School of Law

Offer holder FAQs

Queen Mary student with raised hand in lectureWhat if I miss my offer?

For A level students, universities get your results on the weekend before you collect them and this allows for a period of time called Confirmation. All applications where students have missed the terms of their offer will be returned to us, and we then calculate how many places we have available and go back through the applications to reassess them on a case-by-case basis. Students who have achieved the grades of AAA or A*AB for whom we are the firm choice are more likely to receive a place.

I am having my papers remarked – will I be accepted if my grades increase?

The School of Law will confirm places of students who, after any re-mark, meet the terms of their offer by 31 August. In addition, applicants must notify the Department that they have applied for a re-mark, by emailing with their UCAS ID number and details of the paper(s) that are being re-marked.

Students who fail to notify the Department will not be eligible to have their place confirmed. Once you have the outcome of your re-mark application, please make sure you email us the details as soon as possible before 31st August 2019.

If you choose to resit

The Department of Law typically prefers candidates to meet the entry requirements in one sitting. However, we do accept applications from re-sit students. These applications are looked at on a case-by-case basis depending on the individual candidate’s circumstances and re-sit applicants to whom we decide to make an offer may be asked to achieve higher grades than our standard tariff.

I did not meet the conditions of my offer - but my examinations were affected by extenuating circumstances will I lose my place?

Not necessarily. Candidates whose exam performance has been affected by extenuating circumstances (e.g. illness) should contact the Department of Law as soon as possible.  Students should also ask their school or college to write to the Department to explain the impact of the mitigating circumstances and indicate whether the relevant exam boards were notified and with the outcome of that notification.

You may also wish to send us ( any evidence or supporting information/documentation. Whilst we will consider any mitigating circumstances you tell us about, the Department will use its discretion in deciding if, and what, effect is to be given to them.

What happens if I have applied for deferred entry?

If your offer is for deferred entry (ie you are planning to take a gap year) you must still satisfy all conditions of your offer by 31st August 2019.

I did not apply for deferred entry but can I still defer my place?

Yes we can consider requests to defer for one year – up to a maximum of 2 years – at our discretion.  Please ensure you put your request to defer in writing to by 31 August 2019.

Can I transfer from one Law programme to another?  

It may be possible, but will depend on whether places are still available and whether your grades are suitable.  If the course you wish to study is within the Law department there is a good chance you will be able to change – but this is not guaranteed.

Course transfers can be made internally prior to enrolment. After enrolment you will need to complete a change of programme of study form available from the Student Enquiry Centre in Registry, preferably no more than a week or two after teaching begins.

How will you receive my results?

For A Level and International Baccalaureate Students we will receive your results automatically from UCAS. All other qualification results, including English Language tests such as IELTS should be sent to us directly as soon as you have them to to confirm your place. All non-A level students must send us any results by 31st July 2019 at the latest.

Do I need to send original hard copies of results, transcripts, or certificates?

For the most part – no.  A scanned copy by email will suffice. The Admissions Office may contact you separately if they do require originals – and these will be returned to you. Original copies will be required at Enrolment in September.

How will I be assessed on the LLB programme?

Our programmes are subject to a variety of assessment methods, including end-of-year exams, coursework, and oral presentations amongst others.

How many study hours are there in a week?

First year students studying all programmes besides the Senior Status programme usually have 12 hours of contact time per week. Each module normally has two hours of lectures supplemented by a one hour weekly or fortnightly tutorial. Students studying on the Senior Status LLB will generally have 15 hours of contact time per week.

The Department expects students to dedicate around 30 hours a week to private study. There is a similar pattern of study in subsequent years, although contact arrangements may vary (particularly for optional modules), and there is a greater emphasis on independent learning by the time you reach the final year of your degree programme. All students are required to be available from 9am to 6pm from Monday to Friday as timetables may alter.

Reading Lists to help you prepare for an LLB

You are not required to purchase any of your module texts before arriving in September. However, if you would like to do some preparatory reading, the following texts may be useful:

  • What about Studying Law? Studying Law at University, by Catherine Barnard, Janet O’Sullivan and Graham Virgo (Hart, 2nd ed., 2011)
  • Introduction to the English Legal System 2016-17 by Martin Partington (OUP)
  • Letters to a Law Student: A Guide to Studying Law at University, by Nicholas McBride (Pearson, 3rd ed., 2014)

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