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BA (Hons) Business and Management

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

Year of entry: 2019
Show year of entry: 2018

UCAS code

N200

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time

Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fees

£17,120 per year (2019/20)

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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.

This broad-based degree will introduce you to cutting edge management theory and practice, with a wide range of specialised modules to choose from. With a more flexible structure than the equivalent BSc, you can tailor your course to fit your interests closely.

This course is available as a four-year degree including a year in industry: Business and Management with a Year in Industry (BA).

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 Banados-Cornejo, 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.

Study abroad

Year abroad

We've developed links with universities around the world, so you don't need to let travelling interrupt your studies. Spend your second year abroad studying for your degree before returning to York for your final year.

During your year abroad you'll pay a significantly reduced tuition fee to York, and no tuition fees to the host university. Please note that you can't take a year abroad and a year in industry.

Summer abroad

Immerse yourself in another culture for a few weeks or the whole summer on a short course, volunteering programme, or career-related summer school.

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

You can also choose to add a placement in industry before your final year.

Year 3

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

Fees and funding

The fees and funding figures below are based on data from 2018 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £17,120

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 offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

“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 work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. 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.

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars156 hours120 hours168 hours

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.

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 3
Written exams50%17%17%
Coursework50%81%81%
Practical exams0%2%2%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

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:

  • Assistant Store Manager
  • Junior Consultant
  • Operations Manager
  • Buyer 
  • Senior Specialist in Global Assessor Servicing
  • Retail Management Graduate
  • Administration and Marketing Co-ordinator
  • Assistant Management Accountant
  • HR Graduate
  • Accounting, Reporting and Control Graduate
  • Human Resources Graduate
  • Trainee Negotiator
  • Civil Servant
  • Business Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Internal Auditor
  • Technology Analyst
  • Employment Law Advisor
  • Risk Analyst
  • Finance Graduate
  • Marketing Manager

Transferable skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Communication, presentation and reporting
  • Numeracy and data analysis
  • Time management
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Negotiation and persuasion
My degree in Business and Management has provided me with an extremely strong skill set to enter the world of work and compete with talented graduates from other top institutions.
Recent graduate

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

AAB. We don't ask for specific combinations of A levels. We accept General Studies.

GCSEs Mathematics grade 4 (C). We do not accept adult numeracy in lieu of GCSE Maths.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher
BTEC DDD BTEC National Extended Diploma
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, M2
International Baccalaureate 35 points
Irish leaving Certificate H2,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAAAB at Higher level

English language

If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability.

  • IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • Pearson 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (taken from January 2015) 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

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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