Business Studies BA (Hons)

Business Studies BA (Hons)

School of Business


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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:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    Various - more information; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

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. 

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: 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate: 28P
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: Maths and English grade C 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.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

The Business Studies first year is designed to give students a grounding in the disciplines and functions that are available to specialise in from year two onwards.

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

Year 2
  • Global Environment of Business
  • Managing of Operations
  • Transition to Work

Three options from the available pathways

Year 3

  • 48-week work placement

Year 4
  • Contemporary Issues in Business
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Strategy and Decision Making
  • Pathways available in:
  • Accounting & Finance
  • HRM
  • Marketing

Further Information

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.

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 the second and final year 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, Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Marketing, from Year 2 onwards. A part-time route is also available.


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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.

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.

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

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+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Sandwich (Optional):

£680 per year (EK / 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.

NSS 2015 Results

Students who completed the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) and studied Business Studies at UCLan ranked the university in the Top 25 in the UK for overall student satisfaction.

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