The page you are visiting was formerly part of the Which? University website, but is now being provided by The Uni Guide — part of The Student Room. For more information please click here.

Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more

Law with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

P:45

At least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

GCSE/National 4/National 5

• English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4 • Maths at grade C or 4

UCAS Tariff

64

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: •CC at A Level •MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma. •A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2022

Subject

Law

**Course summary**

Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.

- After the foundation year, gain real legal work experience in every year of your degree.

- Take work placements in legal settings across the UK and overseas.

- Study modules designed around the Solicitors Qualifying Examination.

- Work in our on-campus law firm alongside practising lawyers and specialist academics.

Overall on this course, you’ll gain the skills, experience, contacts and credentials you need to kick-start your legal career. You’ll do real legal work through our on-campus law firm while gaining a detailed legal education, designed around the Solicitors Qualifying Examination. When you graduate, you will not only have a law degree — you’ll have extensive legal work experience to support your qualification as a Solicitor.

**How you learn**

This foundation year is an entry route if you do not yet meet the entry requirements for our LLB (Hons) Law course, if you are not yet ready for degree level study, or if you are returning to study and would like to spend time getting up to speed with the demands of learning before embarking on a degree.

You will share the foundation year with other Law, Criminology, Policing and Psychology foundation students, before moving on to your subject-specific degree.

You learn through
Lectures
Seminars
Workshops
team meetings
peer learning
guest lectures

You will receive feedback regularly from your tutors, peers and through guided self-reflection to help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to undertake the various module assessments.

**Applied learning**

On your LLB (Hons) Law course, following completion of your foundation year you will have a range of opportunities to apply your learning and gain valuable practical experience.

**SHU Law**

Our regulated and supervised on-campus law firm, SHU Law, offers law students a unique chance to get ahead with their solicitor qualifications. You’ll gain vital industry experience, working alongside Solicitors on real cases.

Uniquely, your work with SHU Law is fully integrated into your course from your first year, and will continue throughout your studies.

**Work placements**

In your final year, you can choose to opt out of SHU Law work placements and enter an external legal setting.

Placements have been taken at major national and international law firms such as Irwin Mitchell and DLA Piper, and often involve sitting in on real hearings and court cases with Solicitors. You may also gain a placement in areas such as local government, coroners’ offices or local law firms.

There are also international work placements available in the USA, including at the Public Defenders’ Office in Savannah, and Innocence Project in San Diego (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme following the Brexit transition period).

**Social justice**

Throughout the course, you’ll help and advocate for those who don’t have or can’t afford representation. You’ll have opportunities to work on our court helpdesks, providing vital free legal advice to members of the public, to contribute to projects in our Human Rights Clinic, which is part of the award-winning Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, and to work within the Refugee Family Reunion Clinic assisting refugees with family reunification applications.

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Introduction To The Psychological, Political, Legal, Criminal Justice And Sociological Sciences 60
The Practice Of Law And Policing 60

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Criminal Law And Practice 30
Dispute Resolution In Contract 30
Introduction To Law And Practice 30
Uk Constitutional Law And Practice 30

Year 3
Compulsory modules
Dispute Resolution In Tort 30
Land, Property Law And Practice 30
Legal Professional Practice Development 30
Trusts & Equitable Wrongs (Including Wills And Administration Of Estates) 30

Year 4
Optional modules
Placement Year

Final year
Compulsory modules
Legal Professional Practice (Contentious) 30
Legal Professional Practice (Non-Contentious) 30
Elective modules
Business Law And Practice 30
Commercial Law And Practice 30
Dissertation 30
Employment Law And Practice 30
Family Law, Policy And Practice 30
Human Rights Law And Practice 30
Immigration Law And Practice 30
Law And Medicine 30
Law Of Evidence And Practice 30
Sports Law 30

Assessment methods

Coursework, exams, practical assessment

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

Read full university profile

What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

65%
low
Law

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Law

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

60%
Library resources
62%
IT resources
66%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Law

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
42%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Legal associate professionals
8%
Public services and other associate professionals
6%
Customer service occupations

Law graduates tend to go into the legal industry, and they usually take similar routes. Jobs are competitive — often very competitive - but starting salaries are good and high fliers can earn serious money - starting on over £24k in London on average. Be aware though - some careers, especially as barristers, can take a while to get into, and the industry is changing as the Internet, automation and economic change all have an effect, If you want to qualify to practise law, you need to take a professional qualification — many law graduates then go on to law school. If you want to go into work, then a lot of law graduates take trainee or paralegal roles and some do leave the law altogether, often for jobs in management, finance and the police force. A small proportion of law graduates also move into another field for further study. Management, accountancy and teaching are all popular for these career changers, so if you do take a law degree and decide it’s not for you, there are options.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Law

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Explore these similar courses...

Higher entry requirements
University of Huddersfield
Law
Bachelor of Law (with Honours) - LLB (Hons)
3.0 years | Full-time including foundation year | 2022
Lower entry requirements
University of Plymouth
Law with Foundation
Bachelor of Law (with Honours) - LLB (Hons)
4.0 years | Full-time including foundation year | 2022
Nearby University
University of Huddersfield
Law with Criminology
Bachelor of Law (with Honours) - LLB (Hons)
3.0 years | Full-time including foundation year | 2022
Same University
Sheffield Hallam University
Law with Criminology
Bachelor of Law (with Honours) - LLB (Hons)
3.0 years | Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Share this page

This is what the university has told Ucas about the criteria they expect applicants to satisfy; some may be compulsory, others may be preferable.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This is the percentage of applicants to this course who received an offer last year, through Ucas.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This is what the university has told Ucas about the course. Use it to get a quick idea about what makes it unique compared to similar courses, elsewhere.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Course location and department:

This is what the university has told Ucas about the course. Use it to get a quick idea about what makes it unique compared to similar courses, elsewhere.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF):

We've received this information from the Department for Education, via Ucas. This is how the university as a whole has been rated for its quality of teaching: gold silver or bronze. Note, not all universities have taken part in the TEF.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This information comes from the National Student Survey, an annual student survey of final-year students. You can use this to see how satisfied students studying this subject area at this university, are (not the individual course).

This is the percentage of final-year students at this university who were "definitely" or "mostly" satisfied with their course. We've analysed this figure against other universities so you can see whether this is high, medium or low.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This information is from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), for undergraduate students only.

You can use this to get an idea of who you might share a lecture with and how they progressed in this subject, here. It's also worth comparing typical A-level subjects and grades students achieved with the current course entry requirements; similarities or differences here could indicate how flexible (or not) a university might be.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Graduate field commentary:

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit have provided some further context for all graduates in this subject area, including details that numbers alone might not show

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

Have a question about this info? Learn more here