Course Overview

This programme recognises the need to provide an academically challenging degree which will give you a sound knowledge of legal and social welfare concepts together with an understanding of the operation of law and social welfare in society.

This course is a qualifying Law degree accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Council.

The LLB Law (Social Welfare) would be an ideal choice if you are considering working in the public services such as Police, probation and youth justice.

Course Structure

This Honours degree consists of eight semesters, taken over four years of part-time study (and a summer school).

Modules Covered

This degree is a qualifying law degree accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Council.

The programme does allow scope to study optional subjects in both law and social welfare. The options include work placement, dissertation, and legal subjects such as Family law, Immigration Law, Employment law, Jurisprudence (legal philosophy), Company law and Evidence. Social Welfare options include Law and the Application of Social Work Practice, Inter Professional Working, Adult Social Work Practice, Social work practice with children, young people and families, Mental Health and Disability, and Globalisation, diversity and cultural differences in Social Work Practice.



Learning Methods

The programme employs a blended learning strategy where attendance in lectures, workshops and seminars is supported by a comprehensive e-learning portal, Moodle.

The Moodle resources include links to website, to our e-databases, electronic books and tutor/librarian produced materials. Links to individual Modules provide module specific handbooks with assessment details, reading lists, workshop and seminar tasks. Each module is divided into a weekly breakdown of materials and specific resources. The resources may include lecture PowerPoint’s, lecture hand-outs, television programmes, web links, video clips, MCTs and other materials.

Written assessments are submitted to Moodle and the submission goes through Turnitin (plagiarism detection software). Our primary intention is not to use Turnitin as a punitive tool but as part of the learning process. To that end, students can submit and re-submit their work to Turnitin as many times as they wish prior to the end submission date and through this process they may identify referencing points that require rectification.

The Moodle site is comprehensive and a valuable resource for our students.Students when undertaking Social Welfare modules additionally have access to the Social Welfare Moodle site.

All tutors have access to Skype and this can be utilised inside and outside of the classroom. Students may use such for one to one discussions with tutors throughout the year, typically for one to one ELP sessions, dissertations and work placements.

Both Skype and Moodle have messaging tools to assist communication to student either as a group or to individuals.

Teaching Methods

Lectures supported by workshops and seminars.

Lectures will be interactive with question and answer sessions and other forms of student involvement. Workshops are designed to enhance individual learning in relation to a common end task (the set seminar task(s)) which will then be explored in further detail with the tutor in the seminar.
The individualised workshops may have students practicing timed essays, whilst others are involved in peer discussion and support or do last minute preparation or view resources on the learning portal or even test their knowledge with multiple choice questions (MCQs). In the workshop, the onus is on the student to identify their learning requirements.


The programme employs a plurality of assessment methods including, assignments, examinations, dissertation, presentations, assessed moots, assessed negotiations, assessed client interview, 'soap box' debates, and portfolio submission. This plurality 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) and the ability to address a large audience (presentations). The programme will develop communication skills eg in writing (assignments/portfolios) and communicating verbally (presentations). This knowledge and these skills are designed to be transferable to a variety of careers, whether such is within the legal or social welfare professions or another realm such as business, public service or education.

Work Placement/Fieldwork

Work Placement and Legal Skills are a component of this programme. Students are required to study one or the other.  

The Legal Skills modules are designed to replicate legal practice with students developing a portfolio (case file) on behalf of a client. In representing a client they will conduct client and witness conferences, perform negotiations and undertake advocacy exercises as well as draft an opinion, write various correspondences and undertake legal research. These skills are transferable to other areas notably business and social welfare.

In the Work Placement modules, the students will undertake the above activities with an external placement provider and under the strict supervision of a mentor. Students are encouraged to find their 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 Citizens Advice Bureaus and with the College Student Union. The placements are available in Bradford, Dewsbury, Halifax and Manchester. This enables 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.

What's Next?

On successfully completing the course, your degree could lead to a broad range of opportunities in the police force, the youth justice service, customs and excise, the probation service, the courts service, drugs prevention services or immigration services.The course will prepare you for success in a variety of legal and welfare settings.

As a Qualifying Law Degree, successful completion of the programme does allow you to progress onto the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course.

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).


Did You Know?

  • 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.
  • Induction is seen as an important aspect of the programme and helps to prepare students for studying at degree level and to help them familiarise themselves with the facilities and support mechanisms available to them. The Induction process will give the students the opportunity to meet other students on their programme, members of the programme team and the subject librarian, as well as preparing them for their programme of study
  • Students will receive, via the College's e-learning portal Moodle, a College student handbook which will provide information regarding the College and the services that the College can provide to students
  • 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.
  • Various other guides, including course documentation and careers guidance, are available on Moodle
  • Delivery of marketing modules will be through integration with students on other degrees i.e. students undertaking the marketing pathway will study the marketing modules alongside students on the business degree. This provides an excellent opportunity for students to widen their College peer group and ensures that modules are taught by highly qualified specialists in marketing
  • 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
  • Students with disabilities, if disclosed to the College, will receive support from the College Learner Services Unit which has specialists in many areas to support students with learning difficulties or disabilities such as dyslexia, visual impairment, and epilepsy. The support which can be offered to students includes note-takers, the provision of specialist technical equipment, and ensuring that assessments are suitable with adjustments such as sitting examinations separately or having additional time being available
  • We have students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and prayer rooms are located around college. The College also has a multi-faith Chaplain whose role it is to support students and staff of all denominations
  • Each year the programme attracts a small number of international students who are further supported by colleagues in the International Centre. The International Centre supports students through the application process, to enrolment and with issues that may arise throughout the course of study
  • The College has an active Students' Union who support students throughout their study with such support ranging from academic advice to arranging events at the Freshers' Fayre
  • The Law School has a dedicated Lecture Theatre, three Seminar Rooms, an IT Suite, a Moot Courtroom and a Library Resource Area, in addition to offering access to the generic College facilities including The David Hockney Building, our award winning new campus
  • Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment, is at the forefront of the Law School teaching
  • 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
  • Our Law courses rate very highly in the most recent NSS (National Student Survey) results.


Additional Costs

Books and writing materials.

Entry Requirements

72-96 UCAS tariff points. 

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Standard applicants should normally have a minimum of five passes in GCSE subjects at Grade C/4-5 or above and A levels, or equivalent, or successful completion of an accredited Access to Higher Education Course.

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.

Students who have successfully completed the Foundation Degree in Law and Legal Practice are eligible to join the LLB (Hons) at level 5. Their course of study is two years of Foundation Degree plus two years of Degree.

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

International students should call Registrar Services on  00 44 (0)1274 433008.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 433133
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

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