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About this course

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Bristol Law School
Three years full-time, four years sandwich/placement
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Programme leader:
Ms Kirsten Scammell
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This course will give you solid grounding in the foundations of business and law with the opportunity to specialise in either subject at the end of the first year.

Page last updated 4 July 2017


Why study BA(Hons) Business and Law?

In today's competitive, global economy knowledge of legal systems and business law gives managers that all important edge whilst an understanding of business functions and practice will benefit any law professional operating in business.

Combining these two disciplines brings enhanced career options and a greater freedom of choice with routes to a range of careers in management, law, finance and banking and the public sector.

Why study our course?

You will gain a solid grounding in the foundations of business and law with the opportunity to specialise in either subject at the end of the first year.

Cutting-edge modules in Commercial Law, Company Law, International Trade Law and Employment Law run alongside core business modules spanning marketing, strategic management and managing people. You will be taught by research-active experts from the reputable Law and Business Schools and form part of strong and active communities of students and staff. 

If you decide to specialise in law (LLB(Hons) Law with Business) you have the opportunity to work towards a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), meeting the necessary professional qualifications to progress to the LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to train as a solicitor or barrister.

Real world experience

Guest speakers from industry, study trips and opportunities to gain experience through a business-related work placement bring insightful real-world knowledge to teaching and develop key skills crucial to your career. Mock trials, law simulations and Pro Bono work ensure you have a practical understanding of law and knowledge of the industry.

Where it can take you

Employers value the broad skillset, commercial awareness, the solid grounding in law and employable nature of our students.

Career prospects are diverse and exciting and depending on your specialism you may enter a career in business, law, HR, finance or the public sector. You may want to progress 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:



Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:


  • Understanding Business and Financial Information (BIM)
  • Understanding the Business and Economic Environment (BIM)
  • Understanding Organisations and People (BIM)
  • Understanding the Principles of Marketing (BIM).


  • Foundations for Law
  • Law of Contract.

After Year one, you can continue to study the modules listed below for a degree in Business and Law. Alternatively, you can select a module pathway which will enable you to major in Business and graduate with an BA(Hons) Business Management with Law or Law and graduate with a LLB(Hons) Law with Business.

Year two


You will study the following compulsory module:

  • Managing People (BIM)

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

  • Market Analysis for Private Investors
  • Law and Equality at Work
  • Good Business, Bad Business and Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Credit Management: Theory and Practice
  • Digital Business Management
  • Accounting Information for Business.


You will study the following compulsory module:

  • Employment Law

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

  • Environmental Law
  • Land Law
  • Law of Torts
  • Sports Law
  • Migration Law and Policy.

Optional Placement or Study Year Abroad

  • A minimum of 40 weeks work placement
  • Learning and Development on Placement module


  • A minimum of 36 weeks studying at a partner institution abroad
  • Learning and Development on Study Year Abroad module

To be eligible for either a Placement or a Study Year Abroad, you need to have passed a minimum of 210 credits.

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Strategic Management (BIM)
  • Managing Organisational and Individual Change (BIM)
  • Company Law in Context.

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

  • HR Development and Knowledge Management
  • Events and Festivals Management
  • Global Marketing Management
  • International Business in the Emerging Markets
  • Project Management
  • Sustainable Business
  • Business Innovation and Growth
  • Entrepreneurship: Ideas and Practices
  • Investment Management
  • Organisational Leadership
  • International Financial Management
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Brand Management.

If you have completed Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year, you do not select any optional Business modules.

You should select one optional Law module:

  • Commercial Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • European Union Law
  • Globalisation Trade and Natural Resources Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Media and Entertainment Law
  • Information Technology 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

We offer a student centered learning experience supporting you to develop the skills you will need to study law and to continue to have a successful career based on your legal studies. Our modules offer different approaches to learning which allow you to choose modules which best support your learning style.

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

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.


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.



You are encouraged to do a 40-week paid work placement in the UK or overseas, supported by an award-winning placement team. You will gain valuable real-world experience, develop key skills and increase your employability on graduation.

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.


Field trips form an invaluable part of your studies in law, 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 Court of Justice, World Trade Organisation and magic circle law firms.

Study facilities

Business and law students benefit from high quality study facilities; an excellent library, with dedicated Law Librarians, and access to academic journals, industry databases and reports.

State-of-the-art mock courtrooms provide opportunities to practice legal submissions, take part in recorded mock trials and gain experience of being in court.

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 in Brussel sand the European Court in 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 regular competitions.

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 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 / Further study

Combining these two disciplines brings enhanced career options and a greater freedom of choice with routes to a range of careers in management, law, finance and banking and the public sector depending on your chosen specialism.

Employers value the broad skillset, commercial awareness, the solid grounding in law and employable nature of our students.

You may want to progress to train as a barrister or solicitor through the LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or BPTC or undertake a business related postgraduate degree.

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.


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
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12500
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1563
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10937

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

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.


Students starting this course in September 2017 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

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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. 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.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet the UK Border Agency and Universities minimum English Language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component. For further details visit our English Language requirements page.

  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • 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

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

Please read the general information about entry requirements. We welcome applications from students whether or not they have studied law prior to University entry.

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

Please see the general information about applications.

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