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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a ‘qualifying law degree’?
Does it matter what subjects I choose at A Level?
Are two AS Levels accepted in place of one A Level?
What if I'm studying four A Levels?
Are resit qualifications accepted?
What selection criteria do you apply?
What offer do you make to applicants with non-standard qualifications?
What are the entry requirements for international students?
Does Cardiff Law School run a fast-track programme for students who already have a degree?
Am I able to study on a part-time or distance learning basis?
I am thinking of transferring from my current university; can I come to Cardiff Law School?
What fees will I be required to pay?
What financial assistance is available?
How will I be taught and assessed?
If I apply to study at Cardiff, will I get a place in halls of residence?
Will I be able to practice law in another country once I have graduated?

What is a ‘qualifying law degree’?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board are responsible for the qualification requirements for anyone seeking to qualify as a solicitor or as a barrister in England and Wales.  All of the undergraduate degree programmes at Cardiff Law School, including the Joint and Integrated programmes, are qualifying law degrees, which means that students are exempt from the academic stage of professional legal training.  In order to attain a qualifying law degree, students must study certain subject areas known as the Foundations of Legal Knowledge.  At Cardiff Law School, students who wish to attain a qualifying law degree must study the following modules:

Does it matter what subjects I choose at A Level?

With the exception of the Law and Language programmes we do not specify any particular subjects to be studied as part of the entry requirements although we exclude General Studies from all offers. However, we expect your profile to contain a minimum of two traditional academic. Some subjects may be excluded from any offer that is made.

The following Russell Group Guide may be helpful when deciding which A levels to choose. The following list of subjects are examples of those unlikely to be accepted other than in conjunction with two traditional academic subjects:

Art & Design, Business Studies, Dance, IT, Media Studies, Photography, Physical Education, Theatre Studies and Use of Maths.

Are two AS Levels accepted in place of one A Level?

Two AS levels will only be considered in lieu of one A2 level in exceptional circumstances.

What if I'm studying four A Levels?

In recognition of the greater breadth of study undertaken by applicants studying four A-Levels, an alternative offer of ABBB is made in addition to the standard offer of AAB at A-level. For this purpose, General Studies is excluded from the number of A levels studied.

Are re-sit qualifications accepted?

Re-sit applications will be considered on an individual basis.

What selection criteria do you apply?

Cardiff University is committed to promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities, including those relating to student recruitment, selection and admission. We have an inclusive culture which welcomes and ensures equality of opportunity for all applicants.

What offers do you make to applicants with non-standard qualifications?

We consider A Levels to provide a more rigorous preparation for higher education for applicants who have been in full time education in the not too distant past. However, applicants offering non-standard qualifications are considered individually.  If you have only been pursuing a course of study for a short period of time before making an application, a further reference will be sought from the academic referee later in the session to confirm your progress on the course. You may be invited to an interview or made an offer based on predicted or achieved grades.

What are the entry requirements for international students? (excluding students from the European Union)

In view of the wide range of qualifications held by international students, all applications are considered on an individual basis. In addition, all international applicants are required to hold an English Language qualification at the level of at least IELTS 6.5 or an equivalent score in a qualification accepted by the University. If you have a question about the admissions process, please contact the Law School:

For applications to LLB Law (M100): lawpladmissions@cardiff.ac.uk
For applications to the Integrated programmes: lawpladmissions@cardiff.ac.uk

Please also visit the Law School's country-specific webpages for international students.

Does Cardiff Law School run a fast-track programme for students who already have a degree?

Cardiff Law School offers a one year full time or two year part time Graduate Diploma in Law in our Centre for Professional Legal Studies. Please see full details on our website.

Am I able to study on a part-time or distance learning basis?

We regret that Cardiff Law School does not currently offer any part-time or distance learning courses at undergraduate level.

I am thinking of transferring from my current university; can I come to Cardiff Law School?

We are rarely able to accept transfers from other Law Schools. Applications will be considered on their individual merits if they meet the following criteria:

  1. The programme of study must must be compatible with that at Cardiff Law School,
  2. We must have places available in year 2 (this is rarely the case),
  3. The applicant must meet our entry requirements,
  4. There must be compelling extenuating circumstances necessitating study in Cardiff

What fees will I be required to pay?

Information about tuition fees is available from the University’s web pages. 

Is financial assistance available?

Cardiff Law School offers two types of scholarship to full fee-paying students of international fee status (excluding students from the European Union) on the M100 LLB Law degree. The Law School offers a £1,000 Entrance Bursary to those who achieve excellence at A-level or the equivalent, and Merit Scholarships to those who achieve outstanding academic performance whilst studying on the LLB programme at Cardiff.

Cardiff University offers bursaries to provide additional financial support to full-time undergraduate students from lower income households who are normally resident in the UK. This money is available on top of state-funded maintenance grants and loans. 

How will I be taught and assessed?

Nearly all law modules are taught across both semesters of the academic year.  Law modules are taught through a combination of lectures and compulsory seminars and tutorials.  You will spend about 12 hours per week attending classes; the rest of the time will be taken up by approximately 40 hours per week on private study.  You will be assessed by unseen written examinations and coursework; the method of assessment varies from module to module.  Some modules are assessed entirely by coursework, some entirely by unseen written examination and others are assessed by a mixture of both.  Students obtain feedback on their progress by completing formative (unassessed) work in each module.

If I apply to study at Cardiff, will I get a place in halls of residence?

Cardiff University is in the fortunate position of being able to guarantee a single occupancy room in University accommodation to all undergraduates who apply to study during the normal admissions cycle.  The University is continually investing in its student residences and undertakes extensive annual maintenance. There are a variety of residences, many with en-suite shower rooms within each single study bedroom. 

Please note that we are unable to offer a tour of the University’s accommodation during Open Days; however, you can make an individual appointment to view the Talybont show flat by emailing Residences@cardiff.ac.uk

Will I be able to practice law in another country once I have graduated?

Cardiff Law School’s undergraduate degrees are recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board as qualifying law degrees for practice in England and Wales.  Overseas applicants may be required to study certain subjects in order to fulfill pre-requisites for admission to postgraduate programmes or entry to professional bodies in their home country e.g. the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) in Hong Kong. You are advised to check with the relevant authorities that an LLB degree from Cardiff will satisfy any entry requirements that you need for further study and/or professional requirements in your home country. Further information is contained on the Law School country-specific webpages.