BA(Hons) Business Management with Law

Entry year
Course code
Tariff points
Bristol Business School
Three years full-time; four years sandwich
Fulltime; sandwich
Programme leader
Chloe Tarrabain

Please note we are no longer offering this course to new applicants

Page last updated 3 August 2020


Future careers are wide-ranging for graduates of this course; you could choose to work in a legal capacity within a business, or in a business management capacity within the legal profession.

Why study business management with 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 a range of roles in management, law, finance, the public sector and beyond.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Business Management with Law equips you with a strong foundation in business management and an understanding of legal issues and processes in business.

Core modules like Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Management Skills for Business and Law and Strategic Management run alongside specialist modules of your choice.

Enterprise is everywhere you look at UWE Bristol. We help students get their start-up ideas up and running with funding, support, desk space and our in-house crowdfunding platform.

You'll develop a critical understanding of organisations, management and the changing business environment. Discover how to analyse and solve legal and business problems. Learn from industry experts both in the classroom and the workplace.

Gain valuable real-world experience through a placement, an internship, or through volunteering.

You'll develop transferable skills and adaptable thinking, preparing you for an exciting future career.

Where can it take me?

You'll graduate ready for a range of careers in different contexts. You could work in a legal capacity within the business environment, or in business management within the legal profession.

Our graduates have secured roles at Rolls Royce, HP, IBM, NHS, Hayes, Microsoft, Maclaren F1 and Lidl.

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



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 (Business, International and Management)
  • Contemporary Issues in Business
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Law of Contract
  • Foundations for Law.

Year two

You will study:

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

Plus, one optional business module from:

  • 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.

Plus, one optional law module from:

  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Sports Law
  • Migration Law and Policy
  • Commercial Law
  • 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 these Business Modules:

  • Strategic Management (Business, International and Management)
  • Integrated Business Simulation
  • Managing Organisational Change.
  • Work Integrated Learning or Cross Cultural Learning and Development or Placement Learning or Learning and Development on Study Year Abroad.

And one major project from:

  • Critical Business Enquiry Project (Business, International and Management)
  • Applied Business Project
  • Enterprise Project
  • Work-Based Project (Business, International and Management).

Plus, one optional law module from:

  • 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

Our approach to learning is student-focused, supporting you to develop the skills you need to have a successful career.

You'll learn through a mix of traditional lectures and seminars, and practice-based experience like working on projects within a real organisation.

We see engagement with your own learning as a key contributor to your success. In your first week, you'll meet your personal tutor, who will support your academic studies throughout your degree. During your degree, you'll complete three core modules that will support your personal development.

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

Watch our brief overview of this course.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Study time

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

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.


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.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year



We encourage you to do a 40-week paid sandwich placement after Year two. 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.

UWE Bristol has strong links with employers, and past students have secured roles at Rolls Royce, HP, IBM, NHS, Hayes, Microsoft, Maclaren F1 and Lidl. We also have a network of smaller local enterprises, charities and agencies.

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

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.

Study facilities

In our new £55m Bristol Business School, you'll have access to cutting-edge learning spaces like the Bloomberg financial trading room.Training in this state-of-the-art financial platform will give you a commanding view of global finance.

Designed with student input, the Business School offers learning spaces for individual and group study plus conference rooms you can book. It's a space for students and businesses to come together, collaborate and form new partnerships.

In our specialist library, business librarians manage vast collections to support your research. Attend workshops to develop your information skills or visit Study Skills

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.


Careers / Further study

Combining business management and law enhances your career options and gives you greater choice. You'll open routes to careers in management, law, finance and the public sector, depending on your specialism.

Future job titles could include Business Analyst, Business Excellence Assessor, Compliance Manager, Company Secretary and HR Business Partner.

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

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.


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.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If English isn't your first language, you'll need to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.

    If you don't meet this requirement you may be allowed to join the course after studying a pre-sessional English course from September through to December.

  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for BA(Hons) Business Management with Law (with Foundation Year).

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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