Law Foundation

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 campus. 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.

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

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

  • Coventry University
    • Criminology and Law
    • Law
  • Durham University
    • LLB (Hons) Law
  • Lancaster University
    • BA (Hons) Criminology
    • LLB (Hons) Law
    • LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology
    • BA (Hons) Criminology and Law
  • Loughborough University
    • BSc Criminology
    • BSc Criminology & Sociology
    • BSc Sociology
    • BSc Sociology & Media
    • BA History
    • BA History & International Relations
    • BA History & Politics
    • BA International Relations
    • BA Politics
    • BA Politics & International Relations
    • BA Politics, Philosophy & Economics
    • BA Politics with Economics
  • Newcastle University
    • Bachelor of Laws
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
    • BA European and International Studies – French
    • BA European and International Studies - German
    • BA European and International Studies - Italian
    • BA European and International Studies - Spanish
    • BA Politics
    • BA International Relations
    • BA Politics and International Relations
    • BA Politics and International Relations and Philosophy
    • BA Politics and Law
    • BA Politics with Philosophy
    • BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE)
    • BSc Criminology and Sociology
    • BA Geography
    • BA Human Geography
    • BA History
    • BA Modern and Contemporary History
    • BA History, Politics and International Relations
    • BA Liberal Arts
    • LLB Law
    • LLB Law with Criminology
    • LLB Law with International Relations
    • LLB Law with Politics
    • LLB Law with Sociology
  • University of Bath
    • Criminology BSc
    • International Development with Economics BSc
    • Politics with International Relations BSc
    • Social Policy BSc
    • Social Science BSc
    • Sociology BSc
  • University of Birmingham
    • International Law and Globalisation LLB
    • Law LLB
    • Law with Business Studies LLB
    • Law with Criminology LLB
  • University of Bristol
    • Law LLB
  • University of Exeter
    • LLB Law
  • University of Surrey
    • BSc (Hons) Business Management
    • BSc (Hons) International Politics
    • BSc (Hons) Law
    • BSc (Hons) Law with Criminology
    • BSc (Hons) Law with International Relations
    • BSc (Hons) Politics
    • BSc (Hons) Politics and Economics
  • University of Sussex
    • LLB (Hons) Law
    • LLB (Hons) Law with a Language
    • LLB (Hons) Law with American Studies (with a study abroad year)
    • LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology
    • LLB (Hon) Law with International Relations
    • LLB (Hons) Law with Media
    • LLB (Hon) Law with Politics
  • University of Westminster
    • European Legal Studies
    • Law
    • Masters of Law

Foundation key facts

Minimum age: 16.5+
Course length: 3 or 3.5 terms
Start dates: September, November or 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 November and January starts)

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are now able to accept a wider range of English tests
Location: Brighton
Tuition fees: Visit our fees page for full details

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

Criminal Liability

Criminal Liability

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

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

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 β€œ9/11”
  • Humanitarian Intervention

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

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

Academic English Skills with IELTS

Academic English Skills with IELTS

Academic English Skills provides thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at University. Key skills include:

  • Reading effectively and critically
  • Making notes in lectures and presentations
  • Delivering presentations and participating in academic seminars
  • Researching, planning and writing academic essays
  • Students are also supported in developing the accuracy and range in written and spoken language required to express themselves effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence.

*Offer of conditional progression is subject to meeting all academic requirements, submission of completed UCAS application, academic reference, personal statement meeting required standard, and passing the Foundation programme with the required grades and English language level. Please note that the letter in itself is not a Conditional Offer from the university. You will receive a conditional offer if you meet all the requirements through your submission of a completed UCAS application.

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.


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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 100 universities in the UK.

International Year One

Students looking for books in the library

An International Year One course is a one-year course equal to the first year of an undergraduate degree. Taught in Brighton and London, this course prepares you for the second year of a related degree at university.