This course is aimed at those who have studied law at GCSE or A Level, or as part of another course, and others who have an interest in law, but without the A Level grades to allow them to join the LLB degree. It is also suitable for mature students with relevant work-based experience.
You will study all the core modules from Level 4 of the LLB degree at Birmingham City University these include Criminal Law, Law of Tort and Contract Law. These modules are split between Year 1 and Year 2 of the HND Legal Studies programme, and successful completion of these LLB core modules will give students a Certificate in Higher Education and entitle them to progress to Year 2 of the LLB.
Additionally, you will choose from a range of module options related to aspects of Law such as Family Law and Land Law. These will enable you to further your interest in psychology, forensic science or litigation.
Successful completion of the HND-specific modules, as well as the LLB core modules will give you an HND in Legal Studies. Assessment of HND-specific modules is varied; you will be writing reports, engaging in research and making oral presentations to your peers.
Our next University-wide Open Days will take place in 2016. If you're interested in attending, fill in the form below and we'll let you know when registration opens.
Want to join us in September 2016? UK undergraduates can receive up to £4,000* in non-repayable financial support.
International undergraduate students can recieve scholarships worth up to £1,500*
*(criteria will apply)
Visit our School site for more student work and extra information.
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
At the point of enrolment you must have GCSE English Language at Grade C or above. Equivalent qualifications will be considered, however Adult Literacy is not accepted.
160 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of one subject
|UK Qualification||Requirements 2016/17|
|GCE A Level/ AS Level||One subject at A2 Level and GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (or equivalent).|
|BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years)||Applicants with BTEC National or GNVQ Advanced qualifications will also be considered, as will mature students without formal entry qualifications and students with professional qualifications such as ILEX.|
|Access Courses||Access to Higher Education course qualifications with GCSE English are encouraged to apply.
Advanced Diplomas and Progression Diplomas in appropriate disciplines (such as Business) are acceptable with GCSE English grade ‘C’
From one A2 Level and a minimum of grade C GCSE English
If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.
UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.
|HND||Sep 2016||FT||2 years||£4,500 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|HND||Sep 2016||FT||2 years||TBC||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.
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.
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.
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.
Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.
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.
Want to join us in September 2016? Undergraduate students can receive up to £4,000* in non repayable financial support.
*(criteria will apply)
Skills, Processes and Scholarship
Law of Tort
Law of Contract
Crime and Deviance
The Justice System in the UK
Scenes of Crime
Once enrolled at Birmingham City University you will attend both Birmingham Metropolitan College and the University for lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. You will enjoy the facilities of both institutions and have access to and borrowing rights from all university libraries and IT resources. This collaboration of teaching and learning arrangement enables you to experience educational and social activities alongside full-time LLB students.
The course offers strong professional links with Birmingham Law Society (the UK’s largest Law Society outside London), the four Inns of Court, especially Lincoln’s Inn and Inner Temple.
Many former HND students have completed their degrees and gone on to qualify as solicitors. Students must appreciate at the outset, however, that entry into the legal profession is very competitive and that the hard work necessary for success must begin on entry to the HND Legal Studies programme.
If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.
It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.
As a successful graduate of the HND you would be eligible to continue to stage two of any of the LLB degrees. For more information please see the courses section of the website.
The HND is a vocational qualification highly regarded by employers. This course will prepare you particularly, although not exclusively, for employment in the expanding field of paralegal work.
If you wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister, you will have the opportunity to complete an LLB degree at Birmingham City University. The core modules studied are recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as forming part of a ‘qualifying’ Law degree if you complete your LLB with us.
Employability is embedded into our HND programmes with a compulsory skills module - Skills, Processes and Scholarship which will focus on preparing you for finding a job and being successful in the workplace.
The University's has a thriving Mooting Society who:
The Work Placement module in Year 2 of the HND Legal Studies programme enables you to gain valuable work experience, yet at the same time achieve academic credit. By finding suitable work experience in a legal environment, you will forge contacts with legal professionals which could prove invaluable at the end of your studies when you are seeking full-time positions.
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.
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:
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. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.
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.
Our teaching and learning facilities include two video-equipped mock courtrooms. You will use these courtrooms to gain experience of realistic legal scenarios and to develop your legal skills. We also have a mock legal office which is used by Legal Practice Course (LPC) students.
We have an exciting and developing eLearning section to supplement the delivery of all our courses. This includes a Virtual Solicitors’ Office which has been developed by our law academics.
In addition we have recently invested £18,000 in a state-of-the-art ELearning Resource Centre which includes laptops, flip cameras, voice recorders, headsets, webcams, a digital video recorder and a state-of-the-art Smartboard and electronic notepad. With features such as Skype Group Video Calling, the school will be able to keep in touch with students carrying out internships in the USA, allowing tutors to provide effective support while the students are abroad.
Tracey joined Birmingham City University in March 2013 as the LLB Programme Director. She previously worked at the University of Wolverhampton where she led the LLB Programme, CPE home and Mauritius, and the LLB by Distance Learning Programme.
In addition to UK provision, Tracey has delivered on an LLB programme in Mauritius and LLM in Hong Kong. Prior to her move into academia, she worked for 12 years as a Professional Tribunal Officer with the Valuation Tribunal Service.