• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
The Laws (Honours) programme at The Open University UK is the most popular qualification of its kind in the UK. By the end of your studies, you’ll have the legal awareness needed to understand and apply the law, together with skills of legal analysis and methods; and you’ll be well prepared for further study or career development.

About

Studying law is stimulating in its own right, and it’s also a smart career move. If you want to practise law professionally, a law degree is the first step – but it’s also a great asset for many other careers.

Key features of the  Laws (Honours) course at The Open University UK

  • Recognised by the law profession as a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) in England and Wales
  • Covers the seven ‘Foundations of Legal Knowledge’ as required for a QLD 
  • Provides the first academic stage of training for solicitors and barristers in England and Wales
  • Offers practical experience through an online law clinic
  • ​Gives you an understanding of the role and place of law in today’s society
Skills for career development

This degree course will give you the chance to develop yourself beyond the boundaries of your normal work environment. You'll gain skills and knowledge that you can readily put into practice on a daily basis in a wide range of professional contexts. The specialist legal and transferable skills that you'll develop includes: 

  • an in-depth knowledge of the foundation subjects of law and of the legal system of England and Wales
  • an ability to apply legal principles to resolve issues
  • an ability to present and make a reasoned choice between different opinions and solutions
  • an ability to read and discuss complex and technical legal materials
  • competence in the use of basic IT, databases and websites
  • thinking critically about your own learning and performance and taking steps to improve them.

Career relevance

Studying law opens up many career options, whether in law or law-related fields, including solicitor, barrister, legal executive and paralegal. Solicitors and barristers usually work in private practice, in central or local government, commerce, industry, the armed forces or in professional bodies.

Solicitors and barristers in England and Wales need to complete three stages of training:

  • Academic – a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD)
  • Vocational – a Legal Practice Course (LPC) for solicitors. If you successfully complete our QLD, The University of Law will guarantee you a place on its LPC (with the exception of the Accelerated LPC) – you need to take up this place within seven years of graduation. Alternatively the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for barristers. 
  • Professional – a training contract for solicitors or ‘pupillage’ for barristers. 

Other relevant jobs include Citizens Advice Bureau caseworker, Crown Prosecution Service caseworker, magistrates’ court legal adviser, court reporter or administrator, licensed conveyancer, patent attorney, trademark agent, teacher, or lecturer in law.

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is recognised by The Solicitors Regulation Authority and The Bar Standards Board as a ‘Qualifying Law Degree’.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Time limit – 6 years for QLD status or 16 years for non-QLD status

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • An introduction to law 
  • Law: concepts and perspectives
  • Contract law and tort law 
  • Public law and criminal law 
  • Equity, trusts and land
  • European Union law

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification.
  • Please note that whilst it is possible to study both Stage 1 modules at the same time, students who complete W101 before W102 acquire the legal knowledge, understanding of legal terminology and legal study skills needed for successful study of W102.  
  • If you choose to study the modules together, you may therefore find studying W102 to be more challenging initially. 
  • Studying the two modules together is the equivalent of full-time study and you'll need to be able to study for up to 35 hours each week. Also there may be some occasions when the face to face tutorials on W101 and W102 conflict by being on the same date.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    5856 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5856 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
The total cost of your qualification would be £17,568.

Funding

Students living outside the UK aren’t normally eligible for a tuition fee loan. We suggest checking with your national government or education authority for advice on funding.

There are a number of scholarship opportunities listed on the Scholarship Portal website.

The site features over 1,000 scholarships listed by country, ranging from the Amelia Earhart Fellowship for Women in Science and Engineering, to a Young Horticulturalist of the Year Award.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.