BBL Bachelor of Business and Laws with Professional Placement

UCAS codeNM03
Duration4 Years
Typical offerAAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC: DDD-DDM
LocationCornwall (Penryn Campus)


Law and business are closely related disciplines, and within this programme the two disciplines are blended so graduates will enjoy a thorough understanding of how companies are operated, managed and regulated. Graduates from this degree will have an advantage in both the law and industry. This degree is a new and innovative programme taught in partnership with Exeter Business School.

The programme contains compulsory study of Law modules most useful to those seeking careers in industry and business. The programme also contains Business modules that provide a sound understanding of key areas of business (economics, management, marketing, project management) with a unique emphasis on growing sustainable and innovative businesses. This joint honour degree is intended allow graduates to study both law and business in equal measure. The Professional placement would be with a law firm or a legal team.

Please note that the BBL is not a qualifying law degree, and further study would be necessary before a graduate could enter the legal profession.

Industry Advisory Group

Employability is at the heart of our programmes in Penryn. As such, our engagement with practitioners in both law and business are intrinsic to the success of our graduates. Our Invaluable connections with external partners provide the necessary expertise and insight to shape the design of our programmes, ensuring that our teaching is informed by best practice in the workplace. Our Industry Advisory Group meets twice a year in May and November to review programme design and delivery. Members of our Industry Advisory Group also contribute to our masterclass and mooting programmes.

Flamank Law Society

Flamank Law Society was set up to establish a law network for students at our Penryn Campus. The Society was named after Thomas Flamank, an eminent lawyer and Cornish MP. Flamank works closely with Exeter University Law School, and also with a variety of law firms. These include local firms like Murrell Associates and Stephens Scown, as well as large international law firms like Herbert Smith Freehills and Allen & Overy. Our links give members access to various employability opportunities. We hold mooting and debating events in our ‘Stannary Court’ at Penryn Campus and take part in competitions further afield. Many of our members gain pro-bono work experience through the Access to Justice sub –group.


Also available as a 4 year course with with Industrial Placement

Find out more

To learn more about studying Law and Business at our Cornwall Campus please visit our dedicated page

"As a corporate commercial law firm based in Cornwall, Murrell Associates is very excited to hear about the new law and business degrees being offered by Exeter Law School on their Cornwall Campus. We strongly believe in the importance of providing legal advice within a commercial context. We are therefore really keen to meet students studying the new degrees,  as they will have a blend of legal and commercial skills that will set them apart from the competition when it comes to work experience and training contract applications.” 

Henry Maples, director at Murrell Associates.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The degree is divided into core and optional modules, which gives you the flexibility to structure your degree according to your specific interests. Individual modules are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduates need to take 120 credits in each year. In addition to the core modules, you can choose from an extensive range of options, a few examples of which are shown below.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Full module descriptions

For full module descriptions please visit the Law website.

Entry requirements 2020

Typical offer


International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements

If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

Contextual offers

At the University of Exeter we are committed to the idea that all students who have the potential to benefit from higher education have the opportunity to do so. We believe that fair access to higher education is a fundamental enabler for social mobility, improving life opportunities and outcomes for individual students, while benefiting the economy and society as a whole.

Educational context can affect your grades, and we take this into account in order to recognise your potential. If you meet certain criteria, we may make you a lower offer than our typical entry requirements. Find out more about contextual offers.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

We strive for excellence in teaching at our Penryn Campus, Cornwall, and aim to deliver high quality inspirational content in effective and innovative ways. We have intentionally kept group numbers low to ensure a bespoke and exceptional, active and inquiry led learning experience that differs from other university Law and Business Schools. Teaching comprises interactive lectures, small group seminars, trial preparation, advocacy skills workshops, mock trials, mediation and negotiation practice, teamwork and 1-1 skills sessions. Transferable skills are embedded across the programme so that students gain proficiency in building rapport with clients during interviews, and taking instructions. Our ongoing engagement with business and legal professionals throughout the design of our degree means that employability skills and prospective employer criteria are at the heart of the learning experience. Members of our Industry Advisory Group also contribute to our masterclass series and to our mooting programme.

Inter-disciplinarity is a pervasive objective across the Cornwall campus and we actively encourage students to pursue broader interests from other disciplines. For example, you might be interested in international relations, renewable energy, science and technology or history. Your ambition might be to work abroad where development of language skills would be helpful. Your study in Cornwall will allow you the required flexibility to build these interesting elements into your degree. This will add a unique depth to your experience, setting you apart from other graduates in an extremely competitive market.

As well as some traditional academic essays and open-book exams, we use a variety of assessment methods including assessment by portfolio of work, research projects, mock case preparation, oral presentations, client contact work, teamwork and reflective journals. Your first year will not count towards your final degree classification, but you do have to pass it in order to progress to the second year. If you study a three-year programme, assessments in the final two years both count towards your classification, and if you study a four-year programme then the final three years all contribute.


We have a dedicated, award-winning Careers Service, with offices at our Exeter and Penryn campuses, ensuring you have access to careers advisors, mentors and the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field on graduation. We offer the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award which include employability-related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision making skills and success in the employment market. Our graduates compete very successfully in the employment market, many employers target the University when recruiting new graduates. Further information about our Careers Service.

