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BA (Hons) Law (Top-up)

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If you have a Foundation degree or HND in Law or an equivalent qualification from an overseas university, this course will give you the opportunity to study for an English Law degree.

You will study final year specialist subjects on an established law degree with a focus on subjects in the area of Business Law, International Trade and Intellectual Property. The course draws on our academic excellence, including in the areas of international law and intellectual property law. This will help you progress to a business career or continue to a Master's degree and beyond.

You will also have the opportunity to improve your English language skills.

BU graduates who studied in this subject area were typically earning £20,400 after one year; this is 23% higher than all graduates who studied this subject. Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an open day.

For September 2019 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.

This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in September 2018 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

Statistics shown are taken from Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO 2017).

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year

Entry requirements:

The entry requirement for this course is the successful completion of a Foundation Level degree or HND in Law or an equivalent qualification from an overseas university. For more information check out our entry requirements page.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 or above, or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements page.

Course details

Year 1

  • Law of International Trade: International commercial law is the regulation of the sale and exportation of goods by sea. This allows for an in-depth exposure to international sale contracts and the contracts they're linked with, including carriage, insurance and payment contracts
  • Company Law: Here, you'll gain an understanding of the procedures for corporate decision making by directors and shareholders. You'll develop an appreciation of the significance of the formation of partnerships and the incorporation and constitution of the company.
  • Legal Research Study: You will have the opportunity to conduct research on a topic relevant to your study. The unit aims to promote an understanding of the academic and legal research methods, through the development of an in-depth knowledge of an area of law.
  • Advanced Academic English (compulsory if IELTS is below Level 7)

Option units (choose two if you have studied Advanced Academic English/ three if you have not studied Advanced Academic English)

  • Media and Entertainment Law: Topics ranging from defamation to privacy, contempt of court, sexual offences, sports law and TV formats amongst others will be explored in this unit. This unit benefits from the insight of two experts in the field providing a theoretical and practical insight into the discipline.
  • Intellectual Property Law: You'll learn about copyright, trademarks, patents and design, and understand how these are protected and exploited.
  • Employment Law: One of the most important areas of law in the UK. You'll take a technically and academically challenging look at issues in employment law faced by employers and employees, and learn to apply the principles of employment law to a range of situations.

Programme specification

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.

View the programme specification for BA (Hons) 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.

Selection criteria

For Law, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Are keen to study an English Law degree
  • Are self-motivated and can manage their own time and learning environment effectively
  • Show commitment and dedication to their studies

Information on the type of applicant sought

This intensive one year course is intended for international students who would like to build upon previous study in law and gain an Honours degree, and may also be relevant for students who would like to progress to a Master's course.

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.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is the successful completion of a Foundation Level degree or HND in Law or an equivalent qualification from an overseas university.

GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A* - C including Maths and English 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, but is not limited to, GCSEs, iGCSEs, 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 askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.

We consider lots of different qualifications, to make sure that those who have the talent and the ability to study and learn with us are given the chance to do so.

Extended Project Qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.

Transferring credits from existing qualifications

If you want us to take existing qualifications or relevant work experience into account to be granted an exemption from studying individual units or levels, then you should contact the askBU Enquiry Service

Transferring students from other University courses

If you wish to transfer from another university course that you are currently studying please contact the askBU Enquiry Service in the first instance to discuss your suitability for your chosen BU course.

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature applicants. That’s why we can take your work experience and existing qualifications into account when assessing your application. We really value the ways in which mature students can contribute to our academic community and we offer plenty of support to help you get back into the studying routine if you have been away for a while. Please contact the askBU Enquiry Service for more information.

GCSE numeracy and literacy equivalencies

We can consider applicants without GCSE Maths and/or English, where the applicant can evidence A-levels as follows:

  • Any A-level that includes application of number, e.g. Accounting can be used as evidence to satisfy the GCSE Maths requirement
  • Any A-level that is language rich such as English Literature or Language can be used as evidence to satisfy the GCSE English requirement. Other language rich subjects may also be considered.

A transcript may be required as evidence. Please contact the askBU Enquiry Service for more information.


Further study

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.

Alex Manu

“I would definitely recommend anyone considering Law to come here. I can’t stress the value of the placement year enough. I’ve spoken to employers and I know for a fact that they will take anyone who’s got a 2:1 and a placement year over someone with a first any day because of that industry experience.”

Alex Manu, BA (Hons) Law graduate and Trust Support Officer at Law Debenture Corporation plc – read Alex’s story

Your lecturers

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the law 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.

Jeffrey Wale

I entered legal practice in 1992, qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1994 and became a partner in the national firm of Berrymans Lace Mawer in 1999. My clients were insurers, professionals, public bodies and health care providers and my litigation practice included occupational disease, abuse and education related claims. I have significant appellate court experience including a successful claim against the UK in the European Court of Human Rights. After leaving commercial legal practice, I started teaching in Higher Education in 2010. I am currently the LLB programme leader and a postgraduate researcher in the Department of Law at Bournemouth University.

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:

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.

Course changes

The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text
2/6/16 Course unit title amended Course details content

Optional units Media Law and Entertainment Law amalgamated and titled Media and Entertainment Law

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