Business Management & Finance BA (Hons)

The programme will give you the opportunity to build the core knowledge and skills associated with Business Management. You will study finance in depth and also come to understand the contribution it makes to the wider process of Business Management. You will explore the technicalities of finance as well as the role of financial management and accounting information in internal decision making. You will learn to provide measures of performance which are useful to external stakeholders, internal managers and the Board of Directors.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
3 years full-time
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2018
Accredited by
Chartered Management Institute
Study options
Available with integrated Foundation Year

Course overview

Studying Business Management & Finance 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 or not-for-profit sector, you will need to possess an understanding of how businesses operate and how skilled managers can contribute to their success.

Management is also about people, and we will help you to develop your own interpersonal skills as a team player, a group member and ultimately as a manager of other people.

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

Sarah Fitzgerald - Course Leader


Course structure

At Level 1 you will gain a broad understanding of the subject which will be further developed at Levels 2 and 3. You will learn Business Management alongside developing your understanding of Corporate Finance. You will also have the opportunity to study certain aspects in more depth by selecting from the variety of options available.

A key aspect of the programme is the development of employability skills alongside your analysis skills. To complement your classes you will undertake Continuing Professional Development to enhance your practical skills and develop your links with the business community. Recent students have engaged in business competitions and have undertaken roles as student researchers.

Level 1

Preparing for Business

This module will give a broad awareness of the fundamentals of business from a financial, economic, marketing and organisational perspective. The skills learned can be applied to many business organisations.

Introduction to Economics

This module aims to provide knowledge of the basic economic principles and techniques related to the study of economics.  The emphasis is on developing an understanding of economic principles and allowing students to make a use of standard economic techniques.

Ventures in Entrepreneurship

The aim of this module is to show you the exciting, challenging and increasingly complex work of entrepreneurship and business ‘start-ups’. You will gain hands-on experience of planning, implementing and running your own business through a business simulation.

Responsible Business

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?

Finance & Capital Markets

This module will provide you with an introduction to the essential concepts of finance and capital markets. You will develop an understanding of the impact of financial markets on the wider economy.

Economic Policy & Practice

This explores the fundamental concepts and techniques of microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis and provides an opportunity to apply microeconomic theory to issues and problems related to decision-making in the real world.

Level 2

Management & Leadership

This subject will give you 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.

Corporate Finance

This module will help you to understand the financial decisions that are made by corporations. You will consider various theories and its relationship to a business’s objectives.

Managing Finance

This module is built around the key decisions managers must make on a day to day basis; what to produce, how and how much, at what price and how to best use the resources available? The focus is on understanding costs and using this information for planning and control decisions. The control aspect concerns the monitoring of results; making sure that all is going according to plan. This information and knowledge is applicable to all sorts of organisations including non-profit, retail, manufacturing and service.

Options may include:

International Finance

This module will give you the ability to analyse the theoretical and practical aspects of international financial markets. The development and current state of the international monetary system will be analysed. Theories of exchange rate determination will be compared and applied in relation to historical and current events in order to critically analyse their relative importance. These theories will be used to address issues around the international financial crises in order to analyse and discuss the impact of different types of crises on the wider economy.

Integrated Marketing Communications

This module aims to provide you with an overview of marketing communications from both theoretical and managerial perspectives. The role of Integrated Marketing Communications will be examined as an influence on buyer behaviour and as a major element in the marketing mix.

Research Methods and Project Management

Organisations frequently require an understanding of how and why data is acquired, and an ability to collect, analyse and interpret it. These skills are also important if you wish to progress to postgraduate study or careers in consultancy services.

Level 3

Contemporary Business Economics

Prospective managers working in an international context require a clear understanding of key aspects of the international economy. The module has a firmly contemporary focus, with the particular international business economics topics being selected to address current issues.

Organisational Strategy and Decision Making

The requirement for effective strategic management is increasing due to the highly complex and turbulent environments in which most private and public sector organisations currently exist. The study of organisational strategy encompasses theory and practice from a broad range of business sectors. As such, this module draws on concepts introduced in earlier modules and furthers the critical understanding of these topics and their inter-relationships. The module examines theories and models used in strategic management and decision-making and reviews existing practice.

Managing Organisation Development

Organisational development focuses on interventions designed to drive improvement and facilitate ways in which employees can be motivated to perform and be rewarded for performance. This also includes developing business decision-making processes, improving knowledge transfer and communication, designing flexible and creative working across changing organisational environments and applying change management approaches to drive enhanced business performance and productivity. This module critically examines the concept, processes and practices of organisational development and its potential to enhance business performance.

Insurance and Risk Management

This module will introduce you to the economic principles underlying the insurance industry and critically evaluate the industry’s development. The notion that risk and uncertainty are very different ideas from an economic and financial point of view will be explored in depth, particularly in relation to the management of business risks.

You will also undertake an Independent Research activity which may take one of the following forms:

  • Dissertation
  • Business Research Project
  • Organisation-Based Project

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 learning, 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. In addition, this will lay the foundations of core finance concepts through
Introduction to Economics. At Level 2 (for example) there will be evidence of practice based
learning (International Finance) in which you will be expected to engage in practical based
activities. 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 Insurance and Risk Management.

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 and

Certificate in Management and Leadership

Students will be accredited with a Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) upon completion of the following modules:

1BMB02 and 2BMB01 or or 3BM*10, 3BM*12 or 3BM*14

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 and Maths

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

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.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

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 2018 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 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

Whilst 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.

Accommodation and living costs

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

Study abroad

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

Financial help and support

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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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