Overview

Level: Undergraduate
Entry requirements: 32 UCAS points (Have higher qualifications? This programme is also available as a three-year option)
English language requirements: GCSE English at grade C/4 or above, or IELTS 5.5 with no component less than 5.5 in each band, or equivalent. Functional Skills Level 2 in English.
Class hours per week: Nine to 12 hours plus 28 to 31 hours per week for self-study and individual learning
Assessment method: Coursework, presentations, portfolios and exams
Duration: Four years
UK tuition fees (2021/22): £9,250 per year
Location: London, Birmingham and Manchester
Mode of study: Full-time Blended learning: Daytime or Evening and Weekend
Start dates: November, April and July
Next application deadline: 1 November 2021

Response to Covid-19: Our focus is on providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for our students. We have taken every measure, in line with Government guidance, to ensure continued access to learning. 

As part of our response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we are planning to deliver this course through a mix of live online classes and face-to-face learning opportunities at the London Holborn, Birmingham and Manchester Centres, continuing to follow Government guidance and any social distancing measures that may be in place. As restrictions ease, face-to-face opportunities will be increased where appropriate and it is safe for us to do so. This will be in addition to live online learning activities. More information about our response to Covid-19 and FAQs are available here.

Study Business Management with the 6th ranked university for producing the highest number of CEOs and Managing Directors in the UK (Hitachi Capital, 2021).

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.

The four-year Business Management (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree has a built-in foundation year (Year 0) that provides you with an alternative route into higher education if you don’t have traditional qualifications or do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree.

What Will I Study?

During your foundation year, you will engage with business challenges in a stimulating environment, while boosting your confidence and acquiring crucial academic skills. This acts as excellent preparation for your subsequent three years of study, which will allow you to specialise in more specific and advanced areas of business.

Once you have completed the foundation year 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.

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

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 modules are core and are worth 15 credits unless specified.

Year 0 (Foundation Year)

This module focuses on the skills needed for success in business. It provides students with opportunities to become aware of the essential communication, problem-solving, decision-making, commercial awareness, and the various other skills needed for succeeding in business. It is also designed to introduce and reinforce essential transferable skills with a focus on personal development, planning and reflective learning.

The module aims to:

  • enhance and develop students’ communication and study skills in preparation for an undergraduate degree in Business
  • develop self-awareness, and reinforce the concept of reflective practice to allow students to develop into effective reflective practitioners
  •  introduce students to researching subject material from a wide variety of sources
  •  create in students a keen awareness of the business environment and to develop creative and dynamic approaches to contemporary business problems

The module is designed to provide students with the main elements of the learning process. An important distinction is that students enter university to learn, not to be taught, and this module is designed to provide students with guidance in the learning process. It introduces the concept of the learning cycle and learning styles.

It provides students with an overview of how memory stores information as well as enabling recall of previously encountered information so that students can build on it and re-store it as new information.

In addition, students are introduced to and will practice, a wide range of skills necessary for successful academic study, such as exam technique, academic literacy, creativity and critical thinking.

This module introduces students to the contexts of business. Business functions including innovation, operations, marketing, human resource management, finance and accounting, all of which interact with one another, can only be fully understood when the environmental, organisational, and strategic contexts within which the business operates are also understood. The focus of this module is the development of students’ understanding of how business organisations work and operate in the wider environment. Students’ have opportunities to examine the various functions of businesses and their relevant environments. They will analyse a variety of business situations and cases.

This module introduces students to the concept of globalisation in terms of its impact on socio-cultural, political, economic and technological factors. The main aim of the module is to introduce students to the impact of various contexts on business itself, and to provide them with opportunities to enhance a wide range of academic and business skills such as commercial awareness, and sensitivity in terms of people and cultures.

This module aims to provide students with a thorough overview of the numerical and technological skills needed to analyse data in the context of business analysis. The module encompasses aspects of mathematics, statistics and information technology relevant to not only the business management but wider subjects. The module focuses on numbers and data and their computational and analysis techniques that lead to the understanding of Accounting, Finance, Business, Aviation and Economics related information. Students will make use of a range of facilities on Excel to calculate, analyse and present efficiently.

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…

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. It enables them to analyse the macro, micro, internal and external business and economic environments in which they operate.

The focus of the module is on the external and internal influences on organizations and the effect these have on business practices. 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 ‘good’ 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. The challenges of managing in today’s ever-changing, increasingly uncertain, complex economic environment require managers to have the knowledge, ability and skills to take action. Today’s managers require the knowledge and ability to draw on both traditional and contemporary approaches to management when formulating workplace decisions.

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.

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. They 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

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

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.

Through this module, students will directly experience and operate in the real world of work. They will be able to reflect on that experience to identify practical techniques, skills 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. They will examine the market potential and prepare a presentation of their findings.

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.

This module introduces students to the role of the project manager, the nature of projects and how to manage them successfully. It particularly focuses on the linear project in which the project output is clearly defined at the commencement of the project.

Students will also look at the way Agile projects change the approach to project delivery to deal with uncertainty in the product to be delivered and to accept changes in requirements or circumstances.

This module enables students to undertake a short period of professional activity either part-time/vacation employment; work placement; not-for-profit sector volunteering or a professional project led by an employer.

The module is designed to enhance students’ personal and professional development and assist in preparing students for their future careers.

Students will have to fulfil several requirements in order to complete this learning through Work.

Year 3

TBC

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.

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.

Financial decision-making is important for any and every business. One of the most essential elements that help to facilitate the implementation of the business strategy in an organisation is Finance.

This module provides students with knowledge about financial decision-making approaches and control systems businesses use to make managerial decisions. It also provides the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate the impact of financial decisions.

It enables learners of today, who are managers of tomorrow, to participate in decision-making processes concerning the utilisation of finances in:

  • Investment,
  • Financial and risk management
  • The delivery of value for money in achieving the objectives of the business.

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

Academic requirements

  • 32 UCAS points
  • At least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, e.g. BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)

English language requirements

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

Interview

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.

We encourage and will consider applications from mature students who haven’t recently undertaken a formalised course of study at A-level or equivalent, but who can demonstrate relevant workplace experience, indicating their ability to complete the course successfully. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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

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 2021/22

  • £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.

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: 1 November 2021

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