Level: Undergraduate
Entry requirements: 48 UCAS points or equivalent, GCSE Maths and English Language at Grade 4/C (Have higher qualifications? This programme is also available as a three-year option)
English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component), or equivalent
Class hours per week: 12 hours per week in class plus 28 hours per week self-study
Assessment method: Coursework and exams
Duration: Four years
UK tuition fees (20/21): £9,250 per year
Location: London, Birmingham and Manchester
Mode of study: Full-time: Daytime, or Evening and Weekend
Start dates: September/October*, January/February (2022)* and June
Next application deadline: 7 June 2021

This is a Middlesex University programme and qualification, designed, assessed and quality assured by Middlesex but delivered at and by a partner.

Response to Covid-19: Our focus is on providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for our students, and ensuring continued access to learning. As part of our response to Covid-19, in addition, to live online learning activities we plan to offer some opportunities to engage in some small group face-to-face teaching and learning activities at the London Holborn, Birmingham and Manchester Centres as soon as it is safe for us to do so, continuing to follow Government advice and any social distancing measures that may be in place. More information about our response to Covid-19 and FAQs are available here.

* Exact teaching dates are to be confirmed and enrolment takes place a week prior to teaching commencing

Studying BA (Hons) Business Management (Healthcare) with Foundation Year will give you wide-ranging and specialist knowledge in business and management, together with a basket of skills to improve your ability to learn and gain employment. The inclusion of specialist business modules in the field of healthcare will also help you prepare for a career specifically in this sector.

During this programme, you will gain expert understanding in a number of business areas, including business finance, management, marketing and operations management, designed to help lay the foundations of a successful management career. Modules contained within the degree will also help you to develop the entrepreneurial skills needed if you found and run your own business.

The Foundation Year is designed to introduce you to key concepts in business and management along with modules that develop your fundamental skills in mathematics and academia to prepare you for the first year of undergraduate study.

What Will I Study?

The Foundation Year (Level 3) is a launchpad for assisting your further studies and is designed to help boost your knowledge and skills so that you are up to speed and ready to meet the challenges of the main degree (Year 2 – Year 4). The Foundation Year is also designed to help learners who have perhaps been out of study for a while or need to gain more confidence in their own ability.

Year 2 (Level 4) of the degree begins to build the foundations of your understanding of a range of key business areas, including finance, marketing, management and the nature of organisations. You will draw upon this knowledge and understanding throughout the rest of the degree. You will develop your statistical and research skills and use ICT to capture, analyse and present data.

In Year 3 (Level 5), you explore key concepts in organisational behaviour and you will draw upon a range of subject areas here including sociology, psychology and economics to understand how organisations function and interact with society as a whole. Operations management explores the design, operation and control of business processes. In the Business Environment Analysis module, you will begin to deepen your analytical and decision-making skills enabling you to carry out more advanced analysis of organisations through the use of a wider range of analytical techniques, frameworks and models. In year 3  you will also study a module that explores provision of healthcare, its different funding options and the legislative and policy frameworks that guide its provision in the UK

In Year 4 (Level 6) you explore the importance and development of business strategy – how does an organisation set the long term direction in which it wants to go and how does it then ensure that it moves in that direction? This module is underpinned by a critical appraisal of key strategic models and theories, together with exploring their practical application in business. The increasing global reach of business and the internationalisation of workforces bring new challenges for business. These and other issues are explored in the module on contemporary issues in management. In addition to these business modules, you will study an additional two modules which specialise in the healthcare sector, and you will be exploring leadership and management, and entrepreneurial activities alongside the involvement of social, for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises within healthcare provision.

How Will I Be Taught and Assessed?

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of BA Business Management (Healthcare) with Foundation Year. Such active approaches aim to put you in the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.

All learning and teaching take place in seminar sized groups and within these sessions, you will be presented with a wide variety of learning opportunities including: formal lectures, seminars, guest speakers, online videos – prequels and sequels, fortnightly round-ups. Fortnightly Round-Ups are one hour online live chat sessions with your module tutor on MyLearning. These are open to all students on the module.

Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (MyLearning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis etc) which will allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.

Evening and Weekend Study

One of our study options available for UK nationals includes evenings and weekends.

This study option offers exactly the same levels of student support and the ability to balance your full-time studies with your personal life

All modules are core and are worth 30 credits unless specified.

Year 0 (Foundation Year)

You will be introduced to fundamental mathematical topics and concepts that are required in a range of business subjects studied at degree level. You will begin to develop an appreciation of the importance of mathematics as an aid to understanding and describing abstract ideas.

