Business Management - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (3 Years), Sandwich (4 Years)
September 2017

Enjoy international visits and study, learn from world-renowned industry speakers and work on real-life projects with our broad-based Business Management degree.

In addition to the main Management path, BA (Hons) Business Management offers three distinct associated programmes, which allow you to specialise in a specific area, while still learning the core skills of business and management.

Consultancy enables you to gain an insight into the theory and application of the industry, Supply Chain Management is perfect if you wish to seek a deeper insight into the operation of the supply chain, while the Enterprise pathway provides a route for you if you’re interested in the development and sustainability of new business operations.

These programmes will enhance your understanding of organisations and the environment in which they operate, will prepare you for a career in business and management, and enhance your skills to become a lifelong learner.

What's covered in the course?

Your learning will embrace the development and operation of business markets, the management of key resources including human capital, financial management, strategic management and cultural awareness. In addition, you’ll gain an insight into digital business exploring how technology has remodelled the business world, and reflect on the accompanying issues around social responsibility and ethical behaviour.

Our accreditation from the CMI ensures you’ll be provided with the latest information and knowledge, as well as providing key industry links and insight. 

“Birmingham City University offered the degree I wanted to study and offered brilliant facilities within the Business School; this, coupled with excellent feedback and results from friends who had previously studied here, made the decision an easy one.” James Hartle

Why Choose Us?

  • You’ll hear from leading industry speakers, who will share current thinking around business and management. 
  • Our accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) ensures our course remains cutting-edge as well as providing key industry insight and contacts.
  • You’ll be able to choose from three distinct associated programmes – Supply Chain Management, Consultancy or Enterprise, enabling you to tailor your interests to a specific course. Conversely, you could stay on the main Management route.
  • The course will prepare you for contemporary management, whether that be in the public, private or voluntary sector, a multinational company, a local organisation or your own business.
  • You’ll study in our state-of-the-art Curzon Building, part of our flagship City Centre Campus.

Please note this course has changed name for 2017/18. The KIS data below relates to the previous course title.

This course is subject to approval

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This course is accredited by:

Chartered Management Institute

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Typical Offers

A Level BBC or 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 subjects


BTEC D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points


GCSE GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
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England, Wales and Northern Ireland
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates Pass Adult Numeracy / Adult Literacy. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Pass Maths / English. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Key Skills level 2 Pass Application of Numbers / Communication. Considered in lieu of GCSE mathematics or English language at grade C. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) AAABBB or BBBBCC Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish Intermediate 2 Only acceptable with Advanced Higher. Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.
Scottish National 5 Only in certain circumstances. Must include Mathematics and English language. Required at the point of enrolment.

Other acceptable UK Qualifications

Please select a qualification from the drop-down list to view our entry requirements:

If you have a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Course Enquiries Team

EU / International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

The UCAS tariff has changed

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system has changed.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – has introduced a new system on how points are calculated. This will be different to what you may have seen if you have applied or looked at undergraduate courses previously.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 Years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 Years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 Years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students


UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year One

Contemporary HR for Managers
20 credits

You will learn to appreciate the current concerns among HR managers, and be aware of current and forthcoming UK and European legislation. You will deliver two, ten-minute team presentations.

Marketing Foundations
20 credits

You will propose opportunities for the creation of value for a range of stakeholders, through the application of marketing concepts and practices. You’ll also demonstrate transferrable skills, which are essential to a career in marketing and business. To do this, you will design an individual digital poster.

The Professional Manager
20 credits

You will undertake and report on a series of activities in relation to, and determined by, the specific programme of study. You’ll also produce a reflective account of each activity, articulating the learning and its future application.

Finance for Managers
20 credits

You will prepare basic budgets based on standard cost calculations, as well as create basic extracts from financial statements.

Understanding Organisations and Organisational Behaviour
20 credits

You will gain an understanding of the main elements of organisational structures, as well as being able to recognise team-related employee behaviours exhibited within the workplace. 

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following modules are all worth 20 credits each:

Introduction to Entrepreneurship
This will introduce the basic concepts and theories in entrepreneurship and explore the traits, styles and behaviours of the entrepreneurs.  

Employee Engagement
You’ll gain a broad understanding of what is meant by employee engagement, including how it can be linked to and yet be distinguished from other related concepts like employee involvement and employee participation.

Operations Management
You will explore a range of operations concepts and techniques, with a focus on both internal and external factors, reflecting the issues faced by contemporary managers from various business functions.

Year Two

Supply Chain Management
20 credits

You will gain an understanding of  modern supply chain management principles and practice, including the evolution of modern supply chain management theory. You’ll understand apply appropriate management frameworks, which can be used for the planning and control of materials and services. You will also evaluate the range of tools and techniques available to aid efficient and effective supply chain managerial operations.

An Introduction to Consultancy
20 credits

You will demonstrate a clear appreciation of the linkages between the roles of management consultants, as well as applying a range of theory, knowledge and skills to diagnose organisational issues. You will complete the module with a clear understanding if the skills needed for developing critical insights into organisational issues.

The Reflective Manager
20 credits

Working on an individual e-portfolio, you will identify the competencies relevant to your future career, as well as reflecting on your performance within your professional practice and co-curricular activities.

Contemporary Management Issues
20 credits

You will gain an understanding in contemporary and technological management issues within HRM and digital marketing. You will also demonstrate an understanding of project management in the context of managing contemporary issues. Assessment will be via an individual video presentation.

Applied Management
20 credits

In this module, you will apply relevant strategic concepts and techniques of competitive strategy to the analysis of strategic choice. You will enhance your ability to contribute effectively to discussions, presentations or debates. Assessment will be an individual applied management report of 3,000 words.

