Law and Business Management
UCAS code: MN12
Please note, this course is not currently accepting applications for September 2023 entry.
- Meet and interact with professionals from business and law throughout the course
- Develop strong interdisciplinary and interpersonal skills that are valued by employers
- Work in a broad array of careers from business development and entrepreneurship to law, finance and marketing
- Join a long tradition of legal history in the city of Winchester
In today's competitive, global economy a good understanding of the framework in which corporations, partnerships and small businesses operate gives both law professionals and company managers that all important edge.
Combining these two disciplines on a course that investigates the legal bases for company structures alongside a whole host of business, marketing and management skills brings enhanced career options and greater freedom of choice in a range of fields, including management, law, finance and banking and the public sector.
Our three-year Law and Business Management course appeals to those who are fascinated by these two overlapping and intellectually stimulating subjects. Taught by research-active experts who form part of a strong and lively community of students and staff, you are actively encouraged to critically evaluate a broad range of management, law and business concepts, developing your understanding for strategic and operational entities.
You gain a legal foundation for topics such as directors’ duties, contractual obligations and intellectual property, but also examine the dynamic interrelationships between different aspects of business including markets, people and organisations.
In Year 1, you develop an understanding of the theoretical framework of English law, its sources and institutions and you study the main concepts and principles of contract law. You also explore the changing nature of business and the challenges facing organisations within a range of industries, and hone interpersonal skills that are valued by employers.
Throughout Year 2, you are introduced to a range of problem-solving techniques, developing cognitive skills and critical thinking into legal and business management issues. You take modules in Employmeny Law, Management and Leadership, and Equity Law and also optional modules exploring leadership, profitability and performance.
In Year 3, you choose from a wide range of optional modules including the complexities and ethical implications of business strategies, and the emerging issues confronting organisations in an era of increasing globalisation and social and environmental concerns. You may also explore Intellectual Property Law, Technology and Cyber Law and Commercial Law.
Employers value the broad skillset, commercial awareness, the solid grounding in law and employable nature of our students. Our graduates work in both the public and private sectors including in human resources and leadership roles. Others work in business development, strategic planning, project management, innovation and entrepreneurship, product development and marketing.
Please note this BA is not a Qualifying Law Degree as students do not cover all of the core subjects. However, subject to the provisions of the professional regulations, BA students may apply to the relevant professional bodies for part exemption from the academic stage of training depending on which core modules have been taken.
Graduates have entered careers in various businesses within the public and private sector.
The University of Winchester ranks in the top 10 in the UK for graduates in employment or further study according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021, HESA.
Pre-approved for a Masters
University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.
ABOUT THIS COURSE
Suitable for applicants from:
UK, EU, World
Learning and teaching
Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.
You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.
In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc., you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team and the wide range of services available to you within the University.
Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.
While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.
Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
- Independent learning: 924 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
- Independent learning: 948 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
- Independent learning: 984 hours
*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.
Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.
All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.
Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.
We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:
Year 1 (Level 4)*:
- 50% coursework
- 25% written exams
- 25% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
- 75% coursework
- 0% written exams
- 25% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
- 87% coursework
- 0% written exams
- 13% practical exams
*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.
We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures
2023 Entry: 104-120 UCAS tariff points
Our offers are typically made using UCAS tariff points to allow you to include a range of level 3 qualifications and as a guide, the requirements for this course are equivalent to:
- A-Levels: BCC-BBB from 3 A Levels or equivalent grade combinations (e.g. BBB is comparable to ABC in terms of tariff points)
- BTEC/CTEC: DMM from BTEC or Cambridge Technical (CTEC) qualifications
- International Baccalaureate: To include a minimum of 2 Higher Level certificates at grade H4
- T Level: Merit in a T Level
In addition to the above, we accept tariff points achieved for many other qualifications, such as the Access to Higher Education Diploma, Scottish Highers, UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma and WJEC Applied Certificate/Diploma, to name a few. We also accept tariff points from smaller level 3 qualifications, up to a maximum of 32, from qualifications like the Extended Project (EP/EPQ), music or dance qualifications. To find out more about UCAS tariff points, including what your qualifications are worth, please visit UCAS.
In addition to level 3 study, the following GCSE’s are required:
- GCSEs in Mathematics and English Language at grade 4 or C, or higher. Functional Skills at level 2 is accepted as an alternative, however Key Skills qualifications are not. If you hold another qualification, please get in touch and we will advise further.
