Overview

 

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Why study Commercial and 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 

180

Course

codeF756

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 criminology and law?

Studying criminology gives you a deep understanding of crime and criminal justice in the real world.

It complements and contextualises legal study, and is useful for those looking to practise criminal law or work in the criminal justice system.

Why Newcastle?

BA(Hons) Criminology and Law is a flexible course that allows you to explore topical modules spanning criminal justice, penology, sexual offences and offending.

Gain a solid grounding in criminological research methods and practice. Develop valuable legal skills such as mooting and negotiating alongside your academic studies. Graduate with crucial skills that enhance your employability and prepare you for diverse careers in law or criminology.

This hands-on course gives you real-world insight and helps you develop professional abilities through community engagement and work-based learning.

You’ll study both law and criminology in equal measure in your first year and then opt to major in one or the other from year two.

If you major in law, you’ll have the option to graduate with a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD). This gives you access to our Legal Practice Course (LPC), which includes the option to do an LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Studies (BPTS) to become a solicitor or barrister.

Law majors can choose from a range of modules that provide academic discourse as well as examples of real-life cases. Criminology majors get to explore contemporary issues through practical lab sessions.

Where can it take me?

The knowledge and professional skills you’ll gain on this course are highly valued by employers. They also provide a solid foundation for a variety of careers.

This degree combination leads naturally to a career in criminal law. But depending on your specialism, you could pursue a career as a solicitor, barrister, legal adviser or paralegal, or as a teacher, social worker, counsellor or charity worker.

There are also opportunities with the police, prison and court services, as well as the legal sector.

Content

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

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 four 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: 112
  • 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.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet the UK Border Agency’s and the University’s minimum English language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.

  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • 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. 

If you don’t meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

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.

UNC Bristol’s International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

English language support

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UNC Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UNC Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UNC Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

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

Law students are valuable to employers because of the broad skillset you gain from studying this subject.

You could pursue a legal career as solicitor, barrister, legal adviser, legal executive or paralegal, but you can also go into HR, finance, teaching, charity work and the public sector.

Our graduates have secured roles with law firms such as Osbourne Clarke, Burgess Salmon and Clarke Wilmott as well as barristers’ chambers. A number of graduates establish careers within the banking and finance sector. 

Learning and Teaching

Our approach to learning is student-centered, supporting 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
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
1 52% 48% 0%
2 85% 15% 0%
3 59% 41% 0%

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