Duration & study mode
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Business & Enterprise
Course starting dates
The BA Legal Studies is designed, primarily, for HND Legal Services graduates to complete their study to degree level.
Understanding and advising an organisation on how to comply with its legal obligations is an increasingly in-demand skill.
The course is suitable for those pursuing a career in a wide range of sectors including the legal sector - and beyond. You will be introduced to a variety of legal subject areas and will, on graduation, be able to continue your studies to qualify as a solicitor or gain employment as paralegals.
Beyond legal knowledge, you will develop skills in legal research and practical problem-solving, as well as developing an understanding of the environments, markets and processes of business organisations.
Work placement opportunities available through the School of Business & Enterprise allow students to put theory into practice in real-world business environments.
Broaden your horizons, learn a new language and prepare for the best international opportunities available with study abroad at UWS.
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.
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.
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)
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
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:
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
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:
In years 3 and 4 of BA Legal Studies you will build on the knowledge gained during the HND in Legal Services. As you begin to specialise, you will consider in greater detail topics and areas of study related to your future career. You’ll also complete a dissertation on a topic of interest. Optional visits to Scottish courts will be arranged and will cost no more than £20 per visit.
In year 3 you will study a range of legal subject areas including employment law, human rights law, trusts, succession, evidence, and competition law. Students will also undertake personal development modules.
In year 4 you will cover legal areas such as child protection, equality, obligations and company law. You will also complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice in the field of law and legal studies.
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 Legal Studies degree is assessed using a variety of assessment methods including:
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
Upon graduation you will have the knowledge and skills to gain employment in both the legal sector but also in other non-law related sectors.
Graduates will be well placed to compete for places on an LLB course with a view to becoming a practising solicitor, or specialist post-graduate courses.
£1,820 per year of study
£9,250 per year of study
£9,250 per year of study
£12,300 per year of study
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:
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.
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 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.
Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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