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My daughter has been rejected from Cambridge, Bristol, Durham and KCL. She’s still waiting on LSE. She’s looking into plan b, applying for another Uni via UCAS Extra. It’s between the University of Glasgow or Manchester (she’s leaning towards Glasgow). I’ve just had a look though and it’s a four year course? Maybe I’m missing something but does it take four years to walk away with the same qualification, you get in three years elsewhere?
Original post by ChrisEvans81
My daughter has been rejected from Cambridge, Bristol, Durham and KCL. She’s still waiting on LSE. She’s looking into plan b, applying for another Uni via UCAS Extra. It’s between the University of Glasgow or Manchester (she’s leaning towards Glasgow). I’ve just had a look though and it’s a four year course? Maybe I’m missing something but does it take four years to walk away with the same qualification, you get in three years elsewhere?


Hi! I got an offer from both Glasgow and Manchester for LLB, and I think you’re right, the LLB course at Glasgow takes four years to complete because you’re required to do an exchange year overseas at your 3rd year where you will study law in a partner university abroad?? I’m not 100% sure. Meanwhile other universities like Manchester typically requires 3 years only.
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Hi! I got an offer from both Glasgow and Manchester for LLB, and I think you’re right, the LLB course at Glasgow takes four years to complete because you’re required to do an exchange year overseas at your 3rd year where you will study law in a partner university abroad?? I’m not 100% sure. Meanwhile other universities like Manchester typically requires 3 years only.

Hi, it’s seems that in Scotland it’s 3 years for a ‘ordinary’ degree or 4 years for a degree with honours (which you can achieve in 3 years outside Scotland). I get the impression that in Scotland it’s just ‘less intense’ (given more time). Which is all well and good but that’s an extra years tuition fees/living costs! Got to weigh it up I suppose, as you said you could study abroad or take extra ‘optional’ modules. For the record, I’ve told her to go to Cardiff (an hour away), keep costs down and venture further away for Masters, if she chooses too. I’m just dad though, what do I know lol.
Hi Chris,

I hope you're doing well.

You are correct that the Common Law programme here at the University of Glasgow does take 4 years to complete. We refer to these programmes as 'flexible degrees'. During a flexible honours degree programme students will study:

three subjects in first year

two or three subjects in second year (two are usually continued from first year)

up to two subjects at Honours level (third and fourth years). Specialism in one subject results in a Single Honours qualification and in two subjects a Joint Honours qualification.


With the flexible nature, students can opt in, and out, of a Joint Honours degree as they move through the programme. Therefore, students aren't restricted to their initial UCAS choice, as they can change their mind as they progress. As mentioned in the above post too, it provides a great opportunity to spend up to a full year studying abroad.

More information on the flexible degree structure can be viewed here

Thanks 😀

Niall, UK Recruitment Team
University of Glasgow
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Original post by University of Glasgow
Hi Chris,
I hope you're doing well.
You are correct that the Common Law programme here at the University of Glasgow does take 4 years to complete. We refer to these programmes as 'flexible degrees'. During a flexible honours degree programme students will study:

three subjects in first year

two or three subjects in second year (two are usually continued from first year)

up to two subjects at Honours level (third and fourth years). Specialism in one subject results in a Single Honours qualification and in two subjects a Joint Honours qualification.


With the flexible nature, students can opt in, and out, of a Joint Honours degree as they move through the programme. Therefore, students aren't restricted to their initial UCAS choice, as they can change their mind as they progress. As mentioned in the above post too, it provides a great opportunity to spend up to a full year studying abroad.
More information on the flexible degree structure can be viewed here
Thanks 😀
Niall, UK Recruitment Team
University of Glasgow

Hi thanks for reply. So just to check I understand correctly. She could :-

Year 1, take lvl 1 - Common Law, Politics and Economics

Year 2, take lvl 2 - Common Law, Politics and lvl 1 History

Year 3 and 4, carry on with lvl 3 and 4 - Common Law and Politics

All the ‘compulsory’ modules required for it to be a qualifying law degree (in England and Wales), would be covered?

