Law (Foundation Entry) MLaw

Law (Foundation Entry) MLaw




Under- graduate



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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    5 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, None

  • UCAS Code:

    L258; Short form: L/FE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:


Why study this course?

During your Foundation Entry Year you will study alongside peers from related courses, whilst you gain a broad introduction to the basics of law at UCLan, one of the UK’s leading providers of legal education. Develop yourself intellectually whilst acquiring basic legal knowledge and understanding of legal systems for progression onto the degree programme. With a strong emphasis on the development of core and transferable skills such as oral and written communication, IT 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. And there are plenty of opportunities to give your CV a boost. You can take part in work placements, mini pupillages, mooting and mock trials. We also encourage all students to join the Student Law Society.

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.

Clearing 2018

Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic Study
  • Writing for Academic Success
  • Introduction to Legal Systems
  • Introduction to Current Legal Issues
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Street Law***
  • Family Relationships and the Law
  • Introduction to War Crimes Trials
  • Current Issues in Human Rights


  • Foundations of English Law *
  • Foundations of English and Mauritius Law ** ***
  • Defamation and Privacy in the Media
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Introduction to Mediation
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Criminology and Criminal justice
  • Skills for language students



  • Lawyers Skills and Personal Development
  • Legal System
  • Public Law
  • Contract Law

2 options from a range offered, including:

  • Judicial Process
  • Foundations in Human Rights


  • EU Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Tort Law
  • Legal Research & Reasoning Skills and Personal Development

2 options from a range offered, including:

  • Mooting and Legal Debating
  • Family Law
  • Media Law
  • Employment Law
  • Human Rights in the UK
  • Criminology
  • Sentencing & Treatment of Offenders
  • Sports Law
  • War Crimes Trials

Years 4/5


  • Litigation
  • Advocacy
  • Land Law
  • Trusts & Equity
  • Interviewing, Employability and Personal Development

1 option from a range, including:

  • Law Clinic
  • Medicine and the Law
  • Human Rights in an European & International Law Context
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Company Law
  • Criminal Law Relating to Sex & Violence
  • Criminal Evidence
  • EU Business Law
  • Placement (worked based learning for lawyers.)
  • Terrorism and the Law
  • Dissertation


  • Business Law and Practice
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Solicitors Accounts
  • Taxation, Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Wills, Probate and Administration of Estates
  • 1 ½ modules from a range.

Further Information

The aim of the course is to offer the opportunity for intellectual development, to acquire fundamental legal knowledge for progression into the legal profession, the wider employment market or further study and to provide flexibility in developing specialised interests.

As a Law School, 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.

The course comprises core and optional modules. The core modules are those that the legal professions require all students to have an understanding of in order to obtain a qualifying law degree and those required by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority for students undertaking the vocational stage of training. At UCLan, the MLaw also includes a skills spine which is embedded throughout the programme. This spine ensures that you obtain key transferable and employability skills which are then consolidated in core and optional modules.


I was the first placement student with the University's Solicitors and I would describe the experience as one of the most rewarding opportunities I have taken up so far. In contrast with other work experience positions I have taken, my placement at UCLan was more structured and designed to benefit the student more than it would do to the organisation. It was geared towards getting me involved in real legal problems rather than filing, photocopying and other administrative tasks that I would be doing in most commercial firms.

Prosper Mwedzi


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 you with appropriate learning materials, such as module handbooks, lecture outlines, reading lists and online student support, where 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 also be supported by a personal tutor, who is an academic member of staff with special responsibility for looking after you throughout your education at UCLan.

Lancashire Law School is at the cutting edge of research in a number of specialist legal areas including investigations into crime and criminal justice. Our externally funded projects have included looking at an Alcohol Policy for Europe, Hate Crime in Europe and International War Crimes.

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. You can join the Student Law Society, which is run by students for students, and who have in the past 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. Students are supported in finding legal placements and have numerous opportunities to visit relevant legal establishments, both locally and beyond. During your very first week you will be taken as a large cohort to the National Courts of Justice and in Year 2 you are able to visit many of the European Institutions during a week-long study tour in Brussels. (Year 3 if you started in the Foundation Entry).

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 tutors - you know your tutors and your tutors know you!
  • The feedback you obtain from your tutors, 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.

Law students



Law students


Moot Court Room


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 2018/19

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

Lancashire Law School has superb links with the law profession, police and probation services and the course includes an extensive programme of guest speakers drawn from the business and professional communities. There are regular visits from professional guest speakers from solicitor firms and barristers’ chambers – offering a real insight into the legal profession.

Professional Accreditation

The course is validated by the Joint Academic Stage Board on behalf of 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

This is a unique course which has been highly commended by the professions for its innovate approach to teaching. The School’s teaching environment is designed to stimulate learning. All our lecture theatres across campus and small teaching rooms are modern and are equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual support and presentation facilities 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 Law School also has a pro bono law clinic office which is a student-run advice clinic.

Our Library contains a dedicated Law Library with a plethora of textbooks, law reports and journals, and provides 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 anywhere with access to 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:

  • The traditional unseen exam (a professional requirement for all of the core foundation modules) and to seen examinations
  • End of module and in-course formative coursework assessments
  • E-assessments: e-quizzes; e-case studies
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Portfolios; pod casts
  • Personal development reflective diaries; moots and debates
  • Oral performance in seminars
  • Oral assessments.



The MLaw programme includes placement and pro-bono module opportunities for you to obtain real work experience. In addition, we offer many extra-curricular activities including networking and careers events, eminent visiting speakers and visits to Law Courts.

You also have the 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.

Graduates will leave our course with the extensive legal knowledge and key transferable skills that are highly valued by employers. Due to the level of analytical skills acquired, our graduates can look forward to working as solicitors or in graduate programmes for large organisations such as the police.

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.

Some of our eminent alumni include judges, Queen’s Counsel, barristers and solicitors across the UK, Europe and around the world, CEOs, business leaders and industrialists, entrepreneurs and business owners, senior public servants such as civil servants, politicians, senior police and local government officers, senior academics and researchers at all levels, authors of many academic works, leading voluntary sector workers, board representatives and trustees.

Successful completion of the MLaw enables you to go on a training contract in legal practice, should you wish to pursue a career as a solicitor.

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

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