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LLB (Hons) Law with Politics

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On this pathway you will study contemporary, historical and global issues in politics. It enables you to appreciate the wider political context in which law is created and operates and obtain a qualifying law degree.

We offer six exciting law pathways, one providing a general legal education, the LLB and others allowing you to specialise in a specific legal field; Law with Politics, Law & Taxation, Law with Economics, Entertainment Law and Business Law.

We know that it’s difficult to decide which area of law you’d like to focus on when you’re just setting out on your training, which is why all of our law pathways share a common first year. This means that you don’t need to make any major decisions about which branch of law you’d like to specialise in until you’ve spent a year studying the subject area and have a better grasp of what each field entails. You’ll be encouraged to investigate areas that interest you, as well as to gain as much experience as possible by attending court and undertaking work placements during your course.

91% of last years law students thought that our staff are good at explaining things. Come and meet us to find out for yourself what makes this course so good.

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All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2017, September 2018


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


4 years (including a minimum 30-week placement). Full-time


Solicitors Regulation Authority, and the Bar Standards Board

Entry requirements:

For 2017 entry (we will use the new UCAS tariff): 120 tariff points, with 80 points from two A-Levels or equivalent, with remaining 40 points from other A-levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM. For more information check out our 2017 entry requirements page.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements page

Course content

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. 

Year 1

Core units

  • Law of the European Union (EU): EU Law is an important legal source for domestic systems in the EU and forms a vital part of the English legal system. You'll study the relationship between these and to apply your knowledge to a range of situations.
  • Contract Law: A foundation law subject you'll need for academic and professional legal qualifications. You'll be expected to explain the functional role of the law in the English Legal System and evaluate the impact of legislative controls on freedom of contract.
  • Constitutional Law: An introduction to UK constitutional and administrative law. You'll learn to understand and share your knowledge of constitutional law and judicial review, and apply it to a range of legal situations.
  • Criminal Law: An academically challenging look at criminal law and how it affects corporations and individuals. You'll learn to apply the criminal law to a wide range of situations.
  • Legal Skills & Systems: This unit looks at the structures in the English Legal System. You'll be introduced to legal method, legal reasoning, legal research and legal writing.

Option units (choose one)

  • Global Perspectives on Politics: You will develop an understanding of the historical and political context in which different countries are operating, and the wider functioning of politics at the regional and international levels.
  • Public Law Studies: There are two aims of this unit: to develop your knowledge of public law and your legal research and academic writing skills. The term “public law” has a broad definition, and this unit builds on what you learnt in the Constitutional Law unit and discusses other areas of public law, including human rights and administrative law.

Year 2

Core units

  • Equity & the Law of Trusts: Equity serves is a dynamic source of private rights, obligations and remedies, and it eases the harshness of common law. Here, you'll technically and academically challenge equity law and trusts and apply equitable principles to a range of situations.
  • History of Poltical Thought (Law): This unit will provide an introduction to key and contested concepts in political theory. This includes: debates on notions of the state, power, civil rights & disobedience, justice, freedom, gender, equality, fairness, toleration and democracy.  The historical development and contested meaning of these political concepts will be explored.
  • Land Law: The private law relating to rights and interests in land, corporeal and incorporeal. You'll explore the rights and interests in land enforced in English law and understanding how they're created and protected.
  • Law of Torts: The Law of Torts is an area of law that's grown considerably in the last few decades. Here, you'll academically challenge the issues in the Law of Torts and apply Tort Law principles to a range of situations.
  • Public International Law: You'll be encouraged to review the law in light of social, current and political influences, and learn about domestic and international current developments.

Option units (choose one)

  • Critical Debates in Contemporary Politics: This unit will focus on challenges to political traditions by considering current debates on such broad concepts as citizenship, engagement, political, social and ethnic conflict and issues of inequality both locally and globally.
  • Digital Politics: The aim of this unit is to enable you to understand the impact of emerging digital technologies, to assess, apply and evaluate the role of digital communications in the promotional and media communications industries.
  • Political Psychology: No previous knowledge of psychology is assumed; by the end of the unit you will have been introduced to those major paradigms in individual and social psychology which have been applied to the political domain.

