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Business Management

BA (Hons)

Key facts

Start dates

September 2021 / September 2022



Course length

Full time: 3 years, or 4 if a work placement is chosen

Part time: up to 8 years

UCAS Tariff Points



Combined with another subject, our Business Management degree will prepare you for a career in a wide range of organisations.

You can combine Business Management with Geography or International Relations.

This course will develop your practical skills and knowledge so you can 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. 

Our teaching staff have considerable experience and  industry links. So you can reinforce your learning with insight into today’s dynamic global business environment.  

Students working

How to apply

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.

For more information about how we are supporting applicants impacted by Covid-19, please see our information for applicants page.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


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.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

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

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


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.

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.

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

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate 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.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time

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

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International / EU full time

International / EU sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time

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

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International / EU full time

International / EU 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.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

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, if any, are detailed below.

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.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment

In Year 1 you will learn about the core theories of the dynamic field of business and management. The core modules cover:

  • financial and business analysis
  • employability skills
  • application of management theory to a contemporary business problem.

Optional modules include areas such as:

  • marketing
  • business history
  • intercultural business communications.

In Year 2 you will gain wide knowledge of business strategy and organisational behaviour. You will study topics such as:

  • marketing
  • finance
  • human resource management
  • enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • business ethics
  • sustainability

In your Final year you will choose from a broad range of modules. You will also take a general business and management module which includes an in-depth case study analysis. In the past students have studied companies such as:

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • LinkedIn.
Students in lecture theatre

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Introduction Business and Management (2 module credits)

Accounting and Financial Information

Choose 3 modules from your 2nd subject

Optional modules

Choose 2 optional modules

Choose either 1 module from the following list and 1 from your 2nd subject, or 2 modules from either the following list or from your 2nd subject: Digital Technology and Maths for Business; Foundations of Marketing; Global Business Communications; The Entrepreneur; Plus language options.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Organisational Behaviour and Management

Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage

Developing Employability Skills

Choose 2 modules from 2nd subject

Optional modules

Choose 3 optional modules

Choose either 3 modules from the following list, or 3 from your 2nd subject (or a combination thereof): Applied Financial Skills; Environmentally Sustainable Business; Evaluating Options for Entrepreneurial Organisations; Independent Study in Business; International Markets and Competition; Introduction to People Management; Managing Business Operations; Marketing Management; Research Methods; Plus language options

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Optional Work Placement Year (includes a Skills for Placement Search module in your second year)

You can spend your third year on a work placement, which is a valuable opportunity to enhance your CV, preparing you for future employment. 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.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Optional modules

Business and Management Synoptic (2 module credits)

Choose 2 module credits from 2nd subject

Choose 4 optional modules

Choose either 4 modules from the following list, or 4 from your 2nd subject (or a combination thereof): Business Accountability and Responsibility; Business Ethics; Contemporary Issues in Finance; Contemporary Issues in International HRM; Entrepreneurial Business Management (2 module credits); Independent Study; Interdisciplinary Dissertation in Business Management; International Marketing; Leading and Managing Change; Perspectives on International Management

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

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Learning and teaching

We believe learning should be exciting as well as challenging. And we encourage you to take an active approach to their 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 there will be more emphasis 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.


Assessment methods used on this course

We use a wide variety of assessment methods. 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.

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.

After you graduate

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, 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.

Student profiles

Free language courses

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.

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.