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Undergraduate course

Management and Entrepreneurship BA (Hons)

This course is for creative and innovative students interested in leadership and organisation

Business students with lecturer

Full of ideas for a new business or for developing opportunities within an existing business? Are you a budding entrepreneur? Whatever your aspirations, our BA (Hons) Management and Entrepreneurship degree will give you a thorough grounding in the theory and practice behind entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial flair.

York campus

  • UCAS Code – N113 | With placement year N108
  • Duration – 3 years full time | 4 years with placement year
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

York Business School

Course overview

This course will develop you into a confident, enterprising and creative graduate, able to cope with the ever changing business environment. You'll get a thorough understanding of workplace behaviours and the role of contemporary business in the modern digital age. You'll be able to understand and analyse data to help develop strategy and you'll be prepared to thrive as an enterprising employee.

Throughout the course, you will be given opportunities that enable you to learn the practicalities of being an entrepreneur. You will look at varying topics including the changing practice of management, how to understand data and use it to your advantage and how businesses are created. You'll develop your own entrepreneurial qualities and build a personal brand. Critical to your success will be the ability to be innovative and creative in your thinking and approach to business development.

You’ll graduate with the potential for employment in a range of different businesses. This could be an organisation, the private or public sector, a charity, or developing your own business through self-employment. We aim to give you the skills to apply your knowledge in a wide range of situations in any sector.

Special features

  • Accreditation by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) giving you a professionally recognised qualification(Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership) alongside your degree
  • Throughout the course there will be opportunities to engage with a range of practising managers, organisations, employers and entrepreneurs and take part in work-related experiences and internships

Year in industry

All of our business students have the option of adding in a year in industry and / or a semester of studying abroad with one of our partners to their course. A year in industry gives students fantastic experience and is attractive to potential employers. This normally takes place after the second year of the course and extends the course duration by one year (15% of the standard tuition fee is chargeable). Study Abroad normally takes place for a semester of the second year of the course and doesn’t extend the course duration as credits achieved abroad count towards your degree.

You don’t need to decide whether you would like to take either of these options until after you have started the course with us.

Course structure

Level 1


Compulsory modules:

Practising Responsible Business Behaviours

This module examines the nature of business enterprise and its relationship with wider society, seeking answers to the question: what does it mean for businesses to behave responsibly? There is an ongoing debate regarding this question, with answers ranging from ‘just maximize shareholder value’ to ‘consider everyone who is affected, including unborn future generations’, with many variations in between. In this ongoing debate we encounter ideas regarding, for example, stakeholder theory, the triple bottom line, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, the role of the state or of supra-national organizations, and so on.

Organisational Behaviour in the Digital Age

The purpose of this module is to examine and critically assess a number of key concepts and issues associated with behaviour in organisations. It is designed to develop students’ understanding of the key characteristics of work organisation, the context of organisational behaviour, and how a number of different organisational variables affect individual and organisational performance. This module discusses the role of contemporary business in the modern digital age. It seeks to consider the changing role and nature of business and how it influences society and the way business is conducted.

Entrepreneurship and the Business Environment

The purpose of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the internal and external business challenges facing managers today. Students will be introduced to the theoretical underpinning of the business environment which will further develop their abilities to analyse and address managerial issues posed by the drivers that influence organisations The module exposes students to the exciting, challenging and increasingly complex work of entrepreneurship. Students will also develop a critical understanding of contemporary discourses surrounding ‘entrepreneurs’ and ‘entrepreneurship’ as they are found in the wider culture and society at large.

Business Analytics and the Blockchain

The aim of this module is to give you a practical grounding in the skills and techniques necessary to conduct data analytics and anticipate the effects of the blockchain on both short- and long-term strategy. The module introduces the blockchain and the scope of the blockchain industry. Basic statistical models are introduced in this module. As future business leaders, students will learn to understand blockchain, explore blockchain trends, investigate the market disruptions caused by technology and the impact of blockchain in industries worldwide. The module is designed to get you over the basic hurdles you will face when beginning to learn the data analytics and management techniques, and will cover some of the basic tasks that you face as a data analyst and will put you in a position to extend your knowledge of applying your analytical techniques.

