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 LLB 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 country’s second-largest legal hub. We have close ties to the Northern Circuit and leading legal firms.
  • 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.
  • Legal professionals – your lecturers are highly experienced legal professionals. They’ve worked as solicitors, barristers and district judges. Our legal scholars and research academics encourage critical thinking.
  • Established law school – from LLB up to Bar and scholarly research, we teach law at every stage of the profession. Join the Law Society to get involved with the community.
  • Award winning – join a law school renowned for mooting and interviewing success in national and international competitions.
“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.

A law degree will pave the way for a career in this highly regarded profession. But the skills and knowledge you develop are also attractive to employers in other sectors.

You could join an in-house legal team, work for the police, or become a journalist. If law is your passion, you can go on to qualify as a solicitor or barrister.

Some of our graduates have gone on to work for charities, the civil service or in the corporate sector. Your intellectual ability and communication skills will serve you well whatever path you follow.

You might decide to study at postgraduate level to achieve your LLM. Or explore the legal landscape through research.

Take the opportunity to go on a work placement or work with our pro bono partners to gain legal experience and learn more about professional life before you graduate. You’ll gain confidence and boost your CV.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


A levels ­– CDD, to include at least one relevant A level (excludes Art and Design, Media Studies, Business/Business Studies, General Studies). 

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Law or Business (Law)  – MMP

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English


GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 80 UCAS Tariff points


International Baccalaureate points

24 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 overall with no individual 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 Study Skills 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 for Academic Study 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

Study Skills

Upon completion of this departmental unit, students will have the skills, understanding and attributes to bridge the gap from Foundation year to an undergraduate degree programme of their choice. The unit aim is to equip students with the knowledge and understanding in such areas of academic writing, personal and professional development. During the unit students will be able to make connections between theory and practice and gain awareness of the importance of increasing a proficient approach to their academic and personal skills, behaviours and attitudes relating to further academic studies.

Business Intelligence

The main aim of this unit is introduce students to the vital role that data analysis plays in modern organisations and equip them with related fundamental skills. Students will develop skills in the areas of data handling and processing, analysis and presentation. The unit will focus on the summary and description of data sets using both graphical and statistical approaches. Consideration will also be given as to how data analysis can enhance the ‘intelligence’ of an organisation and, in particular, support the decision making process.

Business Economics

This unit aims to provide an applied introduction to key theoretical aspects of microeconomics and macroeconomics through a range of case studies, policy debates and application to topical issues.

Understanding and Managing People

The main aim of this foundational unit is to enable you to appreciate introductory topics related to understanding and managing people at work. Through studying organisational behaviour, students will cover selected topics at three main levels, comprising individual, group and management level. Academic theory is explored through organisational examples.

Civil Justice 1 – An Introduction to the civil justice system

The main aim of this unit is to introduce students to sources of English law and English legal processes. The first part of the unit will cover the legislative process from social policy to statute book, the court system, the development of the common law and the importance of precedent. Students will have an introduction to European law and to the influence of the European Convention on Human Rights on the development of the law. It will prepare students for the study of constitutional law and the English Legal System during their law degree.

Civil Justice 2 – An Introduction to case law and alternatives to court

Students will have an introduction to case law and consider the different types of cases that come before the civil courts. Students will also discuss alternative means of resolving civil disputes through mediation, conciliation and arbitration. They will have a brief introduction to the formation of contracts and to the duty of care in preparation for the study of Contract and Tort law on their law degree. The assessment of the unit will be through examination of a seen paper and will prepare them for this type of assessment as they progress through their legal studies.

Criminal Justice 1 – An Introduction to the criminal justice system

The main aim of this unit is to introduce students to the legal framework and concepts of the UK criminal justice system. This unit will examine the nature of
crime, criminal justice processes and the role of different agencies in this process. Students will have an introduction to the impact of the system on victims and crime prevention. Students will also take part in a court visit and will have an opportunity to see the criminal law in practice. This unit will also look at professionalism and introduce the notion of ethics in a legal context. It will prepare students for the study of criminal law and law and society during their law degree.

Criminal Justice 2 – An Introduction to the criminal law and sentencing

Students will have an introduction to the key concepts of criminal law. The unit also looks at punishment and sentencing theories and students are able to undertake a sentencing exercise to understand how the courts reach their decisions. They will also look at a specific area, youth justice in detail. The unit will continue to include professionalism and look to equip the students with some of the skills they will need as students on the LLB and as early career professionals, such as good communication and presentation skills, as well as reflective practice and team work. This course will prepare students for the study of criminal law and law and society during their law degree.

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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: £16,500 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.


Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)


Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


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