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BA (Hons) Business Management

UCAS CODE: N202 (Full-time) or NN20 (Foundation Year)
TARIFF: 88 - 112 (Full-time) and 32 - 56 (Foundation Year)
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three or Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2024

Are you an ambitious, driven individual? Looking to kick-start your career in the business sector? Accredited by the leading professional body The Chartered Management Institute (CMI), our Business Management degree can help you gain the confidence and skills to become a future CEO. You’ll study a range of subject areas, including: global business, sustainability, ethical research, financial decision making and innovation, 

We are proud to be ranked 14th for the UK’s top universities for producing CEOs and MDs.

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Why study BA (Hons) Business Management at BNU?

With BNU, you can benefit from CMI accreditation, proven to boost employability by providing learners with the management and leadership skills needed to succeed. On completion of your degree, you will gain a CMI qualification developed in consultation with employers.

Buckinghamshire New University gives you the opportunity to choose your specialism for your future career after your experience of the core curriculum in year one. Rather than having to make your big decision before you join us, we introduce you to various specialisms and offer you the flexibility to choose the specialism which leads to your chosen career area. You can choose between BA (Hons) Business Management or BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management.

These specialisms are also offered as four-year programmes, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate programme.

Our industry-experienced academics have developed this business management degree with the latest industry insights. And are here to support you to develop the knowledge and understanding of contemporary best practice in strategic international management.

You’ll gain experience of real client projects and enhance your CV, ready for graduate employability. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn how to apply practical and realistic solutions to complex business scenarios, studying subject areas that include financial decision-making, contemporary business issues, international marketing, and strategic agility. All of which will help you to develop and specialize in your areas of interest. 

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What will I study?

With a BA (Hons) Business Management degree from BNU, you’ll be well-placed and well-prepared to enter the employment market.

You’ll cover diverse subject areas, including managing and engaging people, strategic marketing and global business sustainability. This will be alongside developing key skills such as understanding financial decision making, enhancing your attention to detail and analytical thinking. Studying such varied topics will help you understand how marketing impacts global businesses 

We are focused on providing you with all the building blocks you need to create a solid understanding of the business environment. Your first year will be integrated with the BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management course. You will be taught a range of modules that cover both courses allowing you to collaborate with fellow students.

During your second year you will study project management, sustainable operations and responsible enterprise and ethical research. Provided with live project briefs from real-life business clients, you will develop skills including working effectively in a team and pitching for business. You will be able to choose optional modules including consumer behaviour and data analytics for business decisions.

In your final year, you will focus on preparing for your future and career after graduation. In addition to learning about macro and diverse business issues and sustainable strategic agility, you will undertake an independent professional project. This allows you to examine a contemporary business management issue, whilst using your time management, professionalism, and personal discipline skills.

Opportunity modules are also a key part of the BNU curriculum. You will choose modules in your first year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing, and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to let you develop outside your discipline's traditional boundaries. Helping you to stand out from the crowd to future employers.

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To be honest, I believe the entire experience will be remembered fondly for the rest of my life. I met wonderful people and formed lifelong connections while studying there. The teachers were amazing, compassionate, and supportive.
Sabina Choudhry 3rd Year Student

How will I be taught and assessed?

Teaching is interactive and student-focused. We blend lectures, workshops, independent study, case studies, live briefs, and guest speakers to enhance your learning experience. Our approach is to put you in the shoes of a junior executive and ask ‘what would you do? We will give you a blend of knowledge, skills and abilities, allowing you to become a day-one-ready graduate. We’ll help you to seamlessly fit into any organisation you choose to join or start as an entrepreneur.

Our assessments are heavily real world centric. With live briefs and cases that challenge you to produce a result and not simply demonstrate knowledge of a subject. We ask for management reports, business plans, people management strategies as well as marketing campaigns and digital advertising activities. These are assessed through a mixture of presentations, short films, management reports, memos and briefings.

In your final year you will undertake an independent professional project. You’ll carry out a major piece of independent research, focused on strategic business issues chosen by you. During this project, you will be supported by an academic supervisor with regular meetings throughout the academic year.

We organise industry visits so you can see how theory is applied in the real world. Our active alumni network provides guest speakers, live briefs, careers talks and job application advice across all three years of your degree. Discuss with business professionals the challenges and solutions they use. Network and gain valuable contacts. Feel prepared for your future career.

BA (Hons) Business Management Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112 (Full-time) and 32 - 56 (Foundation Year)

UCAS points can be obtained through qualifications such as A levels, T levels, BTEC or an Access to Higher Education course in a relevant subject. Please list all your qualifications on the application form as you will be asked to provide copies when we receive your application.

A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year. 



This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

This course has Opportunity modules.

Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in your first year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers. Find out more.

What are the tuition fees

  • Home, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £9,250 per year
  • Overseas/International, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £15,150 per year

Additional course costs and financial support

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

If you have any questions about the fees above, contact our Enquiries team by calling 0330 123 2023 or emailing advice@bnu.ac.uk.

What are my career prospects? 

We see your journey with us as much more than a degree. We are committed to supporting you to carve out the route to your chosen career and life beyond BNU. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good business leaders.

Once you have completed your degree, you will be fully equipped to begin a career in a range of industries, in general management or to develop your own business. Working closely with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) means that you are well placed to become Chartered Managers once you start work.

You will have gained a wide range of knowledge and skills, so that you can pursue a career in any profession or business role, such as:

  • Operations and Service Management
  • Customer Management
  • Project Management
  • Retail Management
  • Graduate Academy Executive
  • Legal Recruitment Consultant
  • Client Liaison Executive.

This programme offers the opportunity to go on to postgraduate study, either on a full-time basis or part-time whilst working. You may choose to study for the International MBA offered by the University.

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