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Business Management

BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) - combined

Oxford Brookes Business School

This Business Management course, combined with another subject, will prepare you for a career in a wide range of organisations and can give you the opportunity to turn an existing passion into a rewarding career.

You will develop the practical skills and insights necessary to make decisions in the real world. After graduation you will have a broad knowledge of Business and Management, which will enable you to add value to an organisation right from the start of your career.

You can combine Business Management with the following subjects:


International Relations

Other business-related courses that combine a number of subjects include Economics, Finance and International Business and Economics, Politics and International Relations.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for our degrees, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take one of our pathway programmes.


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Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

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

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • In the 2019 Guardian University Subject League Table Oxford Brookes University has gone up 13 places and is now ranked 30 for Business Management and Marketing. 
  • You will be well-prepared for a wide variety of careers in business, perhaps in a specialised area such as sports management, marketing communications or recruitment.
  • You will develop the skills and knowledge to prepare you for a career in a wide range of leading national and international business organisations.
  • You will be taught by staff who bring considerable experience and links with industry to their teaching. Leading professionals give guest lectures, providing you with an insight into today’s dynamic global business environment.
  • It is an exciting time to join our Business School as we have recently moved to new premises at our Headington Campus. The university has invested £30m to provide a new home for the Business School, including a new lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning spaces and a café. This gives you first-class learning spaces close to the library and other university facilities, student halls and the city centre.

On this course you will develop the organisational competences and business awareness needed for a successful career in your chosen field.

In Year 1 you will learn about the fundamentals that provide a firm basis for your study of the dynamic field of business and management. Core modules cover financial and business analysis, employability skills and the application of management theory to a contemporary business problem. Optional modules will include areas such as marketing, business history, and intercultural business communications.

In Year 2 you will gain a broad-based knowledge of business strategy and organisational behaviour. You will study options in areas such as marketing, finance, human resource management, enterprise and entrepreneurship, or business ethics and sustainability.

Final year builds on your second year studies - you will choose from a broad range of modules, as well as focusing on a business and management synoptic module, which features an in-depth case study analysis (in the past students have studied companies such as Amazon, Apple and LinkedIn). You will also focus on key employability skills including a mock assessment centre.

Study modules

Please see the course structure chart.

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module list you choose from may differ from the ones listed here.

Work placements

You can spend your third year on a work placement, which is a valuable 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.

Our students have enjoyed exciting and challenging positions at Microsoft, IBM, Aldi, BMW, Dyson, Ernst & Young, GlaxoSmithKline, Nestlé, PayPal and a host of other global organisations. We also encourage you to study abroad for a semester during the course at one of our partner institutions in North America, Europe, Asia or Australia.

During your placement there is a fee which is paid to the university. 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. Typical placement salaries are in excess of £14,000.

For more information about the fees please go to the Fees/Funding section.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Essential purchases

Students typically use the extensive library for their core texts, wider reading and research. You will also make use of library databases of business analyst reports, news resources and academic journal articles. You are responsible for your own print costs, but please note that a lot of the coursework is submitted online.

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.

Teaching and learning

On this course your learning experience will be exciting as well as challenging. We want you to enjoy developing the skills you will need to succeed in the competitive business world.

You will have the opportunity to take part in seminars, workshops, discussions, problem-solving classes, Dragons’ Den-type assessments involving local employers, and sessions working with actors to develop your presentation skills. There will also be opportunities to work with business professionals, for example guest speakers, and live cases from the business community.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 18%82%0%
2 20%80%0%
3 20%80%0%
Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 16%84%0%
2 16%84%0%
3 16%84%0%
Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 18%82%0%
2 17%83%0%
3 20%80%0%

Approach to assessment

Students are assessed by a wide variety of methods and 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 and face-to-face as well as written feedback.

The majority of 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.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 8%0%93%
2 8%0%93%
3 0%0%100%
Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 26%6%68%
2 11%0%89%
3 19%0%81%
Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 14%16%70%
2 13%10%78%
3 0%13%88%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £1,380. 2019/20: £1,380.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,360 2019/20: £13,630

International - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £3,920 2019/20: £4,000

*Please note tuition fees for Home/EU 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 and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

A-Level: BBC

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

IB Diploma: 30 points


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

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics (grade C/grade 4 or above) and English (grade C/grade 4 or above)

The programme welcomes for consideration applications from applicants with non-standard qualifications.

Combining this course with Psychology will require GCSE Mathematics (grade B/5 or above).


Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an  international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our  pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

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

International applicants

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. 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.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As one of the most famous cities in the world, Oxford is a great place to be a student. One in five people in the city is a student, so places, events, amenities and facilities are geared towards university life. Find out all about being a student in Oxford on our Student Life pages.

Oxford has a growing hi-tech community with many businesses located in the city and surrounding area. It is just over an hour from the hub of business life in London, The City, with easy access to international airports.

Specialist facilities

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

The Clerici Building has undergone a huge redevelopment creating a new home for the Business School, including a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning spaces and a café. It also provides a new Main Hall and a vibrant gateway into the Headington Campus. With these innovative spaces, students and staff can interact and collaborate in first-class facilities.

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.

Career prospects

Taking a combined honours degree prepares you for a wide variety of careers. By utilising the knowledge you gain and the skills you develop from the business management element and a more specialised area  such as film studies, politics, or sport, coaching and physical education - you will be well equipped to turn an existing passion in to a rewarding career. Our Careers Centre will provide support in finding the right job for you after graduation.