LLB (Hons) Law with foundation year

Seeking a Qualifying Law Degree? If you aspire to have a successful career in the legal profession, our LLB (Hons) Law with foundation year is an ideal choice. With highly-experienced tutors and dedicated courtroom facilities, we offer excellent training in all the core areas of Law in a supportive and personalised learning environment.

Key information

Award:

LLB (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Location:

University of Bolton

UCAS points:

48

UCAS code:

M180

Start date:

19/09/2022

Course Details

Whether you’re seeking to forge a career as a solicitor, barrister, costs lawyer, legal executive or conveyancer, or aspire to work in sectors such as business management, the civil service, politics, HR or finance, our LLB (Hons) Law with foundation year is an excellent choice.

During the foundation year, our experienced team will introduce you to key areas of law and raise your awareness of the legal system and the law-making process in England and Wales. We’ll also introduce you to general study skills such as finding, understanding and using appropriate academic resources, as well as skills specific to law such as mooting and how to interview a client.

After you’ve successfully completed the foundation year, you’ll progress on to the accredited Qualifying Law Degree, following the same programme of study as students on our three-year LLB (Hons) Law course. We’ll guide you in a detailed exploration of the sources, institutions and personnel involved in the law in England and Wales, and support you to develop the skills required to practice law.

We’ll also challenge you to develop sought-after employability and transferable skills. Overall, our dedicated team are focused on helping you gain the skills employers value along with a deep and critical understanding of the law.

Highlights
  • Our Law courses are top 10 in the UK and first in the North West of England for student satisfaction for the second year running, according to The Complete University Guide 2022.
  • Your study will be based on the requirements defined by the Joint Academic Stage Board (JASB) and the Legal Training Review (LETR), which represents the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Chartered Institute for Legal Executives (CILEx) for the initial or academic stage of training to practise in the legal profession. The JASB is responsible for making sure that all Qualifying Law Degrees meet a nationally recognised standard. At Bolton, we are gratified that our law degree meets that high national standard.
  • The University of Bolton’s Legal Advice Centre launched in September 2019, where law students are guaranteed a work placement (of at least one semester) and can put their acquired skills into practice by assisting members of the public with their legal enquiries.
  • Few law schools have their own courtroom. Our state-of-the-art Moot Law Court gives you the opportunity to apply your academic and forensic skills to practical situations in front of your peers.
  • We have our own dedicated Law library, as well as a specialised law librarian. Online legal database resources are available via Lexis Library and Westlaw and we use the virtual learning environment, Moodle, to create an interactive learning environment.
  • We maintain strong partnerships with local law firms and other legal service providers, facilitating work shadowing opportunities and regular visits by guest speakers. We also run the prestigious annual Ryder Lecture series and are home to the Centre for Contemporary Coronial Law.
Key Features
  • We offer a deep understanding of the fundamental legal principles, concepts, values, rules and techniques, establishing your knowledge and understanding of the doctrines and principles which underpin the law of England and Wales.
  • Our research active academic law staff offer you access to expertise in a range of disciplines, including alternative dispute resolution, commercial, employment, European, family, healthcare, intellectual property, international and judicial reform.
  • We’ll guide you in the use of research data, including primary sources such as legislation, EU law, case law, and secondary source materials such as government reports, white and green papers, and refereed journal articles.
  • You’ll be encouraged to gain practical experience of presentation, argument and applying legal method skills as you take part in mock interviews, moot debates and negotiations.
  • We recommend you to join the University of Bolton’s Student Law Society, which offers access to work placement opportunities, presentation skills development sessions and court trips.
Professional recognition

Your study will be based on the requirements defined by the Joint Academic Stage Board (JASB) and the Legal Training Review (LETR), which represents the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Chartered Institute for Legal Executives (CILEx) for the initial or academic stage of training to practice in the legal profession.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board have accredited the University of Bolton for the purposes of the solicitors’ and barristers’ academic stage requirements.

The JASB is responsible for making sure that all Qualifying Law Degrees meet a nationally recognised standard. At Bolton, we are gratified that our law degree meets that high national standard.


  • 48 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English.
  • You may be required to pass a diagnostic test prior to admission.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.
  • If English is your second language and you feel you need extra help with your language skills, you have the option of studying specialist language modules during the foundation year. Please contact the English for Academic Purposes team for further information and advice.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


The academic study of law will give you an insight in to the legal systems on which much of our day-to-day life is based. As well as acquiring a comprehensive knowledge of the law, this degree will enable you to develop a range of key employability skills such as reasoning and critical judgement, researching for accuracy, confidence gained from public speaking, ability to formulate arguments and great attention for detail. These skills are highly transferable and can place you well for a career inside or outside of the legal profession.

If you intend to practice law after graduation you must go on to further study and vocational training. To become a solicitor in England and Wales you have to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC), followed by a two-year training contract with a law firm, or Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). If your aim is to work as a barrister in England and Wales, you need to undertake the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), followed by a one-year training period called a pupillage. Variations in training routes exist in Scotland and Northern Ireland for both roles.

What can I do with this qualification?

As a graduate with a law degree, there are a range of career options that you’ll be more acquainted with and are more obvious to you, including becoming a solicitor, barrister, paralegal, legal executive, legal secretary and patent attorney.

If you qualify as a solicitor, you’ll have direct contact with clients, with the broadest caseload coming from high street practices which cover criminal, family, probate and business law. Opportunities are therefore available in private practice, in public sector bodies such as local authorities and the Government, and in the in-house legal departments of companies.

