business and management student
UCAS Code
NN21
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2020
Accredited
Yes

Overview

If you’ve got the ambition to become a successful business professional, this accredited BA (Hons) Business and Management degree course will kick-start your career.

You’ll learn the skills to get ahead in the professional world, unpack the complexities of business operations and tailor your studies to match your aspirations.

The course will set you up for a career across plenty of sectors and industries. You'll have the skills to get ahead as a business professional, whatever role you pursue.

This degree shares a common first year with several other business courses. This gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.

Accredited by

This course has EPAS accreditation, a scheme operated by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). This network promotes excellence in management development, and means you’ll be studying a course recognised for its high-quality student experience.

91% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Develop the knowledge and skills to become highly effective in business and management
  • Get a rich understanding of core business areas such as marketing, accounting, operations and management
  • Tailor your studies in the areas that interest you most by choosing from around 40 unit options
  • Hone your entrepreneurial skills and build your network by working with real businesses on projects

You can also:

  • Learn a foreign language as part of your studies, such as French, German, Italian, Spanish or Mandarin
  • Study at partner universities such as San Jose State in California and the University of Iceland

Careers and opportunities

As a versatile degree, tailored to the areas of business and management that interest you, your BA (Hons) Business and Management degree will open doors to various career paths in the business world.

What can you do with a Business and Management degree?

Previous graduates have secured roles in areas such as:

  • business development
  • consultancy
  • recruitment
  • marketing
  • publicity
  • finance
  • risk analysis

You can also go onto study a postgraduate qualification or join a graduate development scheme.

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry when you finish the course. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

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

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Business and Management degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

What you'll do

As well as getting an overview of the main financial principles and conventions of business accounting, you'll learn how to interpret annual reports and other related documentation.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the purpose of accounting in the financial management of a business entity
  • Interpret an annual report for a quoted company
  • Describe the main financial principles and conventions
  • Identify and use budgeting, basic costing principles, concepts and cost classifications
  • Identify and use costing techniques and methods for analytical and managerial problem-solving purposes
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 1-hour lectures
  • 23 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a set coursework exercise (20% of final mark)
  • a portfolio (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll study concepts, principles, decision frameworks and practices that relate to major aspects of operations management.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, principles, decision frameworks and practices of operations and systems management in business
  • Understand the contribution of operations and systems management to the performance and sustainability of businesses
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 140 hours studying independently. This is around 4 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • project output (20% of final mark)
  • coursework (30% of final mark)
  • a 60-minute written exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll engage in problem-based learning and expand upon the use of economic and financial theory to evaluate a range of relevant and contemporary issues.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Examine the key concepts of economics
  • Explain topical economic issues and Government policy decisions
  • Define and explain basic financial principles
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 1-hour lectures
  • 23 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a business innovation development project (20% of final mark)
  • 8 quizzes (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn to apply theories, identify key issues and develop appropriate recommendations for action. You'll reflect on your experiences of working in organisations, being managed, and managing others, and explore this within the context of effective management and the achievement of individual and organisational goals.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the nature of work and management in organisations with diverse membership
  • Consider equality, diversity, cross-cultural and ethical issues in the management of people
  • Select and apply a range of appropriate theoretical and conceptual frameworks in the analysis and potential resolution of management issues within an organisational context
  • Identify and apply key activities in people management practice, and consider their potential impact in achieving organisational goals, and the role of line managers in their implementation
  • Review and discuss contemporary issues in managing people in organisations and identify the implications of these for managers and other employees
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 40-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a project (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll attend weekly lectures, and weekly group seminars, using case studies to explore marketing in greater detail.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the significance of marketing as a management process and discuss it in the wider context of the organisation
  • Understand the importance and relevance of the global marketing environment to sustainable and ethical marketing decision making
  • Use resources to gather data to undertake a marketing audit
  • Identify key marketing problems and opportunities within an organisation
  • Recognise the stages within a marketing plan and be able to differentiate between strategic and tactical marketing decision making
  • Identify, recognise and apply the key model, tools and concepts associated with marketing decision making
  • Recognise the elements of the marketing mix and explain how they are used to inform marketing decision-making
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 1-hour lectures
  • 24 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module you'll be assessed through:

