Business Management and Leadership BSc (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (5 years)


September 2017


If your understanding of business is ‘office job’, think again. As organisations adapt to meet the challenges brought about by growth, many face a shortage of capable managers. Develop your business management skills and your understanding of the role of leadership in today’s organisations – and open up a world of career opportunities.

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Management cuts across all businesses and all sectors, and there are myriad occupations and career opportunities for graduates. You’ll be able to apply the skills you’ve developed on our Business Management and Leadership degree to varied and interesting roles, from manufacturing to knowledge-based businesses, and from retail to public sector roles.

Or you might choose to enhance your education and career prospects further still by taking a postgraduate degree, such as our MSc Management or MSc International Business.

Modules & assessment

Level 4 modules

  • Academic Skills
    On this module, you'll learn a range of skills required to function effectively as an independent self-learner. You'll develop both practical and academic skills that are essential for you to be successful in your chosen business undergraduate degree. The module will equip you with skills that can be used in modules throughout your chosen degree. The focus of the module includes: the use of information technology and associated software packages, presentation skills, problem-solving, both individually and in teams, critical analysis, critical writing and referencing.
  • Business Analytics
    The module begins by reviewing various techniques for collecting and presenting data. Some important measures and techniques for making sense of raw data are then introduced which are widely used by businesses when analysing both their internal and external environments. This module builds on the introduction to spreadsheet packages previously encountered in semester one where you’ll be helped to develop further hands-on skills in using such packages in computer workshops. Careful attention is also paid throughout the module to the interpretation and application of the various quantitative methods and techniques to the solution of real-world business problems. Innovative video software is used to support you throughout the module.
  • Economics for Managers
    This module introduces you to the fundamentals of economics and focuses on applying key economic insights to business and management. First, the module focuses on microeconomics - the decisions and behaviour of individuals and firms. The economic principles underlying the determination of price and output, firm costs, industrial structure and market failures are outlined. Next, the module focuses on macroeconomics - the economy at national and international levels - and its impacts on business behaviour. You’ll learn how the key macroeconomic variables (inflation, unemployment, and so on) influence business activity and government macroeconomic policy.
  • Foundations of Finance
    This module introduces you to the basics of financial management. The purpose of this module is to equip you with a framework and basic tools and techniques necessary to make sound financial decisions. Both short and long term decisions need to be made within the corporate environment. In the short-term, organisations need to manage their liquidity position and to this end, you’ll learn about the main components of working capital management, including cash, inventory, receivables and payables management. Long term projects will also be evaluated using investment appraisal techniques such as accounting rate of return, payback method, internal rate of return and net present value analysis. The module will introduce you to the decisions that need to be made in relation to each of the concepts and the tools that can be used to aid in this decision-making. This will include evaluating sources of finance and the associated costs of each source, exploring the dividend policies that can be adopted by an organisation and the impact of such policies as well as using the aforementioned investment appraisal techniques to assess investment opportunities.
  • Global Business Environment
    The contemporary global business environment is full of risks and opportunities. This module explores the importance of those risks and opportunities for the decisions that companies make. You will explore the legal, ecological, political, economic, and technological factors that shape business decisions. Attention will also be paid to the competitive environment and how this interacts with globalisation, and technological and social change to create complex strategic options. The importance of country attractiveness and contemporary trends in the global economy will also be considered. Assessment is by group discussion, individual research blog, and an essay.
  • Introduction to Organisations and Management
    Management in practice is about supporting people to work effectively in different organisational contexts. Regardless of your technical area, type of organisation or job position, you will need to manage your relationships with colleagues, managers, subordinates and customers. This module will equip you with knowledge and skills to help you understand how people and organisations function at individual, group and organisational levels based on the latest academic evidence.
  • Principles of Marketing
    This module will present you with a foundation in the core theories and models of marketing, from a bottom-up perspective. The module will instil in you an understanding of how marketing operates as a key functional area within business and how it critically interacts with other areas such as accountancy, human resource management and business management throughout all business sectors.

