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. You can be awarded the degree ‘with language’ in the title if you choose to study a foreign language in all years of study.

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

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

Careers

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

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Principles of Marketing 15 Credits Compulsory
    Economics for Business 15 Credits Compulsory
    Quantitative Methods for Business (UJH) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Accounting for Managers 15 Credits Compulsory
    People and Organisations 15 Credits Compulsory
    The Business Professional 15 Credits Compulsory
    The Global Business Environment 15 Credits Optional
    Business Technology Trends 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 4a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 4b 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route B-4A 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route B-4B 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Managing People 15 Credits Compulsory
    Exploring Business Ethics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Enterprise 15 Credits Compulsory
    Project Planning and Control 15 Credits Optional
    Marketing Planning 15 Credits Optional
    Management Accounting for Business Decisions 15 Credits Optional
    Cross-cultural Management 15 Credits Optional
    Mobile Business Technologies 15 Credits Optional
    Enhancing Employability 15 Credits Optional
    Financial Management 15 Credits Optional
    Analysing Financial Statements 15 Credits Optional
    Understanding Customers 15 Credits Optional
    Professional Development for Business 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route C - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route C - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route C - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route C - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 5b 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 5a 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route B-5A 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route B-5B 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Business and Commercial Awareness 15 Credits Compulsory
    Leadership and Organisations 15 Credits Compulsory
    Business Strategy 15 Credits Compulsory
    Electronic Commerce A 15 Credits Optional
    Placement Study Abroad (South East Asia) 0 Credits Optional
    Placement Study Abroad (North America) 0 Credits Optional
    Placement Study Abroad (Australia) 0 Credits Optional
    Placement Study Abroad A (Europe) 0 Credits Optional
    Placement Study Abroad B (Europe) 0 Credits Optional
    Placement Study Abroad (Europe) 0 Credits Optional
    Issues in Global Economy 15 Credits Optional
    International Human Resource Management 15 Credits Optional
    Global Marketing Ethics and Culture 15 Credits Optional
    Forecasting Methods for Managers 15 Credits Optional
    International Financial Management 15 Credits Optional
    Creative Problem Solving for Managers 15 Credits Optional
    Social Networking and Enterprise 15 Credits Optional
    Small Business Management 15 Credits Optional
    Marketing Communications 30 Credits Optional
    Management Science in Business 15 Credits Optional
    Contemporary Issues in Business and Management 15 Credits Optional
    French Project 30 Credits Optional
    German Project 30 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    French Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    French Route B - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    German Route B - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Mandarin Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route C - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Spanish Route B - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route A - 6b 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route B 6a 15 Credits Optional
    Japanese Route B 6b 15 Credits Optional
  • 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

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13000 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £1625 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 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

    UCAS points A Level BTEC
    96 CCC MMM

    How to apply

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

    2019

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    18/01/202020/01/2021Apply online (Full Time)

    2020

    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)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    18/01/202220/01/2023Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students