  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (20% of final mark)
  • a Business Innovation Development project (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get to know key concepts and case studies in lectures, and engage in problem-solving activities in seminars.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Show a basic understanding of numerical methods and calculations
  • Utilise mathematical and statistical techniques to analyse data
  • Interpret analysis results and communicate to a range of different audiences
  • Formulate and build a basic model of management and business problems
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
  • 24 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 116 hours studying independently. This is around 4 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a Business Innovation Development project (20% of final mark)
  • a 6-hour portfolio (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

The group project will culminate in an informed recommendation of a new business venture idea, addressing a current social/ecological issue.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explore your role in, and experience of, a ‘simulated working group’ with diverse membership
  • Understand and contribute to small scale research, analysing your findings and delivering them appropriately to your target audience
  • Offer a supporting case for the success of a business innovation, in the context of the subject disciplines you studied in year 1 and your knowledge of the business world
  • Demonstrate co-operative working, with effective use of communication, problem solving and team working skills
  • Reflect on your personal experience, skills and performance to develop ‘actions’ for the future
  • Use key academic skills relating to the creation of original content
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 1-hour lecture
  • 23 x 1-hour seminars
  • 2 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word written assignment (20% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (50% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment (30% of final mark)

Year 2

Core modules

What you'll do

You'll also develop employability and enterprise skills via the Simventure Simulation-based coursework.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental concepts of business finance
  • Identify, compare and contrast the various sources of finance available to enterprises of varying sizes
  • Critically analyse and evaluate a range of financial management tools and techniques that might be used by organisations
  • Develop real life business management and analysis skills
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 1-hour lectures
  • 24 x 1-hour seminars and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • A 2,000-word coursework exercise (50% of final mark)
  • A 90-minute written exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll look at questions about the purpose of organisations of all types, then consider how they are led and governed. You'll also gain an understanding of related concepts, including stakeholder theory, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and ethical decision making, as well as issues of practical application such as stakeholder management, strategic CSR and social accounting.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of social, environmental and economic challenges affecting modern business
  • Construct an assessment tool for the comparison of organisations against the theoretical frameworks of ethics, governance and sustainability
  • Analyse and identify the wider stakeholder implications of alternative business models
  • Assess the role of leaders and the impact of leadership on organisations
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops 
  • 11 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000-word report (45% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment (55% of final mark)

What you'll do

These skills will be invaluable during a placement year, summer internship, or post-study career. You'll also develop the intellectual and research skills you'll need to complete your research proposal, and your final-year research task.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully you'll be able to:

  • Use what you've learned to increase your employability
  • Effectively use your critical thinking, reading and writing skills for research tasks
  • Understand the practical and philosophical underpinnings of Business Research
  • Reflect and be self critical when identifying areas for personal development
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
  • 12 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word portfolio (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word report (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get a detailed overview of the global business environment, and the factors that effect it.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the major factors and issues affecting the development of international/global business
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the international/global context within which businesses operate
  • Recognise the impact of social, economic, cultural and other factors on the global business environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how geographical and institutional forces shape international/global trade
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 4-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 140 hours studying independently. This is around 8.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 30-minute oral assessment and presentation (25% of final mark)
  • a report (25% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (50% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You'll learn complex concepts, and how to approach workplace problems in an objective and analytical way.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills
  • Objectively analyse real situations related to contract and employment law, and the law of negligence
  • Access and critically analyse paper or electronic primary and other legal sources
  • Conduct independent research on legal topics
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • A 2,000-word coursework exercise (50% of final mark)
  • A 90-minute exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get an understanding of essential issues in entrepreneurship and small business management. You'll also have opportunities to work in entrepreneurial teams and develop innovative business ideas

