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Business Management and Leadership

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About this course

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Bristol Business School
Three years full-time; four years sandwich
Full-time, sandwich
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Programme leader:
Dr Neil Sutherland
Key fact:
In your final year you undertake an Organisation Development consultancy project, working with a real organisation to lead change. This is a unique practice-based opportunity to study business management and leadership in detail at undergraduate level.

Page last updated 4 July 2017


Why BA(Hons) Business Management and Leadership?

Organisations are rapidly changing places and the nature of leadership, and what leadership means in organisations, is also changing.  For example, how does leadership happen in organisations? What does it look like? Is it one person or many? What are the challenges and how does leadership enable people and organisations to reach their potential? These are a few of the many ways leadership is explored.

Although Leadership is one of the fastest growing fields in Higher Education it is not widely offered at undergraduate level in the UK.

Why study our course?

This current and applied degree, will give you the opportunity to gain an ILM award and is taught by experienced and enthusiastic experts. It will appeal to students seeking a generic grounding in the challenges associated with effective leadership underpinned by a solid foundation in business. 

You will explore theories of leadership and leadership in practice through topical and cutting-edge modules such as, Coaching in Organisations, The Experience and Practice of Organisations and Organisational Leadership.

The business and management focus provides context and a deeper understanding of organisational behaviour enabling you to specialise in leadership after your first year. Students value the flexible first year, diversity of modules, and the active world-class leadership research in the Faculty.

Real world experience

The practical nature of this course and a 'learn by doing' approach brings cutting-edge knowledge and experience of leadership in practice. From an optional paid work placement year to working on real and relevant case studies and projects including a unique opportunity to work in teams offering consultancy services to external organisations. You will benefit from our connections with industry and a strong focus on employability ensures you graduate work-ready with crucial skills to succeed in your career.

Where it can take you

The knowledge and skills gained from this degree are highly valued by employers. The broad grounding in business and leadership specialism brings diverse opportunities in both leadership and business management with students securing roles across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Accreditations and partnerships:



In your first year, you will study modules which are common across a number of Business and Management courses. This offers you the flexibility to switch between courses at the end of the first year as your interests develop and change.

Year one

The first year provides a foundation for the development of the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for future success.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Management
  • Understanding Business and Financial Information (BIM)
  • HRM and Leadership in Context
  • Understanding Organisations and People (BIM)
  • Understanding the Principles of Marketing (BIM)
  • Contemporary Business Issues
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Decision Making for Management.

Year two

In the second year, you will study modules relating to the main functional areas of business, alongside specialist management modules, and you will develop your research and enquiry skills.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Management Skills
  • Managing People
  • Organisational Leadership
  • Accounting Information for Business (Business, International and Management)
  • Managing Business Processes (Business, International and Management)
  • The Experience and Practice of Organisations
  • Research in HRM and Leadership
  • Research Methods for Business.

All students are encouraged to spend their third year on placement and the curriculum in the second year provides support in securing this placement.

Final year

The final year will include a major project, along with modules which require the integration of the knowledge gained in the earlier years of study and a number of advanced management module options which allow you to further develop your specific interests.The final year curriculum also includes a focus on managing change, both in organisational terms and in terms of your own career.

Within this final year you will undertake an organisation development consultant project, where student groups work as consultants with local organisations. This innovative approach to learning-in-practice is unique across undergraduate business management courses.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Final Year Project - Work-based Enquiry Project or Critical Business Enquiry Project or Enterprise Project or Applied Business Project or Business Project
  • Strategic Management
  • Coaching in Organisations
  • Leadership and Organisation Development
  • Advances in Leadership.

In addition, you will study one optional module from the list below if a Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year has not been undertaken:

  • Entrepreneurship: Ideas and Practice
  • Project Management
  • Sustainable Business
  • Virtual Business
  • Events and Festival Management
  • Human Resource Development and Knowledge Management
  • Work Integrated Learning.

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

The course is taught through a blend of learning activities - some tutor-led and face-to-face, some student-led and independent, some online, some in groups and some which require students to support each others' learning.

Lectures, workshops and seminars, group project working and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact per week. However you will be expected to spend at least as much time again in essential independent study, for example, in preparing for workshops and seminars, reviewing lectures, online working through the university's 'virtual learning environment', reading, conducting research, preparing assessed work and revising for end of module exams.

