Business and Management - BA (Hons)

Full Time (3 years)

This course is only for home students continuing their studies, and students at overseas partners only. On this course you’ll learn to approach business management in a proactive, positive and professional way. It prepares you to apply concepts and theories to real-world situations and pushes you to question management decisions before you take action.

This course is focused on enhancing your employability, as well as equipping you with the skills you need to be a successful manager. That’s why our graduates go on to work for major organisations such as BMW, HSBC, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer.

Business and Management

Please note that this course page is for home students continuing their studies, and students at overseas partners only.

What's covered in the course?

The course teaches you think creatively about business opportunities and issues, but also helps you to develop valuable management skills. You’ll take on challenging real-life projects and learn about effective leadership in business.

We guide your learning, so you understand how good management – of teams, individuals and yourself – can positively affect a business. Throughout the course you’ll explore case studies and reports from real businesses, giving you the chance to apply your skills to the real world.

While studying, our students have worked with regional companies such as local housing and care organisation Midland Heart, as well as multinational organisations such as Marks and Spencer, Skoda and Toys R Us.

There’s also the chance to enter industry competitions for real prizes, like start-up funding. Our finalists have presented their work directly to businesses, such as Capgemini headquarters in London. These competitions and events will really aid your learning, as you’ll gain first-hand experience, acquire new industry contacts and apply the skills you’ve learnt to real-life situations.

Our staff are leaders in their field and many of them still work in industry, so they’re able to apply theory to real, current, relevant examples to enhance your understanding of the subject area. They’ve worked in a variety of roles and organisations from Marketing Director at Zurich International Solutions Europe to Director of Investment Business for British Gas.

“Birmingham City University offered the degree I wanted to study and offered brilliant facilities within the Business School; this, coupled with excellent feedback and results from friends who had previously studied here, made the decision an easy one.” James Hartle

Why Choose Us?

  • Our accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) means you can be sure this course is fresh, relevant and very high quality. You will have the option to join the CMI and achieve the Level 5 CMI Diploma in Management and Leadership alongside your degree.
  • Our highly regarded Centre for Leadership and Management Practice helps companies to develop managers and improve management practice, so they can provide valuable advice and knowledge to you.
  • You’ll get to hear from high profile guest speakers who’ll share their wealth of experience and industry insights with you. Previous speakers include Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Apprentice finalists, the Chairman of Unilever and Chief Executive of the world's leading beverage company, Diageo.
  • Our industry connections have helped our students to secure placements at places such as National Grid and Premier Inn and with a focus on getting you real business experience our graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Capgemini, HSBC, Jaguar Land Rover, NHS, Mini BMW and NatWest.

Overseas Partners

This course is taught at the Erican International College in Malaysia.

Continuing students

The information on this page is for continuing students only.

This course is open to International students

Course Accreditations

This course is accredited by:

Chartered Management Institute

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.

280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2016/17
GCE A Level/ AS Level 280 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (BBC offer made in grades). This may also include General Studies and Critical Thinking. Remaining points can be made up with AS Levels in different subjects. AS Level in the same subject of an A Level will not be accepted.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 Credits Level 3, 15 credits Level 2 including Level 2 English Language and Maths for all programmes
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 280 UCAS points
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma 28 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate Minimum of 280 UCAS points
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Minimum of 280 UCAS points
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

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 with 5.5 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 28 points overall
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).

Non-standard entry

The programme welcomes applications from students who have significant relevant work or life experience but who may not necessarily meet all of the published academic requirements for their chosen course. The University must be satisfied that your work or life experience is equivalent to the qualifications that other applicants will be studying. We want all of our students to succeed and will only offer a place where we believe that an applicant is capable of completing their chosen course with a strong final degree classification.

The admissions team will be pleased to discuss individual circumstances with prospective students.

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

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Don’t meet our entry requirements?

You could apply for a foundation course or a course at our International College. These routes have lower entry requirements and act as the bridge to a full degree. To find out more, please select your status:

Home student International student

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons)
FT 3 years

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Guidance for UK/EU students


UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form, and submit them together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement 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.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

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.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

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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.

First year

You’ll be treated like a manager from the start of your course, to help ensure you develop management skills and understand the responsibility throughout your university work. In the first year you’ll look at the economic environment, finance, managing organisations and yourself, and marketing in business.

You’ll also work in a group to put together a business plan, improving your teamwork and communication skills. You’ll then pitch it to industry experts, in the style of Dragons’ Den, gaining valuable advice and guidance from experienced professionals.

Accounting and Finance
30 credits
Marketing Fundamentals
30 credits
Managing Organisations People and Self
30 credits
Economic Environment
15 credits
New Venture Creation
15 credits

Second year

In your second year you get to look at business and management in a wider context, learning to solve problems, develop entrepreneurial skills, understand contemporary business issues and dig deeper into the complexity of management.

We’ll also encourage you to enter awards and competitions and take part in team projects to build up your industry links and management skills. Recently two of our students made it to the Capgemini Super Techies UK competition finals in London and presented their ideas on using digital strategy within the company.

Creative Problem Solving
15 credits
Business Operations and Logistics
15 credits
Developing a Manager
15 credits
The Complexity of Management
15 credits
The Business Entrepreneur
15 credits
Contemporary Business Issues
15 credits
Organisational Improvement
15 credits
Reflective Practice and Organisation Development
15 credits

Final year

Before going into your final year, you have the chance to take a year-long placement with an organisation. This is an incredible opportunity to gain a whole year of paid work experience, which will develop your skills, knowledge and experience, all of which will look great on your CV when searching for a graduate job.

By your final year you’ll be equipped to take on more self-directed learning and look at how to address any gaps you think you might have in your learning or on your CV. You’ll study international business and management. You may also choose to do a final-year dissertation or a project based on your placement organisation, or take part in a real-life consultancy project.  