If you choose the barrister route, you’ll most likely work in sets of chambers on a self-employed basis. Others are employed in public sector bodies such as the Crown Prosecution Service, the Armed Forces legal service, and the Government Legal Service.

Alternative career options

Not all graduates want to qualify as a lawyer, yet they want to work in an area that involves legal content whether it is in business or in the wider community. There are a variety of fields that you could work within (please note, that some of these areas may require further study or work experience):

  • Immigration
  • Police
  • Trading standards
  • Investment banking
  • Tax advice/inspection
  • Teaching and education
  • International aid/development
  • Human Resources
  • Health and safety
  • Probation/social work
  • Accountancy
  • Political research
  • Charity and advice work
  • Recruitment
  • Stockbroking
  • Marketing

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/252025/26
2021£9,250£9,250£9,250£9,250-£37,000
2021-£9,250£9,250£9,250£9,250£37,000
International Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/252025/26
2021£9,250£12,450£12,450£12,450-£46,600
2021-£9,750£12,950£12,950£12,950£48,600

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

If you wish to apply for multiple institutions or multiple courses at Bolton for September entry, then appy through UCAS

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £26.50. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £22 is applicable.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

If you wish to apply for a single course offered by the University of Bolton for any intake, you can apply directly

If you have carefully considered your course and institution choices and decided that this course is the best option for you, you may apply directly to the University using our online application form shown below.

A direct application to Bolton provides the following features:

  • Free of charge to apply

  • Secure, simple and streamlined

  • Contact us directly for any admissions queries

  • Regular updates on your application directly from the University

  • Invites to offer holder events and taster sessions where you can meet your future tutors and get a flavour of university life

NOTE: You cannot apply both through UCAS and directly to Bolton. Submitting an application to any university through UCAS during the same academic year will void any direct application you make to Bolton.

For courses starting in September, please be aware that we are required to share your information with UCAS if we accept you on this course. We will create a simplified UCAS acceptance record on your behalf and return this to UCAS. By submitting your application directly to the University of Bolton, you agree to these terms.

If you are ready to apply directly, please select your chosen start date from the list below.

Before applying, please read the entry requirements section of this page.

If your course runs at multiple locations or has various start dates, please be sure to select the correct application link from the list below.

Before beginning your application, you should have the following information to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history, including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already inputted.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or UGadmissions@bolton.ac.uk

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

  • Apply online: University of Bolton LLB (Hons) Law with Foundation - 19 September 2022 (Intake not currently accepting international applications)

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If you have carefully considered your course and institution choices and decided that this course is the best option for you, you may apply free of charge to the University. By selecting the appropriate link from the list shown below, you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this, and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

When you are asked to add a contact email address, please ensure you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address, we will be unable to identify you as a partner and offer you the benefits of being part of our group.

NOTE: You cannot apply both through UCAS and directly to Bolton. Submitting an application to any university through UCAS during the same academic year will void any direct application you make to Bolton.

For courses starting in September, please be aware that we are required to share your information with UCAS if we accept you on this course. We will create a simplified UCAS acceptance record on your behalf and return this to UCAS. By submitting your application directly to the University of Bolton, you agree to these terms.

If you are ready to apply directly, please select your chosen start date from the list below.

Before applying, please read the entry requirements section of this page.

If your course runs at multiple locations or has various start dates, please be sure to select the correct application link from the list below.

Before beginning your application, you should have the following information to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history, including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including email addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already inputted.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or UGadmissions@bolton.ac.uk

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


The School of Law is led by professionally qualified and specialist law staff with a wide range of experience in practice, teaching and research. The LLB programme is taught using a variety of methods. You can expect lectures, seminars, tutorials, technology-enhanced applications, mooting, debates, role plays and student presentations.

In the majority of modules, formal lectures are used to introduce a topic, with follow-up small group seminars where you’re encouraged to apply this knowledge to case studies based on a range of legal problems. You’ll have the opportunity to attend additional weekly tutorials, ensuring you have space to ask questions or seek individual help.

In terms of assessment, a diverse and distinctive regime is in place so you benefit from a balanced approach including both examinations and coursework, as well as presentations, mock interviews, mooting and negotiations. Some assessments will contribute to your final module mark and allow you to demonstrate that you’ve met the learning outcomes, while others are designed to help you identify areas that need extra attention on your part, or where you need extra support from your tutors.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Academic and Research Skills
  • Law in Context
  • Mooting and Interviewing
  • Core Legal Principles
  • Academic Language and Skills 3
  • English Legal System and Foundation Legal Skills
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Public Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Professionals in Practice
  • Law of Tort
  • European Law
  • Land Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Preparation for Practice
  • Dissertation
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Company Law
  • Social Security Law
  • Law of Evidence
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Jurisprudence
  • Legal Skills
  • Street Law - A Law Clinic Module
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Sports Law
  • Medical Law and Ethics
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 50%, Practical exams 25%, Written exams 25%
Level twoCoursework 50%, Practical exams 17%, Written exams 33%
Level threeCoursework 71%, Practical exams 22%, Written exams 7%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 74%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 26%
Level twoGuided independent study 74%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 26%
Level threeGuided independent study 78%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Zaman Kala
Programme Leader - Foundation Year and Admissions Tutor

Z.Kala@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903673

Beverley Caddick
Academic Operations Lead - Law

B.Caddick@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903976

Sally Preece
Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes

S.Preece@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903613

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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