About the course

Indicative course structure

Available as a full honours degree or as top up programme. See below for details about entry requirements for both programmes.

This course is ideal if you want a degree that can lead to a wide range of business careers. It offers a creative mix of academic study, skills development and practical training, giving you the best possible platform for your career. You’ll learn principles of accounting, economics and marketing, and choose from a variety of other subject options. Strong partnerships with industry ensure our curriculum is up to date and meets business needs. Add a language and take the opportunity to study abroad. This course is aligned to several professional bodies for students to work towards achieving professional recognition.

You can also study a language with this course

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Business Administration 2019 Course fact sheet 2 BA (Hons) Business Administration with European Language (French, German, Spanish) 2019 Course fact sheet 3 BA (Hons) Business Administration with Eastern Language (Japanese, Mandarin) 2019 Course fact sheet 3 BA (Hons) Business Administration with Eastern Language (Japanese, Mandarin)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 Languages Programme Specification 2019 Programme specification 2 BA (Hons) Business Administration

Why choose this course?

  • Gain a broad base of business knowledge and explore a variety of career paths.
  • Study key areas like accounting, finance, economics, HR, marketing and operations.
  • Explore global perspectives, ethics, strategy, employment law, problem solving and much more.
  • Create a stand-out CV by spending a year studying abroad.
  • Add one of five languages to your business studies, gaining a sought-after new skill.

Key staff

Ms Kerry McKay
Programme Leader

Register for an open day banner link

Professional Accreditations

We’ve developed our BA Business Administration in close collaboration with several leading professional bodies, making sure our modules meet their rigorous requirements.

These include the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). Depending which modules you choose, you can earn apply for exemptions from these organisations’ professional exams.

Course details


We’re pleased to say that 91% of graduates from the BA Business Administration here at Hertfordshire are in work or further study within six months of graduating

They go into a whole range of business roles, including finance officer, HR manager, key account administrator, management consultant, marketing executive, purchasing officer, project manager, quality consultant, recruitment consultant and trainee accountant. 

Our graduates launch careers with organisations of all sorts and sizes, including leading names like British Airways, Citibank, Ernst and Young, GlaxoSmithKline, KPMG, IBM, PWC, Rolls-Royce, Royal Bank of Scotland, Siemens, Tesco and Xerox. 

What job can I get?

Our graduates have gone on to employment in roles such as finance officer, HR manager, key account administrator, management consultant, marketing executive, purchasing officer, project manager, quality consultant, recruitment consultant and trainee accountant. They have found employment with major companies including Argos, Boots, Halifax, KPMG, Marks and Spencer, Marriott Hotels, and Procter and Gamble.

Teaching methods

You will be studying four 15 credit modules in each semester (this may vary between double modules) and your contact time varies between modules, but usually you will have two sessions per week for each module, a one-hour lecture following by a one-hour seminar/tutorial. Typically, a new topic or theory will be introduced in each lecture and will be followed up with class discussion and feedback in the subsequent seminar. In addition, as part of your study time, you will be collaborating with your peers on tasks and group assignments. Module leaders also offer weekly drop in and feedback sessions, usually 2 x 1 hours per module as well as revision sessions.

The University’s ‘online learning environment’ means you can access all your course resources, literature and timetables from anywhere in the world.

Usually, assessment is split between coursework and examinations. The style of coursework can vary from presentations to business reports, essays depending on the taught topics. 

Work Placement

Practical experience can really make your CV stand out to potential employers and our BA Business Administration gives you the option of adding a year-long work placement to your degree. You can either spend 12 months working for your placement company, or six months working and six months studying abroad at one of our partner universities. While you’re working, you’ll be paid by your employer.

Study Abroad

Today’s businesses operate in an increasingly global market. Even those based purely here in the UK are influenced by international trends and events. At Hertfordshire, our BA Business Administration is taught by a respected academic team with extensive international experience and their insights into global business practices impact every part of the course.

You’ll have the opportunity to add an even deeper international dimension to your BA by choosing optional language modules or studying abroad between your Second and Final Years in Europe, North America or Asia

accommodation link image block


Level 4

Core Modules


Level 5

Core Modules


Level 6

Core Modules


Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

View detailed information about tuition fees

Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

View detailed information about our accommodation

Entry requirements...

Standard entry requirements

2019 Entry

For Business Administration (N252):

72 - 168 UCAS points. 

Standard IB offer ie 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above.

GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 (C) or above.

‘All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For more details on the University of Hertfordshire's entry requirements, please visit our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page.

Find out more about International Entry Requirements.

If you are planning to take a language as part of your degree, please refer to the Business School languages page to check your eligibility.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

For Business Administration (Top-up) (N251):

Foundation Degree in Business (average 60% in second year of full-time study (or equivalent) or HND Business (with four distinctions and nothing less than a merit in second year of full-time study (or equivalent). Plus GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C (or equivalent) or above.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band) for this top-up programme.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English and foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

How to apply

Course length
  • Full Time, 4 Years
  • Full Time, 3 Years
  • Part Time, 5 Years
  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
18/01/202020/01/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)


Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
18/01/202120/01/2022Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
We welcome applications from international and EU students