Our Law (LLB) degree is delivered by a team with wide ranging experience both academic and professional, and wherever possible their interests and expertise are built into the modules that we deliver.
We also endeavour to provide you with additional opportunities. These may range from, the further enhancement of core skills, organising charity fundraising events, and even contributing to the development of the Law School itself.
Why Study Law with us?
We strive to provide you with a welcoming, open and supportive environment for you to undertake your study.
As well as covering the major legal areas one would expect, we provide a number of optional modules allowing you to develop your studies to your own interests.
Efforts are made to enhance your experience by developing and using links with the local legal professions. We are assisted in this to a certain extent, as Chester has been a legal centre since the Middle Ages.
|Typical Entry||120 UCAS points|
|GCE A Level||
120 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - BBC/BBB
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM
Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit
OCR National Extended Diploma: Merit 1
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - DDM
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma - D*D*
Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 points from GCE AS Levels and that Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A levels and BTECs/OCRs.
Students from countries outside the UK are expected to have entry qualifications roughly equivalent to UK A Level for undergraduate study and British Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) for postgraduate study. To help you to interpret these equivalents, please click on your country of residence to see the corresponding entry qualifications, along with information about your local representatives, events, information and contacts.
We accept a wide range of qualifications and consider all applications individually on merit. We may also take into account appropriate work experience.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS Academic: Undergraduate: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
- Postgraduate: 6.5 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
What will I learn?
In Year 1 (Level 4), you will be provided with key grounding in the English Legal System, in addition to developing the necessary legal skills and method. Alongside this you will also be taught more discreet areas of law covering both common law (judge made law) and statute law to provide a thorough experience.
What will I learn?
In Year 2 (Level 5) you will build on knowledge gained in Year 1, and take on more discreet areas of law, which may include covering both the common law and statute law. This aspect will be covered in the first two terms, culminating with an exam period. The final portion Year 2 may be taken up with either Work Based Learning or Experiential Learning.
What will I learn?
In Year 3 (Level 6), you will have a much greater choice to tailor your legal studies to your own interests and needs. It may be possible to mix and match so as to study modules across a number of areas.
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How will I be taught?
Law is a reasonably traditional subject area, with so much of the course being delivered through lectures and follow up seminars. These allow you to test your knowledge and gain insight into your progression and understanding. To supplement this there are also online resources. Some modules use these more extensively than others providing additional materials and information through Moodle (a virtual learning environment).
Approximately you can expect for each module 1-2 hours of lectures a week and 1-2 hours seminars a fortnight, though modules can differ greatly in contact hours. You will have a maximum of six modules a year.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is varied throughout our course. There are term time assessments including essays, group work, presentations and critical reflections. A significant number of modules will also have exams which will take place at the end of the teaching period.
Work Based Learning
As part of your studies you may take our Work Based Learning module, where you will be fully supported in securing a work placement of at least 150 hours, which you may be able to use in trying out a future career. Alternatively, towards the end of Year 2, the Law School may offer you a chance to undertake an individual experiential study into an area of the law in operation. Examples from previous years include investigations into juries, the court system and changes to legal aid. This is offered alongside the University’s Work Based Learning modules and you may choose which one to take.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Studying abroad is a great way to broaden your horizons and enhance your academic experience.
Within your experiential study, you may be able to spend a week at a German university the Law School has links with, gaining an insight into a different legal system. The Law School is also host to a small number of German students, and endeavours to arrange a trip to allow students to visit key EU institutions.
Fees and Funding
UK/EU Fees 2018
It is not currently possible to state what our exact fees will be for students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018.
Our full-time undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in 2017/18 are £9,250 a year, or £1,540 per module for part-time study. The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by increases in the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
The level of fees that students starting their studies in 2018 will pay is expected to be determined by outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF has been introduced by the Government to encourage universities to focus on the quality of the teaching that they offer and to help prospective students find clear information about where teaching quality is high, and where students have achieved the best outcomes.
The TEF outcomes are not currently known. The TEF process has been designed to help students applying for university places for 2018 and the outcomes will be announced at the end of May 2017 in time for prospective students for 2018 entry to apply from September 2017. Following the announcement of the TEF outcomes, fees for University of Chester students starting in 2018 will be published here.
Annual Tuition Fee
Full Fee Payment Award (per academic year)
International Foundation Programmes
Bachelor's degree including Foundation
Your course will involve additional costs not covered by your tuition fees. This may include books, printing, photocopying, educational stationery and related materials, specialist clothing, travel to placements, optional field trips and software. Compulsory field trips are covered by your tuition fees.
There may be optional trips to locations such as Brussels and Germany. These may cost approximately £50 if the cost is subsidised by the Law School. Such trips and cost subsidies are not guaranteed.
If you are living away from home during your time at University, you will need to cover costs such as accommodation, food, travel and bills.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions.
Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact the Bursary Team at University.Bursary@chester.ac.uk for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at email@example.com for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
Our historic Parkgate Road Campus in Chester has offered a wide range of courses since opening in 1839. It’s situated only a short walk from the lively city centre, and provides a friendly, secure and supportive environment in which to live and study.
Our on-campus facilities include a Learning Resource Centre, modern lecture theatres, open-access computer facilities, state-of-the-art science/skills/language laboratories, a range of catering outlets, the £2 million Chester Students’ Union centre and CSU bar/club, bookshop, chapel and faith space, cashpoint and launderette.
Because university life is not just about getting a degree, social and leisure activities are an important and long-established part of life at our Chester sites. On-campus sports facilities include a fully equipped sports hall, gym, swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, sprint track, floodlit 3G multi-use pitch and floodlit astroturf pitch.
Most of our student accommodation is also on or near campus. The campus also boasts an abundance of green space, and beautifully kept gardens, which provide you with an exciting environment in which to live and study.
Our Careers and Employability Service
The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.
Careers and Employability aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.
We are here to help you plan your future and to enhance your employability. We provide access to part-time jobs and work shadowing. We offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews. We deliver group sessions on career planning within each taught programme. We have extensive information on graduate jobs and postgraduate study.
Students and graduates of the University of Chester can use our services free of charge for up to three years after graduating. Graduates of other UK universities within three years of graduation are also welcome to use our services during vacations. A charging policy applies to other clients - please contact us for more details.
Through your course and our fantastic Careers and Employability opportunities, we aim to not only further your course knowledge, but equip you with a range of transferable skills valued by employers.
Previous students have gone on to:
- Trainee Solicitor
- Pupil Barrister
Should you decide to further your journey in Higher Education, we offer a broad choice of professional, internationally recognised qualifications. This can be a popular option for students interested in developing their knowledge within a specialist area, or gaining the necessary qualification to further their career.
Here are just some of the areas our students have gone on to:
From its beginnings as a Roman fortress 2,000 years ago, Chester has managed to retain its unique character whilst offering everything that you would expect from a modern city today, as it becomes "a must-see European destination".
The City of Chester is a vibrant mix of cafes, shops and ancient walls, rows and architectural and archaeological features. The City is home to all-year-round arts festivals, events, exhibitions and street entertainment, including the famous Chester Races, the Rowing Regatta and the internationally acclaimed Chester Zoo.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an undergraduate Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
- Saturday 14th October
- Saturday 28th October
- Saturday 21st October
- Saturday 21st October