LLB (Hons) with Foundation Year

LLB (Hons)

With Foundation Year


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

Course Overview

At Arden, we believe that everyone deserves the chance to achieve a degree – regardless of background or qualifications. First, you’ll master the skills needed to succeed with your studies. Then, you’ll go on to study your undergraduate degree, preparing you to enter the world of work in the career of your choice. 

Our LLB foundation course covers the key pillars of legal knowledge and takes you through the fundamentals of English Law and the legal system. Studying this course will enable you to acquire the knowledge and practical legal skills needed to succeed in a range of legal and non-legal sectors. 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 in the future.

If this sounds like the course for you, all you need to get started is the drive and commitment to do your very best – and we’ll be here to support you the rest of the way. 

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Course details and modules

The perfect introduction to your undergraduate studies, a law foundation degree prepares you with the skills you’ll need to complete your full degree with confidence. You’ll then progress to the remaining years of our undergraduate LLB to study the basics of the legal system and criminal law how to apply your legal understanding to complex real-life scenarios, where you’ll examine potential outcomes, solutions, and their impacts.  

Bettina Finna

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.

Bettina Finna
BSc (Hons) Psychology


Each module of this LLB law foundation degree will present different core law principles for you to research, debate and learn. Once you’ve mastered the theory, you’ll be able to put your new knowledge to the test and tailor your studies to your own profession preferences, by choosing one of your own modules.

Our LLB (Hons) is adapting to reflect changes coming in to the Solicitors Qualifying Examination.  We are therefore updating and modernising this course from September 2021 onwards. This will mean that modules listed for level 4 onwards are subject to change for students joining level 4 study from September onwards.

  • 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
  • Foundation in Legal Skills
  • English Legal System
  • Criminal Law
  • Law of Contract
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Law and Ethics
  • Law of Tort 1 - Tort of Negligence
  • Law of Tort 2 - Land and Other Torts
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Law of Property
  • European Union Law
  • Pro Bono and Professional Practice
  • Equity, Trusts and Wills
  • Law of Evidence
  • Legal Research Methods and Project
  • International Commercial Law
  • Family Law*
  • Employment Law*
  • Company Law*
  • Intellectual Property Law*

*optional study modules

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. These include:

  • Assignments
  • Portfolio of Tasks
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Exams
  • Case Analysis
  • Research Projects
  • Drafting Tasks

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 as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere in the UK or worldwide. 

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

Blended learning

How does it work?

When you choose our blended learning study mode, each week 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. You’ll also have access to our online library, Perlego, which contains almost half a million books, journals, and industry literature which you can make use of throughout your studies, removing the need to buy expensive course books in order to study 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. 

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Online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of 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 online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study 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 you Kindle handy. 

Studying online 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. 

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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.


To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have: 

  • Passes at grade C (grade 4) or above in three subjects at GCSE level OR 45 credits at Level 2 or equivalent – if your qualifications are older than 3 years we would also ask to see a professional CV.
  • Applicants may be considered based on a minimum of 12 months of professional work experience evidenced with a CV and Reference if they do not meet the qualification requirements.  
  • We also offer this course as a standard bachelor’s degree without foundation year. To view the course details, please click here.

Candidates are required to submit a personal statement (of between 350-550 words) or attend an interview demonstrating an ability to study for the programme. This statement should include:

  • Your motivation for undertaking the programme
  • Why you’ve chosen your particular course
  • Any long-term goals or career aspirations

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this 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
Law Programme Team Leader 

Career prospects

Our foundation year courses are designed to set you up for success on your degree, acting as a catalyst for your future education. On this degree you’ll study a range of advanced skills that employers from a variety of organisations will value, so you’ll eventually feel confident enough to make a decision about where your future career lies.

What can a LLB foundation course do for me?

Whether you’re using the LLB with foundation year degree 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 course will help you build the foundations for a career in a variety of exciting and challenging industries. There are a range of skills you’ll gain from studying your LLB (Hons) qualification, including: 

  • Being prepared for a successful law career
  • Gaining a wide variety of in-demand and transferable skills
  • Graduating prepared to take your next steps to becoming a barrister or solicitor, or to enter a paralegal role in private practice

What can I do after Arden University?

Studying an LLB law foundation degree will open up a world of opportunity for your future. With so many exciting career paths to choose from, the choice is yours! Maybe you want to continue your vocational training to become a solicitor or barrister? Or perhaps you’re looking to get stuck in with a career straight after graduating? Some professions you might want to consider include: 

  • Teaching
  • Social work
  • Business and commerce
  • Court services
  • Local and central government
  • Banking and finance
  • Police and prison services

Considering further study? You’ll also be able to continue your training to become: 

  • A solicitor
  • Barrister

Industry skills

Career Development Resources

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.