Financial Concepts and Control

This module aims to develop students understanding of the financial environment. It will look at key sources of information for decision makers and look at the decision maker’s needs. Students will gain an understanding of the key statements in published financial accounts and how to analyse and interpret the information presented. It will also look at key information for financial decision makers inside organisations. This will include budgetary control, short term and long-term decision making.

Creating Business Ideas and Opportunities

Entrepreneurship is fuelled by ideas. Ideas require creative skills to interface with practices of innovation. In this module we will consider a range of societal and business issues and explore possible responses to these. Students will network with a variety of people and experience a range of products and services, which began with moments of creativity.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise


Level 2


Compulsory modules:

Management Practice in Disruptive Times

This module provides students with a broad understanding of the key concepts and principles of management and leadership. It considers the differences between management and leadership, through the development of theories and models, and the impact on organisations of different approaches. The module also allows students to analyse their own management and leadership skills and devise a personal plan which will allow them to develop these further.

Principles of Innovation

New ideas and their application are a critical aspect of an organisation's ability to succeed in today's extremely competitive and uncertain business environment. Many world leading organisations now invest a lot of capital and resources in innovation to gain competitive edge in the market. To stay innovative, businesses need to rapidly create new products, services and processes to respond to market changes. The core focus of this modules is innovation and it's ability to create a competitive benefit for firms in today's market. 

Business and Venture Creation

To stay competitive today, companies need to create novel ideas that would develop new products and re-engineer existing products to satisfy the growing demand of customers in the market. But, these ideas are generated by individuals or a group of people within companies who will usually be under the supervision of managers. Such ideas will usually need to be unique and well-thought, through a rigorous process, before it can meet the high demands in today’s market place. In this module, students will face similar real-world scenarios where they will be developing a niche business idea which would advance their understanding of running an enterprise. This module is designed to help students develop a theoretical and empirical perspective towards entrepreneurship and innovation. This understanding and knowledge will relate to the practical process of a new business start-up and growth. Students will be introduced to the key dimensions of the processes of new venture creation. This includes moving beyond the creative processes at the initiation ‘ideas’ stage, to the entrepreneurially distinct requirements in terms of sales and marketing, finance, human resources, operations management etc.

Management Research Methods

Organisations frequently require both an understanding of how and why data is acquired, and an ability to collect, analyse and interpret it. These skills are also important if students wish to progress to postgraduate study or careers in consultancy services. This module considers the use of quantitative and qualitative research methods in subject contexts, and allows students to develop skills in the collection, analysis and reporting of relevant data. In addition, this module will develop students’ project planning and management skills as a tool to manage the research process.

Contemporary Issues of Entrepreneurship

This module aims to develop confident, enterprising and creative graduates who will be able to cope with the ever changing business environment, recognise opportunities and to take responsible and measured risks. This will stimulate enterprise and encourage individuals to consider self-employment and just as importantly, to develop enterprising employees who can contribute to the success of the organisation in which they work through intrapreneurship. This is a very practical module. Starting with the initial idea students will explore and assess a business opportunity and present a feasible business concept.

