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 (20/21): £9,250 per year
Location: London, Birmingham and Manchester
Mode of study: Full-time: Daytime, or Evening and Weekend
Start dates: November, April and July
Next application deadline: 12 April 2021

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 additional to live online learning activities we plan to offer some opportunities to engage in some small group face-to-face teaching 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. This will be in addition to live online learning activities. More information about our response to Covid-19 and FAQs are available here.

*Please note: This programme is due for revalidation. Changes are anticipated to year one, two and three modules. These changes will be gradually implemented in the academic years 2021/22 and 2022/23.

Once these changes are confirmed we will inform all students and applicants at the earliest opportunity. Please refer to the online course page for the most up-to-date information.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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

This module introduces data-based decision making and performance measurement and provides students with the practical experience of using Excel to transform data into information. It further introduces students to forecasting and target setting, budgeting and project management. In other words, it provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of statistical methods for business. In doing so, it provides the skills and knowledge required for levels 5 and 6 modules, including the dissertation, that develop and evaluate the quantitative and qualitative aspects of business management.

The module also introduces the principles of accounting and finance. Financial statements are interpreted and analysed to review the financial position and condition of a company. Activity-based costing and budgeting methods are introduced to facilitate planning and performance measurement.

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.

This module introduces students to the world of business and enterprise. It examines what makes businesses successful, and what makes enterprise successful. Are there ideal environments in which business enterprises start, grow and mature? Are there ideal types of businesses?

The turbulent and disruptive upheavals of the twenty-first century, including natural disasters, corporate failures, financial crisis, recession and austerity have prompted a review of the traditional view of business and enterprise as encompassing large organisations in a steady state of long-term planning.

This module explores the environment and its impact on the survival, success and growth of an enterprise. Effective operations management is essential for efficiency and customer satisfaction, and long-term survival. This module provides students with an in-depth understanding of operations management, operational risk, logistics, quality circles and supply chain.

A theory– to–practice approach is embedded in the module through the use of an interactive business simulation designed to replicate the multidimensional nature of business. Student teams are progressively led through major decisions as they manage their own virtual company. The simulation provides invaluable hands-on experience for students, requiring them to analyse data, collaborate with each other, and make managerial decisions.

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.

This module is designed to help students to develop their skills for a variety of situations: study skills at university; skills for the workplace; and personal development skills. It complements the study of business management, for example, students will need to know where to find relevant information for their assignments; how to write in an academic way; how to interpret numerical data, and how to present the findings of their research.

Being able to reflect on your development during the period of your degree will enable you to become more aware of the employability and professional skills you are developing. 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.

This module is designed to provide first-year undergraduates with an introduction to the economic principles, and economic concepts relevant to the business operating environment. The module is mainly concerned with economic thinking at a micro level, but also introduces students to essential macro-economic concepts reflecting state intervention in a mixed economy.

Year 2

This module introduces students to the essential methodologies, approaches and tools for business research. It explores some of the philosophies and theoretical perspectives underpinning the many different ways of conducting research as well as providing practical examples and guidance on how research should be planned and implemented.

The module introduces students to the key and current business concepts and their operationalisation through a simple review of the literature. In doing so, it enables students to deal with conflicting issues of ethics and equality.
The key skills taught and assess on the module will include advanced use of Excel and/or SPSS, data analysis (Statistical and Thematic) and reporting.

This module provides students with an understanding of both traditional and contemporary theories of leadership. It examines how cumulative knowledge of leadership theory, from Trait to more recent Authentic approaches, can contribute to leading and managing business organisations. Through the use of self-report questionnaires, students will be helped to identify their leadership style and preferences.

The module then turns to leader behaviours including hubristic leadership and the use of power, politics and conflict.

Understanding the impact of leaders’ behaviour on others, particularly in terms of power, politics and conflict is crucial to understanding how to manage and lead an organisation to success. The need for power (nPow- identified by McClelland) is often accompanied by political tactics, such as forming coalitions to increase the likelihood of achieving a goal beyond the grasp of the leader alone. In such circumstances, uncertainty reduction (goal setting) and open communication (with peers, superiors and subordinates) are examples of how the impact of strategic change can be managed on a day-to-day basis.

Students on this module will have opportunities to enhance their goal setting and communication skills, developed earlier, and to develop key skills such as negotiation and persuasion as a means of dealing with conflict and moral issues that can arise when managing and leading people.

