LLB (Hons) Law with Foundation Year

LLB (Hons) Law

With Foundation Year


Study level
Full time
4 years
Part time
4 years+
London, Birmingham, Manchester or Online
Faculty of Social Science

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We're also proud to offer non-standard entry, meaning your work experience and previous qualifications are taken into account when assessing your application.
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You will gain in-depth subject knowledge and transferable skills that employers from a huge range of industries will value. Many of our courses at Arden are also accredited by leading professional bodies in the UK.

Course Overview

Are you thinking about the future career possibilities you could have with a law degree under your belt, but would like some extra skills support before starting a university law course? Then our LLB (Hons) Law with Foundation Year has been designed for people just like you. During your foundation level studies you’ll get extra support in important areas like assignment research and writing, IT and numerical skills, and legal foundations. This will set you up with the confidence you need to succeed as a university law student. 

This course is a great choice if you want to become a solicitor or barrister, and is also the first step to an exciting choice of career possibilities in the wider legal sector and in professions such as journalism, politics, policing, teaching, and much more. Of course, you don’t need to have made a firm decision about your future career path when you first join us, and this law foundation course isn’t just for people that want to work in the legal sector. You’ll have time to discover which areas of your law degree you enjoy most during your first few years of study, and then focus on topics you feel passionate about later in the course. 

Our LLB degree with foundation year entry, which you can study at our UK study centres and also as a fully online degree, has been recently updated to take into account recent changes to professional law qualifications in the UK. This includes the knowledge required for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE 1), as well as course content that prepares you for a Bar Practice Course if you wish to qualify as a barrister in the future. You'll also have the option to study elective modules covering EU and International law - particularly useful if you live outside the UK in a country that practices common law. 

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Course details and modules

Our foundation year courses provide you with the extra support and skills needed to get started in higher education, helping you complete your full law degree with confidence. Choosing a foundation year degree in law is the ideal pathway if you don’t currently meet our standard entry requirements, or if it’s been a while since you were in formal education and need to brush up your study skills. Once your foundation level studies are completed, you’ll progress the first level of the full degree course.

Studying our LLB (Hons) Law with Foundation Year means you’ll start gathering the knowledge required for the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE 1), as well as taking an important step towards a Bar Practice Course if you wish to qualify as a barrister.

Students who want to graduate with a more universal LLB qualification that’s relevant across different global professions have a number of optional modules to choose from in level 6. Each of these modules covers a particular field or career skillset, such as EU or international law, family law, or immigration and asylum law.

Preparation for the SQE 1 exam

The way in which solicitors and barristers qualify in England and Wales has recently changed. Our LLB with foundation year reflects the latest industry requirements to ensure that students are fully equipped to take the relevant Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) exams if they wish to do so. This includes access to SQE related learning materials for up to a year to prepare for sitting part 1 of the SQE exam for all successful graduates. 

Bettina Finna

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  • Using Numeracy, IT and Data
  • Research Skills and Using Information
  • Values, Ethics and Working Collaboratively
  • Developing Academic Skills
  • Crime and Law in Context
  • Psychology of Everyday Life
  • Core modules (20 credits each)
  • English Legal System and Skills
  • Public Law
  • Tort 1
  • Crime 1
  • Civil Liberties in Practice
  • Contract Law
  • Core modules (20 credits each)
  • Tort 2
  • Crime 2
  • Land Law and Practical Skills
  • Equity, Trusts and Wills
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Technology, Innovation and the Law
  • Core modules (20 credits each)
  • Employment Law 
  • Optional professional practice modules:
  • SQE pathway recommended modules (20 credits each)*
  • Business Law and Practice
  • Solicitors Professional Practice
  • Property Practice
  • Law of Evidence
  • Bar pathway recommended modules (20 credits each)*
  • European Union Law
  • Advocacy
  • Law of Evidence
  • Optional modules (20 credits each, 40 credits for the Legal Dissertation)*
  • Family Law 
  • Immigration and Asylum Law
  • Placement and Pro Bono
  • International Law
  • International Commercial Law
  • Legal Research Project
  • Legal Dissertation (40 credits)

*For students enrolled at our UK study centres: modules are subject to student numbers and may be delivered in the online format where necessary.

Levels and awards

  • LLB (Hons) Law with Foundation Year (360 credits)
  • Diploma of Higher Education in Law (240 credits)
  • Certificate in Higher Education in Law (120 credits)

How do we assess you?

Virtual Law Firm

A unique aspect of this course is Arden’s Virtual Law Firm. The Virtual Law Firm replicate many of the  aspects of professional law practice that you would not usually encounter before entering the workplace, such as the receiving of client instructions, interactions with colleagues, and working to deadlines. Through the Virtual Law Firm, you’ll be able to apply your learning to real world scenarios in a safe environment with supportive feedback and guidance for our law faculty members.

Assessment methods tailored to your career

To assess your progress through the course learning outcomes, a variety of assessment methods are used that support the development of your knowledge, application, and skills. At level 4 and level 5, each module’s assessment contains two parts. 

  • A multiple choice question (MCQ) examination to assess your comprehension of key module content. This assessment format directly reflects the MCQ format of the SQE examinations, giving you added preparation if you opt for further solicitor training. 
  • The second part includes a number of different assessment methods, which may include the use of advocacy, portfolios, drafting exercises, and coursework, depending on the module you’re currently working through. 

At level 6, you’ll have the opportunity to choose which modules you wish to study to reflect your desired career path, and you’ll be given full support and guidance through each item of assessment you undertake. 

