International Foundation Certificate (IFC) in Legal Studies 

Our International Foundation Certificate (IFC) in Legal Studies is the ideal preparation for progressing to one of our LLB (Hons) degree programmes. The modules are designed to give you a thorough grounding in the skills that underpin your chosen law degree. These include English Language for Academic Purposes, plus core academic introductory subjects. 

International Foundation Certificate (IFC) in Legal Studies is awarded by BPP University.

Programme details

London Shepherd’s Bush

Start Date

September, January and May

Length of programme

Two terms (full-time) 20 hours a week over 10 weeks

Modes of study



We use different methods of assessment depending on the module. These include: portfolio coursework, seen and unseen assessments and examinations

How to apply

To apply online please apply direct or request a call back for more information

*Subject to any UK regulatory requirement

Key Information

  • Our English language provision is accredited by the British Council
  • Receive assistance from personal tutors and international student advisers to help you settle in and increase your confidence
  • You will have a minimum of 16 hours face-to-face tuition, plus homework and self-study to undertake each week
  • Study books and online study materials are included within the fees
  • Guaranteed progression onto your BPP University LLB (Hons) programme on successful completion of all the programme assessments*
  • A choice of start dates for added flexibility
  • Enjoy learning from a select group of academic and legal professionals
  • You will have access to online resources on BPP University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) allowing you to revise anytime, anywhere

Your certificate

The International Foundation Certificate in Legal Studies is a full-time programme, run over one year.

Teaching methods


This programme provides 16 hours of face-to-face classes per week to provide a positive and supportive learning experience. We want you to have as much contact time with your tutor as possible. This is why we offer small group workshops throughout the programme. You will take part in fully interactive sessions, often involving group work, to maximise understanding, testing and peer support.

You will have regular progress reviews with your personal or programme tutor. These meetings enable you to monitor your personal and academic progress and to receive support if you have difficulties.

As well as attending classes each day you are expected to study on your own. This gives you the chance to reflect on what you have learnt and to apply your newly acquired skills. To help you achieve this, you'll have access to BPP University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where you will find all the study materials available 24/7.

You will receive additional personal support from your Personal Tutor and through our International Student Advisers, who will help you to adapt to life, learning and the requirements of studying for a UK degree.

We realise that moving from another country to the UK will be both exciting and daunting. That's why we aim to make this transition easier for you, by encouraging social and cultural integration in the UK through a range of activities.

If you ever have questions after classes, or if you're finding a subject difficult, support is available from your subject tutors, your allocated personal tutor and student support.


On successful completion of all the programme assessments you will be able to progress to the following BPP University programmes:


The International Foundation Certificate in Legal Studies is a full-time programme that runs over two terms. It consists of the following modules.

All modules are compulsory.

Term one

  • English for Academic Purposes (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to Business and Business Law (20 Credits)
  • Study and Employability Skills (0 Credits)

Term two

  • English for Academic Purposes (20 Credits)
  • Society and Culture (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to English Law (20 Credits)
  • Numeracy and Data Analysis (20 Credits)

If you are a UK or EU student then you should apply for the Pathway to Higher Education in Legal Studies.

Entry requirements

You must be 18 years or over on commencement of the programme and have completed a minimum of 12 years of schooling with evidence of good grades.

Our International Office can assess your certificates and advise if you meet the entry requirements. If you do not think you meet the entry requirements, but have other qualifications or work experience, please contact us.

English language requirements

English language requirement for those applying from outside the UK, whose first language is not English: IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with 5.5 in writing) or equivalent.

Your experience

At BPP University, your studies are just part of your student experience.

Being highly career-focused and concentrating on practical application as well as academic theories, we want your time at BPP University to be a great all-round experience.

There are many student-led activities and societies for you to choose from and lots going on off-centre. So as well as giving you the practical and academic knowledge you need to get ahead, we'll help you build the social skills you'll need to thrive in work – and life.

At BPP University we give you all the skills and advice you need to get ahead. As part of helping you get the best possible start to your working life, we provide a specialist Careers Service.

BPP University students are eligible for an NUS card.

BPP University Students' Association

Founded in 2011 after a year of consultation with and design by students, our new Students' Association is home to thousands of students across all ten BPP University sites and those studying online.

Every student of BPP University automatically becomes a member of the Students' Association when they start their programme.

The Association aims to put you – the student – at the heart of everything BPP University does, giving you:

  • An independent voice on student matters
  • Information, support and guidance about your academic and personal life
  • Academic, cultural, social and professional enrichment through the development of clubs
  • Awareness and enhancement of your employability

Study locations

Paying for your programme


From September 2017:

The one-year (full-time) programme is open to non-EU international students for a fee of £12,500.

A deposit of £250 will need to be paid within 48 hours of accepting your offer, in order to secure your place.

If you are a UK or EU student then you should apply for the Pathway to Higher Education in Legal Studies.

Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

  • Resit fees for exams £75
  • Resit fees to repeat a 15 credit-module £400
  • Resit fees to repeat a 20 credit-module £530
  • Resit fees to repeat a 30 credit-module £800

BPP University Scholarships

We know that you are a student with passion, drive and a real desire to learn. That is why we have scholarships that you may find helpful if you simply do not have the finances to go to university. For more information please visit: