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Why choose the School of Leadership and Management

We are 1st in the UK for successful graduate social-enterprise start-ups still trading after three years; 3rd in the UK for all business start-ups still trading after three years (HESA, 2023)

100% of our graduates in Economics are in highly skilled employment or graduate study, 15 months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes, 2023)

Over 95% of our business and management graduates are in employment or involved in further study, 15 months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes, 2023)

About the course

On this degree you study all the essential aspects of business management from accounting and marketing to strategy and change as well as experiencing a 12-week work placement. This strong practical focus means you graduate with the skills to successfully manage any organisation or set up your own business.

The course offers a broad approach to business management that supports you to become a flexible professional comfortable working across a spectrum of business areas including marketing; accounting; human resource management; strategy; managing change; and project management. In addition it prepares you for 21st-century global business with units in intercultural and international management; sustainable business; and digital business.

You also gain practical experience of the challenges and excitement of management through a 12-week placement in or around Milton Keynes.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn in small classes through lectures seminars and workshops cementing your learning via group projects research exercises presentations and case-study analysis
  • Enjoy the course’s strong practice focus where you apply theory to diverse real-life situations including managing organisations undergoing dramatic change
  • Study includes entrepreneurship and starting a new business ideal if your ambition is to set up on your own
  • Benefit from experienced and supportive staff who provide learning opportunities in a professional environment replicating industry practices
  • Gain from the opportunity to work independently on a final-year project in an area of interest

This course is part of a wider portfolio of Business Management degrees all of which commence by building a solid foundation in the core principles of business and management. However we understand that the choice can be daunting and so we’ve designed our courses with flexibility in mind allowing students on this programme the ability to switch to any of the Business Management pathways (with the exception of Business Management with Law) at the end of their first year.

with Professional Practice Year

This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.

with Foundation Year

A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.


What will you study?

Applied Numeracy For Business

This unit is part of a core spine of units that all Business students will encounter as part of their learning journey. This journey takes you through the begin stage at Level 4, to the thrive stage at level 5, to succeed stage at level 6.  
This unit is designed to support your Begin stage at level 4, it develops the numeracy skills and abilities you need to succeed in your studies and in the business world. The unit is designed to support you and develop your confidence in essential mathematics and statistics techniques, it applies these techniques in business context to give you an understanding of how they are used to solve problems and make decision in business organisations.

The connected core spine of units also enables you to network with peers from across the faculty just as you will be expected to work with colleagues throughout the organisation in the world of business.¿¿¿ 

The unit aims to achieve 

  • provide students with the fundamental knowledge and understanding of numeracy in business.   
  • develop student confidence in a range of numerical and statistical techniques.
  • enable students apply a range of numerical and statistical techniques to practical business problems.   

Evolution And Revolution Of Business

The unit is designed to provide an introduction to business and the context in which businesses operate. It explores business advances allowing students to acquire an understanding of how businesses have developed, their impact on society, and how business may progress in the future. The unit aims to achieve:

1.       The identification and examination of key developments within business and management practices and their impact on trade and commerce.

2.       Awareness of management models and approaches and their context.

3.       Identify the progress and breakthroughs achieved in various business sectors and management practices. 

4.       Awareness of revolutionary developments in business and its future potential direction.

5.       Explore new opportunities and risks that exist for business. 

Relevance: The unit explores past and future developments in business and will allow students to apply context and develop a basic level of business acumen.

Management In Practice

This unit aims to develop management skills in the following areas

1.       Management and strategy setting 

2.       Leadership and entrepreneurship

3.       Management analysis and decision making

4.       Teamwork and critical thinking

5.       Finance and Marketing

Beginning Your Professional Business Journey

This unit is part of a core spine of units that all Business students will encounter as part of their learning journey. This journey takes you from the Begin stage at Level 4, to the Thrive stage at Level 5 through to the Succeed stage at Level 6. This unit is designed to support the Begin/Thrive/Succeed stage by introducing you to the skills that you will require in order to develop your professional practice.

The connected core spine of units also enables you to network with peers from across the faculty just as you will be expected to work with colleagues throughout the organisation in the world of business.  

This unit will help you to begin your journey in Business and provide you with the support you will need to develop your professional practice.

In this unit you will be presented with Business challenges which will allow you to collaborate with peers, and provide an insight in to a professional Business environment. 

Managerial Accounting And Finance

The main aim of the unit is to enable you to understand how relevantaccounting and financial information can be harnessed to assist and inform management in planning, decision-making, performance measurement and control.

This will involve analysis of the core financial statements, the identification of relevant revenues and costs, managing limiting factors, performing analysis and providing solutions that assist and inform management at all levels. The unit also addresses the core finance theories and practice financial structuring, risk mitigation, long-term capital planning and short-term working capital management that augment the management accounting theories and techniques to inform management decision-making.

