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BA (Hons) Business Studies

Course Overview

The BA (Hons) Business Studies course offers practice based education applied to a core of general business knowledge. This degree is designed specifically to meet the needs of business, offering you a thorough grounding in key disciplines.

Making extensive use of up-to-date technology, you will produce business plans and market analyses, gaining the kinds of problem-solving skills and analytical abilities employers seek. You will have a rigorous practice based experience which integrates academic theory and real world business projects and which develops your understanding of how to tackle business problems, the self-awareness to fit into organisations. Together these areas of learning and self-development will help you become a rounded and capable potential manager.

Key information

    Course name

    BA (Hons) Business Studies

    Total academic credits

    360 credits

    Qualification awarded

    Bachelor of Arts with Honours

    Awarding body

    University of Bedfordshire

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom


    3 years

    Tuition fees




    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

At least one of the following:

• 2 A level passes (minimum C and D)

• OR Successfully complete Foundation year (from a recognised university or HE institution)

• OR Successfully pass Year 12 with overall average marks of 80% or above

Additional: Normally GCSE in English and Mathematics at grade C Consideration will be given to mature students without conventional qualifications, and business experience may be taken into account.

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 5.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent. Students with lower IELTS grade may be eligible for pre-sessional English course before the main course.

Assessment methods

A wide range and variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course. This is deliberate so that you have the chance to maximise your chances of doing well by playing to your strengths. Some of the different kinds of assessment are listed below:-

- Reports: you analyse a business problem and propose solutions

- Presentations: present proposals as if to your boss, a board or a client

- Time-limited tasks: on a set day, you will be given a task which you will need to complete in a set time, such as 48 hours or five days

- Academic writing: used to demonstrate clear, critical thinking, you might be asked to write an essay or a short summary of a theoretical debate

- Appraisals: just as in business, you use appraisals to assess your own learning and to set your personal and academic development objectives

- Projects: these are assessed in a number of ways depending on the task defined by our business partner. Typically, you will need to prepare an analysis, report or presentation which is suitable for the business partner and a longer piece of work which sets out the “behind the scenes” work which underpinned the output for business. It is in the longer work that we expect to see explicitly your application of theory and critical thinking which underpin good practice. You will usually also prepare a project review

- Project reviews: you analyse and evaluate the way you worked on a project and set out how you would work more effectively on a similar task in future

- Exams: as well as conventional exams using set questions and case studies, exams can be the outcome of a group task. You might work on a large task together and then sit an exam to show your individual learning from the task

For all assignments you will have an assignment brief which clearly sets out what is required and you will be given the criteria which your tutors will use to mark your work. In some cases you will be involved in developing the criteria used to assess work, to grade your own work and to grade the work of your fellow students: this is all part of developing your understanding of the assessment standards and what is needed to do well at a task.

You will receive prompt constructive feedback on all your assessments which is designed to help you improve your work.

Progression route

Post-graduate study, for example Taught Masters courses in Business Administration, Business and management, Human Resource Management, Project Management.

Career opportunities

On completing this course you are likely to progress to a career in a wide variety of industries.


Year one:

  • Business Pod – 90 credits
  • Management & Economics – 15 credits
  • Financial Accounting for Business – 15 credits


Year two:

  • Strategic Thinking – 15 credits
  • Practice Weeks: Career Planning – 15 credits
  • Marketing – 15 credits
  • Management & Development of People – 15 credits
  • Management Accounting for Business – 15 credits
  • Research Skills – 15 credits
  • Business Systems and Operations Management – 15 credits
  • Project Management – 15 credits


Year three:

  • Strategy & Creativity – 15 credits
  • Business Dissertation – 30 credits
  • Business Practice Portfolio – 30 credits
  • Specialist Business Project – 30 credits
  • Practice weeks: The future you – 15 credits


Main learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:-

  • Evidence the practice of management in real world projects from a range of organisations
  • Collaborate as a member or leader in a professional team, proactively managing interpersonal relationships to deliver the set objective
  • Evaluate your own performance and actively seek to develop your strengths and moderate weaknesses, creating a positive impact on the workplace, society and personal career development
  • In a diverse range of professional contexts, select and employ an appropriate approach to communicate with influence and impact
  • Apply a range of creativity tools to tackle problems and propose novel, effective solutions
  • Critically investigate a situation collecting and evaluating information, and sourcing and analysing data in order to assess options and make recommendations
  • Demonstrate a rigorous understanding of management and the inter-relationships between different elements of the discipline


Graduate impact statements

The course has been designed to develop graduates who are able to:

  • Grasp the complexity of business and are able to analyse and interpret information in an uncertain world
  • Be effective in a wide variety of organisational contexts by giving them the necessary confidence and personal skills through problem-solving exercises
  • Apply academic knowledge and creativity to develop new approaches in different cultures and in rapidly changing environments
  • Understand some of the real challenges of business and how to tackle them with a rigorous approach to practice informed by relevant theory and learning
  • Communicate persuasively and effectively to a wide range of audiences

Choose Business Studies BA (Hons) degree at Bedfordshire and:

  • Learn in Business Pods, designed to simulate a modern office environment and introduce you to what it’s like in employment
  • Study a general business pathway, or if a particular aspect of business excites you, choose to specialise in your final year  
  • Develop an understanding of how to tackle business problems and the self-awareness to fit into a future employer’s organisation
  • Gain practical experience on an optional placement (sandwich) year – which gives you both experience in an organisation and academic credit, taking the pressure off in your final year
  • Explore opportunities for further postgraduate and professional study
  • Benefit from a degree that gives you the academic theory, practice-based experience and opportunity to work on real-world business projects to help you become a rounded and capable future manager