We aim to offer as many activities as possible to help broaden career development and equip students with the skills employers find most valuable. These include employer visits, mooting, pro bono and skills sessions (such as advocacy and negotiation), which provide many opportunities to gain transferable skills and to meet and interact with potential employers. The University’s Careers Service also hosts an annual Law Careers Fair, putting our students face-to-face with prospective employers, who target Exeter because of our reputation for producing well-rounded and successful professionals.

Professional experience in the UK or abroad

Spending up to a year carrying out a Professional Placement with a law firm or an in-house legal team as part of your degree programme is an invaluable opportunity. You will develop and deepen your understanding of business and legal practices. The programme is designed to provide a first-hand understanding of a professional working environment through the enhancement of key transferable skills such as working with others, problem solving and communication. This unlocks a world of experience that allows you to develop essential employability and interpersonal skills that relate to your degree and future career.

The placement programmes are studied over four years with the placement year taking place in Year 3. If you opt for our Professional Placement programme you’ll get the opportunity to put into practice some of the things you’ve learnt in your first two years. This means that you’ll come back to us for your fourth and final year well-equipped with practical experience in your chosen area of study. What’s more, your placement will give you a proven employment track record and extra confidence when you set out to find your first graduate job. The placement year is credit-bearing and contributes towards the final degree classification.

Year 1: Foundations for placement

Employability skills in Law and Business are embedded throughout the curriculum, so that all students in the first year develop their abilities, whether or not they choose the option of a professional, industrial or work placement. One of the overarching learning objectives is that all students are able to recognise and evidence their skills competencies in their applications for work placements and future employment. Employability skills will appear throughout Year 1 as follows:

Legal Foundations

This compulsory first year module has been designed with our Industry Advisory Group to ensure the development of core practical legal skills including:

  • Building rapport with clients
  • Interviewing technique
  • Writing letters to clients
  • Oral/ trial advocacy
  • Case preparation
  • Mediation
  • Negotiation

Criminal Law

This compulsory first year module develops the core skills of legal research, including comparative legal research and of legal advice, including issue spotting.

Year 2: Preparing for placement

During Year 2, students will build on the preparatory work carried out in Year 1. Students will enjoy a range of carefully selected modules, and will be encouraged to engage in various extra-curricular support provided by our employability and careers teams. Students may in addition choose to take our Access to Justice Module in Term 2 (non-credit bearing). This module will enhance employability by introducing students to the working environment where core practical legal skills may be practiced and developed.

This module provides training and placements to work within a clinical legal advice setting. Students have to complete a formal job application process, before placements are allocated. Students who can evidence the requisite skills will be appointed to the prestigious client -facing roles. At present the Law School is working closely with the Dracaena Centre in Falmouth and the Legal Advice Centre in London, who provide pro bono public services to the community in Cornwall. These innovative projects allow students to work with solicitors from the Legal Advice Centre, and from a network of local lawyers. Students also help to run a weekly legal help desk at Truro Combined Court. As a growing Law School, we are rapidly expanding our placement opportunities, and students are encouraged to seek alternative opportunities in addition.

Year 3: Placement year

It is expected that students studying the Professional Placement pathway would spend their placement at a law firm or as part of a legal team. For students who prefer to work with another type of graduate employer in industry, the Industrial Placement is the most suitable. Students could undertake one or more placements with different employers, although it is expected that one will be the standard practice. Students could work in an in-house legal team such as with EDF or with a law firm. Students on the BBL programme might be more interested in a placement in industry on the lines currently undertaken by business students. Students will be enrolled on the LAW3701: Law Placement module in both cases.

By studying the LLB or BBL with a Placement you will gain an understanding of the workplace and issues relating to legal and business professionalism. The programmes will develop and deepen your understanding of business and legal practices. The programmes are designed to provide a practical and vocational understanding of a professional working environment through the enhancement of key transferable skills. This experience should place students in the best possible position to secure appropriate employment on graduation.

The Law School will secure some placements with employers and third sector bodies that will be offered to Placement students on a competitive basis. Otherwise students must find a placement themselves, with support from our work placement team to hone their employability skills. There will be some administrative support here but not the actual searching or securing. That will be down to the individual.

The University cannot guarantee a particular placement or assistantship to a particular student. Students must be active from the outset in pursuing placement opportunities of their choice to give them the greatest chance of achieving their preference.

If you spend a full year on a work placement (in the UK or abroad) you will pay a reduced fee of £1,850 (or 20 per cent of the maximum fee for that year). Work placements are usually self-funded. As the placements are bespoke and vary a great deal, we are not able to identify the additional costs with any certainty. These may range from under £100 in train fares to over £1000 for flights and expenses overseas, depending on the arrangement.

Year 4: Preparing to graduate

In this year students reflect on and consolidate all that they have learned in the past three years. Students will benefit from applying their experience in their Year 4 studies. In addition to compulsory modules, students will have the option of the studying Company Law (LAW3103C and LAW3107C), Commercial Law (LAW3106C) and/ or a Dissertation (LAW3047C) based on an idea, which they developed during their year’s placement. Alternatively, students may choose to hone their clinical legal skills by choosing Access to Justice 2 (LAW3105C). This is an advanced module enabling students to work within a range of clinical legal advice settings and in a number of fields including housing, debt, welfare and employment.

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