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BA (Hons) Business Studies

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Successfully educating business’ brightest for over 35 years, this BA degree gives you the theoretical competence and analytical insight to excel in a multitude of business sectors and departments worldwide.

Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), this degree carries a dual award, meaning when you complete your studies you’ll gain your Business Studies qualification and a CMI qualification, a Diploma in Management and Leadership. You’ll also receive complimentary CMI membership for the duration of your qualification with BU.

Your curriculum, taught by highly qualified lecturers and industry-savvy practitioners, will be peppered with numerous networking events and compelling talks held by guest speakers from a variety of business disciplines.

There’s the possibility of travel in year two, as you can study the second semester at one of BU’s international partner institutions. Currently we boast affiliations in Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States.

In year three, a 30-week period in industry will help to bolster your CV. This will give you essential real-world experience, placing your theory and skills into practice, and enabling you to harvest a network of professional contacts – all of which are vital for successfully launching a career.

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At the end of your second year you can either choose to remain on this broader-focused pathway or select a specialist field of business and graduate with one of the following titles:

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

4 years including a minimum 30-week work placement

Accreditations:

The Chartered Management Institute

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 120 - 128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM. For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

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Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant business expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry including many of our alumni. Previous guest lectures have included the Senior Innovation Manager from Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Adviser from Innovate UK.

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 67% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Download the programme specification (pdf 2.4mb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. We are proud that our students have played their part in the success of top firms including JP Morgan, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Motorola. The average salary for our business studies placement students is £15,000–£19,999 per annum. 

Your placement will begin after your second year of study and must last a minimum of 30 weeks. You could be based anywhere in the UK, or could even choose to undertake your placement abroad – giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

For this course, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Can demonstrate their interest in identifying and solving business problems
  • Are motivated and enthusiastic self-starters looking for a rewarding challenge
  • Can demonstrate good written and oral communication skills
  • Are keen to develop a wide range of interpersonal skills
  • Have aspirations to one day manage.

Students on this course will have come from a wide range of backgrounds but all will have demonstrated their drive to succeed in the business environment. We would encourage applicants who are interested in new ideas, can express themselves well, work effectively in teams and can demonstrate a wide range of interests.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

Our business graduates work in various roles in a wide number of sectors. This course is designed to prepare you for a job in any organisation, large or small, and in any sector. In fact, 94% of our Business Studies graduates are in work or study six months after graduating, of which 74% are in professional or managerial positions, earning an average salary of £26,000 a year. 

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student; see our Belong+ pages for more information.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the business sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.

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What our students say

Jamie Seager

My placement at JP Morgan was invaluable. I received lots of support while applying, including specialist advice and tips to prepare me for interview.

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Caroline Burr

Our students achieve amazing things, both on placement and after graduating. I am very proud to have helped to shape the business managers of tomorrow.

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Glebs Kiselovs

The academic staff on my course are very friendly, they're always happy to help and we can trust them and feel like we are like a family