Delivered by a team of academics, internationally-recognised researchers and respected former professional practitioners, our LLB (Hons) Law with Business programme provides a practice-based education in English law, with the fundamental aspects of business.
The aim of this pathway is to allow you to study the foundations of law and contracts, and to further develop your awareness of the mechanisms involved when considering business/consumer transactions, both domestically and internationally. The programme provides a rigorous academic discipline and also satisfies the first part of the academic stage of qualification required to become a solicitor or barrister.
This programme provides comprehensive coverage of the foundations of legal knowledge together with a selection of business modules, and is relevant for you if you’re considering either a career in professional legal practice or within a business environment.
Learning in our School of Law will teach you our core values of professional practice, access to justice, and corporate, social and legal responsibility. We aim to enable you to develop a critical awareness of the role of law in influencing social change, as well as individual and corporate behaviour. We will equip you with the skills and knowledge to make a difference in issues of fairness, equality and access to justice.
To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2017 or 2018, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid.
Visit our School site for more student work and extra information.
*National Student Survey 2017
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
|A Level||BBC or 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 subjects|
|BTEC||D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points|
|GCSE||GCSE English Language grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.|
|England, Wales and Northern Ireland|
|City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Literacy||Pass||Adult Literacy. Considered in lieu of GCSE English language at grade 4. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.|
|Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2||Pass||English. Considered in lieu of GCSE English language at grade 4. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)||BBBB||Must include English language. Required at the point of enrolment.|
|Scottish Intermediate 2||C.||English Language. Required at the point of enrolment.|
|Scottish Credit Standard Grade||2.||Must include English language. Required at the point of enrolment.|
|Scottish National 5||Only in certain circumstances.||Must include English language. Required at the point of enrolment.|
Please select a qualification from the drop-down list to view our entry requirements:
If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Course Enquiries Team
|English language requirements 2017/18|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
|Other accepted qualifications||Visit our English language page|
If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system has changed.
UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – has introduced a new system on how points are calculated. This will be different to what you may have seen if you have applied or looked at undergraduate courses previously.
From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels
We've put together a whole host of resources including student tips and expert advice to help you nail your exams. You can even get a free revision guide.
|LLB (Hons)||Sep 2018||FT||3 Years||£9,250 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|LLB (Hons)||Sep 2018||SW||4 Years||£9,250 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|LLB (Hons)||Sep 2018||PT||TBC||See below|
|LLB (Hons)||Sep 2018||FT||3 Years||£12,000 per year|
|LLB (Hons)||Sep 2018||SW||4 Years||£12,000 per year (excluding sandwich year)|
The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.
UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college. You can apply until 30 June.
There are three ways to apply:
Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.
If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.
UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*
The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
If you study this course part-time or via distance learning, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis. This means your fee will be calculated per module.
There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.
If you've got no idea where to start or just want to check you're on the right track, we’ve got expert advice and real examples from our students to help you nail your personal statement. You can even download our ultimate personal statement guide for free.
We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Law of Contract: Fundamental Concepts and Creating Contracts
This module involves analysis of cases and judicial opinion.
Criminal Law: Fundamental Concepts and Crimes Against Persons
This modules involves analysis of criminal statute and case law.
Law of Tort: Fundamental Concepts, Trespass to the Person and Negligence
This module looks at how tort law governs relationships between individuals and as an element of social responsibility and risk apportionment.
Law of Contract: Breach, Remedies and Advocacy
You will be involved in a moot in a fictitious contract litigation scenario.
Criminal Law: Process, Property Crimes and Problem Solving
Application of the criminal law and solving criminal problems.
Law of Tort: Property, Reputation and Privacy
This modules looks at the operation of precedent and statutory provisions in assessing tortious liability and application to authentic scenarios.
Constitutional and Administrative Law (Core Module)
You will analyse sources of UK constitutional law, constitutional institutions and key constitutional principles. You’ll learn to critically analyse the role of UK constitutional institutions in the legislative process.
Land Law (Core Module)
This module will teach you to analyse and exam the legal and equitable principles governing property rights in England and Wales.
Professional Skill and Practice (Core Module)
On this module, you will develop your personal initiative and employability skills, whilst engaging in team work and advocacy.
Business Entrepreneur (Business Pathway Module)
You’ll demonstrate an understanding of the theories, concepts and practice of entrepreneurship, and deliver an elevator pitch and group report as part of your assessment.
Cross Cultural Management (Business Pathway Module)
This module will see you deliver an individual portfolio, where you’ll critically evaluate the theories of cultural difference, with reference to their impact on international management.
The optional modules below are all worth 20 credits each:
Equity and the Law of Trusts (Core Module)
You will create a presentation within a group trustee board meeting, demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of the key principles, rules and concepts in equity and the law of trusts.
Law of the European Union (Core Module)
You’ll learn to demonstrate a knowledge of the relevant constitutional rules of the European Law. Assessment will be delivered through an examination.
