LLB Law with Politics

Year of entry: 2020

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Overview

Degree awarded
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Duration
3 years
Typical A-level offer

AAA

Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
AAB
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

6,6,6 at Higher level, 36 points overall.  Applicants offering Mathematics or Maths Studies at Standard or Higher level must achieve a minimum of grade 5. Applicants taking English Language A must achieve grade 4 at Higher or Standard level. Applicants offering English Language B must achieve grade 5 at Higher level and grade 6 at Standard level.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept: Mathematics: analysis and approaches or Mathematics: applications and interpretation at SL or HL and students must achieve a minimum of Grade 5

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through UCAS

Course overview

  • Gain a law degree combined with an understanding of politics.
  • Build an academic base for a legal career, specialising in political policy.
  • Expand your professional experience by working at one of our Legal Advice Centres.
  • Study at a top 10 UK university for Law (QS World University Rankings 2018).

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Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2020 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £19,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Law
Contact name
Undergraduate Law Admissions
Email
School/Faculty overview
See: About Us .

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Entry requirements

A-level

  • AAA
  • We do not accept two A/S Levels grades in place of one A Level.
  • We accept the Level 3 Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) as equivalent to an A-level if taken alongside two full A-levels that are in different subject areas of the Diploma.

AS-level

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

International Baccalaureate

6,6,6 at Higher level, 36 points overall.  Applicants offering Mathematics or Maths Studies at Standard or Higher level must achieve a minimum of grade 5. Applicants taking English Language A must achieve grade 4 at Higher or Standard level. Applicants offering English Language B must achieve grade 5 at Higher level and grade 6 at Standard level.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept: Mathematics: analysis and approaches or Mathematics: applications and interpretation at SL or HL and students must achieve a minimum of Grade 5

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For detailed information please refer to our country-specific requirements and requirements for foundation years .

For general requirements not listed above see  Accepted entry qualifications from your country .

Still need help? Email us at ug-law@manchester.ac.uk .

Scottish requirements

We typically ask for grades of AAABB in Scottish Highers. In addition, we accept Scottish Advanced Highers in one of the following combinations:

Three Advanced Highers at grades AAB.

or

Two Advanced Highers at grades AA, plus two additional Highers at grades BB.

Applicants taking a different combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact  socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk for further advice. Applicants not taking English language or Mathematics at Higher level must achieve grade B in English language and Grade B in Mathematics at SCQF Level 5.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. We consider the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate as equivalent to an A-level on a grade-for-grade basis.

European Baccalaureate

The University of Manchester welcomes applicants with the European Baccalaureate. Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications, applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

We normally require 85% overall including a minimum of 8 in English.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme:

Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme in Humanities or Business are required to achieve grades AAA and an EAP score of A.

Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year in Humanities or Business are required to achieve grades AAA and an EAP score of A.

Applicants studying other Foundation programmes can find information here:

https://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/study/international-students/foundation-programmes/

Alternatively, please contact the academic School to check if your qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

The School accepts Pearson BTEC Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma - accepted with grades DDM in combination with an A-level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma - accepted with grades D*D in combination with an A-level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma - accepted with grade M in combination with two A-levels at grades AA in different subject areas to the diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate - accepted with grade D in combination with two A-levels at grades AA in different subject areas to the diploma.

We do not accept the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate.

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma. The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new BTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

The School accepts OCR Cambridge Technical (CTEC) Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and taken alongside A-levels. The A-level you are taking must be included in the list of subjects found in the A-level entry requirements above.

Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - accepted with grades DDM in combination with an A-level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Cambridge Technical Diploma - accepted with grades D*D in combination with an A-level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.

Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma - accepted with grades MM in combination with two A-levels at grades AA in different subject areas to the diploma.

Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate - accepted with grade D in combination with two A-levels at grades AA in different subject areas to the diploma.

We do not accept the Cambridge Technical Certificate.

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy CTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the CTEC Extended Diploma, CTEC Diploma, and CTEC Subsidiary Diploma.  The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new CTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification.

Access to HE Diploma

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course.

  • Typical applicant - A mature student returning to education after a number of years.
  • Typical offer - Pass Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits (45 Distinctions).
  • Minimum Grade C or 4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics.

Contact: Tom McCunnie, tom.mccunnie@manchester.ac.uk.

Cambridge Pre-U

Applicants are expected to achieve D3, D3, D3 in the Cambridge Pre-U. Applicants can either take three Pre-U qualifications or study them in conjunction with A Level subjects.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Core Maths

The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies). 

Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student.

A Core Maths qualification does not satisfy the requirement of achieving A-level Mathematics for the School of Social Sciences.

Home-schooled applicants

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact the academic School for your chosen course who will be able to help you. 

Non-standard educational routes

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.  Further information for mature students can be found here ( http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/ )

English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency.  The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

  • IELTS 7 with a minimum 6.5 in each subtest or equivalent 
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found  here .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Advice to applicants

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Dr Rose Broad offers advice on preparing and submitting your application.

Any exceptional circumstances (eg illness prior, ongoing or at the time of your exams) surrounding your application should be included in your personal statement and backed up in your academic reference or the School of Law should be informed in writing prior to your examination results.

How your application is considered

Your UCAS application is always considered as a whole; taking into account your qualifications, personal statement and reference. 

We consider the Widening Participation status of applicants while assessing applications; borderline candidates holding a WP or WP Plus flag are given further consideration.

Potential applicants are welcome to contact the School of Law Admissions Office to discuss their eligibility.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are normally considered. The admissions tutor will be looking for valid reasons for deferral (eg financial, relevant work experience, charity work).

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Transfers

We do not consider applications for the second or third year of the course.  

No credit will be given for prior learning.

