• Hear from our Head of Department - Rosie Watson

Why choose GSM London?

  • Degrees awarded by University of Plymouth
  • Foundation Year makes study accessible
  • Fast track 2 year study option

Next start date

October 2018


February, June, October

Study options

3 years, 2 years


Greenwich, Greenford**

*All courses and modes are subject to minimum numbers to run at each campus

**This degree programme is not running in June at our Greenford Campus


With a law degree from GSM London, you could go on to train as a barrister or solicitor - two of the UK’s most respected and rewarding professions. Or you could explore a range of other exciting career opportunities. So, what’s the verdict?

  • Hear from our Head of Department - Rosie Watson

Why choose this degree?

This programme is a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) – recognised by the professional bodies, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board – providing the required foundations of legal knowledge subjects to enter the practical stage of training, Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), leading to the final stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister:

  • Law staff include qualified practitioners, who bring up-to-date experience from the legal sector
  • Lecturers, students and alumni organise frequent events such as visits to Magistrates Courts, Crown Courts and the Supreme Court, the Legal Walk and Mooting competitions
  • Guest speakers, workshops from successful alumni, an active student Law Society
  • Personal Tutors and regular ‘office-hours’ during which appointments can be made to see module leaders or programme leaders to receive personal guidance to assist with academic development
  • Develop distinctive attributes including professionalism, effective communication skills and social responsibility

Where will this degree take me?

Graduating with a law degree is a great way to enhance your career potential, both inside and outside the legal profession. This degree programme will focus on developing your transferable skills. For example: persuasive oral and written communication; analysis and evaluation; reasoning and critical judgment; problem solving; independent working and research skills. All of these skills are essential for lawyers and highly valued by employers in a range of occupations outside the legal profession. This is a qualifying law degree which exempts you from the academic stage of legal training. This means that, after graduating, you can go straight to the professional stage of training as a barrister or solicitor and then to a training contract or pupillage.

A law degree is valued in many other professions and support services including company secretarial roles, accountancy, finance, the civil service, human resources, libraries and trading standards.

What will I learn?

This QLD programme satisfies the academic stage of training as required by the professional bodies, the Law Society and the Bar. It includes the Foundations of Legal Knowledge Subjects, which are compulsory, and a number of elective modules.

At stage one: students undertake core modules, including Academic Skills and Professional Skills, together with a number of the Foundation Legal Subjects.

At stage two: students undertake further Foundation Legal Subjects, together with the theoretical aspects of law and employability/professional practice modules.

At stage three: students study further Foundation Legal Subjects and may, subject to demand, choose from a range of electives, including a Dissertation.


Read more about each module for this programme

Please see the module specification for further details; note that the specification represents the latest modules and may be subject to change.

Foundation year:

Semester 1: English for academic purposes, Numeracy 1, Introduction to Computer Skills, Effectiveness in the Business World

Semester 2: English for Academic Purposes 2, Numeracy 2, Understanding Law. Elective Modules (Choose One) Understanding Accounting and Finance, Understanding Human Resources Management, Understanding Management, Understanding Marketing and Events, Understanding Mathematics in Economic Environment’s, Understanding Oil and Gas, Understanding Technology, Understanding Travel and Tourism

Three and two-year degrees:

Semester 1: Academic Skills, Contract Law I, English Legal System I, and Public Law and Human Rights I

Semester 2: Professional Skills, Contract Law II, English Legal System II, and Public Law and Human Rights II

Semester 3: Tort Law, and Land Law

Semester 4: Critical Analysis of Professional Practice, and Evaluation - The Law in Context

Semester 5: Equity and Trusts I, Criminal Law I, Law of the European Union I, and Elective Modules (choose one, choice subject to demand) Research Methods for Law, or Family Law, or Company Law

Semester 6: Equity and Trusts II, Criminal Law II, Law of the European Union II, and Elective Modules (choose one, choice subject to demand) Law Project, or Public International Law, or Employment Law

See the full Programme Specification 

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be 18 years of age* on registration and hold one of the following (or international equivalents):

  • 3 A Levels (A*-D, 72 UCAS points); New UCAS entry tariff for 2017 explained
  • GSM London’s Foundation Year programme with a minimum of 120 credits (a minimum overall pass mark of 60% and a pass of a minimum of 40% in the ‘Understanding Law’ module must be achieved)
  • Equivalent qualifications (subject to University of Plymouth approval) including: BTEC National Certificate/Diploma, Advanced Level Diploma, HNC/D, Access to HE, International Baccalaureate, Irish/Scottish Highers/Advanced


If English is not your first language you will be required to provide proof of fluency prior to the start of the programme, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent qualification. 

