Course Overview

The BA (Hons) Business and Management Studies degree is a very popular and vibrant programme within Cardiff School of Management. The programme aims to provide high quality and professionally relevant undergraduate programme, developing in students a critical appreciation of the role managers undertake in the modern business world. Graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge for a multi-disciplinary approach to diverse business and management problems.

The degree offers the following specialist pathways of study:

  • BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies with Finance
  • BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies with Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies with Information Systems Management
  • BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies with International Business Management
  • BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies with Law
  • BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies with Marketing

Other exit awards are BA (Ordinary), Diploma in Higher Education, Certificate in Higher Education.

Course Content

Foundation Year (Year 0):

This programme incorporates a foundation year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the three-year honours degree, who fall into one of the following categories:

1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.

Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.


The course structure develops from a compulsory first year, consisting of seven modules, to only two compulsory modules in the final year of study. This will enable you to direct your interests into a specialised pathway or specific set of option modules, whilst ensuring that you receive a sound understanding and appreciation of the central tenets required of all business and management students.

The programme also allows for considerable flexibility to ensure that you are academically guided in your ultimate choice as to whether to graduate with a BA (Hons) Business and Management Studies degree, or a BA (Hons) Business and Management Studies degree with one of the available named pathways.

You will undertake a compulsory work placement module in the second year as this is considered an essential requirement for all business and management students. For those who wish, there is the additional opportunity to take a sandwich year between years two and the final year.

All modules are taught in English although there is provision for the Welsh language equivalent in a few modules in Levels 4, 5 and 6.


The assessment strategy covers a wide spectrum of approaches. Each module has its own aims, objectives, learning outcomes and methods of delivery and assessment. Assessments may, therefore, take the form of assessed written papers/essays/reports, oral presentations, group and individual research projects, posters, reflective papers which may involve compiling scrapbooks, case studies as well as open/closed book formal examinations work-based

based placements at level 5 require the submission of a CV, reflective logs/diaries, employability presentation. Individual lecturers may use class-based peer assessment if they consider this appropriate.

Preparation and support are available for assessment through various activities designed by module leaders, personal tutors and library.

Employability & Careers

Knowledge and understanding of business management, in conjunction with the development of graduate employability skills required from employers, is paramount. From the moment of induction to completion of your final year, employability is an important aspect of your degree programme.

As well as a compulsory work experience module in year two, which we can arrange for you, we hold careers fairs and social networking events with employers. Alternatively, if you intend to become a young Entrepreneur and start your own business, the Centre for Student Entrepreneurship will aid you in business practice and help develop your business idea while you are a university student. The work experience module in year 2 (level 5) seeks to offer you real-world experience. A module is also available between years 2 and 3 where students take a placement in industry for one year which is awarded 20 credits in their third year. Our work placement officers can assist in finding year-long placements.

Most of our students enter the business world after graduation and will find employment in a wide range of organisations, in both the public and private sector. For example, students have found employment as business sales executives, marketing associate professionals, financial account managers, managers and directors in retail and wholesale, estate agents and auctioneers, and human resources and industrial relations officers, to name a few.

There are opportunities for students to continue their study at postgraduate level at courses with Cardiff School of Management, such as the MSc International Business Management, LLM International Business, MSc Strategic Marketing, MSc Human Resource Management and the MBA. In addition, graduates will be well prepared to undertake professional qualifications or programmes.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 112 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).

Typical offers may include:

  • 112 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM
  • 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4
  • 112 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
  • 112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSEMathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated February 3, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
3 - 4 years
12,000 GBP
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