Business Law LLB (Hons) 2019/20 entry

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3 years full-time
4 years sandwich


Coventry University


September 2019



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If you are looking to apply the law in a commercial or business setting, the LLB Business Law will help to equip you with a specialist understanding of both the law as it applies to business and the wider commercial world.

Our law degree could set you on the path towards qualifying as a solicitor, but equally can act as preliminary training for a range of other careers, recognised by employers as providing the transferrable professional skills they demand.

With a focus on developing your practical legal skills, Law has been taught at Coventry University for 50 years. Whether it is participating in a scenario to advise a client on setting up a company or preparing a complex international business contract, we aim to improve your analytical, negotiation and communication skills, vital for any line of work.

From 2021, to become a Solicitor and/or Barrister in England and Wales you must either have an undergraduate degree, or equivalent experience (for example, by completing a degree level apprenticeship). Importantly, a Coventry undergraduate law degree should prepare candidates for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination Stage 1 test, as required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in order to become a Solicitor, and for the Academic pathway, as required by the Bar Standards Board in order to become a Barrister.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Course information

Law degrees at Coventry Law School are required to cover the foundations of legal knowledge, which will be studied during the first two years. These subjects are Contract Law, Tort Law, Criminal Law, Law of the European Union, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Property Law, and Equity and Trusts, as well as the English Legal System.

On this specialist degree, the curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the legal framework that businesses operate within, together with the rules and main institutions of the legal system. You can also choose optional modules in specialist business law topics such as intellectual property or employment law.

You should gain an appreciation of the wider commercial context in which businesses operate and the legal consequences of various business activities – from initial set up as sole trader, partnership or registered company, for example, to tort liability for defective goods or premises. 

We will examine aspects of contract law, agency and sale of goods as they affect business activities. Critically important in any organisation, we will also study basic elements of employment law, such as the contract of employment, health and safety at work, as well as the rights at work and protection against dismissal and redundancy.

Students on our LLB courses are required to undertake topics specifically designed to enhance their academic, personal and professional skills, as well as their career management. Modules are designed to develop your skills in areas such as writing, researching and retrieving legal materials, the collation and prioritisation of up-to-date relevant information, using paper and electronic sources, primary and secondary legal sources, and legal journals. You will be required to look at the development of a contemporary legal issue in the news, reporting your findings.

Course Specification
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  • English Legal System

  • Contract Law

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law

  • Law in the Business Environment

  • Law Study - Developing Your Academic and Legal Writing Skills

  • Academic and Personal Development



  • Criminal Law

  • Tort Law

  • European Union Law

  • Property Law

  • Practical Legal Skills

  • Academic and Career Development


Optional Enhancement Year


  • Study abroad or professional placement



  • Equity and Trusts

  • Human Rights and Civil Liberties

  • Career Planning and Management

  • Advanced Practical Legal Skills

  • Company Law

  • International Commercial Law

  • Optional modules (1 of the following):

    • Law of Evidence
    • Employment Law
    • Intellectual Property Law

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Unique mentoring scheme with the Warwickshire Law Society Young Lawyers, now in its second year, for up to 30 students per year.
  • A dedicated ‘Moot Room’ to give you the opportunity to develop your advocacy skills and experience a modern courtroom environment.
  • Annual Law Student Conference, where you have the opportunity to apply to present a paper with the possibility of publication in the Coventry Law Journal.
  • Guest lectures from employers who specialise in different areas of the law, building your professional network. Recent speakers have included an Associate (Pensions) from Squire Patten Boggs and Barrister from 43 Temple Row. We have also organised a guest lecture from the Faculty’s Internationalisation Manager and a graduate recruiter visits from ‘The Graduate’ to talk and provide advice to our students.
  • Opportunity to take part in our prestigious annual mooting competition, taking place against the University of Reading this year with the chance for each of the winners to secure a mini-pupillage at 43 Temple Row in Birmingham. Previously, we have participated in the third annual Mooting Competition in Commercial and Maritime Law Organised by Swansea University, one of our first year students winning the Encouragement Award for their advocacy skills, which was sponsored by Swansea’s Institute of International Trade and Shipping Law.

£350m investment in facilities, a single site campus with excellent learning facilities all in easy walking distance.

