Business Management BA (Hons)

The Business Management programme provides you with a critical understanding of the management of organisations. It develops your critical understanding of business management in a holistic way, providing a solid foundation for entry into a wide range of employment opportunities or further study. It allows you to specialise still further in specific aspects of business and management having awareness of the different stakeholders of wider society, including their needs and expectations.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2017 - 2018: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £10,000 per annum
3 years full-time
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2017 | September 2018
Accredited by
Chartered Management Institute

Course overview

As the global business environment continues to become increasingly competitive and challenging, businesses need to be more innovative, take more risks and develop sustainable business models that serve their customers and have a positive impact on society’s well-being. The BA (Hons) Business Management award aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the management of organisations and the role of business in contemporary society.

Studying the BA (Hons) Business Management is a great opportunity to gain a degree that is clearly focused on your long-term career prospects in a wide variety of contexts. Whether you are thinking of setting up your own business, working in a large corporation, the public sector or the ever growing tourist industry you will need to possess an understanding of how businesses operate and how skilled managers can contribute to their success.

But management is also about people, and we will enable you to develop your own skills as a team player, a group member and ultimately as a manager of other people. Our Business Management degree allows you to specialise in management and gain an insight in how managers work to meet organisational objectives. Alongside this knowledge you will also develop the skills you will need to be effective in a managerial role.

There are also opportunities for you to study abroad for part of your degree; the University has connections with other institutions in various countries, including the USA, Australia and Europe.

Alan Johnston - Head of Programme

Course structure

Level 1

This degree will give you the opportunity to develop managerial skills and perspectives and gain valuable experience in management situations. Ultimately it is about developing skills that will help you succeed in the business arena.

A general grounding in Business Management is obtained in Level 1, followed by the opportunity to study specialist management topics at Levels 2 and 3. A key aspect of the programme is the development of managerial skills suitable to enhance your employability opportunities. Alongside your classes you will undertake a Continuing Professional Development framework which will develop your practical skills and develop your links with the business community. Recently, students have engaged in business competition based activities both in the UK and Europe, undertaken roles as student researchers and visited several organisations in and around the UK.

Modules may include:

  • Preparing for Business
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Responsible Business
  • Ventures in Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Employee Performance

Level 2

Modules may include:

  • Management & Leadership
  • Managing Finance
  • People Management
  • Research Methods & Project Management

Level 3

Modules may include:

  • Independent Research
  • Leadership, Innovation & Change
  • Operations & Project Management
  • Organisational Strategy & Decision Making

At Level 3 you choose to undertake a Dissertation, Project or a Business Research Case Study in an area of your choice.

Teaching & Assessment

All modules are delivered utilising a range of teaching, learning and assessment strategies
including lectures, seminars, guest speakers, tutorials, workshops and a range of events and
learning activities.

You are supported initially in the use of guided learning strategies in Level 1 developing
towards autonomous, well-judged use of collaborative and independent learning strategies in
Levels 2 and 3.

Throughout the programme you will be introduced to a range of different teaching and learning
strategies. For example in Level 1 you will undertake simulation based learning (Ventures in
Entrepreneurship) in which we use a computer based simulation to develop your business skills
through developing your awareness of market forces and the decision making process you may
require as a manager. At Level 2 (for example) there will be evidence of practice based
learning (People Management) in which you will be expected to engage in practical based
activities as you develop your skills in managing people, while also developing skills in
managing projects (Research Methods and Project Management. Finally at Level 3 you will
demonstrate your skills through practice and enquiry based learning giving you the opportunity
to develop creative and innovative solutions to problems through Operations and Project
Management, and Leadership, Innovation and Change.

You will undertake a variety of assessments which include the use of written assignments
(often in the form of reports), individual and group presentations, exams and tests, and practical
activities. An essential part of the assessment is to encourage both learning and the
development of skills as well as preparing you for the requirements of the workplace.
You will have opportunities for formative assessment and feedback to inform your work prior to
submission and you will receive detailed feedback on assessments to help you develop and
continuously improve your performance whilst on the programme. Advice will be provided in
relation to development, further areas for research and guidance on how to enhance your
knowledge of business and practice.

You will have the opportunity for study support including academic writing and research skills to
enhance employability and career development in the field of Business Management.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 - 112 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language

For 2017 entry UCAS has altered how its tariff points are calculated. Calculate your tariff points.

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, either from an academic viewpoint, for example studying a business related A Level, or through relevant work experience or placements.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Career plans
  • Attending workshops or seminars related to the chosen subject area
  • Showing leadership and teamwork skills through project work or awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh or sports teams, theatre groups etc.
  • Experience of work
  • Candidates may also look to undertake professional qualifications such as accounting qualifications or CIPD

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees for 2018 / 19 entry have not yet been confirmed.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £10,000 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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