Law LLB (Hons)

Location University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code M100
Code BS3030A22
Fees View fees and financial information
Study Mode Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 3 academic years
Part time: 5 academic years
Start Dates: august 2023
Term Dates: View term dates

Overview

Combining an intellectually challenging curriculum with an industry focus, the LLB (Hons) Law degree at Blackburn University Centre gives you a grounding in the key concepts of law, while preparing you for a high level legal career. 

Our Law LLB (Hons) is the more traditional Law qualification that we offer and is a qualification we have delivered for over 20 years.

The law industry, however, is changing and as such our course is currently "Subject to Approval". The specific requirements contained in the Law LLB (Hons) have been changed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). 

The Law LLB (Hons) offered at Blackburn University Centre contains the core elements expected in an LLB (Hons) Law degree as well as options in your area of choice as such the course is excellent preparation for a number of careers in Law.

Our Law degree opens up many routes to graduate careers. For those intending to work as practising solicitors or barristers, once you have completed the course you might choose to continue by taking either the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE 1) or the Bar Vocational Course for intended barristers.  

The course is available on both a full-time and part-time basis.  

The overall aim of the programme is to provide a balanced and stimulating academic legal education together with an understanding of the essential practical skills such as debating, mooting and presentations which support employability.

 

What will I study?

When you study at Level 4, you will study a set of mandatory modules. These modules are aimed at providing students with essential skills required for the study of Law. 

At Level 5 you will build upon these foundations and gain the confidence to engage in analytical and critical thought through completion of mandatory modules and one optional module, which will support your transition into Level 6 study.

At Level 6, there are a mixture of mandatory and optional modules.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level. As the course is subject to validation, the complete list of modules has been supplied below. All mandatory modules will form part of the course and some of the optional modules (but not all) wil be offered.

Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Academic and Professional Legal Skills

  • Criminal Law

  • Law and the State

  • Legal Systems and Methods

  • The Law of Contract

  • The Law of Torts

Level 5 Mandatory Modules include:

  • Land Law
  • Law on Trial
  • Learning through the Workplace
  • Law and Technology in Practice
  • Access to Justice, Advocacy and Ethics

There will also be one option made available to you from:

  • Consumer Law
  • Criminal Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Public Legal Education

Level 6 Mandatory Modules include:

  • Equity and the Law of Trusts
  • Contemporary Legal Research
  • Equality and Advanced Human Rights

There will also be three options made available to you from:

  • Advanced Criminal Law
  • Banking and Finance Regulation
  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate Law and Governance
  • Dissertation
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • Legal History
  • Legal Issues in Sport
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Medical Law
  • Public Legal Education
  • The Law in Wales
  • The Law Relating to Children

Optional Modules

Please note, not all optional modules will be made available to you. As the course is Subject to Validation we have made the full list available whilst the exact modules are determined.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need 80 UCAS points to join this programme.

Applicants without formal qualifications but with relevant work experience will be considered for entry to the programme subject to an interview or an appropriate diagnostic test that involves the current recommendation process. All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English.

 

Care Leavers or Young Carers

We want students from all backgrounds to have the opportunity to go to University. If you have spent three months or more in local authority care OR are a young carer, you will be eligible for a contextual offer. This is a grade reduction of 1-A Level grade below our standard entry requirements. For example, a standard offer of CCC, would become CCD. MMM at Level 3 Extended Diploma would become MMP. To apply we advise that you tick the box on your UCAS application which identifies you have spent time in care and to help identify you as eligible for our contextual offer.

See our General Entry Requirements.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You could be assessed by examinations, including open-book examinations, practical assessments, assignments, briefs, essays, presentations (including group presentations), reports and portfolio building. 

Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.  This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions. 

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Teaching and Learning

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.  You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Timetables

We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course.  Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.  Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week. 

Overall Workload

You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.

Academic Support

We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;

  • Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English
  • Academic Writing (including referencing)
  • Research Skills

What can I do next?

Our LLB (Hons) Law programme provides students with a valuable qualification for entry into the legal profession it also provides students with an excellent qualification for entry into an array of other vocations.

For those wishing to enter the legal profession, whether as a barrister or a solicitor, it contains a firm foundation of training for either the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE 1) or the Bar Vocational Course for intended barristers.  

