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Law with Business

DipHE or LLB Law (Hons) or CertHE

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2020



Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: 6 years


Oxford Brookes Business School

School of Law


Law Society and Bar Standards Board

UCAS Tariff Points



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

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


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.

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:

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


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 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

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

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

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

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

International full time

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.

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.

Financial support and scholarships

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

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

The module examines the essential principles of the formation, operation and termination of contracts. It covers the fundamental principles of contract law and provides a framework for tackling case studies and legal problem solving. The module develops the processes and techniques of legal reasoning and builds the techniques of legal analysis.

Criminal Law

Examine the general principles underlying criminal liability, in particular fatal and non-fatal offenses against a person and property.

Foundations of Business

This module will introduce students to the nature, form and function of business organisations. Examples from current business practice will be used to illustrate business concepts and theory.

Legal Method

This module involves the study of statutory interpretation, judicial interpretation and the primary sources/structures of the law of England and Wales.

Public Law

This module encompasses constitutional and administrative law as well as civil liberties and human rights. It is concerned with relations between the three principal organs of the State - the executive, the legislature and the judiciary - and between the State and its citizens.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Company Law for Sustainability

This module aims to embed sustainability into corporate law. It serves as a pragmatic exercise for students and prepares them for Business Governance and Human Rights. It also serves as an alternative approach to running a business for students who have had Tort Law for Business.

European Union Law

An introduction to the constitutional and institutional foundations of the EU and a number of key areas of substantive law. The course will begin with an examination of the historical development of the European Union as a legal order and the operation of its Institutions. Discussion will then focus on the nature of Union Law, its relationship with national law and the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union

Land Law

This module begins by introducing key structural elements of English land law. It covers the nature of law, property and land and the overall structure of land registration, before moving on to consider the more specific elements of the curriculum: freehold and leasehold estates, co-ownership and trusts of land leases. The increasing importance of the Human Rights Act 1998 to Land Law will also be covered.

Tort Law

This module provides a comprehensive study of tort law. The tort of negligence is studied in detail, as well as employers’ liability, vicarious liability, occupiers’ liability; trespass to land, and much more. The growing influence of human rights law is considered throughout the course.

Optional modules

Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage

Students will develop knowledge and critical understanding of the classical principles of business strategy in exploring the question 'How should organisations compete to achieve sustainable, competitive advantage in today's global business environment?'.

Employment Law

The purpose of this module is to provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to brief organisations on the consequences of current and future developments in employment law.

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

The terms enterprise and entrepreneurship are currently used in a variety of contexts and imbued with a wide range of meaning. Within this range there are narrow meanings of the word specifically related to business and wider meanings indicating a way of thinking or behaving that can be applied in a variety of contexts, including business. This module addresses the subject in a holistic manner, one in which the range of contexts; from entrepreneurship to intrapreneurship, and from high tech spin out to social and public enterprise is considered.

Environmental Law

A critical examination of the general principles of law concerned with the protection of the environment. The course will concentrate on important recent developments in case law and on recent statutory measures and E.C. Directives.

International Business Law

A module which provides students with (i) knowledge of the legal environment of business organisations in a range of regions throughout the world and (ii) the opportunity to compare and contrast those differing environments and test their consequences on inter-state trading.

International Law

This module focuses on the law and legal framework governing the international community. We examine the philosophical underpinnings of international law including the nature, origins and basis of international law; the main sources of international law, including the importance of customs, treaties, general legal principles and international case precedents in interpreting international law

Organisational Behaviour and Management

The module addresses the theoretical foundations and practical application of organisational behaviour and management. It develops students' ability to critique and evaluate others' research so that they become more discerning users of information and 'evidence'.

Understanding Criminal Justice

This module will examine some of the main issues in Criminal Justice. It will provide an overview of the Criminal Justice system and will consider in detail topics such as punishment, sentencing, crime prevention and community safety, policing, youth crime, prisons and the criminal court system.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Commercial Law

This module gives students a broad understanding of the matters commonly referred to as "commercial law". These include the nature and sources of commercial law; classification of transactions; obligations of the buyer and seller; the passing of title (ownership); the passing of property (risk); the condition of goods; agency and remedies.

Equity and Trusts

This module examines the development and application of Equity. In particular, the course deals in detail with the trust. It begins with the development of Equity and equitable remedies before beginning the engagement with trusts. Private trusts are analysed in both their express and implied forms. The module looks at how trusts are set up expressly, how they arise by implication and generate equitable interests informally.

International Trade Law

This module focuses on international trade law. It highlights the legal and institutional framework as well as the nature of international sales transactions.

Optional modules

Business Ethics

In a world facing social and environmental challenges, this module aims to develop the capacities of students to a) make ethically defensible decisions as members of business organisations and of society in general, b) understand, analyse and evaluate the ethical propositions of others c) evaluate the ethics of different systemic models of production, distribution and exchange.

Business Governance and Human Rights

It is increasingly accepted that businesses should be socially responsible. This module will enable students to understand current corporate structures and governance regimes through which businesses are being held to account for their activities.

Computer Law and Intellectual Property

This module aims to provide students with a critical awareness of the legal implications of the emergent Internet technologies and associated hardware, and to encourage students to evaluate and analyse the regulatory systems employed in terms of their wider social implications.

Crime and Society

The module examines how crime is defined and measured, together with theories as to the causes of crime. It considers some major forms of criminal activity in detail.

Independent Study Module

Take a chance to design your own research project within a supervisor’s field of expertise.

International Human Rights Law

This module will introduce international human rights law and the mechanisms for the protection of human rights at the international and regional levels. Throughout the module the student is invited to critically examine arguments and ideas about human rights, their philosophical underpinnings, and their contemporary legal and political meaning.

Leading and Managing Change

The module supports two particular aims of the programme in seeking to nurture skills in managing organisational change and by developing in students an `entrepreneurial mindset' that sees the world in terms of opportunities and is comfortable with taking the initiative, taking calculated risks, and is able 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

This module examines concepts, influences and obligations relating to policies of nationality and national identity, migration of individuals and the movement of people. It offers the opportunity for students to consider the composition of British society within the framework of the law relating to nationality and immigration.

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 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.