International Year One in Law


The International Year One is an intensive programme that leads to year two of an undergraduate degree at Cardiff University. The programme is tailor-made for international students who are not ready to apply direct to the University, but don’t want to delay their studies. Support focuses on easing the transition to the UK higher education system and improving your English skills. You will graduate with a degree after only three years.

Key information

When you progress to LLB Law, you will study in the School of Law and Politics, a research-led School with a reputation for internationally excellent research. In your third year, you will have the opportunity to apply for a work placement and undertake legal practice. You will also be able to work pro-bono on real cases during your degree, supervised by qualified solicitors.

When you graduate from Cardiff University, you could choose from a range of careers across the public and private sector. Whether you want to become a human rights lawyer, a paralegal, or something else entirely, you will have the skills you need to succeed.

  • With a Cardiff University degree, you’ll be amongst the UK’s most sought-after graduates. 96% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities, such as travelling (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20).
  • As an undergraduate, you’ll work alongside international scholars at the forefront of their subject, studying in a vibrant, research-intensive environment. You’ll be given a flavour of the research activities going on within your subject and will have the opportunity to take part in learning activities influenced by staff research interests. For example, optional modules based on staff research interest may be offered and case studies or experiments used in class may derive from live research projects.
  • You’ll also have the chance to contribute to a research project through paid work experience as part of our on-campus internship opportunities.

Entry requirements

Age requirement
Academic requirements
High school diploma; Minimum 3.5 GPA (out of 5.0).
English language entry requirements
2 Semesters: IELTS 5.5

Dates & Fees

September 2023 start
(2 Semesters)
Mon 25 September 2023 - Fri 14 June 2024


Compulsory Modules
Academic English Skills
Contract Law
Criminal Law
Legal Foundations
Public Law


 =  Placement option available
 =  Study abroad option available
Final level
English level
Additional requirements

60% with 60% in writing and no skill less than 50%
Minimum 40% in all modules