Business Law LLB (Hons)

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Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 4 Years
Fee

2018/19 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £6,930 per year of study
Course start September

Course outline

This award delivers a stimulating learning experience for students to enable them to become potentially outstanding business law graduates with an international perspective. 
At Level 4, students follow the same award structure as all qualifying law degrees at Staffordshire and through the modules of Contract and Problem Solving and Tort and Civil Remedies students explore a number of key issues relating to the world of business and employment. 

Students continue with studying the foundations of legal knowledge at Level 5 but will also be introduced to the ‘pathway’ module distinctive to this award.  The Business Law and Commercial Awareness module is a distinctive feature of the LLB (Hons) Business Law award at Staffordshire and provides students with the opportunity to examine key areas of business law such as employment law, environmental law, company law and directors’ duties, professional negligence in the context of commercial awareness. 

This a key skill required by graduate recruiters and students will develop the required knowledge and skills through authentic learning experiences in a workshop setting.  Students will be supported to develop key business skills in relation to understanding the nature of business regulation and legal risk, problem-solving, networking, meeting skills, oral and written communication skills as well as reflecting on work-related experiences contextualised to this module.

At Level 6, as well as studying the Law of Trusts and Equitable Remedies, students will be able to specialise within the field of business law by selecting options which will include subject areas such as: Employment Law and Equality, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law, Company and Commercial Law as well as the opportunity to study a specialist area by way of a dissertation module.  Students may also study our exciting Advice Clinic with Client Interviewing in which students encounter real clients through Staffordshire University’s Law Clinic.

This award provides the opportunity for students to gain a QLD whilst at the same time focussing their knowledge to the world of business and industry.  The award utilises a problem-based learning approach so students are able to ‘learn by doing’ through a range of work-related scenarios and experiences to equip students for the world of graduate employment.

Upon graduation, students may decide to pursue one of our post-graduate awards within the field of International Business Law or Human Resource Management and Employment Law.  Equally students may wish to progress to our highly respected Legal Practice Course, the vocational training course for solicitors.

Graduate employability within this field includes opportunities within the areas of employment law and human resource management, graduate management, trading standards, environmental regulation, public services, contracts officer employment, commercial services, in-house legal work as well as the traditional careers of solicitor and barrister.

If a student is unsuccessful in one of their foundations of legal knowledge (apart from ELS and Legal Skills and Contract and Problem-Solving) then they are permitted to transfer to our BA (Hons) Legal Studies which although a non-qualifying law award allows students to complete an undergraduate programme of study.

 

Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 90 credits in your first year of study and the other 270 credits, split equally between your second and sixth year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £6,930 for your first year of study. The fee for subsequent years of study may increase each academic year in line with inflation subject to UK government policy.* Any uplift in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. Further information about fee increases will be posted on the University’s website as and when this becomes available.  

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

 

Undergraduate Loans:

UK and EU students who are studying for their first undergraduate degree may not have to pay these fees up front. For eligible students a loan is available from the Student Loans Company to cover the cost of tuition so you don't have to find the money to pay your tuition costs before or while you are studying. You won't have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £25,000 a year.

A loan is also available for part-time students studying at least 25% (30 credits) per year.

However, if you already hold a degree, or another qualification at the same level, you may not qualify for this loan.

For further information on eligibility and how to apply visit apply-for-student-finance.

 

Repayment (current arrangements):

9% of income over £25,000 per year.

Interest on the loan is charged at up to Retail Price Index* (RPI) +3%

If you are living in the UK: Your employer will deduct repayments when your salary reaches the threshold (currently £21,000 per year). Different arrangements are made to collect repayments from those living outside the UK.

For further information on repayment visit student loan repayment.

 

*RPI – the Retail Price Index is a measure of UK inflation. The UK Government uses the rate of RPI to set the interest rate charged on student loans.

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Course content

Year 1:  English Legal System and Legal Skills, Contract and Problem Solving, Law and Society, Constitutional Law.

Year 2:  Tort Law and Civil Remedies, Criminal Law, Property Law and Application.

Year 3:  Law of Trusts and Equitable Remedies, Administrative Law and Human Rights, European Union Law, Business Law and Commercial Awareness.

Year 4: A range of modules selected from areas such as Dissertation, Environmental Law, Employment and Equality Law, Company Law, Commercial Transactions and Intellectual Property Law.

You can also spend time advising real clients by opting to take our Clinic Module which operates around the Staffordshire University Legal Advice Clinic (SULAC) - which will provide you with the perfect opportunity to develop vital work- based skills

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Entry requirements

Each applicant is individually assessed and we welcome non-standard academic qualifications as well as more traditional academic profiles. We would be delighted to discuss your progression opportunities so please do not hesitate to contact us.

As a guide:

2016/17 Entry: Old Tariff: 300 points

2017/18 Entry: New Tariff: 120 points

AS Levels: Please contact Admissions for further advice on stand-alone AS qualifications.

