End  Easter 
Term 1 25 September 2023 6 October 2024 9 October 2023 22 December 2023
Term 2 22 January 2024 2 February 2024 5 February 2024 26 April 2024 Easter 29 Mar – 1 April 2024

 

Year 3 Pre-reading Start Pre-reading Finish Teaching Start  Teaching End  Easter 
Term 1 23 September 2024 4 October 2024 7 October 2024 20 December 2024
Term 2 20 January 2025 31 January 2025 3 February 2025 25 April 2025 Easter 18 – 21 April 2025

Start date: February 2023

You will be invited to attend the welcome week 30 January to 3 February 2023.

Year 1 Pre-reading Start Pre-reading Finish Teaching Start  Teaching End  Easter 
Term 1 6 February 2023 28 April 2023 Easter 7 – 10 April 2023
Term 2 29 May 2023 9 June 2023 12 June 2023 25 August 2023

 

Year 2 Pre-reading Start Pre-reading Finish Teaching Start  Teaching End  Easter 
Term 1 22 January 2024 2 February 2024 5 February 2024 26 April 2024 Easter 29 March – 1 April 2024
Term 2 27 May 2024 7 June 2024 10 June 2024 23 August 2024

 

Year 3 Pre-reading Start Pre-reading Finish Teaching Start  Teaching End  Easter 
Term 1 20 January 2025 31 January 2025 2 February 2025 24 April 2025 Easter 18 – 21 April 2025
Term 2 26 May 2025 6 June 2025 9 June 2025 22 August 2025

Start date: June 2023

You will be invited to attend the welcome week 5 to 9 June 2023.

Year 1 Pre-reading Start Pre-reading Finish Teaching Start  Teaching End  Easter 
Term 1 12 June 2023 25 August 2023
Term 2 25 September 2023 6 October 2023 9 October 2023 22 December 2023

 

Year 2 Pre-reading Start Pre-reading Finish 3t  Teaching End  Easter 
Term 1 22 January 2024 2 February 2024 10 June 2024 23 August 2024
Term 2 23 September 2024 4 October 2024 7 October 2024 20 December 2024

 

Year 3 Pre-reading Start Pre-reading Finish Teaching Start  Teaching End  Easter 
Term 1 20 January 2025 31 January 2025 9 June 2025 22 August 2025
Term 2 22 September 2025 3 October 2025 5 October 2025 19 December 2025

 

Bloomsbury Law Clinic is controlled and managed by Bloomsbury Institute.

The mission and purpose of the Clinic is two-fold:

  • Social justice: to provide free legal advice to people who are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford to pay
  • Student learning: to provide law students with clinical experience, and non-law students with the opportunity to develop their transferrable skills

We provide legal advice on Housing Law for residential tenants, covering tenancy disputes, disrepair and homelessness.

External practising solicitors supervise students when interviewing clients and providing written legal advice.

After you have completed the Year 1 module Clinical Legal Practice you will be eligible to undertake the role of Law Clinic Advisor.

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

Qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive

Our LLB (Hons) Law and Legal Practice is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Regulation. It incorporates the CILEx Regulation knowledge and skills education standards. Once you have completed the degree, you can qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive by undertaking a minimum of three years’ full-time qualifying employment (or equivalent part-time employment) and demonstrating competence in the work-based learning outcomes. You will also need to satisfy the CILEx Regulation’s character and suitability requirements.

In order to satisfy the CILEx Regulation knowledge and skills education standards, and be eligible to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive, you must take at least one of the following Level 6 modules:

  • Civil Litigation and Advocacy
  • Criminal Litigation and Advocacy
  • Business Law and Practice
  • Immigration Law and Practice
  • Wills and Probate Practice
  • Conveyancing

Under s.12 of the Legal Services Act 2007, litigation and advocacy activities can be carried out by an authorised person only. CILEx Regulation is a regulator that can award litigation and advocacy practice rights to enable a qualified Chartered Legal Executive to become an authorised person.

Litigation and advocacy rights, under the Legal Services Act 2017, mean the right to conduct litigation and advocacy with rights of audience (where applicable) in the County Court, Magistrates Court, Youth Court and (in some circumstances) the Crown Court.

CILEx Regulation has split the litigation and advocacy rights into different practice areas: civil; criminal; and family. Authorisation will relate to one of these practice areas.

If you seek to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive and be authorised to conduct civil litigation and advocacy with rights of audience in the County Court and civil matters in the Magistrates Court you will need to complete the Level 6 Civil Litigation and Advocacy module. Prior to qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive, you will also need to complete an accredited civil litigation advocacy skills course. If authorised, you will become a Chartered Legal Executive and Advocate (Civil Litigation).

If you seek to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive and be authorised to conduct criminal litigation and advocacy with rights of audience in the Magistrates Court, Youth Court and, in certain circumstances, the Crown Court you will need to complete the Level 6 Criminal Litigation and Advocacy module. Prior to qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive, you will also need to complete an accredited criminal litigation advocacy skills course. If authorised, you will become a Chartered Legal Executive and Advocate (Criminal Litigation).