Level 5 modules

  • Business Research Methods
    This core module introduces you to the various methods of undertaking business research - vital tools for anyone hoping to pursue a career in business. The module covers a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. It’s a practical module informed by theory and real-life examples, which’ll help you to explore the philosophical debates underlying business and management research and consider how they relate to our understanding of knowledge and business practice. You’ll be encouraged to develop your ability to critically assess both the theory and practice of business and management research and to reflect on your own learning and development. This module will help you think about a final project and give you confidence in using research methods.
  • Leadership in Practice
    This self-managed, experience-based module requires you to engage with, and subsequently reflect upon and assess, your own learning and development in an on-going manner as demonstration of your commitment to continuing professional development as a leader. This module will investigate and evaluate classical and contemporary approaches to leadership theory, focusing on leadership at supervisory, middle and senior management level. There will be a strong emphasis on applying the theory to your own personal leadership with a view to enhancing leadership performance or potential for leadership/promotion to more senior management roles within the organisation. Developing leadership in others through coaching and mentoring will also be discussed and explored to build on the learning partnerships that were developed in the first year modules. The assessment requires you to critically reflect on your own effectiveness as a leader or potential leader, and to produce recommendations for your own personal leadership development. Feedback will be provided throughout the delivery to allow formative assessment of the emerging leadership competencies and evaluations. This will happen through the e-tivities and will be a mix of tutor, self and peer assessment. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in the learning outcomes. Multiculturalism has been considered during the design of this module.
  • Financial Sustainability
    Within this module you will be introduced to how sustainability (economic, environmental, social and governance) issues have a direct impact on risk exposure and management and the quality of public, private and government debt/equity investments within the global financial market. By the end of the module, you will understand how these issues affect investment decisions made by institutional investors, corporate lenders, insurance companies, asset management funds, hedge funds, venture capitalists and retail investors, as well as business decisions made by corporate managers.
  • Project Management
    Project management is a key skill for any future professional to acquire, at some stage in your career you will be involved in delivering or working on a project. This module focuses on providing a sound basis for managing or working on projects. In essence, the concept of managing a project hinging on one quite basic principle, managing the triangle of: quality of the project outcomes, cost and time. In practice, this is a complex juggling act. The module covers: the major process groups of the Project Management Body of Knowledge; the importance of stakeholder and risk management; scheduling and costing; monitoring and controlling techniques, including cost control, time management and resource optimisation; improving the success of projects; and the principles of agile project management. Assessment is by two pieces of coursework: a project schedule and discussion of stakeholders and risks, and a limited time case study problem.
  • Responsible Business
    On this module you will learn about the shift towards more environmentally, socially and economically responsible business practice and in particular focus on the drivers behind this shift. Furthermore, you will explore the concept of global responsibility and citizenship and growing business arguments for including a consideration of sustainability in all business practice. The module examines our increasing recognition that as individuals and businesses we have responsibilities as 'global citizens' in ensuring a more sustainable future. Assessment is an online referenced blog.
  • Strategic Management
    Strategic Management is a fascinating discipline that studies the long-term purpose and direction of organisations, by looking at how to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. The first part of the module focuses on core frameworks and analytical techniques that will enable you to assess the resources and capabilities of organisations in relation to the conditions of the industry and the macro environment, and stakeholder pressures. The module concludes with the evaluation of business-level and corporate-level strategies, providing a springboard to the Advanced Strategic Management module in the final year, focused on strategic implementation.

Level 6 modules

  • Career Management and Employability
    This innovative and exciting career-focused module will help you develop the employability skills and capabilities that are needed to compete successfully in the graduate labour market whilst seeking to provide you with knowledge, support and insight into the contemporary world of work and the business market. The module will also develop your skills and is therefore practical and engages you in case study exercise, real-life scenarios, audit and skills testing techniques and invites external guest speakers and employers to provide insight and input. The lectures and seminars will provide key inputs to help introduce you to fundamental employability concepts, insights and techniques, drawn from the world of business and management, but also from other disciplines such as sociology, social psychology and the humanities.
  • Advanced Strategic Management
    This module introduces you to how an organisational strategy takes shape and what strategists actually do. The module is organised around five themes. Firstly, it focuses on the evaluation of strategic options in terms of suitability, acceptability and feasibility. Secondly, 'intended strategy development' versus 'emergent strategy development' is examined as two broadly different approaches of strategy development. The third theme covers the role of organisational structures and systems in strategy development. The fourth theme is the leadership of strategic change. Lastly, the module discusses the practice of strategy. You'll learn about practical examples associated with Strategic Management together with key problem-solving skills.
  • Leadership, Human Resources and Organisational Performance
    This module explores and confronts contemporary issues relating to the nexus between leadership, HRM and organisational performance. Focusing on the theoretical constructs and debates, you will be encouraged to realise the fundamental relationship between leadership and HRM which drives organisational performance.
  • Undergraduate Major Project
    Undertaking a Major Project allows you to engage in a substantial piece of individual research, and/or product development work, on a selected topic within the broad business and management field, relating to your particular interests and background, although closely linked to our wide range of staff interests and research. You will have many group sessions to support your project, plus the supervision by an academic member of staff. The project also encourages students to share ideas and approaches. The chosen topic will be in your course subject area and require you to identify/formulate problems and issues based on a range of topics provided by conducting a literature review and evaluating information. You will investigate and adopt a suitable desk based methodology and determine solutions, perhaps developing hardware, software and/or media artefacts as appropriate. You will critically appraise and present your findings, reflecting upon the limitations of your research and the research process.

