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BSc (Hons) Law with Business

Are you ready to make your mark? If you’ve studied a foundation course in law and business at one of our partner colleges and want to obtain a law degree, BSc (Hons) Law with Business will prepare you for a career in the legal or business professions and beyond. Develop a breadth of transferable skills, and benefit from our focus on teaching law in the ‘real’ world.

*Please note: the first two years of the degree are only available through University of Plymouth partner colleges which provide you with a foundation degree in law, enabling you to join the third year of our law with business course to obtain the BSc Law with Business degree.

Careers with this subject

Undertaking a degree study in law will develop a number of skills valued by employers: communication and interpersonal skills, time keeping, problem solving and make ethical judgements, and an attention to detail throughout planning and interpreting information, among others, will make you stand out to employers across a number of fields.

Key features

  • Choose from a range of relevant third year law and business options from the LLB (Hons) Law programmes and BSc (Hons) Law with Business Studies.
  • Benefit from working with a faculty of highly qualified law and business staff who provide a great mix of research-informed and practice-led teaching.
  • Pursue further business study – we offer a range of postgraduate options at Plymouth Business School.
  • Take part in relevant work experience and research in areas such as business, criminal justice, employment and family law via our Law Clinic.
  • Benefit from being part of a very successful Business School which was recently shortlisted for the national Business School of the year.
*Please note: the first two years of the degree are only available through the University’s  partner colleges which provide you with a foundation degree in law, enabling you to join the third year of our law and business programmes to obtain the BSc law degree. 

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Dissertation (LAW6000)

      The production of a substantial dissertation (10,000 words) on a legal or legally related area with content and form determined by the student. For the LLB Law and Criminology the dissertation will be set in context.

    Optional modules

    • International Trade and International Finance (ECN6006)

      This module explores the economic and financial implications of globalisation by examining contemporary topics in international trade and international financial markets. It enables the consideration the impact of the contemporary trading and financial system on areas key business decision making.

    • Managing Change (HRL6004)

      This module considers the importance of change management and how it can be achieved and sustained. You will examine how change affects organisations and the individuals who work within them. You will go on to evaluate the means by which change can be analysed and implemented, considering the interactions between strategy, policy, human resources, and the organisational environment.

    • Equality and Diversity in the Modern Organisation (HRL6007)

      This module will provide you with a broad understanding of equality and diversity in the workplace. You will consider the paradigms underpinning regulation and voluntarism, organisational equality and diversity at the levels of strategy and operational practice, and how group and individual identities are constructed in the workplace.

    • Leadership Practice (HRL6009)

      In this module, you will explore the role of leadership within organisations, including both the practical and theoretical aspects of leadership, and how such concepts can change over time. You will reflect on your own ability to act as a leader and your role in teamwork-based scenarios.

    • Strategy and Leadership (STO6003)

      This module brings a problem-focused view to Strategy, Leadership and their interaction through Strategic Leadership. Particular consideration is given to strategic analysis, the development, evaluation and implementation of strategies and appropriate styles of leadership which facilitate this. The ethical and moral responsibilities of leaders will be critiqued, along with the development of relationships between organisational decision makers, leaders, and followers, within businesses.

    • Enterprise, Innovation and Creativity (STO6004)

      The module will enable you to use creative processes to develop an innovative and viable business concept and to pitch for resources from potential stakeholders.

    • Criminal Law and Practice (LAW6003)

      This module will build on the principles taught in Criminal Law, and introduces students to the practical/professional application of criminal litigation; it will look at the criminal justice process from investigation and the decision to charge; detention and interrogation, and introduce the substantive law and rules around criminal evidence; funding criminal legal services; through to the criminal litigation process; and sentencing and appeals.

    • Family Law (LAW6004)

      This module will examine the principles of family law from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

    • Human Rights (LAW6005)

      This module provides an in-depth analysis of the law relating to human rights with reference to national, regional and international law principles. It examines the development and scope of fundamental rights in both theory and practice, and the legitimate limits and restrictions on rights in the interests of balancing conflicting interests in democratic societies.

    • Business Law and Practice (LAW6007)

      This module considers the “life” of business organisations, how they operate and how they are governed. It critically assesses the concepts and principles of corporate law as well as key elements of practice and procedure in how they operate and are governed. The module builds upon elements of contract law and applies them in a commercial setting.

    • Employment Law (LAW6009)

      This module provides students with knowledge of a specialist area of law, namely Employment Law, whilst also continuing to offer development of transferable and practical legal skills.

    • Immigration Law (LAW6010)

      This module focuses on the key and topical issues in Immigration, Nationality and Refugee law in the UK. The UK’s system of immigration control is fully considered and there is some emphasis on the application of decision making to those entering the UK both for immigration purposes and as refugees. There is consideration of the global and European context and of the influence of policy, politics and the media in the field.

  • Overview

  • You will be provided with the appropriate analytical techniques required to examine the economic and strategic business environment, and can choose from optional modules including company law, consumer law, criminal law and environmental law. You will also complete a module focussing on career planning and employability, and have the option to produce a substantial dissertation on a legal or legally related area, set in the context of business.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Law with Business top up Programme Specification Sep23 4492

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

In order to join this course, you'll need the successful completion of a foundation degree in law or an equivalent two-year higher-education qualification.
We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary. 
Please contact the Admissions Team for further information.

Fees, costs and funding

Student 2023-2024 2024-2025
Home £9,250 £9,250
International £15,600 £17,100
Part time (Home) £770 £770
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. More information about fees and funding.

Undergraduate scholarships for international students

To reward outstanding achievement the University of Plymouth offers scholarship schemes to help towards funding your studies.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.

How to apply

For further information and to apply to this course, please contact the institution's admissions team directly.

For further information and to apply to this course, please contact the institution's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Plymouth Law Clinic

The Law School is committed to giving you the opportunity to put the law into practice.
The Law Clinic offers advice and representation to real clients and in many cases, makes a tangible difference to their lives.
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University of Plymouth Law Society

As well as benefitting from excellent teaching and unrivalled opportunities to learn in the workplace, becoming a Plymouth law student also means you can join one of the most active societies of its kind in the country.
UPLS also hosts different competitions, such as mooting, negotiation, advocacy and client interviewing.
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