Guardian University Guide 2021
Complete University Guide 2021
In a dynamic and interconnected global economy, the role of management has never been more important.
We’ll equip you to be a holistic, resourceful, innovative and reflective practitioner of management, able to independently identify and develop your own specialisms. You’ll be numerically and digitally literate, robust and ethically sound, sensitive to diversity and fully adaptable: a decision-maker able to cope with the demands of the 21st century workplace.
You'll gain an understanding of cutting-edge management theory, and develop deeper insight by putting your learning into practice during your year in industry. With a more flexible structure than the equivalent BSc, you can choose from a wide range of specialised modules to meet your interests.
This course is also available as a three-year degree, without a year in industry: Business and Management (BA).
Gain management-related experience, apply your academic knowledge and improve your employability with an integrated year in industry.
Gain experience of business planning, presenting, negotiating and everyday decision-making and creative thinking that employers value.
There is a great balance here at York. Studying here prepares you for what is to come in the real world. It is a great opportunity to learn something new. Studying at York can expose you to a new way of life and change your perspective.Alonso, BA Business and Management
Our business and management, accounting and finance degrees share some common elements in Year 1 to introduce you to the core concepts underpinning these key disciplines.
As you progress, you'll develop the knowledge and skills acquired in your first year, giving both depth and breadth to your learning. You'll be able to choose optional modules to widen your knowledge or bring your specialism into focus.
In your third year, you'll undertake a 12-month paid placement in industry. You'll develop your understanding of business and management, apply the theories you've learned and enhance your employability.
There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:
In Year 1, you'll study six core modules, which introduce some of the key concepts and techniques used in business and management. The modules give a broad overview of topics you may want to specialise in in later years, with assessments designed to develop your academic skills.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module 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:
In Year 2 you'll develop your understanding further, and explore some new areas of study. Modules build on the concepts introduced in Year 1. You'll explore challenging questions and apply your learning to practical business problems.
A year in industry gives you the opportunity to apply your academic learning to a real-life business. The average salary for placements in 2019/20 was £17,000, ranging from £14,800 to £21,500.
Our dedicated Placements Office advertise hundreds of vacancies each year. You can find placements in all sorts of industries, all over the world. If you have an idea of where you'd like to work, our team can help you find and apply for a suitable position. In recent years placements have included:
In your final year you can choose to develop new skills, take a closer look at topics you're familiar with, or investigate an interesting subject in detail. You can pick six optional modules, or four plus a dissertation based on an original research project.
Dissertation (40 credits)
The dissertation is completed over the whole year. If you undertake a dissertation this counts as one of your Autumn choices and one of your Spring/Summer choices.
A dissertation draws on the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout your degree. You'll collect and analyse empirical data to illuminate or solve a complex issue or problem in the field of business and management. You'll write a longer and more complex document, sustaining a well-reasoned argument and drawing sound conclusions.
Choose two from the following options:
Choose four from the following options:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
It benefited me, as an international student, meeting fellow students and academics who were genuinely interested in my knowledge and my experience at the University. It allowed me to excel on my programme and allowed me to build on my strengths.Egil, BA Management
The fees and funding figures below are for 2021/22 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year
|UK (home)||International and EU|
UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status
For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.
You may find it useful to buy textbooks, and for some modules this may be required. Textbooks usually cost around £30 - £60 each.
We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2021/22 throughout the year.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”
The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018
Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.
You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
We focus on teaching the skills and expertise that employers want. We use practical problems and case studies from our industrial partners to ensure our modules are relevant to modern industry. Our passionate tutors' research-led teaching puts you at the forefront of current issues in business and management.
We use a wide range of teaching methods to suit different learning styles, including:
Our courses are designed to encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning and development, but with all the support you need available from our academics.
In your first year, you can expect:
|Lectures||3-5 hours per week|
|Seminars||3 hours per week|
|Workshops||0-2 hours per week|
These figures are based on an average student in an average week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.
Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practise completion of assessment tasks, or revision.
In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.
You will be based in the Management School on Campus East. The majority of your teaching will take place in the Law and Management Building, with additional contact hours elsewhere on Campus East.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You will be assessed using a mixture of essays, projects and examinations. For some modules you'll produce reports, strategy documents or group presentations.
In your final year you will have some scope to choose forms of assessment that you prefer through selection of optional modules. You can pick modules which emphasise presentation skills, essay writing or exams. You could choose to work on an extended dissertation based on your own research and analysis of a current issue or problem in management.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
On placement I ran experiments to change the way the team thinks about work and their behaviours. This gave me an amazing opportunity to travel around the country and meet new people, as well as try different things without the fear of failure. It opened my eyes to working in new ways and being more effective with communication.Abigail, 3rd Year BA Business and Management with a year in industry
Our bespoke employability sessions help you identify and improve your skills. Our dedicated support team will help you to build an employability portfolio and to present yourself at your best for the next step of your career.
Our graduates go on to careers in all aspects of business and management. Many progress to postgraduate degrees at York and other leading universities.
Recent graduates' positions include:
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher|
|BTEC National Extended Diploma||DDD|
|Cambridge Pre-U||D3, D3, M2|
|International Baccalaureate||35 points|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
We also require GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C). We do not accept adult numeracy in lieu of GCSE Maths.
Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.
|Widening participation||If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to three A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Next Step York, Realising Opportunities. More about widening participation.|
|Contextual offers||If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to two A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about contextual offers.|
|EPQ||If you achieve B or higher at EPQ, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.|
|Core Maths||If you achieve B or higher in Core Maths, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component|
|PTE Academic||61, with a minimum of 55 in each component|
|GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language)||Grade C|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||176, with a minimum of 169 in each component|
|TOEFL||87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component|
|Trinity ISE III||Merit in all components|
|Duolingo||110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component|
For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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