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Utilise scholarly reviews and primary sources
  • Explain and critique issues involved in business venturing
  • Recognise or create an entrepreneurial opportunity and critically evaluate its viability
  • Develop a realistic business model
  • Develop and demonstrate a critical awareness of personal entrepreneurial skill, to improve employability
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • A 1,500-word essay (35% of final mark)
  • A 10-minute coursework exercise (50% of final mark)
  • A 1,000-word essay (15% of final mark)

What you'll do

On this module, you'll have the opportunity to understand, explore and develop creativity.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explain theoretical concepts of creativity and their importance to the competitiveness of organisations in the global business environment
  • Apply theoretical perspectives and creative tools, techniques and methods to practical business problems
  • Develop your knowledge, skill and confidence when working as part of a team
  • Work with creative methods, tools and techniques
  • Gain experience through reflective practice
Teaching activities
  • 30 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 3 hours of project supervision
  • 3 hours of guided independent study
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word portfolio (10% of final mark)
  • a 3,000-word report (90% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn how to use this software to manage sales, distribution, procurement and more, through interactive theory sessions in our TEAL Studio, and practical sessions using SAP software in our computer labs. You'll have the opportunity to make a day visit to the 'Experience SAP' Centre at SAP UKI headquarters outside London, attend design thinking consultancy sessions and earn extra-curricular certifications with SAP Learning Hub.

Completing this module opens up the possibility to extend your knowledge at Level 6 by taking the Business Intelligence elective, which covers areas like data warehousing, analytics and visualisation.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate enterprise systems functionalities and potential benefits to business organisations
  • Explain the business impact of sales, distribution, production planning, financial and cost accounting processes
  • Identify factors critical to ERP system selection, implementation and management, and vendor ecosystems
  • Explain how a leading ERP package (SAP S/4HANA) is used to manage business processes effectively
Teaching activities
  • 31 hours of supervised studio/workshop time
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 9 x 1-hour external visits
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 136 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a group poster and individual or group presentation (50% of final mark)
  • a presentation-based report screencast, supported by SAP lab work (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll have opportunities to discuss contemporary HRD practice from both a theoretical and practical standpoint.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify competing approaches that contextualise contemporary developments in HRD
  • Examine contemporary external trends and data and the implications of these for HRD practice
  • Explore the role and contribution of HRD practice to the development of employees
  • Explore contemporary developments in HRD practice
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 12 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word learning log (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (80% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll examine how innovation can be managed by firms, including recognising that innovation cannot be separated from the wider national system, as well as the role played by intellectual property, technology transfer and strategic alliances.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the issues and factors involved in the management of innovation
  • Critically evaluate how the successful management of innovation can lead to strategic advantage and corporate success
  • Critically evaluate the important role played by intellectual property, technology transfer and strategic alliances in the management of innovation
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 2-hour lectures
  • 11 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a portfolio (20% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word coursework exercise (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Formulate and assess negotiation and contract management techniques
  • Summarise the basic principles of contract law and evaluate their implications in a procurement and supply chain context
  • Critique the main approaches to the negotiation and management of contracts and make appropriate recommendations in practical situations
  • Apply the law to realistic industry scenarios
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word report (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word practical skills assessment (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get an introduction to public policy towards private firms and organisations, among other topics.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Understand issues relating to corporate social responsibility and how it might influence decision making within organisations
  • Review academic literature relating to managerial and decision economics in order to make policy recommendations
  • Compare and contrast different theories that managers use when making decisions in the firm and interpret their effectiveness in an international context
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 60-minute in-class exam (40% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

