For students applying to begin their studies in June: QA Higher Education has two primary objectives during this rapidly evolving period regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19). The first is to ensure the welfare of its learners and staff, and the second is to ensure continuity and access to learning. In line with the sector as a whole and its response to Covid-19, if necessary, we will implement online teaching for this programme to allow you to begin your studies this June. As circumstances allow, we will review this decision with a view to bringing the programme back to face-to-face classroom tuition at the earliest appropriate time based on government and medical guidance. 


Are you fascinated by the corporate world?

Do you want to pursue a career in business leadership?

By taking part in client briefs and industry accreditation schemes, this exciting business management programme will help you to learn industry-relevant skills and be well prepared for a range of roles after graduation.

The BA (Hons) Business Management aims to fuse academic business, enhancing your employability and career prospects. You will explore specialist theory and knowledge in a systematic and critical way in order to develop your understanding of contemporary international business and enterprise sector issues.

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Key facts
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Fees: £9,250 (per annum)
  • Entry requirements: 96-112 UCAS points
  • English language requirements: GCSE English at Grade 4 (previously grade C) or above, or IELTS 6.0 with no component less than 5.5 in each band, or equivalent
  • Location: London, Birmingham, Manchester
Key dates
  • Start dates: September, January and May
  • Next application deadline: 28 May 2020
  • Key facts
  • Key dates
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Fees: £9,250 (per annum)
  • Entry requirements: 96-112 UCAS points
  • English language requirements: GCSE English at Grade 4 (previously grade C) or above, or IELTS 6.0 with no component less than 5.5 in each band, or equivalent
  • Location: London, Birmingham, Manchester
  • Start dates: September, January and May
  • Next application deadline: 28 May 2020


Through engaging, contemporary and industry-relevant units that are academically rigorous, stimulating and challenging, you will build specialist transferable skills that facilitate your development as an independent learner, whilst gaining expertise in a range of business functions and topics.

On this programme, you will systematically and critically review the established business management knowledge, theory and principles whilst investigating new and specialised knowledge. You will identify underlying business skills, practices, concepts and principles in work-based situations. In addition, you will develop the skillset of analysing information and data from a range of sources that will allow you to make reasoned judgements and responses to solve complex problems in a range of business contexts including work-related contexts.

Selected students are able to pursue additional qualifications during their studies. These include the PRINCE2 project management qualification, as well as industry-approved qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Communication Advertising Marketing Foundation (CAM). These qualifications can give jobseekers a real advantage, demonstrating to employers that the candidate is educated to a standard put in place by the industry itself.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, this means as part of your degree you will also receive a CMI Level 5 Professional Qualification in Management and Leadership, which is recognised by 75% of employers.


  • Teamwork
  • Communications skills through technical exercises
  • Projects
  • Strong business and customer awareness
  • Problem-solving
  • Numeracy
  • IT
  • Project management
  • Research skills

This course is delivered as part of a partnership between QA Higher Education and Solent University. The programme is validated by the University and delivered by QA Higher Education.

You’ll be taught using a range of teaching methods that include lectures, seminars, and workshops, totalling 9- 12 hours per week. You will also be expected to engage in independent study, around 38 hours per week.

You will have access to Solent’s virtual learning environment that provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Assessments are based on coursework, presentations, business simulation and exams.



One of our study options available for UK and EU nationals includes evenings and weekends.

This study option offers exactly the same levels of student support and the ability to balance your full-time studies with your personal life.

To study this programme, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:


  • 96-112 UCAS points
  • BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD, or equivalent
  • GCSE Mathematics at Grade 4 or above (previously Grade C). Alternatively, applicants can sit the QA Higher Education Maths test.


  • GCSE English at Grade 4 or above (previously Grade C).
  • IELTS 6.0 with no component less than 5.5 in each band, or equivalent. Alternatively, applicants can sit the QA Higher Education English test.

All units are core and are worth 20 credits, unless specified.


The overall aim of this unit is to equip you with a foundation in the areas of key employability skills, research skills (sourcing, analysing and evaluating information from a variety of sources), critical thinking and the development of relevant business & academic communication skills. As these skills are continually applied and reinforced in your learning journey throughout higher education, you will be well positioned to succeed in your study and to take a competitive place in the employment markets.

The aim of this unit is to equip younwith the skills, knowledge and understanding to perform professionally in a support-level marketing role. You will develop a good understanding of the wider role of marketing and see how practical skills can be applied to future career progression.

This unit provides an understanding of the key concepts and terminology used in marketing. It also gives you a knowledge and understanding of the role and functions of marketing within organisations and explores the factors that influence consumer behaviour. You will identify key components of the marketing environment and develop an appreciation of how to collect and use relevant information. The unit outlines the concepts and elements which make up the marketing mix and shows how they are applied in context.

