Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Law

This course is an ideal stepping stone into either a full-time law career or advanced legal study at Master's level. If applicants do not have an LLB awarded by a university of England and Wales, by completing this course they can then undertake the Bar Professional Training course or the Legal Practice Course, depending on whether they aspire to qualify as a barrister or a solicitor.

Entry requirements

The GDL/CPE is primarily aimed at non-law graduates, so a good Bachelor's degree is usually a minimum requirement. The Bachelor's degree must be conferred by a University in the UK or Ireland . We normally look for at least a good lower 2nd Class Honours degree, although we will consider applications from those who fall below this. There are exceptions made to the requirement for a Bachelor's degree for some legal executives and other mature applicants. For those who are interested in a career at the bar, students will need a minimum of a lower 2nd Class Honours degree. If applicants have an oversees degree or do not have an undergraduate degree they will need to contact the Bar Standards Board in the 1st instance for them to make a decision about whether they would be eligible. If they are eligible to join the GDL/CPE they will be issued with a letter to confirm their suitability to start the course (A certificate of Academic Standing). Please note that some BPTC providers require a minimum of an upper 2nd Class Honours degree. If applicants have an overseas degree and may want to become a barrister they must obtain a Certificate of Academic Standing from the Bar Standards Board before they start the GDL/CPE, otherwise they may not be able to qualify as a barrister. If applicants have an oversees degree and know they do not want to become a barrister, then they will not need a certificate of academic standing so they should forward copies of their educational certificates along with their application. International students whose 1st language is not English, will require IELTS 6.5 across all elements or equivalent.

Course modules

Law of tort; law of contract; criminal law; constitutional and administrative law; law of the European Union; land law; independent project or American legal practice.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Full-time September 2016 GBP 12,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,500 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,500 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
Common Professional Examination (CPE) Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City North Campus Birmingham B42 2SU West Midlands

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