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Law with Business

DipHE or LLB Law (Hons) or CertHE

Key facts


UCAS code

M2N1

Start dates

September 2020 / September 2021

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: 6 years

Accreditation(s)

Law Society and Bar Standards Board

UCAS Tariff Points

104

Overview


Are you fascinated by the law and the context in which commercial lawyers operate? Would you like to study for a qualifying law degree (QLD) while building strong commercial awareness?

Our Law with Business degree is a distinct and unique degree course. You will build a solid foundation of legal knowledge by taking modules from the School of Law. At the same time, you’ll enhance your business knowledge with modules from our Business School. These modules are designed to build your understanding of the legal context in which businesses operate.

You will:

  • explore how businesses operate
  • examine commercial strategy
  • delve into international trade and competitive advantage
  • develop your knowledge and understanding of key legal concepts, values and principles.

As a student of both the School of Law and our Business School you’ll benefit from access to a wide range of career employability events, including:

  • guest lectures
  • law fairs
  • pro bono work schemes
  • mock trials conducted by real judges and barristers.
Students in court

How to apply


Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29

BTEC: DMM

Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27

BTEC: MMM

Further offer details

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions: admissions@brookes.ac.uk

If you accept a Conditional offer to this course as your Firm choice through UCAS, and the offer does not include a requirement to pass an English language test or improve your English language, we may be able to make the offer Unconditional. Please check your offer carefully where this will be confirmed for each applicant.

If you don’t achieve the required tariff points you can apply to join a foundation course or international foundation course to help to reach the required level for entry onto this degree.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics (grade C/4 or above) and English (grade C/4 or above)

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£14,100

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement of Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£14,300

International part time
£1,785 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2020 / 21
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£14,100

2021 / 22
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement of Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£14,300

International part time
£1,785 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Learning and assessment


You will develop a deep understanding of key commercial and legal concepts, in the context of our ever-changing global environment. For example, the interdisciplinary module ‘Company Law and Sustainability’ looks at ways to embed sustainability into corporate law.

In Year 1 you'll develop a sound understanding of principal areas of law. Modules introduce you to a range of topics related to criminal, contract and public law and you'll study the foundations of business.

Year 2 modules are more advanced. You can choose from a range of optional modules which allow you to strengthen your knowledge of topics such as:

  • business strategy
  • entrepreneurship
  • international business law
  • employment law
  • environmental law

In Year 3 you’ll study topics which allow further specialisation. You also have the option of carrying out your own research projects. 

Throughout your degree, you can take part in extracurricular activities such as:

  • mooting competitions
  • client interviewing competitions
  • Law Society events.
Students in court

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Contract Law

In this module, you’ll get to grips with contract law. You’ll gain a detailed understanding of the formation, operation, and termination of contracts. You’ll understand the key ideas behind contract law. You’ll develop the critical skills in legal reasoning and analysis you gained from your Legal Method modules.

You’ll enhance your legal skills, as you tackle case studies in contract law. You’ll explore:

  • the purpose of contract law
  • formation of contract
  • agreement problems (such as mistake or misrepresentation)
  • terms of contract
  • exclusion causes
  • statutory control
  • breach of contract and damages.

Criminal Law

You’ve committed a crime. But what makes you responsible for it? In this module, you’ll get to grips with the key principles of criminal responsibility, and build key skills for your degree. You’ll look at individual defences and offences, as well as fatal and non-fatal offences against people and property. You’ll study crimes including: 

  • murder and manslaughter
  • theft and burglary
  • ‘offences against the person’ such as assault and battery

You’ll also learn about defences such as: 

  • insanity and automatism
  • duress and self-defence
  • duress.

Foundations of Business

In this module, you’ll gain a strong understanding of business organisations and how they function in contemporary settings. You’ll develop core practical knowledge as you take examples from current business practice, and apply them to business concepts and theory. And the knowledge that you gain in this module will underpin further learnings that you will undertake throughout your degree.

You’ll have the opportunity to examine the complexities of the interlinkages between the internal and external factors affecting an organisation. For example, you’ll explore the impact of challenges such as globalisation and the increasing pace of change, and how these are evaluated in order to establish a strategy. You’ll apply the lessons learned in lectures to a hand-on business simulation game, where you’ll work as part of a team to make weekly business decisions. You’ll therefore gain the insights, tools and skills necessary for succeeding in a real business context. 

Legal Method

In this module, you’ll gain invaluable legal skills for your degree. You’ll learn to think like a lawyer, and understand:

  • the sources of English law
  • the structures and functions of the UK Courts

You’ll also learn:

  • how to critically read and assess statute and case-law
  • how to evaluate legal arguments
  • how to find and use online legal information.

You’ll dive into the world of UK law. You’ll learn to find and understand legal information. And you’ll gain key skills in legal thought and argumentation.

Public Law

In this module, you’ll dig into Public Law, and gain key legal knowledge for your degree. You’ll explore its key elements, including:

  • civil liberties and human rights
  • judicial review processes
  • the separation of the different elements of the government 
  • constitutional and administrative law. 

You’ll explore the relationship between Public Law and three key elements of the state - the executive, the legislature and the judiciary. And you’ll consider the relationship between the State and its citizens. 

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Company Law for Sustainability

In this module, you’ll learn how sustainability relates to corporate law. You’ll gain excellent practical knowledge for your later module, Business Governance and Human rights. This module also gives you an alternative approach to running a business, if you’ve studied Tort Law for Business.

European Union Law

In this module, you’ll get to grips with the European Union (EU) and its foundations. You’ll dig into key areas of law, central to the EU system. And you’ll explore the political and social implications of EU Law. 

You’ll examine the history of EU Law, and its key institutions:

  • the European Parliament
  • the Council of the European Union
  • the European Commission. 

You’ll then focus on Union Law, and how it relates to national law. You’ll also consider the role of the Court of Justice of the EU. You’ll explore substantive law, as you understand the internal market of the EU, including:

  • free movement of people
  • citizenship.

Land Law

Land law is a fascinating attempt to solve people’s conflicting interests in land. You’ll get to grips with the English Land Law and its key concerns. You’ll explore:

  • the nature of law, property and land
  • the division of estates and interests (into legal and equitable)
  • land registration.

You’ll gain a detailed knowledge of freehold and leasehold estates. And you’ll explore co-ownership and trusts of: 

  • land leases
  • licences
  • mortgages

You’ll also consider the rising importance of the Human Rights Act 1998 to Land Law. 

Tort Law

In this module, you’ll get to grips with tort law (law which deals with civil loss or harm). You’ll explore:

  • the tort of negligence 
  • employers’ liability
  • trespass to land
  • public nuisance
  • the Rylands-v-Fletcher case
  • trespass to the person
  • defamation
  • privacy
  • vicarious liability (when you’re liable for acts you didn’t commit)

You’ll also investigate the rising importance of human rights law. 

Optional modules

Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage

How can we compete in today’s global business environment? How can we create a sustainable competitive advantage over other businesses? In this module, you’ll gain critical skills and key knowledge of the classical principles of business strategy. Using well-established analytical tools, you’ll examine how organisations create value through the effective exploitation and development of their internal resources and capabilities. And you’ll explore the links between an organisation and the external environment in which it operates.  

Employment Law

In this module, you’ll get to grips with employment law. You’ll look at the difference between a self-employed person and an employee. You’ll analyse:

  • the contract of employment
  • terms of employment
  • the flexibility of the relationship between employer and employee.

You’ll then explore a wide range of employment rights, including: 

  • protection against unfair dismissal
  • redundancy rights
  • discrimination protections.

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

In this module, you’ll gain a strong knowledge of enterprise, and develop a wide range of relevant entrepreneurial skills. You’ll get to know the rich variety of meanings in enterprise and entrepreneurship. You’ll learn new and innovative ways of thinking about business, increasing your ability to think creatively and effectively for your Law with Business degree. You’ll consider topics including,

  • entrepreneurship
  • intrapreneurship (when an employee acts like an entrepreneur within an organisation)
  • Business spin-offs, including technological ones
  • Social and public enterprise.

Environmental Law

How do societies react to environmental crises? How do we address environmental problems in the law? In this module, you’ll look at the relevant regulations and laws around the environment. You’ll look beyond legal cases, and consider the historical, political, ethical and technological issues of law and the environment. You’ll examine:

  • anthropocentrism vs ecocentrism
  • environmental rights and environmental justice
  • ecology and conservation
  • climate change and risk
  • the ethics of environmental law.

You’ll develop key critical skills as you consider the fascinating interaction between the law, society and one of the biggest issues facing humanity - the environment.

International Business Law

In this module, you’ll gain a strong understanding of International Business Law. You’ll gain key knowledge of the legal environment of business organisations throughout the world. You’ll gain excellent analytical skills as you compare and contrast these environments, and consider how they affect trading between states. 

International Law and Institutions

In this module, you’ll explore the key laws of the international community. You’ll examine the origins and basis of international law. You’ll also look at the sources of international law, including treaties and customary norms. You’ll enhance your critical skills as you analyse the relationship between:

  • international and municipal law
  • subjects of international law
  • the concept of territory or jurisdiction.

You’ll consider the core principles in the use of force, and the way armies behave. And you’ll look at the law of state responsibility, individual accountability and violations of international rules.

Organisational Behaviour and Management

In this module, you’ll get to grips with organisational behaviour and management. This is when we analyse the behaviour of people in organisations, and apply certain principles to our interaction with them. You’ll understand the key elements of organisational behaviour and management, and understand how to apply it practically. You’ll gain core skills in critiquing and evaluating research, allowing you to become a better user of information and evidence.

Understanding Criminal Justice

In this module, you’ll dive into the criminal justice system, and the main issues of criminal justice. You’ll understand  wider aspects of the criminal justice system and engage critically with the system’s flaws and shortcomings. You’ll gain key critical skills as you explore how well the system achieves its aims. You’ll explore specific areas such as:

  • punishment
  • sentencing
  • crime prevention
  • community safety
  • policing
  • youth crime
  • prisons
  • the criminal court system

You’ll observe the criminal justice system, first hand. You’ll then devise a social-science experiment to test your understanding of the system you’ve studied. This means you’ll devise a hypothesis on how the criminal justice system operates, and test to see if your hypothesis was right. You’ll conduct work in prisons, police stations and the streets of Oxford, allowing you to access the real world of the criminal justice system. 

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Commercial Law

In this module, you’ll get to grips with commercial law (law relating to trade and sales). You’ll dive into key topics, including: 

  • the nature and sources of commercial law 
  • how we classify transactions 
  • obligations of the buyer and seller
  • the passing of ownership 
  • the passing of property (risk)
  • the condition of goods
  • agency and remedies.
     

Equity and Trusts

In this module, you’ll explore Equity (fairness in the law). You’ll also investigate trusts, which exist to regulate situations where someone cares for another person’s affairs. 

You’ll engage with Equity, and equitable remedies. You’ll also dive into trusts in all their forms. You’ll gain key critical skills as you analyse private trusts, and how they generate equitable interests. You’ll then consider the key features of charitable trusts. You’ll explore:

  • the administration of trusts
  • the powers and duties of trustees
  • breach of trust 
  • the law of tracing.

International Trade Law

In this module, you’ll get to grips with international trade law, and its key elements. You’ll understand international sales transactions. You’ll gain valuable key critical skills as you analyse the key treaties of international law, such as:

  • the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
  • the World Trade Organisation 
  • international commercial terms
  • specific trade laws
  • case histories
  • dispute settlement procedures.

You’ll also explore:

  • international rights in international trade
  • the relationship between domestic law and international rules
  • international trade agreements

You’ll discover how these rules can (or can’t) resolve certain problems in international trade. And you’ll develop the ability to advise on international trade practices, and other rights and obligations. 

Optional modules

Business Ethics

How do we do business in an ethical way? In this module, you’ll discover how to make moral decisions, both as a member of a business organisation, and as a human being. You’ll gain key analytical skills in business, as you understand, analyse and evaluate the ethical choices of others. You’ll also gain core critical skills as you evaluate the ethics of different systems of production, distribution and exchange.

Business Governance and Human Rights

Why should businesses be socially responsible? Why is it our responsibility to make sure others don’t suffer as we make money? In this module, you’ll dive into the different corporate regimes which ensure that we hold businesses to account for their actions. 

Computer Law and Intellectual Property

The internet rules society. In a vastly digital age, lawyers really need to understand technology and the legal challenges it presents. In this module, you’ll examine the legal issues of current internet technologies and hardware. You’ll gain key technical knowledge, as you evaluate the regulatory systems of these technologies, and how they affect society. You’ll explore how digital technologies challenge copyright law. And you’ll gain a rigorous knowledge of intellectual property. 

