Business and Management BA (Hons)

Overview

If you’ve got the ambition to become a successful business professional, this accredited BA (Hons) Business and Management degree course will kick-start your career.

You’ll learn the skills to get ahead in the professional world, unpack the complexities of business operations and tailor your studies to match your aspirations.

The course will set you up for a career across plenty of sectors and industries. You'll have the skills to get ahead as a business professional, whatever role you pursue.

This degree shares a common first year with several other business courses. This gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Develop the knowledge and skills to become highly effective in business and management
  • Get a rich understanding of core business areas such as marketing, accounting, operations and management
  • Tailor your studies in the areas that interest you most by choosing from around 40 unit options
  • Hone your entrepreneurial skills and build your network by working with real businesses on projects

You can also:

  • Learn a foreign language as part of your studies, such as French, German, Italian, Spanish or Mandarin
  • Study at partner universities such as San Jose State in California and the University of Iceland

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you finish your course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

Business Accounting – 20 credits - In this module, you'll study accounting as it relates to the financial management of a business entity.

Business Operations and Systems Management – 20 credits - On this module, you'll develop knowledge and understanding of the role and process of operations management in contemporary business.

Economics for Business – 20 credits - In this module, you'll study the key concepts of economics, as they relate to business.

Managing People in Organisations – 20 credits - On this module you'll study the relationship between theory and practice within an organisational context.

Marketing Principles And Practice – 20 credits - This module will introduce you to the discipline of marketing and the main tools and models used in marketing decision making.

Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis – 20 credits - On this module you'll develop key graduate skills. These include diagrammatical and numerical communication skills, numerical understanding, statistical analysis, quantitative data analysis, problem solving and logic skills, and IT/Information skills. 

Business Innovation Development Project – 0 credits - In this module you'll explore and develop business skills (entrepreneurial and employability) through a simulated-working group project.

Year 2

Core modules

Business Analysis And Decision Making – 20 credits - In this module you'll deal with real business problems and improve your entrepreneurial knowledge.

Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability – 20 credits - On this module you'll explore the social, environmental and economic challenges faced by modern organisations.

Employability, Research And Professional Development – 20 credits - In this module you'll improve your employability, research and personal development skills.

International Business – 20 credits - On this module you'll study the core concepts and theories relating to the internationalisation of business.

Optional modules

Business And Employment Law – 20 credits - On this module you'll examine the law relating to contracts, negligence and employment.

Business Venturing – 20 credits - This module integrates world class research and real entrepreneurial experience.

Developing Individual and Team Creativity – 20 credits - Identified as one of the most essential skills for modern employees, creativity is seen as integral to the strategy and success of organisations such as Amazon, Google and Apple.

Enterprise Systems and Process – 20 credits - In this module you'll get to grips with the SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software used by companies like Coca-Cola to run their operations.

Human Resource Development – 20 credits - In this module you'll get an introduction to Human Resource Development (HRD) and a basic understanding of learning and development activities in organisations.

Innovation Management – 20 credits - In this module you'll study issues around the successful development of new products and services.

Legal Issues in Procurement and Supply – 20 credits

Managerial And Decision Economics – 20 credits - In this module you'll get an understanding of the main principles and theories relevant to the study of managerial and decision economics.

Year 3

Core modules

Strategic Management – 20 credits - This module gives you the knowledge and skill you need to understand and apply strategic management concepts and framework.

Optional modules

Business Forecasting and Data Analysis – 20 credits

This module introduces you to key concepts and techniques for analysing business data.

Business Research Project (HRM) – 40 credits - In this module you'll work on your analytical skills through detailed research and evaluation of a question or hypothesis.

Business Research Project (Marketing) – 40 credits - In this module you'll work on your analytical skills through detailed research and evaluation of a question or hypothesis.

Business Research Project (Strategy) – 40 credits - In this module you'll work on your analytical skills through detailed research around and evaluation of a question or hypothesis.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials
  • practical sessions
  • group discussions

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • individual and group coursework
  • examinations
  • online tests
  • practical exercises
  • independent research

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 32% by written exams and 64% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 24% by written exams and 76% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

As a versatile degree, tailored to the areas of business and management that interest you, your BA (Hons) Business and Management degree will open doors to various career paths in the business world.

Previous graduates have secured roles in areas such as:

  • business development
  • consultancy
  • recruitment
  • marketing
  • publicity
  • finance
  • risk analysis

You can also go onto study a postgraduate qualification or join a graduate development scheme.

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry when you finish the course. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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