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Business & Law BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

NM12 - BA (Hons)
21M5 - HND
21MN - HNC

Study options:

3 year - Degree
2 year - HND
1 year - HNC

Location:

CU Coventry

Starting:

September 2018
November 2018
January 2019
February 2019
May 2019
June 2019

Fees:

Get in touch

+44 (0) 24 7765 8787


Overview

This modern, innovative and exciting programme provides comprehensive coverage of essential practices from the Management & Leadership course, combined with the key topics taught on the Law & Practice course.

For students who have an interest in both industries, this course focuses on contemporary business and legal issues that impact on the running of a successful organisation. You will learn the key points of owning or running a business within the legal remit and the key differences and practices of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

You’ll also gain a solid background in key topic areas such as writing contracts, rights on intellectual property and how to lawfully advertise and market a business. 

Why CU Coventry

We are committed to delivering a modern university experience to all our students. Our unique timetable and teaching structure gives you flexibility and our small class sizes ensure students receive plenty of contact hours with tutors. We are also dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we kept our fees low, our timetable structured and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.

Employability

Dedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment

Top Quality Courses

Taught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University

No End of Year Exams

Our modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress

Professional Recognition

Specific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies

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What our students say

Whilst at CU Coventry I have developed a lot of skills. The main skill I have built on is communication, which has been key to my development. Transitioning from university to the corporate world, the levels of communication are very different and the employability team, along with my lecturers, have helped me overcome this barrier.

Tafara Mugumbate - Business & Law student

Course information

The Business & Law BA (Hons) course aims to provide a thorough understanding of legal knowledge and key business practices within modern day operations.

This collaborative degree focuses strongly on the legal remits of business, covering a wide array of topics from contract and intellectual property law, to marketing and business leadership. Furthermore, you’ll develop decision making, advocacy and presentation skills throughout this programme, allowing you to build a solid foundation to become competent and confident practitioners.

100%

of our Law students were satisfied with the quality of their course.

National Student Survey (NSS) 2016

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

The first year is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the legal system and public law. You will be introduced to the legal framework, including elements of the civil and criminal justice systems and contract law. Throughout the year, the programme aims to develop your skills in decision making and research methods, providing you with a solid foundation for further exploration in years two and three. Students who complete year one are awarded a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Business & Law.

Modules

  • Introduction into the Legal System and Public Law

    An introductory module, you will cover the creation of new laws, the role of the judiciary and the details of the government and its functions. You may also get the opportunity to take an educational trip. Previous trips have been to the Old Bailey in London and a Magistrates’ Court. 

  • Contract Law

    An essential business-based module, this unit introduces the core subjects of contract law. You will explore what a legally binding contract consists of, applied terms, exclusion causes, how contracts can be discharged and more. You will articulate your knowledge through written assessments, refining your academic writing style in the process.

  • Leadership Concepts

    This popular module focuses on critically reviewing a range of management and leadership theories including team development. Recognising and analysing the characteristics of a leader, you will gain an understanding of how motivation is used by managers to encourage and sustain productivity from employees in a range of organisations.

  • Information Management Decision-Making

    Combining the theory that underpins management practice with the practical skills needed to succeed in the workplace, this module demonstrates how various elements of information management work together. Evaluating various sources of information, you’ll practice making managerial-level decisions based on data, considering how they are conceived and appraising the results.

Thought about a different campus?

CU Coventry, CU London and CU Scarborough come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast. Find out more about the CU offering.

Overview

Critically appraising legal aspects that affect everyday operations, you get the chance to practice a range of advocacy, written and communication skills. You will also be introduced to the financial side of business and the significance of legal barriers in business accounting. In the context of organisational performance, you will explore entrepreneurialism and the importance of independent and innovative working in business, undertaking assessments to demonstrate your knowledge. Students who complete year one are awarded a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business & Law.

Modules

  • Entrepreneurship

    Having entrepreneurial flair is common in many successful managers. Here, you will evaluate the skills needed by an entrepreneur for a business start-up. We will also cover the role of an intrapreneur—a manager who runs their own area of responsibility within and organisation as their own mini-business.

