Business and Management BA (Hons)

business and management student
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019


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.

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
  • Get the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Introductory Certificate in Marketing, which is highly sought after by employers for both marketing and non-marketing roles
  • Study at partner universities such as San Jose State in California and the University of Iceland

Work experience and career planning

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Professional accreditations

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.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 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 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

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.

​What you'll study

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

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

Units currently being studied

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

There are no optional units in this year.

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

Optional units 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

Core units in this year include:

  • Strategic Management
  • Dissertation
  • Business Enterprise

Optional units 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

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.

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 mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.


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 an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

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.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 76% studying independently
  • Year 2 students: 25% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 75% studying independently
  • Year 3 students: 15% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 85% studying independently

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 units 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


How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

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

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

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 (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can 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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