It is also designed to act as a worthwhile qualification for those wishing to enter industry, commerce, education or public service, by providing a comprehensive yet critical understanding of the functioning of law and the legal system in Britain today, within the contextual framework.

The programme also allows students to progress onto further study at postgraduate level with study of a Masters Degree. 

Supplementary Information

Download the Programme Specification for Law LLB (Hons). The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

What will my timetable be like?

If you choose to study this course in September 2022, your timetable will consist of the following days of study at our University Centre.

The days that have been set for this course, for the first year intake only, are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

You will be required to undertake work in your own time and also undertake private study. This will be in addition to your taught hours in class. You may also be required to undertake a work placement/work-based learning. This is in addition to the taught timetabled classes, please bear this in mind with your planning. 

The University Centre reserves the right to change timetables for the year ahead and this information is provided to you as a guide. The days of study in subsequent years of the course may vary.

Career Options

Solicitor

If you are interested in the law and want a career in legal work, this job could be ideal for you. As a solicitor it would be your job to advise clients about the law, and act on their behalf in legal matters. Your clients could be individuals, groups of people or companies.

There are different ways to become a solicitor and all involve academic and vocational training over several years.

To be a solicitor you will need strong spoken and written communication skills. You will need to be able to analyse large amounts of information. You will also need confidence and the ability to work under pressure

 

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Court Legal Adviser

Court legal advisers (sometimes known as court clerks) in England and Wales are able to represent the Justices’ Clerk, and advise magistrates and District Judges. If you are a trained solicitor or barrister, and you can explain complex laws and procedures to non-experts, this could be the ideal job for you.

In this job you would need good organisational and research skills. You would need to be objective and non-judgemental. You would also need detailed knowledge of the law.

To get into this job you must have completed the academic stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister. You will need to pass a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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Crown Prosecutor

Crown prosecutors make sure decisions to bring people to court are fair and likely to succeed. They do this by examining criminal cases investigated by the police.

If you've got good presentation skills and you can make balanced decisions, this career could suit you.

In this job you would need to set out your arguments clearly. You would also need to explain complex matters in a way that everyone can understand.

You can apply directly for a crown prosecutor post in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) if you are a qualified solicitor or barrister. You must have completed your Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and a two-year training contract or a 12-month pupillage.

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Legal Executive

Legal executives specialise in one area of law. They have trained to the same level as solicitors in that area and do much of the same work.

This job will suit you if you have good spoken and written communication skills, as you'll need to explain complex legal matters clearly to people. You’ll need patience and discretion. You also need to be able to work under pressure.

To become qualified in this area you will have to follow one of the training routes offered by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. You will also need to have practical experience in a legal environment.

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Trading Standards Officer

As a trading standards officer (TSO), it would be your job to protect consumers and businesses by promoting a safe and fair trading environment. You would advise on and enforce the laws on buying, selling, renting and hiring of goods and services.

If you can understand technical information and you have good people skills, this job could be for you.

In this job you would need to communicate well and be assertive, tactful and resilient. You would also need to have good judgement.

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Probation Officer

If you want a fulfilling job that could help change people's lives for the better, this job could be ideal for you. Probation officers supervise people serving community and prison sentences. They also help with their rehabilitation after release.

To qualify, you would start out as a probation services officer, then train for a degree or postgraduate award in Community Justice and the Level 5 Diploma in Probation Practice.

To be a probation officer, you will need to be able to get on with a wide range of people and have a fair-minded approach. You will also need to stay calm under pressure and be able to handle challenging behaviour.

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Licensed Conveyancer

Conveyancers use the legal process to transfer a house or flat, commercial property or piece of land, from one owner to another. They are specialist property lawyers who deal with the paperwork and finances involved in buying and selling property in England and Wales.

If you like working with people and are good at finding the right information whilst paying attention to detail, this job could be perfect for you.

To become a licensed conveyancer you must pass the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) exams.

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Coroner

Coroners are independent judicial officers who inquire into all reported deaths from unnatural or unknown causes, or those that have happened suddenly or in prison or police custody.

If you are good at exploring information and interested in finding out why things happen, this job could suit you.

To be a coroner you need excellent communication skills. You would have to explain difficult information in a clear and understandable way.

To become a coroner you must be a qualified barrister or solicitor, or a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), with at least five years' experience after qualifying. Most coroners start out as a deputy or assistant deputy coroner.

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