Also, instead of swopping out Economics with History in year 2, could she carry on with lvl 2 Economic’s if she wanted too? (I understand it would be more intense but is it an option).
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Original post by University of Glasgow
Hi Chris,
I hope you're doing well.
You are correct that the Common Law programme here at the University of Glasgow does take 4 years to complete. We refer to these programmes as 'flexible degrees'. During a flexible honours degree programme students will study:

three subjects in first year

two or three subjects in second year (two are usually continued from first year)

up to two subjects at Honours level (third and fourth years). Specialism in one subject results in a Single Honours qualification and in two subjects a Joint Honours qualification.


With the flexible nature, students can opt in, and out, of a Joint Honours degree as they move through the programme. Therefore, students aren't restricted to their initial UCAS choice, as they can change their mind as they progress. As mentioned in the above post too, it provides a great opportunity to spend up to a full year studying abroad.
More information on the flexible degree structure can be viewed here
Thanks 😀
Niall, UK Recruitment Team
University of Glasgow

Hi thanks for reply. So just to check I understand correctly. She could :-

Year 1, take lvl 1 - Common Law, Politics and Economics

Year 2, take lvl 2 - Common Law, Politics and lvl 1 History

Year 3 and 4, carry on with lvl 3 and 4 - Common Law and Politics

All the ‘compulsory’ modules required for it to be a qualifying law degree (in England and Wales), would be covered?

Also, instead of swopping out Economics with History in year 2, could she carry on with lvl 2 Economic’s if she wanted too? (I understand it would be more intense but is it an option).
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Original post by University of Glasgow
Hi Chris,
I hope you're doing well.
You are correct that the Common Law programme here at the University of Glasgow does take 4 years to complete. We refer to these programmes as 'flexible degrees'. During a flexible honours degree programme students will study:

three subjects in first year

two or three subjects in second year (two are usually continued from first year)

up to two subjects at Honours level (third and fourth years). Specialism in one subject results in a Single Honours qualification and in two subjects a Joint Honours qualification.


With the flexible nature, students can opt in, and out, of a Joint Honours degree as they move through the programme. Therefore, students aren't restricted to their initial UCAS choice, as they can change their mind as they progress. As mentioned in the above post too, it provides a great opportunity to spend up to a full year studying abroad.
More information on the flexible degree structure can be viewed here
Thanks 😀
Niall, UK Recruitment Team
University of Glasgow

Hi thanks for reply. So just to check I understand correctly. She could :-

Year 1, take lvl 1 - Common Law, Politics and Economics

Year 2, take lvl 2 - Common Law, Politics and lvl 1 History

Year 3 and 4, carry on with lvl 3 and 4 - Common Law and Politics

All the ‘compulsory’ modules required for it to be a qualifying law degree (in England and Wales), would be covered?

Also, instead of swopping out Economics with History in year 2, could she carry on with lvl 2 Economic’s if she wanted too? (I understand it would be more intense but is it an option).
Original post by ChrisEvans81
Hi thanks for reply. So just to check I understand correctly. She could :-
Year 1, take lvl 1 - Common Law, Politics and Economics
Year 2, take lvl 2 - Common Law, Politics and lvl 1 History
Year 3 and 4, carry on with lvl 3 and 4 - Common Law and Politics
All the ‘compulsory’ modules required for it to be a qualifying law degree (in England and Wales), would be covered?
Also, instead of swopping out Economics with History in year 2, could she carry on with lvl 2 Economic’s if she wanted too? (I understand it would be more intense but is it an option).

Hi Chris,

Yes, that is correct about the subject route someone could take in each year of their degree. Students are unable to study all 3 subjects at Level 2 in year two. A maximum of two level 2 subjects are permitted.

Our law programme is fully accredited, both as a single or as part of a joint honours.

Thanks,

Niall, UK Recruitment Team
University of Glasgow
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Wait does law follow the flexible degree structure, I could swear that it's only science and arts?

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