FAQ's

We've put together a list of our most frequently asked questions to help you. If your question isn't answered below, please contact us.

Undergraduate

What are your entry requirements?

All A Level subjects approved by the Qualifications and Curriculum Agency (QCA) are acceptable to us; however we do ask that you offer at least two A Levels in "acceptable" subjects and no more than one from our "acceptable in combination" subjects. You will need three A Levels and we do not accept a tariff of UCAS points made up of one or more A Levels plus AS levels in place of three full A Levels.

For further details on “acceptable” and “acceptable in combination” subjects, please click here.

You can find out more about our entry requirements for each of our courses, including other accepted qualifications such as BTEC’s.

I have an international qualification. What do you accept?

We welcome applications from people offering other types and combinations of qualifications eg certain BTEC diplomas and certificates and overseas qualifications. Find out more about the international qualifications we accept.

What are your IELTS requirements?

If you are an international candidate offering IELTS, our requirements are IELTS 7.0 overall with no lower than 6.0 in any component. Please also see the University's guidance on acceptable English Language qualifications.

I’m not sure if you will accept my combination of qualifications?

You can find out more about the combinations of qualifications we will accept.

If you have any queries about our A Level subject requirements, please contact our Admissions Service via the Applicant Information Desk.

Do you offer a foundation year that leads to the full degree programme?

We do not offer foundation programmes that lead to the full degree programme. However, we do accept candidates who have taken an Access Course in Law or Social Sciences.

Access Courses are offered by local colleges and are completable in one year. They may be offered on a part-time day/evening basis at some colleges, so candidates are also able to work for that year. The courses start in September: please do not be tempted by a January start-date, as you will not have enough time to complete all the modules you would need in order to get into a Russell Group university.

If you decide to do this, we ask for 60 credits overall, of which 45 at Level 3, with 30 Level 3 distinctions and 15 Level 3 Merits.

How do I apply?

All undergraduate applications, whether from the UK or overseas, must be made through UCAS.

Can I transfer onto one of your undergraduate courses?

Our curriculum is unique and as such we cannot accept transfers from other institutions onto our programmes once they have started. Your best option to study with us would be to apply to start the course in the next year’s intake at level 1.

What are the main methods of assessment on the LLB Law degree?

Assessment methods vary according to each module - some are 100% exam, some are 100% coursework and some are 50/50. Others have seminar assessment. Information on many of our modules can be found under the course structure sections on our course web pages.

I’d like to come and visit you. How do I book onto an Open Day?

If you're thinking of applying for 2018, you can find out the dates for next pre-application University open days and book your place here.

When you apply to us through UCAS for an LLB course, we invite you to a department open day by email if we're able to make you an offer. You'll be able to choose from a variety of dates. The day will normally include: presentations on the LLB courses and BA Criminology, and the different learning opportunities available; the chance to meet School of Law staff and current students, plus a tour of the Law building at Bartolome House; a law taster study session.

Can't attend one of our scheduled open days? You can join one of our central campus tours every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during term time.

Postgraduate Taught

What are your entry requirements?

All applications are considered on an individual basis based on academic ability, taking into account your academic record and experience.

Find out more about the entry requirements for each of our courses.

Simply click on a course link to view more information and select the 'entry requirements' tab.

What are your IELTs requirements?

If you are an international candidate offering IELTS, our requirements differ depending on the postgraduate course you are applying to.

Find out more about the entry requirements for each of our courses.

Simply click on a course link to view more information and select the 'entry requirements' tab.

Please also see the University's guidance on acceptable English Language qualifications.

How do I apply?

To apply for postgraduate study, you will need to complete our quick and easy Postgraduate Online Application Form.

Applications for the full-time Legal Practice Course (MA in Legal Practice) and the Graduate Diploma in Law should be made through www.lawcabs.ac.uk

Applications for the part-time Legal Practice Course (MA in Legal Practice) should be made via the Postgraduate Online Application Form.

What information do I need to include in my application?

For key information about applying to study at Sheffield, plus links to all of our procedures and Admissions policies, please see the University's How to Apply: Applying Essentials web page.

You will also find important information on the supporting documents you should include with your application. Please take the time to read this information before completing your application. If you do not have all of your documents ready, you can still apply and provide these to us later.

You do not need to wait for final examination results or references before you apply. The University of Sheffield can issue conditional offer letters if you have not taken your final examinations or English language qualifications.

Do you offer any scholarships?

We are pleased to be able to offer a 10% discount on the course fees to students of any discipline who have graduated from The University of Sheffield. Please note only self-financing students qualify for this discount. Follow the link for more information about Sheffield's Postgraduate Alumni Rewards.

Find out more about funding your study with a Postgraduate Masters Loan.

International Students

New for 2017, we are pleased to offer our 2 International Scholarships of £4,000. To apply for the scholarship, you must already have applied for a place to study and have an application number. Click here for more information and to apply for the International Scholarship.