You will cover the introductory areas of mathematics including numbers, algebra, financial mathematics and index numbers in a structured and supportive environment. You will use software demonstrations and clarification material to see mathematical concept applications in real-world situations.

You will develop the fundamental written and oral communication skills required for studying at degree level.

You will develop analytical skills through problem-solving, build your confidence working individually and as a member of a team, and gain appreciation of research techniques by using a range of library and e-learning resources.

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the notion of business, its environment, and its domains through literature. The module develops your ability to source, read, understand and utilise business knowledge effectively. It aims to provide you with an introduction to business and help you develop your communication, study and teamwork skills.

You will learn about the following areas of study; fundamental business concepts and activities; types of organisations; business and its environment; business information: types, sources and applications; teamwork in business; business communication; business literature and use of business case studies.

This module aims to cultivate your learning and transferable skills by undertaking and managing a business project through structured supervision.

You will experience of a range of project tasks that reinforce learning in other foundation year modules and provide opportunities to develop your decision-making, problem-solving, planning, critical thinking, synthesis, research, analysis, evaluation and presentation skills. The aim is to foster your employability and further learning in higher education.

Year 1

This module is designed to provide you with the tools you need when entering academia. You will develop knowledge and understanding of academic culture, practicing how to select quality materials to use in your assignments. You will become a discerning reader, utilising reading techniques which improve your ability to select key information and comprehend texts. You will hone your ability to structure reports and paragraphs, learning how to synthesise information to build an academic argument, and increasingly challenge yourself by learning how to move away from description to becoming a critical writer. Through studying this module, you will gain a fundamental understanding of the expectations of academic study, gaining invaluable transferable techniques which will underpin your journey to graduation.

You will be introduced to the use of computer software to collect, analyse and present business data. You will learn to solve business and management problems using Excel or other appropriate software with an emphasis on the application of methods to solve problems, and the interpretation and communication of results. You will become a discerning user of quantitative methods and computers in business analysis, which can be built upon in further studies.

You will develop your financial understanding and knowledge within business organisations so as to enable you to make effective decisions and to assess the cost, economic and financial implications of these decisions.

You will develop an understanding of the fundamental roles of accounting and finance necessary for business students, as well as developing an understanding of key economic principles that inform business thought and practice.

You will develop your understanding of the management of organisations. You will be introduced to management concepts such as business functions, organisational structure, work design, entrepreneurship, and business ethics.
You will develop the ability to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of various management theories and their application in the management of organisations.

You will develop your understanding of how people in organisations interact. You will be introduced to various people management concepts and human resource processes and practices.

You will develop the ability to compare and contrast a variety of organisational psychology and sociological theories and their application in the management of people.

This module is designed to provide students with an overview of key marketing concepts and techniques, as they apply in a variety of organisations and in both conventional and online environments. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the core role of marketing in determining the growth potential of an enterprise, including the value of the marketing mix in ensuring successful marketing implementation and the significance of external and internal operating environments for marketing practice.

Year 2

You will develop your knowledge of internal and external business environment and their impact upon choices available to business in planning and decision making. You will learn to analyse business environments and handle information using different techniques, models and frameworks.

You will examine the multifaceted social processes that are imperative to organisational life. You will develop your knowledge of a wide array of theories pertaining to organisational behaviour.

You will develop your own abilities to analyse these theories, build up your own views on how to think and feel about these emergent issues as well as empower yourself with the capacity to argue and support these views in an academically rigorous manner.

You will be introduced to innovation and entrepreneurship, and examine different forms of innovative and entrepreneurial practice including commercial and social enterprise. You will also be introduced to management issues faced by entrepreneurs and small business owners. You will develop the skills to meet such concepts as opportunity recognition and the abilities to act upon opportunities and solve problems.

You will develop the ability to apply key skills in information systems to the business management domain. You will develop important aptitudes towards using information technology solutions such as business intelligence (e.g. data analytics), digital technology solutions (e.g. smart environments) and modern forms of communication (e.g. social networks) to improve business processes.

This module is designed to introduce students to the healthcare sector and the diversity of provision that exists within it. In addition to exploring different areas of provision, you will also examine some of the debates around the role of the public and private sectors in healthcare provision, the impact of government policy on the sector, and the debates over how healthcare should be funded. Through studying this module, you will gain a fundamental understanding of the policy arena in which healthcare provision takes place, together with gaining the ability to assess the relative merits of different funding options in different contexts. Though the module draws heavily on the UK context, particularly around the NHS and provision of care by local authorities, it also makes reference to international approaches to healthcare provision and funding.

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of operations management within a variety of organisations. You will examine different aspects of operations management relevant to the design, planning, control and improvement of business operations.