The unit also provides an understanding of how marketing communications can be used in practice to engage with customers. It enables appreciation of the customer and considers the importance of the nature of relationships and how they are managed and monitored. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the purpose and process of marketing communications and the range of tools available. You will also explore how to develop a successful marketing communications campaign and learn how the campaign can be put into practice.

This unit will introduce you to the role of finance as part of the business function. Topics studied such as budgeting and cost analysis have a practical application in a commercial environment.  This unit focuses on developing your awareness and understanding of finance as part of the managerial function.  Emphasis is placed on financial decision-making, planning and control. The unit will demonstrate the rationale and role of the finance function and how reports are produced and analysed for internal or external purposes. It will also enhance your analytical and spread sheet skills, providing you with the experience of designing and adapting spread sheets to provide meaningful information to the users.

This unit teaches about the types of information that a variety of businesses need to help them make decisions. You will learn how data can be gathered, stored and analysed using Information Technology as well as the communication skills needed for application in business and management which includes the use of digital tools. You will develop practical skills using Information Technology and will learn how IT can be applied in a range of industries for a range of purposes. You will learn about the development, management, application and implementation of information systems and their impact upon organisations.

The purpose of this unit is to provide a platform of organisational awareness whereby knowledge, understanding and skills can be acquired and practiced. This will include the nature and purpose of the organisation; the environments it operates within; the human element and behaviour of people; an introduction to business strategy, the process of management as an integrating and co-ordinating activity and resource management such as: financial, human, physical and intangible.  With ongoing changes in legislation impacting on how organisations behave towards their stakeholders, an introduction to the business legal environment is also included. The unit adopts a global perspective, and examples are drawn from the national and international business environment.

The aim of this unit is to ensure that you are fully aware of the economic organisation and structure of the UK economy from a microeconomic perspective. The unit will focus on the basic concepts of microeconomics and how they affect business behaviour and how businesses can gain an advantage by understanding how changes affect business decisions and outcomes.



This Level 5 unit aims to prepare you when undertaking a business-related project or dissertation.

The unit will discuss various types of projects and the approaches that can be used in undertaking them.  It will consider research techniques, methodologies and skills necessary when undertaking a successful business project or dissertation.

Specifically, the unit will cover the collection of business data and various techniques for the analysis of this data along with the interpretation and presentation of the results.

Businesses today have a challenging remit; not only do they need to ensure that they are meeting (and delivering) an overall business strategy but that they are operating with responsible and ethical procedures & policies.  No longer is the study of operations management just about how we create & deliver the many products & services that we depend upon; instead it performs a vital function in meeting business goals and driving the business forward through identifying & developing improvements in business processes.

This unit will look at how operations management is involved in developing and managing value-adding processes and supporting these processes through various tools, techniques & methods.  It will also examine current issues facing business, including those of an ethical nature.

The unit focuses on analysing the process of globalisation that has shaped the global business environment.  To critique globalisation, a plurality of economic theories of development/the nature of capitalism are employed to analyse case studies of globalisation (countries experiences of globalisation plus particular aspects of globalisation, such as the increased frequency of financial crises).  Economic theory is synthesised with historical/statistical evidence to provide alternative interpretations of events.

You are  required to conduct independent research towards a group presentation on a country’s experience of globalisation (set in a business context).   By providing a plurality of economic approaches, you are better equipped to understand future global economic events/trends after you have completed your study.  The unit thus seeks to develop a life-long appreciation of/interest in the global business environment.

This unit has been developed to prepare you with an opportunity to experience simulated work-related activities that take place in business organisations.  You will undertake research based on a current business ‘issue’.  Based on the research obtained and the strengths of the consultancy group, groups will then make a ‘pitch’ to prospective clients in a clear and professional manner, effectively ‘selling’ the value of their consultancy group to the client.

This unit aims to provide you with the contextual underpinning for studying entrepreneurship.  It will explore the reasons for encouraging ‘enterprise cultures’ within economies, the issue of what an entrepreneur might be, entrepreneurship and the need for creative thinking within business.

Innovation and Creativity are key components of business success, survival and competitive advantage. Entrepreneurs look for innovative and creative ideas to make their businesses stand out from the crowd. This unit looks at generating ideas, and the different techniques for developing the knowledge and skills of entrepreneurial people leading to the design and creation of new and innovative products, processes or services.

The five core elements of the course, entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, knowledge and design all have a long history but in today’s fast moving, ever changing business environment they have become central to present and future growth and success.

The unit looks at the management of these ‘intangible’ processes, and uses a range of case study material and practical exercises to illustrate the different challenges and opportunities for the entrepreneur in designing and bringing innovative products or services to the market place and thereby creating a successful business.

The purpose of this unit is to enable you to critically assess how people are managed and developed within contemporary organisations. Emphasis will be placed upon major research evidence on effective approaches to human resource (HR), and learning and development (L&D) practice which secures positive organisational outcomes.

