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Law Foundation Preparation for degrees in law, politics and international relations

Law Foundation Student

Bellerbys Oxford is our specialist centre for law. Oxford is home to one of the top two universities in the UK (Guardian 2015), making it an ideal location in which to begin your legal studies. 

Ancient university buildings, charming cobbled streets and peaceful parks provide plenty of space for private study and quiet reflection. Many of the UK's leading lawyers and politicians took their first steps to career success in Oxford.

The Law Foundation is also offered at our Brighton centre.

The Bellerbys Law Foundation programme is designed to prepare students to study Law or Politics at university in the UK. The course introduces the fundamentals of Law and Politics as well as the core foundation modules in English and study skills. 

Law Foundation Course

Once the Law Foundation programme has been has been completed successfully, you can progress to one of our destination universities. See the progression tab for more information about where previous students have furthered their studies after Bellerbys.

Please note: university entrance requirements can change and successful completion of the programme is no guarantee of admission to that university.

Key facts…

  • Age: Students are normally 16.5 or over
    Please note: Brighton – students joining the Foundation Programme must be under 19 years of age
  • Course length: 3 terms & a 3.5 term starting week commencing 31 October 2016
  • Start dates: September, October and January– see term dates
  • Entry requirements:
    • Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school
    • IELTS 4.5 or equivalent (for the September start) or IELTS 5 or equivalent (for the October and January start).
  • Fees: Please visit our Fees page to calculate your fees
  • Note: Students starting Foundation Preparation Programme in October have the opportunity to become accustomed to their environment and British teaching styles. In the first term, October – December, students benefit from extra preparation in English and critical thinking skills and additional university guidance, as well as being given a supervised self-study enrichment project and taster lessons. Foundation study will begin in January.

Law Foundation students spend 18-25 hours per week in class. The course is modular in structure and consists of core modules studied by all Foundation students and modules tailored for Law students.

Core modules

Foundation English Skills 1

Develop the ability to read academic texts, write short academic texts, take notes from written and oral sources and use spoken English to discuss a variety of topics.

Foundation English Skills 2

Improve all the abilities in FES1, developing greater accuracy, speed, cohesion, organisation and presentation.

Foundation English Skills 3

Develop academic English skills for university. This continually assessed course module includes an extended research essay based on an aspect of British culture, debates and discussions, listening, note-taking and summarising as well as oral presentation.

Computer Information Technology

Improve IT literacy and creativity using MS Office, Business and Media applications; develop internet research skills.

Law and Politics modules

Politics 1 Political Institutions & Concepts

Understand the key political concepts; study British politics and learn about Parliament, the structure of government and the main offices of state, including that of Prime Minister.

Politics 2 Modern British Politics

Study both the major and the minor political parties as well as the role and significance of pressure groups; understand the nature and role of civil liberties.

Politics 3 International Politics

Study the major global political issues facing the international community; including the world (post Cold War), global political power and the impact of globalisation, conflict and global terrorism; plan and produce one major extended coursework essay related to a specific topic.

Law 1 The English Legal System

Understand the nature and sources of law and the concepts underlying legal systems; look in detail at the English legal system, considering the different courts and their functions, legal personnel and the legislative process.

Law 2 Contract Law

Gain an understanding of the Law of Contract and consider issues related to consumer protection.

Law 3 Tort Law

Focus on the Law of Tort and consider the notions of liability and negligence.

On successful completion of the Law Foundation you can progress to an undergraduate degree at one of our destination universities.

Below are just a few of the destination universities & degrees of our 2015 Humanities students.

