Business and Management Studies (with specialist pathways) - BA (Hons) 

Course Overview

The BA (Hons) Business and Management Studies degree (with or without pathways) is a highly popular and vibrant programme within Cardiff School of Management. The most recent figures for the National Student Survey (2013) showed an overall satisfaction rate of 100% for the programme.

The content of the programme is continually updated to ensure as far as possible, the currency and relevance of the modules studied.

Most of our students enter the business world after graduation. Knowledge and understanding of business management is paramount, as well as students developing the graduate employability skills required from employers. From the moment of induction to completion of your final year, employability is an important aspect of your degree programme. As soon as you join us your are enrolled on to the Passport to Success initiative.

We also hold Careers Fairs and social networking events with employers and provide a compulsory work experience module in year two, which we can arrange for you. Alternatively, if you intend to become a young Entrepreneur and start your own business, you would likely work alongside our Centre for Entrepreneurship, which aids you in business practice to develop your business while you are a university student.

We are also able to offer progression to postgraduate study, such as the MSc in International Business Management, LLM in Law, MSc Human Resource Management, MSc Marketing and the MBA.

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 six 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 tenants 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.

Year One (Level 4):

All modules are compulsory and designed to give you sound grounding in business and management studies and your personal development.

  • Personal Development Planning
  • Foundations of Law or Language (IBM Pathway only)
  • Business in Global Context
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Finance for Managers
  • Introduction to Information Systems

Year Two (Level 5):

Compulsory Modules:

  • Contemporary Issues in International Political Economy
  • Business in Action
  • Work placement and Personal Development Planning
  • Research Methods for Business
  • Business Operations and Improvement

A wide range of Option Modules include:

  • Consumer Law
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Human Resource Management in Context
  • Money, Banking and Risk
  • E Business management

Year Three (Level 6):

Compulsory Modules:

  • Strategic Management
  • Leadership and Change Management

A wide range of Option Modules include:

  • Strategic Brand Management and Advertising
  • European Business Law
  • International and Comparative HRM
  • Investment Management
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • International and Global Marketing
  • Contemporary Business Communication
  • Strategic Management of Information Systems

*The programme is currently undergoing periodic review. As such module and course content information may differ slightly to what is shown on this page once confirmed. Please check back for updated information in May 2014.

Learning & Teaching

Teaching in the first year (level 4) is timetabled on the basis of 1-hour lectures and 1-hour seminars, weekly for each subject studied. As you progress into years two and three (levels 5 and 6) the pattern of lectures remains, but the purpose of seminars may change, as do the learning outcomes of the modules you are studying.

Personal Development Planning involves regular meetings with personal academic tutors to help you in your personal development. The School also has a Personal Tutoring department, which assists you with non-academic matters. Students also have an appointed Year Tutor at each level of study who advises, guides and monitors your progress.

All of these provide a strong supportive environment for our students. The use of technology is also an important aspect of the teaching and learning process. As a result many of our classrooms are technology friendly.


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, reflective papers, case studies as well as open/closed book formal examinations.

Employability & Careers

The course aims to develop graduates who have both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to make an immediate and valuable contribution to organisations operating in a dynamic business environment.

Our graduates work in a wide range of organisations in both the public and private sector. One of the advantages of this course is the ability to either specialise in a particular area through our wide choice of pathways or to undertake the broad-based business and management course. 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 and the MBA. In addition graduates will be well prepared to undertake professional qualifications or courses.

Entry Requirements

Foundation route:
Applicants must have a minimum of five GCSE passes grade A-C including English Language and Mathematics or equivalent and 80 UCAS Tariff Points (or equivalent) from at least one A Level.

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually by members of the course team on the basis of their prior learning or working background.


Applicants should have a minimum of five GCSE passes grade A-C including English Language and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:

  • 280 points from at least 2 A Levels / Scottish Advanced Higher passes to include grades CC, at least one to be in a relevant subject
  • QCF BTEC Diploma / Extended Diploma 280 points within a relevant subject
  • 280 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include a relevant subject (C2 minimum grade considered)
  • Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 within a relevant subject
  • 280 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades CC at A level or equivalent, Core counted as third subject

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

International Students:
Students whose first language is other than English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6 standard or equivalent.

Exceptional Entry:
Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually by members of the course team on the basis of their prior learning or working background.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.

Key Facts

UCAS Code(s):

BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies: NN12*


BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies with Finance: N1N3
BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies with Human Resource Management: N1NP
BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies with Information Systems Management: N1GM
BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies with International Business Management: N191
BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies with Law: N1M1
BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies with Marketing: N1NM

*Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Management
Llandaff Campus

Course Length: Three years full-time. Four years full-time if undertaking foundation year or year-long work placement. Five years full-time if undertaking foundation year and year-long work placement.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to For additional costs please refer to

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Dr Elizabeth Eustace:
Tel: 029 2020 5621

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