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The LLB with Foundation year is an integrated foundation course. If you aspire to a career in law, the foundation year is designed to provide a strong grounding in both subject knowledge and skills.

If you pass the foundation year, you automatically progress to the Northumbria LLB undergraduate honours degree.

In the Foundation Year you study five semester long modules and one-year long module where you will develop your knowledge of the theory and practice of law. You will also have an opportunity to learn effective academic writing, analysis skills, interpersonal communication, and the ability to work in teams. The main attribute you need to bring is curiosity.

Our modules encourage you to look at contemporary legal issues and events, exploring how the law works. During your modules, you will consider ethical issues and learn analytical skills while being encouraged to build your creative, critical, and independent thinking.

On successfully completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the LLB (Hons) programme, which is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in legal principles. The degree programme includes study of the 7 foundations of legal knowledge which are required for a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), the first stage of legal education for those who might want to pursue a career as a barrister. The course will additionally provide you with the relevant skills and knowledge to sit the Solicitors Qualifying Examination. The foundations of legal knowledge are Constitutional and Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Crime, Equity and Trusts, EU, Land, and Tort. In addition, specialist options will be studied, along with a research project and work in the Student Law Office.

Successful completion of the foundation year qualifies you to join:

Northumbria is ranked 1st in the North East for sustained employment for Law graduates 1 year after graduation and remaining in the top 10 in the sector 5 years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2020)

If I wish to qualify as a solicitor, what will I have to do if I start a Qualifying Law Degree after September 2021?

The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is a new assessment method that all aspiring solicitors will soon be required to pass in England and Wales. This new route will be in action from November 2021.

Currently, qualifying as a solicitor requires the completion of a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), such as LLB or GLD, as well as completion of a Legal Practice Course (LPC) and two years of recognised training (known as a Training Contract). During the training contract, students will also undertake a final assessment as part of the Professional Skills Course (PSC).

The introduction of SQE means this process is becoming more centralised, split into 4 stages. Now, the new qualification route requires:

• You must still hold a degree or equivalent in any subject

• You must have a minimum of two years’ ‘Qualifying Work Experience’ (QWE)

• You must pass the new SQE assessments

• You must be able to show that you are of satisfactory character and suitability

The SQE Assessment is further split into 2 components:

SQE Stage 1 – A test of your ‘functioning legal knowledge’ and application of law based on realistic client scenarios. This stage consists of 2 multiple choice papers of 180 questions each. To progress onto Stage 2, the student must pass Stage 1.

SQE Stage 2 – A test of your practical legal skills including interviewing (notes and analysis), advocacy, research, drafting, writing, and case analysis.

As mentioned above, ‘Qualifying Work Experience’ (QWE) is also required as part of the SQE route. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) do anticipate that student’s gain this experience before sitting their Stage 2 assessment. A minimum of two years is required and, where the previous route was restricted to one organisation for the entire duration, the new QWE framework means students can gather experience in a maximum of 4 periods with up to 4 different organisations. This new development provides students with more flexibility and opportunity to widen their knowledge and prepare for practice that best suits their talents.

The total cost of this new qualification route, in addition to tuition fees, is £3,980. SQE Stage 1 is £1,558 for the two examinations, while SQE Stage 2 is £2,422 for the written and oral tasks. The SRA has not confirmed a cost to re-sit the SQE.

The LLB with Foundation year is an integrated foundation course. If you aspire to a career in law, the foundation year is designed to provide a strong grounding in both subject knowledge and skills.

If you pass the foundation year, you automatically progress to the Northumbria LLB undergraduate honours degree.

In the Foundation Year you study five semester long modules and one-year long module where you will develop your knowledge of the theory and practice of law. You will also have an opportunity to learn effective academic writing, analysis skills, interpersonal communication, and the ability to work in teams. The main attribute you need to bring is curiosity.

Our modules encourage you to look at contemporary legal issues and events, exploring how the law works. During your modules, you will consider ethical issues and learn analytical skills while being encouraged to build your creative, critical, and independent thinking.