Crime and Society

In this module, you’ll explore the ways we define and measure crime. You’ll develop core critical skills as you explore theories about the causes of crime. And you’ll consider some major crimes in detail. You’ll dive into the following topics:

  • crime and the media
  • criminal behaviour 
  • crimes in action - from violent crime to white-collar crime
  • critical criminology: race and gender.

You’ll think about crimes and criminality in a wider sense than simply ‘innocence’ or ‘guilt’. You’ll look at the social contexts of crimes, and what causes people to commit them.

Independent Study Module

This module gives you the chance to do research on a topic that fascinates you. You’ll work independently, with the support of our expert academic team, and will carry out work on a specific project of your choosing. You’ll gain core skills for work, including in:

  • enquiry
  • research 
  • analysis 
  • evaluation.

International Human Rights Law

How can we effectively protect human rights? In this module, you’ll get to grips with international human rights law. You’ll gain key critical skills as you analyse arguments and ideas about human rights, and the ideas behind them. You’ll also consider their current legal and political meaning through examining: 

  • relevant laws
  • current debates
  • case studies.

Leading and Managing Change

This module gives you the initiative and courage to take calculated risks as an entrepreneur. You’ll develop an entrepreneurial mindset, where you’ll see the world in terms of its rich opportunities. You’ll gain the skills and resilience to manage organisational change, and learn how to operate and make decisions in conditions of uncertainty.

Medical Law

The module examines the structure of the NHS, access to health care, autonomy and consent, responsibility, accountability and negligence, birth and its regulation, death, dying and the incurably ill patient.

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum

In this module, you’ll get to grips with nationality and immigration law, and what it reveals about British society. You’ll examine the key issues and policies around nationality, national identity and migration. You’ll gain a firm understanding of migration in the UK and abroad, as you debate critical issues of today. You’ll also consider current UK law, and the historical, social and political factors that have shaped it. 

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Our Law with Business course has been specifically tailored to meet the needs of students wishing to pursue a QLD. We offer a selection of modules that have been carefully thought through. Our modules provide a focus on discrete areas of law, with a strong emphasis on business. 

Throughout the course, our academic team employ a range of teaching and learning styles. You will be supported at every level of the course, with close access to lecturers, small seminar groups and tutorials. 

You will learn through a variety of teaching and learning methods including: 

  • lectures, seminars and workshops
  • supervised independent learning
  • court visits
  • work with a wide range of practical resources.

During your studies, you’ll gain a range of personal and professional skills which will be a springboard for your future career development in a number of industries.
 

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

Assessment methods on this course are diverse. Some modules use formal exams while others award all or part of the marks on coursework.

Professional accreditation
Some students see a law degree as a route to professional practice while others choose not to practice law. Our Law with Business degree is a suitable education for a wide variety of careers because of its intellectually demanding nature, and it is a qualifying law degree (QLD).

This gives you exemption from the requirements of the academic stage of legal training. This means that you meet the regulations for the Law Society for the first stage of professional training.

Obtaining a qualifying law degree enables you to progress straight to the vocational stage of training for solicitors (the Legal Practice Course). Or for barristers (the Bar Professional Training Course - BPTC - formerly known as the Bar Vocational Course).

After you graduate


Career prospects

Our Law with Business degree is a suitable education for a wide variety of careers because it is a qualifying law degree. Upon graduation, some students will embark on a professional practice route, while others will choose not to practice law. 

As an Oxford Brookes law graduate you will be confident in communicating legal knowledge and you will have the techniques of research, analysis and articulation that are transferable to postgraduate study and to a wide range of careers. Whether you choose a career in legal practice or not, your law with business degree will open many doors.

We pride ourselves on maintaining strong links with major law firms, and we have an excellent reputation for creating high calibre and sought-after trainees.

Potential careers that previous students have gone on to include:

  • Solicitors 
  • Barristers 
  • Academics 
  • Policy advisors 
  • Public prosecutors/defenders 
  • Police 
  • Probation Service 
  • Government Legal Service 
  • Community worker 
  • Publishing 
  • In-house lawyer 
  • Civil Servant

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.