This module is at the heart of what marketing is about: serving customers’ needs profitably. It also adds an international perspective. It picks up from the knowledge gained at level 4 and extends it with other important marketing dimensions such as service and societal marketing as well as CSR.

It also covers a significant amount of consumer psychology to help the learner understand the customer needs so as to create relevant products and promote them to the relevant target groups. The global perspective adds another dimension that businesses may contend with to evaluate the international opportunities available to them.

Understanding the consumer behaviour dimension is also a pre-requisite topic by the Chartered Institute of Marketing for gaining recognition towards the professional Certificate in Marketing. Towards the end of the module, the students will review briefly the topic of operations management to remind them about the link between understanding customers, developing a worthwhile marketing strategy to capitalise on the understanding and designing operations that help implement the products or services according to the marketing plan

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

This module challenges students 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 the feedback received and enquiries carried out, the idea will change and develop over the duration of the module.

Throughout the module, students are required to not only apply the business development theory taught but also to continuously reflect on how they have applied the theory and the skills and knowledge gained from their work. This reflective dimension promotes the development of practical attributes for employment and career progression.

In terms of promoting work-related skills, the module specifically focuses on practical techniques for generating and developing new business ideas and so develops creative thinking. In addition, it requires students to examine market potential and prepare a “pitch” as if seeking investment. The module requires a high level of self-reliance to pursue their business idea. Students develop an understanding of the role of new ideas in business start-ups, business growth and development.

Year 3

This module is designed to provide students with an opportunity to prepare for entering the workplace as a graduate, as well as preparing them for success in their future career. It will help students to develop a clearer understanding of themselves, identify and develop their strengths and abilities as well as support their CV, application writing and interview skills.

The aim of the module is to

  • prepare students for the graduate employment market;
  • prepare students for their future career by helping them to identify their preferences and career anchors;
  •  raise students’ awareness of themselves and their personality type;
  • provide students with a narrative to describe themselves at interview;
  • practice required skills needed to be successful including networking, assessment centre exercises, interviewing skills;
  • help students to develop their CV, and application writing as well as interview skills.

This module requires students to pick up research threads introduced and developed in previous analytical modules, identify a topic of their interest and 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 and 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, and as the theme emerges, the research methodologies, appropriate methods of data collection, data processing and analysis are evaluated. Both the process and the knowledge and skills gained will inform their approach to their future career.

Strategy is a crucial subject, concerned with the development, success and failure of all kinds of organisations, from multinationals to entrepreneurial start-ups, from charities to government agencies, and many others.

Accordingly, strategy constitutes a key element of all professional business and management qualifications.

This module addresses the QAA benchmark statements for business strategy. It also aligns with relevant components of CMI Leadership and Management Level 5 such as Planning a Change Process.

It equips aspiring managers and leaders with the knowledge, skills and techniques required to critically analyse contemporary organisations within changing environments nationally and globally; to formulate, evaluate and defend realistic and creative proposals for future strategic direction; and to plan for the effective implementation of the strategy selected.

This Module is divided into three (3) themes:

(i) Academic development, where the students will study and apply a range of theories from Critical Theory (CT) and Critical Management Studies (CMS) to a current UK-based PLC, enabling students to gain a wider and more profound understanding of the socio-cultural issues in corporate business.
(ii) Professional Development, where the students will study current corporate governance theory and policy, plus study the management and performance of selected PLCs in light of their approach to corporate governance

(iii) Personal development, where the students undertake a range of psycho-metric tests, management exercises, plus 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

By studying these three themes, students will experience the practice of management from three differing yet integrated approaches, design to enhance their academic development, professional development, and personal development.

Increasingly managers at all levels of an organisation are required to manage projects, temporary endeavours undertaken to create a unique product or service. This module uses the Association of Project Management Body of Knowledge (APMBOK) – and therefore prepares students in the capabilities required for effective project management: managing resources, time, people, and the project as a whole.

The module includes both the use of computer programmes for project management and approaches to managing people and leading and motivating teams.

The module will equip the student with an understanding of the complexities of managing projects in an uncertain world. The student will become familiar with the project business case, the detailed planning and the use of ‘WBS’ and the ’OBS’, resources issues and their management, the timeline, budgeting and cash flow as well as the eventual monitoring and control of the project through methods of tracking and monitoring. The student will study methods of managing people in the project with appropriate models of leadership, team behaviours and motivation and methods of conflict management and resolution.

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

  • 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.


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 or voluntary 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.

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

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.

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: 12 April 2021

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