Your main study themes are:

  • Contract Law: We will introduce you to contractual obligations under the common law, as affected by statute. We examine contract formation, resulting obligations, vitiating factors, performance, breach and remedies. You will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the role of contract law with an appreciation of contract law in practice and the factors that have influenced its development, as well as those that may affect its future direction.

  • Tort Law: Tort Law involves remedies which facilitate the resolution of civil disputes between individuals. These remedies include resolutions such as damages, which compensate the individual for any harm caused. We will look at areas such as negligence, nuisance and occupier, employer and product liability. We also examine any defences that may be applicable to tortfeasors and any remedies available to compensate victims.

  • Criminal Law: Criminal Law involves wrongs, or prohibited conduct, consequences or states of affairs, which the State is responsible for prosecuting on behalf of the individuals involved. It generally consists of punishing individuals for their wrongful actions and seeks to protect personal or proprietary rights of individuals. You will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the principles upon which a person's responsibility under criminal law will be assessed, analysing the nature of criminal offences and developing an appreciation of the circumstances in which people are absolved of responsibility under the law.

  • Law of the European Union: European Union (EU) Law plays an important role in almost all aspects of both law and individuals’ daily lives. You will have the opportunity to learn about the sources of EU law and their status within our own legal order, studying the institutional framework of the EU and its legal basis. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the substantive rules which form the cornerstone of the single market, in particular the free movement of goods, services, capital, and services, together with the customs union and competition law.

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law: We examine Parliament, the Government and the courts: the powers that they exercise, how they are controlled, how they relate to each other and how they relate to the individual. We will consider the various fundamental public law principles that underpin the constitution, the principal institutions of the State and how these institutions interact and relate to one another and to the individual, including consideration of how human rights are protected in the United Kingdom. Administrative law focuses specifically on the law relating to the government and how its powers are controlled through judicial review.

  • Property Law: Property Law is a study of the rights and interests affecting land, such as a leasehold interest in a freehold. We will trace the development of our land law from 1066 to the modern system of land registration and study the acquisition of rights in land by informal means, such as the use of an implied trust to establish rights over land in favour of a non-owner.

  • Equity and Trusts: You will be introduced to the equitable principles governing the creation and administration of express private and public trusts. We examine the reasons for creating trusts in the contemporary social and economic context and the requirements for such creation, enabling you to distinguish between the trust concept and other related concepts. We focus on the trust concept and, in particular, its contemporary role in commercial contexts, as well as its traditional functions, in relation to family property.

  • English Legal System: Aims to provide a sound knowledge of the English legal system and its operation, including civil and criminal procedure. It is designed to develop a critical awareness of the legal system, its strengths and shortcomings. In particular, we look at the issues of the day confronting the legal system and the law in general, including aspects of human rights law. You will be encouraged to discover, interpret and apply legal rules.

Modules are normally delivered through large group lectures and seminars of 15 students. Seminars are interactive and may involve hypothetical problem questions, case studies and the analysis of more theoretical issues. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress and will be available for advice.

This course can be studied over three years of full-time or five to six years of part-time study. Students also have the option to spend a year studying abroad or on work placement.

Our active Law School provides lots of opportunities for extra-curricular activities. We recently launched a series of networking events, including a new initiative to promote internationalisation – ‘Careers in Law: Global Options and Local Opportunities’ – which featured 15 senior legal practitioners from across the UK, including two QCs.

Modules are normally delivered through large group lectures and seminars of around 15 students. These seminars are interactive and may involve hypothetical problems, case studies and the analysis of more theoretical issues. In addition, your personal tutor will monitor your progress and will be available for advice.

A qualifying law degree is a law degree with Honours which is accepted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as satisfying the academic stage of legal education. A law degree with Honours will only be accepted as a qualifying law degree where the student has passed the assessments in the ‘Foundations of Legal Knowledge’, namely Contract Law, Tort Law, Criminal Law, Equity and Trusts, European Union Law, Property Law and Public Law (including Constitutional, Administrative Law and Human Rights).

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, coursework, group presentations and posters. 