Course details

Course description

Our LLB Law with Politics course is a joint honours degree that explores the relationship between the two disciplines of Politics and Law.

The Law part of the course provides you with a solid and comprehensive grounding in key legal principles, as well as enabling you to specialise in particular areas of interest in later years.

In Politics, we introduce you to leading approaches in areas such as international relations and European politics, as well as core theoretical concepts. Building on this foundation, you're free to follow your particular interests within the field of politics in Years 2 and 3.

Alongside enhanced skills in legal reasoning, you will develop the intellectual ability and flexibility to readily assimilate new ideas and materials from a variety of legal and political sources.

The skills and knowledge you gain will have far-reaching relevance for your future career, whether in the field of law, international relations or a variety of other social science disciplines.

You will study in one of the UK's key cities for political activity and advancement, benefiting from the extensive legal and political expertise at Manchester while gaining a deep understanding of law and its relevance to the ever-changing world around you.

Special features

Volunteer for the Legal Advice Centre

You can gain insights into the legal profession while helping members of the public with real life legal issues by volunteering at the University's Legal Advice Centre, which offers pro bono legal advice to the public, university staff and students. It is sponsored by major city firms and supported by University of Law solicitors and barristers who are quality marked by the Legal Services Commission.

The Centre aims to provide practical experience for our students who are supervised by legal practitioners, and to offer a reliable service to its clients, who seek help with their legal problems and in many circumstances have nowhere else to obtain legal advice.

Find out more about the Legal Advice Centre and read about the success of students who took on a case on behalf of a group of redundant workers.

Connect with like-minded students

Benefit from unique experiences, networking and professional development opportunities by getting involved with one of our many student societies

Teaching and learning

Formal based contact hours consisting of lectures and seminars, amount to between 10 and 12 hours per week. You will to spend in the region of 40 hours per week studying inclusive of lectures and seminars.

Lectures are delivered to a large cohort of students, covering an overview of a particular subject. Seminars are small groups of up to 12 students and an academic member of staff. You will discuss and present aspects of a legal topic which you are learning. You are expected to prepare in advance for the discussion and you are also required to submit written work for each subject.

We also offer skills sessions throughout the year, working in conjunction with local and international lawyers and our Careers Service to enhance our students' academic learning progress and employability. 

In addition, weekly in-sessional classes are offered to help students with English research and essay-writing skills.

Find out more about teaching and learning .

Coursework and assessment

Methods of assessing your work are as varied as the teaching methods we use.

In addition to the usual exams and essay, some of your work will be assessed through oral presentations, short exercises or written pieces such as book reviews, and project work.

We are keen that learning also takes place through the detailed feedback we give you when assessing your work. You will get constructive comments, criticism, and suggestions for improvement on all your written and oral work.

In this way, we hope to make the process of learning a positive and enjoyable process.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Public Law LAWS10100 30 Mandatory
Obligations I LAWS10200 30 Mandatory
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10202 20 Mandatory
Introduction to International Politics POLI10601 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Political Theory POLI10702 20 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

At the end of Year 2, you can choose to move from Track 1 (LLB Law with Politics) or Track 2 (BA Law with Politics). You will be given advice on your choice.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Property Law I LAWS20110 30 Mandatory
Criminal Law LAWS20300 30 Mandatory
Principles of Commercial Law LAWS20052 20 Optional
Human Rights LAWS20092 20 Optional
Public International Law LAWS20372 20 Optional
Principles of Law, Medicine and Ethics LAWS20732 20 Optional

Course content for year 3

On Track 1 you will take three compulsory Law course units: Obligations ll, European Union Law and Property ll.

You will also take one 20 credit Law course unit and one 20 credit Politics course unit.

On Track 2, you will be able to select from a choice of Law and Politics course units.

Many students will choose a dissertation subject that bridges both disciplines, but this is not essential. Students are assigned a supervisor who will be a specialist in the subject chosen by the student.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Property Law II - level 3 LAWS30330 20 Mandatory
Law of Obligations II LAWS30400 30 Mandatory
European Union Law LAWS30990 30 Mandatory

What our students say

Read profiles of our students to find out about their experiences of studying at Manchester.

Facilities

While you study with the School of Law you will have access to first-class facilities to interact, work and practice your skills. 

Our moot court allows you to enhance your practical application of the law, by allowing you to practice in a simulated court environment, with your peers and legal experts. You will have the best possible start to your legal career by working in the award winning Legal Advice Centre

Here you can work on real legal cases with solicitors and barristers, to refine your practical application of law.

At Manchester students can access our specialist law library, in addition to one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the UK .

Volunteering in our Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre enables you to work to support clients' claims of innocence, giving you the practical insight you need, to start your career. Working alongside legal experts, you will gain access and review real case files. This unique first-hand experience of this area of criminal justice allows you to connect and engage with experienced practicing lawyers.

Find out more on the Facilities page.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Mathura Yogeswaran

Manchester has offered numerous employability sessions that have also helped with thinking about what career path I may take.

As I studied two disciplines, I feel I have more options when it comes to securing a job, as I do not feel as restricted to doing a traditional legal job.

Mathura Yogeswaran / LLB Law with Politics

The School of Law has excellent links with the legal professions and public services. Our graduates have an impressive record of securing employment both in the legal profession and other professional environments, with 95% in work or further study 6 months after graduation (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17). We are also one of the most targeted universities by the nation's top employers (The Graduate Market in 2018, High Fliers Research) and according to the Times Higher Education, we are ranked 6th in the UK for Law.

We offer a specialist careers and employability programme with regular workshops delivered by practitioners and in-house specialists including The Business of Law, Introduction to the Commercial Application of Law, CV Application Support, Training Contract and Meet the Professionals.

You'll benefit from unique networking, training and work-based opportunities to build a truly successful career.  Find out more about careers and employability