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[A] Why choose this Course

1 Internationally recognised qualification
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.
2 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
3 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
5 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
6 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
7 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

[B] Course Content, Assessment and Award

The Course is divided into 3 parts with 6 subjects or modules in each part as the table below explains:

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
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  
Business Accounting Human Resource Management  

The subjects are assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations with exams mostly used for the Accounting and IT subjects and coursework for the others and for which in each subject the pass mark is 40%

If the student

  • Only completes the first 6 subjects/modules or Part 1 they will be awarded a University Certificate of Higher Education in Law with Business
  • Only completes the first 12 subjects/modules or Parts 1 and2 they will be awarded a University Diploma of Higher Education in Law with Business
  • Completes all 18 subjects or parts 1 ,2 and 3 they will be awarded a University Degree ie an LLB Hons in Law If the student. The Class of the degree though will depend upon the average of the marks obtained in the final part 3 of the course

[C] Course start dates and duration

The Course has 3 different start dates throughout the year which are February, July or October.
The year is divided into 3 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 in either

  • 2 taking 3 terms in each calendar[12 month] year assuming all subjects are passed at the first attempt or
  • 3 years if the student only studies for 2 terms in a 12 month year OR has resit subjects in term 3
Degree Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Total modules studied per year Duration
BA in 2 years 3 Modules 3 Modules 3 Modules 9 Modules 18 subjects over 2 years of 12 months study per year
BA 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.

[D] Entry requirements and exemptions

  • For entry to the programme for 2015/16 a typical applicant will have a minimum of 300 UCAS points, of which 280 points must be obtained from GCE A2 or Vocational A-Level (6 or 12 unit) awards, including a grade C in one subject. The remaining points may be from A2, AS, Vocational A/AS level (3, 6 or 12 units) awards, or from level 6 skills certification. Applicants will not be interviewed. There is no typical applicant background for Law, although the majority of students do have the conventional Curriculum 2000 qualifications. Within those qualifications, most subject disciplines are acceptable, although, again, the majority will have studied arts/social science/business-related curricula.
  • Applicants with non-standard qualifications will be considered by the Law School in conjunction with the Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions Services in accordance with the precepts and procedures set out in the University Handbook on The Admission of Students. This may particularly apply to those wishing to study the programme part-time, although, as there is no separate part-time mode of delivery, such students will be considered against the same criteria as non-standard full-time applicants.

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