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)
    ABB - BBB
  • BTEC extended diploma
  • International baccalaureate diploma
    32 points with 6,6,5 - 6,5,5 at HL. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths.
  • Further requirements
    GCSE: 5 GCSEs at C or above, including Maths Grade C/4 and above and English Grade C/4
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LLB Law student Robyn spent her placement year at DAC Beachcroft LLP. This is her story.

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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: ABB - BBB
IB: 32 points overall in the IB diploma with 6,6,5 - 6,5,5 at HL. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths at Standard level
BTEC, Access & other: BTEC Extended Diploma DDD. Access to HE students are eligible to apply for this course.

Further requirements:
5 GCSEs grades A*- C 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.

UCAS applicants who select this course as their Firm choice may be eligible for a lower offer. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.
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).

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.

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. As with our LLB Law with Management programme, 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 & 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 Directors

Elizabeth Dolan

Phone: +44(0)121 204 4378

Email: e.dolan@aston.ac.uk

Lauren Traczykowski

Phone: +44(0)121 204 3185

Email: l.Traczykowski@aston.ac.uk

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.

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 Patelg.patel4@aston.ac.uk
What's it like to study at Aston?

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
Bar Professional Training Course and LLM

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