International Business (Business Pathway Module)
Here you will assess the global competition and institutional differences between businesses, as well as the impacts of multinational firms.
One Planet Business (Business Pathway Module)
This module will teach you to critically apply sustainable business models, frameworks and practices in order to evaluate sustainable businesses and their effects.
Students will be required to complete one of the following two options:
Delivered as an oral presentation and written project, you will self-manage your research, using a range of sources and data and applying them to a specific topic, project or organisation. Alternatively, you could undertake a placement, for example, in a Citizens’ Advice Bureau or similar environment.
American Legal Practice
Prepare to apply for an internship in the USA by exploring issues in the US criminal justice system and developing key skills to be used in practice such as legal research, drafting and interviewing. This will be done in conjunction with our Centre for American Legal Studies.
Throughout the programme, you’ll be given the chance to practice a range of legal skills, including legal research, problem solving, advocacy and drafting, as well as a host of transferable skills.
Teaching sessions will include lectures and small group interactive seminars, and we will also encourage you to use our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which will offer interactive, practice-orientated opportunities to test and apply your legal skills.
The programme offers a diverse range of assessments, which are practice-led and knowledge-applied, providing an opportunity for you to demonstrate your legal knowledge and employability skills. Your learning will include a range of activities, which will be influenced by professional practice, and assessments will be delivered through coursework, case summaries, courtroom moots and examinations.
The assessments you undertake have been devised to fit with the ethos of the programme and the way it is taught – it is based on authentic situations encountered in professional practice. The programme is also designed to allow you, regardless of which pathway you have chosen, to change after your first year so you can be sure the pathway meets your needs and aspirations.
There will be one point of final assessment for 20-credit modules, and a maximum of two points of final assessment for 40-credit modules (unless stated otherwise).
You will have the chance to visit an array of legal institutions, both here and abroad. In the last 12 months, Law students have visited the European Union in Brussels and the UK’s Houses of Parliament.
Born and raised in inner-city Birmingham, Mak originally joined the police force as an 18-year-old in 1986 because he wanted to make a difference to people's lives and help them to feel safe. Not long after studying an LLB (Hons) Law degree to learn more about the history of crime and the theories behind it, Mak was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in Her Majesty's New Year Honours in 2009 for distinguished police service.
He joined the Metropolitan Police as Commander for North London soon after, where he is responsible for policing Enfield, Barnet, Camden, Islington, Hackney and Haringey - including some areas affected by the summer riots of 2011.
Mak is the national lead for the sensitive area of honour killings on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers, helping to formulate policy on a national level.
Our LLB (Hons) Law degree has Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) status as recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board through the Joint Academic Stage Board (JASB).
Our LLB is accredited by the Joint Academic Stage Board, which represents the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board of England and Wales. It is a Qualifying Law Degree, satisfying the academic stage of training if you are seeking to qualify as a solicitor or barrister of England and Wales.
Many overseas legal professional bodies recognise our LLB, particularly in Commonwealth countries. If you intend to practise overseas, you should contact the local Law Society or Bar Council. The majority will require you to undertake additional training after graduating from our LLB before being authorised to practice law.
You will assess law and legal practice in the context of contemporary, social, cultural and economic factors, on a global scale. You will also have the chance to study abroad.
Options for further study at our University include:
Kirat Raj Singh was the first Sikh elected to join the National Union of Students National Executive Council and he writes for Huffington Post. He has just begun work as a Regional Campaign organiser for the Labour Party.
Key employability skills are embedded within the learning and teaching, and we will provide you with additional careers development through our guest speakers, and pro bono and placement opportunities. The transferable skills you learn will also give you the attributes needed to satisfy employers across a range of disciplines.
Our Student Law Society also provides you with the chance to interact and work with other students on legal pursuits, career enhancement and social activities, offering you support and helping you build your employability skills.
We also have our dedicated Careers Service, which provides a wide range of online and face-to-face services to help you develop your employability skills, plan your career and access the latest job opportunities. They will also help with you tailoring CVs, writing applications and interview techniques.
In your final year, you will have the chance to undertake a placement module with one of our partners. This will provide valuable, real-world experience, enhancing your learning in a workplace environment, and building up your networking and communication skills. While on placement, you will be assessed on your performance within the working environment, and will be encouraged to reflect on your development and progression.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.
Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.
The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
This course is based at the City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Law, Business, Social Sciences and English courses
The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
The facilities at the Curzon building include two bespoke Law Courtrooms, replicating a Crown court and a Magistrates court. These rooms will play a key part in your learning experience, allowing you to try your hand in mock court cases, whilst also being the venue for our Mooting and Debating Societies.
On top of this, the Curzon building houses an extensive Law library, with books covering every aspect of Law history.
Tracey Hough is the LLB Programme Director. Her teaching areas are Land Law, Contract Law and ADR. She has experience in teaching and leading programmes both home and abroad, having taught at institutions in Mauritius and Hong Kong.