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BSc (Hons) Business and Management

Develop your analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills at the cutting edge of effective and ethical business management.

Year of entry: 2019

UCAS code

N202

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 (2019/20)

International fees

£17,120 per year (2019/20)

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In an increasingly cutthroat global economy, we aim to create reflective, socially and ethically aware specialists in operations management. 

You’ll learn to identify problems, gather relevant information and analyse your data to make decisions and take action.

More mathematically rigorous than the equivalent BA, the BSc in Business and Management is a well-balanced degree that will prepare you to make complex business decisions in a volatile global marketplace.

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

Business projects

Gain experience of business planning, presenting, negotiating and the everyday decision-making and creative thinking that employers value most.

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, with an emphasis on mathematical skills and statistical analysis. 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. You'll enhance your understanding of accountancy and statistical research methods.

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, expanding your understanding of key topics, research techniques and practical skills.

Core modules

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

Year 3

In your final year you'll take three core modules. You can then choose option modules to develop new skills, take a closer look at topics you're familiar with, or investigate an interesting subject in detail.

You can take three option modules, or one option module plus a dissertation based on an original research project.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one of the following Autumn options:

Choose two of the following Spring/Summer options:

The dissertation is completed over the whole year. If you undertake a dissertation this counts as your Autumn choice and one of your Spring/Summer choices:

  • Dissertation (40 credits)
    Your 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.

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:

  • promote reflective, internationally-, socially-, and ethically-aware approaches and principles to complex business situations and planning; 
  • identify and diagnose problems in business and management by applying management and operations theory to specific cases;
  • manage business, management and operational information by assessing the quality of the evidence base, identifying gaps and inadequacies, and using suitable methods to collect and collate relevant data; 
  • make robust, evidence-based strategic and operational decisions by critically analysing textual and numerical information and data using appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques; 
  • argue for specific management and operational proposals and recommendations by presenting relevant, appropriately detailed information, coherently, articulately and confidently; 
  • assess the impact at an operational level of putting managerial decisions into practice, taking into account time and resource constraints; 
  • liaise and work with others on team projects in a professional and collegial manner; 
  • adapt to different business and management situations by evaluating personal strengths and weaknesses, and keeping up-to-date with relevant business ideas and practices.
The business project gave me a valuable insight into the running of a business and the input from businesses such as IBM and Davis Langdon was extremely useful.
Selina, BSc Management

Fees and funding

The fees and funding figures below are for 2019 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 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 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 hours132 hours144 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. Most of your teaching will take place in the Law and Management Building, with additional contact hours elsewhere on Campus East and occasionally Campus West.

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%33%47%
Coursework50%65%41%
Practical exams0%2%12%

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:

  • Director
  • Area Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Head of Harvest and Logistics
  • Media assistant
  • Audit associate
  • Sales Associate
  • Audit Assistant
  • Property Manager

Transferable skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Communication, presentation and reporting
  • Numeracy and data analysis
  • Time management
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Negotiation and persuasion
The focus is on creating a springboard for success. The studies here at York are just as concerned with the academical aspect as with the implementation of gained knowledge and skills in real life. It is a great way of preparing you for successful a future.
Merilyn, BSc Business and Management

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 5 (B). 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
EPQ

If you achieve a B or higher at EPQ, you will be eligible for a reduced offer, one grade below our typical offer.

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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