Business Management (Finance) BA (Hons)

Business success requires a breadth of knowledge and abilities. In bringing together theory and practice, this course will enable you to develop the vision, innovation and dynamism required in the contemporary business world.

The Business Management degree allows you to build the degree of your choice, by studying for a general business award or specialising in one of seven business areas: Accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, legal regulation or marketing. The course also provides you with the opportunity to change pathway at the end of the first year, allowing you to specialise if you wish at that point. You may also change to the general pathway at the end of the second year.

During the course, you will gain a broad range of business knowledge and skills which will enable you to pursue a career in the private or public sectors. You will also have the appropriate skills and the confidence to develop your own business.

In each year of study, you will take a combination of core and option modules, with increased flexibility as you move through your degree. You will also have the opportunity to study a foreign language as part of your course in each year.

In Year 1, you are introduced to the functions of business organisations, the broader business environment, and key management skills and competence including information gathering and analysis, accounting, economics, marketing and organisational behaviour.

In Year 2, you will be investigating and learning how businesses operate, looking at how people are managed, how you manage business operations and how managers make key decisions.

Year 2 is the year where you will start to specialise in the pathway of your choice, where you also have the ability to select modules to develop your knowledge in a certain direction within your pathway, in this case, finance. Modules such as Corporate Financial Management have been selected to emphasise this area within your studies.

You may also select a module in a foreign language. Your personal tutor will help you to decide on a programme of study best suited to your abilities and personal career interests. There is also an opportunity to study abroad for a single semester.

Year 3 will enable you to apply critical and reflective approaches to exploring the challenges facing organisations at a strategic level. You will also develop your specialist area further. During the year you will complete a piece of independent research within your specialist subject area.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

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Subjects of study include:

  • Accounting and Finance Fundamentals
  • Analysing and Managing Information
  • Global Business Environment
  • Marketing Principles
  • People and Organisations

You will also have the opportunity to take an option module that broadens your skills or helps you gain more in-depth knowledge of your specialist area. Your option module may be a foreign language.

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Operations and Digital Business
  • Managing People
  • Business Decision Making
  • Corporate Financial Management.

You can also choose two options from: Law and the Business, Corporate Governance, or other areas of business. You will also have the opportunity to study a module from other parts of the University, including a foreign language.

Optional work placement/study abroad year

Between Year 2 and Year 3, you can take an optional work placement or study year abroad. The work placement year is a one-year full-time business work placement. Past students have completed placements in a variety of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and prestigious organisations, including Barclays Bank, British Airways, Disney UK, IBM and the National Health Service (NHS). The study abroad year allows you to follow a programme of study at one of our partner institutions, giving you the opportunity to experience life in another country and learn Business from a different cultural viewpoint.

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Global Strategic Management
  • Sustainable Business
  • International Investments
  • Current themes in Finance

You can also choose two options from: Taxation, Banking Theory and Practice, Global Financial Markets, Personal Finance, or other areas of business. You have the opportunity to study one module from across the University, including a foreign language.

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Download the Programme Specification

Course Leader

More about me

Phil Sainter

Director of Learning, Teaching and Quality

Phil joined Westminster Business School in 2007 to become a Senior Lecturer in information strategy. Prior to this position, he was a research fellow at both the Open University and Coventry University. He is interested in the use of information and knowledge within project management and the use of technology to enhance learning within teams and within Higher Education.

Phil became the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Business in 2009 and in 2010 he became the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Business Management in the Westminster Business School.

Phil is interested in the use of information and knowledge within project management and the use of technology to enhance learning.

Course Team

Phil Sainter - Director of Learning, Teaching and Quality
Kamala Balu - Senior Lecturer
Dr Vincent Rich - Head of School - Org. Econ. & Soc.
Henryetta Simpson - Senior Lecturer
Dr Tantawy Moussa - Senior Lecturer in Accounting
Caroline Ennis - Senior Lecturer
Dawn De Kock - Senior Lecturer
Dr Ioannis Christodoulou - Senior Lecturer
Rachel Lander - Senior Lecturer


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The Business Management (Finance) degree prepares students for employment in SMEs, blue chip organisations, and the public or private sector. It enables students to tailor their degree in order to gain employment in various positions within Business, management and/or Finance.

If you are studying a Bachelor's degree at Westminster Business School, you can choose to take a year's break from your studies in your third year to do a placement.  

A placement year is a great way of gaining practical work experience within an industry relevant to your studies. It increases your confidence and skills, and boosts your employability. It gives you a chance to apply the theoretical techniques you have learnt during your undergraduate degree so far to a real business environment while you work as a member of an established organisation.

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

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