If English is not your first language, a formal English language test will most likely be required and you will need to achieve the following:
- IELTS Academic at 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components (for year 1 entry)
- We also accept other English language qualifications, such as IELTS Indicator, Pearson PTE Academic, Cambridge C1 Advanced and TOEFL iBT.
If you will be over the age of 21 years of age at the beginning of your undergraduate study, you will be considered as a mature student. This means our offer may be different and any work or life experiences you have will be considered together with any qualifications you hold. UCAS have further information about studying as a mature student on their website which may be of interest.
Course enquiries and applications
Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023
Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days
Year 1 (Level 4)
|The English Legal System and Academic Legal Skills||15|
This module introduces students to the structure and operation of the institutions and processes of the English legal system. It will consider at the primary and secondary sources of English law and how the law is interpreted. In addition, the module will allow students to develop a theoretical understanding of a number of foundation academic legal skills used in the study and practice of law.
|Introduction to English Legal Process and Practical Legal Skills||15|
This module introduces students to the civil and criminal justice systems in England and Wales. Students will gain an insight into the role of judges, the legal professions and lay participation in the legal system. In addition, the module will allow students to develop a theoretical understanding of a number of foundation practical legal skills used in the study and practice of law.
|Law of Contract – Formation and Terms||15|
The Law of Contract deals with multi-million-pound deals, such as shipbuilding down to the purchase of a cup of tea. It concerns how agreements are made and become binding, impediments to agreement being reached, what obligations are created and who they affect. This module is an introduction to the law of Contract and its social and economic impact.
|Law of Contract – Problems and Remedies||15|
This module builds on the understanding gained in the module, Law of Contract - Foundations and Terms and explores the problems which can arise during the formation and performance of a contract and how the common law and statute has developed to remedy these issues. This module will also explore how a contract can be terminated, and the remedies which are available for breach of contract, as well as their practical consequences.
Organisations are the workplaces for today’s and tomorrow’s employees. As a consequence of increased competition, new technologies and increasingly diverse workforces, the environment in which organisations operate is challenging. This module seeks to explore the many factors which influence the actions, behaviour and decisions taken by people in the work-place. It focuses on the complex interactions and relationships between people and groups, both within and between organisations. Furthermore, it explores the impact of the external environment, particularly the expectations and behaviour of wider society, with its roles as a potential customer and citizen.
The module provides students with the opportunity to work collaboratively with others when undertaking research, and also to reflect on their own style of working and personal values, when working in teams.
|Digital Business and Emerging Technologies||15|
The emergence of the digital economy has unlocked new opportunities for businesses, whilst creating new modes of competition in both traditional and new sectors of the economy. The aim of this module is to impart an understanding of digital business together with the practices and processes required to develop effective digital strategies. Identifying multiple technologies for integration into business, juxtaposed with the development of new digital strategies is central to corporate success, however, this is often a complex task. This module provides insight into the emergence of digital business, key concepts, technologies, and strategic organisation to develop a multidisciplinary appreciation of how new technologies can directly shape businesses and processes.
This module develops the core skills that will enable students to secure a fulfilling, enjoyable and challenging graduate career. By establishing and pursuing a personal development plan, students develop self-awareness, communication skills, team work, management skills, results orientation, stress management, personal responsibility, coaching and feedback skills. Whilst there will be a focus on constructing outstanding CVs and professional LinkedIn profiles, much of the module will instil self-awareness through peer coaching and peer feedback whilst stressing the vital importance of taking responsibility for one’s own career. Students will be able to plan and develop career goals based on a clearer idea of preferred career options and an understanding of what they need to do to achieve these goals.
This module provides an introduction to the concepts, theories and practices of marketing. The meaning and scope of modern marketing will be discussed in depth; considering its role as both a management philosophy and a business function. Traditional marketing concepts such as the marketing mix will be explored, examining the need to create synergy between marketing mix components and the wants and needs of the market place. Students will be encouraged to develop critical marketing perspective considering the impact marketing has on the economy, society and the environment.
