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UCAS code: N200

Start dates: September 2023 / January 2024 / September 2024

Full time: 3 years, or 4 with work placement

Part time: up to 8 years

Location: Headington

Department(s): Oxford Brookes Business School


What value should businesses place on the environment? Can organisations drive change in society? What can large firms learn from disruptive start-ups? From day one on our Business and Management degree, you’ll explore big issues while developing skills that will shape your future.

You won't just study theory. You'll learn to develop your own ideas and uncover your potential to shape the future. We're exploring artificial intelligence. The future of work. Corporate responsibility. By the time you leave, you'll feel inspired and capable of achieving your goals in any industry. Whatever you're passionate about, from supply chains to entrepreneurship, you'll find it at Brookes.

With our collaborative approach, we'll work together to develop your skills. We want you to aim high, whether it's at your own company, an exciting microbusiness or an established enterprise. And with experiences like a live consultancy and a paid work placement, you can put your knowledge to the test and boost your CV.

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Why Oxford Brookes University?

  • Experience businesses

    Across the programme you will interact with different businesses and business leaders. You'll have the opportunity to go on work placement with the likes of BMW or IBM.

  • Develop enterprise skills

    Our core modules develop your practical workplace skills like resilience and innovation. Our experienced staff help you develop the skills that employers really value.

  • Employability throughout the course

    Modules like Professional Practice or activities like skills audits and the mock assessment centre help you stand out to future employers.

  • Sustainability is part of who we are

    We signed up to the UN’s Principles for Responsible Management Education so you can be confident you will learn business the right way.

  • Flexibility to personalise

    First year is shared with other courses, so you can transfer to specialise in a different area. The course includes optional modules in areas like finance or governance.

  • Accreditation(s)

    Accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

    • European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) BA

Course details

Course structure

Throughout the course you’ll learn about different business theories and understand how they apply in the real world. In year one we cover a broad range of topics, from enterprise to responsible management. Year one of the course is shared with International Business Management and Business and Enterprise. That means you can change to one of the other courses after your first year if you discover those will suit you better.

In year two, you’ll build on your knowledge and look at more advanced topics. You will also work on a live business project and enhance your employability skills. Optional modules give you the opportunity to specialise in an area that interests you.

After year two you can take an optional work placement year to develop your CV and gain more experience in the world of business. 

Your final year will put your knowledge and skills to the test as you undertake research and work on practical projects. Optional modules cover a range of subjects, from human rights to marketing.

Students in lecture hall

Learning and teaching

We believe learning should be exciting as well as challenging. We encourage you to take an active approach to your studies. 

Teaching methods include:  

  • problem-solving classes
  • Dragons’ Den-type assessments involving local employers
  • sessions working with actors to develop presentation skills.

At the Business School we want you to enjoy developing the skills you will need to succeed in the competitive business world.

Later in the course more emphasis is placed on learning specialist knowledge. 

We aim to provide opportunities for you to work with business professionals. For example, using guest speakers and live cases from the business community. 


We pay particular attention to when and how feedback is given to support your learning. 

We make use of a range of feedback methods, including: 

  • audio
  • face-to-face
  • written feedback.

Assessment includes a mix of written exams, practical exams, and coursework.  

Most teaching and assessment activities take place between Mondays and Fridays, 9am to 7pm. There may be occasions when such activities may fall outside of these hours.

Start this course in January

You have the option to start this course in January. In each of your three years, you will study your first semester between January and May and your second semester between September and December. There will be no teaching during June, July and August. 

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Exploring International Business and Management (2 module credits)

Accounting and Financial Information

Digital Technology and Maths for Business

Business in Society

Foundations of Marketing

The Entrepreneur

Choose 2 modules from this list

  • Exploring Economics
  • Raising Individual Financial Awareness 
  • Work, Employment and Globalisation
  • Plus language options.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Organisational Behaviour and Management

Managing Business Projects

Applied Financial Skills

Environmentally Sustainable Business

Developing Professional Practice

Live Client Strategic Project

Choose 2 modules from this list

  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Independent Study in Business
  • International Markets and Competition
  • Introduction to People Management
  • Managing Business Operations
  • Managing Non-Profit Organisations
  • Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Plus language options

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Optional Work Placement Year (includes a Placement Search and Preparation module in your second year)

The work placement is a great opportunity to enhance your CV, preparing you for future employment. You will gain commercial and practical experience, and many students are offered graduate positions by their placement employer. Recently, students have enjoyed inspiring and intellectually challenging positions at IBM, Aldi, BMW, Dyson, Ernst & Young, GlaxoSmithKline, Nestlé and PayPal. During your placement there is a fee which is paid to the university (see tuition fees for more details). It covers the cost of your placement tutor, and the support we provide whilst looking for a placement position and during your placement role. Whilst on your placement you will still be classed as a student. You will be paid a financially sustainable salary which will vary depending on your role, company and location. Learn more about how Oxford Brookes Business School supports students secure a work placement.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

Critical Enquiry Research Project or Entrepreneurial Business Management (2 module credits) (Honours)

Managing Careers (Honours)

Placement Learning (Compulsory for Sandwich Mode)

Strategic Management (Honours)

Business Ethics (Honours)

Choose 3 module credits from this list

  • Critical Enquiry Research Project (2 module credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Finance
  • Entrepreneurial Business Management (2 module credits)
  • Independent Study
  • International Marketing
  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Perspectives on International Management
  • Contemporary Issues in International HRM
  • Business at the Cutting Edge
  • Coaching in the Workplace and Business
  • Governance and Human Rights

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

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Our teaching team have experience in a wide range of business roles. They'll help you develop the academic and applied skills you need for your career. Graduates go on to a wide range of roles at large companies like Aldi, Virgin Mobile, Intel and Yell, as well as innovative micro businesses in a range of industries. Some also go on to start their own business.

You might work in:

  • Start-ups
  • Charities
  • Multinational business
  • Government
  • Education

This degree gives you options to specialise so you can start to work towards a specific career goal.

Student profiles

Our Staff

John Bancroft

John is currently a module leader across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. He is also a subject coordinator for the postgraduate Business and Management MSc programmes.

Read more about John

Kate Maguire

Kate is one of two subject coordinators for the business and management programme. With her 25 years of extensive business experience, Kate helps entrepreneurs work on genuine business problems.

Read more about Kate

Entry requirements

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Further offer details

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions:

If you don’t achieve the required tariff points you can apply to join a foundation course, like Foundation in Business or an international foundation course to help to reach the required level for entry onto this degree.

International qualifications and equivalences

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

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Programme changes:
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.