Business Management (with placement) BA (Hons)

About the course

Gain a broad understanding of organisations on this vocational degree with a focus on managing people and processes in large and small organisations.

From the beginning you will start to develop the high levels of professionalism that employers look for, along with the understanding of how organisations operate and the ability to apply theory to real-life situations – making you efficient and effective in any organisational, cultural or social context.

Bring your learning to life and gain practical experience of the challenges and excitement of management through a 12-week placement in or around Milton Keynes.

We will ensure you obtain a placement suited to your skills and ambitions and will support and supervise your placement experience at all stages.

Choose Business Management (with placement) BA (Hons) degree at Bedfordshire and:

  • Learn in a small class, through lectures, seminars and workshops, plus group projects, research exercises, presentations and case study analyses
  • Study essential aspects of business management including marketing, financial and management accounting, human resource management and project management, with options in e-Business and international operations
  • Develop an entrepreneurial understanding of organisations and practical skills to make you attractive to employers in a wide range of organisations, or prepares you to start your own business
  • Gain from the opportunity to work on a final year dissertation, undertaking research in your chosen area
  • Explore career opportunities through in your second year where you will gain vital experience within a real work environment during a 12-week integrated placement
  • Benefit from a degree which gives you access to careers in general management roles, plus more specialist opportunities in human resources, e-Business, operations or project management; prepares you to start your own business; or can take you into further postgraduate/professional study

Business Management (with placement) - BA (Hons) - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - N203
  • Campus Location - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Why choose this course?

You should study this course because it provides the practical skills and conceptual understanding required for managing in organisations. It provides a broad understanding of management under diverse operating conditions and builds for you a contextual and conceptual foundation to manage organizations undergoing dramatic change. All the basic functional areas that are deemed to comprise the business discipline Marketing, Operations, Information Systems, Finance, HRM, Business Policy and Strategy and Change, Economics, Law and Contemporary Issues are examined over the duration of the course and in the context of contemporary change.

A key feature of this course is the period of time gaining genuine employment experience through a work placement in the second year of your study. This placement will take place in the second semester of the second year and will give you exposure to the many facets of business and management action. The duration of the placement will be for a twelve week period and may be with one of the large multi-national organisations based within Milton Keynes or with a Small/Medium Enterprise (SME). Either of these placement opportunities offers considerable advantage to your education as organisations are continually challenged to meet the management needs of business opportunities. The placement element of this course is guaranteed and may take place entirely on the organisations premises or where this is not practical will be based for no less than three days at the organisation with a further two days spent on the UCMK campus site where you will have the opportunity to undertake relevant research to support your placement activity.

Placements will be monitored by our academic staff and dedicated placement resources to ensure that you have the best possible experience whilst working on behalf of an organisation during your study. Upon completion of your placement experience you will re-join the final year of your studies during which time the experiences gained during the placement will provide you with opportunity to apply this knowledge to your academic and practitioner based units.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?


  • Financial Accounting For Business (AAF002-1) Compulsory
  • Foundations Of Business Communication (BBS003-1) Compulsory
  • Foundations Of Business Management (BBS013-1) Compulsory
  • Intercultural Competence In Business (MAR013-1) Compulsory
  • Law For Business Managers (LAW011-1) Compulsory
  • Principles Of Marketing (MAR001-1) Compulsory
  • Business Research Methods (BSS019-2) Compulsory
  • Enterprise Placement (BSS020-2) Compulsory
  • Human Resource Management And Psychology (SHR018-2) Compulsory
  • Marketing Planning (MAR002-2) Compulsory
  • Sustainable Business Management (BSS017-2) Compulsory
  • Digital Business Management (BSS041-3) Compulsory
  • International Business Management (BSS024-3) Compulsory
  • Management And Administration Of Operations (BSS042-3) Compulsory
  • Specialist Project (Business Management) (BSS045-3) Compulsory
  • Strategy And Change Management (BSS013-3) Compulsory
  • Specialist Project (Practice) (BSS046-3) Optional

Discover the Department of Strategy & Management

We are daring to be different. This vision is founded on this difference. The imaginative new futures for business education, research and practice will be co-created with our staff, students and other stakeholders and will deliver not only academic impact but also a practice impact in our classrooms and communities alike. This vision reflects our existing School strengths, strategic space opportunities in the crowded and overly competitive and branded business school market and provides staff good opportunity to create a business school that is different. In sum, we will use this vision to drive excellence, change, growth and investment within the School.

