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Why choose this course

To provide a programme of study, which offers students a grounding in the disciplines, and methodologies of business management and to stimulate a critical awareness of the factors associated with the changing focus of contemporary management practice.

The BA(Hons) Business Management programme is designed for undergraduate students with a three years duration.

  • This course offers students the practical & theoretical learning in the disciplines and methodologies of business management and stimulates a critical awareness of the factors associated with the changing focus of contemporary management practice.
  • The analytical and integrated study of business management enables students to develop an understanding of contemporary management theory and practice across a range of sectors and organisational contexts.
  • This course enables all students to develop a management centred approach, within an academic context, that is relevant to a wide range of topics, organisations and industries.
  • The students will be able to develop skills, behaviours and aptitudes commensurate with the dynamic nature and needs of management practices in the 21st century, including web based technologies, information technology and internal & external organisational communications to get great opportunities for their career.
  • To create a basis for the student to be able to identify, develop, scrutinise and challenge a comprehensive range of business management models, frameworks and theories, and to apply them to actual situations in a range of internal and external working environments; this will provide students with a flexible pathway.
  • The students will be able to develop and use a range of generic (transferable), cognitive, intellectual, personal and interpersonal skills required for effective undergraduate study and future vocational needs.
  • This course will create an appropriate base for further studies or professional qualifications by encouraging the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become life-long learners who recognise the need to engage in Continuous Personal and Professional Development.
  • This programme will prepare the students for post-University employment and careers in a wide variety of organisations and sectors.
  • To enable students to be strong contenders in a competitive employment environment.
  • Friendly and accessible staff with opportunities for one-to-one tutorials.

Career Opportunities

This course will prepare you to become valuable graduates and Business professionals such as;

  • General management such as Management Consultant, Facilities Manager, Health Service Manager, Office Manager and Sales Executive.
  • The degree will provide opportunities for employment in a wide range of areas, from Finance, Administration and Supply, to Retail, Human Resource Management and Marketing professions such as Marketing, Accountancy and Human Resource Management.
  • The outcome of level six should be a graduate student who will be able to offer added value to the market place by meeting the expectations of employers via the application of acquired transferable, integrated skills, and the developed body of knowledge gained from the programme.

Entry Requirements

An applicant must be at least 18 years of age at the start of the programme and have obtained a minimum of 2 ‘A’ Level passes or equivalent qualifications including foreign qualifications or QCF Level 3 qualification including the KCB Foundation course. Other qualifications may be considered equivalent including the International Baccalaureate, and Access courses (subject to approval by University of Chester). Each application is subject to academic consideration. Please make a full application in order for us to provide an assessment.

English language proficiency :

  • Direct entry to BA – IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
  • BA with Pre-sessional (5 - 10 weeks duration) – IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component

Course Content

The course contains 30 modules both core and optional, in which the assessments are exam (EX) and coursework (CW) based as shown below. Students have to pass all 18 modules to be awarded the BA Business Management with Honours (BA Hons).

All modules carry 20 credits each and a total of 360 credits is required to be awarded a BA(Hons). Students are required to take a minimum of 6 modules in each year and 6 modules in the final year. Specialisation is achieved by providing a range of option modules and the completion of an individual research project which focuses on an appropriate issue. All options will only run when sufficient numbers have registered for the modules.

No Modules Level 4 Core/Electives Assessment Credit Weighting
1 Business Communications Core CW 20 Credits
2 Business Management Core CW 20 Credits
3 Introduction to Accounting Core CW/EX 20 Credits
4 Business Environment Core CW 20 Credits
5 Fundamentals of Information Technology Core CW/EX 20 Credits
6 Marketing Fundamentals Optional CW 20 Credits
7 Quantitative Studies Optional CW/EX 20 Credits
No Modules Level 5      
8 Business Law Core CW/EX 20 Credits
9 Management Accounting Core CW/EX 20 Credits
10 Human Resources Management Core CW 20 Credits
11 Contemporary Issues in Management Optional CW 20 Credits
12 Market Research Optional CW 20 Credits
13 Delivering Customer Value Optional CW 20 Credits
14 Financial Accounting Optional CW/EX 20 Credits
15 Marketing Planning and Control Optional CW 20 Credits
16 Systems Analysis and Design Optional CW 20 Credits
17 Contemporary Issues in Computing Optional CW 20 Credits
18 Auditing -1 Optional CW/EX 20 Credits
No Modules Level 6      
19 Strategic Management Core CW/EX 20 Credits
20 International Marketing Optional CW 20 Credits
21 Informatics for E - Enterprise Optional CW 20 Credits
22 Performance Management Optional CW/EX 20 Credits
23 E-Marketing Optional CW/EX 20 Credits
24 Human Factors in Computing Optional CW/EX 20 Credits
25 Financial Management Optional CW/EX 20 Credits
26 Marketing Communications Optional CW 20 Credits
27 Project Management Core CW 20 Credits
28 Financial Reporting Optional CW/EX 20 Credits
29 Taxation Optional CW/EX 20 Credits
30 Auditing 2 Optional CW/EX 20 Credits

Course Assessment

The assessments are exams (EX) and coursework (CW) based.
Course Start Dates and Duration

The BA duration is 36 months of full-time study, which is divided into 9 terms with flexible start dates three times each year.

Course Start Date Course End Date Course Duration
October 2014 October 2017 36 months
January 2016 January 2019 36 months
May 2016 May 2019 36 months

Course Structure

The 3 years (36 months) is divided into 9 terms with modules to be completed within the 36 months.

Term Duration Study
1 4 months 3 modules from Level 4
2 4 months 3 modules from Level 4
3 4 months Resits/vacation
4 4 months 3 modules from Level 5
5 4 months 3 modules from Level 5
6 4 months Resits/vacation
7 4 months 3 modules from Level 6
8 4 months 3 modules from Level 6
9 4 months Resits if necessary
Total 36 months 18 modules

Each Module is marked out of 100 (%mark) with the pass mark being 40%.

Grade Point Average [GPA] Award
70-100 BA Honours First Class
60-69 BA Honours Upper Second Class
50-59 BA Honours Lower Second Class
40-49 BA Honours Third Class

The class of the Honours Degree is very important for the student’s future career and/or further study.


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