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.
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.
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.
Arden is for winners. Nobody will beg you to sit down and start working on your career, if you don’t do it yourself! At Arden, if you have an honest interest for what you learn and you want to reach out for more, you will be welcomed, helped, and advised. But to do that, you must be determined.
*For students enrolled at our UK study centres: modules are subject to student numbers and may be delivered in the online format where necessary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
Non legal career options are almost endless, but popular choices include:
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: