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Law Foundation

Key information

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Start dates:
9 September 2019
Course length:
1 Academic Year (3 terms)
Class size range:
Average 21 hours per week (plus homework and private study)

Entry requirements

Completion of 11–12 years of schooling with documented proof of very good results.
IELTS 5.5 or equivalent (with 5.0 for Reading and Writing)
If you need additional English, you can study the English for Academic Study course prior to your Foundation course.
Minimum age:

Sample pathways

Sample pathways

The course

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new Law Foundation in September 2015. The programme is only offered at Kings London, in a city renowned for its prestigious law firms and globally recognised judicial system.

If you have completed 11-12 years of secondary education in your country and if you have an IELTS of 5.5 or equivalent, you can take our 3-term Law Foundation.

Equivalence with A-level

The Foundation is based on A-level syllabuses, taught by A-level teachers, assessed against A-levels, and moderated by an independent Advisory Board of external examiners. As such, it is one of the most highly academic and successful pathways to the UK’s leading universities.

This course has been designed to:

  • raise your academic qualifications to UK university entrance level
  • raise your English to university level
  • give you a sound understanding of the nature of law and its role in society
  • teach you about criminal and civil process
  • help you understand the sources of national and international law
  • teach you how to study efficiently prepare you for study methods at a UK university
  • prepare you for life as a student at a UK university
  • enable you to mature as you develop crucial personal life skills 

Educational visits

As part of the Law Foundation programme, students are accompanied on two visits to legal institutions in London.

Examples of places visited include:

  • Royal Courts of Justice
  • Inner and Middle Temple
  • Southwark Crown Court
  • Old Bailey
  • Houses of Parliament

Course structure and content

The course runs for a full academic year. You can start in September and finish in June, or start January and finish in August. Both start dates will take you on to university in September. There are three terms per year.


Core modules (compulsory)

  • Data handling and IT
  • Communication and study skills

Law modules (compulsory)
Term 1 (Legal Process)

  • Civil and criminal process: jurisdiction of courts and principles of sentencing
  • Legal personnel and lay participation: judiciary, roles of barristers and solicitors, lay magistrates and juries
  • Sources of law: legislation, precedent and European law

Term 2 (Contract Law)

  • Formation and terms of the contract 
  • Sale and supply of goods
  • Vitiating factors
  • Discharge of the contract
  • Remedies

Term 3 (International Law)

  • Sources of international law
  • International legal personality
  • International institutions
  • The relationship between international and domestic law
  • Jurisdiction and immunity

Additional modules (elective)
Students will also choose two from the following modules:

  • Government and Politics
  • Economics
  • History
  • Human Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Business Studies
  • Art and Design
  • Sciences


Assessment is integral to the course. You will complete two examinations and one coursework assignment in each of the subjects during the foundation.

After each exam your teachers will review your progress with you so that you learn your strengths and weaknesses and improve your performance in the next assessment.

Your final award is based equally on marks gained for coursework assignments and examinations in each subject over all three terms. 

On successfully completing the course you will have:

  • a qualification which is accepted by virtually all British universities
  • a place on an appropriate university course
  • the broad skills to do well in your degree, both academically and socially.


Exams are set and marked by Kings teachers but the standards are set by the Independent Advisory Board. This ensures the system is completely fair and the course maintains consistenly high standards year after year.