Business Management BA (Hons)

The Business Management programme provides you with a critical understanding of the management of organisations.

The course 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. 

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

If you’ve set your sights on a career in management, studying Business Management provides an excellent starting point, offering the opportunity to develop your practical skills and build links with the business community.

Develop managerial skills and perspectives, whilst gaining valuable experience in management situations. Take the chance to study abroad and/or learn a language, without extending the length of your degree, or gain practical experience with a year in industry. On successful completion of the programme students will obtain the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership.

Gain a general grounding in Business Management in Year 1, then study specialist management topics in Years 2 and 3. A key aspect of the programme is the development of managerial skills to enhance employability. Alongside classes undertake a Continuing Professional Development framework, which will develop your practical skills and help you to build links with the business community.

Our students have taken part in business competitions, both in the UK and Europe, undertaken roles as student researchers and visited several organisations in and around the UK as part of their studies. You will be expected to undertake 140 hours of work placement during your course.

Kweku Adams - Course Leader

Course structure

Level 1

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.

Diploma in Management and Leadership

Modules may include:

  • Responsible Business
  • Management and Leadership
  • 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, 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

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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.

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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