The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Business Management

Why choose this course?

This course is designed for students wishing to embark on a professional career in business and management. It will help you develop analysis and evaluation skills which can be applied to real-world situations. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the various functional areas of business, including management, marketing, human resources, finance and operations management within a global context. You will also be equipped with the skills required to be successful in business, such as entrepreneurship, digital literacy, collaborative working and communication skills.

Having completed this course, you will be able to effectively apply a range of management and business theories and practices in an entrepreneurial and innovative manner.

All students have the opportunity to take an optional placement year which provides valuable workplace experience and significantly improves your employability on graduation. In addition, during your studies you will have the opportunity to meet with business practitioners through guest lectures and other special events.

The course offers you the option of specialising in your final year by opting for a bracketed award in one of the following areas: Economics; Enterprise, Finance; Human Resources and Marketing.

This degree can also be used as the basis for postgraduate study in more specialist areas. For example, the Business School has a MA in Human Resource Management which builds on the Human Resource elements within the award.

You may also study Business as part of the following joint awards:

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:


Year 1

4BU006 Learning for Business Success (20 Credits)

4HR002 Introduction to People at Work (20 Credits)

4HR018 Organisational Structures for Effective Management (20 Credits)

4IB004 Business in a Global Context (20 Credits)

4AC012 Finance and Accounting for Managers (20 Credits)

4MK002 Marketing Principles (20 Credits)

Year 2

5BE001 Entrepreneurial Creativity and Innovation (20 Credits)

5HR002 Leading and Managing in Organisations (20 Credits)

5BU010 Digital Business & Innovation (20 Credits)

5MK006 Marketing Planning (20 Credits)

5IB004 Economics of Managerial Decision-making (20 Credits)

5BU012 Operations and Supply Management (20 Credits)

Year 3

6BU011 Business Research Methods (20 Credits)

6HR005 Social Responsibility (20 Credits)

6BU013 Independent Project (20 Credits)

6BE003 Strategic Management (20 Credits)

6FC001 Corporate and Behavioural Finance or 6BU009 Social Enterprise in Context or 6MK005 Business to Business Marketing and Key Account Management or 6HR002 Psychology and Organisational Behaviour or 6BU019 Project Management & Digital Transformation or 6IB003 Dynamics of Multinational Companies (20 Credits)

6EC005 The Economics of Sustainable Development or 6IB006 Debating Globalisation or 6MK007 Managing Corporate Reputation or 6BU006 Managing Your Career or 6LI012 Managing Digital Events and Venues (20 Credits)

Why Wolverhampton?

Enhancing your employment and career prospects

Studying with the Business School gives you a head start in your career through offering the following:

Internships -You can choose to gain valuable work experience through taking an internship (sandwich placement) as part of your programme of study. Full support in preparing and securing internships is provided through our dedicated support team.

Study abroad - You can choose to undertake one semester or a full year study abroad at one of our EU partners, as part of your programme of study.

Working with real managers - We find many opportunities for you to work with practising managers, from company projects, guest lectures and site visits through to short internships or full year long sandwich placements.

Developing real business skills - Studying at Wolverhampton will allow you to develop the skills businesses demand including IT, project management, team working and leadership.

Careers support and guidance - You will be able to gain an Employability Award. Having developed your CV and enhanced your interview skills you will be able to undertake a short internship to prepare yourself to gain employment on graduation.

Volunteering - You can gain valuable employability skills through volunteering. Opportunities exist for you to work with voluntary organisations.

Starting your own business - Not only will you develop the business acumen necessary to start and manage your own business but on-going support is available both during your studies and on graduation to help you make a success of your business start-up.

Management mentors - You will have the opportunity to be mentored by a senior manager from the region through our Institute of Directors mentoring scheme or alumni.

A supportive professional study environment

Your learning experience at the Business School will be enhanced by:

Tutors who know about business - The tutors on this programme have experience as practicing managers, worked with business in an advisory capacity or will be researching business and management in order that what you learn is current, leading edge thinking which has real relevance to the world of business.

A friendly and supportive environment - We are known for the support we provide to our students. Whether pastoral or study advice your personal tutor and course leader are there to give you the support you need, when you need it.

Blended learning - The School has developed a blended learning approach where lecture and tutorial activities are supported by online learning to become a seamless learning experience both in and outside of the classroom.

Flexibility - The programme offered gives you flexibility over your study options as you progress and develop, whether this is choosing to study abroad or take an internship or being able to move between the courses we offer.

Professional body informed programmes - The school has strong professional body links and these are used to inform the curriculum to ensure they reflect the latest professional thinking and standards and to maximise the exemptions and accreditation you will gain alongside studying your programme.

Internationalisation - Our international student and staff body and a curriculum underpinned by internationalisation will enable you to learn how to operate in a global business environment.

What our students think

Career path

On completing the course, you will be equipped with the background for a wide variety of positions in business. You will have developed skills and background knowledge needed for a wide variety of business areas, and learned the fundamentals of the various functional areas of business, including management, marketing, human resources, finance, including operations and management systems.

Whilst many of these careers are open to graduates in any subject, some employers may specify, or give preference to graduates in business-related subjects. A career in business is varied and can involve the functions such as management and marketing and there is an increasing need for business management skills in government, international commerce, health care, and non-profit organisations. Careers as entry-level manager, Human Resources specialist, Assistant Product Manager, Business Analyst, Market Researcher are some of the possibilities.

Students may decide to continue their studies at Master’s level. The University offers a number of different Master’s courses including Masters in Management and Masters in International Business Management.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course, you, will be able to:

  1. Develop and apply research, writing, numerical, digital and peronal skills within a business context.

  2. Develop skills of independent learning, analysis, synthesis and critical thinking through the application of business and management concepts, principles and the related underpinning theories appropriate to a wide range of business organisations and situations.

  3. Apply relevant transferable skills to a career in business and management, for example, managing projects, communication, working in teams, research and being able to critically reflect on the effectiveness of your own skills and knowledge.

  4. Examine contemporary and strategic issues through the application of relevant concepts, models and theories.

  5. Evaluate and demonstrate an informed understanding of the ethical responsibilities contributing to your professional values and role in an organisation and wider society - in the 21st century.

  6. Critically appraise relevant knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external environment in which they operate and management theory when assessing and solving problems in different business scenarios.

Who accredits this course?

This course has been accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

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The CMI have been established for over 60 years and are the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. Over 100,000 managers use their services.

The programme gives you the option to apply for the CMI level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management and offers all of the benefits of being a CMI member. You can progress further to become a Chartered Manager.

Visit the CMI website for more information.

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

  • 'A' Levels at grade BBC - CCC
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • AAT Level 3 Accounting
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £12,000
Part time # £2,975

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323403

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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