Accreditation

All of our Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree awards are Qualifying Law Degrees that are accredited by the legal professional bodies of England and Wales:

The Solicitor’s Regulation Authority (SRA)

The Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX)

Teaching and learning

The learning strategy for this award is based around problem-based and authentic learning experiences to enhance graduate skills for future employability and lifelong learning.  Class contact will include a mixture of whole group and small group sessions, many taking place in a workshop setting to recreate problem-based and authentic learning scenarios and events.  Students will be able to practise and develop oral and written communication skills, networking, conferencing and presentations, case-based scenarios as well as consideration of theoretical and critical perspectives to enhance knowledge and understanding.

The aim is to foster an academic community which promotes lifelong learning and is supported by research and practice informed teaching with learning strategies and technologies to support the student experience.

Learning will be organised into a series of small group sessions where students will be required to participate.  Each session will be based around a problem or issue, and students will work towards a range of solutions by specifying objectives, identifying constraints, obtaining background information, applying both theory and practical skills to the subject matter and issue to be considered. 

Large group sessions seek to establish an overview framework within which selected theories and principles of law can be more effectively developed.  They will verify and consolidate knowledge and understanding and will engage in more detailed exposition of selected theories, rules and constraints. 

The guided learning will incorporate a mixture of activities, some of which will require team work and online discussion.  The learning will be facilitated by use of the VLE platform and discussions/interactions between students and tutors.

Students will be expected to be familiar with contemporary issues within the relevant field of law and although there will be a framework of knowledge and understanding, students will be actively, rather than passively, engaged in the process of both learning about, and increasing understanding of, the subject matter.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods will be used throughout this award ranging from traditional time-constricted examinations to the full range of contemporary assessments such as poster presentations, multiple choice tests, oral assessments, skills-based evaluations, reflective logs, extended research projects, essays and evaluation in a classroom setting.

Working towards the assessment tasks and learning outcomes will be a key element of the learning and tutors will be available to guide students through the process by helping students improve their ability to meet the learning outcomes to a high standard.

Assessment will be an integral part of each module on the award.  There will be a number of assessment points throughout the academic year.  Earlier tasks will be shorter and more succinct, enabling fast feedback from the tutors so that students can learn and improve for later formal assessment tasks. Informal feedback will be provided wherever possible throughout the award in a variety of formats such as verbal tutor feedback, peer feedback, written feedback on mock assessments.

Employment opportunities

The Staffordshire Graduate represents a set of qualities that the University passionately believes is necessary for success in the 21st century. The Staffordshire Graduate is a reflective and critical learner with a global perspective, prepared to contribute in the world of work.

This award instils the Staffordshire Graduate attributes through a variety of mediums. They are specifically emphasized at both Level 4 and 5, whilst also being pervasive throughout all core and option modules.

At Level 4 the concept and qualities of the Staffordshire graduate are introduced and explored during the English Legal System and Legal Skills module. This exploration is then built upon in depth at Level 5 during option modules.

All modules highlight the importance of these attributes, especially showcasing the strong relationship ‘Global Citizen’ has to all legal subjects within today’s global marketplace.

Upon graduation, there is an opportunity to continue studies by way of our highly regarded Legal Practice Course or one of our specialised interdisciplinary Masters awards in areas such as HRM and Employment Law, Family Law and Society or one of our Law Masters awards such as International Business Law. Equally, completion of the LLB (Hons) Law opens the door to a number of exciting graduate opportunities within legal practice and legal services, as well as graduate opportunities in other relevant areas.

During the course of all of our degrees, students will have the opportunity to undertake a guaranteed work placement or work shadowing experience. There will be a variety of opportunities both on and off campus for students to participate in this new program for 2016/17.

Graduate destinations

Many graduates from our LL.B (Hons) awards progress to the professional stage of qualification as a lawyer by studying either the Legal Practice Course leading to qualification as a solicitor, or the Bar Professional Training Course leading to qualification as a barrister. Some go on to qualify as chartered legal executives or as licensed conveyancers. Other graduates work in a variety of law and business related jobs. Recent graduates have secured roles in a variety of fields including:

  • Accountancy and Taxation
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Managers
  • Citizens Advice Bureau Advice Worker
  • Civil Service and EU opportunities
  • Company Secretary
  • Court Officers
  • Estates/Property Management
  • Human Resources and Personnel
  • Insurance and Pensions
  • Local Government and Planning
  • Patent Agent
  • Publishing
  • Recruitment Managers
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Teaching or Training

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Student experience

Students are encouraged to get involved with activities and societies outside of the classroom and to take advantage of all opportunities that University life has to offer:

There is a Law School Student Society run by current students that arrange off campus visits to law courts, prisons and other legal events as well as holding competitions such as debating and charity quizzes.

The Law School presents a Law Club to local schools and colleges which is aimed at providing a unique insight into law as an academic discipline for those considering their university choices. Activities include guest speakers and mooting competitions. We encourage our undergraduate students to become involved and share their university experiences.

There are a myriad of other academic, sporting and social clubs and societies offered by the Student Union.

All students are also guaranteed work experience during their studies and are encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities when they arise.

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Contact

Enquiries Team
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College Road
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
ST4 2DE
United Kingdom
t: +44(0)1782 294400
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