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LLB(Hons)

Commercial Law (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
M21F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
48
Department:
Bristol Law School
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Year zero: Sue Heenan; Year one: Kathy Brown; Year two: Shilan Shah; Final year: Andy Kok
Key fact:
If you want to study law but you're more corporate than courtroom, this degree is for you.

Page last updated 29 September 2017

Introduction

Why study commercial law?

Law affects every aspect of human life, from the air we breathe to our relationships with each other and the state.

Every organisation will encounter legal issues in the day-to-day running of their business, from contracts, employment, property, acquisitions and mergers to media, sales and marketing.

Legal advice is needed at all stages, from setting up a company to dissolving it.  Employers need graduates who are commercially aware and have a deep understanding of business law.

The law industry is dynamic, competitive and changes in line with social needs.  A law degree provides you with diverse career paths and a skillset to succeed in almost any career.

Why UWE Bristol?

LLB(Hons) Commercial Law offers a solid grounding in all aspects of law with an opportunity to specialise in commercial or business law.

Learn how law relates to business and develop the skills and insight required by employers in a competitive global economy. Create a course that works for you with modules spanning company, employment, finance and intellectual property law.

Gain real-world experience and vital skills in the UK and overseas. Study trips and work placements, mock trials and simulations, mooting competitions, Pro Bonoworkand a practical 'Law in Action' module ensure you graduate with a practical understanding of law and familiarity with the industry.

Where can it take me?

This Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) allows you to progress to an LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to train as a solicitor or barrister. 

This degree provides a solid platform for a career in commercial law, with students entering a range of business settings.

Law graduates' broad skillset makes them attractive to employers. Our graduates have gone on to careers in teaching, business, charity work and HR.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going onto year one.

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

Development of your academic skills and your understanding of law, economics, accounting, business and management.

You will study:

  • Becoming a Professional
  • Introduction to Organisations, Enterprise and Management 
  • Economics and Accounting for the Real World
  • Introduction to Law in a Social, Business and Global Context.

Year one

You will study:

  • Foundations for Law
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law*
  • Law of Contract*
  • Criminal Law*.     

Year two

You will study:

  • Law of Torts*.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Employment Law
  • Dispute Resolution Skills
  • Commercial Law.

And up to two optional modules from:

  • Land Law*
  • Environmental Law
  • Migration Law and Policy
  • Public International Law
  • Sports Law
  • Information Technology Law.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after year two.

You'll complete a placement learning module during this time.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • European Union Law*.

Plus at least one optional module from:

  • Financial Crime and Regulation
  • Company Law in Context.

And two optional modules (one if you've completed a placement year) from:

  • Equity and Trusts*
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • The Law of International Trade
  • Globalisation, Trade and Natural Resources
  • Media and Entertainment Law
  • Dissertation
  • Law in Action
  • Work Integrated Learning.   

* You must take these modules to get a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD).

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Our approach to learning is student-centered. You'll become a reflective learner and we'll support you to develop the skills you need to have a successful legal career.

In year two and your final year, you can design the course to fit your interests and career ambitions. Our modules differ in learning approaches, so you can choose those that match your style.

You'll be allocated an academic personal tutor who will support you throughout your degree.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
024%76%0%100%
125%75%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
325%75%0%100%

Study time

During your degree, you will have 12 hours of teaching with a lecturer each week. 

If you choose to do a dissertation or take the Law in Action module, you'll get a further nine hours of classes, as well as individual contact with the staff member supervising the module. 

In years one and two, you will also receive one hour of peer assisted learning (PAL) each week. 

All students can access the Academic Success Centre (ASC) for workshops and one-to-one sessions with tutors.

Assessment

You can expect to be assessed using problem and essay questions, exams, research based assessments, reflection on skills acquisition, report writing, portfolio submissions and presentations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
036%41%23%100%
152%48%0%100%
285%15%0%100%
359%41%0%100%

Features

Placements

Work placements

We encourage you to do a 40-week paid sandwich placement after your second year of study. It can be in the UK or abroad.

Your placement is valuable because it allows you to gain real-world experience and skills that increase your employability.

You'll get help to find your placement and support throughout from your department and the careers service.

Final year work experience

If you choose the final year Law in Action module, you'll spend one day a week working in a local law firm or voluntary organisation. Past students have secured placements with Bristol Law CentreWatkins SolicitorsRed Cross, Death Row, Citizens Advice and local schools.

Pro Bono Unit

You will have opportunities to engage in Pro Bono workthrough your degree, volunteering your time to help the local community.

Supervised by academics and practitioners, you'll work on cases and provide legal advice through projects such as Team Entrepreneur Law, Elderlaw, and the Bristol Musicians Advice Service. 

Fieldwork

Field trips are an important part of your studies, particularly the annual visit to Lincoln's Inn where you'll dine in court with barristers and judges and learn more about this exciting career.

Other study visits include the Houses of Parliament, European Court of Justice, World Trade Organisation and magic circle law firms.

Study facilities

In the new £55m Bristol Business School, you'll have access to modern learning spaces, including a dedicated law resource room.

Mock courtrooms help you practice legal submissions, take part in recorded mock trials and gain experience of being in court, while law simulations allow you to practice key case working skills.

In our specialist library, you'll have a dedicated librarian to support your curriculum subjects and independent research. The library and Business School both offer spaces for silent and group study and rooms you can book. 

You'll have access to books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases both on and off campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

UWE Bristol Law Society

Our Law Society runs an active programme of events and talks including trips to the Supreme Court in London, the European Parliament in Brussels and the European Court in Luxembourg.

Members also participate in competitions and attend regular socials, including the annual dinner. 

UWE Bristol Mooting Club

Mooting is an important skill in the legal profession and the Mooting Club runs regular moots and competitions.

It's valued and recognised by the local law network. Judges of the moots include members of local barristers' chambers and Bristol Civic Justice Centre.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Law students are valuable to employers because of the broad skillset you gain from studying this subject.

You could pursue a legal career as solicitor, barrister, legal adviser, legal executive or paralegal, but you can also go into HR, finance, teaching, charity work and the public sector.

Our graduates have secured roles with law firms such as Osbourne Clarke, Burgess Salmon and Clarke Wilmott as well as barristers' chambers. A number of graduates establish careers within the banking and finance sector. 

You may want to progress to train as a barrister or solicitor through the LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), or undertake an LLM in Commercial Law or International Law.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

The Guardian - what to do with a degree in law

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years1200
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years with placement1500
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year300

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our LLB(Hons) Commercial Law course.

For further information

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