Level 5 optional modules

  • Business Economics
    This module is an introductory economics course designed to provide an introduction to the fundamentals of economics and focuses on applying key insights to business and management applications. Due to the nature of modern economics the approach of the module is necessarily analytical, but the analysis is non-technical and relies on verbal reasoning and graphical methods. The first part of this module focuses on microeconomics - the decisions and behaviour of individuals and firms, and of government within a single industry. The economic principles underlying the determination of price and output, firm costs, industrial structure and market failures are outlined. The second part of the module focuses on macroeconomics - the economy at aggregated national and international levels - and its impacts on business behaviour; covering the key macroeconomic variables and how they influence business activity and government macroeconomic policy.

Level 6 optional modules

  • Practising Sustainable Business
    This module will explore a number of alternative approaches to business which stem from a broader outlook of business value, including social enterprises, and discuss the benefits of business coalitions and networks. This module encourages you to recognise the diverse nature of the current workforce and the advantages this diversity can offer to employers. You will explore both the ethical and social framework underlying the management of diversity and will explore why diversity is important, emphasising the benefits in terms of improving creativity as well as understanding the policies and practices that support the effective management of diversity and ethics within businesses. You will also address the importance of understanding and managing the natural capital within business. It will cover mechanisms for ‘valuing’ this capital within the financial framework of a business and how this can improve the resilience of a company to future environmental risks. It will include the issue of corporate reporting of social & environmental risks and impacts (and the debates about this, e.g. in the EU and around the Rio 2012 conference).

Optional modules available in levels 5 and 6

  • French
    Foundation French is perfect for complete beginners to the language, the course focuses on all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in an integrated approach. It’ll introduce key structures and vocabulary relevant topics whilst providing you with an insight into the French society and culture. Intermediate: If you’ve already studied French but would like to take it further, this module will develop your focus on all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) further in an integrated approach. It’ll expand upon the key structures and vocabulary relevant topics whilst providing you with an insight into the French society and culture.
  • Spanish
    Perfect for complete beginners to the language, the course will focus on all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in an integrated approach. It will introduce key structures and vocabulary relevant topics whilst providing you with an insight into the Hispanic society and culture.


You can expect an interesting mix of coursework, essays, exams and activity-based assignments. Your coursework could include problem-solving activities, consultancy projects, presentations, and group or individual reports. You'll also be able to access support materials supported by materials accessed through our virtual learning environment (VLE).

All assessment is designed to allow you to demonstrate what you’ve learned, and to make sure you’re developing the knowledge and skills you need to complete the course successfully.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.

What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations. 

We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

Explore our Chelmsford campus

Work placements and internships

We want to make sure that you’re fully prepared for an increasingly competitive job market: a work placement or internship gives you the chance to apply and enhance your skills. 

We have a specialist team to help you find a placement. Our students have worked at leading organisations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bosch, BMW, Airbus, BskyB and KPMG. This period of work experience can help set your final-year studies in context and may well help with your dissertation topic. All in all, it’s a fantastic way to stay ahead of the competition!

Studying abroad

You could broaden your horizons by spending time living and studying abroad. This could be a short study visit or a semester spent in Europe, Canada, the USA or Malaysia. It will look great on your CV and help you take advantage of opportunities in the international job market.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)


Important fee notes

The course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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