Our LLB (Hons) Law programme provides a practice-based education in English law, together with a range of relevant transferrable skills. Delivered by a team of respected, experienced academics, the programme places an integrated understanding of the law and its function within an increasingly globalised environment.
As well as gaining comprehensive knowledge in the study of law, you will also learn key skills such as critical thinking, analysis, negotiation and advocacy. You will explore the ways in which lawyers and legal scholars can bring about social change through the application of legal principles.
Learning in our School of Law will teach you our core values of professional practice, access to justice, and corporate, social and legal responsibility. We aim to enable you to develop a critical awareness of the role of law in influencing social change, as well as individual and corporate behaviour. We will equip you with the skills and knowledge to make a difference in issues of fairness, equality and access to justice.
The programme satisfies the first part of the academic stage of qualification required to become a solicitor or barrister.
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Our LLB (Hons) Law degree has Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) status as recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board through the Joint Academic Stage Board (JASB).
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
|A Level||BBC or 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 subjects|
|BTEC||D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points|
|GCSE||GCSE English Language grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.|
|England, Wales and Northern Ireland|
|City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Literacy||Pass||Adult Literacy. Considered in lieu of GCSE English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.|
|Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2||Pass||English. Considered in lieu of GCSE English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)||BBBB||Must include English language. Required at the point of enrolment.|
|Scottish Intermediate 2||C.||English Language. Required at the point of enrolment.|
|Scottish Credit Standard Grade||2.||Must include English language. Required at the point of enrolment.|
|Scottish National 5||Only in certain circumstances.||Must include English language. Required at the point of enrolment.|
Please select a qualification from the drop-down list to view our entry requirements:
If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Course Enquiries Team
|EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications||Requirements 2017/18|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system has changed.
UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – has introduced a new system on how points are calculated. This will be different to what you may have seen if you have applied or looked at undergraduate courses previously.
From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels
|LLB (Hons)||Sep 2017||FT||3 Years||£9,250 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|LLB (Hons)||Sep 2017||SW||4 Years||£9,250 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|LLB (Hons)||Sep 2017||PT||5 Years||£1,542 per 20-credit module|
|LLB (Hons)||Sep 2017||FT||3 Years||£12,000 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|LLB (Hons)||Sep 2017||SW||4 Years||£12,000 per year||Apply via UCAS|
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.
There are three ways to apply:
You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.
Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.
If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.
There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
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We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Law of Contract: Fundamental Concepts & Creating Contracts
This module involves analysis of cases and judicial opinion.
Criminal Law: Fundamental Concepts & Crimes Against Persons
This modules involves analysis of criminal statute and case law.
Law of Tort: Fundamental Concepts, Trespass to the Person and Negligence
This module looks at how tort law governs relationships between individuals and as an element of social responsibility and risk apportionment.
Law of Contract: Breach, Remedies & Advocacy
You will be involved in a moot in a fictitious contract litigation scenario.
Criminal Law: Process, Property Crimes & Problem Solving
Application of the criminal law and solving criminal problems.
Law of Tort: Property, Reputation and Privacy
This modules looks at the operation of precedent and statutory provisions in assessing tortious liability and application to authentic scenarios.
Constitutional and Administrative Law
You will analyse sources of UK constitutional law, constitutional institutions and key constitutional principles.
You will learn to critically examine key legal and equitable principles governing property rights in England and Wales.
Professional Skill and Practice
On this module, you will develop your personal initiative and employability skills, whilst engaging in team work and advocacy.
The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:
Equity and the Law of Trusts
You will create a presentation within a group trustee board meeting, demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of the key principles, rules and concepts in equity and the law of trusts.
Law of the European Union
You’ll learn to demonstrate a knowledge of the relevant constitutional rules of the European Law. Assessment will be delivered through an examination.
The following optional modules are all worth 20 credits each:
Your 40 credit module will be one of the two following options.
Delivered as an oral presentation and written project, you will self-manage your research, using a range of sources and data and applying them to a specific topic, project or organisation. Alternatively, you could undertake a placement, for example, in a Citizens’ Advice Bureau or similar environment.
