Studying Law at Bellerbys College 

Our Law Foundation provides comprehensive preparation for degree study in the fields of law, politics and international relations. You'll study a variety of topics covering international and English law, in a country with a legal system respected all around the world. You can take our Law Foundation at our Brighton College. Brighton is a forward-thinking modern city by the sea. It offers you a safe, vibrant and dynamic place to explore your ideas and study.

Students study 18-25 hours per week in class. Choose to study our Law Foundation and you will take both law and politics modules. The course is modular in structure. It has core modules studied by all Foundation students. And modules tailored for Law students. The core Foundation modules develop academic and English language skills.

Where will this Foundation take me?

Students who have successfully completed our Law Foundation have progressed to study law at a wide variety of prestigious universities including Durham Nottingham, Edinburgh and York, Politics and International Relations at the University of Birmingham and War and Conflict at University of Kent.

Destination universities

You can explore a selection of university destinations that Foundation students can choose from here.

Students on this subject pathway will receive an offer of conditional progression to study at the following universities:

  • Durham University
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Surrey.

Foundation key facts

Minimum age: 16.5+
Course length: 3 or 3.5 terms
Start dates: September, October, January. See term dates
Entry requirements: Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school education. 4 GCSEs at C or above.
English language requirements: IELTS 4.5 (IELTS 5.0 for January start)
Location: Brighton
Tuition fees per term: £7,213
Full programme price 3 terms:
£21,639
Full programme price 3.5 terms: £25,246

Prepare for Foundation in October (3.5 term)

Start in October and you will have an extra one half of a term to prepare for the Foundation programme in January. You will receive extra English classes, extra university guidance and have more time to develop study skills.

Course modules

The British Political System

The British Political System

Understand key political concepts and study British politics, parliament, the structure of government and the main offices of state.

  • British Political Concepts
  • The British Constitution
  • The British Electoral System
  • Parliament
  • The Executive

The English Legal System

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.

  • Introduction to Law and Differences Between Civil and Criminal Law
  • Civil Law Procedure, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Tribunals
  • Criminal Law and Sentencing
  • The Jury System
  • The Magistracy
  • The Legal Profession and Judges
  • Judicial Precedent
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Legislation
  • European Union Law

Modern British Politics

Modern British Politics

Study the major and the minor political parties as well as the role and significance of pressure groups and learn about the role of civil liberties and what motivates us to vote for a particular party.

  • Political Parties
  • The Conservative Party
  • The Labour Party
  • The Liberal Democrat Party
  • Minor Parties
  • Pressure Groups
  • Voting Behaviour
  • Civil Liberties in Britain

Contract Law

Contract Law

Gain an understanding of the law of contract and consider issues related to consumer protection.

  • Introduction to Contract Law
  • The Offer
  • The Acceptance
  • Legal Intent
  • Consideration
  • Terms of a Contract
  • Exemption Clauses
  • Misrepresentation
  • Duress and Undue Influence
  • Discharge of Contract

International Politics

International Politics

Study major global political issues, including global political power and the impact of globalisation, conflict and global terrorism, and produce one major extended coursework essay.

  • The Nature of the Cold War
  • The Ending of the Cold War
  • Global Political Power
  • Globalisation
  • Global Concepts
  • The Impact of “9/11”
  • Humanitarian Intervention

Tort Law

Tort Law

Focus on tort law, the law governing civil responsibilities that people have to each other and consider the notions of liability and negligence.

  • Introduction to Negligence
  • Duty of Care
  • Breach of Duty
  • Causation
  • Nervous Shock
  • Vicarious Liability
  • Occupiers Liability
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.

Computer Information Technology

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

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.

GCSEs

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GCSEs are taken as a course of study before taking A Levels or a Foundation pathway. We offer a2 Year GCSE Pathway programme as well as a 3 and 4 term programme, offering students from the age of 14 years an early opportunity to establish the language, learning and cultural skills they need to succeed in the highly competitive world of higher education.

A Levels

Bellerbys Cambridge students in a Foundation Media class at the College

A Levels are British qualifications, accepted by all universities in the UK and recognised in the USA and Australia. Students who are with us for five or six terms will typically study up to four A Levels. This gives you a world of choice. Students typically study three or four subjects with exams at the end of two years.

Foundation

Bellerbys London Star Student Mark Lee

A one-year course for international students that builds specialist subject knowledge and language and study skills. It is more focussed than A Levels making it good preparation for university. It is recognised for entry onto a range of degree programmes at more than 70 universities in the UK.