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BA (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year

TARIFF: 32 - 56
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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With the face of business ever-changing in a global consumer driven landscape, equipping students with professional skills in management and leadership is key to success beyond university.
Our academic staff and industry experts have developed our BA (Hons) Business Management degree to ensure you are well-equipped for your future career, including industry recognised accreditation. The programme is accredited by professional body, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This allows you to graduate with a CMI Level 5 diploma in Management and Leadership in addition to your undergraduate degree.
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We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.

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For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why we’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities through our SU – all to enrich your university experience. 

Why study this subject?

Are you an ambitious, driven individual who is looking to kick start their career in business sector? Studying our Business Management degree is the ideal way to give yourself a solid foundation to confidently contribute to an organisation’s strategic success from day one.

You will have the opportunity to study subject areas that include, financial decision making, contemporary business economics, international marketing management and strategic agility all of which will help you to develop and specialise your areas of interest and set you on the way to becoming a graduate with real-life experience in your field of choice.

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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

BNU is a vibrant and diverse university that has Student Experience at its heart. Our high lecturer to student ratio ensures that you will receive continual and first-hand support throughout your degree, which will allow you to stretch and excel your abilities and graduate with a versatile and in-demand degree.

We pride ourselves on our employer-led student focused approach to our courses. A key feature of this programme is that it provides the chance to blend both the latest industry insights with best practice workplace skills, enhancing the employability of our graduates.

Academics who teach on the programme bring their diverse experience from working at international companies, non-profit organisations, Government departments and blue-chip companies. Our Business Management degree is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and is a recognised qualification by employers throughout the country.


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What will I study?

Over the past year, the global business landscape has had to adapt to a different way of working and trading. The use of technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) has increased to ensure that key

business activities are fulfilled. Subject areas such as Global Business Environment, Digital Business and New Technologies and Managing and Developing Innovation and Creativity will help you understand how technology can underpin innovation and improvements to business and organisations, alongside developing key skills, such as empathy, problem solving and creativity, which will ensure you are well placed to enter the employment market.

During your foundation year you will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of business and study topic areas like, creativity, self-development, responsibility, business studies and inquiry based learning to provide you with a solid basis for your study of business management.

In Year one, core topics include finance, marketing, data insights, and people management.

In Year two, you will gain a more strategic understanding of business issues, and in particular work with real clients to support you in implementing changes to their business. You will study topics including economics, enterprise and entrepreneurship and consulting.

In the final year, you will be expected to integrate, apply and evaluate the knowledge you have gained through independent study on your dissertation or consultancy project. There is an ongoing emphasis on leadership skills, particularly within a changing business environment. The dissertation or a consultancy project will be a key focus this year and will allow you to specialise on your area of interest. This will prove invaluable when you graduate, allowing you to showcase your particular area of expertise at job interviews.

The course has been purposely designed to prepare students for life beyond university and to reflect what businesses want from employees in the workplace. The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) refer frequently to ‘accidental managers’ within business; those people who have been promoted due to competence in one role but who are not trained or equipped to be managers. This is a key focus within our degree programme, we want to ensure that you start to develop management and leadership skills in readiness for the workplace.

Working closely with others on a project or brief is a common occurrence throughout a business management degree, we believe that this provides you with crucial and transferrable skills that can help hit the ground running in a fast-paced business world.

The BNU Business School is proud of its links with international and national companies and frequently welcomes businesses in to lead live briefs and watch student presentations. You will be asked to develop solutions for businesses, allowing you to gain real-world, hands-on consulting experience while businesses benefit from having bespoke research and advice tailored to their needs.

We think students thrive from being able to hear from those currently working in the industry, which is why we regularly welcome guest lecturers to speak and share their insights as current business professionals.

We’ve had students consulting major companies as well as helping start-ups to get their businesses on the move. Companies we have worked with include Dreams, Enterprise-rent-a-car, Dow Chemicals, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and KVA Digital.

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How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

At Buckinghamshire New University we like to foster an interactive and student-focused teaching style where we blend lectures, workshops, independent study, case studies, live briefs and guest speakers to enhance the learning experience.

Our approach is to put the student in the shoes of a junior executive and ask them ‘what would you do?’ We want our students to have a mix of knowledge, skills and abilities that will allow them to be day one ready graduates who can seamlessly fit into any organisation that they choose to join or start as an entrepreneur.

Our assessments reflect our employer-led course philosophy, they are real world centric with live briefs from businesses and cases that challenge students to produce a tangible result and not simply demonstrate knowledge of a subject. We set a variety of assessments across the three years of the degree; these include:

  • Individual management reports
  • Group business plans
  • People management strategies and presentation pitches
  • Team based marketing campaigns
  • Industry briefed digital advertising activities
  • Individual presentations
  • Timed assessments
  • Even, short films and multi-media copy

Placements Plus

BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value.  In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

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BA (Hons) Business Management Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 32 - 56

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.



This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity

Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility

Introduction to Business Studies

Inquiry Based Learning

Year 2 Modules

Data Insights for Business Decisions

Organisational Behaviour

Financial Decision Making

Global Business Environment

The Graduate Challenge

Introduction to People Management

Principles of Marketing

Career Viewpoint

Year 3 Modules

Digital Business and New Technologies

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (optional)

Contemporary Business Economics

Business Consulting

Operations and Service Management

Consulting in Practice

Project Management

Strategic Marketing (optional)

Customer Experience (optional)

Year 4 Modules

International Marketing Management

Research Methods

Strategic Agility

Developing Leadership and Management Skills

Managing and Developing Innovation and Creativity

Change Management and organisation Development

Dissertation (optional)

Consultancy Project (optional)

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£9,250 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£14,250 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023


What are my career prospects? 

We see your journey with us as much more than a degree, we are committed to supporting you to carve out the route to your chosen career and life beyond university.  We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good business leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

Once you have completed your degree, you will be fully equipped to begin a career in a range of industries, in general management or to develop your own business.

Working closely with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) means that you are well placed to become Chartered Managers once you start work.

You will have gained a wide range of knowledge and skills, so that you can pursue a career in any profession or business role, such as:

  • operations and service management
  • customer management
  • project management
  • retail management.

As this programme provides a grounding in all areas of business management, it also offers the opportunity to focus on a particular area of interest for postgraduate study, either on a full-time basis or part-time whilst working.  You may choose to study for the PG Certificate in Business Leadership or the IMBA offered by the University.

Did you know?

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