Please see www.gsmlondon.ac.uk/englishlanguagerequirements for further details.


*Candidates who are under 18 on registration will need to review our policy on under 18’s:    www.gsmlondon.ac.uk/b3-young-or-vulnerable-applicants


Non-standard entry:

If you do not meet the standard entry requirements, listed above, you may be able to be considered on your individual merits via our non-standard entry process. 

To be considered you will need to be able to demonstrate/pass:

  • A fully completed and up to date CV
  • Evidence of at least 1 year of full-time work experience
  • signed and stamped work reference
  • Interview
  • Academic interview (if required)
  • Written essay (if required)

In such cases, the Admissions Team must be satisfied that the applicant has the necessary potential, knowledge or experience and motivation to follow the programme successfully.


Candidates who do not meet the requirements as listed above maybe able to apply for our Foundation Year programme

On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will gain direct entry on to this degree programme.


Accreditation of prior learning:

Partial exemptions from an undergraduate programme may be obtained in accordance with the Academic Regulations dependent on the compatibility of previous study. Each case is considered on its own merit and will be, subject to the approval by University of Plymouth.

You may be required to provide an academic reference and/or personal statement.

We will not normally consider APL’s older than 3 years unless the applicant has a recent experiential learning.


Please see www.gsmlondon.ac.uk/b2-advanced-standing-and-exemptions-based-on-recognition-of-other-learning for further details.


Tuition fees



  • 2 years, £8,000 per year
  • 3 years, £6,000 per year



  • 2 years, £12,750 per year
  • 3 years, £8,500 per year


For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated degree programme. Degrees at GSM London are designated each year by the Department for Education. We have made an application for this degree programme to also be designated for the 2018-19 academic year. Visit www.hefce.ac.uk/reg/desig/cdforstudents/ for more information.

Apply direct to GSM London

You can apply directly to GSM London by completing our online application form >.

Applications can also be submitted in person at one of our campuses: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.You can do this by booking a meeting with a course advisor >.

You'll need to include the following documents with your application form:

  • Originals of your qualifications
  • Your CV/Resume
  • One written reference from an employer or place of study
  • A copy of your passport
  • A document to verify your address see table of acceptable evidence below

Table of address evidence:

Mortgage statement


Issued in last 12 months

Bank or building society statement

UK and Channel Islands or EEA

Issued in last 3 months

Bank or building society account opening confirmation letter


Issued in last 3 months

Credit card statement


Issued in last 3 months

Financial statement, eg pension or endowment


Issued in last 12 months

P45 or P60 statement

UK and Channel Islands

Issued in last 12 months

Council Tax statement

UK and Channel Islands

Issued in last 12 months

Work permit or visa


Valid up to expiry date

Utility bill

UK - not mobile telephone bill

Issued in last 3 months

Benefit statement, eg Child Benefit, Pension


Issued in last 3 months

Central or local government, government agency, or local council document giving entitlement, eg from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service, HMRC

UK and Channel Islands

Issued in last 3 months

Programmes will run subject to minimum number of enrolments.

Apply through UCAS

You can also apply through UCAS (undergraduates only) by contacting our Course Advisors on 0208 516 7856 and quoting your 10-digit UCAS ID number and details of your chosen programme. We may be able to process your application over the phone. Alternatively, you can visit the UCAS website here to register and apply.

UCAS Code Information

Greenwich School of Management (GSM London)

Institution Code Name: GSM London

Institution Code: G74

Programme Codes:

  • Two-year accelerated, M100
  • Two-year extended (includes Year Zero), M101
  • Three-year, MM10
  • Three-year extended (includes Year Zero), M10M
Programmes will run subject to minimum number of enrolments.

Registration and enrolment

Once we receive your fully completed application form and supporting documents, we will assess your application. If successful, we will issue you an offer letter detailing programme cost and duration.  

If you choose to accept the offer you will need to return the acceptance form to the Admissions Team and agree and sign the Terms and conditions (standard student contract).  Once you have accepted your place you will be offered an induction date to commence your studies.  This will be detailed in your acceptance letter.

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