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BA (Hons) Law with Foundation Year

TARIFF: 32 - 56
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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If you have a keen interest in law and want to study the ins and outs of law and order, governance and justice and how it affects society and those in it, then our BA (Hons) Law degree provides the perfect opportunity to develop your knowledge and prepare you for a career within or outside of the legal sector.
Helping you achieve your best is important to us, from our industry experienced tutors helping you  find work experience to visiting courts and taking part in legal procedures, we want to make sure you are develop the areas that interest you and help you nurture the skills needed to succeed.
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We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.

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Application Guide

For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why we’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities through our SU – all to enrich your university experience.

Why study this subject?

Studying law opens up a world of possibilities, whether you want to be a boardroom hotshot advising businesses while working in compliance, regulation and contracts, helping transform the charity sector by writing policy and advocating or making your mark in politics as a champion of social change.

Law is universal, with all countries across the world having their own legal system that reflects society around it. Studying law can give you the versatile and transferrable skills needed to work across the globe.

Studying a BA (Hons) in Law is a great way to gain a comprehensive understanding of the law, regulation and the legal system. It also gives you the flexibility of being able to develop your career in whatever direction you wish, whether that is within the legal sector or in another area of business or service provision.

We want to ensure that you develop the essential skills needed to give you a solid foundation in a legal related career, with the English legal system and professional skills being taught from day one. We also know everyone is different, so our industry experienced lecturers have worked to ensure that a wide range of topics are offered, including criminal law, employment law, environmental law, tort law and media law.

Being able to graduate from BNU with highly transferable and applied skills in communication, analysis and research is an important part of our programme. We design our degree to provide you with a thorough understanding and grounding in law and specialised areas to ensure you graduate ready for employment or further post-graduate study.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

BNU is a student focused and employer led university which means that you are at the forefront of all that we do. We are proud of our high lecturer to student ratio, which means that we see you as a person and for who you are. You are our priority and our lecturers operate an open-door policy meaning that you can get the staff time, support and contact you need to best suit your learning.

We have knowledgeable lecturers who draw upon their vast industry experience to ensure the course is relevant and will help you build up your legal knowledge and commercial awareness. You will be able to develop a wide range of skills, such as abstract thinking and practical problem-solving, which are relevant to a wide range of related careers.

Although this degree does not offer exemptions from the academic stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister, the first year content is common with our LLB (Hons) Law, and those who are successful in all first year modules may choose to transfer on to year two of the LLB programme.

We understand that some people’s passions lie outside of law in adjacent roles in business, finance, politics or non-profit and a BA (Hons) degree is the perfect way of gaining the various skills, from communication to comprehension, needed to succeed in the workplace post-graduation.

Here at BNU we are all about putting your learning into practise. You will have plenty of chances to visit magistrates’ courts to participate in bail applications, visit Parliament and law courts to experience first-hand how they operate on a day to day basis, meet guest speakers from across the legal industry, including judges, magistrates and law firms, to learn more about how you can apply your knowledge in the workplace.

You are actively encouraged and supported to take the opportunity to network with professionals at events and guest lectures, and to take part in work experience and internships with an assortment of organisations and legal practices during term break.

Our Bucks Students’ Union has been rated in the top 2 in the whole of the UK (NSS, 2022) and it has a range of societies students can join free of charge. One of these societies is the Mooting Society where you can pursue your passion for law outside of your timetable. It allows you to meet with like-minded students and practise court proceedings and arguing your case. You can even have the opportunity to participate in varsity and national mooting competitions.

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What will I study?

During your foundation year you will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of sociology and personal development. You’ll study topic areas like, self-development, responsibility, law, creativity and inquiry-based learning to provide you with a solid basis for your study of law.

In your first year we are focused on providing you with all of the building blocks you need to create a solid foundation and understanding of the concepts, theories and models of law. You will study topics, such as, criminal law, EU constitutional and procedural law, the law of contract and the English legal system.

During your second year, you will begin to specialise in specific areas of law that interest you. You will learn to apply, analyse and evaluate the principles and theories you have learned and be able to reference and apply them to contemporary situations. You will have the option to study subjects including criminal justice, employment law, financial management and tort law.

In your final year, you will focus on preparing yourself for your future and career after graduation. Topics, ranging from environmental law, intellectual property law, cybercrime and corporate governance and ethics can be explored. You will also undertake a dissertation to illustrate how you have developed a depth of understanding through a combination of critical analysis and evaluation.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

At Buckinghamshire New University we like to foster an interactive and student-focused teaching style where we blend lectures, seminars, one-to-one workshops, tutorial sessions, independent study and guest speakers to enhance the learning experience.

