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Business Management with 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 Business School
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Study abroad:
Programme leader:
Dr Jenni Wilkinson
Key fact:
Develop a strong knowledge of business management, with an added understanding of the legal issues and processes surrounding it. Specialise in your individual area of interest, while applying your learning in the workplace through a placement, an internship or through volunteering.

Page last updated 28 June 2017


Why study BA(Hons) Business Management with Law?

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

Combining these two disciplines enhances your career options and gives you a greater freedom of choice, with routes to a range of careers in management, law, finance and banking, the public sector, and beyond.

Complete the foundation year for a strong grounding in business, law and economics and prepare to further develop your understanding of business and law.

Why study our course?

You will develop a strong knowledge of business management, with an added understanding of the legal issues and processes surrounding it.

Core modules including Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Management Skills for Business and Law, and Strategic Management run alongside specialist modules of your choice. You will develop a critical understanding of organisations, management and the changing business environment, and learn how to analyse and solve legal and business problems.

Real world experience

You will learn from industry experts both in the classroom and in the workplace. We'll support you to gain valuable experience through a placement, an internship, or through volunteering. You'll develop transferable skills and new ways of thinking preparing for an exciting future career and lifelong learning.

Where it can take you

You'll graduate ready for your next step in a range of careers. Future opportunities are wide-ranging in both the business and legal context, and could include working in a legal capacity within the business environment, or in business management within the legal profession.

There's also a range of postgraduate opportunities. These could include specialising in Human Resource Management, completing a MSc in Law or Business Management, or progressing on to the Advanced Legal Practice Course (LPC LLM) here at UWE Bristol.



In the Foundation year (Year zero) you will develop your academic skills, and your understanding of how relevant law, economics, accounting, and business and management will be in your future career.

You 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. You will be taught using cutting-edge 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 you could transfer to one of these courses at the end of a successful Foundation year. We would expect you to 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:


  • Introduction to Management
  • Understanding Business and Financial Information (BIM)
  • Contemporary Issues in Business
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.


  • Law of Contract
  • Foundations for Law.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:


  • Managing People
  • Management Skills for Business and Law
  • Research Methods for Business
  • Introductory Research Project (BIM)
  • Managing Business Processes (BIM).

In addition, you will study one of these optional modules:

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


You will choose one of these optional modules:

  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Sports Law
  • Migration Law and Policy
  • Commercial Law
  • Information Technology Law.

Final year


You will study one of these compulsory modules:

  • Work-based project (BIM)
  • Critical Business Enquiry Project (BIM)
  • Applied Business Project
  • Enterprise Project.

In addition, you will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Strategic Management (BIM)
  • Integrated Business Simulation
  • Managing Organisational Change.

Plus, you will choose one optional module from the list below:

N.B. If you have completed a study year abroad or placement year you will not be required to complete a Business optional module.


  • HR Development and Knowledge Management
  • Project Management
  • Sustainable Business
  • Business Innovation and Growth
  • Entrepreneurship: Ideas and Practices
  • International Financial Management
  • Investment Management
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Organisational Leadership.


You will study one optional module from the list below:

  • European Union Law
  • Financial Crime and Regulation
  • Company Law in Context
  • Globalisation, Trade and Natural Resources Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Media and Entertainment Law.

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

You will have a wide choice of business modules. We offer a student-centred learning experience supporting you to develop the skills you will need to study business and to continue to have a successful career based on your studies.

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. 

In years one and two 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 undertake a 40-week paid sandwich placement, relevant to your degree. Placements are taken after the second year of study and could be based in the UK or internationally.

This is a valuable and rewarding aspect of your course allowing you to gain real-world experience, develop key skills and increase your employability on graduation.

The Faculty has a strong and growing network of placement organisations and past students have secured roles at Rolls Royce, HP, IBM, NHS, Hayes, Microsoft, Maclaren F1 and Lidl in marketing, recruitment and other business areas.

You will receive support in finding a placement and guidance throughout from our award-winning Careers and Employability service and staff within the Accounting, Economics and Finance department.

Study year abroad

As an alternative to a sandwich placement, there may be opportunities to undertake a study year abroad where courses are taught in English. Employers look favourably upon graduates who have studied overseas on account of them having acquired a global perspective which is becoming even more valuable with increasingly globalised markets.

Study facilities

The new, purpose-built Bristol Business School offers high-quality study facilities, including a dedicated law resource room.

In an environment designed to give you the best possible experience, your learning will be supported through a number of methods, including traditional lectures and seminars, and real-world, practise-based experience working on live projects within an organisation.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.


Careers / Further study

Combining Business Management and Law enhances your career options and gives you 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.

There's also a range of postgraduate opportunities. These could include specialising in Human Resource Management, completing a MSc in Law or Business Management, or progressing on to the Advanced Legal Practice Course (LPC LLM) here at UWE Bristol.

Award-winning careers service

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

Graduate destinations

Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating- includes examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

Creating employable students

UWE places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE initiatives which nurture talent and encourage innovation, students gain valuable real world experience and graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.


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.

Further information about fees and funding.


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 Management with Law course.

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