This programme will give you the opportunity to build the core knowledge and skills associated with Business Management. You will study finance in depth and 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 the measures of performance useful to external stakeholders, internal managers and the Board of Directors.
- UCAS course code
- NN23 | With placement year N2N4
- York St John University
- Course fees
- 2019 - 2020: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,750 per annum
- 3 years full-time | 4 years with Placement Year
- Study Abroad
- Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
- Start date
- September 2019
- Accredited by
- Chartered Management Institute
- Study options
- Available with integrated Foundation Year
- York Business School
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
95% of Graduates from our Business Management courses were in employment or further study within six months.
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.
Preparing for Business: This module will give a broad awareness of the fundamentals in business from a financial, economic, marketing and organisational perspective. The skills learned can be applied to any business organisation but learning for this module will be likely to give greater emphasis to a small business environment with the aim to make the interdependencies of the above areas more apparent. The fundamentals will be delivered in the lecture with the aim of giving all learners a basic awareness of the various disciplines and the associated issues that may arise.
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? 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. This module aligns well with the mission of the PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) (PRME) initiative to inspire and champion responsible management education. The challenge in this module of applying ideas from a complex ongoing debate to contemporary business and societal issues will support students in the development of both academic and employability skills.
Introduction to Economics: This module is designed to provide an introduction to economics. The module aims to provide knowledge and comprehension of the basic economic principles and techniques related to microeconomics and macroeconomics. The emphasis is on developing an understanding of economic principles and allowing students to make a use of standard economic techniques. The module considers the different issues related to microeconomics theories that can be applied to business decisions. It also considers the different issues related to macroeconomics theories and provides an insight into the impact of macroeconomic environment on business decisions.
Ventures in Entrepreneurship: The aim of this module is to expose students to the exciting, challenging and increasingly complex work of entrepreneurship and business ‘start-ups’. Students will gain hands-on experience of planning, implementing and running their own business through the business simulation software SimVenture Evolution. This will give a sense of the challenges inherent in starting up and running a new enterprise. 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.
Finance and Capital Markets: This module will provide students with an introduction to the essential concepts of finance and capital markets. Students will be able to describe the role of financial intermediary’s within the economy as well as the functions they perform. Students will be able to exhibit an understanding and be able to evaluate the impact of financial markets on the wider economy. It will give students the skills to understand and apply discounting techniques in different types of valuation models. It will equip students with an understanding of the structures within various financial markets.
The Politics of Business: Politics is a contested field of study and can link to a wide array of concepts including power, distribution, legitimacy and authority. The priorities and choices of political institutions and power structures that exist in society have a significant impact upon a range of social and economic activity. This module provides students with a broad understanding of the key concepts and principles of politics and how these affect both individuals and organisations in a way that critically underpins a student perspective on the wider hinterland of social sciences.
Managing Employee Performance: The module introduces the students to how organisations can drive sustained performance by creating a high-performance work organisation (HPWO). It aims to introduce students to the key concepts and theories underlying Performance Management and how these relate to individual employee performance. It will consider performance as a systematic and continuous process for enhancing organisational performance by developing the performance of individual and teams, taking account of different organisational contexts and environments.
Economic Policy and Practice: This module explores the fundamental concepts and techniques of microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis. It provides an opportunity to apply microeconomic theory to issues and problems related to decision making of economic agents. The module aims to provide understanding of quantitative techniques and their usefulness in theoretical and applied economics with focus on developing a deeper understanding of modern macroeconomics. Module will help to develop a deeper understanding of how decisions of consumers, firms and government are interlinked. It aims to analyse contemporary economic events and enable students the procurement of skills to assess the likely trends in macroeconomic variables that will facilitate decision-making.
Quantitative Analysis: Students will be introduced to the essential quantitative methods of modelling and analysis for financial data. In addition, statistics and probability concepts will be discussed and applied to various events. These theories will then be used to analyse practical situations and contribute to obtain necessary information for problem solving.
All modules are worth 20 credits, except Dissertation which is worth 40 credits and Study Abroad which is worth 60 credits.
Management and Leadership: 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.
Managing Finance: This module is built around key decisions that managers must make on a day to day basis; what to produce, how and how much, at what price, how to best use the resources available. The focus is on costs; understanding costs, cost behaviour, 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; non-profit, retail, wholesale, manufacturing.
Research Methods and Project Management: 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.
International Finance: This module will give students 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 development international financial crises in order to analyse and discuss the impact of different types of crises on the wider economy.
Business and Commercial Law: The aim of this module is to develop students’ knowledge and skills in the understanding of the general legal framework, and of specific legal areas relating to business, recognising the need to seek further specialist legal advice where necessary. The module will also cover a range of specific legal areas relating of most concern to business professionals.
Study Abroad: This module is intended to accommodate flexibly the varying needs of exchange or study abroad students. For instance, this may be required when the modules offered by the host institution are sufficiently close to the modules that the student would be taking at YSJU. The module’s aim is to support students’ development in their subject knowledge while exposing them to the language and culture of the host country, whilst enhancing their foreign language skills.
International Trade: This module seeks to understand the patterns of international trade, past, present and future by understanding the underlying forces that drive international trade. International trade draws upon ideas from economic theory, business strategy and political economy. Contemporary international trade is also closely related to international production: the operation of international supply chains and production networks often linked to foreign direct investment. This module considers how these ideas relate to each other and to events in the real world, providing a balanced appreciation of theory and its application.
People Management: The module explores the changing nature of work and contemporary issues in people management. This module will seek to encourage students to consider the various aspects of people management as part of the wider culture and managerial contexts in which they have been developed. The module will consider the psychological and sociological issues related to the management of people and the issues around people management. To consider the development of people management strategies in the context of the Principles for Responsible Education (PRME).
Corporate Finance: The aim of this module is to create an understanding of the financial decisions that are made by corporations. Students will evaluate stakeholder theory and its relationship to a business’s objectives. Company valuation will be examined through various investment tools and their relative merits will be discussed. The sources of finance for a business will be studied and the implications these have for the company’s cost of capital. The interrelationship between capital structure, dividend policy and a company’s cost of capital will also be addressed.
Integrated Marketing Communications: This module aims to provide students 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.
All modules are worth 20 credits, except Dissertation which is worth 40 credits and Study Abroad which is worth 60 credits.
Dissertation: 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.
Developing a Business Research Project: The aim of this module is to prepare students to undertake an independent enquiry through individual self-directed project work. This module provides students with the skills and knowledge to design and plan a research project. Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and critique literature. Students will develop a project plan which they can undertake through their final semester.
Developing an Organisation Based Project: The aim of this module is to develop the student’s skills in conducting a research project in response to a brief from an organisation. This module acts as a bridge into the industry they research. Students develop their research skills and their ability to structure an influential document.
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.
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 delivered being selected to address current issues of importance. This module provides an accessible overview with an applied business focus. While it deals with difficult conceptual issues, these are explained fully in the clearest possible way and illustrated with examples and news reports.
Business Research Project: The aim of this module is to facilitate and express independent enquiry in a small scale substantial piece of individual self-directed research work. This module provides students with the opportunity to 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.
Organisation Based Project: The aim of the Organisation Based Project is to give students the opportunity to combine investigation into an authentic challenging business project with an in-depth research-based report. This offers links with potential employers and demonstrates understanding of the application of business principles in a real-world situation. Students will develop their research skills alongside techniques of reporting back on findings.
Insurance and Risk Management: This module will introduce students 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. Students will examine the various types of risk faced by individuals and businesses in order to develop risk management techniques appropriate to the situations. The students will be able to examine issues that reduce the insurability of risk and discuss how insurers can counteract these using contractual and financial tools. Students will develop the skills to price financial derivatives and demonstrate ability to judge between different the hedging strategies that are possible using these products.
Business Ethics and CSR: It is important to integrate questions of business ethics & CSR with broader concerns around corporate citizenship, globalisation and sustainability. Therefore, there is value in bringing together diverse perspectives in order to offer a comprehensive and holistic account of contemporary business ethics & CSR. Furthermore, this module aligns well with the mission of the PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) initiative to inspire and champion responsible management education. This module will provide students with a critical understanding of business ethics & CSR and enable them to apply these concepts to the corporations’ major stakeholders. It seeks to encourage students to draw upon concepts and principles so that they can critically explore issues associated with the ethical challenges facing organisations that cross different functions in a fast-changing global business environment.
International Marketing: The purpose of this module is to provide students with a detailed knowledge and awareness of marketing theory and operations at an international level. An understanding of international marketing is particularly important in bringing together a number of contemporary management issues such as cultural diversity and strategic decision-making as well as focusing on specific marketing problems as they are represented in the context of international marketing operations. This module develops knowledge and understanding of the international context of marketing and particular issues that affect marketing decision-making and planning at this level. Students will be exposed to the complexities and modalities of international marketing practice by analysing product development, branding and market entry strategies in a number of international contexts. Students will also be introduced to the operational issues relating to marketing across national and world-regional boundaries and the challenges of operating across different cultures.
Business Creation Project: This module allows the entrepreneurial student who wishes to start their own business to undertake research into a business creation opportunity that they may wish to continue following graduation. Students will undertake independent enquiry in a substantial piece of individual self-directed research work aimed at business start-up. This module provides students with the opportunity to plan and conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity into a business opportunity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in written format that meets professional standards. Students will make decisions on the business prospect and the viability of undertaking the venture.
All modules are worth 20 credits, except Business Creation Project and Dissertation which are each worth 40 credits and Study Abroad which is worth 60 credits.
Certificate in Management and Leadership
Modules may include:
- Responsible Business
- Management and Leadership
- 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
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
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.
York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of disability advice services to assist students throughout their studies.
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
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.
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
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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.
York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships.
There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.
UK & EU 2019 / 20
The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 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.
Overseas 2019 / 20
The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.
Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.
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