Work Placement

This unit gives you an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience of the world of work. You will be able to practice the knowledge you have gained so far in your course. The experience of a placement will give you the opportunity to reflect on your future career and will serve as excellent preparation for your final year of study. The educational aims of this unit are to:- · Provide you with a real and in-depth experience of working in an organisation · Apply your academic knowledge in a “real world” situation · Allow you to complete an individual in-depth evaluation and report of your work placement in a way that informs and develops you as a practitioner · Expand your understanding of organisations by observing practice within them · Provide you with a wider perspective in preparation for your final year of study

Sustainable Business Management

The central question underlying this unit asks students to analyse how business can be more sustainably manage its inter-relationship with the natural environment. The syllabus draws from the new Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) diploma in Sustainable Business Practice. This emphasise the recognised need within business to develop the skills of managers to address the issues that this unit will cover.

The overall objectives will be two-fold:

Firstly to enable students to appreciate the dependency of business on natural resources and to recognise how aspects of business operations impact on the environment and how these can be better managed. This will help students to (i) understand how the business relationship with the environment needs to become more sustainable in order for business to survive; (ii) help students to engage with resource efficiency and environmental management practices at work and (iii) to think creatively about eco-efficient product design and innovation as young entrepreneurs. Links with the University’s Green Hub Fund, or similar, will be made as long as such funds continue, with local projects developed as part of the syllabus.

The second objective of this unit is to facilitate students’ ability to see the ‘big picture’ and the growing importance of sustainability at a strategic level. This will help students to analyse their own decision making and the complexity of sustainable business management (including ethical) decision making in theory and practice. Students will apply strategic thinking skills to analyse the inter-connectivity of ideas within the unit and to reflect on connections (competing and complimentary) with management theory and practice elsewhere in their course.

Marketing Planning

Understanding how to create a marketing plan is essential to any business and will help you to establish your employability. Building on the first year Principles of Marketing unit, Marketing Planning enables you to plan for defined operational marketing activities through the development of a competent and sensible marketing plan.
The unit will explore competitive analysis and gap identification, how current issues give rise to marketing problems, market opportunities and new approaches for achieving marketing objectives to help you to:

  • Achieve an understanding of decisions facing marketers and the complex and dynamic environment in which these decisions need to be made
  • Develop critical insight into current techniques and practices in a variety of marketing environments including both corporate and entrepreneurial
  • Build your “tool box” and use your critical evaluation skills to select as situation- appropriate
  • Establish realistic marketing objectives
  • Explore how marketing plans are created
  • Match plans to corporate objectives and strategies.

Intercultural Management In Business

Aims: The aims of this unit are to :

  • To conceptualise intercultural interaction and produce frameworks for comparing cultures in international business and develop rapport management competencies in business interactions
  • To undertake a detailed investigation of the changing face of management across cultures

Relevance: In this unit you will explore the application of intercultural communication theories in an international business environment. Emphasis is placed on developing intercultural interactive competence and introducing key aspects of managing behaviour and expectations across cultures. You will explore working relationships and different communication preferences with people from different cultural backgrounds, preparing you to work in an increasingly global environment.

Human Resource Management

This unit introduces you to the role and purpose of Human Resource Management in a contemporary context. People are often the most expensive and valuable resource a business can draw upon, yet individuals are diverse and complex and maximising this resource can be challenging to HR and managers. The unit provides you with a framework to explore and understand people management and development to ensure high levels of employee performance, as you develop your graduate career. The unit will be significantly underpinned by a range of research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  


The unit aims to make the business case for the effective, efficient, ethical and professional management of human resources as real sources of competitive advantage in organisations, by situating its activities in the context of topical and relevant debates and controversies.   

 The question key to this unit is: what are the people strategies that organisations must deploy in order to maximise and sustain employee organisational performance whilst simultaneously promoting healthy and productive relationships between individuals and organisations at all levels in different types of contemporary organisations?

Strategy And Change Management

To develop independent strategic assessment skills using appropriate techniques and resources and demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to appraise strategy.

To be able to prepare a well thought out plan for change based upon analysis and to formulate, justify and evaluate a range of actions for promoting an effective and strategic approach to change.

This unit should enable you to understand the broader context of the business environment and the underlying drivers of change. That should enable you to make informed decisions once you enter the professional environment. 

Furthermore it will consider how concepts of strategy and change management overlap, and the importance of these processes to a contemporary business manager working anywhere in the world.

Digital Business Management

The majority of businesses now use information and communication technology (ICT) as part of their business model. Digital information systems increasingly impact on all aspects of the commercial and personal space. In this rapidly changing and evolving environment of digital information systems, it is vital that future managers are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to exploit and manage digital business opportunities and initiatives.


