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BA (Hons) Business Management

Course overview

Start date

January 2018

Subject area

Business and Law





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Course summary

Only the January 2018 start date is available for this course - study over the summer and join the 2nd year in September 2018. For September 2018 entry, please view our BSc Business Management course.

This course was developed following extensive research and consultation with employers, business groups and students to ensure it offers the most relevant and up-to-date material for aspiring professionals.

You'll receive a great all-round business education, covering key theories, issues and business functions. You'll learn how products and services are produced, marketed and sold, how people and resources are managed and the impact of the wider business environment.

All of our business management degrees have a common first year. You can then choose to continue with the general degree or specialise in marketing or human resources in years two and three. The course has a strong emphasis on preparing you for employment, so you'll benefit from skills and enterprise workshops, and we'll help you to find work experience.

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If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email

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graduate employability

90% of students found work or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016)



You can become an affiliate member of the Chartered Management Institute while you study, giving you professional recognition as well as networking and mentoring opportunities. 

Professional experience

Go on study visits and placements, learn from guest speakers, benefit from working on real case studies and projects, and secure funding for or incubate your own business in the eFactor Challenge and our Knowledge Dock hub.

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Dr Phil Clark

Developer of UEL's Business Management courses

We've gone to great lengths to ensure our courses meet the demands of employers and is flexible enough to meet the needs of students. You'll find an enthusiastic team of lecturers and great facilities at UEL. If you bring a willingness to learn and get involved, you should thrive here.

Entry requirements


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A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
Extended Diploma (QCF) or Diploma (QCF)
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and maths (See below for accepted equivalences)


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.


Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

In your first year you'll gain a solid understanding of business fundamentals. You'll study organisational and financial management, marketing, economics, human resources and leadership. 

In your second year you will learn how businesses actually operate, from the initial development of a service or product idea, right through to its delivery to the customer. You will also discover the challenges of Human Resource management in a modern and multicultural setting.

Employers and students have told us that entrepreneurship and innovation are particularly important to them, so we place a lot of emphasis on these areas in the final year, building your confidence, ingenuity and understanding of the contemporary technological and commercial environment. 

If, after completing your first year, you want to stick with a general business management degree, then you'll have a large choice of options over the last two years of the course to tailor your studies to your personal interests. 

As well as increasing your knowledge, you'll learn how to solve problems, communicate effectively, analyse data, understand a financial spreadsheet, manage a project and work as part of a team.

You'll have all the tools to launch your own start-up venture or land an executive position with an established company.

What you'll study and when

All optional modules are subject to availability/timetabling and options listed may change.

  • The Business & Financial Environment (core)
  • Marketing Principles and Practice (core)
  • People, Organisations & Management (core)
  • Introduction to Economics (core)
  • Managing Sustainable Operations and Projects (core)
  • Managing a Global and Diverse Workforce (core)
  • Institutional Financial management (core)
  • Integrated Marketing Communications and Digital Media (option)
  • Developing People and Organisations (option)
  • Resource and Talent Planning (option)
  • Understanding Consumers (option)
  • Destination Marketing (option)
  • International Political Economy (option)
  • International Trade (option)
  • Managing International Tourism (option)
  • Retail Marketing Management (option)
  • Corporate Finance (option)
  • Tourism, Innovation and Enterprise (option)
  • Competitive Advantage from Innovation Or Entrepreneurship in Practice (core)
  • The Business Professional (core)
  • Leadership in Organisations (core)
  • Innovation and the Sustainable Organisation (core)
  • Corporate Financial Management (option)
  • Public Finance (option)
  • The Political Economy of Crises (option)
  • Managing Talent to Achieve High Performance (option)
  • Global and Cross-Cultural Marketing (option)
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing (option)
  • Strategic Brand Management (option)
  • Sustainable Tourism Development and Planning (option)

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you in ways that mirror some of the tasks you will be expected to carry out in the workplace. These include producing reports, preparing and delivering presentations, producing a portfolio of work, delivering a business pitch, producing and analysing a case study, conducting a business simulation or producing a financial analysis and plan.
Throughout the course you’ll be given feedback to help you improve and you will probably have to sit a small number of exams, depending on which options you choose.

Course specification

How you'll learn

Our lecturers teach you in a variety of ways to stimulate your interest and motivate you - through lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops which make use of interactive technology.

At other times you'll carry out independent study, supported by our specialist business library and a selection of digital materials, handbooks, notes and other resources. You'll also work in teams to share insights into business issues. 

We'll support your learning with the latest thinking from the University of East London's business research centres, including the Centre for Innovation, Management and Entrepreneurship, the Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity and the Centre for Islamic Finance Law and Communities.

Field trips play an important role, as you'll get out of the lecture theatre and into the real world to analyse business in action and apply the theory you've learnt.

Your future career

The knowledge and skills you learn and the qualities you develop on this course can be applied to almost any business that requires clear thinking, problem-solving, commercial and financial awareness and the ability to communicate clearly. 

Throughout the course you’ll set up and maintain a professional development e-portfolio, which will showcase your talents and achievements to potential employers. 

A Business Management degree is ideal for a job in the corporate world, and lends itself to roles in banking, accountancy, insurance, management consultancy, recruitment and business research.

However, plenty of firms in other sectors are on the lookout for bright business graduates to hire as management trainees, including retail, manufacturing, the automotive industry, food and drink, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, utilities, construction, charities and local and central government. 

Depending on your interests, you could also go into human resources, marketing, corporate communications, logistics, project management, sales or IT. 

Many of our students tell us they’d like to start their own business and entrepreneurs can use our Knowledge Dock business incubation space, which provides first-class office accommodation, IT and access to business advisers and mentors.

Whatever direction you go in, our Employability and Enterprise Team will provide practical help – and you can use their services even after you’ve graduated.

We also run a dedicated employability programme for business and law students, called Employ. It includes employability workshops, skills training sessions, guest speaker events, voluntary work, student ambassador roles and work experience opportunities.

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