School of Law, Criminology and Government

LLB (Hons) Law with Foundation

Are you ready to make your mark? Our academically challenging, qualifying law degree will prepare you for a career in the legal profession. With strong public and private sector connections, and a clear focus on developing skills in the workplace, we’ll ground you in the fundamentals of law – so you can set your sights high. From national competitions to High Court appeals and community projects – our students win acclaim. And a satisfaction rating of 93 per cent* says they’re enjoying it.

The course starts with a foundation year 0, specifically designed to introduce and develop essential skills for success in higher education, including critical thinking and research skills, and the knowledge and understanding of key facets of law.

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Careers with this subject

Advice from graduate James Peterson:

"Get to know as many local business people as you can as it is all about connections. Go out to business networking sessions to build up your confidence of being a ‘sales person,’ and get work-based experience. I completed two work experience periods in firms in Cornwall over the summer; this gave me a feel for what the work environment would be like. I also think that you feel more confident when you go for an interview if you have some experience on your CV and something to talk about.
I would recommend that students get as much hands on experience as possible because, although it isn’t easy, it is worth it. Use any connections which you have and try to offer something different to make yourself stand out. Practical experience and connections are invaluable, the more people you know, the better. Demonstrate that you really want to do it."

Read more from James in his case study.

Key features

  • Get ahead with a skills-focused, qualifying law degree designed to help you stand out with employers, whatever your career goals.
  • Learn your practice while making a real difference to real clients, with work experience placements open to all in year 2 and 3 students supported by our well-connected Law Clinic.
  • Benefit from working with a faculty of highly qualified law and criminal justice staff who provide a great mix of research-informed and practice-led teaching.
  • Choose the subjects that most interest you from a range of elective modules, so you can shape your degree and prepare for a career inside or outside the legal sector.
  • Take part in a range of competitions and social activities – as well as networking with high-profile guest speakers and prospective employers – as a member of our highly successful, student-run Student Law Society.
  • Deepen your understanding and insight through a sophisticated array of online resources.
  • Pursue your ambition to become a solicitor or barrister, or a range of other professions linked to law.

Course details

  • Year 0
  • In this year, you’ll experience a supportive environment to assist in the transition to successful study in higher education. You will learn about academic writing, critical thinking skills and begin to develop your research skills, as well as develop your knowledge and understanding through an introduction to the key aspects of law and relevant areas of social science.

    Core modules
    • LCG001 Foundational Ideas & Concepts in Law, Government & Society

      This module provides students with an introduction to key thinkers, ideas and controversies that have shaped Western societies in the modern period.

    • LCG002 Introduction to Law and Criminal Justice

      This module will introduce students to the main institutions and processes of the legal system and criminal justice in England and Wales, while developing key transferable skills related to the study and practice of law and criminal justice.

    • LCG003 Introduction to Government and Society

      This module will introduce students to a foundational sociological understanding of the structure and organisation of society; and to the main institutions of domestic and international government, and the theories and concepts used by political science to study them.

    • LCG004 Work & Employment in the 21st Century

      This project-based module provides students with an opportunity to explore in depth the nature and characteristics of an employment sector that is of direct relevance to degree-level education in law and/or social science subjects such as criminology, sociology, politics and international relations.

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you’ll learn about the core theories, principles and processes of the law, introducing you to how it’s studied and practised. You’ll be able to join the Student Law Society and take part in mooting, debating, negotiation and advocacy competitions. We’ve structured the curriculum so that alongside studying the English legal system, Contract, Tort, Public Law and Human Rights, you’ll start to develop the critical thinking and self-reflective skills that will equip you for your chosen career, including through our Ethics and Legal Reasoning Module.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you’ll focus on real-life scenarios and develop practical skills in areas such as negotiation and advocacy through our very successful Dispute Resolution Skills module. You’ll study Property Law and Criminal Law in depth and begin to tailor your degree to your specific interests by choosing from a range of modules including, for example, Family, Employment, Environmental, Intellectual Property, EU, Immigration, Human Rights and Cybercrime. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience volunteering in our award winning Law Clinic.

  • Final year
  • In your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate your research skills with a dissertation on a legal issue that inspires you, or undertake work-based learning for credit, including within our Law Clinic. You’ll be able to further tailor your degree to your interests and career ambitions by choosing from a selection of Law modules such as, for example, those preparing for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam, and/or those for progression to the Bar Professional Training Course, including Criminal Law and Practice, Business Law and Practice, and Trusts and Practice.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

LLB Hons Law with Foundation Programme Specification Sep19 6757

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

32 - 48

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
PPP-MMP in any subject. 

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

International Baccalaureate
24-25 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level. English and Maths accepted within: Higher Level = 4, Standard Level = 5.

If overseas and not studying English within IB – Must have IELTS: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all elements.

Access courses
Pass access course (any subject) plus GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4 or above or equivalent.

New Irish Highers: Achieve Irish Leaving Certificate with 32-48 UCAS points.

GCSE’s or equivalent: Maths and English at Grade C/4 or City and Guilds; Key Skills Level 2 will be considered on an individual basis.

Mature students with appropriate work experience are encouraged to apply. For those who do not meet the requirements, please enquire for further details. We encourage any candidate who is unsure about the suitability of their qualifications or experience to contact Admissions in the first instance, who will then liaise with the Admissions Tutor and Programme Lead.

English language requirements

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2020 2021
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £13,800 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
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Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email


Do you see yourself working as a barrister or taking your legal skills into the business sector? Whatever your chosen path, we’ll work closely with you throughout your degree to help you set your career off in the right direction.

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Graduate Insight

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Jennifer Smith – LLB (Hons) Law graduate

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Student success stories

As well as benefitting from excellent teaching and unrivalled opportunities to learn in the workplace, becoming a Plymouth law student also means you can join one of the most active societies of its kind in the country.

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* These are the latest results from the National Student Survey. Please note that the data published on Discover Uni (Unistats) is updated annually in September.