Bachelor in Business Studies (with Professional Practice)


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Program Description

Lincoln’s Business Studies course takes an international perspective with the aim of helping prepare students for the global nature of modern business practice. Students have the opportunity to specialize in areas of particular interest and there are opportunities to acquire workplace experience.

Many of our academics are active researchers with real-life expertise. Their industry links can benefit students by exposing them to current business thinking and the latest developments in the sector.

Students can choose to undertake a year of Professional Practice following the second year. They are expected to source their own paid placement, but tutors can provide support during the process if required. Students who successfully complete their studies with a year of Professional Practice will receive the award title BA (Hons) Business Studies (with Professional Practice). Those who do not will receive a BA (Hons) Business Studies award or equivalent exit award.

There are no tuition fees for the Professional Practice year, but students will need to pay for their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs.

How You Study

The first year introduces key elements of business, including economics, finance, marketing and organizational behaviour. The second year builds on this foundation with modules designed to develop professional skills in project management and operations management. In the final year, students may choose from a range of modules to develop their business knowledge further and have the opportunity to develop a career specialism by choosing modules aligned to their personal interests.

In addition, there is the opportunity to take a year-long work placement (Professional Practice) after the second year. A work placement can allow students to gain valuable experience and apply their learning in practice. More details regarding the potential costs associated with these placements are outlined in the Features tab.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.

How You Are Assessed

In the first year, assessment is 53% coursework, 10% practical exams, and 37% written exams. In the second year, it is 60% coursework, 1% practical exams, and 39% written exams. In the third year, it is 70% coursework, 15% practical exams, and 15% written exams.

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that may be used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The University of Lincoln’s policy is to ensure that staff return assessments to students promptly.


Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teachings and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Entry Requirements

  • GCE Advanced Levels: BCC
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English and Maths. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.

We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities.

Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities. Read less