LLB (Hons) Law Accelerated Route

100% OF OUR LLB (HONS) LAW (ACCELERATED ROUTE) STUDENTS WERE SATISFIED WITH THEIR COURSE NATIONAL STUDENT SURVEY 2022

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 School’s established and traditional 3-year LLB programme and it was originally validated as a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) for the purposes of the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB). This new programme will not be recognised as a qualifying law degree but it will retain the emphasis on the law foundation modules 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.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2022
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
M101 Full-time 2 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 3 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2023
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
M101 Full-time 2 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 3 Years September Treforest A

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.

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.

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.

Lecturers

 

Support

Induction

You will be given a full course induction in your first week, enabling you to adjust to university life, get to know the teaching team, meet your Personal Academic Tutor and peers, plan your studies, and understand how the University works. 

Staff support

The course leader and year tutor are available in regular weekly office hours. Each member of the course teaching team will have at least one scheduled office hour per teaching week. These office hours will be drop-in sessions for which students will not need to book. 

Peer support

We have Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) sessions to support Year 1 students. These PASS sessions are run by students in the second and third year. These sessions enhance the law community and allows students to be partners in the course.

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

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.

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees


  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13700 

  • Part-time UK:  £720 per 20 credits

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
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.

UK students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK 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

International and EU students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK

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Admissions statement

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.

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