Module code: LAW3110

Module provider

School of Law

Module Leader

LABEDZKA A Ms (Schl of Law)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 122

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 6

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination 2 HOUR EXAM 100

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Module overview

The module will provide students with an overview of the fundamental principles; substantive laws; and enforcement of Competition Law. We will focus on the EU Competition Law model, which has in recent years become the prime influence for other competition law regimes, including ours in the UK. In order to understand the influence of the EU Competition Law model on the Member States, we will look at the UK competition law regime as a prime case study.

Module aims

To provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the basic underpinnings of competition law.

To equip students with a thorough appreciation of the complexities of the competition law and policy.

To give an overview of the relationship between the theoretical legal and economic concepts underpinning competition law in the EU and the UK and the legal mechanisms used to maintain competitive markets.

To assess the role of competition policy as an instrument of integration in the EU.

To discuss the relationship between competition rules and the state.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Critically evaluate and apply the various legal concepts, principles, rules and sources of EU and UK competition law. KC
2 Critically analyse the competition theory and the approach adopted by the European Commission and the Court of Justice of the EU. KC
3 Critical evaluate the range of legal instruments available to implement competition law and the legal bases for their adoption. KC
4 Critically engage with and analyse the objectives of EU competition policy. KC
5 Develop the ability to conduct efficient searches (both directed and undirected) of legal online resources to independently locate relevant legal information and further reading view a view to applying these to complex problems and scholarly discussions. PT
6 Demonstrate a proficiency in the ability to communicate both in the written form, via the assessment method, and the oral form, via class participation. PT
7 Solve complex problems requiring knowledge and application of this area of law to factual problems and hypothetical situations.          PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Introduction: Competition Policy & Economics
EU and UK Competition Law: Relationship & Obligations
Anticompetitive Practices
Enforcement of Competition Law
UK Competition Law

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Introduce topics, with particular emphasis on key areas of the syllabus, in lectures - using appropriate visual aids together with other supporting materials (e.g. news clips);
Facilitate a more detailed study of the syllabus through independent study and by preparation of focussed tutorial questions;
Enhance student’s understanding and critical awareness by group discussion in tutorial;
Facilitate student’s revision of key areas of law and exam preparation by the submission of written formative coursework (see below) and by interactive revision lectures towards to the end of Semester 1.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures (2 hrs x 11 weeks)
Tutorials (1 hr x 6 weeks)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

A 2 hour written examination during the exam period for Semester 1 (during week 13 or 14). The paper will consist of 6 questions of which students will have to answer any two questions.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive verbal feedback on their performance during tutorials. In addition they will undertake a written formative assessment, during Semester 1, on which they will receive individual written feedback and group verbal feedback. This written formative assessment will be designed to give the students practice in writing answers to what they can expect in their summative assessment. It will be conducted under equivalent examination conditions.

A 2-hour in class mock exam, followed by a feedback session aimed at discussing the mock exam results and providing revision. There will also be summative coursework guidance throughout the module.

Reading list

Reading list for COMPETITION LAW :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Law with Criminology LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law with International Relations LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Law (JD Pathway) LLB (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.