Law (with Foundation Year)
This course is open for applications.
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Tariff points:
- Bristol Law School
- Four years full-time; five years sandwich
- Full-time; sandwich
- Programme leader:
- Year zero: Sue Heenan; Year one: Jane Rees; Year two: Shilan Shah; Final year: Iain McDonald
- Key fact:
- Stand out to employers by gaining professional experience through pro bono volunteering and developing your skills through creative assessments.
Page last updated 11 September 2018
Why study law?
Law affects every aspect of human life, right down to the air we breathe.
It affects our relationships with each other, the state and other countries. It affects our education, employment, travel, property, health and human rights.
The legal landscape changes in line with societal needs. A law degree offers diverse career pathways and a skillset to help you succeed in almost any career.
Why UWE Bristol?
LLB(Hons) Law is a practical contemporary degree, recognised by employers and delivered by leading experts in one of the largest law schools in the country.
If you choose a legal career when you graduate, you'll have a solid grounding in law and enough experience from placements and pro bono work to ensure you succeed in your legal training.
Our students value the range of optional modules and opportunity to specialise according to their interests in the second and third year.
Research informs teaching at every level and you'll develop core legal knowledge in subjects spanning commercial law, criminal justice, environmental law, human rights and family law.
You'll gain valuable insight and vital skills during this course. Mooting competitions, guest speakers, field trips, Pro Bono work, placements, and a practical Law in Action module let you explore cases and build your network.
You'll have regular opportunities to practice legal submissions in our modern mock courtrooms, while law simulations allow you to test your case working abilities.
Where can it take me?
This is a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), which provides you with the core legal knowledge to progress to an LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to train as a solicitor or barrister.
You could start your legal career immediately, or pursue a different career pathway entirely. Law graduates' broad skillset makes them very attractive to employers.
Our students have secured roles in law firms, chambers, city councils, banks, estate agents, higher education, accountancy, Citizens Advice and the Crown Prosecution Service.
Watch: The learning and teaching experience
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
Year zero (foundation year)
You will study:
- Becoming a Professional
- Introduction to Organisations, Enterprise and Management
- Economics and Accounting for the Real World
- Introduction to Law in a Social, Business and Global Context.
You normally need to pass your foundation year before going onto Year one.
You will study:
- Foundations for Law
- Constitutional and Administrative Law*
- Law of Contract*
- Criminal Law*.
You will study:
- Law of Torts*
Plus, three optional modules from:
- Land Law*
- Employment Law
- Environmental Law
- Dispute Resolution Skills
- Sexual Offences and Offending: Criminal Justice Responses
- Forensic Evidence
- Migration Law and Policy
- Public International Law
- Sports Law
- Criminal Procedure and Punishment
- Commercial Law
- Information Technology Law.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.
You'll complete a placement learning module during this time.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- European Union Law*
Plus, three optional modules from (two if you've completed a placement year):
- Equity and Trusts*
- Law of Evidence
- Law of Financial Crime and Regulation
- Intellectual Property Law
- Company Law in Context
- The Law of International Trade
- Globalisation, Trade and Natural Resources
- European Human Rights
- Family Law
- Medicine and the Law
- Media and Entertainment Law
- Gender and the Law
- Organised Crime and Criminal Justice
- Law in Action
- Work Integrated Learning.
*If you are aiming to become a solicitor or a barrister, you must take these modules to get a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD).
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
Our approach to learning is student-centered. You'll become a reflective learner and we'll support you to develop the skills you need to have a successful legal career.
In Year two and Final year, you can design the course to fit your interests and career ambitions.
You can specialise in many different aspects of law, either choosing to study subjects grouped to form a theme (for example criminal justice or commercial law) or studying subjects you find attractive.
Our modules differ in learning approaches, so you can choose those that match your style.
You'll be allocated an academic personal tutor who will support you in your academic studies throughout your degree.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
You can study this course at Frenchay Campus or you can study Year one at University College Weston, and complete Year two and Final year at Frenchay Campus.
You will need final UWE Bristol approval for the latter.
Frenchay campus delivery
During your degree, you will have 12 hours of teaching with a lecturer each week.
If you choose to do a dissertation or take the Law in Action module, you'll get a further nine hours of classes, as well as individual contact with the staff member supervising the module.
In Year one and Year two, you will also receive one hour of peer assisted learning (PAL) each week.
All students can access the Academic Success Centre (ASC) for workshops and to arrange one-to-one sessions with tutors.
You can expect to be assessed using problem and essay questions, exams, research based assessments, reflection on skills acquisition, report writing, portfolio submissions and presentations.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
We encourage you to do a 40-week paid sandwich placement after Year two. It can be in the UK or abroad.
Your placement is valuable because it allows you to gain real-world experience and skills that increase your employability.
Final year work experience
If you choose the Final year Law in Action module, you'll spend one day a week working in a local law firm or voluntary organisation. Past students have secured placements with:
Pro Bono Unit
You will have opportunities to engage in Pro Bono workthrough your degree, volunteering your time to help the local community.
Supervised by academics and practitioners, you'll work on cases and provide legal advice through projects such as Legal Advocacy Support Project, Elderlaw, the UWE Street Law Programme and Bristol Musicians Advice Service.
You'll get help to find all your placements and support throughout from your department and the careers service.
Field trips are an important part of your studies, particularly the annual visit to Lincoln's Inn where you'll dine in court with barristers and judges and learn more about this exciting career.
Other study visits include the Houses of Parliament, European Court of Justice, World Trade Organisation and magic circle law firms.
In the new £55m Bristol Business School, you'll have access to modern learning spaces, including a dedicated law resource room.
Mock courtrooms help you practice legal submissions, take part in recorded mock trials and gain experience of being in court.
In our specialist library, you'll have a dedicated librarian to support your curriculum subjects and independent research.
The library and Business School both offer spaces for silent and group study and rooms you can book.
You'll have access to books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases both on and off campus.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
UWE Bristol Law Society
Our Law Society runs an active programme of events and talks including trips to the Supreme Court in London, the European Parliament in Brussels and the European Court in Luxembourg.
Members also participate in competitions and attend regular socials, including the annual dinner.
UWE Bristol Mooting Club
Mooting is an important skill in the legal profession and the Mooting Committeeruns regular moots and competitions.
It's valued and recognised by the local law network. Judges of the moots include members of local barristers' chambers and Bristol Civic Justice Centre.
Students have recently had the opportunity to moot in the Supreme Court in London.
Careers / Further study
Law students are valuable to employers because of the broad skillset you gain from studying this subject.
You could pursue a legal career as solicitor, barrister, legal adviser, legal executive or paralegal, but you can also go into a career in HR, teaching, charity work and the public sector.
Our graduates have secured roles with law firms such as Osbourne Clarke, Burgess Salmon, Clarke Wilmott as well as Guildhall Chambers and Invictus Chambers.
A number of graduates establish careers within the banking and finance sector, accountancy, Citizens Advice and the Crown Prosecution Service.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
There is currently no published fee data for this course.
Supplementary fee information
Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.
You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.
Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.
This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.
- Tariff points: 48
- GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
- A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
- Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
- Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
We welcome applications from students whether or not they have studied law before entering university.
If you have the potential to meet our requirements, don't be put off applying. We welcome applications from students with a range of appropriate qualifications.
If you think you'll achieve a higher tariff score, you may be interested in our LLB Law.
UWE Bristol's International College
If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol's International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year 1 of the degree.
If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.
If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.
To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333