LLB (Hons) Law with Foundation Year

LLB (Hons) Law

With Foundation Year


Study level
Full time
4 years
Part time
4 years+
Birmingham, Manchester, London 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.
Strong focus on employability
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 a career in a law-related profession, but need some extra skills support before starting a university law course? Our LLB (Hons) Law with Foundation Year has been designed for people just like you. During the foundation year, you’ll gain the additional academic skills support and subject knowledge you need to succeed as a university law student. Choosing a foundation year 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. 

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 professions such as journalism, politics, policing, teaching, and much more. However, we don’t expect all our students to make concrete decisions about their future careers when they first join us. The course will equip you with workplace attributes that are valued across a wide range of careers, helping you graduate with a highly regarded qualification that provides value for a lifetime. Our team of academics, practitioners, and research-active staff will provide a thriving learning environment that supports you in taking the next steps in your career.

You can study our LLB Foundation Year entry at our UK study centres or as a fully online degree. The course covers the foundations of legal knowledge and has been updated to take into account recent changes to professional practice qualifications. You now have the opportunity to select from distinct degree pathways to help you prepare either for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE 1) or the Bar, including an International Bar pathway for those students looking to study modules that are more international in scope.

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Course details and modules

Our foundation year modules are tailored to give you the extra support and skills needed to get started in higher education, helping you complete your full law degree with confidence. Following this, you will move on to the first level of the full degree course.

At the start of level 6, you will have the opportunity to select a degree pathway that aligns with your career goals, whether that’s the SQE, Bar, or International Bar. You will have workshops detailing the pathways and our team's guidance and support to help you make the right choice.

SQE pathway

If you want to qualify as a solicitor in the UK, this pathway imparts the knowledge and skills needed to attempt SQE1 successfully. You will also have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge through a range of elective modules.

Bar pathway

Designed for students who wish to qualify as a barrister, this pathway includes EU Law, one of the Foundations of Legal Knowledge subjects required by the Bar Standards Board. You will also have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge through a range of elective modules.

International Bar pathway

With its more international curriculum, this pathway is most suited to students interested in practising law outside of the UK. The pathway has a set syllabus without the need to choose any additional optional modules and concludes with the Legal Dissertation module.

Law degrees are respected in all sectors due to their graduates' broader skills, such as critical thinking, effective communication, presentation.

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


When studying online you’ll have the flexibility to study on a schedule that works for you. While most of our students aim to complete the course within 4 to 8 years, you’ll have the option to extend the time in takes to complete the course if you need to.

Studying full-time, through our blended learning option, means you have 4 years to complete the course.

  • Preparing for University Success
  • Exploring the Social World
  • Advancing your Academic Skills
  • Examining Social Justice
  • Planning for Your Future Success
  • Investigation & Innovation Project
  • 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):
    • Business Law and Practice
    • Solicitors Professional Practice
    • Property Practice
  • Optional modules (20 credits):
    • Block A (select one):
      • EU Law
      • Placement and Pro Bono (subject to eligibility)
    • Block B (select one):
      • Employment Law
      • International Commercial Law
      • Legal Dissertation (40 credits: no block C requirement if selected)
    • Block C (select one):
      • Family Law
      • Public International Law
      • Placement and Pro Bono (subject to eligibility)
      • Legal Research Project (cannot be combined with the Legal Dissertation option)
      • Legal Dissertation (Continued)
  • Core modules (20 credits):
    • Business Law and Practice
    • EU Law
    • Property PracticeOptional modules (20 credits):
    • Block A (select one):
      • Employment Law
      • Placement and Pro Bono (subject to eligibility)
    • Block B (select one):
      • International Commercial Law
      • Legal Dissertation (40 credits: no block C module requirement if selected)
    • Block C (select one):
      • Family Law
      • Public International Law
      • Placement and Pro Bono (subject to eligibility)
      • Legal Research Project (cannot be combined with the Legal Dissertation option)
      • Legal Dissertation (Continued)
  • Core modules (20 credits):
    • Business Law and Practice
    • EU Law
    • International Commercial Law
    • Public International Law
    • Legal Dissertation (40 credits)

If you decide not to opt for one of the designated pathways, you will automatically be placed on the SQE path with the EU Law (Block A) and Legal Dissertation (Block B and C) modules; as this will provide you with a degree that's relevant across diverse global professions.

