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BA (Hons) Business Management

Course Overview

The BA (Hons) Business Management course provides the practical skills and conceptual understanding required for managing in organisations.

It provides a broad understanding of management under diverse operating conditions and builds for you a contextual and conceptual foundation to manage organizations undergoing dramatic change. All the basic functional areas that are deemed to comprise the business discipline Marketing, Operations, Information Systems, Finance, HRM, Business Policy and Strategy and Change, Economics, Law and Contemporary Issues are examined over the duration of the course and in the context of contemporary change.

Key information

    Course name

    BA (Hons) Business Management

    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

The course uses a range of assessment types and methods, as appropriate, to ensure the validity and fairness of assessment. Formative assessment is used to provide feedback to you and support your progress while diagnostic assessment is used to assess students’ current knowledge or skills. Summative assessment for most units includes a combination of coursework, presentations, tests, or examination.

Most units include elements of individual and group work to reflect the type of work undertaken in business and management. Assessment focuses on tasks that develop vocational skills, underpinned by subject knowledge, requiring higher levels of cognition in the later years of the course.

Assessment takes a variety of forms, including essays and reports, portfolios, individual and group presentations (individually assessed), research proposals and exams.

All coursework has an assignment specification, with grading criteria, which is issued to you, normally at the beginning of the year, but at least 3 weeks prior to the deadline. All marked work is returned to you following the university guidelines, with written feedback, including advice on how to improve your work next time.

All coursework submitted is subject to university procedures for the detection of plagiarism. Annual monitoring of the outcomes of assessment for each unit is completed, providing the opportunity for reflection on the assessment methods and weightings.

In some cases viva voce may be held. Although there are similarities in process, vivas differ from oral presentations in that students are required to respond to unknown questions around a specified topic.

Progression route

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

Career opportunities

On completing this course students are likely to progress into the following areas for opening their careers: Human Resources, E-Business, Operations/Project Management; General Management or Starting a business.


Year one:

  • Foundations of Business Management I – 30 credits
  • Foundations of Business Management II – 30 credits
  • Principles of Accounting – 30 credits
  • Principles of Marketing – 15 credits
  • Intercultural Competence in Business – 15 credits


Year two:

  • Human Resource Management – 15 credits
  • Small Business Planning and Entrepreneurship – 15 credits
  • Business Research Skills – 15 credits
  • Operations Management – 15 credits
  • Marketing Planning – 15 credits
  • Financial and Management Accounting – 15 credits
  • Business Information Systems – 15 credits
  • Contemporary Management – 15 credits


Year three:

  • Strategy and Change Management – 30 credits
  • Dissertation – 30 credits
  • Digital Business Management – 15 credits
  • International Business Management – 15 credits
  • Project Management – 30 credits


Main learning outcomes

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

  • LO2. Analyse relevant management theories and their relevance to organizational functions including Markets, Customers, Finance, People, Operations, Information Systems, Communication and Information Technology, Business Policy and Strategy in a global, inter-connected business context
  • LO2. Appraise current management applications and practices within various organizational contexts including locally, nationally and across international boundaries combined with the ability to evaluate the impact of internal and external factors on those organizational contexts, including legal, political, environmental, social and technological
  • LO3. Apply a range of professional skills, including communications skills, numeracy, team working & critical evaluation skills, as well as the development of inter-personal attributes, and managerial skills and the ability to apply them in a range of appropriate contexts
  • LO4. Comprehend and evaluate the increasingly important information management needs of organizations as well as be aware of the techniques that organizations use to handle information
  • LO5. Select, Propose and implement a research project through utilization of appropriate and innovative methodology (such as gathering information, analyzing information and making informed decisions) and the ability to use these research skills to solve problems in a business context
  • LO6. Apply relevant professional business skills and academic ability to continue into postgraduate study or to take up career opportunities, commensurate with aspirations engendered through the personal and professional development/career management focus of the course.


Graduate impact statements

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

  • perform in an organisation effectively with an intelligent pro-active mind-set and can relate to people from different functions within the organisation
  • deliver in a diverse range of roles within an organisation and network purposefully with stakeholders, external and internal
  • show initiative and enterprise in the face of change

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

  • Learn in a small class, through lectures, seminars and workshops, plus group projects, research exercises, presentations and case study analyses
  • Study essential aspects of business management including marketing, financial and management accounting, human resource management and project management, with options in e-Business and international operations
  • Develop an entrepreneurial understanding of organisations and practical skills to make you attractive to employers in a wide range of organisations, or prepares you to start your own business
  • Gain from the opportunity to work on a final year dissertation, undertaking research in your chosen area
  • Explore career opportunities with an optional placement (sandwich) year
  • Benefit from a degree which gives you access to careers in general management roles, plus more specialist opportunities in human resources, e-Business, operations or project management; prepares you to start your own business; or can take you into further postgraduate/professional study