Year 3

You'll complete a minimum 30-week work placement in the UK or overseas, and get the opportunity to experience legal practice and make contacts for the future. If your placement meets the necessary criteria it can count towards 20 weeks of your training contract after graduation. The work placement is complusory for UK and EU students.

You may take a study abroad placement for up to the equivalent  of one semester (6 months) which will count towards the 30 weeks required for the placement and then complete the remainder of the 30 weeks placement working in industry.

Year 4

Core units

  • Dissertation: Writing a dissertation gives you the opportunity to research a topic relevant to law. You'll develop critical thinking skills and evaluate new and existing research, and develop your conceptual understanding of law.

Option units (choose four)

  • Advanced Criminal Law: This unit goes beyond what you previously learnt about criminal law. You'll be encouraged to review the law in light of social, corporate and political influences, and understand developments in national and international criminal law.
  • Community & Digital Engagement: Drawing on theories of participation, mobilisation, activism, social movements, urban environmental education and digital literacy, the unit brings together traditional methods of community outreach and intervention with emerging forms of multimedia and digital engagement.
  • Environmental Communications: This unit aims to equip you with a critical understanding of the politics and practices in the creation of environmental communication.
  • Fundamentalism, Extremisim & Terrorism: On completing this unit you will understand a psychosocial approach to phenomena of political extremism; you will be familiar with major approaches and debates in the social sciences about the nature of these phenomena, and about their relationship to the principles of liberal democracy.
  • Intellectual Property Law: You'll learn about copyright, trademarks, patents and design, and understand how these are protected and exploited.
  • Media & 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.
  • Media, Conflict & Power: You will explore debates about the media’s role at times of conflict.The unit will consider key moments in the history of conflict coverage and trace the development of strategies by governments and the military to manage media coverage of wars and other conflicts
  • Persuasion & Influence: The unit will explore theory and practice as it relates to persuasion and influence.
  • Promotion Power & Democracy: You will be exposed to key theoretical ideas from social and critical theory, political economy and political philosophy.

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

Contact hours

The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during each year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.

Year 1 – 16% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 190 hours
  • Independent learning: 1010 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 19 hours

Year 2 – 18% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 206 hours
  • Independent learning: 994 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 11 hours

Year 3 - Placement  year - 0% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

Year 4 - 13% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 157 hours
  • Independent learning: 1043 hours
  • Non-assessed learning and teaching: 2 hours

39% of the course is assessed by coursework

  • Year 1: 53%
  • Year 2: 45%
  • Year 3: 0% (placement year)
  • Year 4: 57%

Throughout the course you will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, but you will also undertake group work and written exams.

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.

Download the programme specification for LLB (Hons) Law with Politics.

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.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Placement opportunities

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career; therefore we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

We will provide a great deal of support to help you find the most appropriate work placement for the subject you’re studying and the career you’re interested in, which means you could be based anywhere in the UK, or even overseas.

A placement should be a highly rewarding experience for you and the employing company and we do our best to ensure that everyone involved feels that they have got the most that they can from the experience.

Alex Manu

"It was a great way to network. I’m still in touch with partners from a number of big law firms."

Alex Manu, LLB (Hons) Law, placement at Law Debenture Trust Corporation

The benefits to you as a placement student are many. You will have the chance to:

  • Put the theory learnt throughout the course into professional practice
  • Enhance your study and help you decide on subject options (where appropriate)
  • Learn a wide range of skills such as time management, problem solving and team work (all of these are important to succeed in any career)
  • Make contacts, as it is not uncommon for our students to be offered permanent positions to return to after graduating
  • Gain a real insight into how the industry operates in roles that would be almost impossible to achieve for an outsider
  • Many of our students, during their placement, are given responsibilities normally associated with graduate trainees.

