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Become a business management or legal professional

The BA Law & Business course equips students with a solid legal and business background that will enable them to move into employment in a wide variety of sectors within business management and legal sectors.

Understanding and advising an organisation on how to comply with its legal obligations is a skill that’s increasingly in demand.

The course can be used as a first step towards a career as a qualified solicitor as it allows graduates to gain entry onto further legal study, such as an LLB or LLM.

The School of Business & Enterprise has an enthusiastic and committed staff team that provides a supportive learning environment and a flexible approach to study.

Placement Opportunities

Work placement opportunities available through the School of Business & Enterprise allow students to put theory into practice in real-world business environments.

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THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE

The School of Business & Enterprise at UWS offers professionally focused courses, providing students with sought-after skillsets to succeed in commerce and industry.

We place a high value on promoting entrepreneurship, partnering with the Princes Trust to support our business students to become self-employed or to set up their own business.

Our recent graduates are now working with some of the biggest names in business including RBS, Shell, Ford and IBM.

100%

overall satisfaction from BA Law & Business students

94%

of all UWS students in work and/or further study 6 months after graduating

Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need? 

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC inc English, plus Maths at Nat 5 
  • A levels: CCC 
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 inc English 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4,4 at HL)

Year 2

Direct entry into year 2 may be possible with relevant Scottish Advanced Highers, A levels or an HNC.  Please contact us for more information.  

Year 3

Direct entry into year 3 may be possible with a relevant HND.  Please contact us for more information.

*Entry to Law & Business at Lanarkshire Campus is to year 3 only 

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0


For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0


For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

In years 3 and 4 of BA Law & Business you will have the chance to tailor your studies, considering in greater detail topics and areas of study related to your future career aspirations. You’ll also complete a dissertation on a topic of interest.

Year 3

In year 3 you will study employment law, law of obligations and trusts, succession and executries in addition to strategic management and enterprise creation. You will also develop research skills that will assist you in your Honours year 

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning: 17% 
  • Independent study: 83% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written: 30% 
  • Practical: 7% 
  • Coursework: 63%

Year 4

In year 4 you will complete a dissertation of your choice alongside core subjects including company law, dispute resolution, client care and professional ethics.  The Law Society of Scotland regularly holds careers sessions with Law & Business students in their Honours year 

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning: 16% 
  • Independent study: 84% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written: 8% 
  • Practical: 10% 
  • Coursework: 82%

Learn a language (Optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. View the language modules on offer.

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops. 

There will also be group work and independent learning to ensure you develop transferable skills such as research, presentation, communication and working as part of a team.

Our Business  degree is mainly assessed using a variety of assessment methods including:

  • Written examinations
  • Coursework
  • Practical assessment

Law & Business

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Career prospects

Jobs

BA (Hons) Law & Business graduates have gone on to successful careers in the rapidly expanding paralegal market and the wider business services sector. Other opportunities include citizens’ advice, trading standards, accountancy, local government, Police Scotland and management roles within banks and financial services providers. 

Further study

Some graduates choose further study, leading to an LLB or LLM which will enable you to become a practising solicitor.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2017/2018

Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£1,820 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,300 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses


The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

HOW TO APPLY

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40

GO TO UCAS


If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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Course Leader

Carolynn Gray

Business & Enterprise

UWS Undergraduate students studying at Ayr Campus

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