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

Study time

Our approach to learning and teaching are student-focused with the emphasis on helping you to actively find out things for yourself. You will be expected to work with a mix of theory and practice, balancing academic rigour and a practical approach to your work, so that you can appreciate the relevance and application of concepts learnt. To help in doing this, all students are expected to gain high quality work experience, ideally through the 40 week Placement but if not then through short term internships, paid work (for example, as a Student Ambassador or as a Peer-Assisted Learning Leader) or through volunteering.


You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations, all of which aim to assess not only what you know and can do, but also to develop the graduate attributes that are valued by employers. These attributes include communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, team work, project and time management skills as well as the intellectual skills of problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, creativity and innovation.

Coursework comes in many different forms: essays and reports; business plans and applied research projects; portfolios and weekly notes; assessed group and individual presentations and posters. You will also be required to reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course has been accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The University will pay your CMI membership giving you access to member benefits from the CMI:

  • Knowledge Resource portal - ManagementDirect
  • Mentoring scheme - CMI Achieve
  • CMI library services
  • CMI organised networking events

On the completion of your degree, you'll gain a CMI qualification.  

Students who successfully complete the academic module 'Coaching in Organisations' will be awarded the ILM Level 3 Award in Coaching.


You are encouraged to undertake a 40-week paid sandwich placement, relevant to your degree. Placements are taken after the second year of study and could be based in the UK or internationally.

This is a valuable and rewarding aspect of your course allowing you to gain real-world experience, develop key skills and increase your employability on graduation.

UWE Bristol has established strong links with employers who highly rate this experience. One third of students on placement are re-employed by placement employers on graduation.

You will receive support in finding a placement and guidance throughout from our award-winning Careers and Employability service.

Study year abroad

As an alternative to a sandwich placement, there are opportunities to undertake a study year abroad where courses are taught in English. You are selected for a study year abroad through a competitive process. Employers look favourably upon those students who have chosen this option as they are able to gain a global perspective, which is becoming even more valuable with increasingly globalised markets.


In your final year you will undertake an organisation development consultant project, where you will work with a group of student colleagues as consultants with local organisations. This innovative approach to learning-in-practice is unique across undergraduate business management courses.

Study facilities

Your learning is supported through the provision of high quality study facilities at Bristol Business School and an excellent library, open 365 days a year. Dedicated Business Librarians manage vast collections of materials to support your curriculum subjects and independent research and provide further support through information skills sessions and the University's Study Skills pages. You will also benefit from regular workshops including referencing management and zoned spaces from silent to group study and bookable rooms. 

There is excellent access to electronic databases on and off campus including books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases including FAME, MINTEL, Marketline Advantage and Passport. The Business School also provides flexible learning spaces with wireless internet access and group and quiet study areas.

Find out more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Leadership Research

The Bristol Leadership Centre (BLC) is concerned with the study and facilitation of leadership and organisational change, learning and development. Members are leading experts in the field of leadership, delivering seminars and conferences, producing publications and advising and consulting with key clients to help with leadership and organisational processes.

This research informs teaching at every level, offering a rich and cutting-edge learning environment.

Developing Leadership skills

UWE offers many opportunities to develop your leadership skills and experience throughout your studies. You may decide to become a PAL leader, assisting and advising students in earlier stages of their degree or become a Student Rep or Students' Union Officer. In addition to this the Vice Chancellors Student Leadership Programme and various student leadership roles allow you to work on real projects and add an impressive achievement to your graduate portfolio.


Careers / Further study

Bristol has a strong local labour market and employers highly value and recognise our courses and students.

The broad nature of the degree and specialism in Leadership brings diverse opportunities in this field with students securing roles with multinationals and on graduate training programmes in both the public, private and voluntary sectors.

The solid grounding in Business and the broad skillset prepares graduates for a range of Business Management roles and many other careers involving people management and leadership.

Many students progress to further study in either a relevant Master's degree in Leadership and Management or in general business areas such as Financial Management, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Business Administration (MBA).

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.

Useful links

Prospects - careers in business and management

Guardian - what to do with a degree in management studies


Full Time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year Fee8094
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12500
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1563
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10937

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 years900
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 Years with Placement1200
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year300

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

  • Tariff points: 120
  • 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.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet the UK Border Agency and Universities minimum English Language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.

    Our preferred tests are International English Language Tests (IELTS), however we will consider applicants with alternative English language qualifications.

  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

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