The Unique management consultancy projects give you the opportunity to work on a real brief, for a real business. Working in a project team for an organisation, such as Birmingham City Council or St Giles Care Homes, you’ll work on a solution to a problem that they’re currently facing.

At the end of the project you’ll present your findings to the business and be assessed by the client and the university. You can even gain a Diploma in Professional Consulting awarded by the CMI.

In the final year you undertake a choice of modules totalling 60 credits from the list below. The modules stated as 'core' are compulsory. 

Please note: The optional modules below are not available to students entering directly onto Year 3 of the course.

International Business Strategy
30 credits
Critical Management Perspectives
30 credits
Making sense of organisations
15 credits
Managing and Leading Strategic Change
15 credits
Business operations and systems
15 credits
The Real World of Management
15 credits
Business Start Up Project
30 credits
Management Consultancy Project
30 credits
30 credits
Placement project
30 credits

Course Structure

Assessment is largely by coursework, with some written exams and practical exams. Coursework is always industry relevant, such as business reports, case studies, individual and group presentations, portfolios and projects.

You’ll have around 12 hours of contact time a week with tutors and lecturers to discuss your progress and the topics you’re studying, but with an open door policy, staff are on hand whenever you need them.


You can gain international insight and experience a new culture with our Erasmus exchange programme. Erasmus is a scheme that enables you to study in another EU country for part of your degree. The experience offers a unique opportunity to strengthen your foreign language skills, enhance your CV, experience new cultures and make new contacts and friends.

Students have spent a term at a number of major institutions, including the University of San Diego in the USA, as well as destinations in Cyprus and Denmark.

Our Make a Difference Travel Scholarship Scheme gives you the opportunity to obtain funding of up to £1,200 in your first or second year to participate in charitable projects in countries across the world including Mexico, Ghana, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Zambia and Uganda.

Our students have helped build homes, taught in orphanages, undertaken conservation activities, helped establish social enterprises and worked with under-privileged children. Whatever the skills you have, there’s something you can do to make a difference to people’s lives.

Trips and visits

You’ll get to take part in a number of trips and visits to businesses and industry events. We support you in organising end-of-year activities and encourage you to take part in national and international competitions.

Our student Ravi Verma made it to the finals of the Capgemini Super Techies UK competition and travelled with his team to the Capgemini headquarters in London to present their ideas to an expert panel. The teams had to design and discuss a digital strategy and how the company can use digital technology.

“It gave us a cross-cultural and international outlook,” Ravi said. “There were people from all over the world, as well as UK students, competing. It was a very exciting experience and we got plenty of professional insight.”

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

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This course is accredited by the following organisations:

Chartered Management Institute
Chartered Management Institute

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This means that you can achieve the Level 5 CMI Certificate in Management and Leadership alongside your degree. The award is conditional on successfully completing the Honours degree programme in the appropriate module areas.


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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.

Find out more

Further Study

If you want to further your study once you graduate, we offer a range of postgraduate courses such as MBA, MSc Management programmes, MA Human Resource Management, and many more.

Because of our CMI accreditation you can also complete professional examinations in management or marketing.

Student stories Jamie Hartle

Project Management Officer at Agilisys

Jamie Hartle works as a graduate Project Management Officer at Agilisys, an innovative IT and business service provider. Before coming to Birmingham City University, Jamie spent two years working at RBS and, during his studies, at HSBC. It was here that he saw the theory he was learning in the classroom play out in the workplace. His work experience developed his knowledge and understanding of topics and helped him secure his role at Agilisys.

The input from lecturers and applying links to business was a great help throughout the course. A number of the lecturers who taught on my course had vast experience from working in relevant industries for a number of years and were able to relay these experiences in the classroom which assisted my learning further.

Enhancing employability skills

From the moment you start the course we treat you like a professional. Our emphasis is always on helping to prepare for your chosen career path and you’ll study professional development modules throughout your course.

You’ll get to gain valuable experience through our Employability Challenge Weeks, as well as our Leadership Challenge programme. Both give you the chance to apply your skills to innovative and exciting projects, industry talks and workshops. You’ll also receive guidance on how to complete application forms and how to write effective CVs.

Being able to understand how a business runs, its infrastructure and the areas that support it is really invaluable to employers. What’s more, you’ll be able to understand how good management relates to all of these business practices.

The course will prepare you to become a future leader, and as such you’ll take an active role in your own learning, which means being able to make decisions and identify areas you might need help with, or want to learn more about.

This course not only equips you for a career in accountancy, management, or business administration, it also leaves open a whole variety of opportunities. Our graduates have secured jobs as company directors, business development coordinators and HR managers – and more broad roles like event coordinators, quality inspectors, project managers and media consultants.


If you choose to do a placement year, you’ll not only gain paid employment for 12 months, but also direct, valuable experience which will stand you in good stead for when you seek full-time employment. It costs no extra in fees and will give you work experience, office skills and the confidence to apply for the jobs you want when you graduate.

Michael Mahon spent a year at National Grid, an international company which connects millions of people safely to gas and electricity, helping the team undertake key commercial analysis. Another student, Kieran O’Shea, undertook his placement at Decathlon, the world’s largest sports store, improving his employability prospects and his skillset.

Kennedy Doka completed his placement at Premier Inn and with aspirations for a career in the hotel and leisure industry this was the perfect placement. During his placement Kennedy had the opportunity to work in a number of different departments, enabling him to gain to gain valuable experience and get to understand how the business is run.

If taking a year’s placement isn’t for you, we can also help to find your shorter placements within a business.

More about our placement opportunities...


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.

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Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations

The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.

The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our business and management course is most popular with international students from:  


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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 is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point