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St Mary's University

Business Management (with a Placement Year) BA (Hons)

Start date

September / January

UCAS code

N700

Duration

4 years

UCAS points

104 - 96

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Confidently climb the corporate ladder with our practical Business Management degree

Navigate the corporate world with our hands-on Business Management degree. You will focus on contemporary approaches and critical skills, covering topics like:

  • finance
  • marketing
  • strategy
  • human resources.

You can also specialise in:

  • business law
  • management consultancy
  • digital business.

Our Business Management BA is designed by industry professionals who understand that employers seek graduates who:

  • can apply ideas to practical situations
  • are confident with the latest technological and digital developments
  • maintain the best professional management and ethical standards.

Learn in the capital

We are only 30 minutes from central London. Therefore, you’ll have opportunities to explore a diverse hub for business. We also have connections with large companies and small businesses in the local area.

Dual accreditation

During your business management course, you can complete specific modules to achieve a Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership awarded by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) (subject to CMI moderation).

A supportive environment

Our campus feels like a community. Your lecturers learn your name and are here to support your needs. Our student, Lauren, tells us that our academics are “really helpful and […] always on hand when help is needed, both in lectures and tutorials”.

Apply now for January 2025

You can apply now to study our BA in Business Management starting in January 2025.

About the Placement Year

A placement year enables you to undertake a year of experience in an organisation between your second and final year.

It will enable you to:

  • apply the knowledge and skills you gain from your course in a work setting
  • build your commercial awareness and insights into organisations and industries you might want to work in
  • develop your professional skills through company training, networking skills and confidence in the workplace
  • get some great experience for future job applications or even land a graduate job.

Support from St Mary’s every step of the way

Securing a placement can really help you develop your job search skills and the Employability Service placement and Careers Teams can support you to find and apply for available opportunities.

Please note: in the event that you cannot secure a placement you will be able to transfer onto the three year version of your degree programme.

Dana Griffiths

Course Lead - Business Management

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Course content

Modules

You will learn what makes business tick, including the financial and economic aspects of business, how to manage people, and how to organise for success.

You will learn how to manage the long-term future of a business by studying changes taking place in the business world, in societies, markets, finances, economies, technology, political intervention and legal or ethical requirements.

You will also discover how to develop and implement strategy to meet requirements and the processes behind completing in-depth research projects investigating the different choices your business needs to make.

You will have the opportunity to gain managerial experience during one of several work placements offered throughout the programme.

It is possible to gain professional accreditations and certificate exemptions by successfully completing selected core and optional Business Management modules.

Professional bodies include:

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Entry requirements

72 UCAS points should include at least a B and C grade at A Level (or equivalent). 

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references, and your motivation for study.

104 - 96

GCSE

GCSE Maths grade 4/C, or equivalent evidence of numerical skills, is also a requirement.

We offer GCSE equivalency tests for those who need to improve their GCSE grades.

UCAS Personal statement support

Create your UCAS personal statement through our online builder and we'll email you a copy of your completed version at the end.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Home

£9,250

International

£16,320

1100 during placement year)

*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Government's review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans, and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Scholarships

Find out more about our range of scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students .

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

How the degree is taught

Contact time - 50%

Independent study - 50%

*Contact time includes 32% of guided learning

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

As well as highly interactive lectures, you’ll receive presentations from leading researchers and top management professionals and practitioners. Seminars will deepen your understanding of the skills you’ll need to be an effective manager. Individual tutorials offer further support in learning the subject matter on a one-to-one basis.

These approaches are supplemented by an online virtual learning environment where you can find additional learning materials.

Class sizes in year one lectures can be up to 190 students. In year two and three, lectures will be around 70 students as optional modules are chosen. Seminar groups are typically around 30-35 students.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed in a variety of ways that test knowledge, understanding and skills development throughout your degree.

The programme uses a broad range of assessments including business reports, essays, practical exercises, presentations, case studies, examinations, assessed blogs, seminar and simulation exercises as well as traditional exam-based assessments and coursework. Wherever possible, you’ll be assessed using digital methods and online feedback.

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Career opportunities

Our Business Management degree will help you develop essential transferrable skills, such as teamwork, critical thinking, and time management.

Contact our Career Services at careersnetwork@stmarys.ac.uk for further information on work and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of undefined include:

bankinginsurancelawbusiness consultancy leisure and sportmarketinghuman resources

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