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How will I be assessed?

The course uses a range of assessment types and methods, as appropriate, to ensure the validity and fairness of assessment. Formative assessment is used to provide feedback to you and support your progress while diagnostic assessment is used to assess students current knowledge or skills. Summative assessment for most units includes a combination of coursework, presentations, tests, or examination.

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 takes a variety of forms, including essays and reports, portfolios, individual and group presentations (individually assessed), research proposals and exams.

All coursework has an assignment specification, with grading criteria, which is issued to you, normally at the beginning of the year, but at least 3 weeks prior to the deadline. All marked work is returned to you following the university guidelines, with written feedback, including advice on how to improve your work next time.

All coursework submitted is subject to university procedures for the detection of plagiarism. Annual monitoring of the outcomes of assessment for each unit is completed, providing the opportunity for reflection on the assessment methods and weightings.

In some cases viva voce may be held. Although there are similarities in process, vivas differ from oral presentations in that students are required to respond to unknown questions around a specified topic.

The Assessment map that follows at the end of the section explains the course assessment structure in more detail.

Entry requirements

  • We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

    UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 112 points with 96 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 112 points with Distinction Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction* Distinction* in BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma (with 12 merits and 12 distinctions at level 3)
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.
  • For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff view the UCAS tariff calculator

    Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

    T: +44 (0)1582 743500

  • As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

    We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

  • Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The Careers Advisors meet you at Induction, to introduce you to the Careers Service and how they can support you as you define and work towards your future career. The Careers Advisors, Career Service, and Work Placement Office meet you at the end of your first year to discuss options available to students and the support structures available to you. You will also have formal sessions in the second and third year inductions.

You are introduced formally to the theory of career planning and management, based on SOAR (Self Awareness, Opportunities Awareness, Aspirations, and Results) in Foundations of Business Management unit. This work will be continued and integrated within second year units at appropriate points. The placement in particular You are encouraged to use the various Career Management on-line tools available for self-assessment and identification of career opportunities

The work placement should further enhance your employability and provide an opportunity to test your abilities and skills in an employer setting. The practice project in the third year should further enhance your reflexivity and employability skills as it offers the opportunity to extend your connection with the placement organisation and do a project relevant to their business activities.

The placement is considered to be an integral part of the course and as such offers you the opportunity to apply the learning gained in the classroom into a genuine working environment. The opportunities for are identified by our placements manager at the UCMK campus, however securing a placement with a potential employer will necessitate a form of introduction which may take the form of an interview or more general meeting to discuss the opportunities and your role whilst on placement. Support will be given throughout this process by the placements manager and the academic team who will be happy to help with issues around your application preparation for the placement and in conjunction with your academic tutor enabling you to gain the best experiences possible from your time on placement.

It is important that you realise that we try to give all our students a good quality placement and to do that we must assure ourselves that your potential employer is able to support you fully. This means that we are not able to use all potential employment opportunities which might not satisfy the overall academic outcomes of the course. This can mean that placements may be available across a range of different employer groups and indeed across a geographically wide area.

An employers' distance from your term time accommodation is one of the factors that you will need to consider in respect of your sandwich placement application and whilst some opportunities may be relatively close it should also be borne in mind that some placement opportunities will require you to commute over a longer distance. This may require you to allow extra time for taking public transport to and from agreed meeting points. You are reminded that the University does not reimburse travel costs.

The University is committed to and strives for equality of opportunity for all its students and staff and will recognise and celebrate their diversity. For this commitment to be made a reality effective leadership and management will be provided and a corresponding commitment sought from every member of staff and

all the student body. The Universitys Equality and Diversity Policy and Strategy sets out a number of objectives that will guide our work in this very important area.

The Universitys full Equality policy can be found on our website.

The Equality Act 2010 builds on previous equality and diversity legislation by introducing a number of `protected characteristics` affording trainees and staff protection from discrimination,

harassment and victimisation on the basis of their personal characteristics, perceptions about them or

because of their association with people from the protected groups.

In your final year you are encouraged to take greater responsibility for your career management, with the support of the Careers Service, which offer one-to-one career coaching.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more

Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. 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.


    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.


    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.


    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.


    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.


    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.


Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

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Business Management (with placement) - BA (Hons)

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