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International Foundation Year in Law


The International Foundation Year in Law leads to a choice of degrees at Lancaster University Law School – one of the UK’s most respected law schools. To prepare for your degree, you will study core English language modules and subject modules for Law. Your degree options include Criminology, Law, and Law with Politics.

Is this programme for me?

Ready to make a difference and change the world? Take the first steps to your law degree from a UK university with our specialist pathway programme. As a Law student the topics you will study include justice, ethics, democracy and political institutions. You will learn about important cases and the history of the law, complemented by either study Globalisation or Core Mathematics.

What will I study?

You will study core modules within the International Foundation Year programme alongside subject specific modules designed to help you on your degree.

Core modules focus on your English language and university-level study skills. At the end of the programme you will feel confident in taking notes, writing essays, giving presentations, and contributing to discussions. Study areas include:

Academic English Skills

  • train your language and related academic skills
  • develop the accuracy and range of your written and spoken language
  • your studies will be supported by an online learning platform to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom
  • Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide.

Project and research skills

  • a self-study project related to your undergraduate degree
  • completed over two terms.

Subject modules in Law, Economics and Politics give you the academic knowledge and confidence you need to progress to your chosen degree. You will study either Core Mathematics or Globalisation.

Study areas include:

Law 1 & 2

  • Concepts of law
  • Relationship between law, justice and morality
  • British and EU legislation
  • The doctrine of precedent
  • Civil and Criminal Courts
  • Role of the Judiciary
  • Contract law

Economics 1 & 2

  • Economic systems; Economic policies
  • Types of goods; Types of market
  • Allocation of resources
  • Price controls; Cost and revenue
  • Economies of scale; Market failure
  • Aggregate demand; Aggregate supply
  • Inflation, Unemployment
  • International trade; Development economics


  • British political system and 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

Either Core Mathematics OR Globalisation:

Core Mathematics

  • Algebra
  • Statistics
  • Understanding mathematical terms and techniques
  • Problem solving in real-life situations


  • Interpreting global issues
  • Interpreting contemporary events
  • Critical thinking and a range of other skills

Study plans

Why study the International Foundation Year in Law at Lancaster?

  • 1st for graduate prospects in Law (Complete University Guide 2021)
  • 2nd for graduate prospects for Criminology (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • 91% of research ranked as world leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework 2021

Progressing to your degree

You will progress to your chosen degree when you have completed your International Foundation Year and achieved the grades you need.*

Lancaster Law School

Our law school is consistently ranked as the best in the North West and one of the most respected in the UK. It often ranks higher than most Russell Group universities.

Degree options

You can choose between five challenging law degrees within Lancaster Law School. The options include Criminology, and Law with Politics.

To see all degree options, visit our progression degrees page.

Why join this November?

Join us in November and stay on track to progress to your degree in September 2023.

By starting the 3-term International Foundation Year in November, you will benefit from three additional weeks of study and life skills before commencing your main pathway programme in January 2023. There will be no additional tuition fee for this period, and this will provide you with a great opportunity for an enhanced student experience focusing on three key areas: orientation; practical support and academic and digital skills. Topics will include a digital skills health check; managing your money; practical tips on finding study and life balance; and an introduction to assessments in UK higher education.

What will I study in the additional three weeks?  

You’ll benefit from a 15-hour per week face-to-face classes, allowing you to:

  • feel more confident and better prepared for the start of your January programme of study
  • practice your English by interacting with the fellow students and build friendships
  • assess your own digital skills proficiency
  • meet the key Centre staff who will provide advice for success
  • familiarise yourselves with the support available
  • apply a range of academic study skills to meet your individual needs
  • have more time to adapt to the UK life and settle in before you begin your January programme.

Are there any additional cost or fees?

There will be no additional tuition fee, as November starts will have the same tuition fee as the respective January programme. However, there will be additional costs to consider, as expected with being in the UK for a longer period (i.e. accommodation). If you request accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Support Team will contact you directly in October regarding the options available.

* Please note the degree aim / selected degree path is not fixed or guaranteed. During your first term at the International Study Centre you will be asked to select three degree choices from progression list. You will receive a conditional offer, this offer will be made unconditional on successful completion of the course and on achieving the required progression grades.

Key facts

Course length

Three terms

Entry points

October, November and January

Visit our term dates page for specific dates.

Entry requirements

Visit our entry requirements page to learn more.


Visit our fees page to learn more.

Top rankings

11th in Law

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

New November start

If you want to be better prepared for the start of your January programme of study, join us in November.