If you are an international student, you can find out about other scholarships available to you. This information is provided by our International Office: Scholarships for International Applicants

Thai Students

New for 2017, we are pleased to offer 2 Excellence Prizes for students from Thailand. The Prize is for £8,000 to use towards your living expenses. You cannot apply for our International Scholarship as well as the Excellence Prize. To apply for the Prize, you must already have applied for a place to study and have an application number. Click here for more information and to apply for the Excellence Prize.

Further information on postgraduate funding.

I’d like to come and visit you. How do I book onto an Open Day?

We hold our University Open Days for postgraduate students in November and February. You can find out more about these Open Days and book your place here. If you are travelling from overseas, please contact our International Office to arrange your visit.

Can't attend one of our scheduled open days? You can join one of our central campus tours on the first Wednesday of every month during term time.

Postgraduate Research

I would like to send you my PhD proposal to check before I apply. How do I do this?

Due to the high volume of enquiries/applications we receive, we regret that we cannot advise on individual proposals by email. You will need to complete the full application form online for us to be able to advise.

You can check the research interests of our law academic team here and our criminology academic team here. Alternatively, visit Areas of Research Supervision.

What supporting documents do I need to include with my application?

When you apply for postgraduate study, you should include the supporting documents relevant for your application. Find out more about the documents we typically require.

What happens after I apply?

After your application is received, an applicant record is created for you. When this is ready you will receive an email containing your applicant and choice numbers. You should normally receive this email within two working days. Your application will then be sent by the University's central admissions team to the School of Law for consideration.

More information about the post-application process.

Do you offer any scholarships?

There are a number of scholarship opportunities available for applicants who wish to undertake a PhD in Law or Criminology with us.

You must apply for a place of study at the University of Sheffield before applying for a scholarship.

Professional Courses

How do I apply?

Applications for the full-time Legal Practice Course (MA in Legal Practice) and the Graduate Diploma in Law should be made through Lawcabs.

If you want to study the part-time Legal Practice Course (MA in Legal Practice) or the MA Law, you will need to complete our quick and easy Postgraduate Online Application Form

I’d like to come and visit you. How do I book onto an Open Day?

Our Professional Courses Open Days run 4 times a year in October, November, March and June. Book your place.

What is the timetable for the full time LPC?

The full-time course runs from Monday - Thursday. Prior to admission, you declare an interest in whether the bulk of your teaching takes place in the morning or the afternoon. Many applicants find this helps them manage their time and/or part-time workload. Morning sessions take place from 10am - 1pm. Afternoon sessions run from 1.30 - 4.30pm. We can't guarantee timetables until 1 to 2 weeks before the course is due to commence as any number of factors may cause changes.

I would like more information on the LPC assessments and how they are carried out.

There is a variety of elements assessed on the LPC. However, so far as assessment methods are concerned, all LPC providers are subject to the SRA's Legal Practice Course Assessment Requirements

There are three core areas and three elective areas to be assessed. All of these six areas are assessed by written examinations and the SRA specifies the minimum length of those examinations. The difference in courses will be with closed-book, open-booked, advanced materials etc. Here at Sheffield, the two core areas of Business Law and Practice and Property Law and Practice are each assessed by way of a one hour closed book multiple choice exam and a three hour open-book examination. The core area of Litigation and Advocacy has two open-book exams of up to three hours each. The three elective areas are each assessed by three hour open-book examinations. We also set examinations for professional conduct, solicitors' accounts and wills and administration of estates.

The skills are assessed in a variety of ways, either written examinations, ""take-away"" assessments, role-play, or other methods. Course providers set their own assessment method and the SRA validate that method. This is where there is some difference between providers. At Sheffield Interviewing and Advising, and Advocacy are assessed via role-play assessments. Writing and Practical Legal Research are ""take-away"" assessments over a week. Drafting is a three hour examination.

You will also complete a 12,000 word dissertation.

What is the timetable for the GDL, and how intensive is it?

The GDL is a one year full time course which starts in September. Each week you can expect to be in the School for 2 to 4 two-hour seminars, with the odd additional session here and there. The first two week period of the course consists of a distinct module and so tends to be a little different, but that gives you a flavour for how it works. There are very few traditional lectures, which have been replaced on this programme by electronic screencasts, which you can view on any suitable device at any time.

The bulk of the work for the programme is carried out individually by private study and research. The GDL is an intensive course which requires a commitment of around 30 to 40 hours a week. If you were looking for a slightly more "laid back" method of studying law, then you might like to look at our MA Law programme on the website. That is a two year programme, but still has in qualifying law degree status.

I’ve already been assessed in some modules on the GDL. Do you allow exemptions?

We don't allow any exemptions here at Sheffield, so if you decided to study the course here you would be studying the whole GDL with no reduced fee.