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BA (Honours) Business Studies

Find out which areas of business you're best at, and design your own path to your chosen career.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS N100 Course code

Course description

What you study

On this course you develop the skills to succeed in the business world, and gain the confidence and qualities that employers really want.

No two students have the same experience on this course. The variety of optional modules means you create your own business studies degree, exploring which areas of business you want to work in and specialising in your areas of interest.

During your first year you study the core areas of business. These give you knowledge in the key areas of • finance • human resources • international business • marketing • operations management • business environment.

Each year the number of optional modules increases, allowing you the freedom to pursue your interests. You choose from options including • a foreign language • contemporary issues in marketing • operational project management • managing the digital enterprise • financial performance management.

You develop key skills and knowledge for business, including the ability to • analyse business issues • present your opinions and make recommendations • work independently and as part of a team • manage people and projects. You also gain skills in • problem-solving • creative thinking • team-working • communication • leadership and management.

Placements and work experience

In your third year, you apply what you have learned with a one-year paid work placement, earning a salary between £14,000 and £26,000. You pay no tuition fees for the placement year while continuing to receive the support of a tutor. The placement is your chance to apply your academic knowledge in the work environment – and, in the process, improve your career prospects. It can even lead to the offer of a permanent job with your placement employer.

Previous placement students have worked • in PR for Canon's headquarters, dealing with the media and helping to organise National Photography Week • managing a sales territory for Schweppes Coca-Cola • as trainee manager at Aldi • on the sales team at IBM • creating marketing collateral for manufacturer Cummins.

There are also opportunities to work abroad – recently our students have taken placements at Walt Disney in Florida and HotelBeds in Mallorca. If you study abroad, or do your work placement, in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.


Our tutors have significant experience in business management. They regularly run leadership training for directors and senior managers in organisations such as Nestlé, SIG and the Post Office, so you receive the very latest thinking in business.

You can apply to take part in the Common Purpose leadership scheme, where you network with leaders and role models from the world of business. We arrange guest lectures and seminars from relevant and credible professionals, who come and talk about the projects they are working on.

We also pay for you to be an associate member of the Chartered Management Institute during your course, giving you access to their networking events and helping you build up your LinkedIn contacts for when you start your career.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

We expect you to demonstrate through your personal statement an interest in and awareness of business or some level of practical experience.

Normally, five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS Points, including at least 64 points from two A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications We accept AS levels and general studies.


• 96 UCAS Points from three A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications . We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

If you do not have any of the qualifications above but have relevant experience you are welcome to discuss potential opportunities with the admissions tutor.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one core modules

• data analysis for business decisions • people and organisations in context • customers and markets • contemporary organisations • enterprise change and creativity

Year one options

One from • global business environment • foreign language

Year two core modules

• strategic planning (shaping the future) • financial fluency for management decision making • leading innovative organisations • responsibile and ethical practice • business project management.

Year two options

One from • managing international business • planning your own business • business law • services and retail marketing • essential IT skills for business • performance measurement and operations • leading and managing teams • foreign language

Year three

• optional paid work placement

Final year core modules

• implementing strategy and change • research and enquiry • leadership in contemporary organisations • business studies project

Final year options

Two from a wide range of modules including • consultancy skills for organisational change • financial performance management • contemporary issues in marketing • individual customer psychology • managing the digital enterprise • operational project management • sustainable and responsible business in the c21 - contemporay challenges • contemporary issues in international business • business in the european economy • financial fluency for decision-making • managing for success • foreign language

  • coursework
  • examinations


You can find junior management positions in smaller organisations or management training schemes in large companies such as • Toyota • Coca-Cola • Santander • DHL • Lloyds • the Metropolitan Police • Virgin Media • BMW.

The flexibility of the course means there are many career possibilities open to you in all of the functions of business, including marketing, human resource management, financial management and operations management in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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