BA (Hons) Business and Management - University of Portsmouth
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BA (Hons)

Business and Management

UCAS codeNN21

full time3yrs

placement option1yr

An industry relevant study of multiple business functions

Course Overview

Why take this course?

Do you have an interest in the world of business and management? If you do, then you’ll appreciate our fresh approach to providing an industry-relevant course with a balance of theoretical and practical study.

This course is a great springboard for those wishing to become successful business professionals.

Two University of Portsmouth students with a sharp eye for business have beaten 650 others around the UK to win Student Employees of the Year 2016. 

Jo Miguens, a third year BA (Hons) Business and Management student, and a third year geography student, worked tirelessly to find new ways for local and national businesses to market goods to students. Read more.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Do a one-year placement working in a paid full-time role
  • Specialise in a specific area with the option to transfer onto one of the other business-related courses after your first year
  • Opt to study a foreign language and add to your business repertoire, options include French, German, Italian, Spanish or Mandarin

What opportunities might it lead to?

The Business School has won international recognition by one of the world's leading accreditation bodies for the high quality of its business courses. EPAS is a scheme operated by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), a European network that promotes and enhances excellence in management development internationally.

With its EPAS accreditation, you will benefit from studying a course which is recognised for its high quality student experiences of internationalisation and corporate engagement.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • business development and consultancy
  • recruitment
  • emarketing
  • publicity
  • financial and risk analysis

Portsmouth Business School is a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Accredited Study Centre which has been commended for the excellent standard of results achieved by students. In your first year you will have the opportunity to gain the CIM's Introductory Certificate in Marketing alongside the Marketing Principles and Practice unit. As the UK's leading professional marketing organisation, CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers for both marketing and non-marketing roles.


Amanda Nye, BA (Hons) Business and Management student 2013

I have had some superb tutors and because they’ve been so committed to the subject, they’ve given additional support beyond what I’d ever expect and I’m really grateful for that.

Amanda Nye, BA (Hons) Business and Management student 2013


Business and Management

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Insight into different aspects of the business world
  • Lecturers who are experienced in their field and are passionate about sharing their knowledge
  • Excellent work placement opportunities and careers support

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

This common first year among some of our business courses provides you with a broad understanding of how business operates.

Core units in this year include:

  • Business Accounting
  • Business Innovation Development Project
  • Business Operations and Systems Management
  • Economics for Business
  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Marketing Principles and Practice
  • Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis

Year two

Develop your understanding of business and build on the learning from year one. Also begin to tailor your degree through our range of options.

Core units in this year include:

  • Business Analysis and Decision Making
  • Business and Employment Law
  • Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability
  • Employability, Research and Professional Development

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Business Venturing
  • Developing Marketing Communications
  • Enterprise Systems and Processes
  • Human Resource Development
  • Innovation Management
  • International Business
  • Legal Aspects of Business
  • Managerial and Decision Economics
  • Project Management

Year three*

Specialise further in a range of specific business disciplines. You will also have a choice for your final year project from either a dissertation or a business research project.

Core units in this year include:

  • Strategic Management
  • Dissertation
  • Business Enterprise

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Business Ethics
  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Business Forecasting and Data Analysis
  • Business Research Project (HRM, Marketing or Strategy)
  • Cross Cultural Awareness for Business
  • Money, Banking and Finance
  • People Resourcing
  • Professional selling and Sales Management
  • Company Law for Business
  • Global Marketing

*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement).

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.


Our teaching approach involves a varied structure of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. We aim to provide a stimulating environment that encourages use of IT teaching methods as well as participation in group discussions and projects, alongside individual study.

The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year one students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 76% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year two students: 25% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 75% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year three students: 15% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 85% studying independently and 0% on work placement


We ensure a balance in assessment approaches to suit differing learning styles. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • individual and group coursework
  • examinations
  • online activities
  • practical exercises
  • your choice of independent research

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year one students: 58% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year two students: 32% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 64% by coursework
  • Year three students: 24% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 76% by coursework

Tutor's view


Michael Buchan
Business and Management

Business enterprise was designed to get student groups working together on projects with companies. The projects are real, the deadlines and plans are agreed and with support and guidance, our students are performing well and gaining valuable experience in the working world.

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Facilities & Features

Placements Office

Take advantage of our Placements Office. Providing you with a huge portfolio of employers offering great business-related placement opportunities, the experienced team is always on hand to offer advice on everything from producing high quality applications through to preparation for a company assessment day.

Academic Skills Unit (ASK)

ASK will help you become a successful university student. Our workshops are designed to improve a number of essential academic skills from essay writing and understanding plagiarism to revision and exam techniques. This is a great way to enhance your academic performance and make a smooth transition into university study.


We have invested heavily in open access computer suites across campus. Great working spaces with high-spec PCs (multimedia and CAD), Macs and printing facilities. There is also more specialised software and equipment available such as large format printing, audio-visual equipment and language laboratories. Should you need any assistance, there are specialist technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

Our range of business degrees are an excellent starting point for careers in business and management. You may find careers as management graduate trainees, financial analysts, commercial managers, trainee traders and technical business consultants or you may even want to start your own business.  

This course opens a number of doors, including continuing with further study and eligibility for graduate schemes in large multinational companies.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • market researcher
  • business development officer
  • recruitment consultant

Work experience

Work experience
Employment boosting opportunities

Boost your degree with the opportunity to undertake a one-year placement working in a paid full-time role which offers progression and a suitable level of responsibility. You will benefit from the contemporary business experience that employers demand, making you highly employable upon graduation.

With employers now seeking key business competencies and experience alongside a good degree, work experience is more vital than ever. Due to its very nature a placement year is the best and most involving type of work experience you can do during your time at university. As such, a placement will help ensure you are as employable as possible upon graduation.

Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

Laura Patasiute, BA (Hons) Business and Management student 2013

Having a placement year at The Body Shop International as a NPD Project Management intern has been a great experience. After graduation I am thinking of joining a graduate or training management scheme, maybe back at The Body Shop or another company from the L’Oreal group. Having this year in industry as a part of my course helped me to finally decide what career path I want to choose. Plus, after graduation I will not only be more confident in what I want to do but I will already have a year's experience to help me in getting a graduate position.

Laura Patasiute, BA (Hons) Business and Management student 2013

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To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.

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