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LLB (Hons) Law Accelerated Route

Overview:

The LLB Law Accelerated Route Degree is a distinctive and flexible fast track academic Law qualification to students who have previously studied at least 120 credits at Higher Education Level 4. It is available to study part-time or full-time.

The LLB Law Accelerated Route degree runs alongside the Law School’s established and traditional 3-year LLB programme and satisfies the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board. The degree focuses on the seven foundations of legal knowledge required for the purposes of the academic component of professional qualification as a barrister or solicitor in England and Wales.

Employability is at the heart of everything we do. At USW, you will benefit from our award-wining Legal Advice Clinic, which provides opportunities for every law student to gain vital skills that you can take with you into the workplace. In addition to this, we have strong connections with industry and host a range of guest speakers who are experts in their field, to provide context and real-life examples relating to the topics you study.

Graduates will gain an in-depth understanding of the diverse nature of law and develop a range of skills to help them advance their careers, whether they are aiming to be solicitors or barristers or decide to follow a different career path. Upon graduation, you can choose to join our LLM Professional Practice (SQE) to prepare you for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam or other postgraduate courses.

Outside of the classroom, you can become part of our thriving USW Student Law Society and get involved in a range of sporting, social and networking activities. Students benefit from our expertise in mooting from Year 1 and can also get involved in mooting competitions.

LLB (Hons) Law Accelerated Route

Typical A-Level Offer
DD, 48 tariff points to exclude General Studies.

Typical BTEC Offer
BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass.

Typical Access to HE Offer
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points.

Additional Requirements
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

Relevant personal work/life experience will be considered

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Entry Requirements

The entry criteria below reflect our standard entry requirements for the course. However, all applications received by the University are reviewed holistically and individually.

Contextual offers

We may make you a lower offer based on a range of factors, including your background (where you live and the school or college that you attended for example), your experiences and individual circumstances (as a care leaver, for example). This is referred to as a contextual offer and we receive data from UCAS to support us in making these decisions. USW prides itself on its student experience and we support our students to achieve their goals and become a successful graduate. This approach helps us to support students who have the potential to succeed and who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy.

Other qualifications and experience

We can also consider combinations of qualifications and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. We can sometimes consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or advanced entry to year two or three of a course where this is possible.

To find out which qualifications have tariff points, please refer to the UCAS tariff calculator.

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A degree, an HND, or a minimum of successful completion of 120 higher education credits at level 4 (equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate programme) in any subject.

International students are required to have equivalent qualifications to those above and also have an IELTS overall score of 6.0 achieving a minimum score of 6.0 in the reading and writing element of the test.

Please note that whilst this course does not require a DBS Check for entry, some professions will not consider candidates who have certain types of criminal convictions. Therefore, if you have a criminal conviction and you are considering a particular career path we would recommend that you check with the relevant professional body or refer to their recruitment policy to make sure that your conviction will not disadvantage you.

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

Year One

  • Land Law
  • Law on Trial
  • Academic and Professional Legal Skills
  • Criminal Law
  • Law and the State
  • Legal Systems and Methods
  • The Law of Contract
  • The Law of Torts

Year Two

  • Dissertation (Optional)
  • Equity and the Law of Trusts
  • Contemporary Legal Research (Optional)
  • Banking and Finance Regulation (Optional)
  • Clinical Legal Education (Optional)
  • Corporate Law and Governance (Optional)
  • Employment Law (Optional)
  • Family Law (Optional)
  • The Law of the European Union (Optional)
  • Legal History (Optional)
  • Legal Issues in Sport (Optional)
  • Legal Philosophy (Optional)
  • Medical Law (Optional)
  • Public Legal Education (Optional)
  • The Law in Wales (Optional)
  • The Law Relating to Children (Optional)
  • Access to Justice and Advocacy and Ethics
  • Land Law
  • Law on Trial
  • Commercial Law (Optional)
  • The Law Relating to Criminal Evidence (Optional)

 

We encourage personal development through practical options and employability initiatives. The Legal Advice Clinic is an integral part of the Law School. You can work in the Clinic as part of a module and on an extra-curricular basis. Gain hands-on experience by volunteering with professionals in our award-winning Legal Advice Centre or through applied law modules such as Learning Through the Workplace.

