Law (Foundation Entry) LLB (Hons)

Law (Foundation Entry) LLB (Hons)

School of Law and Social Science




Under- graduate


Preston and Burnley

Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    M101; Short form: LLB/LawF

  • Campus:

    Preston and Burnley (Campus code: Preston: U, Burnley: A)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    LLB (Hons)

Why study this course?

During your Foundation Entry Year you will study in small groups, whilst you gain a broad introduction to the basics of law and criminology at UCLan, one of the UK’s leading providers of legal education. Develop yourself intellectually whilst acquiring core skills and legal knowledge for progression onto the degree programmes. With a strong emphasis on the development of transferable skills such as oral and written communication, digital skills, language skills, thinking and critical skills, personal development planning and group work, the law course is supported by research of international excellence and we have superb links with the regional legal profession, police and the probation service. 

You’ll gain a real insight into the legal profession with regular visits from leading practitioners, academics and judges. This is a friendly and supportive environment which encourages students to meet their potential.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important 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.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1


  • Introduction to Academic Skills in Higher Education
  • Introduction to Issues in Law and Criminology



  • Introduction to Human Rights and Debating
  • Introduction to Business Law and Commerical Awareness
  • Introduction to Family Law
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Criminology

Year 2

Please note: This course is currently under review; modules are subject to change.

  • Professional-Legal
  • Professional-Academic 
  • Business
  • Crime and Criminal Justice
  • International

We recognise that every student’s journey is a unique one and with this in mind we have designed our course to be as flexible as possible to enable students to tailor their degree towards subjects and pathways that interest them.

The pathways are guidance for students, to show which particular modules complement particular interests. If a pathway is chosen in year 2, this does not prevent a student deciding to take a different pathway in year 3.

In fact, we recognise that whilst some students want guidance on which modules are most suited to their ultimate career area, some students do not want to follow any one particular pathway, and that is fine, the flexibility of our course allows them to make completely free choices of modules from any of the pathways.

Full guidance is provided to each student during the first year of study, before any decisions are made about whether to follow a pathway or which pathway to follow.

Year 3

Professional-Legal pathway

  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Method
  • Public Law


Options (Choose FOUR)

Professional-Legal pathway

  • Land Law
  • Tort Law     
  • EU Single Market Law  

 Professional-Academic pathway                                  

  • Family Law 
  • Human Rights
  • Research Methods

Business Pathway              

  • Consumer and Commercial Law
  • Employment Law         

 Crime and Criminal Justice pathway        

  • Criminal Justice Practice & Procedure          
  • Criminology 

International pathway                        

  • EU Single Market Law          
  • International Criminal Law
  • Public International Law 

Year 4

Options (Choose FOUR)

Professional-Legal pathway

  • Equity and Trusts in Life and Death

Professional-Academic pathway                                  

  • Dissertation
  • Jurisprudence           
  • Professionalism & Work Based Learning
  • Medicine and the Law

 Business Pathway         

  • Dispute Resolution      
  • Company and Corporate Law
  • Law for Entrepreneurs

Crime and Criminal Justice pathway        

  • Policing                 
  • Sex and Violence  

International pathway                        

  • Transnational Commercial Law
  • Private International Law

Further Information

We adopt a wide range of learning and teaching methods, designed to support you to develop as an independent learner. These include interactive online sessions, e-learn activities, workshops, reflective clinical legal education, group work, research exercises, presentations, mooting and debating as well as the more traditional seminars and lectures. You will have more structured class contact in year one of your law programme to support your transition to Higher Education.

The Law degree comprises a wide range of modules which provide students with an understanding of various areas of the law as well as, at UCLan, a skills spine which is embedded throughout your three years. This spine ensures that you obtain key transferable and employability skills which are then consolidated in core and optional modules. You will also have a vibrant international flavour to lectures due to discussion from a variety of student personalities – you may well be in class with students from a number of other countries..

The approach to teaching and learning is 'student-centred': this means responsibility for achieving learning outcomes is placed on student initiative in self-managing your own programme of study.

