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BA(Hons)

Business Management and Leadership

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2019/20
Course code:
N201
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
112
Department:
Bristol Business School
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time; four years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time, sandwich
Study abroad:
Yes
Programme leader:
Dr Neil Sutherland
Key fact:
In your final year you'll work with a real organisation to lead change - a unique opportunity to study business management and leadership in detail at undergraduate level.

Page last updated 19 November 2018

Introduction

Why study business management and leadership?

Organisations are changing rapidly, and so is the nature of leadership.

While experts explore what future leadership models could look like, organisations need professionals to show how good leadership enables a workforce to reach their potential.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Business Management and Leadership is an applied degree for students who want to learn about the challenges of leadership alongside a solid foundation in business. 

The business management modules give context and a deeper understanding to the specialist modules.

Although leadership is one of the fastest-growing fields in higher education, not many universities in the UK offer it at undergraduate level.

Our organisation development consultant project, where you'll work as a consultant for local organisations, is also unique across undergraduate business management courses.

You'll benefit from our connections with industry and our 'learn by doing' approach, which ensures you'll graduate with crucial skills to succeed in your career.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), giving you professional recognition and access to specialist resources, mentoring schemes and networking events.

Where can it take me?

The knowledge and skills gained from this degree are highly valued by employers.

Its broad grounding will give you diverse career opportunities in both leadership and business management.

Our students secure business management roles with multinationals and on graduate training programmes across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Many students progress to a master's degree in leadership and management or areas like financial management, marketing, human resource management and business administration.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

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 Management
  • Understanding Business and Financial Information (Business, International and Management)
  • Human Resource Management and Leadership in Context
  • Understanding Organisations and People (Business, International and Management)
  • Understanding the Principles of Marketing (Business, International and Management)
  • Contemporary Business Issues
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Decision Making for Management.

Year two

You will study:

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

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
  • Coaching in Organisations
  • Leadership and Organisation Development
  • Advances in Leadership
  • Critical Business Enquiry Project or Enterprise Project or Applied business Project or Business Project

Plus, one module from:

  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Cross Cultural Learning and Development
  • Placement Learning
  • Learning and Development on Study Year Abroad.

You'll also undertake an organisation development consultant project, where student groups work as consultants for local organisations and gain valuable experience.

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

Our approach to learning is student-focused, with emphasis on helping you to find things out for yourself.

You'll be expected to balance academic rigour and a practical approach to your work, so you can appreciate the relevance and application of the concepts you learn.

You'll learn through a blend of activities - some tutor-led and face-to-face, some student-led and independent, some online and some in groups. Some involve students supporting each others' learning.

Lectures, workshops/seminars, tutorials and group work make up 12 hours of contact time each week and you'll spend at least as much time again studying independently.

You'll develop your communication and presentation skills and IT and numeracy skills, with a strong focus on data interpretation and analysis. 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.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study
125%75%0%
224%76%0%
319%72%9%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Assessment

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.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment
115%51%34%
224%51%25%
38%86%6%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Features

Professional accreditation

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

When you finish your degree, you'll get a CMI qualification.

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.

Placements

We encourage you to do a 40-week paid sandwich placement after Year two. It can be in the UK or abroad.

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

UWE Bristol has strong links with employers who highly rate this experience.

You'll get help to find your placement and support throughout from your department and the careers service.

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.

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.

Designed with student input, the Business School 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 visit Study Skills

You'll have access to books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases including FAME, MINTEL, Marketline Advantage and Passport both on and off campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Leadership Research

Bristol Leadership and Change Centre (BLCC) explores the ways in which change is mobilised and sustained in complex and uncertain environments.

Members are leading experts in the field, delivering seminars and conferences, producing publications and advising clients on their leadership processes.

This research influences teaching at every level, providing you with a rich learning environment.

Developing Leadership skills

UWE Bristol offers many opportunities to develop your leadership skills throughout your studies.

You could assist and advise students in earlier stages of their degree as a Peer Assisted Learning leader. You could get paid to support events as a Student Ambassador. You might also represent your student colleagues by becoming a Students' Union Rep or Officer.

The Vice Chancellor's Student Leadership Programme also gives you the chance to work on real projects and make a difference in your community.

Careers

Careers / Further study

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

Our students secure roles with multinationals and on graduate training programmes in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

As a graduate, you'll be ready to take on a range of roles and careers involving people management and leadership.

Many students progress to a Master's degree (MBA) in leadership and management or areas like financial management, marketing, human resource management and business administration.

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.

See also:

Prospects - careers in business and management

The Guardian - what to do with a degree in management studies

Fees

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

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 years945
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 Years with Placement1260
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year315

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.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • 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 isn't 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. 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.
  • Relevant subjects: Business, Politics, Psychology, Maths
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

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.

If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it's really like to study here. You'll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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