Business Management - September 2014 entry

BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) - combined

A-level: grades BBC or equivalent
Clearing places for some of our courses may require grades of ABB or higher at A-level and certain equivalent qualifications. However, there may still be Clearing opportunities for applicants with different grades on other courses.

This course is run by the Business School

The Business Management course, combined with another subject (see list at right), gives you the skills and understanding to succeed in a range of organisations. Through active learning approaches, you will develop both the practical insights and skills necessary to make decisions in the complex business world of today. Such skills, along with a broad knowledge of business and management, will enable you, to add value to an organisation right from the start of your career.

Why choose this course

  • By taking a combined honours degree you will be well prepared for a wide variety of careers across the range of subjects you have studied, from a general career in business to a specialised area such as sports management or publishing.
  • Business at Brookes is known internationally for its learning and teaching, evidenced by the achievement of top scores in the last quality review. We adopt an innovative approach to teaching, which helps the student learning experience to be vibrant and engaging.
  • Our students develop skills in critical enquiry along with a firm grounding in business practice which, together, enable you to confidently take on the demands of graduate jobs in leading international businesses.
  • We are the only business school to host a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (in assessment) as well as the two national Higher Education Academy Subject Centres in business and management disciplines (Business, Management, Accounting and Finance, and Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism), putting us at the centre of business education in the UK.
  • The international focus of the Business School is reflected in the content of the course. You study in a research-rich environment, learning from the staff who write leading textbooks on business and management and who bring their considerable experience and links with industry into the school.

This course in detail

Your experience will be dynamic and practice-based, enabling you to develop the organisational competences and business awareness needed for a successful career in your chosen field.

  • In the first year you develop the fundamentals that provide a firm basis for your study of the dynamic field of business and management.
  • Second year options enable you to gain a broad-based knowledge of business and management or concentrate on areas such as marketing, finance or human resource management.
  • In your final year you choose from a broad range of modules as well as focusing on a business and management synoptic (double) module. You also have the chance to take part in a field project with a company overseas as part of a final-year module.
You can view the course structure in the Downloads section on the right.

This course involves innovative active learning techniques based on enquiry and problem-solving methods developed in partnership with consultants from many organisational backgrounds. We have an excellent reputation for teaching and learning and you will develop your knowledge and skills through highly interactive and engaging methods of teaching. Visiting professionals will give you an insight into today’s dynamic global business environment.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching and learning

We firmly believe learning should be exciting as well as challenging. We will encourage you to take an active approach to your studies through, for example, problem-solving classes, dragons’ den type assessments involving local employers, and working with actors to develop presentation skills. We want you to enjoy developing the skills you will need to succeed in the competitive business world.

The course uses active learning approaches such as seminar and workshop activities, discussions and problem-solving activities rather than an approach focused solely on lectures and note-taking. The first year in particular will provide opportunities for you to identify areas of your learning where you need particular support. The distinctive learning approach of this course is enquiry-based learning, which emphasises the exploration of business issues and problems which are set in realistic contexts and allows theory to be examined through interesting and challenging situations.

Later in the course more emphasis is placed on acquiring subject knowledge, and compulsory modules will develop your autonomous learning skills and skills of reflection. The course aims to provide opportunities for you to work with business professionals, for example, using guest speakers and live cases from the business community.

Learning outcomes

Key facts


Business School

Course length

Full-time: 3 years, or 4 if a work placement is chosen
Part-time: up to 8 years

Teaching location

Wheatley Campus

Start date

September 2014

UCAS code and Key Information Sets

This course is only available when combined with another subject. Please see the 'Combining this course with another subject' heading for the available combinations, UCAS codes and Key Information Set details.

How to apply / Entry requirements

Typical offers

A-level: grades BBC or equivalent
Clearing places for some of our courses may require grades of ABB or higher at A-level and certain equivalent qualifications. However, there may still be Clearing opportunities for applicants with different grades on other courses.

IB Diploma: 30 points

BTEC National Diploma: DMM

  • AS-levels will be recognised in place of a maximum of 1 A-level; may include 12-unit vocational A-level.
  • Key skills are not required but would be a positive feature of an application, as would free-standing AS-levels such a Critical Thinking.

For combined honours, normally the offer will lie between the offers quoted for each subject.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics (grade B preferred) and English (grade C or above)

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

International and EU applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.

Country specific entry requirements

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

 Part-time students should apply directly to the university.

Conditions of acceptance

When you accept our offer, you agree to the conditions of acceptance. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Student experience

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As one of the most famous cities in the world, Oxford offers everything any student could want and more. It is a bustling and stunning cosmopolitan city with excellent shopping, restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs.

Situated in the heart of rural England and home to 150,000 people, Oxford is just over an hour from the hub of business life in London, The City, and has easy access to international airports.

Oxford itself has a growing hi-tech community with many businesses located in the city and surrounding area.

The Business School is based at Wheatley, a leafy 80-acre site just 25 minutes from Oxford on the inter-campus Brookes Bus service. Wheatley campus has a wide range of sports facilities and there are pubs and shops in the nearby village.

Specialist facilities

The Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre is an innovative social learning space for the use of Business School undergraduates, based on Wheatley Campus. It provides a welcoming, vibrant atmosphere in which students can socialise, study, work collaboratively, and grab a drink and something to eat.

The building is 'a breath of fresh air' - a bright, open space, filled with the most up-to-date technology, and featuring a cafe which serves high quality food and refreshments. It includes workstations and areas for collaborative working, plus facilities for practising, recording and reviewing group presentations. In addition, there is a Business School teaching room on the first floor, which is equipped with state-of-the-art presentation technology, as well as the Undergraduate Office, the Placements Office and other student-facing staff offices.

The aim of the centre is to provide a space in which both students and staff can interact, collaborate and share ideas.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

After graduation

Career prospects

By taking a combined honours degree you will be well prepared for a wide variety of careers across the range of subjects you have studied, from a general career in business to a specialist area such as sports or publishing. Our aim is to give you a challenging and rewarding experience and to prepare you for employment. Our Careers Centre ensures you have help in finding the right job. Typically 83% of graduates from our courses are in graduate level employment within 6 months.