In addition to the core curriculum, you will also benefit from additional activities, all designed to bolster your career prospects. These include talks from guest speakers, alumni sharing their experiences, sessions organised by the Careers Service, and personalised support by Careers Service and Learning Development Unit. Tutors will also help you try to find work-experience suited to your needs.

We will help give you the confidence to analyse and manage large quantities of complex information from both printed and electronic sources. You will also learn to construct clear and well-reasoned legal arguments.

Our lecturers work hard to ensure that you learn the latest industry standard practices and knowledge. To support in the delivery of this we also welcome industry experts and professionals to deliver guest lectures who share their experience of the latest legal rulings and cases.

    You will develop your knowledge of all aspects of law through lectures and seminars, and supplement this with your own independent study. Lectures are often interactive, involving exercises and informal assessment. Seminars are small group discussions which you will need to prepare for in advance. Here you will learn to analyse legal principles and apply them to practical situations, assess competing arguments and choose between alternative approaches. Group work and moots (pretend courts) will hone your verbal arguing and presentation skills.

    You will be assessed through exams, moots (pretend courts), presentations and coursework. The variety of assessment methods will help test your knowledge and analysis of legal principles and different areas of law.

    You will also be assessed on your ability to carry out effective research, understanding, analysis and use of source materials, ability to assess competing legal arguments, and capacity to recognise potential conclusions for situations and give reasons for them. You will also need to show you can work successfully in a team for moots and presentations. These are all valuable skills to help prepare you for your future career.

    Throughout your three years on this course you will carry out the following assessment activities:

    • written coursework
    • oral group and individual presentations
    • client advice written reports
    • role play advice (applying for jobs, presenting a bail a case, preparing for a legal advice exhibition, mediation and negotiations)
    • moots
    • written examinations.

    Placements Plus

    BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

    We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

    Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

    Useful Information

    BA (Hons) Law Programme Specification

    What are the course entry requirements?

    A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 32 - 56

    Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to

    Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.



    This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

    Year 1 Modules

    Introduction to Law

    Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity

    Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility

    Inquiry Based Learning

    Year 2 Modules

    Law of Contract

    Criminal Law

    English Legal System

    Professional Skills 1

    EU Constitutional and Procedural Law

    Professional Skills 2

    Year 3 Modules

    Law of Tort

    European Internal Market Law

    Professional Skills 3

    Business Organisations

    Media Law 1

    Criminal Justice (optional)

    Family Law (optional)

    Employment Law (optional)

    Intellectual Property Law 1 (optional)

    Gender and Sexuality in Society (optional)

    Financial Management (optional)

    Year 4 Modules


    Media Law 2

    Work Based Learning

    Commercial Law (optional)

    The Law of Evidence (optional)

    Children and Law (optional)

    Intellectual Property Law 2 (optional)

    Environmental Law (optional)

    Sports Law (optional)

    European Human Rights (optional)

    Cybercrime (optional)

    Disability, Mental Health and The Criminal Justice System (optional)

    Developing Leadership and Management Skills (optional)

    Corporate Governance and Ethics (optional)

    What are the tuition fees


    Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

    £9,250 per year


    Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

    £14,250 per year

    The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

    From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

    Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

    You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

    Questions about fees?

    Contact our Enquiries Team:

    0330 123 2023

    What are my career prospects?

    We are committed to your education journey and that doesn’t stop as you near graduation. We want to work with you to ensure that you complete university with a competitive degree, industry experience and ready to hit the ground running. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become resourceful, employable and good workplace trailblazers. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

    Careers in the law industry are very competitive and our law academic team work alongside the BNU Careers Service to support you in finding voluntary opportunities within and outside of legal environments whilst you are studying with us. This is a useful way to apply the knowledge and skills you are learning in the workplace and gain key connections and experience in the industry.

    This course will help prepare you for a range of careers. Key employers and companies include:

    • Commercial employers
    • Small and large banks and insurance agencies
    • Human resources
    • In-house company and industry advisers
    • Law firms
    • Advocacy agencies
    • The courts
    • Legal advice providers
    • Civil service departments.

    Law related careers are highly sought after across the globe. Having the foundation of having studied a degree in the subject the world becomes your oyster. The topics you will study on this programme and the transferrable skills you will have developed will make international careers easily accessible.

    Did you know?

    We are one of the top 10 UK universities mostly likely to produce graduates who go on to own or manage a business (Capital on Tap, 2021), find out more about this excellent news.


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