BA (Hons) Business and Law

About the course



Develop relevant practical skills to prepare you for a wide range of careers. Our law modules are taught through a participative and interactive environment. You will develop:

  • interpersonal and group skills
  • an ability to solve problems,
  • logical argument and reasoning skills,
  • your interpretation of the written word
  • an understanding of social values and public affairs.

Whether you are interested in becoming a legal practitioner or simply interested in the law in a more general context, you will develop a core set of skills that will develop your employability and provide valuable insights.


You don’t need any prior knowledge of business studies before choosing this subject. You will gain a broad introduction to the subject in your first year. If you choose to continue business as a joint subject or increase to major in business you will have access to a range of optional modules allowing you to tailor your studies to your own personal interests.

Your studies in business will prepare you for work in a range of organisations and you will have the opportunity to further prepare for the workplace by taking a one year paid work placement in between your second and final year.

Why choose this course?


  • Study at one of the top five post-1992 university law schools in the UK
  • Equip yourself for a broad range of careers in the law industry, commerce and the public sector.
  • Gain experience through mooting and debating competitions as well as visits to courts and tribunals.


  • Gain a firm understanding of the role of business in society
  • Develop your knowledge in key areas of business such as Finance, Human Resources Management and Marketing
  • Challenge yourself intellectually while gaining key practical and interpersonal skills that prepare you for the workplace.

Student testimonial

"The graduate job market is a tough competition and the skills I have developed through studying a Joint Honours Degree is what helped me to stand out from the crowd and find my two placements during the sandwich year. I believe that the legal way of thinking would give me a competitive advantage in any business industry, as understanding the law and being able to negotiate is where the power in business lies!" - Polina Lukina


This programme gives you flexibility in your studies at university resulting in flexibility in your choice of career at the end of your course. You will acquire a much broader base of knowledge and experience that could really widen your employment opportunities. Graduates have found employment in diverse roles such as computer programmers, design engineers, management development specialists, accountants and project managers. 95.2% of University of Hertfordshire students are in work or further study six months after graduating, according to the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Teaching methods

You will develop your capacity for independent study and interpersonal skills on this programme. There is an emphasis on structured research, well-prepared written and verbal presentations and computer literacy.

You will experience a wide variety of teaching styles on the programme including:

  • standard lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratories
  • case studies
  • individual and group projects

In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to hone your independent study and interpersonal skills by undertaking a major project or dissertation.

Work Placement

You will have the opportunity to take a paid work placement or study abroad for a year between your second and final years, extending your degree from a three year to a four year qualification. You will not be required to pay tuition fees for this year and you will gain excellent experience that sets you apart from the crowd in the graduate jobs market.

A work placement provides you with an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience and put your theoretical knowledge and understanding from your studies in to practice.

Our Careers and Placements service will help you to develop your CV and support you through the application process for a wide range of placement opportunities in a variety of sectors and organisations.

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

You can study in most European countries, USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, South Africa, Russia, China, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Australia. You will study a programme of taught modules and/or project work with one of our partner universities, which will complement your studies on the Joint Honours Programme. You may need to study the language of your chosen country in your first and second years. Depending on where you choose to study you may be eligible to apply for certain grants, scholarships and financial support to help finance your study abroad experience.


Level 4

Core Modules

  • Principles of Marketing - 15 Credits
  • Accounting for Business - 15 Credits
  • Global Perspectives in Business - 15 Credits
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (UJH) - 15 Credits
  • Law of Contract - 30 Credits
  • Legal Procedures, Ethics and Skills - 30 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Managing People - 15 Credits
  • Exploring Business Ethics - 15 Credits
  • Graduate & Employability Skills - 0 Credits
  • European Union Law - 30 Credits
  • Criminal Law - 30 Credits
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law - 30 Credits


  • Human Computer Interaction for Commercial Applications - 15 Credits
  • Project Planning and Control - 15 Credits
  • Principles of Operations Management - 15 Credits
  • Marketing for the Small Enterprise - 15 Credits
  • Marketing Planning - 15 Credits
  • Management Accounting for Business Decisions - 15 Credits
  • Cross-cultural Management - 15 Credits
  • Business Analysis Tools - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Leadership and Organisations - 15 Credits
  • Business Strategy - 15 Credits
  • Graduate & Employability Skills - 0 Credits
  • Company Law - 30 Credits


  • Industrial Placement Year - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (South East Asia) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (North America) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (Australia) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (Europe) - 0 Credits
  • International Human Resource Management - 15 Credits
  • Understanding Challenges in the Third Sector - 15 Credits
  • Social Networking and Enterprise - 15 Credits
  • Small Business Management - 15 Credits
  • Service Operations Management - 15 Credits
  • Management Science in Business - 15 Credits
  • Contemporary Issues in Business and Management - 15 Credits
  • Performance Strategy - 15 Credits
  • HBS Placement - 0 Credits
  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits
  • Law of Tort - 30 Credits
  • Land Law - 30 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

112 UCAS points 

IB - 112 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above.

GCSE Maths and English Language at Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply


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28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
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28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
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