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LLB (Hons); Open Learning Northumbria University

via UK Transfer Degree Programme (Law)

The LLB (Hons) Open Learning programme is a 4-6 year programme which is studied at a distance. There is no attendance requirement for the Open Learning programme therefore, it is ideal for those who are unable to attend university to study. 

The Open Learning LL.B (Hons) programme is designed to provide students with a Qualifying Law Degree that gives exemption from the academic stage of legal education to become a solicitor or barrister. Upon completion of the degree, you may apply to join the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), which are the vocational training courses that must be undertaken to become a solicitor or barrister. 

Learning is developed through study materials delivered over the internet. Each module has a set of materials, a study schedule and answer guidance available on its own website (an eLearning Portal site). PowerPoint presentations, notes, updates and useful assessment guidance are also posted on the module sites. Our most recent innovation in our distance learning LLB degree, is teaching through the use of webcasts. The webcasts are short videos which explore essential legal aspects of a particular legal subject, and students are able to use them to navigate through a series of written and recorded materials, with access to linked documentation and other related materials. From September 2012, the webcasts will be available for the eight core modules on the Open Learning programme. You can see what they look like by clicking on the link to the right. You will also have access to legal databases which allows you to read primary legal sources such as legislation and case law, as well as secondary legal sources such as journal articles and commentaries. 

You will be supported throughout your studies by the individual module tutors who teach you, a programme leader, year directors and a dedicated team of support staff. Material which will be relevant to you throughout your studies is available on the programme eLearning Portal site. 



Northumbria University has its origins in 3 regional colleges: Rutherford College of Technology, the College of Art & Industrial Design and the Municipal College of Commerce. In 1969, these 3 institutions were amalgamated to form Newcastle Polytechnic.

In 1992, Newcastle Polytechnic was inaugurated as the new Northumbria University as part of the UK-wide process in which polytechnics became new universities. It was originally styled, and its official name still is, the University of Northumbria at Newcastle but the trading name was simplified to Northumbria University in 2002.

General Information

  • Northumbria Law School is located on a modern state-of-the-art £70,000,000 development in central Newcastle City.
  • It is a comprehensive university, offering 30 of Britain's 32 most frequently chosen academic disciplines.
  • The University is right on the doorstep of everything, including some of the best shops, bars, parks, galleries, and museums.
  • It offers approximately 500 study programmes through 8 schools and attracts 38,000 students from 135 countries.

Interesting Facts

  • More than 30 years experience of teaching the LLB (Hons).
  • 1 of only 6 institutions outside of London to provide the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).
  • Northumbria Law School is a leader in the field of clinical legal education, in which students have the opportunity to develop academically and professionally by having real life experiences.
  • The Law School has been awarded the coveted National Training Awards 2010 'Winner of the Year' accolade in the Providing Education and Training category, the only law school to be honoured with this prestigious award.
  • Recognised as The Times Best New University 4 times altogether and 3 times in a row.
  • 1st university in the UK to offer the LLB (Hons) Law and Environment programme.