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LLB(Hons)

Commercial Law (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2017/18
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:
Years 2 and 3 only Zainab Khan For Year 1, please contact Tim Angell, Associate Head of Department

Page last updated 21 March 2017

Introduction

Why LLB Commercial Law?

Law affects every part of human life. From the air we breathe to our relationships with each other and the state.  

Every organisation will encounter legal issues arising in the day-to-day running of their business from contracts, employment issues, property, acquisitions and mergers to media, sales and marketing. Legal advice is needed at all stages from setting up a company to dissolving it.

If you are interested in studying Law but are more corporate than courtroom then this degree could be for you. Employers value the commercial awareness of graduates and the deeper understanding of business law.

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

Why study our course

This Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), taught by leading experts, offers a solid grounding in all aspects of law with an opportunity to specialise in commercial or business law. You will gain a deeper understanding of law as it relates to business and develop key skills and a commercial awareness required by employers in an increasingly competitive, global economy.

Students value the bespoke nature of the course with diverse modules spanning Company Law, Employment Law, Banking regulation and Finance and Intellectual Property Law.

Real-world experience

You will have a wealth of opportunities to gain valuable real-world experience and skills during your course. Mooting competitions, guest speakers, field trips, Pro-Bono work, placements, and a practical 'Law in Action' module give you insightful knowledge of real-life cases and access to UWE's local law network. State-of-the-art mock courtrooms provide regular opportunities to practice legal submissions and gain experience of the court, while law simulations allow you to practice key case working skills.

Where it can take you

Our LLB degree provides you with the core legal knowledge to progress to either the LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Course to become a Solicitor or Barrister. This degree provides a solid platform for a career in commercial law with students entering a broad range of business settings. Law graduates are also highly valued by employers due to a skillset relevant to many careers including teaching, business, charity work and HR.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

In the Foundation year (Year zero), the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance law, economics, accounting, plus business and management, will play in your future professional lives.

You are encouraged to develop as reflective learners and will gain an understanding of the attributes that graduates of UWE Bristol attain, such as being self-reliant, enterprising, future-facing, collaborative and globally responsible citizens.

Much of the scheduled class time will be spent in rooms equipped for technology-supported work in groups.Teaching methods will be engaging, as staff use the latest techniques and technologies to enhance the learning experience.

The four modules will have three hours of teaching each week (12 hours of scheduled class time in total). On four occasions during the year, the whole 12 hours will be spent team-working on a joint project. One of the weeks will result in an exhibition of assessed group posters and another will produce individual personal development plans.

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules.

  • 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

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other business and law courses and so you may transfer to another course in one of these areas at the end of a successful Foundation Year. The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one. Students seeking transfer to BA(Hons) Business (Team Entrepreneurship) would be required to pass an interview process. Transfer to BSc(Hons) Economics (as distinct from BA(Hons) Economics)  would require an A level in Mathematics.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory module:

  • Foundations for Law

In addition, you will study the following modules:

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

Year two

You will study the following compulsory module.

  • Law of Torts*

In addition, you will study at least one module from the list below:

  • Employment Law
  • Dispute Resolution Skills
  • Commercial Law.

Plus, you will study up to two modules from the list below:

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

Final year

You will study the following compulsory module:

  • European Union Law*

In addition, you will study at least one module from the list below:

  • Financial Crime and Regulation
  • Company Law in Context.

Plus, you will study up to two modules from the list below or one less module if a Placement Year has been completed:

  • 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 for a 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 modules offer different approaches to learning which allow you to choose modules which best support your learning style.

In your first week you will meet your personal academic tutor who will support you in your academic studies throughout your degree. We see engagement with learning as a key feature of your success and we want you to succeed. The role of the personal academic tutor in supporting your academic aspirations is a key feature of the course. This support continues throughout your degree through three core modules which aim to support your personal development.

Study time

During each year of your taught degree you will have 12 hours of teaching each week with a lecturer.  If you undertake a dissertation or take the Law in Action module, you will receive nine hours of contact in a classroom setting, as well as further individual contact with the member of staff supervising the module. 

In years 1 and 2 you will receive one hour of peer assisted learning (PAL) each week. All students can access the Academic Success Centre (ASC) for workshops and to arrange one-to-one sessions with tutors.

Assessment

Assessments vary across the course, including problem and essay questions, examinations, research based assessments, reflection on skills acquisition, report writing, portfolio submission and presentations.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Placements

Placements are offered to all students on the LLB.  These are organised through the UWE Careers Service. Placements are taken after the second year of study.  Your placement could be based in the UK or internationally. 

In addition to this, you can study the final year 'Law in Action' module where you will gain experience in a local law firm or voluntary organisation for one day a week. Students have worked with Bristol Law Centre, Watkins Solicitors, Red Cross, Death Row, Citizens Advice and local schools.

You will gain valuable real-world experience, develop key skills and increase your employability on graduation.

Fieldwork

Field trips form an invaluable part of your studies, particularly the annual visit to Lincoln's Inn where you will dine in court with Barristers and Judges and learn more about this exciting career.

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

Study facilities

Law students benefit from high-quality study facilities: an excellent library, with a dedicated Law Librarian, and access to academic journals, industry databases and reports.

State-of-the-art mock courtrooms provide opportunities to practice submissions, take part in recorded mock trials and gain experience of being in court. This brings learning to life and allows you to apply the skills that have been developed during your studies to a practical setting.

Pro Bono Unit

You will have a valuable opportunity to engage in Pro Bono through your degree, volunteering your time to help the local community. Supervised by academics and practitioners, you will work on cases and provide legal advice through projects such as: The Innocence Project, Elderlaw, the UWE Street Law Programme and schools mentoring scheme.

Societies and Forums

As a UWE Bristol law student you are able to become a member of the following societies:

UWE Law Society

The lively society runs an active programme of events and talks including trips to the Supreme Court in London, the European Parliament and the European Court in Brussels and Luxembourg. Students also participate in competitions and attend regular socials including the annual dinner. 

UWE Mooting Society

Mooting is an important skill in the legal profession and the UWE Mooting Society runs regular moots and a competition every March.

The Society is valued and recognised by the local law network as judges of the moots include members of local barristers' chambers and Bristol Civic Justice Centre.

African Law Students Forum

Founded in 2013, the African Law Students Forum now works with top London Solicitor Freshfields to run unique events solely for the forum. Members include students from Nigeria, The Gambia, South Africa, Burundi, Poland, Malaysia, Equatorial Guinea and a few white British.

Women's Law Forum

An active group running events and workshops tackling women's issues such as female genital mutilation, online violence and gender and austerity.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Law students are highly valued by employers due to the broad skillset gained from studying the subject. Whilst many students pursue a legal career as Solicitor, Barrister, Legal Adviser, Legal Executive or Paralegal there is also scope to enter a wide range of careers in HR, finance, teaching, advice and charity work and in the public sector.

Past graduates have secured roles in a range of settings including law firms, chambers, city councils, banks, estate agents, citizens' advice, higher education, accountancy and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Many students progress to train as a Barrister or Solicitor through the BPTC or LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or undertake further study relevant to a specialism with an LLM in Commercial Law, Human Rights and International Law.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real-world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Guardian - what to do with a degree in law.

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year Fee8094
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156

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

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, 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.

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