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BA(Hons)

Business and Law

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
NM11
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
120
Department:
Bristol Law School
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time, four years sandwich/placement
Delivery:
Full-time
Study abroad:
Yes
Programme leader:
Dr Helen Mortimore (Acting)
Key fact:
This course will give you solid grounding in business and law, with the opportunity to specialise in either at the end of your first year.

Page last updated 10 November 2017

Introduction

Why study business and law?

In a competitive global economy, knowledge of legal systems in business gives managers an edge. Understanding business functions and practice also benefits law professionals operating in demanding business environments.

Combining these two disciplines gives you greater career choice, with routes to roles in management, law, finance, the public sector and beyond.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Business and Law equips you with a strong foundation in business and law with the opportunity to specialise in either subject at the end of your first year.

Contemporary modules in commercial, company, international trade and employment law run alongside core business modules spanning marketing, strategic management and managing people.

You'll be taught by experts from the reputable Law and Business Schools and be part of an active community of students and staff. 

If you decide to specialise in law, you can work towards a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD). This gives you the professional qualifications needed to progress to the LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to train as a solicitor or barrister.

Gain valuable real-world skills and experience through study trips and business-related work placements. Mock trials, law simulations and Pro Bono work will ensure you graduate with a practical understanding of law and familiarity with the industry.

Where can it take me?

Employers value the broad skillset, commercial awareness and employability of our students.

Career prospects are diverse and exciting. Depending on your specialism, you could start a career in business, law, HR, finance or the public sector. Our graduates have secured roles at Rolls Royce, HP, IBM, NHS, Hayes, Microsoft, Maclaren F1 and Lidl.

You may want to train as a barrister or solicitor through the LPC or BPTC, or undertake a business related postgraduate degree.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

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

Year one

You will study:

  • Introduction to Management
  • Understanding Business and Financial Information (BIM)
  • Contemporary Issues in Business
  • Enterprise and Enterpreneurship
  • Foundations for Law
  • Law of Contract.

Year two

You will study:

  • Managing People
  • Management Skills for Business and Law
  • Commercial Law.

Plus two optional business modules from:

  • Accounting Information for Business
  • Market Analysis for Private Investors
  • Equality Law and Diversity Management
  • Good Business, Bad Business and Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • Credit Management: Theory and Practice
  • Digital Business Management
  • Design Thinking.     

Plus one optional law module from:

  • Law of Torts
  • Sports Law
  • Dispute Resolution Skills
  • Employment
  • Information Technology Law.

Placement year (if applicable)

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

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Strategic Management (BIM)
  • Integrated Business Simulation
  • Company Law in Context. 

Plus two optional business modules from:

  • Managing Organisational Change
  • Development & Knowledge Management
  • International Business in the Emerging Markets
  • Project Management
  • Sustainable Business
  • Business Innovation & Growth
  • Investment Management
  • Organisational Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship: Ideas & Practices
  • International Financial Management
  • Personal Financial Planning.    

And one optional law module from:

  • Financial Crime and Regulation
  • European Union Law
  • Globalisation Trade and Natural Resources Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Media and Entertainment Law
  • Dissertation.

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, supporting you to develop the skills you need to have a successful legal career.

Our modules differ in learning approaches, so you can choose those that match your style.

After your first year, you can continue to study business and law combined, or change to a major in Business (BA(Hons) Business Management with Law) or Law (LLB(Hons) Law with Business).

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

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
124%76%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
321%71%8%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 another nine hours of classes, as well as individual contact with the staff member supervising the module. 

In years one and two, you'll 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 you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
136%46%18%100%
258%25%17%100%
336%53%11%100%

Features

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.

Study year abroad

You'll also have opportunities to study overseas on courses that are taught in English and relevant to your degree. The study year abroad is not a paid placement.

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 charities, 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 The Innocence Project, Elderlaw, the UWE Street Law Programme and schools mentoring scheme.

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

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 Committee

Mooting is an important skill in the legal profession and the Mooting Committee 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

Combining law and business gives you more career options and a greater freedom of choice.

Depending on your specialism, you could choose a career in management, law, finance and banking and the public sector. Our graduates have secured roles at Rolls Royce, HP, IBM, NHS, Hayes, Microsoft, Maclaren F1 and Lidl.

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 a business related postgraduate degree.

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.

Fees

Full Time course

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

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year13000
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1625
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11375

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 years900
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 Years with Placement1200
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 four year course and then transfer to the three 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: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We don't accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be able to apply for Foundation Year entry into this or related degree courses.

    We welcome applications from students whether or not they have studied law before university.

    Read more about undergraduate entry requirements.

    UWE Bristol's International College    

    If you don't meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: Law, History, English Language and Literature, Psychology, Economics, Business and Sociology
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from students who have not studied law before applying to us.

If you do not think you will be able to meet the entry requirements for entry into Year 1 of this course, you can consider applying for Foundation Year of this or related degree courses.

If you have completed your qualifications and do not meet the normal entry requirements, but you can show us that you have relevant experience and capabilities that make you suited to this course, we will be pleased to consider your application. For example, we accept a pass in the CILEX Professional Diploma as suitable for entry onto this course. Please make sure your application form includes details of your experience and the capabilities you have developed. If you would like to discuss this before formally applying, please talk to us at an open day or contact the course leader (details above).

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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