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BA (Hons) Business and Management (with a year in industry)

Join academics and industry professionals at the cutting edge of effective and ethical business management.

Year of entry: 2020

UCAS code

N203

Institution code

Y50

Length

4 years full-time

Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fees

£17,890 per year (2020/21)

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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).

Year in industry

Gain management-related experience, apply your academic knowledge and improve your employability with an integrated year in industry.

Business projects

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

Course content

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.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Year 1

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.

Core modules

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

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.

Core modules

Year 3

A year in industry gives you the opportunity to apply your academic learning to a real-life business. Salaries for these placements are typically £14,000 - £18,000, but have been as high as £45,000.

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:

  • Morgan Stanley
  • Intel
  • GSK
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Ernst & Young
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Tech Data

Year 4

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.

Autumn option modules

Choose two from the following options:

Spring/Summer option modules

Choose four from the following options:

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

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.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • champion and engage in socially, ethically and internationally aware approaches and principles to complex business and management situations, and reflect upon their consequences;
  • identify and diagnose problems in business and management by applying management theories, frameworks and experience to specific cases;
  • manage business, management and organizational information by critically evaluating the quality of the evidence base, overcoming ambiguity by identifying gaps and inadequacies, and using suitable methods to collect and collate relevant data;
  • make robust, creative and evidence-based managerial decisions by critically analysing textual and numerical information, and data using appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques;
  • argue for specific management and business proposals and recommendations by presenting relevant and appropriately detailed information, coherently, articulately and confidently;
  • act efficiently and professionally to put managerial decisions into practice taking into account the organizational context together with time and resource constraints;
  • liaise and work with others to deliver team projects, across cultures, in a professional and collegial manner;
  • engage in continuing professional development by critically evaluating personal strengths and weaknesses, keeping up-to-date with relevant business and management ideas and practices.
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

UK top 10

10th equal for business and management studies
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2020

93% student satisfaction

We're 1st for 'Overall Satisfaction' in Management Studies among Russell Group universities included in the 2019 National Student Survey.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £17,890

Additional costs

You may find it useful to buy textbooks, and for some modules this may be required. Textbooks usually cost around £30 - £60 each.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

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.

Funding

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21 throughout the year.

Living costs

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.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“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.

Teaching and assessment

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.

Teaching format

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:

  • Lectures
  • Small-group seminars
  • Activity-based workshops
  • Group projects
  • Individual projects

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.

Timetabled activities

In your first year, you can expect:

Lectures3-5 hours per week
Seminars3 hours per week
Workshops0-2 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, practice 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.

Teaching location

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.

About our campus

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.

Assessment and feedback

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.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Written exams50%17%0%17%
Coursework50%81%0%83%
Practical exams0%2%100%0%

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

Read more about Abigail's placement with Lloyds Banking Group.

Careers and skills

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.

Career opportunities

Recent graduates' positions include:

  • Graduate Consultant
  • Purchasing Assistant
  • Treasury Dealer
  • Senior Sales
  • Category Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Sales Associate
  • Project Coordinator
  • Senior Digital Account Executive
  • Brand Development Executive
  • Management Graduate Scheme
  • Category executive

Transferable skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Communication, presentation and reporting
  • Numeracy and data analysis
  • Time management
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Negotiation and persuasion

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

AAB

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

We also require GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 (C). We do not accept adult numeracy in lieu of GCSE Maths.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
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 each component
TOEFL 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in Listening, 21 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 21 in Writing
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our 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 IELTS 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.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

If you have faced obstacles to higher education, or you are returning to education after a long absence, you may benefit from the York Access Scheme.

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