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Business Management and Entrepreneurship offers you the skills needed to develop new ideas, giving you everything needed to start your own successful business.

  • Dual accreditation: BA (Hons) degree, plus Certificate in Management and Leadership (CMI)
  • Course designed by academics and entrepreneurs
  • The course will prepare you to become innovative, teach you how to manage new ideas and how to apply learning to creating a new business. 
  • Work placement opportunities integrated into the second and third year of the programme.

Why study Business Management and Entrepreneurship?

New businesses are the lifeblood of most developed or developing economies. They’re needed by established companies, whether as a supplier offering exciting new inputs or as new ventures within the company.

Governments are very keen to stimulate the creation of new businesses and support them, as they are often key to developing regions or creating jobs in areas with high unemployment. Perhaps most importantly, you might want to start a business because you have a passion for creating something new.

To start and make a success out of your own business it’s not enough just to have a great idea, you need to manage it well. If this is your ambition, you’ll need to learn a wide range of entrepreneurial concepts and skills. Our Business Management and Entrepreneurship course will prepare you to become innovative, teach you how to manage new ideas and how to apply learning to creating a new business. We aim to give you practical experience through our extensive placement and mentoring programmes, which will equip you with hands-on skills and guidance from industry professionals.


Why St Mary's?

Business Management and Entrepreneurship was designed by an experienced team of academics, many of whom have experience working with entrepreneurs in a variety of sectors. The degree takes into account the skills and attitudes required by entrepreneurs as they prepare to launch their businesses.

There are numerous opportunities to undertake a work placement as part of your degree, giving you the chance to combine academic theory with a work environment. You will organise your placement with the help of the Workplace Learning Team and can choose to do it in a location that suits you.

Our Business Management and Entrepreneurship programme combines coverage of the key business areas from finance and marketing, through to strategy and human resources, with the opportunity to study more specialist subject areas, including business law, management consultancy and digital business.

St Mary’s is a beautiful campus university in London, with a friendly and professional atmosphere. Our West London location puts us near large companies, some of which supply, run and use the nearby Heathrow Airport. We are also surrounded by successful small businesses and business incubators where small businesses can be nurtured.

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

On successful completion of the Business Management Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the Business Management and Entrepreneurship (with a Foundation Year) undergraduate degree.

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Entry requirements

48-72 UCAS points required


A Levels


BTEC Extended

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To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

72 UCAS points should include at least a B and C grade at A Level (or equivalent). GCSE Maths grade C, or equivalent evidence of numerical skills, is also a requirement.

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email

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.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

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Course content

On successful completion of the foundation year you will be automatically enrolled on to the first year of the undergraduate degree.

The course will teach you what makes a start-up business tick, including the financial and economic aspects of new business, how to manage and motivate people and how to build an organisation for success.

Successful managers develop growth in a constructive manner; it requires an understanding of the changes taking place in the business world, society, consumer markets, financial issues, organisational strategy, global economies and digital technology. You will learn how all these factors affect start-up businesses and how to identify opportunities for new businesses.

You can get direct entrepreneurial experience during one of several work placements offered throughout the degree. You will also manage your own projects for individual assessments.

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

Professional bodies include:

Foundation year

  • Personal Learning Competencies Core
  • Taking a Professional Approach Core
  • London: A Global City Core
  • Fundamentals of Business Management Core
  • Thinking Critically, Creatively and Ethically Core
  • Individual Project Core

Year one

  • Contemporary Marketing Practice Core
  • Introduction to Management Core
  • Organisational Behaviour Core
  • Contemporary Business Issues Core
  • Financial Decision Making Core
  • Human Resource Management Core

Year two

  • Principles of Entrepreneurship Core
  • Fundamentals of Accounting Core
  • Starting a Business Venture Core
  • Research Methods in Business and Management Core
  • Corporate Finance Optional
  • International Human Resource Management Optional
  • International Management Optional
  • Philosophy and Ethics for Business Decision Making Optional
  • Project Management and Practitioner Skills for Managers Optional
  • Business Economics Optional
  • Business Law Optional
  • Consumer and Commercial Law Optional
  • Contributing to the Community Optional
  • Experience and Employment in Business Optional
  • International Marketing and Supply Chain Logistics Optional
  • Leadership in Organisations Optional
  • Management Accounting Optional
  • Marketing Strategy and Implementation Optional
  • Behavioural Economics Optional

Year three

  • Research Project Core option
  • Independent Study Core option
  • Entrepreneurship in Context Core
  • Social Enterprise Core
  • Building a Start-up Business Optional
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Optional
  • Digital Business Optional
  • Employment Law Optional
  • The Enterprising Workplace Optional
  • Financial Markets and Institutions Optional
  • International Entrepreneurship Project Optional
  • Law of International Trade Optional
  • Management of Organisational Change Optional
  • Charity Management Optional
  • International Financial Reporting Optional
  • International Strategic Management Optional
  • Management Consultancy Project Optional
  • Managing in the Workplace Optional
  • Stock Market Investment Optional
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing Optional
  • Marketing Consultancy Project Optional

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.

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Career opportunities

You will develop a wide range of employment skills in communication, presentation, analysis, quantification, research techniques, teamwork and working to deadlines. This is designed to enhance your employability portfolio and your ability to develop enterprise.

Beyond the setting up of your own business, career opportunities for graduates include banking, insurance, law and business consultancy, as well as a wide variety of specialist and generalist management posts in leisure and sport, marketing and human resources.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Business Management and Entrepreneurship students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

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

As well as highly interactive lectures and presentations from leading researchers and top management professionals and practitioners, you will attend seminars that will deepen your understanding of the skills needed to be an effective entrepreneur.

Individual tutorials are also available and provide support on a one-to-one basis. These methods 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.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 18%
  • Work-based learning: 2%
  • Guided learning: 30%
  • Independent study: 50%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

Throughout the degree, you will be assessed in a variety of ways that test your knowledge, understanding and skills development.

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 will be assessed using digital methods and online feedback.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 fees

  • Home: £9,250*
  • International: £12,900

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

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

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Fees for EU applicants starting courses in 2021/22 academic year

Eligible EU applicants will pay the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

View fees and funding information for EU students beginning their studies in 2021...

Additional costs

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

Additional costs could be incurred should you choose to buy copies of the core textbooks rather than loan from our library.


A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

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.

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Teaching staff

Meet the team

  • Laura Hamilton
    Head of Department - Business & Society
  • Cynthia Harper
    Lecturer - Primary RE

Academic spotlight

Dr Elizabeth Farrier-Williams (Lecturer in Marketing)

Dr Elizabeth Farrier-Williams

My job combines lecturing and building effective student experience strategies. I enjoy the informal conversations I have with students, where I get to know their academic, employability, and social interests. 

Take advantage of the staff offering their support, the employability workshops and events taking place. Our lecturers have vast experiences across a range of business careers; and all are open to sharing interesting stories and supporting you in your journey.

Read Elizabeth's story

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Further information

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Visit the campus

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Open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day.

We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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