Course overview

  • Course level
  • Course type
  • Duration
    3/4 years
  • Course options
    Optional placement year
  • UCAS code(s)
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A-levels (2020 entry)
    BBB-BCC (depending on EPQ, Core Maths or Contextual offer)*
  • BTEC extended diploma
    from DDD to DDM (contextual offer)*
  • International baccalaureate diploma
    31 Points overall and above with 5,5,5 at Higher Level
  • Further requirements
    GCSE: 5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include: Maths Grade C/4 and above and English Grade C/4
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Course summary

This qualifying law degree with an integrated professional placement has been developed with input from the legal profession to provide you with the necessary skills to become a successful legal practitioner.

Entry requirements and fees

3 years (or 4 years - including integrated placement year)

UCAS Code: M100 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time (with placement)

Typical offers:
A Levels: BBB – standard offer
BBC (with EPQ or Core maths minimum grade B)
BCC (Contextual offer)*

IB: 31 points overall in the IB diploma with 5,5,5 at HL. 

BTEC, Access & other: 
BTEC Extended Diploma DDD – standard offer
BTEC Extended Diploma DDM – (Contextual offer)*
We accept the QAA-recognised Access Diploma which must consist of 45 credits at Level 3. You must obtain a minimum of 30 distinction and the rest must be at merit or distinction. Please note that we do not accept the English and Maths components within the Access qualification and you must meet the GCSE entry requirement.

Further requirements:
5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include:
GCSE Maths – grade C/4
GCSE English Language OR English Literature– grade C/4
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

View our Admissions Policy. 

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).
Entry onto our Foundation Year maybe offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £15,600* for International students (£2,500 during placement year) (2020/21). More on fees

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

International students: 

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications, view our Aston in your country webpage.

International students can enter at Year 2 of this course having completed the International Year One programme at the required academic level with NCUK.

Course outline

The LLB Law programme is a qualifying law degree, developed with input from the legal profession. The core and optional modules enable you to tailor your studies to reflect your interests and career aspirations. By doing this degree you will gain more than legal knowledge, you will also develop essential professional and soft skills to enhance your employability.

The opportunity to undertake an extended research project (dissertation) is also be provided. The LLB is a qualifying law degree and focuses on law and legal practice in a commercial context. 

The opportunity to spend the third year on placement is also available. 

Subject guide and modules

Year 1

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Skills and System
  • Introduction to Legal Theory and Jurisprudence    

Year 2

  • Law of Torts
  • Land Law

A choice of 2 subjects from the following optional modules

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Family Law
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Intellectual Property and Law
  • Commercial Law

Year 3

You will spend this year in a professional placement. This year is optional for all law students. 

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year

The core modules studied are:

  • Equity and Trusts Law
  • European Union Law

Choose 3 subjects from the following optional modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Business Ethics
  • Fraud Bribery and Corruption
  • Professional Conduct and Ethics
  • Free Speech, Outrageous Invasions and the Media
  • Family Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Intellectual Property and Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Employment Law
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Company Law
  • Data Protection Law
  • Emerging Technologies, AI and Law

This is an indicative list of options and may change. 

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, guest lectures, visits to law courts, and case studies. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

Mooting and presentations are used to develop advocacy skills and problem solving exercises are used extensively to help apply legal knowledge to real life situations.


Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

Course Director

Lauren Traczykowski

Phone: +44(0)121 204 3185


Personal development 

This degree is designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to help you succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops your team working and negotiating skills.

Our placement year gives you the genuine practical experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of legal, business and cultural issues which cannot be fully replicated in the lecture room.

Professional accreditations and exemptions

This is a qualifying law degree. It is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Bar Standards Board (BSB) as satisfying the academic stage of legal training for solicitors or barristers. As an Aston LLB graduate you can therefore proceed directly to the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course.

Graduates can also gain exemptions from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS). 

Accreditation is a stamp of quality and prestige for a business school and its programmes. Aston is proud to be among 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation. 

Placement year

Our four year course with an integrated placement during the third year gives you the chance to put theory into practice, gain relevant work experience, and develop professional and transferable skills. This year is optional for law students.

We have a dedicated Employer Team within our Careers and Placements department who have links with local, national and international organisations and advertise vacancies to students through an online platform exclusively for Aston students and graduates.  

The placement year also increases your commercial awareness and gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in practice. The opportunity to undertake a study placement with one of our international partner institutions is also available if you would prefer.

Find out more about the Aston placement year, and view the careers and placements page.


Study or work in another country

The University has secured Erasmus+ mobility funding for students going on placement during the academic year 2019/20.  For students planning their placement in the academic year 2020/21, Erasmus+ mobility funding will be dependent on the Exit date and whether a Withdrawal deal is agreed. The University’s Brexit information page is regularly being updated and will have the latest information.  

Career prospects

This degree is an option for those who want to become a solicitor or barrister. It has been designed to help students acquire the knowledge and skills they need to become successful legal practitioners. A degree in law also provides an excellent foundation for other careers where legal knowledge is important including taxation, human resource management, accountancy, regulation and compliance.

Examples of positions our graduates have obtained include Associate Consultant Trainee Paralegal, Negotiations Case Handler, Legal Assistant, Corporate Client accounts support, Travel money advisor and Banking Customer Services Advisor at organisations such as Hays Legal, Shoosmiths, DAC Beachcroft, Irwin Mitchell, Capita and HSBC.

Scholarships and bursaries
  • Wright Justice Law Scholarship for Aston Law students

    The Wright Justice Scholarship is awarded to First-Year LL.B. students from Aston University who demonstrate exceptional ability with regards to their academic performance, their diligence, and most importantly their commitment to their own professional and personal development. The award, which spans over three years, allows for the recipient of the award to be exposed to the practices of a leading local legal firm in all areas of its expertise, with the promise of a Training Contract interview at the conclusion of the Scholarship.

    For more information about this scholarship, please contact Gayatri
Neuberger Prize Winner

"The prize is awarded to gifted students so that they may become members of the Lincoln’s Inn during their final year. They will also be offered advice on applying for scholarships and taking the next steps towards becoming a successful barrister. There are only (up to) five recipients of the Prize, and Steven will have the opportunity to meet Lord Neuberger in person when he visits Aston in March."

Steven Overs
PASS Scholar at The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

"Situated within Aston Business School, Aston Law School equipped me with the legal skills and business acumen needed to join one of the world’s biggest law firms. Studying interesting modules such as Commercial Law and Jurisprudence taught me the importance of processes and the importance of questioning why these processes exist. Being part of the Aston Community has left me better prepared for rigors of life as an International Commercial Lawyer and Business Woman."

Venandah Madanhi
Founder at Talk About | Future Trainee Solicitor at Latham & Watkins

"My placement year was an amazing experience and one of the best years of my life. I was able to make connections across the company and attend a range of exciting events. I also developed many skills including organisation, confidence and attention to detail which will help me in my final year of studies."

Olivia Lloyd
Contract Management Intern at The Walt Disney Company London

“I worked in the House of Commons Service as a Specialist Researcher for the Justice Select Committee. The Committee is a group of MPs who scrutinise the work of the Ministry of Justice by conducting inquiries into specific areas of justice policy."

"My highlight was seeing my confidence and academic ability grow year on year with the help of the Law department. I now feel ready to take on the world and pursue my dream job. The Aston campus is community driven. Having stayed at home, I still felt part of the Aston community."

Thomas Duggan
Pupil Barrister at St Ives Chambers Middle Temple Anglo-American Scholar

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