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Business Management and Leadership

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Bristol Business School
Three years full-time; four years sandwich
Full-time, sandwich
Study abroad:
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 14 February 2018


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:



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)
  • HRM 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)
  • Managing Business Processes (Business, International and Management)
  • The Experience and Practice of Organisations
  • Research in HRM 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.

Plus one optional module (if you haven't completed a placement year or study year abroad) from:

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

And one major project from:

  • Work-based Enquiry Project
  • Critical Business Enquiry Projec
  • Enterprise Project
  • Applied Business Project
  • Business Project.

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.

This can involve preparing for workshops and seminars, reviewing lectures, online working, reading, conducting research, preparing assessed work and revising for exams.

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.

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.

For more details 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). The University will pay for your CMI membership, giving you:

  • 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.    

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.


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

The Bristol Leadership Centre (BLC) supports the development of responsible and effective leadership practice and advances knowledge in leadership studies.

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 orOfficer.

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 / 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


Full Time course

FeesAmount (£)
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 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 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: 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 undergraduate entry requirements.

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

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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