LLB (Hons) Law including Foundation Year (4 Year)
Have only a limited number of A-Levels or BTEC Level 3 qualifications? All of our four year degrees are ideal for applicants who have only studied up to GCSE Level. This course may also be for you if you:
If you don’t have any formal qualifications, you could still be admitted onto the course if you pass our admissions tests and interview.
You can choose to study Law, Business Management, or Accounting and Financial Management. In Year 1, you will complete four Foundation Year modules. Three of these four modules focus on general study skills and the fourth is an introduction to your chosen subject area (Law, Business, or Accounting). These modules have been designed to prepare you for the next three years of your degree.
If you are eligible for funding through the Student Loans Company (SLC) you will be entitled to funding for all 4 years of the course.
This course covers the key aspects of legal theory and practice at degree level. It equips graduates with the knowledge and skills needed for an entry-level position in a wide range of areas requiring a law qualification.
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Professional Body recognition
The course is recognised by the legal professional bodies as a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) exempting graduates from the Academic Stage of Training for students seeking to qualify as a solicitor or barrister of England and Wales.
Students who complete the Civil Litigation and Client Care module, plus one of the other four practice-based modules, are eligible for admission as a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). This opportunity saves graduates one year of additional study. With CILEx Graduate Member status, our students will be able to use the designatory letters: GCILEx (therefore they would be LLB (Hons), GCILEx).
Upon graduation our students who opt for CILEx Graduate Member status could immediately work in a law firm in roles such as a Trainee CILEx Lawyer, Paralegal or Legal Clerk. After completing 3 years of qualifying employment in a law firm, they will be admitted as a Fellow of CILEx (FCILEx) and a Chartered Legal Executive. Fellows can represent clients in court if they qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate. They can also dual qualify as a Solicitor, without having to complete a two-year training contract.
Our LLB is one of only a handful in England and Wales which provides students with this option. Usually membership takes an additional year of study. So our LLB students who decide to pursue a career as a chartered legal executive can benefit from this very unique advantage!
This degree is clearly a natural choice for applicants considering a career as a solicitor, barrister, chartered legal executive or paralegal. Our Law graduates will hone a number of invaluable employability skills, such as: intellectual independence; reflective self-management; awareness of principles and values of law, justice and ethics; an understanding of legal theories that can be applied globally; problem-solving; excellent written and oral communication. Therefore there is a diverse array of employment opportunities for Law graduates in areas such as education, journalism, public relations, business and enterprise, or across the public sector.
We have both October and January start dates for this course. There are two semesters each year. Students complete 2 x 30 credit modules each semester, enabling students to concentrate on fewer modules at a time. Modules are assessed in different ways, e.g. essays, problem questions, case studies, reports, moots, presentations and examinations.
4 years full-time
October or January
The University of Northampton
UK/EU 2017/18*: £6,150 per year
Total course fee: £24,600
EEA and Swiss nationals 2017/18*: £12,000 per year
Total course fee: £48,000
* Scholarships are available
UK/EU - http://www.lsbm.ac.uk/scholarships
EEA - http://www.lsbm.ac.uk/eea-scholarships
Note: From 2017, English and Maths GCSEs are graded from 9 to 1, rather than A* to G. All other GCSE subjects will follow with the new grading system in 2019. A current grade 'C' in the new system will be considered to be a '4'. Click here for a quick explanation of the new GCSE grading system from our blog.
Students complete two of the following Level 6 option modules:
** Compulsory module for graduates who wish to be admitted to the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) as a Graduate Member.
* One of these four modules must be taken in conjunction with Civil Litigation and Client Care in order for graduates to be admitted to the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) as a Graduate member.
Civil Litigation and Client Care is a module available at Level 6 that examines the key aspects of Civil Litigation, including:
It enables students to critically discuss the issues and to provide practical advice and assistance within the context of a specific legal situation.
This module also exposes students to the following key aspects of Client Care:
Aspects of International Law is an optional module available at Level 6 that introduces various key aspects of the study of both Public and Private International Law. It is designed to promote systematic knowledge and conceptual understanding of the role and functioning of international law. Upon completion, students will be able to identify and critically analyse and discuss the body of law that governs the legal relations between states as well as the legal framework which regulates relationships between individuals in the international sphere.
Upon graduation your degree will be classified as follows:
1st Class Honours
Upper Second Class Honours (2.1)
Lower Second Class Honours (2.2)
Third Class Honours
In calculating your degree classification, modules at Levels 0 and 4 are ignored. Your degree classification is based upon your performance in modules at Levels 5 and 6.
University of Northampton Academic Regulations
The LLB (Hons) Law is awarded by the University of Northampton, and is governed by the University's Academic Regulations. Most of the University’s degrees are made up of 20-credit modules and therefore some of the Regulations apply differently to the LLB because it consists of 30-credit modules:
1. Accumulated Failure (Regulation 3.7.2)
If, after exhausting all opportunities for reassessment, you fail modules to the value of 90 credits, you will be withdrawn from further study.
2. Condonement (Regulation 3.7.12)
You must pass every module in order to successfully complete your degree.
3. Maximum number of credits that can be studied in each academic year (Regulation 3.3.2)
If, after exhausting all opportunities for reassessment, you fail a module your studies will continue into an additional academic year.
You can find the University's Academic Regulations here.
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