To study the CertHE Common Law, you must register and study at a teaching institution that has been approved by the university to support the course. Your application can only be submitted via an approved institution.
We will send you study materials developed by academics from the Laws consortium. These include:
Module guides (samples available via modules within 'Course structure').
Study packs with key reading.
Statute books, provided for all modules where they are permitted in the exam.
When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:
The Laws Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to course materials, resources, and audio and video lectures.
Discussion forums for each module, where you can share perspectives with fellow students from all over the world, and a Director’s forum for academic queries.
The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. Access more than 10 legal databases, including Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw and other valued materials.
Lecture Plus+: for select courses, you can view a recorded lecture and engage afterwards in dedicated discussion forum.
Formative assessment: for some courses, you have an opportunity to receive feedback on how you are performing against the criteria applied by examiners.
Your teaching institution will also provide classes in study skills and, where necessary, additional English language support.
All modules for the CertHE Common Law are assessed entirely by written examination. These are held in May/June and October at local centres around the world. You can sit a maximum of two modules in the October session.
Our exams are set and marked by academics appointed as examiners. They reflect the same standards as those who study on-campus at the University of London Law Schools.
You must be aged 18+ by the date of registration and have a place to study the CertHE Common Law at an approved teaching institution.
Each teaching institution has its own admissions criteria to determine if you are ready to study the course. Contact your chosen institution directly for its requirements.
English Language requirements
You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.
We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.
The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2017-2018 session. These are subject to annual increases of up to 5% per annum.
Examination fee (per 30-credit module)
Credit transfer (per module)
Full year's transfer fee
Indicative Cost: CertHE Common Law
c. £ 1,700
You pay as you progress rather than in a single payment. The indicative costs are a guide to what you would pay if you allow for average fee increases and complete your qualification within the minimum time (with no resits).
The academic direction of CertHE Common Law is provided by a Consortium of outstanding University of London Law Schools: Birkbeck, King's, LSE, Queen Mary, SOAS and UCL.
Three of these (UCL, King’s and LSE) are ranked in the top 20 worldwide for Law (QS World Rankings 2017) and in the UK's top five (The Complete University Guide 2017).
Simon Askey is Director of the Undergraduate Laws Programme. Simon is responsible for the academic co-ordination of the assessment process and matters relating to student progression and performance. He began teaching law in 2001, with a primary focus on legal methods and legal skills, and he is co-author (with Ian McLeod) of Studying Law, which is in its fourth edition.
Patricia McKellar is Associate Director of the Undergraduate Laws Programme. Patricia drives the learning, teaching and assessment strategy for e-learning technologies and interactive learning, supporting college-based academic staff to implement this in their modules. She was formerly Senior Lecturer in Legal Practice at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law at the University of Strathclyde, where she developed a number of innovative e-learning initiatives.
Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.
UK-based students may be entitled to apply for an undergraduate Student Loan or the Sir John Cass Scholarship. Equally, some of our approved teaching institutions around the world offer discounts or scholarships for the face-to-face tuition they offer. (Check with your local institution for details.)