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • A wide range of legal concepts, values, principles and rules of English law. This includes: relevant European law.
  • The major legal institutions, procedures and sources of English law and European Union law.
  • The law in an economic, social and philosophical context.
  • Legal and professional ethics.
  • Key concepts and principal areas of business law and the legal relationship between 
    parties to business transactions


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Rank issues in terms of relevance and importance within unfamiliar arguments in the light of established law.
  • Bring together and present in a coherent, integrated fashion, materials from primary and secondary sources, offering an accurate summary of the current state of doctrinal and policy debate in any area of law.
  • Make an informed and reasoned judgement on standard arguments in the areas of law in question.
  • Apply your legal knowledge to complex situations, including hypothetical problem questions, to recognise potential alternative conclusions and to provide supporting reasons. 
  • Identify the principal controversial issues in areas of law not previously studied.
  • Independently locate a wide range of legal materials and non-legal sources, read and discuss legal materials written in technical and complex language and clearly attribute the work of others.

In a typical teaching week you will have up to 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 4 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 9 hours of lectures each week.


In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 25 hours of self-directed studying and revising in your own time, including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

We recognise the difference that both work and an international experience can make to your future career. All of our undergraduate courses are designed to enable you to take an additional optional year either on placement in the UK or abroad or studying abroad (subject to application and availability).

From your first day in the Law School, we will offer you advice and guidance to help you achieve a global experience. The Law School has particularly strong links with the South West University of Politics and Law (SWUPL) in Chonqing, China and the University of Central Florida in the USA. We have also established links with the Universities of Liege in Belgium, Strasbourg in France (French speaking), Castellon and Leon in Spain (Spanish speaking), The Hague in the Netherlands, Orebro in Sweden, Pecs in Hungary (where courses are taught in English) and the Universities of Kiel and Rostock in Germany (German Speaking).

We offer a range of optional field trips to enable you to experience the legal systems of different countries, which has previously included the Instituto Superior de la Carrera ISC in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the University of the West Indies in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. We also host live seminars with students abroad via web link, provide opportunities to attend summer schools in the US.

Throughout the course, staff will introduce comparative international elements and issues; a number of final year options are specifically international in focus including modules covering international commercial law, international public law and international criminal law.

Global ready

Did you know that we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: ECU185
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
31 points
5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Mathematics, or specified equivalents.


A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits in Mathematics or Physical Science units. Plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language an IELTS of 6.0 is required for this course. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language an IELTS of 6.5 is required for this course. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. 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 the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry 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 Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional 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 unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that 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 at Coventry 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.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2018.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2019

£13,250 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

The aim of this course is to make sure you have the relevant knowledge and qualifications to proceed to a career as a lawyer or in business.

You can benefit from specialist advice and support in the ‘Career Planning and Management’ module. We also host regular networking events to enable you to meet representatives from local firms and a variety of local organisations who sit on our Industry Advisory Board, which regularly reviews our course content to ensure it remains up-to-date.

Many of our graduates enter the legal profession in high street, national and international firms specialising in commercial and business law. Examples of recent employers of our graduates include: Ward and Rider Solicitors, a local firm founded in 1948; Brethertons LLP, a growing Midlands firm with six offices; and Ince and Co, a specialist international commercial firm with offices in Dubai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Le Havre, London, Paris, Piraeus, Shanghai and Singapore.

Not all law students wish to enter the legal profession as a solicitor or barrister and a Law degree can provide an excellent foundation for many other careers. Our graduates have pursued careers in local government or the professional services, as trainee accountants with top firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), heading a recruitment desk with Hays International in Hong Kong and as management trainees with large ‘blue chip’ companies.

On successful graduation, you should possess a range of transferrable graduate and employability skills in research, analysis, synthesis, critical judgement, evaluation, application of knowledge, problem-solving, communication and reflective learning. 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


of Coventry University students in work or further study 

DHLE 2016/17

Where our graduates work

Examples of recent employers of our graduates include: Ward and Rider Solicitors, a local firm founded in 1948; Brethertons LLP, a growing Midlands firm with six offices; and Ince and Co, a specialist international commercial firm with offices in Dubai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Le Havre, London, Paris, Piraeus, Shanghai and Singapore.

What our Vice-Chancellor says…

A key part of the university’s mission is preparing our students for employment in a highly competitive global market, equipping them with the tools and skills they need to find jobs and thrive in their future careers.

These new figures show that this dedication is having an impact on our graduates’ futures and is further evidence that our staff are offering students a truly world-class experience.


By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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