The British Higher Education system and University Degrees are recognised as being amongst the best in the world and so are highly sought after. The University of Chester recently celebrated its175th anniversary, making it one of the oldest higher education institutions in the UK. High rankings in student satisfaction and the employability of its graduates, reflect its commitment to excellence in education. A British law degree in particular has worldwide prestige.
We have developed a course for those students specifically interested in obtaining an overview of aspects of Law and wish to understand the functioning of businesses, together with an appreciation of legalities, accounting principles and management duties. These are the broader skills that are required of practicing solicitors who must be commercially aware to demonstrate knowledge of clients’ businesses, manage a client’s money and be prepared to run a solicitors’ practice as a business.
The law and business world works hand-in-hand towards the successful management of businesses. The law provides the framework for successful enterprise as well as the means for redress when conflicts arise. You will be provided with a range of core modules that will help you appreciate the roles of both.
The University of Chester, in partnership with KCB, is one of the Universities that is able to offer a regulated Qualifying Law Degree, which grants you onward access to further training as a solicitor or barrister – should that be your career ambition. This is combined with the Business Management modules to further provide you with increased versatility to specialise on more commercially-focused endeavours.
You will be well prepared for the demands, challenges and rewards of a prestigious, intellectual, dynamic and fast-paced career.
Such is the nature of the professional services industry that there is an increasing trend for a variety of services to be offered ‘under one roof’. This course will therefore be of significant benefit to those that are entrepreneurially-minded and also wish to develop the ability to think through a wide range of issues, which is encouraged on this degree programme.
You will be taught by lecturers and tutors with a wealth of experience in law and business.
The Course is divided into 3 parts with 6 subjects or modules in each level as the table below explains:
|Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
|Contract Law||Criminal Law||Equity, Trust and Property Law II|
|Public Law||EU Law||Human Rights Law|
|Principles of Property Law||Tort||Choose TWO optional Law modules|
|English Legal System and Method||Law Experiential||Choose TWO optional Business modules|
|Business Management||Contemporary Issues in Management|
|Introduction to Accounting||Human Resource Management|
The subjects are assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations for which in each subject the pass mark is 40%
If the student
- Only completes the first 6 subjects/modules or Level 4 they will be awarded a University Certificate of Higher Education in Law with Business
- Only completes the first 12 subjects/modules or Level 4 and 5 they will be awarded a University Diploma of Higher Education in Law with Business
- Completes all 18 subjects or Level 4,5 and 6 they will be awarded a University Degree i.e an LLB Hons in Law.
The Course has 2 different start dates throughout the year, which are September and January.
The year is divided into 2 terms of 13 weeks each with a normal 4 week holiday break between each term.
The Course is designed to make it possible to complete the whole degree,if the student studies for 2 terms in a 12 month period for each academic year OR has resist subject in term 3.
|Degree||Term 1||Term 2||Term 3||Total modules studied per year||Duration|
|LLB in 3 years||3 Modules||3 Modules||Extended Holidays or Resits of coursework/ exams||6 Modules||18 subjects over 3 years of 9 months study per year|
A choice of start dates and time taken to obtain the degree gives students the maximum flexibility.
- Subject Knowledge and skills –
Students learn about the core areas of Law and Business Management and the skills required for both and so have a choice of two different careers when they graduate Increasingly today, though, law and business, overlap and so all the knowledge and skills acquired from the degree are helpful whichever career is chosen
- Career opportunities –
This degree is ideal for those who want to work in Business/Commercial Law which is a broad field ranging from Shipping and Marine Law to Insurance, Commercial Property, Employment and Company law. Corporate lawyers advise on and implement mergers and acquisitions (M&A) or investments. They advise companies on the purchase or sale of other businesses, and help them raise funds. Very commonly Business Law graduates do not wish to take up Law as a profession. Instead they may wish to pursue careers in subjects like banking / accountancy /finance/consultancy etc. where again the degree provides an excellent preparation
- Own Business –
Today in Law it is increasingly common to find small firms specialising in a particular area of law or industry such as media , sports , intellectual property, technology tax or Employment Law These niche firms , relied on by clients as experts in their field, do not require large amounts of capital to start up and so are both possible and profitable for a new business. Others open up their own business in an unrelated field but where knowledge of law would be very helpful such as management consultancy, HR or marketing
- Professional recognition –
The Law / Business course is a qualifying Law degree for the purposes of becoming a solicitor or barrister. In order to qualify as a Solicitor or barrister, one must then undergo a further one year (full time) or two years (part time) professional course of training. This course has numerous electives within it but the Law/Business graduate will be likely to choose electives relevant to their future career such as corporate finance / mergers and acquisitions / law relating to investment and the like
- Further study –
Alternatively students can take a postgraduate degree in Law [LLM] where they can choose an even more specialist field of law such as international trade, tax or intellectual property law where the careers again are very challenging and highly paid. In business management the alternative is to take an MBA which leads to the top careers in management such as chief executive or managing director
|Typical Entry||120 UCAS points|
|GCE A Level||120 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer – BBC/BBB
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM
|International Baccalaureate||28 points|
|Access||Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit|
|OCR||1.OCR National Extended Diploma: Merit 1
2.OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma – DDM
3.OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma – D*D*
|Extra Information||Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 points from GCE AS Levels and that Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A levels and BTECs/OCRs.|
Students from countries outside the UK are expected to have entry qualifications roughly equivalent to UK A Level for undergraduate study and British Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) for postgraduate study.
We accept a wide range of qualifications and consider all applications individually on merit. We may also take into account appropriate work experience.
English Language Requirements: IELTS Academic: Undergraduate: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
We are committed to our prospective students to understand the costs and funding for them if they choose to apply in our partner universities. Studying with us is a real investment in your future; if you are studying a LLB Law with Business you may be eligible for funding through Student Finance.
Student Loans & Student Grants
- A loan to cover your tuition fees and a maintenance loan towards your expenses. The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term. You have to pay the loan back.
- The student grant is paid into your bank account at the start of term. Additional money (up to £3,250) for qualifying full-time students only, which you will not have to pay back.
- Learn more. https://www.gov.uk/student-finance
Help for Students with Children
- Full-time higher education students with children can apply for a Childcare Grant that provides additional money for childcare costs or other financial support for parents.
- Learn more. https://www.gov.uk/childcare-grant