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Business Management BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    3 year: N124

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time with Foundation

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000
    Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000

  • Location:


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UK/EU Students enquiries
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International Students enquiries
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The BA Business Management offers a robust education, equipping you for current and future workplace opportunities. The programme provides essential modules of study in stage one, and in stages two and three you can opt to follow a specialism pathway. This programme boasts input from industry experts, the opportunity to achieve a professional diploma in addition to the Bachelor degree, and expertise supporting you towards reaching your full potential in becoming strong graduate recruits.

Updated 12/07/2021


  • Chartered Management Institute Membership and Professional Qualification*
  • Stage two and three specialism pathways, (e.g. Marketing, Economics, Law etc).
  • Optional work placement year, and other work-based opportunities
  • Engagement and Interaction with Industry throughout your studies
  • HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible student. Eligibility criteria and terms and conditions apply.

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Course Content

  • This course has been designed to contribute towards achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goal: SDG12 of Responsible Consumption and Production.

    BA Business Management is the ideal programme of study for individuals who would like to develop their understanding of business and management in their studies as they define and follow personal career aspirations. The programme is designed to incorporate core business management principles, applied to authentic business contexts.

    You will engage with business in the context of the workplace today. Within the programme you will develop practical skills such as professional digital competence, negotiation, and decision making, as well as have an opportunity to opt for a specialist pathway as you forge an understanding of your personal direction.

    Pathway options provide an insight into different careers within business, and help you to build appropriate knowledge and skills to progress into specific areas of business. They offer the flexibility of demonstrating a solid business management education which is complimented by your chosen area. Below is a list of current options.

    ·         Economics

    ·         Entrepreneurship

    ·         Finance

    ·         Human Resource Management

    ·         Law

    ·         Marketing

    ·         Core Business Management

    List of modules
      • Module code: ACC1900
        Status: Compulsory
        This module introduces the main players and their roles and functions in the financial system. Learners explore the fundamental concepts in finance needed to understand the financial managers? decision making process and learn to use a range of analytical tools to interpret the financial data for making informed decisions.
      • Module code: BUS1900
        Status: Compulsory
        Learners will examine the frame of business conduct in an interconnected global context. Economic legal and political interventions and structures as well as social and ethical considerations gives a multidimensional perspective of global business and trade.
      • Module code: BUS1901
        Status: Compulsory
        This module equips learners with knowledge and techniques facilitating the development of essential skills in the dynamic digital landscape for developing professionalism and effective performance.
      • Module code: BUS1902
        Status: Compulsory
        Learners are introduced to contemporary thinking about business and organisations their forms roles and purpose in a dynamic changing world. Foundational ideas about leadership innovation and change for business growth are explored alongside new ways of organising and the future of work.
      • Module code: MKT1900
        Status: Compulsory
        In this module learners investigate the role of consumers markets and marketing within a range of business settings. Developing an entrepreneurial mind set through creativity and opportunity spotting learners consider their own agency and ethical position in problem solving and decision-making.
      • Module code: BSO3900
        Status: Compulsory
      • Module code: BUS3027
        Status: Compulsory
        This module enables learners to understand and analyse the increasingly interconnected and interdependent nature of global business. Learners will evaluate how businesses operate across national and regional boundaries and examine cross-border investment flows strategies policies and associated opportunities and challenges.
      • Module code: BUS3900
        Status: Compulsory
      • Module code: BUS4001
        Status: Compulsory
        The Module is a core element of some programmes in the faculty of Business and Law. It represents a significant final element of study where students can develop their own academic and intellectual interests. The module also allows students to develop their skills in research and independent work with the support of academic supervisors. It allows students to draw together different aspects of their study and will be required to select a topic to research design implement a study report the findings and draw appropriate conclusions.
      • Module code: BUS4900
        Status: Compulsory
      • Module code: HRM3020
        Status: Compulsory
  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. We welcome international applications and applications from students with non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    Integrated Foundation Year Entry Requirements

    The standard entry requirements for the Integrated Foundation Year are DEE at A level or MPP at BTEC.

    For more information on how to make an application please visit our How to Apply pages for Home and EU, and International students.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Full Time: £9,250
    • UK Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • International Full Time: £13,000
    • International Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2021. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK/EU Full Time: £9,250
    • UK/EU Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • International Full Time: £12,900
    • International Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
    • Optional Placement Year: £950
    Additional costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Membership and Professional Qualification*

    *All qualifications are subject to CMI moderation and approval

    Modules within this course are accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) meaning on successful completion of the degree you can receive CMI Level 5 Professional Qualification in Management and Leadership*.

    *Subject to moderation of relevant assessments by CMI

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

    Master of Business Administration MBA

    International Business Management MSc

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements for Business Management we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year Business Management programme which includes a Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

    Please see our Integrated Foundation Year page for more details.

  • You are encouraged to undertake a year-long placement in between Stages Two and Three of study. If you meet the entry criteria, and choose to take up a placement year you will find it an invaluable experience that helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career. We offer a lot of support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas.

  • How will I be taught?

    Teaching will be a combination of face to face sessions, self-study, and online learning comprises live sessions and interactive work units.

    How many hours per week of teaching/ personal tutoring?

    All students have differing needs. Every student is expected to attend timetabled sessions which in the first instance is approximately 2-3 hours per module per week each semester. This is supported by online learning and guided self-study. Personal tutors provide allocated sessions at different time points as required throughout the year, and offer 1-2-1 guidance based on individual need.

    How will I be assessed?

    We have worked hard on the programme development to ensure that assessments are authentic towards building relevant workplace skills. Assessments are predominantly coursework based and include tasks such as management reports, presentations, research based projects and applied tasks. All assessments are available at the start of the academic year and include clear guidance on grading criteria and expectations.

    What jobs can I go into from studying this course?

    This is one of the true advantages of the BA (Hons) Business Management. The career options are broad which is an asset in the dynamic workplace today. We prepare students with transferable skills and knowledge that can be applied in many business functions and role types. The pathways offer specialist areas to give students a sense of specified fields that they may be interested in, and the core programme ensures that students who choose to leave their choices until later receive a strong foundation to apply in many areas. Typical graduates from our previous Business programme went on to roles such as product management, marketing executive, business analyst, strategic analysis, and account management. The pathway offering will help to strengthen graduate opportunities to secure their ideal role.

    Any specialist facilities/ features?

    We encourage our students to pursue their business interests and have students who set up their own micro businesses during their time with us. We also work closely with industry to provide opportunities for development, internships, guest speakers and mentoring. There are many extracurricular business-related activities that students can get involved with such as the Students Union Business Society, the Changemaker programme and our Enterprise club.

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Careers and Employability

The programme is designed to offer a diverse range of career options with transferable skills and clear pathways for development.

Business Management graduates have gone on to a diverse range of careers in both public and private sector employment. Some have enjoyed embarking on graduate courses with large employers whereas others have found their niche working in strong SME organisations developing their skills on a broader scale. We are pleased to see a good proportion of our graduates continue their studies to Masters level too.