The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
Our BA (Hons) in Law is designed for students who may not wish to pursue a professional legal career, but have an interest in a career in law and/or looking to apply knowledge in another area of business or service provision.
You will integrate applied work-based and skills-based modules that will help allow you to prepare practically as well as academically for a successful career, both within and outside of the legal professions.
We will help you build up your legal knowledge and commercial awareness, and gain a wide range of transferable skills, such as abstract thinking and practical problem-solving, which are relevant to a wide range of related careers.
Although this foundation degree does not offer exemptions from the academic stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister, the second year content is common with our LLB (Hons) Law, and those who are successful in all second year modules may be able to transfer on to year two of the LLB programme.
With our convenient position in the Thames Valley, you have easy access to London and regional areas for law events, as well as work opportunities and placements during the holidays.
Our active Student Law Society and Mooting Society also organises both legal and social events and our students are active participants in national mooting competitions.
Our team of tutors includes qualified lawyers combining backgrounds as academics and as practitioners, so they add depth and breadth to your experience of the study of law. You will also benefit from talks by guest lecturers from specialist areas.
With smaller, more intimate, class sizes, our staff are committed to nurturing your development, helping you graduate with the skills and capabilities for a successful and fulfilling career.
On this programme, you will study compulsory modules that explore civil and criminal liability, the English Legal System and the European single market, and legal research skills. You will also have the opportunity to select from a range of specialist options in order to tailor your programme toward your career interests.
Particular to the study of law is a high level of research and communication skills. These competencies will be developed as you progress through the course, and you will become skilled in areas such as legal debating, interviewing and mediation.
The course will also help teach you to do legal research, and you will have access to legal databases, such as LexisNexis or Westlaw. You will also learn how to review information from academic sources, journals and electronic resources. As you progress, you will have the opportunity to do your own research into an aspect of law that the course has not covered.
This programme will help give you the confidence to analyse and manage large quantities of complex information from both printed and electronic sources, and learn to construct clear and well-reasoned legal arguments.
You will develop your knowledge of all aspects of law through lectures and seminars, and supplement this with your own independent study. Lectures are often interactive, involving exercises and informal assessment. Seminars are small group discussions which you will need to prepare for in advance. Here you will learn to analyse legal principles and apply them to practical situations, assess competing arguments and choose between alternative approaches. Group work and moots (pretend courts) will hone your verbal arguing and presentation skills.
You will be assessed through exams, moots (pretend courts), presentations and coursework. The variety of assessment methods will evaluate your knowledge and analysis of legal principles and different areas of law. You will also be assessed on your ability to carry out effective research, understanding, analysis and use of source materials, ability to assess competing legal arguments, and capacity to recognise potential conclusions for situations and give reasons for them. You will also need to show you can work successfully in a team for moots and presentations. These are all valuable skills to help prepare you for your future career.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Foundation Year Modules
- Introduction to Law
- Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity
- Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility
- Inquiry Based Learning
Year One Modules
- Law of Contract
- Criminal Law
- English Legal System
- Professional Skills 1
- EU Constitutional and Procedural Law
- Professional Skills 2
Year Two Modules
- Law of Tort
- European Internal Market Law
- Professional Skills 3
- Business Organisations
- Media Law 1
- Criminal Justice (optional)
- Family Law (optional)
- Employment Law (optional)
- Intellectual Property Law 1 (optional)
- Gender and Sexuality in Society (optional)
- Financial Management (optional)
Year Three Modules
- Media Law 2
- Work Based Learning
- Commercial Law (optional)
- The Law of Evidence (optional)
- Children and Law (optional)
- Intellectual Property Law 2 (optional)
- Environmental Law (optional)
- Sports Law (optional)
- European Human Rights (optional)
- Cybercrime (optional)
- Disability, Mental Health and The Criminal Justice System (optional)
- Developing Leadership and Management Skills (optional)
- Corporate Governance and Ethics (optional)
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250
Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks