100% of students were satisfied with their course National Student Survey 2020
Would you like to get ahead of the game in the competitive field of law? The University of South Wales is the only higher education institution in South Wales that offers the opportunity to achieve an LLB (Hons) degree after just two years full-time study.
The LLB (Hons) Law Accelerated Route course has been designed for graduates of other disciplines, or those who have successfully completed an HND or one year of study at university.
It’s a qualifying law degree for the purpose of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and The Bar Council. So you could opt to progress onto the Legal Practice Course if you want to be a solicitor, or the Bar Professional Training Course if you want to be a barrister.
Law at USW is ranked Top In Wales for teaching quality and student experience - The Times Good University Guide 2021) and is in the top 15 Law Schools in the UK (Guardian League Table 2021).
The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.
Subject to revalidation from 2021
This course is subject to revalidation, this means it is under review as part of the University’s standard quality assurance and enhancement processes. Course and module content is indicative and may change through the revalidation process. As soon as the course is revalidated, the details will be confirmed and published on the University website.
In the unlikely event the course does not go ahead as planned, or is significantly amended, we will write to inform you. If this happens, we’ll help you to find a suitable alternative course either at USW or at another provider.
Our teaching is informed by actual practice and our modules reflect real-life trends. You will receive approximately 12 hours of formal teaching a week, ranging from the traditional large-group lecture to more clinical legal education and online simulations. Lectures serve as a basic introduction to subjects and are intended to provide the framework to enable you to carry out further in-depth study. You will also have tutorials, which take place in smaller groups to provide a forum for more detailed discussion and debate on assignments that you will have prepared in advance. In addition to these contact hours you will be expected to undertake a substantial amount of private study.
We have an active Student Law Society, with activities that include mooting and debating in our state-of-the-art Moot Court. The Law Society have previously entered national competitions.
The course is delivered on a full-time basis, so you will study six modules a year for two years. If you would prefer to study part-time, you will complete four modules a year for three years. A number of part-time study options are available, providing an attractive alternative for anyone interested in the legal field.
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.
Assessments include self, peer and tutor assessment, written coursework, portfolio, written exercises, in-class work, and examinations.
Recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as satisfying the academic stage of training course.
Facilities include a mock moot courtroom with state-of-the-art technology. Here, you can hone your advocacy skills in a realistic environment and build confidence in a courtroom setting. Not only will you gain the knowledge, skills and values that employers want, but you will also use the latest technology and practitioner-standard databases to prepare for a successful career.
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.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|Placement expenses: Work placement module as part of second year studies||
Students must undertake a period of work placement. Student's undertaking placement may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire will vary according to the placement.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
This law degree has been designed to provide a balanced and stimulating legal education, as well as vital practical skills for your professional development. By the time you graduate, you will have had excellent preparation for a career in law and a wide variety of other professions.
A number of our graduates use this degree as the first step towards becoming a solicitor or barrister. Others have established successful careers in financial services, management, education and public services, or progress to postgraduate study.
To improve your career prospects, we encourage personal development and invite high-profile speakers. Our careers provision includes workshops that aim to improve your skills in CV writing, creative job-hunting, completing effective application forms and the opportunity to meet prospective employers.
You may also have the opportunity to undertake work placements. We have extensive links with some 40 firms and legal departments of local authorities. Students participating in the placement scheme acquire valuable professional skills and business contacts which can often lead to full-time employment.
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.