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Business Studies BA (Hons)

We’re nurturing the business brains of tomorrow. Whether you see yourself leading a department or setting up your own business, this programme will give you a broad understanding of the modern business world, taught by academics who have strong links with industry to make sure everything you learn reflects current practice. If you like, you can focus on the specific area of business that suits your ambitions best, which becomes a named pathway in your degree title. This is a strong, well-established, four year sandwich degree programme with an excellent reputation for producing well-rounded, eminently employable graduates.

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The objective of the degree is to develop a complimentary blend of knowledge, skills and abilities which will enable graduates to add value to organisations across all business sectors. In some years of study students have the opportunity to specialise in a specific pathway and have this included in your degree title. The Business Studies degree is a great opportunity to develop both breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding.

You can specialise in the areas of Accountancy, Human Resource Management and Marketing, from Year 2/Year 3 if on Foundation onwards.


Facilities

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.


Exciting Opportunities

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.

The Business School, UCLan

Business Studies allows for a great deal of flexibility in career choices and will provide you with a broad based preparation for careers in management, accountancy, banking, marketing, retail or simply running your own business. You’ll have the skills and awareness to succeed in the dynamic and changing world of business.


Unistats data

The key information statistics for the various pathways on the BA (Hons) Business course are listed below. These will open in a new browser window.

Business Studies (Accounting and Finance)
Business Studies (Human Resource Management)
Business Studies (Marketing)

UCAS Codes

Accounting and Finance: N243;
HRM: N160;
Marketing: N150;
Business Studies N100.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Four years (with 48 week work placement) or three years.

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    Various - more information; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted


BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

Year 1 and 2

Business Studies is designed to give students a grounding in the disciplines and functions that are available to specialise in from year two/year three if on Foundation onwards.

  • Business Decision Modelling
  • Business Information and Communication
  • Business Process Integration
  • Business Relationships
  • Business Economics and Finance
  • Personal and Professional Practice

  • Global Environment of Business
  • Managing of Operations
  • Transition to Work

Three options from the available pathways

Year 3 and 4

  • 48-week work placement

  • Contemporary Issues in Business
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Strategy and Decision Making
  • Pathways available in:
  • Accounting & Finance
  • HRM
  • Marketing

Late Applications

Strong 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

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).

You will, on average, attend between 12 and 14 hours of formal study per week. However in further years 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.

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Entry Requirements

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.