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LLB(Hons)

Law with Business (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
NMBF
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
Study abroad:
Yes
Key fact:
Gain a solid foundation in both business and law, and graduate with a degree that allows you to train as a solicitor or barrister or brand yourself a business expert.

Page last updated 3 November 2017

Introduction

Why study law with business?

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?

LLB(Hons) Law with Business gives you a solid foundation in business and law.

In your first year, your time will be split between both subjects. In your second and final year, you'll study 75% law and 25% business.

Innovative modules in commercial, company, international trade and employment law run alongside 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 with a commitment to enterprise. 

This course allows you to work towards a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD). This gives you the professional qualifications needed to progress to the Legal Practice Course (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 solid legal grounding of our graduates.

Career prospects are diverse and exciting; 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 could train as a barrister or solicitor, or undertake a business related postgraduate degree.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going onto year one.

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

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • 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.

Year one

You will study the following law modules:

  • Foundations for Law
  • Law of Contract*.

Plus the following business modules:

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

Year two

You will study the following law module:

  • Law of Torts*.

Plus the following business modules:

  • Managing People
  • Management Skills for Business and Law.

And two optional law modules from:

  • Criminal Law*
  • Land Law*
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Sports Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Information Technology Law.

Placement year (if applicable)

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

You'll complete a placement learning module during this time.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study the following law module:

  • European Union Law*

Plus the following business modules:

  • Strategic Management (BIM)
  • Integrated Business Simulation.

And two optional law modules from:

  • Equity and Trusts*
  • Company Law in Context
  • Constitutional Law in Context*
  • Organised Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Dissertation
  • Globalisation, Trade and Natural Resources Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Law of Financial Crime and Regulation
  • Media and Entertainment Law
  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Law Project (if you've completed a placement).

* You must take these modules to get a Qualifying Law Degree (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 approach to learning is student-centered. You'll become a reflective learner and we'll support 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.

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 spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
024%76%0%100%
124%76%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
322%78%0%100%

Study time

During your degree, you will have 12 hours of teaching with a lecturer each week. 

If you complete a dissertation or take the Law in Action module, you'll get nine more hours of classes, as well as individual contact with the staff member supervising the module. 

In years one and two, you will also 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

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 spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
036%41%23%100%
148%47%5%100%
270%27%3%100%
339%56%5%100%

Features

Placements

Work 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.

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 Avon & Bristol Law Centre, Clarke Wilmott and Citizens Advice.

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 Legal Advocacy Support Project, Team Entrepreneur Law and the UWE Street Law Programme.

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

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 Club 

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

Our students are valuable to employers because of the broad skillset and commercial awareness you gain from studying this subject. 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 train as a barrister or solicitor through the Legal Practice Course (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

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 five year course and then transfer to the four 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: 48
  • 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 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.

    Our preferred tests are International English Language Tests (IELTS), however we will consider applicants with alternative English language qualifications.

    For further details visit our English Language requirements page.

  • 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 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) Law with Business course.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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