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Business Management Practice

Please note we are no longer offering this course to new applicants

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Yeovil College University Centre
Bristol Business School
Yeovil College University Centre
18 months
Programme leader:
Maureen Wincott (Yeovil College University Centre )
Key fact:
This 18-month vocational degree based at Yeovil College University Centre and awarded by UWE allows you to ‘top up’ a current HND or foundation degree qualification to a full Honours degree, giving you a competitive edge and skills to move forward in your career.

Page last updated 16 August 2017


Why BA(Hons) Business Management Practice?

Business Managers are operating in an increasingly competitive, dynamic and global industry and subsequently need to be acutely aware of the contemporary issues, challenges and opportunities facing modern businesses and develop the skills necessary to compete and succeed.

Why study our course?

A flexible and contemporary 'top up' degree for those seeking to develop existing Business and Management study and experience through cutting edge-modules and interactive learning that focus on practical application of business theory and skills development.

This hands-on, broad-based degree taught by experienced tutors, covers the main functions of business practice and theory including strategy, organisational analysis, marketing and human resource management with a valuable international perspective.

It combines work based and traditional modules, in order to enhance commercial awareness and professional experience, as well as developing your ability to critically analyse workplace-related subjects and current issues and challenges in business.

You will normally already be in a full-time or part-time employment or volunteer role for a minimum of 6 hours a week for the duration of the course. In certain cases the Course Leader can advise on work placement opportunities when needed.

Real world experience

You will further develop the professional and managerial skills relevant to your employment practice through case studies, interactive discussion, access to guest speakers and real-world insight from experienced tutors. Cutting-edge research feeds into teaching throughout and you will have numerous opportunities to refine and enhance crucial skills and develop a practical portfolio to take back to the workplace.

Where it can take you

As a result of completing this course successfully, you should gain considerable competitive advantage in career enhancement, either with your present employer, or through success at interview for new positions. Some students also progress to study at Master's Degree level.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



There is no year one entry to this course.

Year two

  • Principles of Marketing
  • Financial Information and Decision Making
  • The Practice of Operations Management
  • Managing People
  • Experience in the Work Place
  • Advanced Management.

Year three

  • Contemporary Issues in Organisational Practice
  • Approaches to Investigation and Enquiry
  • Advanced Professional Practice
  • Enquiry in the Workplace
  • One optional module from the list below:

Optional modules

  • International Human Resource Management
  • International Marketing
  • Strategic Leadership in Practice

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

A variety of learning approaches have been integrated throughout the course, with an overall emphasis on active student participation. This will be a mixture of guided learning, group learning and independent learning.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

This is a part-time course delivered over an 18 month period with regular attendance at UCY on one afternoon and one evening per week.


All assessment will be governed by the University's regulations in force at the time and you should expect a mixture of assignments, group work, learning logs, presentations and formal examinations.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

You will study in a friendly environment at our dedicated campus in the centre of Yeovil.

The Yeovil College University Centre has 17 modern teaching rooms suitable for classes of between 12 and 30 students. Lectures and conferences take place in our 100-seater lecture theatre, while rooms for specialist study include an AppleMac design suite and a photography and media studio. You will have access to a well-resourced library and facilities at the nearby Yeovil College site including an extended library and sports facilities.

About Yeovil College University Centre

The Yeovil College University Centre was created to give people in Somerset, Dorset and the surrounding areas easy access to high quality Higher Education (HE).  Our aim is to give you the opportunity to fulfil your potential and gain qualifications and knowledge to improve your job prospects and help you gain promotion.  All of our courses have been designed with you and employment in mind, so that the majority relate to jobs, career progression and industry. 

UWE is one of five institutions that Yeovil College University Centre partners with to ensure that you have local access to a wide range of high quality courses, excellent teaching and support services. 

If you study at the college, you will enjoy smaller class sizes at a dedicated HE campus and be supported by friendly staff who are experts in their fields.  Our teaching areas, including specialist resources, are well equipped and enhanced by social and self-study areas. 


Careers / Further study

This degree has been designed to enhance the management skills of those either already in relevant positions or aspiring to such roles.  Successfully completing this course should give you considerable competitive advantage in your career enhancement, either with your present employer or when applying for new positions.

The course focuses on both individual professional development and core competencies to allow students to specialise in an area of management of their choice, such as marketing or human resources. The course is suitable for students who are currently working for or aspire to work for both small and medium sized enterprises and larger multi-nationals. You can also progress to further specialist or higher level study and some students see this qualification as a natural stepping stone to study at masters degree level.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Part Time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Year 1-Annual Fee3750
Home/EU-Part Time-Year 2-Annual Fee3750

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.

Entry requirements

A popular route to course entry is to have studied for UCY's Foundation degree in Business and Management, whether by the full-time or part-time method. Students from other business or finance HNDs will be considered, based on a merit/distinction profile. Alternatively, students from other appropriate courses offering 240 CATS will be considered.

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