  • Civil Litigation

    This module teaches the process of going through the court system, from the evidence needed to proceed a claim, to what you can expect from a defendant. Your skills will be put to the test in exciting practical assessments, where you will utilise our on-site mock law court.

  • Law for Accounting

    An entirely theoretical, accounting module with the aim of equipping you with a full spectrum of business skills. You’ll learn appropriate due diligence methods required in business and the basics of operating within the legal remit, affecting precision and reliability to a high standard. As businesses constantly enter financial contracts, you’ll learn the basics of contract law and assess how the law impacts accountants.

  • Business Finance

    This module looks at the financial context for contemporary organisations, including appropriate sources of finance and accurate interpretation of financial data. You will focus on the use of fiscal information as a leadership and management tool, for monitoring and managing organisational performance.

Thought about a different campus?

CU Coventry, CU London and CU Scarborough come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast. Find out more about the CU offering.

Overview

Sandwich and placement years give you the opportunity to gain further insight into the industry or career you are seeking to follow. This enables you to contextualise the theoretical models and concepts discussed in the classroom in the workplace. Furthermore, if you choose to take advantage of a placement or sandwich year, this version of the degree will help to increase your employment prospects by acquiring skills and gaining an understanding of what employers expect of graduates.

Overview

In the final year, you will work at a highly proficient and skilful level, engaging critically with the principles and evolvement of commercial law. Influenced by professional practice, you will assess essential business topics such as effective marketing and strategic leadership, while mastering key techniques and practices used in industry. The skills that you refine during this year will help to prepare you for further advancement down your chosen career path. Students who complete year three are awarded a BA (Hons) Degree in Business & Law.

Modules

  • Marketing

    In this essential module, you’ll evaluate contemporary marketing techniques and their use in global and international markets. Refining your creative and academic skills, you’re required to analyse the role of an effective marketing manager, demonstrating your knowledge in a marked assessment.

  • Strategic Leadership

    In this module, you will look at the macro and micro environment to successfully devise and implement strategic growth plans. You’ll analyse contemporary research on the role of leadership in managing change, considering major business factors of the wider commercial environment.    

  • Commercial Law

    Exclusive to students on this programme, this module requires you to discuss and detail the sales of goods through B2B and B2C channels. Drawing on elements of advanced contract law, you’ll explore the key elements of commercial agency laws including business organisation, partnership law and the legal remits of business operations. 

  • Intellectual Property Law

    In the concluding module, you will understand copyrights and patents of intangibly owned property such as literary works, concepts, inventions and more. At this level, you will also independently critically evaluate the principles of client care and consider how effectively client relationships contribute to the development of a successful legal practice.

Thought about a different campus?

CU Coventry, CU London and CU Scarborough come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast. Find out more about the CU offering.

12th

Coventry University is ranked 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018. CU Coventry is part of the Coventry University Group.

In more detail...

  • Upon completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University, which is ranked 12th best University in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2018. Coventry University were also awarded Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in 2017.
  • You will receive support with applying for short and long-term placements, to gain the experience employers desire, with our in-house Careers & Employability department.
  • You will have the opportunity for multi-campus learning in Coventry, London and Scarborough.
  • We keep our fees low to make higher education more accessible to everyone. This means you benefit from an amazing modern university experience, at a competitive price.
  • Small tutorial group sessions of up to five people ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.

All teaching and learning activities are designed to develop academic and non-academic skills, such as, writing, research, presentational, advocacy, practical administrative and employability.

