St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

Business Law is a small, friendly programme in which supporting students as individuals is emphasised and a focus is put on developing key employability skills. The degree has a wide range of optional modules, including work placements and is assessed by a diverse variety of assessment methods. The Business Law degree has an experienced teaching team, which includes both former practitioners and research active academics. Tourism at St Mary's aims to expose students to real'life tourism management issues, scenarios and challenges by combining the theoretical study of tourism with fieldwork in the UK and overseas. A key aim of the course is examining how tourism activities may be managed in a more sustainable and ethical way. Students will gain a sound knowledge of the tourism industry and business environment, whilst acquiring a range of both subject'specific and transferable skills. Fieldwork opportunities, both at home and abroad, will enable students to engage with tourism issues in a practical context by applying concepts and ideas in 'real world' situations.

Course Modules

Business Law Level 1: Students are introduced to the nature of law and of legal systems and to a principal area of the business law curriculum, contract law; in legal systems and method students consider the key aspects of the English, European and United States legal systems, the types of law and how laws are made; how disputes are resolved and the operation of the respective court systems; we will also consider the role of legal personnel; students also develop a practical knowledge and understanding of the skills required to achieve success in the programme, known as legal method; students gain a detailed understanding of the law of contract, including formation, contract terms, misrepresentation, mistake and breach; this will provide a platform for the development of subsequent subject specialisation; modules include: Core; legal systems and method; contract law. Level 2: In the second year students study the core discipline of company law and corporate governance and will use legal case studies in order to develop the key skills of analysis and fact management; the key issues of company law are reviewed from initial incorporation through to management of the corporate body; the issue of governance will be analysed, as well as the impact of the law on securities regulation; during the second year students choose from a range of specialist option modules, according to their own academic interests and potential career aspirations; currently, option modules include European law, students are equipped with a thorough knowledge of the European legal framework relating to the free movement of goods, workers and capital, as well as exploring the implications of EU competition and social policy; modules include: tort law, which considers 'civil wrongs' examples being, negligence, product liability, occupiers' liability, nuisance and defamation; consumer and commercial law, which explores the nature of sale of goods contracts from price through to payment, delivery and ownership; intellectual property law reviews the nature of patent, trade mark and copyright protection across a range of commercial scenarios; students have an opportunity of considering legal skills, which cover the key areas of advising, interviewing, negotiating and advocacy, or research methods, equipping students with the skills necessary to carry out effective research in the field of legal studies; all business law students are strongly encouraged to complete a work placement during the second year of the programme; modules include: core; company law and corporate governance; options; European law; tort law; consumer and commercial law; intellectual property law; workplace learning 1: experience and employment; legal skills. Level 3: In the final year students study employment law; they are able to enhance their specialist knowledge through studying a range of dedicated modules including law of international trade, banking law, insurance law, European and international labour law and Shari'a law; students also have the opportunity to undertake a piece of legal research, which will be presented in the form of a dissertation; students are able to deepen their exposure to the field of employment, through the completion of an extended work placement in your final year; modules include: core; employment law; dissertation; law of international trade; insurance law; banking law; European and international labour law; Shari'a law; the programme is going through a re'validation process and modules are therefore subject to some change. Tourism Level 1: The foundation year aims to provide students with a broad overview of tourism as a socio'cultural and economic phenomenon and equip them with a basic grounding in the communication, research, ICT and personal skills necessary for studying and working in tourism; students may approach these modules as a complete beginner or as a post ' A Level student; the modules currently available are: introducing tourism; London as a tourist destination; skills for tourism. Level 2: There are two compulsory modules and a range of optional modules which allow students to examine tourism from the consumer and the business perspective, as well as exploring the socio'cultural, environmental and ethical dimensions of tourism activity; modules are: researching tourism; tourism industry issues; marketing and consumer ethics; European fieldwork; managing sustainable tourism; tourism and society; event management; academic work experience; introduction to tourism issues in developing countries. Level 3: research project; governance and tourism; ecotourism; tourism fieldwork in developing areas (Grenada); heritage tourism; cultural tourism; tourism planning; research essay; management consultancy project; e'commerce; work place study.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 104
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BCCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M3
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade

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