On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.
- Company Law: Build on general legal knowledge that applies to the business environment, to extend your competence in Company Law. You'll learn how to apply Company Law at an advanced level.
- Strategic Management: Develop the intellectual and professional qualities you'll need for performing strategic analysis, making choices between strategies and executing those strategies with desired results.
- Investment Management: The theories underpinning investment management and their practical application. You'll learn about the current features of capital markets and savings products which will prepare you for business and personal investment.
If you don't have IELTS 7.0 or higher, you'll also need to study the following unit:
- Advanced Academic English (AAE): Combine and refine your language and study skills. This includes accessing oral and written information, note-taking, participating in seminars, learning strategies for formal assessments and using reference materials.
Option units (choose two)
- Law of International Trade: Appreciate the relationship between legal principles and commercial practice, and recognise the practices and procedures for trading goods nationally and commercially.
- Financial Regulation: An insight into key financial regulatory theories, forms and rationale in the financial sector. You'll engage with and analyse regulatory concepts and systems that meet the needs of the regulator and the regulated.
- Research Study: An opportunity to develop skills in conducting an effective research project. You'll collect and analyse secondary and primary data and evaluate outcomes, showing your understanding of the research environment.
- Starting a Business: Explore the practicalities of starting a small business. Start-up survival and failure will be examined, along with the suitability of Government and Enterprise initiatives for supporting business start-ups. You'll research legal issues that may affect business ventures.
- Risk Modelling & Management: Gain an understanding of risk in a modern business environment and the risk management processes needed for controlling such risks. You'll develop skills for analysing risk scenarios and solutions.
- Commercial Law & Transactions: The institutional and transactional features of business law. You'll explore the transfer of ownership of personal property among companies and individuals, along with legal relationships.
- Contemporary Issues in Management: Contemporary and universal issues affecting organisations, managers and employees. You'll look at the increasingly globalised environment in which businesses operate, and gain the ability to analyse and reflect on the complexities and uncertainties inherent in modern business and management.
- Employment Law: Develop your understanding of employment law, contracts and relationships. You'll appreciate the wider issues of the business and the role of the law, and learn about the key features of employment to prepare you for business and the world of work.
- Family Law: Examine the law as it applies to different members of the family, evaluate forces for change which affect families and how these are reflected in case law and approaches for reform. You'll cover the law in relation to children, domestic violence, the unmarried family, the role of family in society and the pressures for change.
Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may change from year to year.
How you will be assessed
You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 48% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.
Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.
Download the programme specification for BA (Hons) Finance & Law (Top-Up).
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.
Background and experience
For this course we are looking for applicants who:
- Are keen to deepen their understanding of the financial and legal environment
- Are self-motivated and can manage their own time and learning environment effectively.
- Are numerate and capable of analysing legal judgements
- Show commitment and dedication to their studies.
This intensive one year course offers Foundation degree and HND students the opportunity to build upon previous study and gain an Honours degree. It may also be relevant for students who would like to progress to a Masters course or to legal and financial professions.
Applicants should be equipped with sound evaluative and numerical skills, and an appreciation of legal practices and procedures. A variety of applications are considered, key skills and personal qualities are taken into account as well as previous qualifications and relevant work experience.
If there’s anything in here that isn’t clear, or we don’t answer your questions, get in touch with the askBU Enquiry Service.
Full entry requirements
This course requires a Foundation degree or HND with 55% in a required subject. Previous study of law is essential.
Required subjects: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Law
GCSEs: This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.
Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes GCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application, please contact the Future Students Enquiry Team to find out more.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our international entry requirements page.
Combining an understanding of the law with a good grounding in financial principles is a valuable skillset to have in today's corporate environment. When you finish your degree, you'll be well-placed to find a job in a range of businesses.
Our graduates have gone on to work for the likes of Anglo-Continental, Churchill Knight & Associates, Compass Group, Countrywide and Riverview Portfolio Ltd. Among the roles you can apply for are:
- Account assistant
- Financial analyst
- HR & payroll manager
- Legal advisor
- Sales negotiator.
Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.
Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the tourism sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.
Frazer Ball - Senior Lecturer in Accounting
Frazer graduated from Bournemouth University in 1994 with a BA (Hons) in Accounting and an MSc in Finance with Risk Management in 2010. Frazer is an ACCA Affiliate in Accounting and his research interests include resource economics, green economics and energy economics.
The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.
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||Where the change was made
GCSE entry requirements have changed to: This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.
|Full entry requirements
This course requires a minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.