- Study Mode: Full Time
- Location: High Wycombe
- Duration: Three or Four Years
- Start Date: September 2023, January and April 2024
Drive, ambition and determination are just some of the attributes needed to make a mark in the business world. Studying a Business Management degree is the ideal way to give yourself a foundation to confidently contribute to an organisation’s strategic success from day one. Our Business Management programme is also accredited by the leading professional body The Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
At BNU you can choose to specialise in BA (Hons) Business Management or BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management. You will have the opportunity to study subject areas that include global business, sustainability, ethical research, financial decision making, international marketing, strategic agility and innovation. As well as being able to choose from a variety of specialisms at level 5 meaning that you can tailor your business management learning to a particular career of your choice.
Our Business Management programme 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 speciality.
Make your application to BA (Hons) Business Management. You'll then choose one of the below specialisms after your first year and your final degree award will be the specialism you have chosen.
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.
What will I study on this specialism?
With the face of business ever-changing in a global consumer driven landscape, equipping yourself with professional skills in management and leadership is key to success beyond university.
Our academic staff have developed our BA (Hons) Business Management degree with the latest industry insights and the opportunity to gain real-life business experience whilst you study. Become an innovative leader, team-player, articulate presenter, problem solver and career ready on this hands-on degree.
You will graduate with BA (Hons) Business Management.
What will I study on this specialism?
Do you have a passion for helping people to achieve their best? Want to create an inspiring work environment and match people to the best available opportunities? Then a career in human resource management could be the perfect choice for you.
Companies are invested in their future success; they are constantly on the lookout for skilled and qualified HR managers, who are not just academically qualified but are also work-ready with skills in management and leadership. On this specialism you will learn how to think innovatively and problem solve in order to design organisationally aligned HR policies that fit the need and add value to the organisation.
You will graduate with BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management.
Why study this subject?
Are you an ambitious, driven individual who is looking to kick start your career in business sector? Studying a Business Management related degree is the ideal way to give yourself a foundation to confidently contribute to an organisation’s strategic success from day one.
You will have the chance to blend both the latest industry insights with best practice whilst gaining experience of real client projects, enhancing your CV ready for graduate employability.
You will have the opportunity to learn how to apply practical and realistic solutions to complex business scenarios, through 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 specialise your areas of interest and set you on the way to becoming a graduate with real-life experience in the field of your choice.
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
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
BNU is a vibrant and diverse University that has student experience at its heart. Our high lecturer to student ratio ensures that you will receive continual and first-hand support throughout your degree, which will allow you to stretch and excel your abilities and graduate with a versatile and in-demand degree.
Our BA (Hons) Business Management and its specialisms are CMI accredited courses, CMI Accreditation is proven to boost employability by providing learners with the management and leadership skills needed to succeed. On completion of your degree, you will also walk away with a CMI qualification, developed in consultation with employers, which has been proven to improve employability upon graduation.
For the new generation of managers, change is the only consistency. Our industry-experienced academics will support you to develop not only the knowledge and understanding of contemporary best practice in strategic international management but also your personal skills to prepare you for your first roles in management, or for running your own business.
Recently, the global business landscape has had to adapt to a different way of working and trading. More key business activities are now carried out using technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI). You will study a variety of subject areas to evolve your understanding of how technology can underpin innovation and improvements to business and organisations. Alongside developing key skills, such as empathy, problem solving and creativity, which ensure learners are well placed to enter the employment market.
We give you the opportunity to develop solutions for a wide range of businesses. This allows you to gain real-world, hands-on experience while businesses benefit from having dedicated consultants to carry out research and offer advice tailored to their needs. We’ve previously had students consulting major companies as well as helping start-ups to get their businesses on the move.
Some of the large companies we have worked with include Dreams, Softcat, Enterprise-rent-a-car, Sacla, Dow Chemicals and the NHS. We have also worked with local businesses such as Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and KVA Digital.
Our strong links with industry and knowledge of their requirements for graduates helped to shape this programme. We will also introduce key business speakers and live briefs as assessments throughout the course.
What will I study?
During your time studying Business Management at BNU you will cover diverse subject areas including managing and engaging people, strategic marketing and global business sustainability. Studying such varied topics will help you understand how marketing impacts global businesses, alongside developing key skills, such as understanding financial decision making, attention to detail and analytical thinking which will ensure you are well placed to enter the employment market.
In your first year we are focused on providing you with all of the building blocks you need to create a solid understanding of the business environment. You will study topics such as the principles of marketing, employment skills, global business and sustainability as well as an induction to data and analytics to help with financial decision making.
Depending on which specialism you choose, during your second year you will study either: project management and sustainable operations, 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 that are consumer behaviour and data analytics for business decisions.
If you choose the Business and Human Resource Management specialism you will study resourcing and talent planning along with international human resource management, you’ll learn how to operate internationally and have a thorough grounding in cross-cultural management, comparative HRM systems and importantly HRM in the multinational context.
In your final year, you will focus on preparing yourself 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 allowing you to examine a contemporary business management issue or address a specific organisational management issue whilst using your time management, professionalism and personal discipline skills.
Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in both your first and second 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.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Teaching is interactive and student focused where we blend lectures, workshops, independent study, case studies, live briefs and guest speakers to enhance the learning experience. Our approach is to put you in the shoes of a junior executive and ask ‘what would you do? We want you to have a blend of knowledge, skills and abilities that will allow you to be day one ready graduates who can 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 the student 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 that are assessed through a mixture of presentations, short films, as well as management reports, memos and briefings.
In your final year you will undertake an Independent Professional Project, where you will 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 and with regular meetings throughout the academic year.
We organise industry visits to see how the theory is applied in the real world and discuss with business professionals the challenges and solutions they use themselves. Our active alumni network provides guest speakers, live briefs, careers talks and job application advice across all three years of our degrees. Discuss with business professionals the challenges and solutions they use themselves.
Our business management programme 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 career 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.
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)
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 both your first and second 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 2023 - 2024
£9,250 per year
Overseas/International, Academic Year 2023 - 2024
£15,000 per year
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 university. 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.
- Recruitment & Business Development Officer
- Resourcing Advisor
- Graduate Academy Executive
- HR Generalist
- Legal Recruitment Consultant
- HR Coordinator
- Client Liaison Executive
As this programme provides a grounding in all areas of business management, it also offers the opportunity to focus on a particular area of interest for postgraduate study, either on a full-time basis or part-time whilst working. You may choose to study for the PG Certificate in Business Leadership or the IMBA offered by the University.
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