Business Management BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)

University Centre Peterborough

September 2018

code: N290

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Develop the theoretical and practical skills you need to make your way in the business world.

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With its strong core content and flexible range of options this course can prepare you for a wide range of industries, professions and careers.

Some of our modules will qualify you for exam exemptions with professional bodies. Organisations such as ACCA are closely involved with the school and leading industry figures advise us on course content.

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

Year one, core modules

  • Economics for Business and Management
    This module is an introductory economics course designed for students with either no background in economics or those with A-level/Higher/High School diploma in economics. It provides 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. Wherever possible real world examples are used to illustrate economic principles. 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. We’ll cover the key macroeconomic variables, how they influence business activity and government macroeconomic policy. Assessment is by two assignments: The first, due midway through the module, is a 1,000 word assignment in which you must answer three short answer questions. The second, due at the end of the module, has two parts: a 1,500 word essay and a 500 word applied economics task.
  • International Business in Focus
    This module will provide you with an insight into the factors which affect general business behaviour in a constantly changing global environment. The module discusses the nature of structural change in an economy and the factors which have accelerated such change e.g. productivity issues and the importance of management performance. The reasons for the growth of firms is investigated and how such corporate growth often leads to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and multinational activity. The main objectives of firms is investigated and the strategic importance of pricing, advertising and product development emphasised. The importance of corporate alliances for a company's development is discussed and the concept of corporate social responsibility investigated. Finally the effects of various government micro and macroeconomic policies and regulatory requirement son companies is assessed.
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
    This module aims to give you a sound grasp of the basics of financial reporting (context, purposes, and regulatory framework) through introducing the principal concepts of financial accounting. The preparation of principal financial statements will also be explored. This module is also designed to introduce you to key management accounting skills necessary to support decision-making.
  • Introduction to People, Organisations and Management
    This module introduces the basic principles and theories of management and organisational behaviour. You will review the main approaches to organisation, structure and management which influence the behaviour of individuals at work. The nature of organisations aspect of the module focuses on the impact of structures, culture and patterns of management on the behaviour of people. You will review the classical human relations, systemic and contingent approaches to management and work design, from Scientific Management to Postmodernism. Organisation structure and architecture will also be examined as these provide systems and control which directs behaviour and improves performance. The development and impact of organisational culture will also be discussed; this focuses on management processes, such as the use of power and politics, and leadership. You will examine the difference between leadership and management and evaluate classical and contemporary approaches to leadership theory and the role power and politics play in organisational life. A number of learning theories which affect management practices will be explored and the role that attitudes and job satisfaction, personality, emotions and moods play in shaping and directing our behaviour at work will be investigated. Career management will be developed as a key element of self-analysis, with focus on its relationship with personality and professional choices. Motivation and communication will also be examined as key drivers for individual performance organisational effectiveness.
  • Marketing Essentials
    Marketing is a key function of business. On this core module you’ll seek to build a platform of marketing knowledge and skills to give you a firm base for moving forward into more specialized areas of marketing in years 2 and 3 of your degree programme. The emphasis will be on examining the role that marketing management can play in implementing and controlling the marketing mix processes. Alternative approaches in the use of the marketing mix will be discussed, analysed and evaluated looking at both the short and long-term organisational and market demands. A range of marketing-based case studies will be examined throughout the module.

Year two, core modules

  • Effective Team and Performance Management
    Almost all business has an element of team working within its structure. Team formation and development has a tremendous impact upon organisation performance. This popular module explores current academic literature and its practical application to real-world working teams by the use of case studies. This module places a particular emphasis on how teams can stimulate motivation and success amongst individuals whilst also considering the existence of rivalries which has the potential to make team collaboration challenging.
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Management
    This module will develop your skills and knowledge surrounding entrepreneurship and business start-up. The core to this module involves developing an understanding of the key stages associated with a business start-up. You’ll explore the practical skills required to establish an entrepreneurial venture and the processes associated with: the management of the elements connected with business planning; for example, creativity, management and leadership, building key business relationships, financial planning, sustainability and understanding the importance of setting and achieving realistic goals.
  • International Business
    On this module you will examine international business in the contemporary context. You will explore how strategic and operational decisions relate to important political, economic and ethical debates. Locational, expansionary, investment and marketing decisions will be examined through contemporary debates and theoretical frameworks. Globalisation, culture and the importance of technological change will be discussed, with an emphasis on critical evaluation of these important topics.

Year three, core modules

  • Organisational Transformation
    Leading individuals, groups and organisations effectively through change is one of the fundamental keys to managerial excellence. Yet it could be your most difficult challenge as a manager. The module is designed to help meet this challenge. The aim of this module is to explore ways in which managers transform and develop their department or organisation in such a way that will make them more appropriate to competitive and social demands and concerns. The focus will be on current best practice and theory and the application of such theoretical perspectives via actual issues or problems or case studies. The emphasis is on how these perspectives can be used as a “lever” to lead and transform organisations. The module is based on the premise that in today’s turbulent business environment, the effective manager must be a skilled change manager.
  • Strategic Management Analysis
    This module is designed to provide you with a holistic view of an organisation's strategic position. The content is mainly concerned with the strategic analysis of organisations regarding their competitive positioning and strategic fit. This analysis will provide a springboard for reviewing strategic options in response to the competitive environment and for considering issues involved in strategy implementation. You will learn the concept of strategy, how to analyse and prepare strategy cases, strategic purpose, stakeholder analysis, environmental analysis, resources and capabilities and corporate strategy. The module places emphasis on academic studies and practical cases in strategic management.
  • Sustainable Management Futures
    This is an exciting and world-relevant module about our future. It is a capstone module that takes a futures perspective on management, organisations and the changing nature of business and enterprise models. It is both a forward looking and integrative module that aims to bring together your understanding of the evolving context of sustainable management.
  • 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.


We’ll assess your progress through exams, coursework, essays and your performance in practical assignments.

The coursework element includes problem-solving activities, consultancy projects, presentations, group work and reports.

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?

University Centre Peterborough
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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)


Fee information

For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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

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

Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.

Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.

Entry requirements

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72 UCAS tariff points. Required subject(s): 2 A levels in related subjects or a BTEC/Access or a BTEC National or a full Access Certificate in a related subject. GCSEs required: 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.

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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