Study options

This course is available to study through Arden’s blended learning study mode at our study centres in London Tower Hill, London Holborn, Manchester, and Birmingham

The course is also available to students via online learning. This gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere in the UK or worldwide, providing you with the same high standards of teaching but with lower tuition fees.

Imran Ali Khalifa

I wanted to study with Arden because it was the only option I found that truly suited my needs and what I was looking for in a university. The affordable cost of the course, and the fact that I could transfer my credits from previous studies really made Arden stand out.

Imran Ali Khalifa
LLB (Hons) with Qualifying Status – Distance Learning

Full time blended learning

How does it work?

When you choose our blended learning study mode, you’ll have eight hours of timetabled classes spread over two days at the Arden study centre of your choice. This is combined with around 25 hours of independent study, which takes place through ilearn, our university campus in the cloud. ilearn contains all the resources you need to study successfully. As a blended learning student you’ll also have access to our Library Portal, an extensive digital library with thousands of journal titles, eBooks, and a range of academic and industry databases that you can use to research and gain in-depth information on your area of study. At Arden, all of your course materials are provided free of charge, removing the need for you to buy expensive textbooks to study your degree successfully.
Blended learning is the best option for students who prefer the structure of regular face to face classes with their tutor and fellow classmates, and is particularly suited to students who live within commuting or driving distance of one of our UK study centres. 

If you're a student from England who is enrolling on a blended learning course with Arden (based in one of our UK study centres) then you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan to help pay for your living expenses. You can find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information about obtaining a student loan to cover your costs from your student finance body.

Please note: study centre classes are temporarily being conducted online in our virtual classroom due to Covid-19 restrictions. Face-to-face classes will resume once the current restrictions are lifted. 

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Part time online learning

How does it work?

Studying your LLB (Hons) Law with Foundation Year online gives you a lot of convenience and flexibility. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of your home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location. 
Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud.  ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and access to our Library Portal. The portal includes an extensive digital library including thousands of journal titles, eBooks, and academic and industry databases which you can use to research your assignments and projects. All of these materials are provided to you free of charge, and contain all the research information you’ll need to complete your degree with us. ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have your Kindle handy.

Studying online with Arden University doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

Online learning students resident in the UK can apply for a Maintenance Loan if they cannot attend their course in person because of a disability. Please find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information on Living Cost Loans from your student finance body.

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.


Standard entry requirements

  • At least 3 x GCSEs or equivalent that are less than 3 years old, or 
  • At least 3 x GCSEs or equivalent, over 3 years old, with an accompanying CV. 

Non standard entry requirements

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study this LLB degree, even if you do not currently meet our standard entry requirements. We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course, as well as references and evidence of relevant experiences and/or previous qualifications. 

Exemptions may be granted in respect of other prior qualifications subject to Arden’s APCL regulations.

English proficiency

  • IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English, such as a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English can be accepted.

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide the above evidence of English proficiency. More information can be found here.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Harriet Jones

The courses at Arden University allow you to explore elements of the legal system such as, the relationship between crime, society and the law, the political, psychological and social aspects of criminology, and crime prevention. By the time you’ve completed you course, we’ll have provided you with transferrable critical thinking skills that can be applied to a range of careers. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Harriet Jones
Deputy Head of School

Career prospects

A law degree provides you with a wide range of transferable skills that can be used in a variety of professions both in the UK and abroad. You’ll learn how to research and critically analyse information, communicate information in different formats to different audiences, work through problems, and reach reasoned conclusions. As such, a law degree give you the skills and attributes sought after in wealth careers, including non-legal professions.

What will I gain from this degree?

Whether you’re using the LLB qualification as a stepping stone to your dream career, or you’re looking to hit the ground running with a graduate role straight out of university, this degree will help you build the foundations for a career in a variety of exciting and challenging industries. Studying your LLB (Hons) Law with Foundation Year will help you: 

  • Gain the study skills needed to succeed at university
  • Prepare for a career in law, journalism, policing, teaching, and more
  • Prepare for the next steps to becoming a barrister or solicitor
  • Enter work in a private practice as a paralegal, carrying out many of the tasks and roles of a qualified solicitor
  • Gain a broad range of legal and research skills that are highly sought after in both law and non-legal sectors, expanding your professional skillset and increasing your future employability. 

What can I do after Arden University?

We don’t expect undergraduate students to have a set career in mind before starting their degree. So, don’t worry if you’re still weighing up your future options. Instead, we prepare you with a range of skills that employers from a variety of industries value. After graduating from the course, you’ll feel confident to make a decision about your future career path. 

Future legal roles include:

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Paralegal
  • Legal Executive
  • Legal Secretary

Non legal career options are almost endless, but popular choices include:

  • Journalism
  • Policing
  • Politics
  • Teaching and academia
  • Tax consultancy roles
  • Business consultancy roles

Industry skills

Career Development Resources

Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway. 

Just a few of the career tools you’ll find in the careers centre include:

  • CV360, which analyses your CV and provides instant feedback for improvement
  • Interview360, helping you practise your interview technique in a stress-free environment and tackle some of the most common interview questions - as many times as you need to
  • Aptitude tests to help your improve your critical thinking, numeric, and logical reasoning skills
  • 100s of interactive courses focused on giving you the skills and confidence you need to excel in your professional life. 
  • My Jobs, where you can search employment vacancies, browse employer profiles by location and, or connect with other employees on LinkedIn.