The degree in Business Law and Management at Cardiff Met is recognised by the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs (ILSPA) and the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), and will enable you to develop a customisable skill-set while still fulfilling the specific requirements of a specialist legal career. Our mantra is 'Get Competent, Get Qualified, Get Hired.'
With the BA (Hons) Business Law and Management degree, we hope to broaden your horizons beyond the traditional professions of solicitors and barristers to embrace other legal professional roles, such as Paralegal, Legal Secretary, Probate Technician and Probate Practitioner. You will put legal theory to practice in our purpose-built mock courtroom and develop your knowledge and employability in the fields of business and management.
We aim to create an open, supportive, and intellectually stimulating environment which will enable you to investigate the interrelation of law and business through modules designed in line with the needs of industry.
This degree can be studied as a three-year full-time degree or a four-year degree that includes a year of foundational study. Our foundation year is intended to prepare you for your subsequent years of studying, offering you the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence.
The foundation year will be relevant to:
- Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
- Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.
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Please note: You will need to apply using a specific UCAS code if you wish to undertake the 4 years including foundation. Please refer to Key Course Information at the bottom of this page.
The course structure develops from a compulsory first year, consisting of six modules, through five compulsory modules in the second year, to only four compulsory modules in the final year of study. This will enable you to direct your interests into a specific set of option modules, whilst ensuring that you receive a sound understanding and appreciation of the central tenets required of all law students.
You will undertake a compulsory work placement module in the third year as this is considered an essential requirement for all students in the Cardiff School of Management. Alternatively, for those who wish, there is the opportunity to take a sandwich year between year two and the final year which counts towards the credit requirement of the full honours degree.
All modules are taught in English and there is provision for the Welsh language equivalent in a number of modules. These are indicated below * and whilst every endeavour will be made to ensure that these run every year it is not, unfortunately, possible to guarantee this.
Year One (Level 4)
All modules are compulsory and designed to give you a sound grounding in law and your personal development.
- Contract Law
- Finance for Managers*
- Introduction to legal method, ethics and practice
- Administration Law and Human Rights
- Criminal Law
- Legal and Professional Skills
Year Two (Level 5)
At Level 5, students study 100 credits of compulsory modules and choose a 20 credit option module.
- Tort Law
- EU Competition Law
- Probate and Wills
- Land Law
- Commercial Law and Consumer Protection
Option modules (worth 20 credits each):
- People Management and Engagement
- International Protection of Human Rights
Year Three (Level 6)
At Level 6, students study 80 credits of compulsory modules and choose 40 credits of option modules. However, if you do decide to take a sandwich year, you will have already completed the 40 credit Industrial Work Experience module and will complete the Compulsory modules only.
- Equity & Trusts
- In-house Law [to be confirmed]
- Change Leadership
- Work Experience/ Industrial Work Experience*
- Business Enterprise & Company Law
Students will choose from a range of options although it is not possible to guarantee that every module will run every year.
Option modules (worth 40 credits each):
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Amicus Curiae Brief Project
- Launching an Enterprise
- Change Leadership / Arwain Newid*
- Financial reporting
- Legal and Managerial Responsibilities in Employment
Learning & Teaching
In terms of delivery, there is plenty of variety on this degree in Business Law and Management, from lecture-based and practice-based classes to group work, seminars and work experience.
In addition to timetabled delivery, you will be expected to engage in self-study and independent learning, generally in a ratio of 1:3 (three hours’ independent learning to every one hour of scheduled work). Your independent learning will be greatly facilitated by our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) and access to a number of subject-specific technologies including the leading legal databases, Westlaw and Lexis, as well as Oxford University Press’ Law Trove.
Our teaching team are also active researchers and industry practitioners who care about your personal and professional development. During your time with us, you will receive academic support in the form of accessible lecturers as well as pastoral support in the form of a dedicated personal tutor, and membership of our Student Law Society will afford you the chance to network, to participate in competitive activities such as mooting and client interviewing, and of course to socialise too.
There is vast practical experience of business within the teaching team. In practice, members of staff have represented – or litigated against – leading high street brands, major cosmetics and logistics companies, electronics multinationals and energy giants. In addition, we have contributed to the development of the law through submissions of evidence to Government and Parliament, on such topics as Brexit and freedom of expression.
The curriculum for this degree in Business Law and Management has been sensitively designed with regard to students’ need for creative and flexible means of assessment. These range from examinations and assignments to practicals, presentations and optional work-based placements.
Throughout your assessments you will be supported academically and you will often have chance to practice tasks prior to the actual date of submission (“formative assessment”). Your work will be graded via our streamlined online feedback studio.
Employability & Careers
Through this degree in Business Law and Management, you will be encouraged to develop the key legal competences, including leadership, empathy, research and advocacy.
An optional work placement ("sandwich") year between your second and final year further enhances employability. Selecting the sandwich option will help you practice your new skills in a real-life legal setting and will enable you to stand out from other candidates when you apply for jobs.
On graduating, and thanks to our pioneering partnership with the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs (ILSPA), you will receive exemptions from ILSPA's Legal Secretaries Diploma course, which you will then be able to take, if you wish, at a discounted price. Alternatively or in addition, you will have the opportunity to take one of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC)'s vocational exams between your first year and your second year, or between your second year and your third year, and this will give you a possibility – depending how you arrange your placement year – of graduating ready-certified as a Probate Technician.
Beyond the professional qualifications, you will also have many other options for further study when you graduate. These include – at Cardiff Met – an MBA, or an MSc in International Business Management, Human Resource Management or Project Management.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
The following requirements are based on typical offers relevant to entering year 1 of the degree.
If you do not meet these entry requirements, we also offer a
Foundation Year which allows progression to Year 1 upon successful completion.
Tariff points: 112-120
Contextual offer: See our
contextual offers page.
GCSE: Five GCSEs at Grade C / 4 or above to include English Language / Welsh First Language, Mathematics / Mathematics – Numeracy.
English Language Requirement: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in all elements, or equivalent.
A level subjects: Minimum three A levels to include Grades CCC. No specific subjects required. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject.
BTEC National / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM
T Level: Merit.
Access to Higher Education Diploma: No specific subjects required.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 2 x H5. No specific subjects required.
Irish Leaving Certificate: 2 x H2 grades. No specific subjects required. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4.
Scottish Advanced Highers: Grades DD. No specific subjects required. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers.
Combinations of the above qualifications are accepted if they meet our minimum requirements. If your qualifications aren’t listed, please contact
Admissions or refer to the
UCAS Course Search.
Further information on Overseas qualifications can be found
If you are a mature applicant, have relevant experience or
RPL that you would like us to consider, please contact Admissions.
How to Apply
Further information on how to apply can be found