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Business Studies BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    3 year: N100​
    Foundation: N101

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    4 years full time with Foundation
    4-6 years part time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465
    Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780

  • Fees International:

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

  • Location:


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A Business Studies degree provides graduates with the skills and knowledge fit for a career in business. You will study areas such as marketing, finance, economics and management, allowing you to specialise too. Business Studies courses at the University of Northampton provide you with the opportunity to develop specialist business expertise, while helping you learn key transferable skills, all of which will make you stand out when it comes to securing your dream job. The course covers a variety of subject areas to ensure that you have the skills to gain employment in a number of sectors.

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Course Content

  • This course combines academic challenge with a practical focus and gives you the option to spend a year out on placement which will enhance your prospects on graduating from your course.

    Aside from the required modules, there are options for you to study areas such as project management, human resources and global business meaning you can focus on specific areas you are passionate about.

    Throughout study, you will become an affiliate member of CMI, giving you access to a range of knowledge and support services from CMI to enhance your learning and boost your employability prospects. Recent studies have found that 75% of employers believe that graduates should pursue professional qualifications such as CMI as evidence of practical skills.

    Year 1

    At stage one you will follow compulsory modules where you will learn the core concepts of business. This will give you the foundation you need to build on theory and process of management as you will study the business environment and how this is managed. The management of human and financial resources is explored in combination with managing business information.

    The first stage introduces you to a range of essential aspects of business. The modules you will study are marketing, accounting and finance, managing people and the business environment. A module on information management will support your development of practical digital skills for business purposes for employability. Business in Society explores the dynamics of organisations’ relationship between profit generation, environmental sustainability and social development with a particular focus on the media influence in driving businesses attention towards issues such as child labour, modern slavery and image.

    Year 2

    The second stage of the course enables you to start to define the areas that you would like to specialise in for your future career. Modules at this stage build upon the foundations of the first year.

    You can begin to tailor your studies according to your desired career development. With a range of optional modules to complement the core modules on this course, you will be able to select to specialise in areas such as finance, marketing, human resources management, project management and information technology.

    Year 3

    In the final stage, you will complete modules on debates in strategic management, together with a dissertation in your chosen specialist area. In addition, you can choose to study further modules in a vocational area such as marketing, finance and accounting, operations management or human resource management. Alternatively, you can choose from more general interest modules such as cross-cultural management and global business development.

