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LLB (Hons) Law & Taxation

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Accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Bar Standards Board, and the Chartered Institute of Taxation, this degree covers tax policy and practice, as well as examining the legal principles behind this area of law. In addition to being accredited by the SRA and BSB, this course offers additional CIOT exemptions, as you'll be allowed to sit the CIOT’s final exams without first becoming a tax technician.

We know it can be a challenge to decide which area of law you’d like to focus on when you’re just beginning your training, which is why all of our law pathways start with a common first semester; offering you a solid foundation in the theoretical knowledge and analytical skills of legal practice. This means you can branch out into a specialised area when you have a better idea of what each field entails. As well as Law & Taxation, we offer one degree providing a general legal education (Law), as well as: Business LawEntertainment LawLaw with Economics and Law with Politics.

You’ll be encouraged to gain as much experience as possible by attending court and undertaking work placements, including a potentially career-bolstering 30-week work placement in year three, which you can complete worldwide. The placement is the perfect chance for you to experience legal practice in a real working environment and make those all-important professional contacts. What’s more, if your placement meets the necessary criteria, it can count can count towards a portion of your training contract after graduation.  The placement is optional for our International students (non EU/UK), so there’s scope for all our students to take advantage of this excellent career enhancing experience.

After one year, a typical BU graduate in this subject, had earnings that were ranked in the top 20 of all universities for this subject (13th out of 96). Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an open day

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

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


4 years (including a minimum 30-week placement) Full-time. 3 years (with an optional 30-week placement) for International students (non-EU/ non-UK)


Solicitors Regulation Authority, Bar Standards Board, and the Chartered Institute of Taxation

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 112 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.  For more information check out our 2018 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Public International Law: You will be encouraged to review the law in light of social, current and political influences, and learn about domestic and international current developments.
  • Business Tax Planning: You'll gain knowledge of the UK taxation system as it impacts on business decision-making and evaluate the principles of the UK system of taxing business.
  • Law of Personal Taxation 1: An opportunity to analyse the UK's personal taxation system. You'll look at the impact of taxation on economic decisions of individuals and personal tax planning.

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.

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

  • Law of Personal Tax 2: You'll evaluate opportunities for easing the impact of personal taxation on the decisions of individuals. This will help you understand how tax planning decisions are made in a professional setting.
  • Law of Business Tax: Adopting a transactional approach, you'll analyse how taxation affects various stages in the expansion of a business, from sole trader to corporate group. This will help you understand the tax regime businesses face, and tax planning strategies that may be adopted.
  • Indirect Taxation: Develop your competence in the field of indirect taxation. You'll also evaluate how VAT is applied to business sectors in the UK and how it links to EU and overseas jurisdictions in cross-border trade
  • International Taxation: A technically and academically challenging look at the issues in international taxation faced by multinational corporations and individuals. You'll apply the key principles of international taxation to a range of situations.
  • Taxation - Economics and Policy: An insight into the impact of taxation on the economy, ways of reviewing taxes and considering alternative tax policies. This will help you develop an understanding of tax issues.

Option units (choose one)

  • Corporate Law & Governance: The corporate form is important in business enterprise and the private and public company limited by shares. It's also adopted by other forms of institution, such as charities and non-profit-making bodies. Corporate Law is one meriting study area of a Law Degree.
  • 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
  • Intellectual Property Law: You'll learn about copyright, trademarks, patents and design, and understand how these are protected and exploited.
  • Case Project: You'll learn about academic and legal research methods by developing knowledge of an aspect of revenue law. As an independent and flexible learner, you'll develop time management, organisation and self-motivation skills
  • 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.
  • Family Law: Here, you'll develop a critical understanding of family law and practice. You'll be encouraged to review the law in the light of social, economic and political influences, and show awareness of developments which reflect changes in society’s view of the family.
  • 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.

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

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, 45% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Programme specifications

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 & Taxation.

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

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 6-20 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional offer scheme

Applicants who are predicted to achieve strong academic results will be eligible for BU’s Unconditional Offer Scheme in recognition of their academic performance and potential to succeed at university. If you are selected for the scheme and commit to us as your firm choice of university, then we will match this commitment by making your offer unconditional, which will guarantee your place at BU.

You will receive a standard conditional offer based on the entry requirements for your course via UCAS Track and your offer letter – it will advise that you are eligible for the unconditional offer scheme. We will then update your offer to unconditional should you choose BU as your firm choice on UCAS Track. We believe that unconditional offers reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible, and we will reward you with an Academic Excellence scholarship of £1,000 in your first year if you achieve AAA or above at A-level or equivalent.

2018 entry requirements

We use the UCAS Tariff to show our entry requirements and will accept a combination of grades from your qualifications. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to tariff points.

The entry requirements for this course are 112 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

Excluded subjects: General Studies

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, 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 Future Students Enquiries Team 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 the Future Students Enquiries Team – it may be that we can still consider it.

Access courses: 112-118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.

BTEC qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points) 
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • BTEC National Foundation Diploma/ 90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: 112 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects.

Cambridge Technical qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points)
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent.
  • Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-levels or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 30 - 31 overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects.

Scottish Advanced Highers: 112 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.

Extended Project Qualification: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications.

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:


In today's world where the global economy impacts on the majority of businesses, a law degree with a specialism in taxation will give you varied career options both within the legal profession and across a multitude of other sectors. Tax laws are complicated, which is why skilled and knowledgeable legal practitioners are in demand. This course is also unique in that our graduates are entitled to sit the final exams of the Chartered Institute of Taxation without first qualifying as Tax Technicians.

Our graduate employment figures for all of our law courses are impressive, with 95% of our students in work or further study within six months of finishing their degree*.

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
  • Mortgage processor
  • New business development.

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, HSBC, City Financial Investment Company, Lester Aldridge, Coles Miller Solicitors, British Gas, Moriarty Law and Financial Ombudsman Service to name just a few.

All of the courses within our Law framework have been developed with the assistance of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the Law Society and the Bar Council, and are accredited by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

Industries worked in

  • Legal
  • Taxation
  • Finance
  • Business
  • Corporate.

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.

Course changes

The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text

After an annual review of the placement year tuition fee,  a price increase in line with current inflation, equating to 3% has been introduced.

Fees £790

2018 entry requirements have changed to 112 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. 

Key facts and 2018 entry requirements 

The entry requirements for this course are 112 - 120 tariff points from A-levels or equivalent including 80 points from 2-A levels or equivalent. 


2018 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.

2018 entry requirements 

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.

02/06/16 Course unit title amended Course details content

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

What our students say

Rebecca Manu

I chose to study Law at Bournemouth University because the opportunities provided by the placement year is something that would not be available at other universities.

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