Staff facilitate this process by providing appropriate learning materials and support, such as module handbooks, lecture outlines, reading lists and on-line student support, you will be encouraged to adopt an independent approach to learning through effective use of private study time in researching information and responding to tasks and questions. You will be supported both academically and pastorally through this process by academic staff responsible for the modules studied and also by a academic advisor, who is an academic member of staff with special responsibility for looking after you throughout your education at UCLan.

Our lecturers are from both academic and professional backgrounds ensuring our commitment to research informed teaching is maximised. You will be taught by leading academics and by staff who are professionally qualified as solicitors and barristers hence giving you a sound understanding of substantive law and its practical application.

Our Professors usually teach on the course so students get to hear first-hand about ground-breaking research topics such as war crimes trials, women in prison and criminal law. You will will also benefit from the professional experience of staff and from the School’s commitment to research informed teaching. The School of Law and Social Science is at the cutting edge of research in a number of specialist legal areas including investigations into crime and criminal justice. Over 50% of research is classed as internationally significant or world leading. Our externally funded projects have included looking at an Alcohol Policy for Europe, Hate Crime in Europe and International War Crimes. There are opportunities for students to contribute to research projects through intern schemes.

"I initially studied Law through the foundation path, because I had never been confident in my writing ability. The course offered me an insight into the legal world whist boosting my confidence both personally and academically. I would never have had the confidence to run for Law School President without it!"

Stephanie Lomas, current final year LLB student.

Law students

Law students

You can join the Student Law Society, which is run by students for students, and have arranged events such as trips to London to visit the Supreme Court, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Old Bailey, a Law Ball and numerous guest speakers.

Each year we organise a dedicated law careers fair which is supported by a range of employers from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to County Councils and Solicitors firms.

You will be supported in finding legal placements and have numerous opportunities to visit relevant legal establishments, both locally and beyond. During this course you are able to visit many of the European Institutions during a week-long study tour in Brussels.

We also have a network of alumni working in large North West organisations that offer placements to our graduates.

Industry Links

The Law School has superb links with the law profession, police and probation services and our students enjoy regular visits and talks from leading practitioners, academics, barristers, solicitors and judges.

UCLan Leaders in Residence: Amanda Webster

Amanda Webster from Harrison Drury Solicitors talks about what skills she thinks students need, and how UCLan's Leaders in Residence programme benefits students, businesses and the university.

Also hear from our Leader in Residence Mark Alexander from law firm BLM

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Our aim is to provide you with a superlative student experience and this is what our students say which makes us stand out from the crowd:

  • The range of optional modules available
  • The friendliness and accessibility of academic advisors - you know your advisors and your advisors know you!

  • The feedback you obtain from your academic advisors, which ensures you reach your potential
  • The IT support in place for each module via Blackboard
  • The embedded skills spine which helps you to build your employability skills, your legal and transferable skills and so to become more confident.

Take a look at First Year Law student, Matthew Knights' trip to Jersey after being award the International Travel Bursary

"I graduated from Lancashire Law School with an LLB in 2008 and went on to postgraduate study at numerous different establishments in order to further my career. After my postgraduate legal studies, I returned to Athens where I commenced my training as a Greek lawyer at a commercial law firm and I became a member of the Athens Bar Association. After two years of professional training, I was lucky enough to be accepted for one of the hard fought for and prestigious traineeships with the European Commission’s Competition Law Directorate-General in Brussels. After completing the traineeship, I have now been appointed as in-house Legal Advisor with the Cyprus Competition Authority in Nicosia. I feel very honoured to have been offered such a high profile position especially since I am one of the youngest lawyers ever to have been appointed to work at this level. I firmly believe that I could not have achieved at such a high level without the help, support and motivation from some of the academic staff in Lancashire Law School, who gave me all of the foundations for a successful career in law. I would say to anyone thinking of studying there, you will not regret it. You will be exposed to academic staff who not only have the legal expertise but, and this is important, are also excellent teachers. In short, they have academic staff who care."