Your main study themes are:

  • The English Legal System: An understanding of the classifications of law into public/private, domestic/European/international and civil/criminal. Key concepts of criminal law and its applications to real life scenarios.
  • Managing Information: Decision making is fundamental to the success of a manager. Faced with substantial amounts and a variety of information on a daily basis, it is important that managers are able to make effective decisions quickly. This can only be done if the manager has an appropriate way of managing and being able to assess accurately the information that they receive.
  • Internationalisation: Comparative study of other legal orders, such as the European Union or legal systems in other jurisdictions which are also based on English common law.
  • Client Care and Practice: Conducting interviews and best practices, identifying legal problems, customer support and system management and law from the clients’ perspective.
  • Management Resources: This includes the control and operation of budgets and financial reserves and the infrastructure required to deliver necessary outputs in time and to sufficient quality. Avoidance of resource waste, and ensuring maximum return on investment is key.
  • Research Methods: Internet based law research resources used in the profession, such as Westlaw, LexisNexis and LawTel. Presentation of work through digital media is also built into session plans.
  • Managing Self: Personal management requires determination, effort, high quality personal organisation, skills essential for successful and competent managers to deliver results. Developing rigorous and effective self-organisation skills are qualities valued by all employers.

This course is available as a full-time three year or optional four-year sandwich course, the latter incorporating a work placement or study year in a related field. Alternatively, part-time study is also available with our Saturday University programme, this course can be completed in as little as three years. Our teaching methods are varied, offering a number of teaching styles to suit the needs of all our students, so in addition to lectures, we also utilise a blended learning approach, including online aspects, workshops and group work.

We also operate an open-door policy, with additional availability via email and our online learning platform, Moodle.

Progression through the modules develops knowledge and skills, including communication (written and oral), study skills, research methods, project management, presentation and career development. We will also encourage you to consider your employability and/or entrepreneurial development.

Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end of year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which is more reflective of our learning model.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and include practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Course Breakdown (approximate):

  • Coursework and Written Assessments: 50%
  • Phase Tests: 20%
  • Practical Work/Presentations: 30%

50% assessed by coursework and written assessments

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the theoretical, analytical and practical aspects of legislation and processes.
  • Be proficient in collating and evaluating evidence, with enhanced advocacy and advisory skills.
  • Develop appropriate analysis techniques, alongside the ability to undertake reliable and thorough research of case law, law commissions and more.
  • Apply appropriate presentation skills to confidently establish the significance of data produced.
  • Critically appraise theories related to the development of staff including factors that need to be considered in the development of people management, such as ethics, culture and change.
  • Operate, lead and collaborate in a team to solve problems of a practical (experimental) nature and to provide appropriate solutions.

Full-time students receive 18 hours of teaching each week.
Classes are split into two categories:
Morning - 9am-1pm
Afternoon - 2pm-6pm

Part-time students receive 8 hours of teaching each week.
Classes are split into two categories, subject to numbers:
Saturday - 9am-6pm
Tuesday and Thursday - 6pm-10pm

We hold tutorials in groups no larger than 5 every week. These sessions are mandatory and ensure you receive detailed feedback about your work, go into depth on specific topics and have any of your burning questions answered.

Groups are kept at an average of 25-50 students per class. This way, students can take advantage of small numbers to increase contact time with lecturers.

What our students say

Whilst at CU Coventry I have developed a lot of skills. The main skill I have built on is communication, which has been key to my development. Transitioning from university to the corporate world, the levels of communication are very different and the employability team, along with my lecturers, have helped me overcome this barrier.

Tafara Mugumbate - Business & Law student

Entry Requirements

Business & Law HNC

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Business & Law HND

80 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Business & Law BA (Hons) Degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

All HNC/HND/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we offer a number of programmes to help you secure a place. Successful completion of one of the below programmes guarantees you a place on a degree course with us, subject to meeting specified criteria.

Foundation Year

This degree programme has an integral stage 0 attached to it, so if you do not meet the entry requirements you may enter at the foundation level. Successful completion of our Business or Law & Practice Foundation Year courses will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Access to HE Course

Access to HE courses aim to bring your academic skills and topical knowledge up to optimal standard for higher education study. If you undertake an Access to HE course and then successfully complete a degree programme, the remaining balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off. Successful completion of our Business Access to HE course will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Business & Law HNC

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Business & Law HND

80 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Business & Law BA (Hons) Degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

All HNC/HND/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we offer a number of programmes to help you secure a place. Successful completion of one of the below programmes guarantees you a place on a degree course with us, subject to meeting specified criteria.

