Overview

 

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Why study commercial  law?

Law affects every aspect of human life, from the air we breathe to our relationships with each other and the state.

Every organisation will encounter legal issues in the day-to-day running of their business, from contracts, employment, property, acquisitions and mergers to media, sales and marketing.

Legal advice is needed at all stages, from setting up a company to dissolving it.  Employers need graduates who are commercially aware and have a deep understanding of business law.

The law industry is dynamic, competitive and changes in line with social needs.  A law degree provides you with diverse career paths and a skillset to succeed in almost any career.

Why University of Newcastle?

LLB(Hons) Commercial Law offers a solid grounding in all aspects of law with an opportunity to specialise in commercial or business law.

Learn how law relates to business and develop the skills and insight required by employers in a competitive global economy. Create a course that works for you with modules spanning company, employment, finance and intellectual property law.

Gain real-world experience and vital skills in the UK and overseas. Study trips and work placements, mock trials and simulations, mooting competitions, Pro Bono work and a practical ‘Law in Action’ module ensure you graduate with a practical understanding of law and familiarity with the industry.

 

Key features of the course

Develops your expertise of topics related to the investigation, exploration and contested terrain of crime, and social harm Extends skills and insights regarding the criminal justice system, victim protection and support, civil liberties, human rights, security and social justice Ideal preparation for work where analytical and careful decision making is required, and where initiative is valued. Please note that this masters degree is not suitable for those who wish to go on to PhD level study.

Accreditation

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation is your assurance that the University meets quality standards.

Institutional Accreditation

Regional accreditation is an institution-level accreditation status granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies. Accreditation by more than one regional accrediting body is not permitted by the U.S. Department of Education.

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

BA (Honours) 

Course Level:

Undergraduate

Credits 

48

Course

codeM21F

How long it takes:

Three Years, Four Years Sandwich

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$15000.00

Entry requirements

Find out more about

Department:

Newcastle Law School

Why study commercial law?

Law affects every aspect of human life, from the air we breathe to our relationships with each other and the state.

Every organisation will encounter legal issues in the day-to-day running of their business, from contracts, employment, property, acquisitions and mergers to media, sales and marketing.

Legal advice is needed at all stages, from setting up a company to dissolving it.  Employers need graduates who are commercially aware and have a deep understanding of business law.

The law industry is dynamic, competitive and changes in line with social needs.  A law degree provides you with diverse career paths and a skillset to succeed in almost any career.

Why Newcastle?

LLB(Hons) Commercial Law offers a solid grounding in all aspects of law with an opportunity to specialise in commercial or business law.

Learn how law relates to business and develop the skills and insight required by employers in a competitive global economy. Create a course that works for you with modules spanning company, employment, finance and intellectual property law.

Gain real-world experience and vital skills in the UK and overseas. Study trips and work placements, mock trials and simulations, mooting competitions, Pro Bono work and a practical ‘Law in Action’ module ensure you graduate with a practical understanding of law and familiarity with the industry.

Where can it take me?

This Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) allows you to progress to an LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to train as a solicitor or barrister. 

This degree provides a solid platform for a career in commercial law, with students entering a range of business settings.

Law graduates’ broad skillset makes them attractive to employers. Our graduates have gone on to careers in teaching, business, charity work and HR.

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

Development of your academic skills and your understanding of law, economics, accounting, business and management.

You will study:

  • Becoming a Professional
  • Introduction to Organisations, Enterprise and Management 
  • Economics and Accounting for the Real World
  • Introduction to Law in a Social, Business and Global Context.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going onto Year one.

Year one

You will study:

  • Foundations for Law
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law*
  • Law of Contract*
  • Criminal Law*.     

Year two

You will study:

  • Law of Torts*.

Plus, at least one optional module from:

  • Employment Law
  • Dispute Resolution Skills
  • Commercial Law.

Plus, optional modules from (the number depending on credit requirements): 

  • Land Law*
  • Environmental Law
  • Migration Law and Policy
  • Public International Law
  • Sports Law
  • Information Technology Law.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you’ll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

You’ll complete a placement learning module during this time.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • European Union Law*.

Plus, at least one optional module from:

  • Company Law in Context.
  • Law of Financial Crime and Regulation

Plus, optional modules from (the number depending on credit requirements): 

  • Equity and Trusts*
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • The Law of International Trade
  • Globalisation, Trade and Natural Resources
  • Media and Entertainment Law
  • Dissertation
  • Law in Action
  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Cross Cultural Learning and Development.   

*You must take these modules to get a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD).

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UNC Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application. 

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our LLB(Hons) Commercial Law.

If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it’s really like to study here. You’ll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.

Read more about entry requirements.

International applicants

If you are an international student your route of study for this degree is through UNC Bristol’s International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year one of the degree

Fees Amount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee 9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee 13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1625

 

Careers / Further study

Criminology and Law students are highly valued by employers because of their broad skillset and knowledge base.

This degree combination leads naturally to a career in criminal law. If you major in law, you could pursue a career as a solicitor, barrister, legal adviser, legal executive or paralegal.

You could also begin a career in HR, finance, teaching, advice and charity work or the public sector.

Many students train as a barrister or solicitor through the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC LLM), or undertake one of our LLMs.

If you major in criminology, you could go into research, education, social work, counselling, charity work and healthcare. There are also opportunities with the police, prison and court services, as well as the legal sector.

Learning and Teaching

Our approach to learning is student-centered. You’ll become a reflective learner and we’ll support you to develop the skills you need to have a successful legal career.

In Year two and Final year, you can design the course to fit your interests and career ambitions. Our modules differ in learning approaches, so you can choose those that match your style.

You’ll be allocated an academic personal tutor who will support you throughout your degree.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you’ll spend in different learning activities*:

Year Scheduled learning and teaching study Independent study Placement study
0 24% 76% 0%
1 25% 75% 0%
2 24% 76% 0%
3 25% 75% 0%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Study time

During your degree, you will have 12 hours of teaching with a lecturer each week. 

If you choose to do a dissertation or take the Law in Action module, you’ll get a further nine hours of classes, as well as individual contact with the staff member supervising the module. 

In Year one and Year two, you will also receive one hour of peer assisted learning (PAL) each week. 

All students can access the Academic Success Centre (ASC) for workshops and one-to-one sessions with tutors.

Assessment

You can expect to be assessed using problem and essay questions, exams, research based assessments, reflection on skills acquisition, report writing, portfolio submissions and presentations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

Year Written exam assessment Coursework assessment Practical exam assessment
0 36% 41% 23%
1 52% 48% 0%
2 85% 15% 0%
3 59% 41% 0%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year