Business Studies (Part-time) BA (Hons)

Business Studies (Part-time) BA (Hons)

School of Business




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Part-time: Five years. Stage 1 (Years 1/2) at Preston College, Stage 2 (Years 3/4/5) at UCLan, Preston Campus.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    N/A; 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 part-time programme will give you a broad understanding of the modern business world, taught by academics with 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, choosing two or three options from a number of specialisms. This is a strong, well-established degree programme with an excellent reputation for producing well-rounded, eminently employable graduates. 

There is still time to apply

Course at a Glance

Year 1

Options: Student Chooses 1 Stream Option. Each Stream Consists of 2 Modules Core Modules:

  • Global Environment of Business
  • Business Analysis and Operations Management


  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Analysis
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Decision Making
  • Marketing

Year 2

Core Modules:

  • Contemporary Issues in Business
  • Business Strategy


  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Analysis
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Decision Making
  • Marketing

Year 3

Core Modules:

  • There are no core modules in Year 3


  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Analysis
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Decision Making
  • Marketing

Further Information

The course is normally five years in duration, although if a student is unable to complete the whole course a Diploma in Higher Education or an Ordinary degree may be awarded for their studies at UCLan. Students with relevant previous qualifications may be exempt from part of the course and so may be able to complete the course in two or three years. Stage 1 provides a broad based programme in business education. Stage 2 builds on the base provided at Stage 1 by studying combinations of core modules and option streams. There are two compulsory strands at both Levels 2 and 3. The first strand develops your ability to analyse business performance within a global environment. The second strand involves the critical evaluation of contemporary issues in business strategy. In addition to these core modules you will choose two or three options from the following specialisms:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Analysis
  • Business Decision Making
  • Business Information Systems
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing

Please apply direct to UCLan - see our how to apply page for further information. 

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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.


Put theory into practice in a professional business environment by taking advantage of the optional 48-week industry paid placement in a company based in the UK or overseas. You will also have the option to study a semester/year abroad or take your second year at our Cyprus campus. We also offer an International Travel Bursary Fund paying for you to take part in week-long international visits. Undertaking a placement year is invaluable and provides a practical introduction to business which will benefit you upon your return to study and also increase your employability upon graduation.

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:

Apply Now

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

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: n/a
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (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.

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