The GDL is a conversion course which gives non-law graduates or those with an overseas law degree an opportunity to pursue a career in law. It provides a rigorous and challenging learning experience, which is commended by employers and can lay the foundations of law knowledge necessary to move into legal professions such as a solicitor or barrister.
On successful completion of the GDL you can progress to the next stage of training; either the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for those wishing to become barristers, or further training to become a solicitor.
We aim to consolidate and enhance your intellectual rigour and ability for independent learning through legal research, reasoning, and argument. You will acquire valued transferable skills in areas such as oral and written communication; group work; advocacy; interviewing and negotiation; critical thinking; and presentation skills. Not only will these skills assist you in entering the law profession, they will also assist your continuing development as you progress throughout your career.
The GDL is a one-year full-time course, or two-year part-time course. Both courses are available on campus or through online distance learning.
Full-time: one year; Part-time: two years.
Campus or eLearning, Full-time and Part-time
Preston and Online (Campus code: None)
September (Campus and eLearning) and January (eLearning)
Law of Torts
Equity and Trusts
European Union Law
You begin by studying the Legal Skills module, which aims to introduce a foundation of legal knowledge and includes an introductory online workshop prior to commencing the course in full. This provides a solid start to your journey and builds a fluency with the subject material that will empower you to progress through the rest of the GDL course.
Seven foundation modules are also studied, providing a broad insight into the legal knowledge required to prosper in the legal professions. These include: Contract Law, Criminal Law, Law of Torts, Constitutional Law, Equity and Trusts, Land Law, and European Union Law.
You will also submit an Independent Legal Research Project on the topic of your choice, with the full supervision and insight from an academic member of staff within the Lancashire Law School. This is an opportunity to really develop your knowledge and expertise in an area that aligns with your interest and career aspirations, and work closely with academic staff who possess expert knowledge and professional insights.
More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.
Full-time: £8,000 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £4,250 per year (UK/EU)
Fees for international students
Applicants who are graduates must usually hold a degree in any subject, with a minimum 2:2 grade, from a UK or Republic of Ireland Higher Education Institution; or an overseas institution (subject to approval by the International Admissions process at UCLan)
Applicants who are not graduates may still be considered but are advised to make pre-application contact with the Admissions Tutor to discuss their qualifications and/or work history. In appropriate circumstances the School will call applicants for interview where it is thought necessary that further information might be required to assess the student’s ability to meet the above criteria.
For overseas applicants whose first language is not English or who have received higher education where the medium of instruction is not English, the language requirement is IELTS 6.5 (with no individual component below 6.0) or equivalent qualification.
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This course is based in the School of Law and Social Science
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
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For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.
You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.