Foundation Year

This degree programme has an integral stage 0 attached to it, so if you do not meet the entry requirements you may enter at the foundation level. Successful completion of our Business or Law & Practice Foundation Year courses will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Access to HE Course

Access to HE courses aim to bring your academic skills and topical knowledge up to optimal standard for higher education study. If you undertake an Access to HE course and then successfully complete a degree programme, the remaining balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off. Successful completion of our Business Access to HE course will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Business & Law HNC

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Business & Law HND

80 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Business & Law BA (Hons) Degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

All HNC/HND/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

CU Coventry welcomes international students from all around the globe. If you are an international student and are interested in applying for a Foundation year, HNC, HND or Degree course you can do so by completing the online application form.

Once your application form has been processed you will receive the outcome of your application via your given email address.

Please be aware you will need the following information in order to make your application:

  • All academic transcripts
  • Copies of degree/diploma certificates or work reference if employed
  • One academic reference
  • Be trained to English language proficiency level IELTS 6.0 (HNC - year 1/HND - year 2) or IELTS 6.5 (Degree/Top Up - year 3)
  • Your personal statement
  • Copy of your current passport

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to CU Coventry. We assess an applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course, and we may feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer to CU Coventry. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join CU Coventry.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. Requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made CU Coventry their firm choice.

CU Coventry has assessed that you can achieve the required grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer if you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in the year for which they applied.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we have a number of programmes which upon completion, automatically qualifies you onto a place on this degree course, such as Foundation Years or Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

What our students say

Whilst at CU Coventry I have developed a lot of skills. The main skill I have built on is communication, which has been key to my development. Transitioning from university to the corporate world, the levels of communication are very different and the employability team, along with my lecturers, have helped me overcome this barrier.

Tafara Mugumbate - Business & Law student

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£6,200 (per year)


November 2018

£6,200 (per year)


January 2019

£6,200 (per year)


February 2019

£6,200 (per year)


May 2019

£6,200 (per year)


June 2019

£6,200 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2018

£6,200 (per year)


November 2018

£6,200 (per year)


January 2019

£6,200 (per year)


February 2019

£6,200 (per year)


May 2019

£6,200 (per year)


June 2019

£6,200 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,000 (per year)


November 2018

£9,000 (per year)


January 2019

£9,000 (per year)


February 2019

£9,000 (per year)


May 2019

£9,000 (per year)


June 2019

£9,000 (per year)


Fees & Funding

Full-time (UK/EU)

For the academic year 2018/19, each six-week block will cost £1,550. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £6,200. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

Part-time (UK/EU)                                                                  

The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year.

Each stage of the qualification (HNC/HND/Degree) will require you to complete four academic blocks. You can study up to four blocks in one academic year or study at a slower pace (usually three academic blocks per year). Please note if you do study at a slower pace you will need to re-enrol to complete your studies in the next academic year.

For the academic year 2018/19, each block for part-time students will cost £1,550. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2018/19 is: £6,200.

Funding

As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Coventry from Student Finance England.

International

For the academic year 2018/19, each six-week block will cost £2,250. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £9,000. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

What our students say

Whilst at CU Coventry I have developed a lot of skills. The main skill I have built on is communication, which has been key to my development. Transitioning from university to the corporate world, the levels of communication are very different and the employability team, along with my lecturers, have helped me overcome this barrier.

Tafara Mugumbate - Business & Law student

Career prospects

With a degree in business and law behind you, your career prospects are vast and varied.

Graduates from this programme can go on to start their own businesses, using the knowledge gained in this programme to conduct the best business practices within the remits of the law.

Also, as this programme effectively fuses core law and business topics, you can choose to pursue a career within law and business. This can include advanced administrative jobs, managerial positions or even a Master’s degree in subjects such as International Law, Business and Organisation Psychology and Human Resource Management.

97%

of our students were in work or further study six months after they left university.

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016

What our students say

Whilst at CU Coventry I have developed a lot of skills. The main skill I have built on is communication, which has been key to my development. Transitioning from university to the corporate world, the levels of communication are very different and the employability team, along with my lecturers, have helped me overcome this barrier.

Tafara Mugumbate - Business & Law student