Business and Management (Law) – BA (Hons) – Bath Spa University

Business and Management (Law)

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

Award
BA (Hons) Business and Management (Law)
School/s
Bath Business School
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: 3889 or 5081
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email admissions@bathspa.ac.uk with your specific details.

Develop key business and management skills alongside the insight, understanding and confidence to engage with the fascinating laws that protect and govern the world of business.

  • Gain a solid business grounding and develop skills that allow you to apply the law to novel circumstances.
  • Learn how law and business interact through problem solving exercises based on real-life situations.
  • Build your academic skills and scholarly knowledge and prepare for the world of work in any industry.

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Our BA (Hons) Business and Management (Law) degree offers a diverse programme that will equip you with the business skills to work in a range of sectors. You’ll gain a thorough grounding in core business skills as well as specialist knowledge about how law is integrated into business functions and job roles.

Engage with fascinating subjects such as contract law, negligence, crime and the law governing business structures, and demonstrate your understanding through interesting problem-solving exercises with real-life case studies. We make law accessible and help you to build your confidence in engaging with the law in different contexts, allowing you to deepen your understanding in this rigorous and thought-provoking course.

Your chosen pathway in Law will enable you to specialise in areas of business with significant legal regulation such as Human Resources, or even work in the legal industries in a variety of roles. You’ll learn in a supportive environment with hands-on and dynamic staff and interact with fellow students across the Bath Business School.


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"Upon graduating from Bath Spa I was offered a year’s internship with UBS AG Investment Bank based in the USA, which I’ve just finished. I’ve now returned to the UK and am working for the bank in London as a Legal Negotiator for Traded products."

Joseph Cooper, Business and Management graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

Following our law pathway on the Business and Management degree, you'll develop specialist skills in the legal area of business. You'll also develop an understanding of:

  • Contract, Tort, Consumer Protection and Employment Law
  • White collar crimes such as fraud, insider trading, money laundering and identity theft
  • Business property including Intellectual Property.

We'll help you develop as a person to achieve your potential through teaching you about law. We aim to give you the skills to apply your knowledge in a wide range of situations in any sector.

You'll also gain a toolkit of key business skills that will enable you to work in different business settings and give you solid grounding to achieve your potential, whatever your aims.

Course structure

Year one
Year one ensures that you have a broad and grounded knowledge of business today, giving a platform to develop specialised knowledge as you progress through the course. You'll explore how organisations work, how they’re managed and how they interact with the business environment. You'll gain an understanding of economic thinking, develop management skills alongside skills in gathering and assessing information and data, in making and communicating decisions and in evaluating their effect.

Year two
In year two you'll specialise in law as well as learning about the functions of a business and how these interrelate. You’ll start to form opinions about how businesses manage the challenges that are presented to them on a daily basis. You'll have the opportunity to work on projects and to use business techniques to solve problems, and you’ll start to develop your employability skills before seeking a placement at the end of this study year.

At the end of Year two you have the option to choose a ten-month placement or a shorter ten-week placement in a business. This is an invaluable chance to apply your legal knowledge and business skills in the real world, making you even more attractive to employers.

Year three
In your final year, when you finish your placement, you'll practice, develop, challenge and explore all your business learning, and examine management as an integrating activity. In your law-related dissertation you'll explore in depth a topic related to law or regulation that really interests you. You’ll also have the opportunity to work individually or with colleagues to develop and set up a business, and you’ll study a specialist law option.

How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed in a wide range of ways that will test your business knowledge and management skills. These could include presentations, work related projects, group-work, computer based simulations, podcasts, examinations, essays, videos and business reports.

How will I be taught?

We offer variety in the way we teach: sometimes we’ll set you problems so that you can find the answers for yourself; sometimes we’ll lecture. Most modules use a mix of lectures and small group seminars. There’s a good blend of online activities using our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva. We invite business leaders to Bath Spa to talk about their experience and we arrange visits to local businesses. All of our teaching methods facilitate your development as a self-directed learner.

You’ll be given personal support in your study – we’re a friendly team of academics who are committed to helping you achieve your goals.

Course modules

This course enables you to develop your own learning pathway, depending on your interests. There are a selection of core and optional modules each year. Core modules will depend on your chosen pathway and you can choose optional modules to complement or diversify your core skill-set each year. The programme document gives you more information on module choices.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • The Business Environment
  • Organisational Behaviour and Management
  • Economics and Globalisation
  • Managing Data
  • Design Thinking for Enterprise
  • Professional Practice

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Creativity for Business
  • Innovation Management
  • The Marketing Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Operations and Project Management
  • Destination Management
  • International Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Applying Economics
  • Festival and Events Management
  • Law for Business Enterprise
  • Fashion Marketing and Management
  • Work Placement
  • Professional Placement Year
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Business and Management Project
  • International Marketing
  • Management Accounting
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Enterprise: Creating your Business
  • Organisational Strategy
  • Managing Sustainability
  • New Trends in Management
  • Cross Cultural Management in International Business
  • Business Placement
  • Tourism: Contemporary Issues
  • Creating and Hosting Festivals and Events
  • Advanced Economics Issues
  • Exploring Law in Business
  • Business and Academic Skills
  • Fashion Marketing Visualisation
  • Successful Freelancing
  • Leadership and Management.

Opportunities

Study abroad

Our students have completed exchange programmes in a variety of countries including Spain, Sweden and the USA.

Business community projects

We give you the opportunity to work with regional and national businesses. You’ll be working on live project briefs to help organisations find creative solutions to their business issues.

Professional accreditation

Depending on your pathway and the modules you study, you can gain accreditation by professional bodies and get exemption from professional exams.

Work placements, industry links and internships

In addition to the business community projects described above, you’ll have fantastic opportunities to work closely with business and industry through placements, projects and internships.

Careers

Employers such as Logica, NHS, Liberty, Ocado, IBM, Marks and Spencer, American Express, Sky and Numatic International have recruited graduates from this course. As a graduate of Business and Management (Law), you’ll be well-equipped for roles and areas such as:

  • Health and safety
  • Intellectual property
  • HR/employment law
  • Criminal justice system
  • Contract law
  • Law conversion courses
  • Banking
  • Financial regulation.

Course delivery in 2022/23

Our focus is on providing the best possible in-person experience for you and your peers whilst maintaining the most successful aspects of online delivery that we know will benefit your learning. Learn more by reading our programme delivery statement

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll have access to excellent facilities at Newton Park campus as well as online resources. These include:

Resources

Our libraries offer a wide range of business resources, including a wealth of online material that can be accessed on- and off-campus, enabling you to work at times that suit you.

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

UK students part time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

International students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,400
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for individuals who are enterprising and creative. You’ll need to have drive, motivation and the get-up-and-go to achieve in a challenging environment.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BBC-CCC preferred. 
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted in any subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher). 

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Get ahead

You’ll already be actively interested in business through activities such as looking at business news online and relevant specialist online journals e.g. marketing week online.

Course leader: Diana Reader
Email: d.reader@bathspa.ac.uk 

Three year course
With placement year

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