BA (Hons) Business Administration

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About the course


This course offers a sound foundation in business and the disciplines which underpin business. Delivered online by Hertfordshire Business School and UH Online (the University's centre for online distance learning), this course gives you the flexibility of fitting study around your work and other commitments.

If you are interested in studying this course, take a look at our video to find out more from the course tutor. 

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Why choose this course?

  • Gain a thorough understanding of business and management practices at local, national and international levels.
  • Preparation for a career in business and management.
  • Develop your practical transferable skills within a global context.

What our
students say

What our<br>students say

I absolutely enjoyed studying on the Business Administration online degree. It's been challenging and interesting and I've enjoyed all the modules for the course, the lecturers and administrators have equally been supportive too.

-Akosua Amponsah, BA (Hons) Business Administration (online) alumni


Once you have successfully completed the programme, you will have an internationally recognised degree that can open up new career opportunities. Hertfordshire Business School graduates can be found in a wide range of careers, with many in senior positions in the UK and throughout the world. Typical job roles include: Business Analyst, Marketing Executive, Human Resource Manager, Finance Officer, Trainee Manager and Operations Executive.

Teaching methods

Online distance learning gives you the flexibility of when and where to study. However, interacting with other students and tutors is still important, so this flexibility is combined with online discussion, podcasts and online synchronised, where possible. To keep you on track, assessments are also scheduled at specific times.

Study Rate

The BABA (online) course is studied part-time over 5-6 years, and you will need 360 credits to complete the qualification. A typical part-time study rate is 60 credits per year, students will be studying TWO (2) modules per study period (‘semester’). All modules on the Online course are worth 15 credit points. A 15-credit module indicates between 100 and 150 hours’ of work on the part of the student over a semester which includes reading, engaging with exercises and practical work, taking part in discussions online and completing assessments. For this reason it is essential that you prepare a study plan during the programme induction to set aside sufficient time for work, studies and assessments.

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Level 4

Core Modules

  • Accounting for Business - 15 Credits
  • Economics for Business - 15 Credits
  • Principles of Marketing - 15 Credits
  • Quantitative Methods for Business and Management - 15 Credits
  • Global Perspectives in Business - 15 Credits
  • People Resourcing - 15 Credits
  • The Business Professional (Part 1) - 15 Credits
  • The Business Professional (Part 2) - 15 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Analysing Financial Information - 15 Credits
  • Enterprise - 15 Credits
  • Marketing Planning - 15 Credits
  • Principles of Operations Management - 15 Credits
  • Cross Cultural Management - 15 Credits
  • Project Planning and Control - 15 Credits
  • Enhancing Employability - 15 Credits
  • Exploring Business Ethics - 15 Credits


Level 6

Core Modules

  • Issues in Global Economy - 15 Credits
  • Global Marketing, Ethics and Culture - 15 Credits
  • Business Strategy - 15 Credits
  • Contemporary Issues in Business and Management - 15 Credits
  • International Human Resource Management - 15 Credits
  • Leadership and Organisations - 15 Credits
  • Digital Economy - 15 Credits
  • Business and Commercial Awareness - 15 Credits


Fees & funding

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Part time
  • £640 per 15 credits for the 2017/2018 academic year

International Students

Part time
  • £640 per 15 credits for the 2017/2018 academic year

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Part time
  • £680 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Part time
  • £680 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

Other financial support

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

Entry requirements...

The normal entry requirements for the programme at level 4 are:


  • 96-112 UCAS points from a minimum of two GCE/VCE A levels or one VCE Double award or equivalent qualifications to be assessed by the Admissions Tutor
  • OR  An overall pass in an Access to HE Diploma with a Merit profile in the 45 Level 3 units

ADDITIONAL (Bridging Programme)

Students with GCSE English Grade C but no further formal academic qualifications, including Maths, may, at the discretion of the Programme Leader, apply initially to take three modules over four consecutive semesters as an alternative, preliminary admissions route. These modules must include ‘Quantitative Methods for Business (Online)’ and ‘The Business Professional 1 (Online)’ and one further module selected by the Programme Leader in liaison with the applicant. If these modules are all passed within the four semester period, at first attempt, then the student can then register to study on BA Business Administration (Online). This is a programme-specific regulation.

Supporting documents required

  • Copies of your educational certificates (including results achieved for each subject) for examinations taken since the age of 16
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • English language GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent - you should have a score of 6.0 overall if presenting an IELTS test)
  • Mathematics GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • A substantial personal statement about why you want to study this programme, what you hope to gain from the course and where you see your future development taking your career.
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport
  • 1 academic or professional reference

View our simple steps to a successful application

How to apply


Start DateEnd DateLink
24/09/201817/05/2019Apply online (Distance (Part Time))


Start DateEnd DateLink
24/09/201917/05/2020Apply online (Distance (Part Time))