LLB (Hons) Law


The LLB (Hons) Law degree is a stimulating and challenging course that focuses on justice, technology and employability.

Available to study part-time or full-time, the programme covers all of the foundation subjects required by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulations Authority, for the purposes 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 will have the opportunity to join our thriving USW Bar 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. Alternatively you may wish to join the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity group which meets regularly to drive positive change for the student body.

LLB (Hons) Law

Typical A-Level Offer
BCC (this is equivalent to 104 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC at A Level (this is equivalent to 104 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit (this is equivalent to 112 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Access to HE Offer
Pass the Access to HE Diploma and obtain a minimum of 104 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.

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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.

If you need more help or information or would like to speak to our friendly admissions team, please contact us here

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.


*The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year One: LLB Law Degree

  • 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: LLB Law Degree

  • Land Law
  • Law and Technology in Practice
  • Law on Trial
  • Access to Justice, Advocacy and Ethics
  • Learning Through the Workplace
  • Public Legal Education (Optional)
  • Commercial Law (Optional)
  • Criminal Evidence (Optional)
  • Employment Law (Optional)
  • Family Law (Optional)

Year Three: LLB Law Degree

  • Dissertation (Optional)
  • Equity and the Law of Trusts
  • Contemporary Legal Research
  • Equality and Advanced Human
  • Advanced Criminal Law (Optional)
  • Banking and Finance Regulation (Optional)
  • Clinical Legal Education (Optional)
  • Consumer Law (Optional)
  • Corporate Law and Governance (Optional)
  • Employment Law (Optional)
  • Family Law (Optional)
  • Gender and the 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)

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. As part of the work-based learning module, Learning through the Workplace, you will gain experience in a number of career settings.

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.

Foundation Year

The LLB (Hons) Law is also available as a four year course including an integrated Foundation Year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the law degree. You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before continuing onto the three year degree programme.


The course uses a blended approach to teaching.

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

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

This course is offered on a part-time 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. Study for the part-time degree is over a maximum six-year period.

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

Year 1

  • 17% exams
  • 83% coursework/presentations

Year 2*

  • 10% exams
  • 90% coursework/presentations

Year 3*

  • 10% exams
  • 90% coursework/presentations/academic poster/self-reflective journal/dissertation

*Average percentage split depending on which modules are selected


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.

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. This placement will also contribute towards your legal degree. Firms involved in the scheme include Hugh James, Eversheds, Capital Law and many more.

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.

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.


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.

What kind of student would this suit?

This course is a perfect first step to being 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.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW law 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.


Full time

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


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.


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.


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

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