Year 3

Core modules

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Examine and evaluate the key elements of strategic management theory and practice in national and global contexts
  • Evaluate strategic issues at business and corporate levels, using appropriate frameworks and evidence to identify, develop and recommend strategic options
  • Propose appropriate strategies for issue resolution and the strategic changes needed for their implementation
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework exercise (50% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (50% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You'll also get an understanding of the basic principles of business forecasting.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Implement schemes of business analysis
  • Distinguish the important and relevant information necessary to undertake a research project
  • Interpret quantitative evidence and research findings
  • Articulate findings effectively
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 152 hours of guided independent study
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word report (50% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word report (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also attend workshops that will assist you in judging the credibility of data sources, critiquing research methods, developing arguments and critical thinking in academic writing.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Extend and enhance your analytical skills through detailed composition and evaluation of a question or hypothesis
  • Develop your analysis in both academic and professional areas
  • Develop your academic and professional insight into the question
  • Critically discuss organisational issues (and potential recommendations) relevant to the question/hypothesis
  • Use and apply relevant theories/models/perspectives presented in academic and practitioner literature
  • Develop your analytical mind, enhance your ability to self-manage, self-organise and write with business purposes in mind to enhance your employability
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 6 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 377 hours studying independently. This is around 12 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word research proposal (30% of final mark)
  • a 6,000-word final report (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also attend workshops that will assist you in judging the credibility of data sources, critiquing research methods, developing arguments and critical thinking in academic writing.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Extend and enhance your analytical skills through detailed composition and evaluation of a question or hypothesis
  • Develop your analytical capabilities in both academic and professional areas
  • Develop your academic and professional insight into the question
  • Critically discuss organisational issues (and potential recommendations) relevant to the question/hypothesis
  • Use and apply relevant theories/models/perspectives presented in academic and practitioner literature
  • Develop your analytical mind, enhance your ability to self-manage, self-organise and write with business purposes in mind to enhance your employability
Teaching activities
  • 5 x 1-hour lectures
  • 5 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 390 words studying independently. This is around 12 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word research proposal (30% of final mark)
  • a 6,000-word final report (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also attend workshops that will assist you in judging the credibility of data sources, critiquing research methods, developing arguments and critical thinking in academic writing.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Extend and enhance your analytical skills through detailed composition and evaluation of a question or hypothesis
  • Develop your analysis in both academic and professional areas
  • Develop your academic and professional insight into the question
  • Critically discuss organisational issues (and potential recommendations) relevant to the question/hypothesis
  • Use and apply relevant theories/models/perspectives presented in academic and practitioner literature
  • Develop your analytical mind, enhance your ability to self-manage, self-organise and write with business purposes in mind to enhance your employability
Teaching activities
  • 5 x 1-hour lectures
  • 5 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 390 words studying independently. This is around 12 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word research proposal (30% of final mark)
  • a 6,000-word final report (70% of final mark)

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do a paid placement year to boost your experience and put your knowledge to work. Previous students have worked in organisations such as IBM and Bosh. You can also set up your own business.

We’ll help you secure a placement that fits your workplace ambitions. You’ll get help with identifying and applying for placements. And you'll get mentoring and support to get the most out of the year.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you finish your course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

James' story
"I look to start my own company in the future..."

Find out more about James' experience at University of Portsmouth, and where he hopes his studies in BA (Hons) Business and Management will take him.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials
  • practical sessions
  • group discussions

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • individual and group coursework
  • examinations
  • online tests
  • practical exercises
  • independent research

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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

  • Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 32% by written exams and 64% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 24% by written exams and 76% by coursework

Entry requirements​

BA (Hons) Business and Management degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 112-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

What skills and qualities do I need for this Business and Management degree course?

In addition to meeting the course's entry requirements, you'll need good written, IT and analytical skills.

You'll be assessed in a variety of ways so problem-solving ability, good presentation skills and the ability to work well in a team are also important.

We'll help you develop these skills further throughout the course.

How can I prepare for a Business and Management degree?

Regularly reading the business sections of quality newspapers is a good way to prepare for a Business and Management degree.

Getting any kind of work experience in a business is also useful but not essential.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £14,300 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

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.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – NN21
  • our institution code – P80

If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
  • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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