Consideration will be given to the role of HR specialists in helping to equip colleagues to manage the key issues of leadership, flexibility and change in ways which elicit employee engagement, commitment and performance. Additionally, regard will be given to the significance of ethical and professional practice and the pivotal role of continuous professional development (CPD).



The aim of this unit is to enable you to independently conduct and write up a piece of Business research which will allow you to demonstrate, and further enhance, your research skills. The empirical project is the culmination of the development of your research skills during the course.

In addition, the unit has a strong emphasis on self-management: the project is the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in managing your time within a specified time-frame.

Organisations exist in constantly changing business environments that therefore constantly impose new constraints and create fresh opportunities. Successful organisations appear to be able to adapt to these changing environments and yet still achieve objectives that satisfy their stakeholders’ interests. Key to success is avoiding ‘Strategic Drift’ as experienced by many organisations that fail to keep up with the pace of change of their external environment. This unit provides a basic understanding of that process by building on other business units in Level 4 and Level 5, to provide a perspective of the way in which managers operate at a strategic level.

An important part of this unit is to provide a critical understanding of the problems associated with the positioning, synthesis and implementation of strategy. The unit is, therefore, strongly supported with the use of case material and practical ‘real-life’ scenarios. You are encouraged from the outset of the course to relate the unit’s output to your own ‘personal strategy’ required by Level 6  as you approach the demands of the world of work. The unit is timely and highly relevant from an Employability and Enterprise perspective in that students from the outset are actively encouraged to relate the unit’s Teaching and Learning to the development of their own strategy to improve and enhance their graduate employability prospects.

The purpose of this unit is to prepare you for your final year Project and also prepare you for any graduate role requiring project management skills.

This project management unit is based on best project management practice providing an easily tailored and scalable project management methodology for the management of all types of projects. The design of this particular unit allows you to progress into a professional accreditation qualification subject to professional body requirements.

The overall aim of this unit is to further enhance your skills in the area of employability or enterprise skills, research, critical thinking and career management/planning. Academic writing and critical thinking skills will be further developed, thus providing you the opportunity to further enhance your expertise in these areas. You will also be required to develop and implement a Career Plan, thus helping you to be well positioned to succeed in your study and to take a competitive place in a targeted employment sector.

This unit aims to broaden your awareness of the key factors in the business environment affecting the development and importance of small businesses and to develop an understanding of the entrepreneurial process from generating marketable ideas to a testable business plan.

This unit aims to provide you with the opportunity to explore the most suitable planning, development and management techniques for different entrepreneurial ventures.  You will be expected to produce an appropriate plan as well as developing your critical awareness of the need and uses of planning.  You will also be expected to critique the development and management of an existing venture.

The course information displayed on this page is correct for the academic year 2019/20. We aim to run the course as advertised however, changes may be necessary due to updates to the curriculum (due to academic or industry developments), student demand or UK compliance reasons.

TUITION FEES 2019/20 & 2020/21

  • £9,250 per annum

Your tuition fees cover the cost of teaching, access to resources at our Centres, registration costs, and Student Support Services. They do not include the cost of course books, stationery and photocopying/printing costs, accommodation, living costs, travel, hobbies, sports or other leisure activities.


In addition to the tuition fees, you should be prepared to buy some of the course texts which are around £30 each. This would average around £200 per annum.


  • Your tuition cost (lectures, seminars, exams and registration) along with academic support.
  • Access to campus facilities, this includes computers, Wi-Fi, vending machines, quiet study spaces, multi-faith rooms and spaces to socialise.
  • Our Academic Community of Excellence (ACE) Team who can provide help with many aspects of your studies, such as academic writing, research skills and many more.
  • The Careers and Employability Service team, who are here to help you prepare for an interview or to write a CV.
  • Access to Library resources, including a large online catalogue of books, journals and other resources.


This course provides the academic skills and professional qualifications you’ll need to pursue a career in a wide range of areas. Recent graduates have gone on to recruitment consultant, operations manager, omni-channel analyst and TV research executive roles at companies including Stearn Electric, Proco Global, Kingfisher and Grahame Robb Associates.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Marketing
  • Account Management
  • Buying and purchasing
  • Production
  • Works and maintenance management
  • Personnel and recruitment consultancy
  • Retail management

Birmingham Centre

5th Floor Centre City
5-7 Hill Street
B5 4UA

London Centre**

St James’ House
10 Rosebery Avenue

Manchester Centre

Saint James Buildings
61 – 95 Oxford St
M1 6FQ

**For students studying in London, your classes will be taught at our centre on Rosebery Avenue in Central London.

Please note: classes and teaching for this programme may be delivered from an alternative QA Higher Education centre in Central London. A full list of Central London locations is available on our website at All teaching locations are easily accessible via tube, rail and bus networks. Our team will contact you with any changes to teaching locations at the earliest possible opportunity.


If you are ready to apply, please complete our online application form in the links below and provide any required supporting documents. We will assess your application and provide you with a response. If you experience any issues, please contact


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