Pathway to Higher Education Certificate in Legal Studies (Face-to-face or Online Distance Learning)

Our Pathway to Higher Education Certificate in Legal Studies will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to start your LLB (Hons) at BPP University. This includes improving your academic English, study and communication skills. As it is primarily aimed at future law students, you will also learn the basics of English law and aspects of society and culture. We also offer an online study mode to enable students to benefit from flexible study, without compromising on the quality of their learning.

The Pathway to Higher Education Certificate in Legal Studies is awarded by BPP University.

Programme details

London Shepherd’s Bush
Online: Distance Learning

Start Date

September, January and May

Length of programme

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

Modes of study

Distance Learning


Coursework, case studies and examinations (seen and unseen)

How to apply

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

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Key Information

  • You will gain the required skills and knowledge to progress to BPP University’s LLB (Hons) degree
  • You will have access to online resources, via BPP University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), allowing you to revise anytime, anywhere
  • Our tutors will provide regular feedback on your progress
  • Funding available through scholarships and interest-free payment plans
  • You are guaranteed a place on the LLB (Hons) when you pass our Pathway programme*
  • You will learn from a mix of experienced academics and legal professionals
  • Our online study mode enables you to learn conveniently and at your own pace, without compromising on the quality of your education
  • Our personal tutors and student advisers will work closely with you to help you settle in
  • Students who progress immediately on to a BPP University undergraduate degree after passing their Pathway to Higher Education Certificate and can demonstrate commitment and engagement in their studies through attendance, can receive £500 off their first year degree fees through the School of Foundation and English Language Studies Success Bursary**

Your certificate

The Pathway to Higher Education Certificate in Legal Studies gives you the knowledge, skills and confidence to make the most of your future undergraduate degree at BPP University. This includes improving written academic and business grammar, and improving your key study, presentation and communication skills.

As it is primarily aimed at future law students, you will also learn the basics of English law and aspects of society and culture. This programme is a full-time programme run over one term if studied in the classroom, or two terms part-time if studied online via distance learning.

If you are an international student please visit our International Foundation Certificate in Legal Studies page.



At BPP University, you will find all teaching to be practically-focused. There are plenty of face-to-face classes with your tutor (16 hours a week) through small group workshops. You will also have extensive support and feedback to make sure you fully understand each module and how you will be assessed.

Outside the classes, you will be expected to do additional self-study, analysing and applying new skills. To help you get the best learning experience, we provide comfortable facilities and the latest technology. This includes BPP University's Virtual Learning Environment, our student intranet, which features a variety of resources and revision aids, including interactive modules, podcasts, videos and multiple-choice tests.

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


As this is an online programme you are expected to study at your own pace. 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 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.

You will receive additional personal support from your Personal Tutor and if you ever have questions after classes, or if you're finding a subject difficult, support is available from your subject tutors and your allocated personal tutor.


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

  • LLB (Hons)


The BPP University Pathway to Higher Education Certificate in Legal Studies is made up of three modules worth a total of 60 credits.

All modules are compulsory.

English for Academic Purposes (20 credits)

The module will:

  • Provide you with essential skills for undertaking undergraduate study of law in English
  • Increase your knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary relevant to your chosen fields of study, as well as developing your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the academic setting
  • Help you to become familiar with basic conventions of academic writing and discussions, enhancing your analytical and debating skills
  • Provide you with general academic presentation skills, along with those particularly relevant to your field of study
  • Develop and study computer skills

Introduction to English Law (20 credits)

This module will:

  • Introduce you to the study of law
  • Help you to become familiar with the sources of law and the English legal system
  • Expose you to a range of academic and practitioner materials used in the study of law
  • Explore the key themes underpinning the foundations of legal knowledge
  • Introduce you to some basic law to enable practical problem solving

Society & Culture (20 credits)

This module will:

  • Discuss the concepts and influences of human nature
  • Explore the drivers and influences on both societies and cultures
  • Evaluate why society is structured as it is
  • Explore how and why societies change
  • Enable you to develop your sociological imagination and see the world beyond the limitations of your own experiences

Study and Employability Skills (0 credits)

This module will

  • Enable you to effectively utilise basic study skills
  • Improve your writing and communication abilities
  • Understand and avoid plagiarism
  • Improve your presentation skills using PowerPoint
  • Improve your understanding and use of Excel and Word
  • Improve your confidence in applying for employment including CV and interviewing skills

Entry requirements

If you are a non-EEA international student please apply for the International Foundation Certificate in Legal Studies

Face-to-face study at our Shepherd’s Bush centre

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

Online Distance Learning study

  • You must be 18 years or over on commencement of the programme and be able to demonstrate good grades in your +10 year qualifications, including Maths and English to C grade. However every application is taken on its own merit so we do encourage you to apply
  • At BPP University we are committed to you being successful in your studies. As part of your application you will be asked to undertake and experience a sample online lesson and write about your experience – we ask you to do this so you are happy with the online learning style and understand the level of commitment required to be successful. We would also like to talk to you over the phone so that you are aware of what is expected of you

International- for those whose first language is not English

Teaching beyond coursework

At BPP University, we have a dedicated Careers Service in place to give students an ‘edge’. This comes in the form of professional support and guidance given in a range of ways. Which together ensure you have a rounded and professional approach to finding and securing a graduate role when you finish your studies.

The Careers Service provides one-to-one consultations, mock interviews and career events. You can even receive advice on preparing your all-important CV, filling in application forms and essential interview techniques.

Just as importantly, you are also offered ‘Career Ready Skills’ workshops throughout the year. Developed with employers, these have been identified as the skills critical to the success of organisations and cover areas as diverse as negotiation and presentation techniques to time management.

It’s never too early to start learning all the essential skills you’ll need to get a job, which is why you can begin taking advantage of our careers services as soon as you have accepted a place at BPP University. And continue to access the Careers Service for 12 months after you leave.

Your student experience

To help you make the most of your time at university, there is a Students’ Association which offers a number of exciting opportunities to socialise, develop your skills and enhance your CV. You can look forward to lots of student-led events all year round wherever you choose to study. What’s more, thanks to the wide range of student clubs and societies on offer, catering for all interests and backgrounds, there’s something for everyone.

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, societies, events and initiatives
  • Awareness and enhancement of your employability

BPP University students are eligible for an NUS extra card.

Study locations

Paying for your programme

The fees for the Pathway to Higher Education Certificate in Legal Studies programme are £500.

This payment is credited against your first year's fees once you progress to the LLB (Hons)

If you are a non-EEA international student please apply for the International Foundation Certificate in Legal Studies

For more information, please contact the Student Finance Office:

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. In 2015 alone, we offered over £400,000 in scholarship funding. For more information please visit:

Additional Funding Options

For those who need it, BPP University’s Student Services support team can provide funding advice and assistance. This includes information on other options open to you, such as bursaries and grants from professional bodies, charities, employers and other institutions who give financial support. For instance, funding may be available through scholarships, interest-free payment plans, the Student Loans Company ( or Future Finance student loans*.

For more information on Future Finance loans, financial support and addition funding please visit /bpp-university/student-finance

* Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the Future Finance loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website at BPP University Limited acts as a credit broker and is not a lender for this arrangement.