Konstantinos Karathymios

"I found studying Law at UCLan intense and challenging at times, but also stimulating and enjoyable. Many of the academic staff are excellent teachers, brimming with enthusiasm for their subjects, and this motivates students to stay determined and focused. More importantly, my time with Lancashire Law School has taken me on a journey of personal discovery, growth and development. I have acquired so many useful skills from the course, in particular oral communication skills. Seminar discussions, oral presentations, interviewing and negotiation, mooting and debating are used heavily across all modules on the law course and, although a bit scary at first, theses learning methods really helped to build my confidence."

Mandhlase Mwanza
Mandhlase enrolled with the University as a mature student in September 2008 and at the end of the first year, she won the Lancashire Law School prize for best academic performance. From there, she went on to achieve excellent marks on the degree, culminating in her well deserved award of a first class degree.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

The Law School has superb links with the law profession, police and probation services and our students enjoy regular visits and talks from leading practitioners, academics, barristers, solicitors and judges.

Professional Accreditation

The courses are validated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board meaning that they are qualifying law degrees. Our LLB provides the academic stage of training should you wish to go on to a career as either a solicitor or a barrister.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The School’s teaching environment is designed to stimulate learning. We make use of the many modern lecture theatres across campus all of which have state of the art audio visual support and presentation facilities. All small group teaching rooms, contain state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment to enhance and support the learning experience.

As you would expect from a Law School committed to enhancing the employability of its graduates, there are a number of dedicated skills development rooms with recording and play back facilities within the School itself. There is also an impressive moot court room which looks just like a real court and provides students with an invaluable real-life educational experience. The moot court room is also used extensively for extra-curricular activities such as mooting competitions, advocacy training and visiting speakers. The Library contains a dedicated Law Library with a plethora of textbooks, law reports and journals as well as providing a quiet space for students to study both individually and as part of a group. The Law School’s extensive e-law library facility gives access to many legal and academic sources from the UK and beyond and is available to students not just when they are on-campus but whenever they are sitting in front of a PC.

There is a dedicated Blackboard page for each module which provides extensive online support, from module handbooks and lecture outlines to self-test quizzes and interactive revision materials.

Assessment is undertaken in a variety of ways, from the traditional unseen exam (a professional requirement for all of the core foundation modules), to seen examinations; end of module and in-course formative coursework assessments; e-quizzes; e-case studies; group and individual presentations; portfolios; personal development reflective diaries; moots and debates and oral performance in seminars.


"I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the School of Law and Social Science. Although the idea of work experience was daunting as a first year, I was amazed at how many opportunities came my way purely by taking part in the extra-curricular activities that the School has to offer. I have observed a multi-million pound commercial mediation settlement, shadowed a top barrister, worked for Lancashire County Council, a top Commerical Law firm and a local Criminal Law Practice. In addition I have worked for the School itself on a number of projects and internships that are available to undergraduate students. Now that I have graduated I am continuing my studies and start the MPhil – the prerequisite to the PhD, with a view to teaching on the LLB course in the near future."

Linzi Idle, LLB Graduate 2017

Marie Pulcheria, LLB Graduate


You can take up a wealth of opportunities for real life work experience and personal skills development, for example, taking part in numerous national competitions in mooting, negotiating and mediation, undertaking work placements and mini-pupillages.

You also have an opportunity to study or work abroad, through the Erasmus scheme or via international exchanges and placements. In addition you can gain the benefit of visits, for example, to the European Commission in Brussels, the European Parliament and the European Commission in Luxembourg.

Successful completion of the LLB (Hons) enables you to go on to the professional element of legal training either as a solicitor (the Legal Practice Course) or as a barrister (the Bar Professional Training Course).

Further academic study can be pursued by way of a Masters in Law, LLM, or a doctorate, PhD .

Our students are valued highly by employers due to their aptitude and skills profile. They have an impressive track record of gaining graduate level jobs or professional training contracts.

UCLan graduates are highly sought-after and you’ll find our alumni working as judges, Queen’s Counsel, barristers and solicitors across the UK and around the world. You’ll develop skills that are attractive to a range of employers - you could find yourself working for a football club or insurance company, within the probation service or the police force, for the civil service or a local government office - in a variety of roles over and above solicitor or barrister: CEO, business leader, teacher, academic, researcher, board representative.

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