Business and Management BA (Hons)

Business and Management BA (Hons)

School of Management




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Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: three years or four years with 48-weeks industrial placement or international study in Year 3. Part-time: five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    N202; Short form: BA/BusM

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This degree course has a distinct emphasis on practical learning and you’ll develop core business skills in key areas such as problem solving, decision making, team working and communications. You are encouraged to put theory into practice and will have the option of undertaking a one year paid placement, as well as short-term internships. You’ll have the opportunity to engage in some consultancy practice ensuring you have the awareness and skills to succeed in the changing world of business.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 points at A2; General Studies accepted 
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*Distinction*
Pass Access To HE with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSEs: 5 at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma:
 Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P
IELTS: 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent 

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Core modules:

    • Management and Organizational Behaviour
    • Business and Management Project Essentials
    • Introduction to Business Functions
    • The Business Environment

    Year 2

    Core modules:

    • Global Environment of Business
    • Work, Organisation and Change
    • Career Planning
    • Project and Operations Management
    • Research Methods

    Plus one of the following option modules:

    • Principles of Marketing
    • Human Resource Management
    • Finance
    • Business Economics
    • Start a Business

    Year 3

    • Optional 48-week work placement

    Year 4

    Core modules:

    • Management Strategy
    • Contemporary Issues in Business
    • Dissertation or Management Report
    • Management Analysis Project or Professional Development

    Plus two of the following option modules:

    • E-Marketing
    • Management Consultancy Skills
    • Learning and Development
    • Evaluating HRM
    • Managing Your Own Business
    • Coaching and Mentoring
    • International Management
    • International Finance

    There is a 48-week work placement in the third year for those taking the Sandwich route.

    Further Information

    The Business and Management programme is a three year full-time or four year sandwich degree programme with the goal of producing capable, employable graduates. The programme has an equal focus on the principles of business and management. In addition the course provides scope to explore options to enhance your career.

    The programme content is dynamic, evolving as business issues change to ensure you’ll have the awareness and skills to succeed in the changing world of business.

    Business and Management aims to develop an understanding of how organisations operate and the importance of effective management. Throughout the degree students will develop practical managerial and communication skills and decision making. Students also have an opportunity to study modules in International Business.

    You will develop knowledge and skills with a broad understanding in the underpinning theories of business and management. By the end of the programme you will be an independent learner with the skills, knowledge and experience to make informed decisions about your future career.

    The Business School's state-of-the-art Greenbank and Brook buildings are in the middle of the campus offering a comprehensive range of study, learning and social facilities including a cybercafé and easy access PC workstation rooms.

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    This course involved the perfect mix of business and management related modules to enable me to determine the areas that I found most interesting. The option to do a 12 month placement during my third year has proved an essential addition to my CV and has helped me to secure graduate level employment in an area that interested me throughout my time at university. The broad range of subjects alongside the supportive tutors, many of whom are industry professionals in their specific area, truly helped to prepare me for starting my career.

    Aimee Callaghan


    The Business part of the degree provides concepts and techniques that are relevant to a wide range of business problems and situations. Year 1 covers an overview of various contextual elements of Business Law, Economics and Finance and Human Resource Management.

    In Year 2 and the Final Year the focus is on exploring contemporary issues in business management, globalisation and strategy. The Management part of the degree provides an opportunity to learn about the range of ideas, models and theories that underpin contemporary management. Year 1 provides a general appreciation of management theory. Year 2 concentrates on managing change and research skills and the Final Year explores strategic management.

    In the Year 3 students will have the option of a paid placement in industry. In the final year students can choose a dissertation or company based project to further enhance practical application of classroom ideas to the 'real' world.

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    The Business and Management course has a great balance of business and management modules but also a focus on personal development and employability from Year 1. I received fantastic support, guidance and access to resources throughout the course and my industrial placement which gave me the skills and confidence to begin my career after graduating.

    Xavia Byrnell

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    Course Specification and Handbook

    For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
    For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

    For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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    You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

    Contact Us

    +44(0)1772 892400

    Fees 2017/18

    Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

    Sandwich (Optional):

    £900 per year (UK / EU)

    Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

    Further information:

    For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

    Scholarships and bursaries

    Industry Links

    We have a strong business network between local and national businesses which you will benefit from, for example, there is an opportunity to attend guest speaker events, which are organised in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Chartered Institute of Marketing (CiM). The companies we work with offer internships, placements, live projects and mentors to provide you with excellent practical experience. The School also offers a number of electives and options that provide students with an opportunity to gain an additional professional body qualification.

    Learning Environment and Assessment

    You will benefit from a variety of teaching and learning methods including: lectures, seminars, practical workshops, group activities, personal research and case studies. Personal study and independent research also form an integral part of the course. Some modules are part web-based with links to organisations such as professional bodies. You will also have the option to develop your skills in a variety of areas such as IT, web searching, social media, advanced excel and specialist Microsoft packages.

    Assessment includes essays; reports; oral presentations; group assessments; investigating companies and tackling briefs from industry. In your final year you will have the opportunity to undertake an independent dissertation or company project. Exams account for no more than 50 per cent of the final mark (with exception of the accounting modules).

    During your first year you will, on average, attend between 12 and 14 hours of formal study per week. In the second and final year attendance will vary depending on which options are chosen but typically between 10-12 hours per week. During the optional placement you follow the normal work pattern of your chosen company.


    We are renowned for developing graduates who are highly employable and have strong entrepreneurial skills. This course offers a 48-week work placement opportunity where you will have the chance to work in a real business and gain vital work experience that will assist you in gaining employment when you graduate. In addition, you will have further opportunities for real-world work experience through short internships, volunteering and much more. You will also have the opportunity to study abroad and take some of your modules at our Cyprus campus. We offer a unique travel bursary fund where you can apply for funding to pay for your international study experience.

    Because of the equal focus on business and management our graduates are highly employable in a wide range of business areas throughout industry, commerce, the public sector and other non-profit making organisations.

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