Year 3

You will develop understanding and critical awareness of issues associated with managing a contemporary workforce. You will learn how increasingly diverse workforce composition and the changing nature of work and socio-economic environment result in new and unique challenges that managers face today.

Through using cutting edge research, case studies and self-reflexive exercises, you will develop a critical re-evaluation of traditional management thinking and practices and explore alternative approaches and responses to the contemporary management issues.

You will develop an understanding of strategies commonly used in professional discourse. You will meet concepts and approaches from applied linguistics and social psychology integrated into the management of professional communication in a range of business settings. By exploring and contextualising professional discourse strategies, you will develop systematic and explicit approaches to analysing, evaluating and constructing strategic communication.

This module begins by exploring the cultural values and belief systems espoused by major state-funded providers of healthcare and the impact that these can have on the quality and effectiveness of care provision. This then provides the context to evaluate the extent to which existing models of leadership and management are effective within these environments as many models and theories were developed using commercial references and contexts.

The module then introduces you to the concept of social enterprise, its forms and growing role in healthcare provision. The module then evaluates approaches to leadership and management adopted in successful and sustainable social enterprises, together with exploring why these have been adopted.

The module draws these two strands together by exploring the extent to which approaches to leadership and management in social enterprise could be adapted to both state-funded and for-profit healthcare providers. The module evaluates whether this application could lead to an improvement in the quality and effectiveness of care provision.

You will develop familiarity with the essential tools and techniques of strategic analysis and a sound grasp of contemporary issues in strategic management. In the first part of the module, you will use the essential components of strategic analysis with the primary aim of developing an applied knowledge of tools and techniques. In the second part, you will explore a variety of special topics with the primary aim of examining strategy concepts applied in different organisations.

There is greater involvement of private providers and increased reliance on social enterprises and voluntary/charitable sector organisations within healthcare provision. To this end, the module explores and evaluates the concept of entrepreneurism and enterprise and its impact within the healthcare sector.

Entrepreneurship is inevitably linked to the for-profit sector. However, this module also evaluates the extent to which it has relevance both to the not-for-profit and social enterprise sectors as well as exploring the impact that adoption of entrepreneurial practices could have on the NHS and the state-funded sector. In parallel, the module assesses ways in which to measure the quality of healthcare provision. This is to provide a framework for evaluating the impact that increased entrepreneurial activity is having on the sector. Frameworks for critically appraising the economic impact of entrepreneurial activity on the cost of healthcare are also explored. The ethics of profit in healthcare is a theme explored throughout the module.

The course information displayed on this page is correct for the academic year 2020/21. We aim to run the course as advertised however, changes may be necessary due to updates to the curriculum (due to academic or industry developments), student demand or UK compliance reasons.

To study this programme, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:

Academic requirements

  • 48 UCAS points or equivalent
  • Minimum grade 4 (previously grade C) in GCSE Maths and English language, or equivalent

English language requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component), or equivalent


As part of the admissions process, you will have to attend either an academic or admissions interview.

  •  The admissions interview helps us determine why you applied for the course of your choice and also learn more about you.
  •  The academic interview is offered for applicants who do not meet standard entry requirements or are returning to education. During the interview, we will assess your knowledge in a particular field.

Mature applicants with relevant work experience are also welcome to apply.

If you have higher qualifications than these entry requirements, we also have a 3-year BA (Hons) Business Management (Healthcare) programme.

UK tuition fees 2020/21 & 2021/22

  • £9,250 per annum

Your tuition fees cover the cost of teaching, access to resources, registration costs, and Student Support Services. They do not include the cost of course books, stationery and photocopying/printing costs, accommodation, living costs, travel, hobbies, sports or other leisure activities.

Additional costs

Some students choose to purchase personal copies of key texts for modules. It is therefore wise to allow for a budget of £200- £300 a year to cover these optional costs.

Graduates from Business programmes enter a wide range of general business positions including Business Consultants, Executives, Managers, Researchers and Entrepreneurs. Pathway specific modules help to prepare graduates for a range of business and management careers in the healthcare sector. Many go on to study postgraduate programmes.

This programme provides the skills required for the world of work, and more particularly in business, management, marketing, accounting and healthcare-related areas.

You can apply online to study this programme by clicking on the Apply Online button for your chosen location and study mode (daytime or evening & weekend).

As a part of your application, you are required to provide some supporting documents (examples below):

  • Your passport personal details page
  • Copies of previous qualifications, including final certificates and transcripts, translated into English (if not in English)
  • Copy of your Personal Statement (more than 250 words)

Next application deadline: 7 June 2021

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