Optional modules:

Professional Placement

The overarching rationale for this module is for students to begin to understand and begin plan towards their own personal transition from university into the workplace. The module will provide the student with a vocational opportunity aimed at enhancing their future work readiness. It is designed to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of career-related personal, professional and key skill areas. The module specifically engages with issues such as career decision making, the recruitment cycle applying for jobs, sourcing and embarking on a placement or a group or individual project, CV writing and action planning. Or

Business, Creativity and Opportunism Skills for the Workplace of Today

This module explores the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship and the behaviour and skills required to 'think out of the box' to identify and pursue opportunities. You will establish what the behaviours and skills are of an entrepreneur, define creativity and innovation, as well as ask why they are so important to entrepreneurs. We will explore idea generation and evaluation techniques and learn how to recognise enterprise opportunities.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise

Level 3


Compulsory modules:

Research Investigation (40 credits)

The aim of this module is to facilitate and express independent enquiry in a substantial piece of individual self-directed research work. This module provides students with the opportunity to plan and conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in written academic format that meets professional standards. Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and apply problem solving and analytical skills in a business context of their choice. You will be able to choose between a traditional dissertation, an organisation-based project, a business research project and a business creation project.

Students have the opportunity to complete the investigation in the form of:

  • Traditional dissertation
  • Research report
  • Consultancy project
  • Business creation project

Operations and Project Management

This module seeks to develop an appreciation of the theoretical and practical issues relating to project management and operations management from a strategic and operations perspective. Students will develop a broad and critically understanding of the different aspects of organisations operations and the relationships between the various operational areas.

Taking your Business from Vision to Reality

Students will previously have generated an idea for a new product or service and considered the process required to create and finance a new enterprise to realise this. This module focuses on how that enterprise can be developed in order to ensure success and sustainability.

Taking your Product or Service into the Marketplace

This module will focus on bringing your product or service to the marketplace and developing your marketing skills as an entrepreneur.

The Entrepreneurial Practitioner

This module focuses on understanding key aspects of entrepreneurship from a practical perspective. Students will work on identifying the behavioural traits of a successful entrepreneur, developing their own entrepreneurial qualities and building a personal brand.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise

Teaching & assessment


All modules are delivered utilising a range of teaching and learning 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 case based, practice based and enquiry based learning. Alongside your timetabled programme you will also be able to take part in our Grad 2 Director programme free of charge, which will provide you with a full a comprehensive online course, accessible to anyone, anywhere. With more than 120 video podcasts and programme materials to help you develop innovative ideas for new products and services. Furthermore, you will have access to workshops & support clinics, giving you the opportunity to work with Dr.John Park in person to develop your business ideas and transform them into viable start up opportunities. Furthermore you will be able to apply for investment opportunities, cash awards available for the best business ideas, as well as incorporation costs fully funded by the University.

Contact Hours

12 hours contact time per module


As a university student, there is an expectation that you will develop from being a dependent learner to being an independent one. This means you are expected to undertake self-study and group learning. In year one you will be provided with guidance to progress your learning and self-development. By the time you get to year 3 it is hoped you will have developed greater autonomy and independence.


The academic staff who deliver the BA (Hons) Management and Entrepreneurship programme bring a wealth of professional experience from the world management to York Business School. You will be taught by academic and industry experts who worked for global organisations such as Nike and JP Morgan. Your teaching staff also have many years of practical management and strategic work experience in the Not-for-profit organisations have served as trustee/director for housing associations, such as Housing 21, social arts organisations, such as Arts Care Gofal Celf, and York CAB. Additionally, our business creation expert Dr John Park, an international expert in product and service innovation. John brings nearly 30 years of experience developing new products and services in two of the world’s largest corporations, Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo International. He has also run university wide business start-up programmes. The team have research profiles and you will be provided with the opportunity to join them in their research through our ‘Students as Researchers’ scheme. The course will also be supported the course at every level through professional accreditation, guest lectures, live projects work and internships and placements.

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

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Foundation Year

This course is available with a foundation year. This option is ideal if you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto a degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education. A foundation year prepares you for degree level study, giving you the confidence and skills needed to make the most of your course. Passing it guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Foundation courses

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Advanced Entry

Considering transferring to join us in year 2 or 3 of our Business Courses?

Please see our Advanced Entry page for information on the courses available and how to apply.

Personal statements

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 depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry onto this course is £9,250 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

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

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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