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LLB (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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Kickstart your legal career and gain an insider’s knowledge of the law on this undergraduate LLB (Hons) Law degree. Be at the centre of law and order, governance and justice as you learn about the fundamentals that underpin all aspects of society.
Our degree provides the perfect opportunity to take the first steps towards a legal based career, whether it’s holding people to account, protecting the innocent or advising businesses on their obligations. It is also accredited by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and Bar Council which means you will graduate having completed the academic stage of a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) and be well on your way to becoming a solicitor or barrister.
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There are field trips included in the course and I have sat in real time court cases and also participated in a mock bail application in the local magistrates court. This has also included visiting the Royal Courts and Supreme Court in London. There are networking opportunities available through frequent visits from high profile speakers and organisations.
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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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Students' Union

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 legal practitioner, a legal executive advising businesses while working in compliance, regulation and contracts, helping transform governance by designing policies and advocating or making impact through politics as a champion of social change.

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

Studying LLB (Hons) 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.

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 want you to get the most out of your time with us and being workplace ready is something we are proud to offer you. Our Law degree is accredited by professional bodies, Solicitors Regulatory Authority and Bar Council. This means that the degree is recognised as a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) and means you can enter the next stage of qualifying upon leaving university, whether that is securing a training contract to become a solicitor or securing vocational training and pupillage to become a barrister.

We understand that some people’s passions lie outside of law in adjacent roles in business, finance, politics or non-profit and our law degree is the perfect way of gaining and developing a wide range of skills, from communication to comprehension to help you succeed post graduation.

Not all learning is done inside of a lecture theatre and there are 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.

Our Bucks Students’ Union has been rated in the top 5 in the whole of the UK (NSS, 2021) and it has a range of societies students can join free of charge. One of these societies is the Mooting Society and this gives the perfect opportunity to 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.

What will I study?

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

During your time studying law you will cover diverse subject areas including, professional skills, digital business and new technologies and human rights. Studying such varied topics will help you understand how law interacts with society and government, alongside developing key skills, such as understanding complex information, attention to detail and analytical thinking which will ensure you are well placed to enter the employment market.

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.

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 be able to study subjects including criminal justice, employment law, media law and tort law.

In your final year, you will focus on preparing yourself for your future and career after graduation. Topics, ranging from children and law, intellectual property law, medical law and equity and trusts will be explored. You will also undertake a dissertation or research project 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.

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.

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)
  • 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.

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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

Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity

Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility

Inquiry Based Learning

Introduction to Law

Year 2 Modules

Criminal Law

EU Constitutional and Procedural Law

English Legal System

Law of Contract

Professional Skills 1

Professional Skills 2

Year 3 Modules

Criminal Justice (optional)

EU Internal Market Law

Employment Law (optional)

Family Law (optional)

Intellectual Property Law 1 (optional)

Law of Tort

Media Law 1 (optional)

Professional Skills 3

Public Law

Knowledge in Policing (optional)

Business Organisations (optional)

Business Analytics (optional)

Economic Analysis (optional)

Year 4 Modules

Children and Law (optional)

Intellectual Property Law 2 (optional)

European Human Rights (optional)

Medical Law and Ethics (optional)

Work-Based Learning (optional)

Legal Theory (optional)

Environmental Law (optional)

Sport and Law (optional)

Corporate Governance and CSR (optional)

Public International Law (optional)

Commercial Law (optional)

Law of Evidence (optional)

Media Law 2 (optional)

Cybercrime (optional)

Corporate Communications and PR (optional)

UK Taxation (optional)

Dissertation (optional)

Equity and Trusts

Law of Property

Research Project (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.

Not only will you be graduating with a coveted qualification, the additional benefit of having studied a degree recognised by professional bodies, the SRA and Bar Council means that you start one step closer to becoming a fully qualified solicitor or barrister.

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.

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