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Bradford College

Law and Legal Practice*

UCAS Code: MM12

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements

A level


Overall Pass including 45 credits at Level 3.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Minimum of five GCSE subjects at Grade C/4 or above, including English.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


Scottish Higher


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Standard applicants should normally have passes in GCE A Levels or the equivalent, such as BTEC Level 3, GNVQ Advanced or successful completion of an accredited Access to Higher Education Course.

About this course

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Course option


Full-time | 2021

Other options

3.0 years | Part-time | 2021



Legal practice

Choose a small and friendly Law School which prides itself in supporting its students.

Choose Bradford Law School, Bradford College University Centre.

This is a challenging and rewarding Foundation Degree in Law and Legal Practice, accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Council . The course provides you with a route to legal practice, by combining academic aspects of law with more practical modules and work placements. Choose this Foundation Degree in Law and Legal Practice and upon successful completion proceed direct to the second year of the Bradford College University Centre LLB degree. This is a Foundation degree with significant academic content delivered with a vocational/practical twist. It is not just about learning legal principles but using that knowledge in a real world context. You will study a variety of modules including Contract Law, Public Law, English Legal Process, Family Law and Practice, Aspects of property law, Conveyancing, and Litigation (civil and criminal), to ensure that you experience a variety of legal areas and legal processes. Preparing you for your future career is our central concern and that preparation goes beyond the acquisition of legal knowledge to developing legal skills. As a result, you will undertake Work Placement modules in a legal or advice setting. Lawyers practice in a variety of organisations and not simply as solicitors and barristers. Trade Unions, financial and insurance institutions, media groups, advice organisations, charities, the police, NHS, and large businesses, may all have in-house legal teams or advisors. Work experience in such an arena will enable you to appreciate how laws are used in a practical setting, will develop your skills, and will look great on your CV. If that is not enough, we also encourage you to become authors (or co-authors with your tutors) publishing in our Law School and College journals. Why not write-up your work experience and publish it with us? Our focus is on working with our students and not creating overly big classes. We are a friendly and informal Law School which prides itself on supporting you, ensuring that you graduate with the knowledge and skills required to succeed, and ensuring that you have the opportunity to make yourself stand out from the crowd. On successfully completing the course you will have direct access to Year 2 of the LLB (Hons) degrees. Alternatively, you may consider entering the legal profession as a fee earner/ paralegal. It will also be a useful qualification for those wishing to enter employment in areas such as insurance work, probation service, local government which require knowledge of the legal and litigation processes.
We look forward to welcoming you to Bradford Law School.

*PLEASE NOTE - THIS PROGRAMME IS UNDERGOING PERIODIC REVIEW/REAPPROVAL IN THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR FOR DELIVERY FROM 2020-21. Periodic Review is a monitoring and review activity undertaken by all universities/colleges delivering HE programmes. Any changes to the existing programmes as a result of this process will be fully communicated to all applicants as soon as possible after conclusion of the reviews.


This is a two year full time course delivered over four semesters.
Modules Covered. Year 1 / level 4 / 120 credit points: Contract Law (QLD Core); English Legal Process 1; Public Law 1 (QLD Core); Criminal Law (QLD Core); English Legal Process 2; Public Law 2 (QLD Core). Year 2 / Level 5 / 120 credit points: Family Law and Practice; Litigation; Conveyancing; Property Law; Work Placement.
Work Placement is an essential component of this programme. Undertaking the work placement in year 2 ensures that you commence the placement with the legal knowledge acquired year 1 and whilst studying other legal components thereby placing you in the position of being able to gain a valuable experience from the placement. In the Work Placement modules, you will undertake a range of practical activities under the strict supervision of a mentor, usually a solicitor or trainee solicitor. You are encouraged to find your own placement by pursuing a traditional application process, but the Law School does have a number of placement contacts. The majority of placements are with Law Firms but we have placements with Citizens Advice Bureaus and with the College Students Union. The placements are widely available in Bradford, Dewsbury, Halifax and Manchester. This enables some students to perform their placements near their place of residence. Beacon Recruitment, part of the Bradford College family, and the College Health and Safety team assist academic colleagues in undertaking health and safety checks with placement providers.

Assessment methods

The programme employs a blended learning strategy where attendance in lectures, workshops and seminars is supported by a comprehensive e-learning portal, Moodle. The resources on Moodle include links to websites, our e-databases, electronic books and tutor/ librarian produced materials. There are sections for each module of study which focus on specific module content, including a module handbook with assessment details, reading lists, workshop and seminar tasks. Each module is divided into a weekly breakdown of materials and specific resources. The online resources may include lecture PowerPoint’s, lecture hand-outs, television programmes, web links, video clips, MCTs and other materials. Written assessments are submitted to Moodle and the submission goes through Turnitin (plagiarism detection software). Our primary intention is not to use Turnitin as a punitive tool but as part of the learning process. To that end, you can submit and re-submit your work to Turnitin as many times as you wish prior to the end submission date, and through this process you may identify referencing points that require rectification.

All tutors have access to Skype and this can be utilised inside and outside of the classroom. You may use this tool to have discussions with us throughout the year. Both Skype and Moodle also have messaging tools to assist communication to students, either as a group or to individuals.
Teaching will be delivered through a combination of Lectures, Workshops and Seminars. Lectures will be interactive, with question and answer sessions and other forms of student involvement. Workshops are designed to enhance individual learning in relation to a common end task (the set seminar task(s)), which will then be explored in further detail with the tutor in the seminar. The individualised workshops may have you practicing timed essays, whilst others are involved in peer discussion and support. Alternatively, they may be based on last minute preparation, viewing resources on the e- learning portal or even test their knowledge with multiple choice questions (MCQs). In the workshop, the onus is on you to identify your own learning requirements. You will benefit from additional seminar time on the writing and research skills development modules of English Legal Process 1 and English Legal Process 2. This will ensure that you develop your skills sufficiently from your entry level through year 1, and therefore have the abilities to satisfy the rigorous requirements of studying at level 4 and beyond.
The programme employs a plurality of assessment methods including assignments, examinations, presentations, and reflective diary submission. This range of assessment ensures that students graduate with the skills and abilities required in employment, such as the ability to work under pressure and within short time constraints (examinations), as well as the ability to address a large audience (presentations).
The programme will develop your communication skills eg in writing (assignments/portfolios) and communicating verbally (presentations). This knowledge and these skills are designed to be transferable to a variety of careers, whether within the legal sector or another realm such as business or public service. The assessments will prepare you for further study at degree level and for employment.

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