Full information can be found here.

Qualifying as a Solicitor

From September 2021 onwards the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have implemented changes to the qualification process by introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The SQE replaces the postgraduate qualification gained through completion of the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

In the future, all those wishing to qualify as a solicitor will need to pass the SQE and complete a two-year full-time period of qualifying work experience (or equivalent period of part-time work experience) and meet the SRA’s suitability requirements.

SQE1 primarily tests candidates’ legal knowledge, while SQE2 tests practical legal skills.

The cost of the two stages of assessment is £3,980 (SQE1 costs £1,558 and SQE2 costs £2,422).

You will complete the SQE1 after you have successfully completed our LLB (Hons) Law and Legal Practice.

Full information can be found here.

Qualifying as a Barrister

Our LLB (Hons) Law and Legal Practice covers the seven foundations of legal knowledge which are required for the academic component of Bar training. On successful completion of the degree programme (with a 2:2 or above) you can progress to the vocational component of Bar training. which is now called by a variety of names such as the Bar Practice Course or Barrister Training Course (it was previously called the Bar Professional Training Course).

To become a practising barrister, it is then necessary to complete a 1-year pupillage. The pupillage may also be called “work-based learning” because the Bar Standards Board is seeking to encourage a wider range of employers to offer this component of training. “Work-based learning” might, for example, be offered by employers that offer training to future members of the employed Bar.

Full information can be found here.

Postgraduate study opportunities

We have a progression agreement with Birkbeck College (University of London). If you graduate with a minimum 2:2, you will be eligible for admission to some of Birkbeck’s Master’s degrees without having to be interviewed.

You will also be eligible for admission to our MBA. As one of our graduates, you will receive a 25% tuition fee discount.

As a small higher education Institute, you’re never just a number. We pride ourselves on supporting each and every student, ensuring that your journey with us is rewarding and life-affirming.

Our Centre for Student Engagement, Wellbeing and Success (SEWS) employs a team of full-time staff, so there’s always someone available to listen to you and offer tailored guidance and advice:

Disability & Wellbeing

We recognise emotional and mental wellbeing as a priority. It’s so important for us all to find effective ways of coping.

Our wellbeing programme offers you the opportunity to take time out and reflect on how your life could be enhanced by finding that sense of calm and finding grounded which lies at the heart of a balanced, fulfilling life.

Managing stress, budgeting and building resilience workshops are all run through our wellbeing programme. For this reason, you should consider our wellbeing programme as a fundamental part of making the most of your time here at Bloomsbury Institute.

Disabilities, long-term medical conditions, or specific learning difficulties are never barriers to success here at Bloomsbury Institute.

We‘re committed to providing a level playing field and empowering everyone to study as independently as possible during their time with us.

Specially trained staff are on hand to advise and support you. And we’ll work with you and liaise with academic departments to agree any adjustments that might be needed (including exam arrangements) to make sure your needs are met.

Learning Enhancement

Learning Enhancement is here to provide every student with English language support, as well as developing your academic skill set.

Whether you’re struggling with your studies or simply want to go from good to great, our workshops and sessions on academic language and academic skills tap into the power of small group learning to really help you develop the tools you need to succeed as a student. You can also book a one-to-one appointment with a LE Leader to talk through any issues or questions.

Peer Assisted Learning

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is an internationally recognised scheme. We train students to lead study sessions outside of the classroom, to help students in the year below themselves with study material.

If you need extra study support, you can attend a PAL session and get one-to-one and small group session support from students who have experience of passing the modules and assessments you may be struggling with.

Let’s Grow

Our Let’s Grow programme provides you with personal, academic and career development opportunities.

Embedded within your course and taking place through extra-curricular activities, the programme prepares you for life after graduation, including:

  • Enabling you to communicate your skills and experiences effectively to a range of audiences from employers to investors.
  • Actively encouraging you to take on opportunities, provided by the Institute, to develop and apply a wide range of employability skills.
  • Provide you with a global outlook, international opportunities and up-to-date analysis of the UK and international job market.
  • Promoting, encouraging and rewarding work-related learning.
  • Rewarding you by taking ownership of your career development.

Our Centre for Community Engagement and Learning connects the Institute (and staff and students) with local communities and global partners through experiential learning, research and civic engagement.

Some of the Centre’s activities link into the Let’s Grow programme, and provides students with the opportunity to participate in our Law Clinic and Radio.

Bloomsbury Institute Student Guild (BISG) aims to inspire and empower all Bloomsbury Institute students, providing you with a valued experience that extends beyond the classroom. They are the official representative of students here at the Institute, providing a range of services and opportunities during and after your studies.

From ensuring the student voice is heard, to running societies and clubs, students are at the heart of all they do.

For more information, head to their website: www.bil-guild.org

Glyndŵr University is the awarding body for this course.