Year 2 (Level 5)
|Company Law – The Corporate Body||15|
This module looks at the complexities arising from the separate personality of a company, the benefits of limited liability in encouraging innovation linked to the dangers of abuse, and the company’s formation, framework, constitution and rules of attribution. The main focus will be on smaller private companies although some reference will be made to principles applicable to major corporations. English Company law has been the subject of a thorough programme of reform culminating in the Companies Act 2006 and the module addresses the policy behind the Act and provides scope for engaging in critical analysis of the law.
|Company Law – Corporate Governance||15|
Students will already have prior knowledge of the major corporate structure known as the company. The module takes this knowledge further by looking at the players within this structure; the directors and shareholders and their interaction, and the tensions that arise and how they can be resolved. We will also be studying how a company is funded and what happens when it dies. The main focus will be on smaller private companies although some reference will be made to principles applicable to major corporations.
|Globalisation and Diversity||15|
This module introduces concepts of globalisation and cultural diversity and their impact on the international business community. Topics will include current developments in finance and management including foreign direct investment, foreign exchange markets and new regulation following the financial crisis of 2008. These topics will be examined alongside the legal, social, and political influences which affect similarities and differences in a range of economic systems. Throughout the module reference will be made to the UN Global Compact and responsible management practices across the world. The module will include business examples from outside Western practice in recognition of specific business cultural practice in political economies shaped by culture and belief. The effects of globalization at local community level in terms of inequality, poverty, changing employment patterns, and population growth will also be explored.
|Management and Leadership||15|
The pressures on managers and leaders in today’s complex organisations are immense. The emphasis on performance, efficiency and effectiveness together with the global competition for managerial jobs places a premium on managerial and leadership skills. This module introduces some of the latest ideas in the field whilst simultaneously evaluating them from a practical, ethical and international perspective. Students will explore the role of power in organisations and critically evaluate how power and influence is exercised in the managerial role. The module is also aimed at helping students to develop some of the skills involved in managing and leading people, thereby cultivating the self-awareness that characterises outstanding managers and leaders. The aim of the module therefore is to develop informed, critical and responsible managers who have the confidence to lead others in a way that is effective, ethical and consistent with their values.
|Human Resource Management||15|
This module aims to develop students’ understanding of the influences of resourcing strategies within organisations. The module explores the resourcing challenges and opportunities organisations face in the light of increased global competition for talent, changing working practices and a more mobile workforce. Students will have the opportunity to understand how workers are recruited; to examine ways in which organisations should embrace diversity in the resourcing process; assess various approaches used to determine current and future resourcing needs; and evaluate approaches to measuring the success of people resourcing strategies in organisations.
Year 3 (Level 6)
This module examines the key and topical issues in employment law from an individual perspective. The module will trace the operation of employment law from recruitment and selection, formation of contract, individual rights at work, through to redundancy and dismissal.
This module aims to cover the key and topical issues of equality law, whether in the workplace, educational establishments or through the provision of public services. It explores the protection offered by the prohibition of direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation, through the lens of each of the protected characteristics. It also asks students to consider wider questions as to effectiveness of the UK structure of equality protection and the choice of protected characteristics.
Change is common to all organisations and managers need to understand both the nature of change and the extent to which it can be effectively managed. This module examines the internal and external drivers for change, and the nature of change at the individual, team and organisation-wide levels. Students will explore a range of change management methods and how these might be applied responsibly and sustainably in given situations. Students will also consider the skills needed to manage change, taking into account the emotional and ethical dimensions of change. Students will develop their self-awareness by evaluating how they might need to adapt in order to meet the demands of leading others through change.
This module develops students’ understanding of the influences on the employee/employer relationship and the inherent power relations. Students will have the opportunity to: examine ways in which organisations positively or negatively manage this relationship; analyse various approaches used to motivate, influence and retain employees; and gain a practical understanding of how UK employment legislation sets out the framework for sustainable workplace practices.
Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.
Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.
2023 Course Tuition Fees
|UK / Channel Islands /|
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland
|Optional Sandwich Year*||£1,385||£1,440|
|Total with Sandwich Year||£29,135||£45,540|
If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2023, the first year will cost you £9,250**. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK students.
Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.
UK Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,935.
International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £122.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,837.
* Please note that not all courses offer an optional sandwich year. To find out whether this course offers a sandwich year, please contact the programme leader for further information.
**The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.
As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.
There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:
Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due to limited availability students are recommended to purchase a copy for their own use. It is possible for students to purchase second-hand copies. Indicative cost is £50 - £300 per year
Printing and binding
The University is pleased to offer our students a printing allowance of £5 each academic year. This will print around 125 A4 (black and white) pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing.
Students will be expected to dress formally for oral assessments. Costs will vary depending on the student's existing wardrobe, indicative cost is Cost: £0 - £50
Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards
We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.
Key course details
- UCAS code
- 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
- Typical offer
- 104-120 points
- On campus, Winchester