    List of modules
      • Module code: ACC1003
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide a fundermental understanding of the different areas of accounting including financial accounting management accounting and financial management enabling the application of basic financial techniques to communicate and analyse various accounting and financial information.
      • Module code: BSO1010
        Status: Compulsory
        This module focuses on delivering a broad range of digital literacy skills that align with the requirements for studying in higher education. These include learning to source and access information across networks analyse digital resources and reuse to develop knowledge and understanding while developing skills in academic integrity. Students will engage with modern Internet communities consider issues around information privacy and censorship and will discuss topical information issues that emerge during the course of their study.
      • Module code: BUS1001
        Status: Compulsory
        The focus of this module is on the business environment and the drivers of change within it the macro forces that shape the VUCA (volatile uncertain complex & ambiguous) world we live in and thus the context in which business operates. Students are asked to use the core module PESTLE and `Five Forces? frameworks to make sense of events and their impact on businesses.
      • Module code: BUS1009
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is ? ?to consider a broad spectrum of issues relating to the role of business in society. It is designed to introduce students to the debate as to how companies balance the (potentially-conflicting) demands of different groups of stakeholders. This module introduces students to critical thinking through rigorous engagement with the tensions between seeking profit and considering environmental and other stakeholders.
      • Module code: HRM1004
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide students with practical people man-agement knowledge for non-specialist managers. Students will gain an un-derstanding of the roles responsibilities and how the implementation of var-ious management and leadership functions and styles are delivered consid-ering with ethical and value-based approaches indicative in achieving organ-isational objectives.
      • Module code: MKT1001
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce the concept of marketing to students. To explain what marketing is and to show the way in which marketing impacts on organisations customers and other stakeholders. The idea of ?creating value? is central to a marketing orientation and this module seeks to explain what this means in a rapidly changing external environment..
      • Module code: ACC2004
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore financial and management accounting introducing key aspects for financial management and financial decision making with the aim to gain an awareness of the financial issues likely to face managers of corporate organisations.
      • Module code: BSO2003
        Status: Designate
        To provide an understanding of how organisations manage the processes and resources that are critical to the delivery of products and services. This module focuses on the operational decisions that managers need to take. This includes designing the appropriate planning controlling and managing operational performance activities for an organisation.
      • Module code: BSO2016
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to address underlying principles for planning scheduling and control of projects that may consist of numerous separate tasks or jobs performed.
      • Module code: BSO2017
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the role and function of information technology in business operations. It will develop students' ability to understand the role of information systems their security and data in organisations and how these can be used in decision-making. Moreover it will require students to assess how organisational strategies are employed to ensure effective business performance in this context. A variety of e-Commerce categories are also discussed.
      • Module code: BUS2002
        Status: Compulsory
        This module is designed to build on the study of the business environment and functional aspects of business and management. It aims to provide an introduction to strategic decision-making within organisations. The focus of the module is on long-term strategic issues affecting the organisations.
      • Module code: HRM2003
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to equip learners with an understanding of the core areas of Human Resource Management. The module focuses on people resourcing and improving organisational performance. The module examines these areas in the context of HR and related management professions.
      • Module code: HRM2049
        Status: Compulsory
        This module is designed to enable students to develop a knowledge and understanding of the labour market and professional standards relevant to their chosen career pathway. Students will identify their development needs and the module will support them in the development of transferrable and subject specific skills relevant to their graduate career path. Students will evaluate and reflect upon their understanding of behaviours and practices appropriate to working within complex organisational structures and cultures and analyse current key issues within their professional field. The module will enable students to gain an understanding of current approaches to graduate recruitment and to develop a range of knowledge and skills required to engage successfully with these recruitment processes.
      • Module code: MKT2001
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to develop a deeper understanding of how marketing is applied in a business context. The module will focus on the practical application of marketing concepts and techniques. Students will develop an appreciation of the importance of a planning discipline to ensure that the organisation constructs a customer-focused and competitively robust marketplace strategy to achieve organisational goals.
      • Module code: MKT2006
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore the concepts and practice of branding and strategic brand management by providing a framework for comprehensive analysis and reflection.
      • Module code: MKT2031
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore and examine the challenges faced by small businesses in a National and International context. To develop students? ability to critically evaluate a range of academic practitioner and quality journalistic sources and to develop communication skills through presentation and debate.
      • Module code: ACC3007
        Status: Designate
        This module appraises the increasingly important aspect of multinational financial management in dynamic international business. It critically analyses the attractions and limitations of doing business in a global market identifying the additional inherent risks that global market exposure produces and strategies in managing the global firm.
      • Module code: BSO3004
        Status: Designate
        This module will examine advanced operations techniques frameworks and models that are used in a practical business context. The module emphasises application and critical appraisal of current business practices in the process of service or product delivery.
      • Module code: BSO3014
        Status: Designate
        This module aims to provide the learners with the managerial perspective in project management. Moreover the module offers the opportunity to discuss some of the key concepts in modern project management. Learners will gain an understanding of the key issues surrounding project managers within a managerial context.
      • Module code: BUS3001
        Status: Compulsory
        This module considers a broad spectrum of issues relating to the social responsibility of business which are increasingly being seen as important aspects of corporate behaviour with a consequential impact on firm performance and with considerable and growing public and media interest.
      • Module code: BUS3002
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to explore contemporary strategic debates in some depth via a mix of independent study and group discussion. Two topic areas will be explored. We are seeking to explore debate and develop an understanding of the idea that the content of strategies does not arise in isolation but is determined by both external factors (the context) and crucially internal processes within each organisation.
      • Module code: BUS3003
        Status: Designate
        The module is designed to enable students to understand, analyse and debate the increasingly interlinked and global nature of business through the movement of multinationals using different strategies. To develop an understanding of how businesses are operated across national and global borders, as national and cultural boundaries are being eroded.
      • Module code: BUS3011
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to understand the reasons for which organisations increasingly operate across cultural boundaries. This module has both a theoretical and practical focus. The module discusses different business cultures across the world and considers their impact on individuals when working/operating in home transitory virtual and culturally distant environments. The module has a strong emphasis on developing personal adaptability in cross cultural (work) environments. The definition of culture is covered widely.
      • 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: HRM3007
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to understand the contribution of HRM strategies policies and practices in securing competitive advantage and service quality in contemporary organisations. This module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the multitude of different HRM approaches that may be utilised in domestic and international organisations.
      • Module code: HRM3008
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to enable learners to consider factors affecting change in organisational contexts. The module will examine the impact of change in a variety of different international organisational contexts. A particular focus of this module is that it considers change through managing people.
      • Module code: MKT3026
        Status: Designate
        Innovation leads to new products services and business ventures. In an increasingly crowded business environment entrepreneurs and managers must develop innovative ways of creating and exploiting new opportunities if they are to gain competitive advantage in tomorrow's markets. This module highlights the sources of opportunity and innovation and the entrepreneurial mindset needed for successful start up and Corporate Entrepreneurship.
  • 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 Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • 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 Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Studies we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year Business Studies 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.

  • What is Business Studies?

    Business Studies is a Social Sciences subject which teaches essential skills in finance, economics, marketing, management, and problem-solving. Courses will equip graduates to engage in the business world, assess the needs of various demographics, and deliver solutions, with the opportunity to study specialty areas within the industry.

    Why study business?

    The world of business is fast-paced and constantly evolving. A degree in Business Studies delivers valuable knowledge and insights into day-to-day business operations, as well as the wider environment of the global industry. This is complemented by the development of management and problem-solving skills, fully preparing you to enter this dynamic sector.

    How will I learn?

    This course is three years full-time with an optional placement year. We also offer a flexible part-time mode of study.

    From day one, we immerse you in your chosen modules. You will be working on problems and projects that will give you practical insight that will stay with you throughout your learning journey and after you graduate.

    If you are studying this course you can expect up to 12 hours face to face contact in seminars, workshops and tutor supported activity through the virtual learning environment. We recommend that you spend 15 hours per week in self-directed study time in addition to your supported learning.

    We have an increased focus on seminars or tutorials that allow closer interaction between our students and staff. This can take the form of one-to-one or small group discussions, allowing for the exchange of ideas, teamwork and feedback, allowing you to develop a wide range of cognitive and intellectual skills, together with competencies specific to business and enterprise.

    How will I be assessed?

    The course is assessed in a number of ways through individual or group presentations, individual written assignments such as portfolios of work and reports as well as examinations.

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Careers and Employability

Business Studies graduates have gone on to have careers in public and private sector employment as well as in specific vocational areas such as marketing, IT, HRM, accountancy and general administrative and managerial posts.

Business Studies graduates have gone on a diverse range of to have 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.