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Business and Law (with Foundation Year)

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

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Bristol Law School
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
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Programme leader:
Kirsten Scammell

Page last updated 28 March 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 Studies (BPTS) 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 BPTS or undertake a business-related postgraduate degree.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



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, another will produce individual personal development plans.

Foundation year (Year zero)

  • 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 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
  • International Trade
  • Law of Torts 1
  • 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 students must 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.

Plus one Business optional module:

  • 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 business optional modules.

Plus one Law optional module:

  • Commercial Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Cyberlaw
  • Equity and Trusts
  • 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

We provide a wide range of choices of law modules. We offer a student centred 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. Each year, the National Student Survey (NSS) results consistently show that our students believe that the modules are delivered in an interesting and stimulating manner. Our modules offer different approaches to learning, which allow you to choose modules which best support your learning style.

During 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.


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, 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 LPC or BPTS 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 (£)
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

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.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • 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.
  • 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 BA(Hons) Business and Law course.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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