Degree subject University
 International Relations University of Nottingham
Law Durham University
Law University of Exeter
Law University of Bristol
Law University of Kent
Law University of East Anglia
Law University of Birmingham
Law Newcastle University
Law Lancaster University
Law University of Sussex
Law University of Reading
Law University of Exeter
Law University of Sheffield 
Management & Organisation  Lancaster University 
Economics & Politics  University of Sheffield
Law University of Manchester
Politics & International Relations University of Bath
Law (International Legal Studies)  University of Southampton
Law with Psychology University of Southampton
Law University of Leicester
Law SOAS University of London
Law University of Surrey
Law and Human Rights University of Essex
Combined Honours (International Relations and French) Newcastle University
Law University of Nottingham
Law University of Sussex
Philosophy, Politics and Economics University of Sussex
Law University of Manchester
Politics and International Relations University of Kent
Law SOAS, University of London
Law University of Surrey 
Law and Human Rights University of Essex
Law De Montfort University
International Relations Queen Mary, University of London
Law Keele University
Law City University London
Law Manchester Metropolitan University
Law Anglia Ruskin University
International Law Nottingham Trent University
International Relations Coventry University
Maritime Business & Maritime Law Plymouth University

The added benefits of our Law Foundation

Our enrichment programmes are built into the daily timetable to allow you not just to study a topic, but to experience and understand what it means in a more practical environment.

Term 1 Enrichment Programme Overview

Example for Oxford our specialist college for Law students

All enrichment activities will fall within the following 3 areas; Project work, specialist course skills, core personal development skills.

These activities include:

  • University and corporate guest speakers
  • Student-led, practical, task based workshops
  • Diverse presentations and workshops
  • Trips to universities, local businesses and international businesses
  • Clubs and societies
  • Student projects and committees
  • Forums and webinars
  • Inter school Law competitions

Term 1 Activity includes:

  • Project work: Tour of parliament, Oxford Crown Court,
  • Specialist course skills: Green Peace and Amnesty International presentations, Durham University Research and Referencing
  • Personal development skills: Nottingham University (report and essay writing workshop), Surrey University (C.V. writing), plus an offsite confidence and communication skills team building day

Enrichment fully integrated within the academic learning outcomes

Our enrichment activities will be timetabled to coincide with academic module learning outcomes. The enrichment programme is weaved in to the weekly timetable and is an integral part of the overall enjoyable and confidence building learning experience Bellerbys offers.


Timetable Sample Term 1 from September 2014 Oxford Campus

Business Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
 1    Politics
 FES 1
 CIT  Enrichment
 2  Tutorial  Politics
 FES 1
 3  Law
 FES 1
 FES 1
 6  Study Period
 Enrichment  Lunch
 7  FES 1
 IELTS  Study Period
 8  FES 1
 Study Period
 IELTS  Study Period
 9  Enrichment

FES1 – Develop the ability to read academic texts, write extended texts, take notes, listen actively and participate in discussions.

Period  9 exciting enrichment options in term 1 include:

Weekly Critical Thinking, 3x termly Debating Club, Weekly Model UN, Mooting Society, Weekly LNAT Preparation, Fortnightly College Magazine/Yearbook

To study the Law Foundation you will need to have completed secondary or high school to a satisfactory level.

Contact our team of expert Student Enrolment Advisers to find out if your qualifications meet the entry requirements.

English language requirements

To study the Foundation programme you will need to take a UKVI IELTS English language test and achieve a minimum level of 4.5 overall (for the September start) or level of 5 overall (for the October and January start).

English Language Preparation Programme (ELPP)

If you do not meet the English language requirements for entry to the Foundation you can study one, two or three terms of English Language Preparation prior to the start of your academic programme. The length of your English Language Preparation Programme will depend on your current English language level.

Contact a Student Enrolment Adviser to take our English Assessment Test and find out how much preparation you require.

The Bellerbys English Language Preparation Programme is a fast, personalised and highly effective programme that will fully equip you to succeed in your studies. The programme comprises 25 hours per week of general English, examination preparation and skills classes. Throughout the programme you will be closely monitored by a personal tutor and tested regularly to ensure you reach the English language level required for your academic programme.

Please note that the English Language Preparation Programme (ELPP) incurs additional fees on top of your academic tuition fees. Visit our fees page for details and to calculate your fees.


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