Teaching

The course is currently using a blended approach to teaching which means you are taught face-to-face on campus with online activities to complement the teaching and learning.

Teaching on the LLB (Hons) Law Accelerated Route degree is informed by actual practice and our modules reflect real-life trends. Teaching methods vary from traditional lectures to clinical legal education and online simulations.

In the second year, you can complete a dissertation in a legal issue of your choice.

This course is offered on a part-time basis, providing an attractive alternative for anyone who cannot commit to full time education. If your circumstances change, you will have the opportunity to transfer to the full-time Law degree course at various stages.

Law lecturers engage in a variety of research activities which result in the presentation of papers at conferences, the publication of journal articles and textbooks. All our areas of research feed directly into your studies, so you will benefit from a cutting-edge curriculum that is taught by staff who are at the forefront of their subject area.

We have a programme of high-profile guest speakers, whose talks will give you an insight into the practice of law and help you understand the many career paths available when you graduate. You could get involved with the active Student Law Society, with events ranging from professional networking and visits to the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court, to mooting classes and social activities.

Assessment

Assessment includes self, peer and tutor assessment, written coursework, portfolio, written exercises, in-class work, individual and group presentations and examinations.

COURSE DETAILS

Accreditations

The course maintains a focus on law foundation subjects, and satisfies the required level of training at this academic stage as recommended by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

Placements

We work with the legal services sector to offer valuable work placements, where you can practise your new legal skills and understand the realities of the workplace.

Volunteering

You can volunteer at our Legal Advice Clinic, in addition to studying a Clinical module. Under supervision, you can provide free legal advice to members of the public and small businesses. This will give you an opportunity to put your theoretical studies into practice and provide vital work experience.

Students are provided with many opportunities to volunteer in projects including virtual volunteering opportunities with a Regional Employment Judge, ELIPS (Employment Tribunal Litigant in Person Scheme), Shelter Cymru Volunteer Pathways Programme, Age Cymru Independent Volunteer Advocates and Cardiff Lawyers Care Homelessness Clinic.

If you have completed 120 credits and want to continue with a Law degree this is the fast-track route to join.

  • This course is a perfect first step to be a solicitor or barrister.
  • Our Law courses will be a good choice if you enjoy analysing issues and problem solving. These transferrable skills will give you an excellent position in the graduate market.
  • If you are interested in law, not just the theory but from a practical perspective too, the design of course will suit you.

Facilities

The University of South Wales has impressive study facilities for law. The award-winning Legal Advice Clinic sits in the main Law building. We also have a courtroom with digital video facilities, a legal practice library, and dedicated teaching and practice rooms. You can take part in a range of activities, including moots and mock trials in our Moot Courtroom, which is modelled on those you will experience as a qualified practitioner. We run simulations in our Hydra suite to provide real world experiences in a supportive environment.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

CAREERS

Possible Career Options
Graduates of the LLB programme will typically progress on to graduate careers or postgraduate study.

There are clearly defined postgraduate study routes for Law; having completed the traditional ‘academic stage of training,’ students who wish to qualify as solicitors typically progress to the LLM Professional Practice which prepares students for the Solicitors Qualification Exams (SQE).

On completion of appropriate modules, you may complete the CILEX Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice, also referred to as the CILEX Graduate Fast-track Diploma.

Graduates who wish to join the Bar will be able to progress to a Bar Training Course.

Graduates also progress into a variety of careers which range from Legal Technologists, Social Work, Police, Third Sector organisations, Business, Finance and HR to name a few possibilities.


Our Careers and Employability Service
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty-based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the “Ask a Question” service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.

Fees

Full time

Complete your degree in the shortest possible time and study flexibly – when and where suits you!
 

£7,250

You’ll study 9 modules in total (approx. 37 hrs/week).

Part time option one

Study for a degree whilst fitting it around your work, care and other life commitments.
 

£4,250

You’ll study 6 modules per year (approx. 25 hrs/week).

Part time option two

Take time to study and spread the tuition fees over a longer period – at no extra cost.
 

£5,500

You’ll study 4–5 modules per year (approx. 19 hrs/week).

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