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International Year One in Law

The International Year One in Law builds your subject knowledge, English skills and confidence so that you can make a strong start to your degree. When you complete the programme and achieve the required grades, you will enter the second year of a degree at Cardiff University.

Key facts

Entry requirements

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Programme is subject to approval

Prepare to make your mark on the world

When you progress to LLB Law, you will study in the School of Law and Politics, a research-led School with a reputation for internationally excellent research. In your third year, you will have the opportunity to apply for a work placement and undertake legal practice. You will also be able to work pro-bono on real cases during your degree, supervised by qualified solicitors.

When you graduate from Cardiff University, you could choose from a range of careers across the public and private sector. Whether you want to become a human rights lawyer, a paralegal, or something else entirely, you will have the skills you need to succeed.

What will I study?

You will study a selection of modules designed to give you a broad knowledge of law and a range of transferrable skills.

Core modules

The Academic English Skills course teaches students the specific academic language skills they need to develop for success at Cardiff University. The course focuses on the receptive (listening and reading) and productive (speaking and writing) skills through practice in semi and authentic task-based activities which build a strong foundation in preparation for each student's future studies. This critical module places particular emphasis on developing academic reading and research skills; research-based writing along with presentation and seminar speaking skills.

Everyday life depends on the exchange of promises and agreements between parties. In this module, students will learn about the core legal principles and concepts that regulate these promises and agreements and the conduct of those who make them. Amongst other things, students will study the law surrounding the formation of a contract, the interpretation of contractual terms and the regulation of unfair terms, issues in the performance of contractual duties and remedies for breaches of a contract.

The law attempts to enforce standards of conduct by forbidding some acts, prescribing others and threatening those who breach these standards with punishment. This module will introduce students to the things that must be proven against the defendant in a criminal trial in England and Wales before defendants can be subjected to such penalties. Students will study the general principles of criminal law and the constituent parts of specified offences.

This compulsory module introduces students to the study of law at the university level. The module aims to help students develop the knowledge and skills that will be essential to their degree studies and beyond. Amongst other things, students will learn how to engage with various sources of law, reason and argue in a legal context and the key aspects of the legal system in England and Wales.

Public law governs the structure and institutions of the state and the relationship between the state and the individual. Broadly, students will learn about the extent to which public law facilitates government and limits the abuse of power by state actors. The module surveys the branches of public law, which include constitutional law, administrative law and human rights law.

Progress to your degree

After completing your International Year One and achieving the necessary grades, you can transition to your chosen undergraduate degree. Choose from the following degrees:

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