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BA (Honours) Business Studies: Law pathway

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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

Stage 1 begins with a compulsory module. In An introduction to business studies (B120)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-6,module,B120,,1 (30 credits), you’ll investigate the question ‘What is a business?’ and develop your study skills while exploring the business functions of human resource management, marketing, accounting and finance.

You will select one of our core 30-credit Level 1 options selected from a variety of subject areas. They include:

  • An introduction to retail management and marketing (B122)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-6,module,B122,,1
  • Discovering mathematics (MU123)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-6,module,MU123,,1
  • Professional communication skills for business studies (LB160)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-6,module,LB160,,1
  • Working and learning: developing effective performance at work (BU130)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-6,module,BU130,,1 or the version of this module specifically designed for people working in delivering public services – BUXS130
  • You and your money: personal finance in context (DB123)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-6,module,DB123,,1.

The compulsory law module An introduction to law (W101) (60 credits), planned for October 2014, looks at why laws exist, how they are made, applied and interpreted before moving on to consider key legal concepts such as legal personality and legal liability. 

Stage 2

Both of the 60-credit modules in this pathway are compulsory and can be studied in any order. 

Business functions in context (B203)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-6,module,B203,,1 focuses on the essential organisational functions of human resources; marketing; operations management; information management; and accounting and finance. You’ll examine their key practices, processes and thinking, and their contributions to organisations and their operations – with a strong emphasis on practice-based learning.

The module, Understanding law (W200)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-6,module,W200,,1, is an introduction to the creation and application of English law. You’ll begin by asking ‘What is the law?’ and discover how to find, read, interpret and apply the law. You’ll also be introduced to the techniques of practical legal research. After a brief overview of constitutional principles, criminal law, human rights, and the law of contract and tort, you’ll go on to study the terminology and sources of law, legal research and the workings of the EU in depth.

Stage 3

Both of the 60-credit modules in this pathway are compulsory and can be studied in any order. 

Making sense of strategy (B301)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-6,module,B301,,1 focuses on this fascinating world– from its origins and development as a subject to the controversies that dominate contemporary strategic debate. You’ll develop skills in clear thinking, independent enquiry and collaborative working as you analyse and apply the ideas and approaches that have done most to influence how strategy is conceived and carried out in today’s organisations. 

The module Law: agreements, rights and responsibilities (W300)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q70-6,module,W300,,1, examines the two Foundations of Legal Knowledge covered by the Law of Obligations: Contract and Tort. You’ll consider:

  • the legal requirements for the formation of a contract together with its content 
  • the basis of tortious liability and specific torts such as negligence, nuisance and trespass 
  • the law of restitution.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes six years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from three (full-time study equivalent) to 16 years. 

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Learning outcomes

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