American Legal Practice
Prepare to apply for an internship in the USA by exploring issues in the US criminal justice system and developing key skills to be used in practice such as legal research, drafting and interviewing.
Throughout the programme, you’ll be given the chance to practice a range of legal skills, including legal research, problem solving, advocacy and drafting, as well as a host of transferrable skills.
Teaching sessions will include lectures and small group interactive seminars, and we will also encourage you to use our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which will offer interactive, practice-orientated opportunities to test and apply your legal skills.
The programme offers a diverse range of assessments, which are practice-led and knowledge-applied, providing an opportunity for you to demonstrate your legal knowledge and employability skills. Your learning will include a range of activities, which will be influenced by professional practice, and assessments will be delivered through coursework, case summaries, courtroom moots and examinations.
The assessments you undertake have been devised to fit with the ethos of the programme and the way it is taught – it is based on authentic situations encountered in professional practice.
There will be one point of final assessment for 20-credit modules, and a maximum of two points of final assessment for 40-credit modules (unless stated otherwise).
You will have the chance to visit an array of legal institutions, both here and abroad. In the last 12 months, Law students have visited the European Union in Brussels and the UK’s Houses of Parliament.
Our LLB is accredited by the Joint Academic Stage Board, which represents the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board of England and Wales. It is a Qualifying Law Degree, satisfying the academic stage of training if you are seeking to qualify as a solicitor or barrister of England and Wales.
It is also recognised by the Bar Council of India. However, Bar Council of India recognition stipulates that the three-year LLB can only be taken by graduates e.g. BA, BSc, BCom, BBA (any subject).
Many overseas legal professional bodies recognise our LLB, particularly in Commonwealth countries. If you intend to practise overseas, you should contact the local Law Society or Bar Council. The majority will require you to undertake additional training after graduating from our LLB before being authorised to practise law.
You will assess law and legal practice in the context of contemporary, social, cultural and economic factors, on a global scale. You will also have the chance to study abroad.
Options for further study at our University include:
Key employability skills are embedded within the learning and teaching, and we will provide you with additional careers development through our guest speakers, and pro bono and placement opportunities. The transferrable skills you learn will also give you the attributes needed to satisfy employers across a range of disciplines.
Our Student Law Society also provides you with the chance to interact and work with other students on legal pursuits, career enhancement and social activities, offering you support and helping you build your employability skills.
We also have our dedicated Careers Service, which provides a wide range of online and face-to-face services to help you develop your employability skills, plan your career and access the latest job opportunities. They will also help with you tailoring CVs, writing applications and interview techniques.
In your final year, you will have the chance to undertake a placement module with one of our partners. This will provide valuable, real-world experience, enhancing your learning in a workplace environment, and building up your networking and communication skills. While on placement, you will be assessed on your performance within the working environment, and will be encouraged to reflect on your development and progression.
In the past, students have enjoyed placements with the Citizens Advice Bureau, Birmingham Community Law Centre, Irwin Mitchell, ERT Law and Hanif & Co.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.
Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.
Emma Noble came to Birmingham City University through Clearing, and the LLB programme appealed to her due to the ideal location and the quality of the course.
We actively encourage you to take part in the Mooting Society. Our students have reached five finals in the past six years and have regularly beaten teams from some of the country’s most prestigious universities.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.
The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.
So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.
Overall measures: ranked positions
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
This course is based at the City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Law, Business, Social Sciences and English courses
The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
The facilities at the Curzon building include two bespoke Law Courtrooms, replicating a Crown court and a Magistrates court. These rooms will play a key part in your learning experience, allowing you to try your hand in mock court cases, whilst also being the venue for our Mooting and Debating Societies.
On top of this, the Curzon building houses an extensive Law library, with books covering every aspect of Law history.
Tracey Hough is the LLB Programme Director. Her teaching areas are Land Law, Contract Law and ADR. She has experience in teaching and leading programmes both home and abroad, having taught at institutions in Mauritius and Hong Kong.