Why Herts?
  • You can tailor your studies around your core strengths and interests
  • Learn from staff with industry and research rich backgrounds
  • Feel supported in your learning with our dedicated Programme Team

About the course

Indicative course structure

This course is ideal if you want a business degree that can lead to a wide range of careers. Business Studies has been Hertfordshire Business School’s flagship undergraduate programme for over 50 years, and continually evolves to meet current business and industry needs. The First Year gives you a solid foundation, while the Second and Final Years allow you to choose optional modules from across business disciplines including marketing, human resource management, finance, accounting and management. You also have the opportunity to study a language. This course is aligned to several professional bodies for students to work towards achieving professional body 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 Studies 2019 Course fact sheet 2 BA (Hons) Business Studies with European Language 2019 Course fact sheet 3 BA (Hons) Business Studies with Eastern Language 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Business Studies 2019 Course fact sheet 2 BA (Hons) Business Studies with European Language
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 Languages Programme Specification 2019 Programme specification 2 BA (Hons) Business Studies 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Business Studies

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Why choose this course?

  • Study at a leading business-facing university.
  • Get a powerful understanding of how businesses operate today.
  • Tailor your studies around the areas that interest you most or follow a generalist business route.
  • Gain valuable experience by studying abroad for a year or taking a practical work placement.
  • Combine business studies with one of five languages, adding a stand-out skill to your CV.

Key staff

Ms Kerry McKay
Programme Leader

Professional Accreditations

We’ve developed our BA Business Studies 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), Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Depending which modules you choose, you can apply for exemptions from these organisations’ professional exams.

Course details

Careers

Employability is at the heart of every Hertfordshire degree and we’re pleased to say that 93% of graduates from the BA Business Studies go into work or further study within 6 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 all sorts of organisations, including leading names like British Airways, Citibank, Ernst and Young, GlaxoSmithKline, KPMG, IBM, PWC, Rolls-Royce, Royal 

What job can I get?

Around 93% of our graduates have gone on to work or further study within six months of finishing this course. Our graduates have worked at Disney, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, KPMG, Marks and Spencer and Xerox. You can also spend time studying abroad in Europe, North or South America, the Far East or Australia.

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 Studies 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.

In recent years, our students have gone on placements with Mitsubishi Electric, Walt Disney, Carphone Warehouse and Toys R Us, taking on roles including business administrator, HR assistant, department manager and marketing and communications assistant.

Study Abroad

Today’s businesses operate in an increasingly global market. Even those based in the UK are influenced by international trends and events. Hertfordshire Business School’s BA Business Studies is taught by a highly regarded academic team with extensive international experience and their insights into global business practices have shaped 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
    Accounting Aspects of Business 15 Credits Compulsory
    Analysing and Managing Business Data 15 Credits Compulsory
    Business and Markets 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Organisational Behaviour 15 Credits Compulsory
    The Business Professional 15 Credits Compulsory
    Understanding Marketing 15 Credits Compulsory
    Technology in Business 15 Credits Optional
    The Global Business Environment 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
    Consumer Behaviour 15 Credits Compulsory
    Digital Marketing in Practice 15 Credits Optional
    Performance Management and Reward 15 Credits Optional
    Product Innovation 15 Credits Optional
    Organisational Psychology 15 Credits Optional
    Management Accounting for Business Decisions 15 Credits Optional
    Mobile Business Technologies 15 Credits Optional
    Analysing Financial Statements 15 Credits Optional
    Global Supply Chain Management 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
    Strategic Leadership in a Changing World 30 Credits Compulsory
    Industry Practice in Business (MLO) 15 Credits Compulsory
    HBS Placement 0 Credits Compulsory
    Industrial Placement Sem B only 0 Credits Optional
    Industrial Placement Year 0 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
    Industrial Placement (Semester A) 0 Credits Optional
    Issues in Global Economy 15 Credits Optional
    Dissertation - Management 30 Credits Optional
    International Human Resource Management 15 Credits Optional
    Global Marketing Ethics and Culture 15 Credits Optional
    Forecasting Methods for Managers 15 Credits Optional
    Creative Problem Solving for Managers 15 Credits Optional
    Strategic HRM Perspectives 15 Credits Optional
    Social Networking and Enterprise 15 Credits Optional
    Small Business Management 15 Credits Optional
    Databases for Management Decision Making 15 Credits Optional
    Marketing Communications 30 Credits Optional
    Research Methods 0 Credits Optional
    Contemporary Issues in Business and Management 15 Credits Optional
    Performance Strategy 15 Credits Optional
    Sustainable Operations 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, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 6 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

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