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The International Foundation Year in Law provides a route to a number of Law degrees at Lancaster University Law School.  

What will I study?

During Foundation Year, you will study a combination of core modules, including English Language and university study skills, and subject specific modules.

Core modules

Academic English Skills (AES 1,2 & 3)*

You will develop your English communication skills and learn a range of study skills, including writing and reading strategies, presentation and seminar participation, organisation of time and materials, meeting deadlines and responding to feedback.

When you have completed these modules you will be able to take notes and write essays in English. You should also have the confidence to five presentations, answer follow-up questions and contribute to seminar discussions.

Project and Research Skills

You will complete a self-study project on a topic you will relate, in consultation with your tutor, to the academic subject that you will subsequently study at degree level. This is completed over two terms.


Subject specific modules

Law 1

You will look at concepts of law, the relationship between law, justice and morality; the sources of law, including British and European Union (EU) legislation and the doctrine of precedent; the Civil and Criminal Courts and the role of the Judiciary.

Law 2

You will study law as it affects the citizen through contract law, including factors that invalidate the contract; the breach of contract and remedies available when a contract is broken; the sale of goods and services legislation and relevant EU regulations.

Principles of Economics 1

You will learn about economic systems, types of goods, allocation of resources, elasticity, price controls, types of markets, cost and revenue, economies of scale and market failure.

Principles of Economics 2

You will learn to understand aggregate demand and aggregate supply, economic policies, inflation, unemployment, international trade and development economics.


You will investigate the British political system and the British constitution, civil liberties and their relation to the judicial system; how parliament works, including the electoral system, political parties and the legislative process; the composition and functions of the government, the civil service and Britain’s relationship to the EU.

Core Mathematics (alternative to Globalisation) 

This module contains algebra and statistics. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of mathematical terms and techniques and apply these to solving problems, frequently drawn from practical and real-life situations.

Globalisation (alternative to Core Maths)

This module explores some of the different interpretations of global issues and contemporary events, and develops a range of skills, including critical thinking.

*Subject to approval