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Business and Management

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Bristol Business School
Four years sandwich; three years full-time
Full-time in September at all levels. We also accept suitable students to top-up Level 3 in January.
Study abroad:
Programme leader:
Dr Paul Bennett and Dr Selen Kars
Key fact:
This course is for those who want flexibility to design their own programme and the option to switch to specialised courses like Business Management with Marketing or Business with Economics after the first year.

Page last updated 26 February 2018


Why study business and management?

Businesses have to constantly challenge and re-invent themselves to compete in the increasingly competitive global market.

As such, employers need graduates who can go beyond business theory with practical skills and real-world experience of how the business world works.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Business and Management is driven by the needs of organisations, with an emphasis on skills development. It equips you with knowledge and experience you need to succeed in your career.

This course is for those who want a business career but aren't ready to specialise yet. It's flexible and practical, giving you lots of choice and the chance to hone interests through specialist modules.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

If you complete the 'Coaching in Organisations' module you'll also be awarded the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 Award in Coaching.

You'll learn about organisational functions like marketing, finance and human resource management from enthusiastic, research-active experts and supportive tutors.

Enterprise is at the heart of everything we do at Bristol Business School. We help our students to get their start-up ideas up and running with funding, support, desk space and our own in-house crowdfunding platform.

You'll gain real-world experience through placements and internships and get access to guest speakers, case studies, competitions and online simulations, ensuring you graduate ready for work.

Where can it take me?

Business and Management at UWE Bristol is a broad, practical degree with many potential specialisms and a range of career pathways.

Our graduates hold management roles in retail, marketing, HR (human resources) and recruitment.

Accreditations and partnerships:



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Introduction to Business and Management
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Understanding Business and Financial Information (Business, International and Management)
  • Understanding the Business and Economic Environment
  • Understanding Organisations and People (Business, International and Management)
  • Understanding the Principles of Marketing (Business, International and Management)
  • Contemporary Business Issues
  • Business Decision Making for Management.

Year two

You will study:

  • Managing People
  • Management Skills (Business and Management)
  • Accounting Information for Business (Business, International and Management)
  • International Business
  • Research Methods for Business
  • Introductory Research Project
  • Operations and Supply Management.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Market Analysis for Private Investors
  • International Trade and Multinational Business
  • Good Business, Bad Business and Sustainability
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Employment Relations OR Equality Law and Diversity Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • Digital Business Management
  • Credit Management: Theory and Practice
  • Design Thinking.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Strategic Management (Business, International and Management)
  • Managing Organisational Change
  • Integrated Business Management Simulation.

Plus three optional modules from the list below (two if you've completed a study year abroad or a placement year):

  • International Financial Management
  • Investment Management
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • The Economics of Developing Countries
  • Sustainable Business
  • Events and Festivals Management
  • Global Marketing Management
  • Public Relations
  • Interactive and Digital Marketing
  • Competing Through Quality
  • Project Management
  • Coaching in Organisations
  • Organisational Leadership
  • HR Development and Knowledge Management
  • International HRM
  • International Business in the Emerging Markets
  • Business Innovation and Growth
  • Entrepreneurship: Ideas and Practice
  • Virtual Business
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Brand Management
  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Cross Cultural Learning and Development.

And one major project from:

  • Critical Business Enquiry Project
  • Enterprise Project
  • Applied Business Project
  • Business Project.

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

You'll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, case studies, online exercises and simulation activities. You'll be expected to read independently to broaden and strengthen your learning.

You'll develop your communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, and project and time management skills throughout.

Your improved problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and innovation skills will help you stand out as a graduate.

You can gain work experience through short-term internships, paid work as a Student Ambassador or Peer Assisted Learning Leader, or through volunteering.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check


You'll be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations to assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers value.

You'll complete essays and reports, business plans and applied research projects, portfolios and weekly notes, and assessed group and individual presentations and posters.

You'll also reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Member benefits include:

  • Professional recognition
  • Better management skills through resource portal ManagementDirect
  • Access to mentoring scheme CMI Achieve
  • CMI library services
  • CMI networking events.

Learn more about CMI membership benefits.  

If you complete the final year 'Coaching in Organisations' module you'll also be awarded the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 Award in Coaching.


Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

Your placement is valuable because it allows you to gain real-world experience and skills that increase your employability.

We have a strong, growing network of placement organisations. Past students have secured roles at Rolls Royce, HP, IBM, the NHS, Hayes, Microsoft, Maclaren F1 and Lidl in marketing, recruitment and other business areas.

Study year abroad

You'll also have opportunities to study overseas on courses that are taught in English and relevant to your degree. The study year abroad is not a paid placement.

Students are selected for this through a competitive process.

Study facilities

In our new £55m Bristol Business School, you'll have access to cutting-edge learning spaces like the Bloomberg financial trading room. Training in this state-of-the-art financial platform will give you a commanding view of global finance.

Our University Enterprise Zone, Future Space at our Frenchay campus incubates, hatches and provides growth space for robotics, biosciences and biomedicine startups.

Designed with student input, the Business School building offers learning spaces for individual and group study plus conference rooms you can book. It's a space for students and businesses to come together, collaborate and form new partnerships.

In our specialist library, business librarians manage vast collections to support your research. Attend workshops to develop your information skills or use our Study Skills

The library and Business School both offer spaces for silent and group study and rooms you can book. You'll have access to recommended books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases on and off campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

This course opens up a diverse range of career pathways. These include management roles in retail, marketing, HR and recruitment.

Bristol has a strong labour market and employers highly value our course and students.

We have good links with organisations and past graduates have secured roles with multinationals, small to medium enterprises and the public sector.

Many students take up graduate management schemes, go onto further study or progress to teaching and research careers.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

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

Useful links

Prospects - careers in business and management


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) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year13000
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1625
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11375

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

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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 need to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.

  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: Economics, Business, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Psychology, Geography and History
  • 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 do not think you will be able to meet the entry requirements for entry into Year 1 of this course, you can consider applying for the Foundation Year of this or related degree courses.

If you have completed your qualifications and do not meet the normal entry requirements, but you can show us that you have relevant experience and capabilities that make you suited to this course, we will be pleased to consider your application. Please make sure your application form includes details of your experience and capabilities. If you would like to discuss this before formally applying, please talk to us at an open day or contact the course leader (details above).

Read more about entry requirements.

Level 3 final year top up

We welcome enquiries from international applicants. For advice about entry requirements visit our country-specific information pages or email your CV to our Admissions Team at

Your CV should include all your qualifications, what examining boards they came from and what grades or scores you got.

You can also contact your local British Council Office for advice.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you don't meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

UCAS Extra: Apply for this programme through UCAS Extra between 25 February and 4 July 2018. We aim to give you a response to your application within 21 days.

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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