LLB (Hons) Law with a foundation year

This foundation year will prepare you for a full law degree and lead to a rewarding career.

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There are many elements to our legal system. Its variety is what makes it an exciting field to work in.

This foundation year helps you prepare for the LLM if you don’t have traditional academic qualifications. 

You’ll learn the basics of law and how this applies across society. You’ll also develop the academic and study skills you need to complete a university degree.


Enter the legal profession

This is the first step on your journey to becoming a legal professional. It will give you a solid grounding in law that you’ll build on during the three or four years of your LLB. 

If you want to train as a barrister or solicitor, you’ll need to complete additional vocational qualifications after you graduate with your full degree.


Learn from professionals

Our staff are practising legal professionals and experienced legal scholars. They’ll share their experience with you on this course and your full LLB.

During your full degree, you’ll be able to take advantage of our extensive industry connections. Choose the four-year route to undertake a work placement to gain professional experience.

Features and Benefits

  • Adapt to university life – find your feet and get to know your lecturers. This foundation year is designed to prepare you for your LLB.
  • Legal hub – Manchester is the second largest legal centre in the UK. You’ll study surrounded by legal firms of all sizes.
  • Experienced professionals – our staff are legal professionals. They’ve worked as barristers, solicitors and district judges. They understand what it takes to secure a successful legal career.
  • Industry connections – we have strong links to the Northern Circuit and the leading legal firms and partnerships. This can help you develop valuable experience.
  • Future study – the full LLB is a qualifying law degree. That means you can progress to the vocational courses you need to qualify as a solicitor or barrister.
  • Join our award-wining Law Society – get involved with the legal community at Manchester Met, take part in national mooting competitions and listen to guest lectures from legal experts.
“The LLB Law with a Foundation Year was the perfect stepping stone from college and allowed me to integrate myself into the university and learn how things are done.” Josh Booth, LLB with Foundation Year.

“Studying law at Manchester Metropolitan University is a great choice. We are situated in the heart of the city of Manchester, the second largest legal centre in the UK.”

Jackie Panter, Associate Head

Career Prospects

The foundation year is the beginning of your legal education. Successfully completing this course will allow you to progress onto our LLB (Hons) degree.

The LLB is where you’ll really hone your legal skills and develop the specialist knowledge you need to forge a successful career in the sector. It’s a qualifying law degree. That means many of our graduates go on to complete training to become solicitors or barristers.

Our graduates have also gone into work in other areas of legal services. Some even choose careers with the police, charities or the media.

Whatever your career aspirations, your experienced tutors can provide guidance.

There are many ways to enhance your CV during your studies. Joining the Law Society, going on a placement year and accessing our mentor scheme are among them.

Our law degrees are well-respected by legal professionals because they know our graduates are ready for the world of work.

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of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


80 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades CDD) to include at least 1 relevant A Level (we would not consider the following subjects to be relevant: Art and Design, Music and Business/Business Studies).

80 UCAS Tariff Points from BTEC National Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades MMP) in Applied Law or Law and Business.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language and GCSE grade C or grade 4 in Maths. Level 2 Functional Skills English and Maths also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 80 UCAS tariff points.


International Baccalaureate points

24 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.


“Studying law at Manchester Metropolitan University is a great choice. We are situated in the heart of the city of Manchester, the second largest legal centre in the UK…”
Listen to what Jackie Panter, Associate Head, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

All Foundation Year students study the Academic Skills for Higher Education unit, which will help you to develop the academic and study skills required for degree-level work. You will also study topics in civil justice, criminal justice and business. International and EU students whose first language is not English and who have an IELTS score of less than 6.0 will study an English language unit. Successful completion of the Foundation Year guarantees automatic progression onto Year 1 of the degree you have chosen to study. Details of the course content of each degree can be found by selecting the relevant course in the A to Z list of courses.

During this year you will study a variety of units. Please see below:

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Core Units

Introduction to Business

This module develops your understanding of theory and practice in Business. There is an emphasis on Research and Inquiry throughout the module. Term 1 covers Motivation, Organisational Behaviour, Leadership, Groups and Teams, Presentation Skills; Term 2 covers Historical development of Economic Thought (Adam Smith, Marx, Keynes et al), elements of business strategy, and we explore why businesses behave as they do in the current environment. Formative Assessment, and development through Tutorial activities, essay writing and library research predominates in this unit.

Academic Skills for Higher Education

This unit usually covers topics such as:

  • Academic Skills: Independent study; time management; note taking; reading techniques; academic writing; critical thinking and writing, and referencing methods
  • Research Skills: Conducting a research project; research design and methodology; analysing and presenting research data
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Basic Number Work: Basic arithmetic, and mental calculations
Civil Justice

This unit introduces you to the fundamentals of the civil justice system. Topics include: the civil court structure including the European courts, judicial precedent & statutory interpretation, legal methods & skills, introduction to the enforcement of legal rules, the role of Supreme Court, the judiciary & legal professions, bringing court proceedings, alternative dispute resolution, aspects of contract & tort and particular case studies. There will also be the chance to visit a local court and report back on the proceedings observed. Teaching is by way of weekly lectures followed by interactive workshops. 

Criminal Justice

This unit aims to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the main principles and concepts underpinning criminal justice system.  It will also help you to develop the skills of independent research and use of secondary legal sources.

English and Academic Practice (for International Students only)
International students and students for whom English is not a first language who are studying the foundation year at our campus in Manchester are placed on the Foundation Year International Route which offers additional English language study skills and tutor support through the English and Academic Practice unit which focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking, from within both an academic and general context. The course is designed for non-native English speakers to prepare you for the academic demands of you degree course, as well as helping you with daily English needs. The unit content is largely based on the development of academic skills, notably writing and speaking, to give you confidence in your written work and oral presentations. General English is also focused on, however, as the means to helps you develop your abilities in English communication needed outside the classroom.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

There may be the opportunity to attend visit days with local business organisations, the cost of which will usually be covered by the University. These trips are optional.


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Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
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