• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

Want to acquire an insider’s knowledge of the law? Wish to develop high-level skills in communication, analysis and research? During this course you will gain specialist knowledge of the law relating to the regulation and commercial activities of businesses large and small. Whether you’re interested in a career in the legal profession, business, or the law-related areas of accountancy, financial regulation, insurance and government services, our Business Law degree could be for you.

A variety of legal disciplines

You’ll learn the fine details of criminal law, contract law, tort, public law, European Union law, land law and equity & trusts. These are core areas required by the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority and Bar Council and will be covered throughout your time with us.

You’ll concentrate on the interactive and dynamic nature of law and legal practice and be provided with opportunities for legal research, scholarship and debate at all levels.

Alongside specific areas of the legal profession including media law and the English legal system, you’ll take modules in professional skills, intellectual property and economic analysis. These modules help bring a broader outlook on the industry and hone your skills to a level ready for the workplace.

We’ll focus on training you to become a successful lawyer, eligible to practice across a number of legal areas. You’ll acquire the necessary skills in communication, problem solving, research and analytical competencies.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: M221

You will benefit from studying in a dynamic, exciting environment, alongside lecturers with a strong background within the legal profession and academia. Your tutors are committed to nurturing your development within this field, ensuring you graduate with the skills and capabilities for a successful and fulfilling career.

Develop key qualities

Our programme will help you develop two key abilities: intellectual rigour and an openness of mind. These qualities are both essential in today’s modern world of business, financial regulation and law. Through this specialist course, you’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of law’s broad disciplines, developing key transferable skills for an enduring career in this exciting industry.

*Satisfied graduates

Our law graduates were more satisfied with their degree than almost any other university in the UK and The Complete University Guide ranked Bucks Law second for student satisfaction in 2015.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Year 1: 27 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 324 hours
Independent learning: 876 hours

Year 2: 26 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 312 hours
Independent learning: 888 hours

Year 3: 21 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 254 hours
Independent learning: 946 hours

Assessment

You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose.

Year 1

70 percent coursework 25 percent written exams 5 percent practical

Year 2

40 percent coursework 20 percent written exams 40 percent practical

Year 3

55 percent coursework 20 percent written exams 25 percent practical

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 96-112. This score can be achieved from a minimum of two 6-unit GCE A-levels or equivalent.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Criminal Law
  • EU Constitutional and Procedural Law
  • English Legal System
  • Law of Contract
  • Professional Skills 1
  • Professional Skills 2

Year 2 Modules

  • Business Analytics (optional)
  • Business Organisations (optional)
  • EU Internal Market Law
  • Economic Analysis
  • Employment Law (optional)
  • Intellectual Property Law 1 (optional)
  • Law of Tort
  • Professional Skills 3
  • Public Law

Year 3 Modules

  • Dissertation (optional)
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Law of Property
  • Research Project (optional)

Fees

How much does it cost

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year

Full Time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

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Employability

What are my career prospects

Many graduates of this course go on to take the professional courses needed to become a solicitor or barrister. The skills and knowledge you acquire throughout this degree will also equip you well for the law-related areas of accountancy, financial regulation and insurance. Alternatively, you may wish to follow a path into business, government and the public and charity sectors. This may include working for the intelligence services, politics and the police.

How will you help me prepare for my future?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.