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following modules are all worth 20 credits each:

Applying Consultancy
You’ll explore and examine the links between management and consultancy approaches, tools and techniques.

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
You will investigate and explore how organisations grow in order to survive, more specifically how start-ups grow from being launched to becoming a sustainable long term organisation.  

Cross Cultural Management
You will examine the key tasks of management and the theories that underpin them, considering the appropriateness of theory, models and concepts to differing cultural environments

Final Year

Innovative Thinking for Organisation Development
20 credits

Here, you will justify the significance of innovative thinking and idea generation to support responses to organisational challenges, threats and opportunities. 

Managing Lifelong Learning
20 credits

You will complete an individual video presentation, which will provide a critical evaluation of the practices and methods within your chosen industry or profession.

The Global Manager
20 credits

On this module, you will identify the key traits of a global manager, analysing the relevance of adapting management styles in today’s rapidly-changing global environments. 

Integrated Business Research Project
40 credits

At the end of this module, you should be able to identify, determine and justify a disciplinary-relevant project, including its aims, scopes and objectives. You should also be able to self-manage research, including managing the supervisory process. 

Optional Modules
20 credits

The following modules are all worth 20 credits each:

  • Contemporary Global Management Issues
  • Innovation, Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management

Course Structure

Business Management and its associated programmes integrate theory and practice. As such, teaching methods are designed to be diverse, inclusive and to reflect the global context in which you will operate upon graduating.

Methods include face-to-face, blended and independent learning, through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, work-based learning, ‘real-world’ projects and discussion forums.

The methods by which you are assessed reflect the diverse nature of the skills a Business Management graduate needs and typically include - but are not restricted to - coursework reports, essays, examinations, live company projects, posters and presentations. Your assessments will include individual and group work, to mirror the real world of work. A programme strength is the emphasis on practice-based assessment where the focus is on enabling development of the knowledge and attributes required of a manager.    

Trips and visits

During your second year, you will be able to take part in an international field trip, taking what you have studied and applying it to a global organisation. For example, students have visited the EU Parliament in Brussels, gaining valuable first-hand experience of an established international organisation.

In addition you have the opportunity to visit businesses, such as Cadbury World, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover.

Our student Ravi Verma made it to the finals of the Capgemini Super Techies UK competition and travelled with his team to the Capgemini headquarters in London to present their ideas to an expert panel. The teams had to design and discuss a digital strategy and how the company can use digital technology.

“It gave us a cross-cultural and international outlook,” Ravi said. “There were people from all over the world, as well as UK students, competing. It was a very exciting experience and we got plenty of professional insight.”

Our accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) ensures you leave the programme perfectly prepared for management in a range of industries.

CMI offers a range of training interventions designed to meet the needs of organisations of all sizes and in any sector, from an individual manager studying a qualification to programmes tailored for your team or organisation.

This course is accredited by the following organisations:

Chartered Management Institute
Chartered Management Institute

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This means that you can achieve the Level 5 CMI Diploma in Management and Leadership alongside your degree, as long as you have joined the CMI. The award is conditional on successfully completing the Honours degree programme in the appropriate module areas.

Overseas Opportunities 

You can gain international insight and experience a new culture with our Erasmus exchange programme. Students have spent a term at a number of incredible institutions, including the University of San Diego in the USA, as well as destinations in Cyprus and Denmark.

Further Study

After completing the course, you could progress onto one of our Master’s courses, namely MSc Management Consultancy, MSc International Management or MSc International Human Resource Management. 

Enhancing employability skills

You will have opportunities to undertake live projects with real employers, and study contemporary relevant business issues, developing the capability to manage the complexity and uncertainty of the contemporary workplace.

Business Management, and its associated programmes, incorporate modules specifically designed to build a professional and independent approach to study which facilitates lifelong learning.


You will have access to placement opportunities through the Placement Office. In previous years, students have undertaken placements with established companies such as Hewlett Packard, Audi, Bosch and Sainsbury’s.

Michael Mahon spent a year at National Grid, an international company which connects millions of people safely to gas and electricity, helping the team undertake key commercial analysis. Another student, Kieran O’Shea, undertook his placement at Decathlon, the world’s largest sports store, improving his employability prospects and his skillset.

Kennedy Doka completed his placement at Premier Inn and with aspirations for a career in the hotel and leisure industry this was the perfect placement. During his placement Kennedy had the opportunity to work in a number of different departments, enabling him to gain to gain valuable experience and get to understand how the business is run.

If taking a year’s placement isn’t for you, we can also help to find your shorter placements within a business.

The below video can give you a taste of the kind of placements that are available through the Business Management course.

More about our placement opportunities...


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our business and management course is most popular with international students from:  


Curzon facilities eatery
Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

Clare Jones Profile Picture July 2016

Dr Clare Jones

Associate Professor

In industry Clare Jones was an HR practitioner in the Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Finance sectors, before moving into Higher Education. She held senior positions at a variety of Universities before joining the Birmingham City Business School in 2008.

Dr Martyn Brown

Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies and Coordinating Director of Post Graduate Framework Degrees

Dr Martyn Brown has a background in engineering but also spent four years as a professional musician. He has worked in engineering consultancy and events management in the voluntary sector and has carried out marketing consultancy on the West Bank. He holds an MBA from Aston University and a PhD examining the rise in interest in spirituality in the workplace. 

Nav Chouhan

Senior Lecturer in Management

Nav is a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City Business School. Nav teaches a range of management and enterprise modules for both undergraduate and postgraduate offerings. In addition to Nav’s teaching, Nav is also the Associate Course Director for (BA) Business and Management which currently serves 500 students across four years.

David Smith

David Smith

Senior Lecturer

David Smith has been employed within the Business School over the last 10 years, teaching on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. His main area of expertise surrounds the field of management.

UK prospective students:

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EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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