Leadership and Management Practice (work-based) - BA (Hons)

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Full Time (2 years), Full Time (3 years)
September 2016

On this forward-thinking leadership management course you work full-time at a sponsoring organisation, while studying for an exciting career in management. You’re paid to work in a business while we teach you all the theory and key skills you need to step up your career. Your organisation can even pay your fees.

There’s even a two year option if you’ve got relevant experience. You can work with your employer to fast track your career with this degree.

Last chance to apply

The 2016/17 academic year will see the final intake of new students for this course, so get in quick if you want to apply. If you are interested, we recommend you contact Matt Jones at Matt.Jones@bcu.ac.uk to discuss your application.

Want to study in 2017/18?

You may want to check out these similar courses which will be available to start in 2017/18:

What's covered in the course?

This course covers a whole blend of fundamental and in-depth management skills from accounting and finance to issues in leadership.

It’s an ideal course for doers, who want to get straight into work and earn while they learn. Not only will you study the theory behind successful management but you also learn how to apply it practically on the job.

There are four intensive study blocks over 11 weeks during your whole degree and you spend the rest of your time doing a salaried job. We’ll give you a mentor to help you with your learning and study time.

Although you’ll be working at a sponsoring organisation, you’ll still have access in your spare time to all the same facilities, IT equipment, careers support, workshop spaces, lectures and much more, as all our other ‘in-house’ students.

Our staff have worked in leadership roles all over the world and worked for companies such as Hill & Knowlton International Brussels and the AA. They’ll be here to guide you through your degree and give you the academic foundations to start an exciting career.

Why Choose Us?

  • You’ll get your very own company mentor and academic mentor who will help you with everything you need to complete assessments and stay on track. Your academic mentor will even visit you at work to make sure everything’s going to plan.
  • Not only will you get a salary while you study with us but your fees are covered by your sponsoring organisation. It’s a course that makes financial sense as well as giving your career a totally unique boost.
  • Everything you learn is structured to turn you into a graduate manager. We focus entirely on you and where you want to be, so your work and your learning is completely tailored to you. We nurture you to make sure you’re applying your knowledge to practical skills and getting everything you need from your organisation.
  • You get to influence an organisation while you study, and get double the learning! We’ll teach you everything you need to know about management, but unlike other courses, you’ll also learn from colleagues and managers in the workplace through your degree. The course is also structured to give you opportunities to come up with ideas and activities to improve your organisation, so you get to see the impact you can have on the success of an organisation.
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Please note: we are currently reviewing our entire course provision for 2017/18. Details will be included in your registration email.

This course is not open to International students
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Entry Requirements

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

UK students

At the point of enrolment you must have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2016/17
Credits 300 UK credits or 120 ECTS credits in a business related field
HND Five distinctions at Level 2
ABE Advanced Diploma At least grade B in two modules. You must have included the optional module Strategic Marketing.
BTEC Extended Diploma/ BTEC National Diploma DDM
BTEC Diploma/ BTEC National Certificate DD together with another qualification
Other qualifications

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2016/17
IELTS 6.0 overall
TOEFL Minimum score 550
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 32 points
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.


International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

The UCAS tariff is changing

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

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

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

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for 2016/17, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

280 points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBC or above)
predicted DMM at BTEC level

You will also be required to attend an interview.

More about unconditional offers

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 2 years £9,000 per year
FT 3 years £6,667 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

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

How to apply

Two year option

If you would like to apply for the two-year option for this course, please email admissions@bcu.ac.uk.

Three-year option

Please apply online for the three-year option of this course, using the 'apply online now' link above.

If you are unable to access the online form, please complete our PDF application form and return it to Dr Martin Eley, Programme Director, by email or post.

Email: martin.eley@bcu.ac.uk

Postal Address:

Dr Martin Eley, Programme Director

Birmingham City Business School, Birmingham City University

The Curzon Building, 4 Cardigan Street, Birmingham, B4 7BD

Download the application form

This form requires a significant amount of personal information, including qualifications gained and work history. This is required so that we can decide on your suitability for the course. The information you provide will be used for this purpose and monitoring of equal opportunities only. It will be treated in confidence and will only be seen by those whose jobs require them to do so.

