BA (Hons) Business and Management

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N200 AAB (See full entry requirements) 3 years full-time
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A flying start to your career

The three year BA (Hons) in Business and Management will introduce you to the cutting edge of theory and research in management thinking and practice whilst developing your critical thinking and analytical skills. 

Interested in a work placement as part of your degree? Enrol now on our four year BA (Hons) in Business Management (with Year in Industry) programme.

Course overview

The BA (Hons) in Business and Management develops an understanding of the theory and practice of management. During your second and Final year you will develop the areas of: organisational analysis, strategic management, marketing, human resources and international business.

The programme provides:

  • modules delivered by industry experts which demonstrate how theory is put into practice
  • broad business and management background
  • the analytical, technical and interpersonal skills you need to address the problems facing organisations 
  • an enhancement to your employability

Study abroad

Students enrolled on the three year Business and Management programme are eligible to study abroad during their second year of study. This is a great way to develop as an individual and to experience life in another culture.

Applications are subject to the successful competition of all first year assessments and School approval.

Course content

What you'll study

All our programmes share a common first year. The second and third years develop the knowledge acquired in the first year further, so that you develop expertise across management and accounting and finance areas. As a result, our degree programmes produce graduates who are able to show depth and breadth in their knowledge.

Common first year

The common first year that applies to all our degrees includes these modules:

autumn modules spring modules
Management and the Business Environment:Theory and Practice Qualitative Methods in Accounting and Management
Quantitative Methods (part 1) Behaviour in Organisations
Financial Accounting Management Accounting
Understanding the Context of Business Quantitative Methods (part 2)

Second year

autumn modules spring modules
Marketing Principles and Practice Business Planning
Behaviour in Organisations II Strategy, Management and Society
  Knowledge Information Systems
  Management of Human Resources

Final year

Select six from the following 20 credit Optional modules (two autumn and four spring) or one autumn, three spring and the Dissertation (worth 40 credits)

Autumn modules Spring modules
Critical Management Studies Human Resources Development
International Competitiveness, Strategy and Innovation International and Comparative Employment Relations
International Business Environment Management of Technology
Supply Chain Management Managing and Leading Change
Employment Relations Corporate Governance and Social Accountability
Dissertation Strategic Management of Risk
  Business Consultancy Project
  Decision and Information Analysis
  Company Law
  Managing for Diversity


The modules above represent examples of what you can expect to cover in years 1, 2 and 3. We regularly review the content of our degrees to ensure they remain relevant. This page will be updated with any modification to the curriculum.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct;
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work;
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts;
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.


How you'll be taught

I studied accountancy modules in my course, which helped when I started studying for the ACA qualification within my job. I also worked in teams during my course, which helped me to develop team working skills required in my day to day job.

BA Management

Delivered using practical problems and case studies from our industrial partners, our modules also include cutting edge theory and research into management practice.This provides you with both the academic rigour and the industrial relevance that is needed to gain important insights into both the theoretical and practical aspects of business. 

Modules are taught by a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Optional help sessions and online self-study software programmes via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) are also available.

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How you'll be assessed

A balance of assessment methods are used across all degree programmes, although assignments are used more extensively on the BA Business and Management programme.

In your final year you will have some scope to choose forms of assessment that you prefer through selection of optional modules.


Careers and employability

My degree in Management has provided me with an extremely strong skill set to enter the world of work and compete with the top graduates at the top institutions.

Management graduate

We offer more than high quality teaching and research; we prepare you for the world of work through a comprehensive careers support system which enables you to achieve your ambitions.

Degrees that leave you highly employable 

Annually our students join leading organisations for their placements including Morgan Stanley, Ernst and Young, Intel, Xerox as well as joining the Public sector, Fortune 500 firms and small and medium enterprises.

All of our undergraduate modules incorporate the development of the skills required to meet the demands of modern business. For example our entrepreneurial Business Planning module sees students work as part of a team to develop a business concept building towards presentation of the idea and business plan to a panel of business experts.

Dedicated in-house specialist staff

To support you during your time at The York Management School, we have dedicated expert staff to assist you in achieving your career ambitions.

Our Teaching Fellow in Employment and Skills will work with you during the Employability sessions to help you identify your skills and actively improve them. They will assist in creation of your employability portfolio and in presenting yourself at your best in the next step in your career.

Further study options

Graduates from the York Management School don’t all pursue graduate job opportunities straight away; many choose to stay at York on one of our Postgraduate courses, or go on to study at other leading universities, including SOAS and London School of Economics.

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How to apply

The School accepts around 200 students per year across all our undergraduate programmes. All applications must be made through Universities and Admissions Service (UCAS).

Please note that we accept applications for first year admission only and decisions are usually made on the strength of your UCAS application. We would normally look for an application to evidence:

  • academic ability, judged by prior or predicted academic performance
  • motivation and reasons for wanting to study a management-related subject
  • written and oral communication skills
  • an aptitude for rigorous, independent thought and clarity of reasoning.

We are committed to an Equal Opportunities policy and each applicant is assessed according to their individual merits.

Open Days

We also strongly recommend you to attend one of the University Open Days to learn more about the University, the Management School and the programmes we offer from staff and current students.

Our Undergraduate Admissions Tutor is happy to answer any questions you may have about the programme or the application process. Please email:

If you receive an offer of a place, you'll normally be invited to attend a University Visit Day prior to starting your academic career with us.

Entry requirements

A levels


We don't ask for specific combinations of A levels and will also accept General Studies.


Mathematics Grade B for BSc routes.
Mathematics Grade C for BA routes.

Please note: we do not accept adult numeracy in lieu of GCSE Maths.

International Baccalaureate

35 points and above

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Advanced Highers AB + Highers AAAAB

Irish Leaving Certificate



BTEC National Diploma or QCF BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD.

Other qualifications

Pre-U: D3, D3, M2.

Access to HE: Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 30 credits achieved from units awarded Distinction and 9 awarded Merit or higher.

Other qualifications are accepted by the University, please contact Undergraduate Admissions

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • Pearson PTE Academic: 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): grade A
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first language): grade C

Mature students

If you are a mature student and you have not studied for a period of time, then we would advise the completion of an Access course.

As with all applications you apply through the UCAS system. Your application must include a personal statement and contain the following information:

  • Qualifications
  • Work experience (roles and responsibilities)
  • Other interestsReasons for returning to study
  • Confirmation of degree programme you wish to study

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In first year we did lots of different things, so it was a chance to decide which way you'd go... You get the chance to decide what you're best at.”

Hannah, second year Business and Management