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Year of Entry 2021/22
LLB (Hons)

Law with Foundation Year

Course in clearing
Full-time Law

Gain a degree in law, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2021. Call us now on 0330 024 6390.

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Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 48 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? A098
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

Course summary

  • Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
  • After the foundation year, gain real legal work experience in every year of your degree.
  • Take work placements in legal settings across the UK and overseas.
  • Study modules designed around the Solicitors Qualifying Examination.
  • Work in our on-campus law firm alongside practising lawyers and specialist academics.

Overall on this course, you’ll gain the skills, experience, contacts and credentials you need to kick-start your legal career. You’ll do real legal work through our on-campus law firm while gaining a detailed legal education, designed around the Solicitors Qualifying Examination. When you graduate, you will not only have a law degree — you’ll have extensive legal work experience to support your qualification as a Solicitor.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

This foundation year is an entry route if you do not yet meet the entry requirements for our LLB (Hons) Law course, if you are not yet ready for degree level study, or if you are returning to study and would like to spend time getting up to speed with the demands of learning before embarking on a degree.

You will share the foundation year with other Law, Criminology, Policing and Psychology foundation students, before moving on to your subject-specific degree.


You learn through

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • team meetings
  • peer learning
  • guest lectures

You will receive feedback regularly from your tutors, peers and through guided self-reflection to help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to undertake the various module assessments.

You may also be able to work or study abroad with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.

Course leaders and tutors

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Dr Karen Quine

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Rebecca Hartley
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Applied learning

On your LLB (Hons) Law course, following completion of your foundation year you will have a range of opportunities to apply your learning and gain valuable practical experience.


Our regulated and supervised on-campus law firm, SHU Law, offers law students a unique chance to get ahead with their solicitor qualifications. You’ll gain vital industry experience, working alongside Solicitors on real cases.

Uniquely, your work with SHU Law is fully integrated into your course from your first year, and will continue throughout your studies.

Work placements

In your final year, you can choose to opt out of SHU Law work placements and enter an external legal setting.

Placements have been taken at major national and international law firms such as Irwin Mitchell and DLA Piper, and often involve sitting in on real hearings and court cases with Solicitors. You may also gain a placement in areas such as local government, coroners’ offices or local law firms.

There are also international work placements available in the USA, including at the Public Defenders’ Office in Savannah, and Innocence Project in San Diego (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme following the Brexit transition period).

Social justice

Throughout the course, you’ll help and advocate for those who don’t have or can’t afford representation. You’ll have opportunities to work on our court helpdesks, providing vital free legal advice to members of the public, to contribute to projects in our Human Rights Clinic, which is part of the award-winning Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, and to work within the Refugee Family Reunion Clinic assisting refugees with family reunification applications.   

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Future careers

Your degree can be the first step towards a legal, business or public sector career. With a law degree, you will also be in the top 25% of those who secure graduate jobs in the wider commercial and business sector.

This course prepares you for a career in

  • solicitors' firms
  • barristers' chambers
  • the legal services sector
  • business
  • the police, probation and prison services
  • financial services
  • the Crown Prosecution Service

Previous graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of legal roles, including

  • barrister at 15 Winckley Square Chambers
  • senior solicitor at SHU law
  • assistant serious crime analyst for the National Crime Agency
  • managing director at MSL Corporate Consulting Ltd
  • solicitor at CMS
  • legal assistant at Irwin Mitchell

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Entry requirements

All students

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

48 UCAS points, including 24 points from one A level or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, with a minimum score of 6.5 in reading and writing, a minimum of 5.5 in all other skills.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Introduction To The Psychological, Political, Legal, Criminal Justice And Sociological Sciences Credits: 60
Module: The Practice Of Law And Policing Credits: 60

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Criminal Law And Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Dispute Resolution In Contract Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Law And Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Uk Constitutional Law And Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dispute Resolution In Tort Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Land, Property Law And Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Legal Professional Practice Development Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Trusts & Equitable Wrongs (Including Wills And Administration Of Estates) Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Legal Professional Practice (Contentious) Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Legal Professional Practice (Non-Contentious) Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Business Law And Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Commercial Law And Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Dissertation Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Employment Law And Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Family Law, Policy And Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Human Rights Law And Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Immigration Law And Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Law And Medicine Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Law Of Evidence And Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sports Law Credits: 30 Assessment: Exam

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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