Additional costs

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

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

Your personal statement

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

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

Course choice

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

Career plans

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

Work experience

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

School or college experience

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

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

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

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

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

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

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

Year one

Accounting and Finance for Managers
Global Business Environment
Managing People and Customers
In-Company Project

Year two

If you have relevant work experience and your company is willing to sponsor you, you can join us in year two. This means you can get further in your company with a degree you can take anywhere your career takes you.

The second year delves deeper into :

Business Models and Analytics
Managing Operations and Performance
Strategic Management
Managing Teams and Projects
Business Performance Improvement Project

Year three

Change and Innovation in Organisations
Comparative Management Practice
Issues in Leadership and Management Practice
Leadership Development
Organisational Impact Project

You’ll complete your four study blocks over 11 weeks, which averages out at about eight to ten hours a week of contact time with us. We’ll fit this in around your work, so you can expect to see us some evenings and weekends – outside of normal teaching hours.

There are no conventional written exams. Nearly all of your degree is assessed course work and with about seven per cent assessed on practical exams.

Part of your studies will be looking at your current organisation and how you can make an impact. This means you can get hands-on in making improvements to a business while you study and work.

Throughout your studies you’ll also complete a reflective portfolio, to allow you to track your professional development and use your organisation as a live case study.

Throughout your three years you’ll get a tutor who’ll give you a high level of individual support and will help you during your studies.

Teaching breakdown

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35 Time in independent study RoyalBlue
33 Time on placement LightSkyBlue

Assessment breakdown

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7 Practical exams #fece5a

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

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Enhancing Employability Skills

Everything about this course is tailored to fast-track your employment. Whether you take the three year route, or the two year route, the emphasis is always clearly on getting you long-term work experience, backed up by the theoretical knowledge that employees want.

This practice-based course will really help you stand out from the crowd when it comes to employment. It’s unlike other conventional degrees in that you’re in work and being paid for three whole years. You’re applying for jobs as you’re working or you may even stay in your sponsoring organisation.

By working full-time over three years, we find our students get the real experience and knowledge that employers want. However, it’s not just about the practical skills, it’s the attitude and behaviours you learn that will really make a difference. It can’t be picked up in the classroom and it’s invaluable when it comes to confidence and employability.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

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

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


BCU Graduate+

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

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

More about Graduate+
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Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

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

The Curzon Building

This course will be held at our newest facility, The Curzon Building, part of our City Centre Campus.

The £63 million building provides you with a unique learning space, featuring plenty of informal ‘break out’ areas available, creating an open, sociable atmosphere. There is also a new home for the Students’ Union, with its location moving to the restored Victorian pub The Eagle and Ball. Both City North and Millennium Point libraries have moved to the new building.

The dedicated social learning spaces ensure you’ll have the perfect facilities to work independently and confidently, having the time and support you need.

All this ensures that The Curzon Building is a vital support hub and a true central location for students in Birmingham City Centre.


Our staff have fantastic industry connections because they continue to work in their area of expertise. For instance Head of the Management Department, Frank Preen, is an assessor for a Treasury programme, while Professor of Marketing, Professor Hatem El-Gohary is an associate editor of The International Journal of Customer Relationship Marketing and Management (IJCRMM).

Matt Jones

Senior Lecturer in HRM / Course Director for BA (Hons) Management and Leadership

Matt Jones is a Senior Lecturer at Birmingham City Business School. Matt teaches on a number of degree courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels., and is also the Course Director for BA (Hons) Management and Leadership Top-up.

Nav Chouhan

Senior Lecturer in Management

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

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Vanessa Clarke

Senior Lecturer in Management Development

Prior to her academic role, Vanessa successfully held management positions within high profile global companies including Tesco, Next and The Body Shop. She has also worked for The Prince's Trust where she was responsible for leading teams and influencing at Director level to co-ordinate peer mentoring programmes for young people across England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

At Birmingham City Business School, Vanessa designed and delivered a work-based degree programme BA (Hons) Leadership and Management Practice. She has been involved in both the Leadership Challenge and Student Academic Partners projects to enhance the employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship skills of Business School students.

Vanessa advises on UK and European undergraduate and postgraduate leadership and management programmes in her External Academic Expert role at higher education institutions including the University of Roehampton and the University of Coventry.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295