Our students have previously worked for:

  • Law Debenture
  • Chase Anderson
  • Metro Law Solicitors
  • The Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Lester Aldridge LLP
  • Cavendish Legal Group
  • McMillan Williams Solicitors

How long is the placement?

You will begin your placement after completion of your second year of study and you must complete a minimum of 30 weeks, although most students choose to work for a full year.

Find out more about placements and our student experiences here.

Your application

Background and experience

For this course, we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Law
  • Show motivation and enthusiasm and are self-starters looking for a rewarding challenge
  • Demonstrate excellent written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Develop their knowledge of the subject through independent learning and wider reading.

Students will need a high degree of commitment and enthusiasm, we encourage applicants to read around the subject and follow up on areas that interest them. We look for applicants who can produce professional written material and can express themselves well, and work effectively in a team.

Selection methods

We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their UCAS applications – there are no interviews or selection activities needed. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply web pages.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your three main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 20-60 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional offer scheme

Our Unconditional Offer Scheme seeks to reward exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results. The scheme is offered to applicants on all courses who are predicted AAA at A-level/triple Distinction in BTEC Extended Diploma, or above, or equivalent, subject to any course selection measures and meeting other entry criteria (i.e. required qualifications). What’s more we’ll recognise your achievement if you meet these grades with an Academic Excellence Scholarship from £1,500 when you arrive*.

We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. Excellent grades will become a part of applicants’ CVs and are also required for BU’s scholarships. International qualifications are considered in the scheme; however applicants must satisfy the English language requirements.

*Our scholarships are subject to terms, conditions and eligibility criteria, detailed on our scholarships pages.

2017 entry requirements

The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry.

The entry requirements for this course are 120 tariff points, with 80 from two A-Levels or equivalent, with remaining 40 points from other A levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM

UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.

Excluded subjects: This course does not accept General Studies.

GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) 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.

Other qualifications

We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact our askBU Enquiry Service, it may be that we can still consider it.

Access to HE Diploma: BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants. This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma (with 60 Credits - at least 45 at level 3, remainder at level 2 or equivalent).  Any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable.

BTEC qualifications:

Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit.
Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit in addition to an A-Level to achieve the overall tariff.
90-credit Diploma: The 90-credit Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.
Subsidiary Diploma: This course requires a Distinction in addition to 2 A-Levels to achieve the overall tariff.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-Levels.

European Baccalaureate: Applicants are required to achieve a minimum of 75% overall.

International Baccalaureate: The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 31 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects.

Scottish qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff.

Welsh Baccalaureate: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualification: The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma + one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.

Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit.

Other combinations of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.

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.

Deferred Entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

International entry requirements

English language 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, or equivalent.

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.

We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.

Options include:

Foundation Certificate for Business, Law or Finance


A law degree will give you varied career options both within the legal profession and across a multitude of other sectors. The combination of legal and commercial expertise that you'll develop throughout this course will make you an asset for a wide range of employers. This is supported by our graduate employment figures - within six months of finishing their degree, 90% of our students are in work or further study*.

In many cases, this will mean going on to take professional examinations once you have completed the academic stage of your legal training, preparing you for work in the legal profession. Among the roles you can take on are:

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Paralegal
  • Legal executive
  • Legal assistant.

As well as working for legal firms, our graduates have found success with the many UK-based and international businesses that need legal expertise. Organisations that our students have gone on to work for include JP Morgan Chase Bank, LV, Phoenix Legal Group, Home Office, Citizen's Advice Bureau, Lester Aldridge, Coles Miller Solicitors, British Gas, Moriarty Law and Financial Ombudsman Service to name just a few.

Industries worked in

  • Law
  • Commerce
  • Finance
  • Business.

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.

*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

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.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services, many of these are included on the Next Steps insert enclosed with your offer letter.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide.
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the students section of the website.

Repeat Units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit. 

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.