On successfully completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the LLB (Hons) programme, which is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in legal principles. The degree programme includes study of the 7 foundations of legal knowledge which are required for a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), the first stage of legal education for those who might want to pursue a career as a barrister. The course will additionally provide you with the relevant skills and knowledge to sit the Solicitors Qualifying Examination. The foundations of legal knowledge are Constitutional and Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Crime, Equity and Trusts, EU, Land, and Tort. In addition, specialist options will be studied, along with a research project and work in the Student Law Office.

Successful completion of the foundation year qualifies you to join:

Northumbria is ranked 1st in the North East for sustained employment for Law graduates 1 year after graduation and remaining in the top 10 in the sector 5 years after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2020)

If I wish to qualify as a solicitor, what will I have to do if I start a Qualifying Law Degree after September 2021?

The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) is a new assessment method that all aspiring solicitors will soon be required to pass in England and Wales. This new route will be in action from November 2021.

Currently, qualifying as a solicitor requires the completion of a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), such as LLB or GLD, as well as completion of a Legal Practice Course (LPC) and two years of recognised training (known as a Training Contract). During the training contract, students will also undertake a final assessment as part of the Professional Skills Course (PSC).

The introduction of SQE means this process is becoming more centralised, split into 4 stages. Now, the new qualification route requires:

• You must still hold a degree or equivalent in any subject

• You must have a minimum of two years’ ‘Qualifying Work Experience’ (QWE)

• You must pass the new SQE assessments

• You must be able to show that you are of satisfactory character and suitability

The SQE Assessment is further split into 2 components:

SQE Stage 1 – A test of your ‘functioning legal knowledge’ and application of law based on realistic client scenarios. This stage consists of 2 multiple choice papers of 180 questions each. To progress onto Stage 2, the student must pass Stage 1.

SQE Stage 2 – A test of your practical legal skills including interviewing (notes and analysis), advocacy, research, drafting, writing, and case analysis.

As mentioned above, ‘Qualifying Work Experience’ (QWE) is also required as part of the SQE route. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) do anticipate that student’s gain this experience before sitting their Stage 2 assessment. A minimum of two years is required and, where the previous route was restricted to one organisation for the entire duration, the new QWE framework means students can gather experience in a maximum of 4 periods with up to 4 different organisations. This new development provides students with more flexibility and opportunity to widen their knowledge and prepare for practice that best suits their talents.

The total cost of this new qualification route, in addition to tuition fees, is £3,980. SQE Stage 1 is £1,558 for the two examinations, while SQE Stage 2 is £2,422 for the written and oral tasks. The SRA has not confirmed a cost to re-sit the SQE.

Course Information

UCAS Code
M757

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
Foundation year followed by a further 3 or 4 years full-time study

Department
Northumbria Law School

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2022 or September 2023

Fee Information

Department / Law

Northumbria Law School is one of the largest law schools in the UK, with a national and international reputation for excellence in legal education for those interested in studying law.

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Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications 

Entry Requirements 2023/24

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications 

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.


EU Fee in Year 1: £16,500

International Fee in Year 1: £16,500

 

Click here for UK, EU and International scholarship, fees, and funding information.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Fees and Funding 2023/24 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: £9,250

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.

 

EU Fee in Year 1: **TBC

** 23/24 EU and International fees have not yet been announced and will be updated once confirmed.



International Fee in Year 1: TBC

23/24 EU and International fees have not yet been announced and will be updated once confirmed.




Scholarships for 23/24 have not yet been announced.  For information on scholarships awarded in 22/23, please see the main Funding Pages.


ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

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Our Campus based courses starting in 2022 and 2023 will be delivered on-campus with supporting online learning content. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to adjust the delivery of our education accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

On-campus contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with any additional restrictions, which may be imposed by the Government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors. This could potentially mean increased or fully online delivery, should such restrictions on in-person contact time be required.

 

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