Please note that if you study via our blended learning study mode, not all modules may be available at every Arden study center. However, timetables will be coordinated to accommodate students who need to travel to other study centers or participate in live online classes.

How do we assess you?

Assessment methods tailored to your career

To assess your progress through the course, a variety of assessment methods are used that support the development of your knowledge, application, and skills. At level 4 and level 5, the majority of our module assessments contain two parts: 

  • A multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination to assess your comprehension of key module content. 
  • The second part includes a number of different assessment methods, such as the use of advocacy, portfolios, drafting exercises, and coursework.

At level 6, your selected pathway will inform the assessments you undertake, which will consist of a combination of different assessment types. You will be given full support and guidance through each item of assessment you undertake.

Study and career support

Arden Consumer Advice Clinic

Our virtual Law Clinic is an exciting new volunteer opportunity for all students studying within the School of Law.​ Students will be trained to interview clients and provide initial advice with the support of qualified staff.​ This is an excellent opportunity for students wishing to understand legal working practices and pursue careers as solicitors or barristers.

Virtual Law Firm

A unique aspect of this course is Arden’s Virtual Law Firm. The Virtual Law Firm replicates many of the elements of professional law practice that you will encounter in the workplace, such as receiving client instructions, interacting 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 from our law faculty members.

Legal specialist career consultant

You will have access to a legal career consultant specialising in helping you make the most of our LLB degree​. You’ll also have the valuable opportunity to join career workshops and events that exclusively focus on your future with an LLB degree.

Free access to Lexis+

The largest collection of UK law, up-to-date legislation, case law, commentary and comprehensive practical guidance

Lexis+ is an advanced legal research platform that provides users with instant access to a vast collection of legal resources, across an extensive library of legal documents that includes case law, statutes, regulations, and secondary sources. 

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. 

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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Use the dropdown above to find course fees and funding information for your country. If you can’t find information for your country in the dropdown, visit our International support page.

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. 

During your Foundation Year, you'll get comprehensive support and preparation for your university journey, including:

Introduction and preparation: our Foundation Year courses introduce you to university-level teaching, learning, and assessment methods. You'll develop essential study skills, research techniques, and critical thinking abilities, laying a strong foundation for your degree studies.

Personalised support: our academic staff will guide you throughout your Foundation Year. They'll ensure a smooth transition into your degree programme, providing the support you need every step of the way.

Direct relevance to your future degree: your programme content is carefully designed to align with Arden's degree courses. Studying a Foundation Year will equip you with subject-specific knowledge and interdisciplinary exploration, establishing a solid base for your chosen degree.

Improved degree outcomes: we prioritise not only your academic preparation but also your success. By boosting your confidence, academic skills, and understanding of the subjects, we empower you to achieve the best possible degree outcomes and expand your career opportunities.

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

Campaign for Social Science

Arden University is a member of the Campaign for Social Science. 

The Campaign demonstrates how social science improves public policy, society, and all our lives. It highlights the value of applied social science research and advocates for its greater use in decision-making and in government. It is supported by a coalition of universities, social science societies, and publishers.

As a member, Arden receives access to case studies, research into the value provided by social sciences, and insights into the employability of social science graduates. Through this, you will gain a better understanding of the skills you are learning and their value to employers.

LinkedIn Learning

All Arden students will have free access to LinkedIn Learning through the Library Portal. LinkedIn Learning is a video-based online learning platform offering over 16,500 expert-led courses across a wide range of subjects including business, technology, and creative skills.

With LinkedIn Learning, you can:

  • Pursue curated learning pathways aligned with our curriculum and your career goals.
  • Add value to your LinkedIn profile by showcasing your newly acquired skills.
  • Personalise content based on skills relevant to your chosen career path, interests and prior learning.