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Bradford College

FdA Law and Legal Practice

Qualification Gained
Foundation Degree in Arts Law and Legal Practice (awarded by the University of Bolton)
Study Level
2 years Full-time
Start Date
Study Mode


This is a challenging and rewarding Foundation Degree in Law and Legal Practice. The course provides you with a rewarding route to legal practice, by combining academic aspects of law with more practical modules and work placements.

This course is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Council and gives direct entry to Year Two of our LLB degree courses.

This course will only run subject to numbers.

  Key Info

Fda Law and Legal Practice, you will benefit from additional seminar time on the writing and research skills development modules of English Legal Process 1 and English Legal Process 2. This will ensure that you develop your skills sufficiently from your entry-level through year 1, and therefore have the abilities to satisfy the rigorous requirements of studying at level 4 and beyond.

Students will be allocated a personal tutor in the Law School, who can be contacted in person, by telephone, e-mail or Skype. This tutor will be the first point of contact for both pastoral and academic issues.

We have recently introduced an online Law School journal – ‘The Brief’. The Brief incorporates subject updates, conference reviews and articles (staff and joint staff/student) and allows law students to publish work in conjunction with their tutors and peers and also act as academics in their own right, enhancing their employability.

The College has a comprehensive law library which utilises on-line publications including Lexis Nexus Professional, Westlaw and Lawtel. These systems can be accessed from anywhere in the College including the Law School computer suite and, with an Athens account; students can access them from work or home. The Law Resource Room in the library also houses the Moot Court which is utilised in Skills sessions and extra-curricular competitions. The Moot Court provides a quiet study room when not being utilised as a court.

Law students also receive bespoke module handbooks for each module of study. These will include the full scheme of work, assessment details, and recommended reading, and seminar/workshop tasks. The seminar/workshop tasks will be a mixture of professional/vocational and academic exercises. These handbooks and other learning resources are available via Moodle.

Year 1 (Level 4/120 credit points):

  • Contract Law (QLD Core)
  • English Legal Process 1
  • Public Law 1 (QLD Core)
  • Criminal Law (QLD Core)
  • English Legal Process 2
  • Public Law 2 (QLD Core)

Year 2 (Level 5/120 credit points):

  • Family Law and Practice
  • Litigation
  • Conveyancing
  • Property Law
  • Work Placement

This is a two-year full-time course delivered over four semesters.

Entry to this course requires 36 UCAS tariff points as well as 5 GCSEs at a grade 4 or C.

Non-standard applicants will be required to produce evidence of their ability to study at the Higher Education level. Short courses and relevant work experience may be taken into account. Non-standard applicants may be interviewed and may be required to complete a piece of written work as part of their application.

The programme actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Students should consult the admissions tutor if they wish to claim such.

International applicants are additionally required to achieve a specified level on IELTS or equivalent.

We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

The programme employs a plurality of assessment methods including assignments, examinations, presentations, and reflective diary submission. This range of assessment ensures that students graduate with the skills and abilities required in employment, such as the ability to work under pressure and within short time constraints (examinations), as well as the ability to address a large audience (presentations).

The programme will develop your communication skills e.g. in writing (assignments/portfolios) and communicating verbally (presentations). This knowledge and these skills are designed to be transferable to a variety of careers, whether within the legal sector or another realm such as business or public service. The assessments will prepare you for further study at degree level and for employment.

Work Placement is a component of this programme. Undertaking the work placement in Year 2 ensures that you commence the placement with the legal knowledge acquired Year 1 and whilst studying other legal components thereby placing you in the position of being able to gain a valuable experience from the placement.

In the Work Placement modules, you will undertake a range of practical activities under the strict supervision of a mentor, usually a solicitor or trainee solicitor. You are encouraged to find your own placement by pursuing a traditional application process, but the Law School does have a number of placement contacts. The majority of placements are with Law Firms but we have placements with the Citizens Advice Bureau and with the College Students Union. The placements are widely available in Bradford, Dewsbury, Halifax and Manchester. This enables some students to perform their placements near their place of residence. Beacon Recruitment, part of the Bradford College family, and the College Health and Safety team assist academic colleagues in undertaking health and safety checks with placement providers.

Successful completion of the the course means that you will have direct access to Year 2 of the LLB (Hons) degrees. Alternatively, you may consider entering the legal profession as a fee earner/ paralegal.

It will also be a useful qualification for those wishing to enter employment in areas such as insurance work, probation service, local government which require knowledge of the legal and litigation processes. Career opportunities include: Barrister, Solicitor, Police, Military, Local and National Government, Medicine (professional negligence) Teaching, Media (Defamation law), Youth Justice, Inland Revenue, Customs and Excise, Banking and Insurance, Property Management and Conveyancing, and Sports (representation/agents).

Fees: Full-time: £7,750 per year.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

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