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Why choose GSM London?

  • Degrees awarded by University of Plymouth
  • Foundation Year makes study accessible
  • Fast track 2 year study option
Which course is right for me?

Which course is right for me?

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LLB (Hons)

Degree awarded by the University of Plymouth

Next start date

October 2019


February, June, October

Study options

3 years, 2 years



*All courses and modes are subject to minimum numbers to run


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?

Why choose our LLB (Hons) 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):

  • Three full GCE A Level passes (A*-D, 72 UCAS points); or equivalent qualifications 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 or lower qualifications**, ELQ, including: HNC/HND, Certificate of Higher Education, BSc/BA etc. can be considered and are subject to University of Plymouth approval.

If you are not a UK passport holder, or a UK passport holder born outside of the UK and not born in a country that appears on the published list, you may need to complete an English language test, such as the in-house GSM London English Language Proficiency Test or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, to demonstrate you have the language skills needed to complete your degree. All of our programmes are taught in English. Once you submit your application to GSM London the Admissions team will assess it. Should your application be successful and if an English Language Test is required it will appear as a condition of offer.

You will need an IELTS score of 6.0, 5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing) or equivalent qualification.

Further details on English Language requirements are provided here.

*Candidates who are under 18 on registration will need to review and abide by our policy on under 18’s: Young or Vulnerable Applicants
**For further details on Equivalent or lower qualifications, ELQ, please click here.

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:

  • Evidence of previous qualifications
  • Minimum one year of good work experience (click here for further details)
  • Personal statement, submitted with your UCAS application
  • A verifiable work reference, submitted with your UCAS application
  • Academic interview (if required)
  • Written essay (if required)


In such cases, the Admissions assessor 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 listed above may be 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 Advanced Standing and Exemptions Based on Recognition of Other Learning for further details.


Tuition fees



2 years, £8,000 per year (£16,000 total cost)
2 years, £8,000 per year, plus Foundation Year, £6,000 (£22,000 total cost)

3 years, £6,000 per year  (£18,000 total cost)
3 years, £6,000 per year, plus Foundation Year, £6,000 (£24,000 total cost)



2 years, £12,750 per year (£25,500 total cost)
2 years, £12,750 per year, plus Foundation Year, £8,500 (£34,000 total cost)

3 years, £8,500 per year (£25,500 total cost)
3 years, £8,500 per year, plus Foundation Year, £8,500 (£34,000 total cost)

How to apply

If you'd like to study at GSM London, you'll need to apply through UCAS, please click here.

Further details on how to apply can be found here.

Programme Modes:

  • Two year accelerated M100
  • Two year extended (with Foundation Year) M101
  • Three year MM10
  • Three year extended (with Foundation Year) M10M

Once we receive your application form and supporting documents, we will assess your application and if successful, we will issue you an offer letter detailing your enrolment date, programme cost and duration.

We will usually be in contact with you within two working days.  For any questions or queries please contact

What happens once I submit my application?

Once we receive your fully completed application form and supporting documents, we will assess your application. If successful, we will make you an offer of place.  The offer letter will contain information on the 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 (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.

If you have any questions or queries please contact the Admissions team on

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