International Year One in Law

The International Year One in Law is a first-year undergraduate equivalent programme that builds students’ knowledge and skills in the Law field. You will also study our integrated English for Academic Purposes module which is accepted in lieu of IELTS and will help you improve your English language skills.

Students who successfully complete the International Year One in Law gain guaranteed access to the second year of an international bachelor’s degree at a top-ranked university with many degree courses to choose from.

What will I study?

Students enrolled in the International Year One in Law complete a total of 5 modules (3 modules over both semesters and 1 module each per semester). Click on the modules below to read a brief overview.

Contract Law (30 credits)

This module aims to provide law students on a level four programme with the essential legal knowledge and understanding that will allow them to appreciate the operation of contract related issues in the wider legal context, as well as being able to recognise the effect of contract law on the formation, resulting obligations, breach of contractual obligations and subsequent remedies relating to individuals and businesses. The module will also develop the skills including oral and written communication. Students will be able to apply the law to practical situations and collect relevant information from identified secondary sources.

Criminal Law (30 credits)

This module aims to provide students on a first-year undergraduate programme with an essential knowledge and understanding of criminal law. Students will cover a range of criminal law offences, defences and liability for these, giving them the necessary legal detail and analytical skills to come to confident, evidenced conclusions. Students will be able to identify criminal offences, take a critical approach to these offences and use legal evidence effectively, applying legal principles and concepts accurately and practically.

Public Law (30 credits)

This module aims to provide law students on a first-year undergraduate programme with the essential legal knowledge and understanding which will enable them to develop their legal understanding of a common-law country. They will understand further the workings of the UK Constitution and how the organs and respective institutions that support the constitution operate under Public Law.

English Legal System & Legal Research Skills (15 credits)

This module aims firstly to introduce students to the legal system of England and Wales (more commonly referred to as the ‘English Legal System’) and secondly to develop the core skills of legal research that are necessary to succeed both on an LLB programme and in future legal practice.

Tort Law (15 credits)

This module aims to evaluate and examine the rules of law (comprising both the common law principles and relevant
legislative provisions) which provide the legal framework of tort law, to consider, examine and demonstrate a knowledge of the considerations of policy that underpin
tort law and evaluate the objectives of tort law.

Students will also learn to appreciate at an introductory level how tort law operates as a compensation and loss distribution mechanism.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment breakdown is generally 50% coursework and 50% exam.

Each semester will include formative tasks that will prepare you for the later summative assessments. You will also complete homework assignments, engage with past examination questions and other activities.

For the summative assessments, you will be evaluated separately in each module.

Why study Law?

Studying Law is ideal for those who want to work in the legal profession and learn more about different aspects of human life. A Law degree can be academically rigorous however the benefits are numerous, offering transferable skills that allow you to progress to a variety of careers.

Some jobs that are directly related to Law are Paralegal, Solicitor, Barrister, Detective and many more. Further career options where a Law degree can take you include jobs such as a Data Analyst, Stockbroker, Mediator or Chartered Accountant as well as others.

University Progression

By completing the International Year in Law you will be able to progress to one of a range of six NCUK Universities across the UK where you will have several degree courses to choose from, including popular options such as Law, Business Law, Law with Criminology, Law with Finance and more!

LLB (Hons) Law degrees from UK universities are highly regarded by employers even if you don’t plan on practicing as a Solicitor/Lawyer in the future. However, if you do wish to qualify and practice as a Solicitor/Lawyer then you will also need to undertake further study, training, and work experience after completing your Law degree at university.

To find out all the progression options available for students who complete the International Year One in Law, have a look at our University Course Finder. Find out more about the universities that you can progress to by clicking the button below:

Qualification & Module Overview

The following document will provide you with an overview of what to expect from the International Year One in Law qualification and a wider understanding of each individual module. This includes information on the aims of the qualification, course structures, assessment methods and more.

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Entry requirements

To register for the International Year One in Law, applicants must meet all of the following entry conditions:

Entry requirements

  • Have achieved at least an NCUK EAP ‘C’ grade or hold an acceptable equivalent alternative English language qualification.


  • obtained a minimum of 48 NCUK foundation points with a C in at least 2 subjects following study of the NCUK International Foundation Year.


  • obtained a minimum of grade ‘C’ in two relevant UK recognised ‘A’ levels.


  • met one of NCUK’s country-specific entry requirements, which can be found here.


  • completed a satisfactory entry interview designed to assess motivation, future study plans and preparedness for the International Year One in Law.

The Study Centre is responsible for assessing and verifying standard entry qualifications, which are subject to audit as part of NCUK’s quality assurance processes.

NCUK reserves the right to require applicants with non-standard qualifications to take one or more entrance tests before admission to the International Year One in Law.

Note: Non-standard academic qualifications might include successful completion of a first or second year of a four-year undergraduate degree course in an NCUK approved university, successful completion of an NCUK approved international foundation programme or the completion of other country-specific qualifications that are not published on NCUK’s website.

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