This unit examines the main strands of digital business management. It will focus on the applications of technology, exploring issues such as the integration of the business environment, business models, Internet marketing and electronic customer relationship management, the use of web analytics, cultural aspects, etc.


This unit aims to help you develop a holistic view of digital business. You will consider theoretical and practical applications of e-business and have to justify the use of e-business approaches.


More specifically, the unit aims to enable you to:

·        Develop your in-depth understanding of digital business. You will consider and evaluate a variety of information systems and ICT in a variety of environments and analyse the impact of these on conducting business

·        Acquaint you with issues relevant to marketing and customer relationship management in digital business

·        Understand the foundations of web analytics and use the results to modify an e-commerce website

Research and critically evaluate relevant literature in academic journals, textbooks and on appropriate websites in order to apprise and report on the societal, business and managerial impacts of 

applying digital information systems and ICT, also reflecting on ethical, legal and social aspects of digital business.


In terms of increasing your employability, the insights acquired in this unit will help you to apply information systems and e-business concepts to support you in your day-to-day work.

Management And Administration Of Operations

This unit develops your knowledge and understanding of the use of operations management in strategic and functional roles.
You will learn about and appraise the importance of the management of operations and processes in business and apply core concepts of operations management. You will learn how operations management concepts and approaches influence the planning of operations, product and process design, control of enterprise systems, logistics and supply chain management.
Using a mixture of lectures, seminar activities, case studies and independent reading, the unit will  develop an appreciation of the importance and broad reach of  operations management in all aspects of a company’s activities

International Business Management

This unit aims to:
1.    Develop your core knowledge of managing International Businesses, informed by theory and current practice.
2.    Provide you with a coherent, rigorous and contemporary view of the nature of business within an international context.
3.    Develop a systematic understanding of the complexity of the environments in which International Businesses operate as well as the impact on, and from, society, culture and governance 
4.    Enable you to carry out secondary research on foreign markets and International companies and synthesise data to recommend actions.

Specialist Project (Business Management)

You will be able to apply the research process and data construction in the business environment and construct your own knowledge during problem-solving activities at workplace. 

The unit will provide structure, support and assistance centred around the supervisor/supervisee model where the supervisor will assist you in critically evaluating and utilizing a range of appropriate literature sources, methods and techniques in order to complete the investigation.

Eventually the unit aims to encourage a critical, inquiring and rigorous mind-frame when approaching knowledge construction and understanding in your chosen field of study.

Research Methods In Business Practice

This unit enables you to understand the way you can construct meaningful data in a professional and academic context and enhances your ability to do research that is relevant, reliable and valid in the business context.

This unit enables the application of appropriate research methods and techniques within a range of business and management contexts and provides the opportunity to advance your skills in generating ideas and developing critical insights into primary and secondary sources of information.

How will you be assessed?

Assessment takes a variety of forms including essays and reports portfolios individual and group presentations (individually assessed) research proposals and exams. Many of the assessments tend to be focused on employability thus tend to be based on real case studies project work and other employability focused activities. Most units include elements of individual and group work to reflect the type of work undertaken in business and management. Assessment focuses on tasks that develop vocational skills underpinned by subject knowledge requiring higher levels of cognition in the later years of the course. Assessment becomes more nuanced and more demanding in Levels 5 & 6 with the expectation that students will be increasingly able to create their own subject specific knowledge. The enterprise Unit is assessed via portfolio and reflection thus allowing for experiential learning.


The strong focus of this degree on employability skills and the wide range of business areas covered open up many opportunities and possibilities for future employment. On completing the course you are well placed to take up a mid-level management position in accounting; marketing; human resources; e-business; operations/project management; and general management. You also have the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills you need to start your own business.

You may like to progress to further study at postgraduate level. The University of Bedfordshire Business School offers related taught Master’s courses in Business Administration (MBA) Project Management and Sustainable Management. We also offer a range of professional development courses and research degree opportunities.

Entry Requirements

96 UCAS tariff points including 80 from at least 3 A-levels or equivalent

Fees for this course

UK 2024/25

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs. See

Merit Scholarship

We offer a Merit Scholarship to UK students, worth £2,400* over three academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 120 UCAS tariff points or more.

Bedfordshire Bursary

If you aren’t eligible for the Merit Scholarship, this Bursary is there to help UK students with aspects of student living such as course costs. The Bursary will give you £1,000* over three academic years, or £1,300* if you are taking your course over four academic years (including those with a Foundation Year).

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

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The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2024/25 is £15,500 per year.

There are range of Scholarships available to help support you through your studies with us.

A full list of scholarships can be found here.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email

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