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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • 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 core modules in Public Law and Tort Law, Operations Management, Globalisation and Diversity 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.

Accreditation

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.

Careers

Graduates have entered careers in various businesses within the public and private sector. 

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Desitinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey).

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, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

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.

Overall workload

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: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
  • Independent learning: 936 hours
  • Placement: 24 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. 

Location

King Alfred Campus or West Downs, University of Winchester

Assessment

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)*:
  • 56% coursework
  • 25% written exams
  • 19% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 90% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 10% 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.

Feedback

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.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2018 Entry: 96-112 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in Mathematics and English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 25 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

Send us a message

International students

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

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days

 

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Legal Systems and Method 30

This module introduces the fundamental constituents of the English legal system and introduces the legal skills essential to the study of law. The English legal system includes essential aspects of EU law and system, in particular the law making and enforcing institutions of the EU itself and the way in which the UK courts enforce EU legislation, the relationship of the UK Parliament with the EU, the sources of law, the legal institutions, the legal profession as well as the use of statute and case based law. The skills of research, case reading, argument, writing, numeracy, negotiation and oral presentation are introduced and practised throughout the module and underpin other law modules. There is a focus on employability skills, routes into the legal professions and the roles of legal professionals in the second semester of the module.

Business Functions in Context 15

This module examines how the key functions within an organisation, and their inter-relationships, contribute to the overall performance of a business.  The module explores organisations from a range of sectors and national and international contexts.  Students will participate in activities using case studies and real-world business examples in this module and will be encouraged to conduct research on local businesses to further embed their understanding of the different functions within a business.  Students will have the opportunity to work in small groups which will support development of team working and collaborative research skills.

Marketing Principles 15

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.

Understanding Markets 15

An understanding of markets is central to the study of business.  This module takes a sociological perspective of markets and market economics, encouraging discussion of how individual consumers, industrial firms, governments, educational institutions, mass media, NGOs and other networks and organisations affect consumer culture and shape market dynamics. Students will consider current consumer trends and the circumstances in which markets succeed or fail.  Consumer dependence on social and economic structures will be explored, along with trends towards increasing consumer power, consumer participation and political consumerism.  The implications of new and emerging markets in public sectors such as healthcare and education will also be discussed, as will historical and cultural aspects of the move towards consumerism.  The module provides an introduction to a range of data sources and analytical tools concerning market and consumer trends.

People and Organisations 15

The factors that influence the decisions and actions of people in the workplace are often inter-related and complex.  The study of organisational behaviour seeks to explain, understand and predict human behaviour; the interactions and relationships between individuals, groups and the organisation; and the relationship between the organisation, the external environment and the wider society in which it operates.  Throughout this module students will have the opportunity to develop their ability to work collaboratively and reflect on their own attributes and values; their interactions with others; and the factors that affect their own decisions and behaviours.  The aim of this module, therefore, is to explore some of the key influences affecting people in work organisations by developing an understanding the impact of individual and group behaviours within the organisation and the complex inter-relationships between the organisation and the environment.

Law of Contract 30

The Law of Contract deals with multi-million pound deals such as ship building down to the purchase of a cup of tea. It concerns how agreements become binding, what obligations are created and what remedies there are for breach. The module is an introduction to the law and its social and economic context.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

People Resourcing 15

The aim of this module is to develop student understanding of the influences on resourcing strategies within organisations.  The module explores the increasing internationalisation of workforces and the resourcing challenges and opportunities organisations face in the light of increased global and cross-border competition; changing working practices; and a more mobile workforce.   Students will have the opportunity to examine ways in which organisations can embrace diversity in the workplace; assess various approaches used to determine current and future resourcing needs; and evaluate approaches to measuring the success of people resourcing strategies in organisations. 

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. 

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.

Employment Law 2 - Discrimination 15

This module provides an opportunity for further study of employment law building on Employment Law 1 which is a pre-requisite module. Particular attention is paid provisions relating to discrimination in the employment field. An outline of the law relating to trade unions provides a focus on collective employment law with an interesting in-depth study of the law relating to Industrial Relations.

Company Law 2 - 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. 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 beginning to engage in critical analysis of the law.

Employment Law 1 - The Personal Employment Contract 15

The employment relationship is governed by the common law and the contract of employment and by statute, especially in the form of provisions concerning dismissal from employment. The social, political and economic influences on this aspect of the law and the role of the EU are further factors to be studied in this module.

Company Law 1 - The Corporate Body 15

Corporate Law is about the legal status of the major vehicle for business known as the company.  The module looks at the complexities arising from the separate personality of a company and its 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 beginning to engage in critical analysis of the law.

Optional Modules
  • Effectual Entrepreneurship 
  • Operations Management
  • Sustainable Business Relationships 

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.

 

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Employing People 15

The aim of this module is to develop student understanding of the influences on the employee and the employment relationship.  Students will have the opportunity to examine ways in which organisations manage their relationship with employees; assess various approaches used to motivate, influence and retain employees; and gain an understanding of how legislation sets out the framework for the modern workplace and manager.

Managing Change 15

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 models and how these might be applied in given situations. Students will also consider the skills needed by managers to be effective in the workplace.

Optional Modules

Students must choose one of the following three modules: 

  • Dissertation
  • Researching Contemporary Management Issues
  • Consultancy Project 

Optional modules:

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Technology and Cyber Law
  • Human Rights
  • Comparative Public Law
  • Media Law
  • Information Law
  • Current Legal Problems 
  • Commercial Law
  • Company Law 3 - Corporate Finance
  • People Engagement & Development
  • Business Ethics
  • Strategic Innovation Management
  • Social Enterprise
  • Digital Marketing 
  • Strategic Brand Management 
  • Sustainable Strategy in Practice 

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.

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.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, 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 and EU 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU 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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

 

Additional Costs

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:

Optional

Core texts

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. Cost: £50 - £300 per year

Printing and binding

 Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation printing and binding. Cost: £10

Smart wear

 Students will be expected to dress formally for oral assessments.  Costs will vary depending on the student's existing wardrobe. 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
MN12
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
Location
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester