Effective business management requires both theory and practice, and this course provides you with an opportunity to develop both your understanding of theory as well as its application in a wide variety of situations, as well as developing your practical skills. There is an emphasis on knowledge and understanding of business organisations, the business environment in which you operate and its management and the management of the people within. The course provides you with the skills and attributes that will enable you to compete and succeed in a wide range of fields that require management.

You will develop an understanding of the purposes, structures, size, scale, governance, operations and management of the functions and processes of business organisations, as well as the corporate behaviours and cultures which exist within and between different organisations. The course is designed to prepare you to deal with contemporary issues and challenges in the world of business.

This course is delivered as part of a partnership between QA Higher Education and London Metropolitan University. The programme is validated by the University and delivered by QA Higher Education.

What Will I Study?

You will study a range of modules including the Business Environment, Business Decision making, Leadership and Management, Strategic Management as well as the chance to develop a business plan and complete a research project (dissertation). In addition, you will undertake personal and academic skills development.

In the Personal and Academic Development module, you will have an opportunity to record your development in a Personal Development Planner (PDP). You will be asked to monitor those times when you use specific skills and the context in which they are experienced: study, work or personal, and you will be asked to consider the transferability of the skills developed in one context to other situations, which is what reflection is all about.

The overall aim of the course is to deliver a contemporary and dynamic programme of study which provides you with the knowledge and skills inherent in the subject to prepare you for a career in business management by increasing your understanding of organisations, their management, the economy and the business environment.

How Will I Be Taught and Assessed?

You will have lectures, workshops and tutorials totalling nine to 12 hours per week. You are also expected to complete independent study totalling 28 to 31 hours per week.

You’ll be assessed through group work, coursework, presentations and portfolios as well as reports, business plans and seen/unseen exams. Some modules will require you to produce an e-portfolio including real-life investigations and tasks. In your final year, you will also write a dissertation. All modules on the course will be assessed in English.

Blended Learning

We’re focused on a digital future and your degree plays an important part in preparing for this, helping you to achieve your employability goals and life ambitions.

We want to equip you with the key skills you need, enhancing your employability and preparing you for the next steps in your career. Blended working is now a permanent feature for many businesses globally and the experience you will gain by studying through a blended learning model will help you prepare for this, building your confidence ready for success in the digital workplace.

The number of live contact hours that you have with your lecturers remains the same:

  • You will have timetabled sessions delivered face-to-face on-campus, building relationships and engaging with your student community
  • You will have timetabled live online sessions that will allow you to participate and ask questions throughout the session
  • Support services can be accessed remotely and your campus is open so you can book in and use campus facilities and services face-to-face at a time that works for you, either on your timetabled on-campus days or outside these times

Our blended approach offers the best of both live online and on-campus learning opportunities, and your blended timetables will typically follow one of the below:
Daytime students – If you are a daytime student, you will typically have 2 days of tuition per week – your sessions will be on-campus for 1 of those days and the other day will take place live online.

Evening and weekend students – Evening and weekend blended timetables will typically follow one of the below patterns each week:

  • 2 evenings live online and 1 weekend day face-to-face on-campus, or
  • 2 evenings face-to-face on-campus and 1 weekend day live online

Please note that the blended timetable pattern will be decided by the scheduling team.

Visit our blended learning page for further information.

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 units are core and are worth 15 credits, unless specified.

Year 1

Data analysis is a top business priority. It drives the opportunity for performance improvement and, with advances in technology, data are generated at an ever-increasing rate. As such, it is not surprising business data analysis and software skills are among the top graduate skills sought by employers today.

The module introduces data-based decision making and performance measurement. It also provides students with the practical experience of using Excel to transform data into meaningful information. It further introduces students to forecasting and target setting, budgeting and project management. As such, it provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of statistical methods for business decision making.

Overall, this module develops the analytical and communication skills relevant to understanding business Information, with an emphasis on problem-solving techniques in the context of business management, decision making and performance measurement.

Financial Accounting is a core module that is designed to lay the foundation for understanding the accounting requirements of business organisations for internal and external reporting and decision making. It examines the financial accounting techniques for sole traders and limited companies.

This module aims to:

  1. Enable students to understand the underlying principles of the financial accounting processes and to prepare/construct relevant accounting statements
  2. Enable students to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of accounting information systems and how they relate to the decision-making aspects of financial accounting statements
  3. Enable students to analyse and interpret the financial accounting statements of a limited company
  4. Enable students to understand the context of the professional accountancy framework and to enhance their employability skills.

The module introduces the marketing management process in contemporary organisations and in the context of tangible goods, services and b2b markets. The service sector accounts for a significant proportion of GDP and employment in most developed economies and thus it becomes essential for students to gain insight into the area.

In this module, students will explore a range of marketing theories such as the marketing concept, consumer behaviour, business environmental analysis, marketing research, consumer and b2b insights.

The module aims to:

  • Provide an understanding of the theoretical foundations and practical application of marketing in services, private and public sectors.
  • Provide an understanding of contemporary issues in marketing.
  • Develop students’ academic writing, application of knowledge and interpreting data skills.
  • Develop students’ researching and analysing skills.

At present, companies are employing various digital systems to support their business processes and gain a competitive advantage. Equally, developments in Internet Technology is affecting the social networks of individuals. In this rapidly changing and evolving environment of digital systems, it is vital that the students, as future managers, are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to exploit and manage digital business opportunities and initiatives within their respective industries.

This module helps the understanding of principles of digital business management in various contexts. It will focus on

  • The applications of technology,
  • Exploring such important issues as the integration of the business environment,
  • Business models,
  • Internet marketing,
  • The understanding of theory, implementation and maintenance issues.

Overall, the module aims to develop a view of digital business in practice

The focus of this module is to equip students to understand organisations in contexts past, present and future, and enable them to analyse the macro, micro, internal and external business and economic environments in which they operate. An understanding of the environments will facilitate the interpretation of situations and enable decisions that add value for businesses. The focus of the module is on the external and internal influences on organizations and the effect these have on business practices.

The module is designed to be used by Level 4 undergraduate students on a range of programmes. Examples, illustrations and case studies will be drawn from chosen industry sectors such as advertising, aviation, events, finance, marketing, music, transport, tourism, and applied to reinforce basic concepts. This will enhance the ability of students to understand particular business problems and aspects of the business and economic environment. Topics and case studies will cover business issues that are contemporary and relevant to the real world.

This module introduces the management of people in organisations, or as it is commonly known “Human Resource Management”. It is aimed at students from a variety of disciplines, and not just those looking to pursue a career in HRM.

Ultimately, the management of people is often the responsibility of line managers and supervisors so it is important that all graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to implement this effectively in practice.

This module will take a critical perspective, illuminating to students not only the ways people management can contribute to performance and employee well-being but also the potential problems implementing this in practice.

This Professional Practice module will enhance the students’ understanding of what it means to be a business professional. This module will support the preparation for their future career by encouraging them to develop, put into practice and evidence the skills and behaviours that employers want to see.

Students will explore

  • How to learn effectively and efficiently either in the workplace or in a simulated context. learn
  • How to use all the resources available to reflect on their progress.

As such this module aims to

  1. Build understanding of the expected workplace knowledge, skills, competencies and attitudes so that they become intrinsic performance and growth motivators.
  2. Ensure the adoption of skills, attitudes and behaviours that improve self-awareness to aid reflective practice

The focus of this module is management and the development of students as managers.  Managers are crucial to getting things done, for example, they plan, organise, lead and coordinate the work of others in order to meet organisational goals efficiently and effectively. The challenges of managing in today’s ever-changing, increasingly uncertain, complex economic environment requires managers to have the knowledge, ability and skills to take action, such as managing information, delegating tasks, setting goals, building teams, motivating others and, along with numerous other activities, achieve organisational success.


The traditional view of the purpose and role of management in the world of work was to seek stability and efficiency in a top-down hierarchy aimed at achieving bottom-line results. In contrast, the contemporary management approach expects managers to engage in motivating people and harnessing their creativity, sharing information and power, leading change, and finding shared vision and values in an increasingly diverse and complex workplace.


Today’s managers require the knowledge and ability to draw on both traditional and contemporary approaches to management when formulating workplace decisions. They also need the skills, tools, and techniques to manage their own career trajectory based on the acquisition of sound employability skills and accompanying behaviours.


In addition to knowledge, the module focuses on developing students as managers

which involves the ability to interact with, and motivate, a diverse range of people.

The module aims are to:

  • enable students to identify and explain major developments in the history of managerial thought;
  • provide students with the opportunity to develop management, leadership and employability capability to enhance their individual potential;
  • develop students’ appreciation of the different management approaches that can be used when managing in uncertain and complex environments;
  • enable students to develop their management and employability skills, such as critical thinking and writing, interpersonal skills, self-management, communication, team-working, problem solving, and presentation skills, in order to maximise their competitive edge in the business world

Year 2

This module aims to develop students’ ability to understand and apply problem solving methods and analysis in relation to issues that may arise in business and management subject areas.

The module offers an opportunity for students to collect, present, analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data from a variety of data sources such as ONS and other sources.  It seeks to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of the business environment and develop their data management and data analysis skills using IT packages as appropriate.

The module provides the quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills that underpin the success of an empirical research project. This module helps to build the sound foundation required to undertake a final year project / dissertation module.

This module provides students with an understanding of leadership in both theoretical and practical terms. Using multi-media, students will analyse how an understanding of leadership theory can contribute to developing, leading and managing business organisations.

To develop their knowledge of leadership in practice students will use real world case studies to develop their understanding of leadership dilemmas and how theory can be used to help solve them. Students will explore the role of Power, Influence and Ethics in the role of the leader and how this can be developed to create a more ethical approach to leadership. In addition, students will examine how leaders deal with conflict in the workplace through workplace examples and cases.

Students will have the opportunity to identify, reflect on and develop their own leadership skills. They will conduct a self-leadership audit through identifying their leadership style, traits and skills, e.g. negotiation, communication and then develop a self-reflective piece to evidence their leadership skills development. They will then develop a plan to demonstrate what they have learned and how they might apply their new leadership knowledge in practice, in their future career roles.

Selling is an essential function of business. This module provides students with the opportunity to gain and develop essential selling and negotiation knowledges and skills. It will particularly consider the international perspective in selling to prepare the students for the importance of considering the richness of our current global context.

The module supports a marketing management perspective. Indeed, it includes understanding the selling function and learning from it to improve the overall marketing management function.

Currently, one of employer’s biggest challenges is to find employees with selling skills. They argue that ‘selling is a life-blood of businesses’ since businesses cannot survive without effective results from this important function. Accordingly, this module should give students the edge over other students without such knowledge when seeking employment opportunities.  Past students of this module have confirmed the importance of undertaking this module in helping them find a job. Additionally, selling has a broader perspective as it enables students to learn how to be more persuasive while remaining ethical in their business transactions.

The module introduces and explores a range of key topics related to organisation studies. A broad range of organisation theories is drawn upon to encourage students to develop a critical approach towards their understanding and analysis of key issues within contemporary organisations.

The University has a policy that undergraduate students must, take a Work Based Learning (WBL) module. It should be a module which requires them to directly experience and operate in the real world of work. They will be able to reflect on that episode in order to identify skill and knowledge areas that they need to develop for their career.

Students will be challenged to be creative in identifying a new business opportunity and in examining the viability of all aspects of the idea in the real-world context e.g. testing potential customers’ views. As a result of client brief and feedback, business concepts and/or ideas will develop over the duration of the module. In terms of promoting work related skills, the module specifically focuses on practical techniques for responding to client briefs in evaluating and developing business ideas. In addition, it requires students to examine market potential and prepare a presentation of their findings assuming the role of a business consultant.

Students develop an understanding of the role of business start-ups, business growth and development.

These skills and techniques will be useful to anyone considering:

  • developing a business,
  • working for a Small or Medium sized Enterprise (SME)
  • taking on an intrapreneurial role within a larger organisation

Consultancy is big business and the sector continues to experience strong growth. Management consulting involves engaging with stakeholders to provide objective, specialist advice.

The Practice of Consultancy module develops the practical research and consultancy skills required for a career in Business Analyses and Management Consultancy. Also, it prepares students for the final year Consultancy Project.

Specifically, the module introduces research methods for consultancy and aims to develop a practical understanding of the tools and techniques of problem analysis and issue a clarification. Finally, this module aims to develop student’s communication skills through the preparation of a report to present the outcome of the consultation to their client.

We live in a more diverse society than ever before. Structural changes in labour markets have led to increasing numbers of women, older workers and disabled people in employment, with fewer younger people in many industrialised economies. Globalisation and migration has also lead to greater ethnic diversity. We are also clear about the business for diverse workforces, and the benefits this can bring to society.

However, there is a question as to whether a diverse workforce always equals inclusion. There is evidence that many of these groups are marginalised and face employment disadvantages in practice. The aim of this module is to illuminate some of the inequalities experienced by these groups, and then to examine theoretical perspectives helping explain these and provide insights into how these can be better remedied in practice.

This module will therefore look at the meaning of inclusion and how it differs from concepts of equality and diversity – what it adds and where it might be lacking. We will examine closely the different dimensions of diversity (gender, age, race/ethnicity and so forth) in order to understand the specific barriers these groups experience, and what methods organisations can develop to ensure more inclusive workplaces – so that everyone feels valued regardless of identity or background.

A broader aim of the module is to provide students with an opportunity to ‘step into the shoes’ of diverse marginalised groups and the specific barriers they face, so they are better prepared to identify and promote inclusive workplaces, as social justice champions of our future

This module introduces you to fundamentals of the marketing communications process and the role of an integrated marketing communicating approach in both traditional and digital communication formats, in achieving marketing objectives. The changing environment and impact of technology are explained as background for synthesis of the communications process.

The module aims to:

  • Develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of relevant concepts, theories and context of Integrated Marketing Communications as the relate to B2B and B2C customers.
  • Understanding of the SOSTAC + 3M’s IMC planning model and how both old and new marketing thinking contributed to its development.
  • How to select the relevant communications tools and develop a fully integrated marketing communications campaign and how the plans are controlled and evaluated.
  • Foster a critical awareness and understanding of the latest developments in marketing communications and the regulatory framework in which marketing communications operate.

You will develop a critical understanding of appropriate concepts, theories, tools and models of integrated marketing communications as they relate to how to set campaign objectives, implement a campaign, measure and evaluate its success.

You will critique increasingly complex nature of communications within the management, delivery and control of strategic marketing plans.

Year 3

This module requires students to

  • Pick up research threads introduced and developed in previous analytical modules,
  • Identify a topic of their interest
  • Deepen their knowledge Further through research, data collection, analysis and write up of a dissertation

Their research will involve the review of a wide range of publications (secondary data sources) around the broad area of investigation. This will lead to the formulation of a research proposal for their dissertation.

Students will pursue a robust enquiry into a theme emerging from their investigations in their chosen industry. As the theme emerges, the research methodologies, appropriate methods of data collection, data processing and analysis are evaluated.

This module provides an introduction to the developing field of cross-cultural management, explored in relation to both international and intra-national contexts, and drawing on perspectives from social anthropology, social psychology, organisational behaviour and management theory. It is assessed via a group report and presentation, and an unseen examination based on a case study given in advance.

Strategy is a crucial subject, concerned with the development, success and failure of all kinds of organisations. Accordingly, strategy constitutes a key element of all professional business and management qualifications. It is aimed at students wishing to fulfil up-to-the-minute strategy roles. They will be using business intelligence, web solutions and agile methods to develop and deliver the strategy in today’s technology-dependent business environment.

In brief, the module equips aspiring and digitally aware managers and leaders with the knowledge, skills and techniques required to analyse contemporary organisations within changing environments nationally and globally. Students will also learn how to formulate, evaluate and defend realistic and creative proposals for future strategic direction. Finally, they will explore how to plan for the effective implementation of the strategy selected.

In this module, students will experience the practice of management from three differing yet integrated approaches:

  1. Academic development, where the students will study and apply a range of theories to gain a wider and more profound understanding of the socio-cultural issues in corporate business.
  2. Professional Development, where the students will study current corporate governance theory and policy, and study the management and performance of selected PLCs in light of their approach to corporate governance.
  3. Personal development, where the students undertake a range of psycho-metric tests, management exercises. They will study selected texts on personal development, and based on these, produce a Personal Development Plan (PDP) which will guide them in their future post-degree career and studies.

This module aims to enable students to study and apply in practice a range of leadership theories and techniques to critically evaluate

  • and develop their own personal leadership style
  • contemporary innovation practice, and organisations in a range of industries engaged with innovation practice
  • contemporary innovation processes, and organisations in a range of industries that innovate

The Module will be based on two themes:

Theme 1: Leadership, where they will study, reflect on, and use leadership theories and techniques to assess and develop their own personal leadership style.

Theme 2: Innovation, where they will study, analyse, and evaluate the innovation processes of selected organisations and industries and how innovation is achieved and operates within the contemporary economy.

This module underlines the role personal judgement plays in personal finance, and the many perspectives that inform personal judgement, enabling students to formulate and employ Action Learning strategies for the development of knowledge, skills and attitudinal competencies in personal finance, and for increased ability and confidence in dealing with the complexities of making financial decisions in the five domains of financial capability identified by the FSA.

This module covers, ecological financial worlds, scenario analysis and takes the approach of Competency based Action Learning for effective financial performance.

Students will also explore Behavioural finance, the Psychology of financial decision-making, budgeting, investment management, forecasting and personal planning processes.

With the challenges presented by new media, shifting media patterns, and divided consumer attention, the optimal integration of marketing communications takes on increasing importance. The module is designed to build on your level 5 knowledge and enable you to unlock the power of integrated marketing communications (IMC) by taking advantage of the unique strengths of different communication options, and combining and sequencing them strategically.

The module provides you with key industry-standard skills needed to develop a successful career in marketing communications, digital marketing and social media. It enables students to gain a first-hand experience in setting up live marketing communications campaigns in different contexts by combining both traditional media and new digital options, and industry standard programmes such as Creative Cloud, Adobe or Project.

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

Academic requirements

  • 96 UCAS points
  • A minimum of grades CCC in three A levels in academic or business subjects (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). Alternatively, applicants can sit the QA Higher Education Maths test and need a minimum score of 8.

English language requirements

  • GCSE English at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)
  • IELTS 6.0 with no component less than 5.5 in each band, or equivalent. Functional Skills Level 2 in English. Alternatively, applicants can sit the QA Higher Education English test.


Additionally, during the admissions process, you will be asked to attend either an academic or admissions interview.

  • During the admissions interview, we will ask you questions about your choice of programme and will learn more about you.
  • The academic interview provides an opportunity for entry to applicants who do not meet standard entry requirements or have not been in education for a while. During this type of interview, we will assess your knowledge in a specific field.

If you do not meet these entry requirements, we also have a 4-year Business Management BA (including foundation year) that offers a more supported route into undergraduate study.

Please note: We are not currently able to sponsor International students to study this programme at London Metropolitan University Centres, therefore if you require sponsorship to study as an International student, this course will be unavailable to you.

If you are an international student interested in this course and would like to discuss alternative options available to you, please contact 020 3944 1243.

UK tuition fees 2024/25

  • £9,250 per annum

Access to a laptop/PC with a microphone, speakers, webcam and a reliable internet connection is required for accessing your live online sessions.

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

In addition to the tuition fees, you should be prepared to buy some of the course texts which are around £30 each. This would average around £200 per annum.

Student Finance

If you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student from the UK, you may be able to receive financial support from the Government to help fund your studies.

The Government currently offers two types of loans that cover:

  • Tuition fees (paid directly to the university)
  • Living costs (paid directly to your bank and often called a maintenance loan)


Both loans will need to be repaid after your studies, however generally you won’t have to start paying anything back until the April after you have finished your course once you are employed and earning above a specific amount. For more information on when you’ll start repaying, please refer to your student finance repayment plan.

Any loan remaining for students from England after 40 years will be written off. Other UK countries such as Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have different thresholds around repayment.

How to apply

If you would like to find out more information about Student Finance loans and how to apply, please refer to the following:

Undergraduate loans

Postgraduate loans

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The overall aim of the course is to deliver a contemporary and dynamic programme of study which provides you with the knowledge and skills inherent in the subject to prepare you for a career in business management by increasing your understanding of organisations, their management, the economy and the business environment.

By studying a degree in our blended learning model you will enhance your employability by demonstrating you successfully studied in a blended learning environment as part of your degree – a key requirement in today’s digitally focussed businesses.

Graduates from London Metropolitan’s business degrees have gone on to develop careers in leading international corporations, management, government, consultancy and business research.

Some have also gone on to set up their own businesses or have continued their academic study through a postgraduate degree.

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: See dates and fees here.

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