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Start date

February 2022
May 2022
October 2022



Learning mode

On campus, dual delivery

Course Summary

Our Introduction to Law Short Course is a one-of-a-kind approach to apply for a Law degree. The course is designed to prepare you to access a law degree even if you don’t have formal qualifications. This course will introduce you to the study of law and equip you with the necessary academic skills to progress on to one of the following law degrees at the University of East London. *:

With low course fees and evening class times, this course makes higher education truly accessible for people who would find traditional study options difficult to balance with other commitments. Our Law department is highly respected and balances friendly, supportive teaching with world-class research and academic expertise. 

The 10-week course starts in October, February, and May. Attendance is required for three hours on one evening per week plus 15-20 hours weekly independent study. Students are assessed through an academic presentation and final written assessment.

Grow degree-level skills

Develop your academic reading, writing and thinking skills in preparation for undergraduate study.

Kick-start your career

Develop your confidence and independence and transform your employability and career options.

Flexible learning

Fit your study in with your work and personal commitments and have access to UEL's extensive learning facilities and resources.

What You'll Learn

Through a series of lectures and seminars you will be introduced to the sources of law and the English Legal System; reading and interpreting statutes and reading and interpreting case law.  Skills development sessions are incorporated into the weekly sessions and include how to access and read the course literature, how to deliver presentations and write according to academic conventions. 

The Introduction to Law Short Course builds on the skills you have gained from work and life experiences to prepare you for studying a degree. You will also develop your academic skills, including how to:

  • be an effective learner by understanding the expectations of Higher Education
  • read analytically by using established techniques to master complex tests
  • think critically and engage in legal debates
  • research academic topics using UEL's award-winning library facilities
  • write academic essays
  • use academic conventions to acknowledge sources of information
  • work in groups
  • design and deliver an academic presentation.

Teaching and learning is achieved through lectures, group activities, presentations, guided reading and writing tasks, independent and online learning. You will be fully supported throughout the course with lots of opportunities to use UEL’s facilities and support services.


Entry Requirements

Applicants can start the Introduction to Law Short Course after successfully passing an eligibility test. Please see our Preparation document for eligibility test.

Applicants are expected to have a GCSE pass at grade 4/C or above, or an equivalent level 2 qualification in English language . If you do not have or are working towards a level 2 qualification you can still be considered for the Introduction to Law Short Course. You must have successfully completed your level 2 course before starting your degree.


Fees and Funding

£200 (some means-tested bursaries are available for those on a low income).


Your Future Career

After successfully completing a Law degree at UEL a career in many areas of Law are possible, as well as opportunities to join other graduate careers. Please see our LLB Law page.


What our students say

The short course helped me to gain experience of both fields of academic literature and knowledge of subject, this also helped me to have an easier access to the criminology course I am now studying. I would not have been able to get onto this course had I not passed the exam, attended the course and studied the literature. I hope to further my academic education, or to go into employment within the criminal justice environment.

Athena Amos

Introduction to Law and Criminology Short Course, BA Hons Criminology and Criminal Justice

How to Apply

You can apply in person, or you can telephone or email us:

  • Drop into our Advice and Guidance Centre between 9.30am and 4.30pm
  • Give us a call on 020 8223 4354
  • Or send an email to pep@uel.ac.uk

Find us

The Advice and Guidance Centre is just a 10 minute walk from Stratford Station:

University Square Stratford
1 Salway Road
London E15 1NF



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