BA (Hons) Business Management with Mandarin

Key information

Why choose this course?

  • You’ll be supported in your studies and preparing for your future
  • Tailor your studies around your core strengths and interests
  • Improve your employability with a language
  • The BA Business Management with Mandarin gives you the opportunity to study across a range of business disciplines so that you can pursue a wide variety of careers in business management.  
  • Develop a strong theoretical and practical understanding of business which will give you an excellent start in your business management career.
  • Broaden your understanding of business; including essential areas of leadership, information systems, marketing, and data analytics as well as your professional skills within the workplace. 
  • Experience learning across the different essential areas of business. In the latest National Student Survey (NSS) 81% of Business students at Hertfordshire Business School said that the course had provided them with opportunities to bring together ideas and information from different topics.
  • You will be exposed to all the relevant areas of business, which our extensive network of organisations and employers tell us they want from graduates.
  • Access to first-class teaching and resources. 82% of Business student in the 2021 National Student Survey (NSS) said the resources (books, online services and learning spaces) supported their learning well.
  • Become a part of a vibrant, international and collegiate community which is comprised of both student and tutors. 
  • We value what you have to say. Student voice is very important to us. In the 2021 NSS, 84% of our Business students said that they felt they had the right opportunities to feedback on their course. We are also passionate about students developing their professional networks and 80% of students said they had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course. 

Careers and employability  

86% of Hertfordshire Business Management graduates are in employment or further study within 15 months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-2019). The average salary of our Business Management graduates 15 months after graduating is £23,500 (Graduate Outcome Survey 2017-2018).  

Many of our graduates have found work in the public sector and private sector, in roles such as Account and Development Manager, Commercial Support Analyst, Credit Controller, Data Analyst, HR and Operations Administrator and Marketing Coordinator. 

Our graduates have also gone on to work for reputable employers such as Accenture, Amazon, Louis Vuitton, KPMG, IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).  

Our aim is not only to teach you the principles of business theory but how to use those theories in practical business environments. This is the reason why so many of our students thrive in industry after graduation.

What's the course about?

Indicative course structure 

This course will give you a solid knowledge of business and business management. You will apply the latest business theories and paradigms to practical case studies and scenarios, allowing you to build your portfolio of professional skills. You will also benefit from modules covering core business areas such as data analytics, international strategic leadership, innovation and global business. The course will also have modules specifically focused on employability and developing and enhancing the skills necessary to thrive in your future career.  

You will have the opportunity to study abroad or spend a year in industry, giving you valuable experience and the opportunity to enhance your career prospects. 

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. 

In the first year, all students study introductory modules on business and markets, becoming a Business Professional, Understanding Marketing and then either The Global Business Environment or a chosen language (if the student has chosen to study a language). The Business and Markets module enables students to understand the economic context of modern business by introducing and developing an appreciation of the value of economic approaches, principally through examining the role and functioning of the market. The Business Professional is an introductory module that develops both academic and study skills to support students making the change to degree-level study and becoming a Business Professional in the future. The Understanding Marketing module introduces marketing today as an exciting and rapidly changing field of study. It is about understanding customers and relating to them, providing products and services that are relevant at the right price, at the right time and in the right place. These introductory modules ensure our students have a general understanding of the broad essential areas of business, to both progress in their studies and begin building their professional careers.  

In the second year, all students progress to Business Analytics, Managing People and Project Management in Business. These three core modules ensure a detailed understanding of the growing world of analytics, the theories and practicalities of managing people in the workplace as well as a grounding in project management in business. At this stage, students can choose to focus their studies on one of two specialist pathways or keep a generalist degree. The Leadership and Management pathway includes modules focusing on Leading Innovation and Change, and Leading Across Sectors, to start equipping students with essential leadership and management knowledge and skills that will benefit them in their future careers. For those students wishing to specialise in an Information Systems pathway, modules focus on User Centric Design and Mobile Business Technologies. Students staying on the generalist pathway can also opt to study these modules as well as have access to a wide range of other optional modules, including Organisational Psychology and Performance Management and Reward. This broad choice of modules allows students to build on their introductory knowledge and continue creating their professional profiles.  

In the final year, all Business students study Leadership Theory in Practice, Professional Development in the Workplace and Creative Problem Solving for Managers. The core module of Leadership Theory in Practice allows students to develop an understanding of the theory of leadership and how this translates into real-life organisational examples of leadership practice. There will also be an opportunity to examine the student’s own leadership style and how this might be developed and honed, as they move into their career. Professional Development in the Workplace is designed to enable students to reflect on work-relevant learning from their Business programme, alongside work-based learning from paid or voluntary work experience and build their experience into an employment portfolio ready for the workplace. Creative Problem Solving for Managers is the third core module in the final year and this module is very practically orientated and hands-on. It is aimed at anyone intending to become an effective manager, consultant, analyst or other professional. This module encourages students to make sense of, and understand, the difficult real-world situations they will face. Those students on the Leadership and Management pathway also study International Strategic Management and Leadership and Sustainable Development. Students on the Information Systems pathway study Databases for Management Decision Making and Advanced Project and Risk Management. For those students on a generalist pathway, they also have the choice of the specialist optional modules as well as modules including Integrated Marketing Communications, International Human Resource Management and International Marketing Communications.  

Work placement: As part of the Business degree, students can take a placement year working at an organisation found by the University or their own choice (subject to University checks). This is an excellent opportunity for students to develop work experience as well as create their professional network. Previous placement organisations include IBM, Nomura, Enterprise Rent A Car, GE Healthcare, Xerox, Vauxhall, Disney, FDM Group and Borro.  

Study a language

At the Hertfordshire Business School there are a lot of opportunities to study a modern language as part of your degree alongside another subject. Your chosen language will comprise 25% of your studies and will be listed on your degree certificate.   
This course will develop language and communication skills, and cultural insights into the countries of the language studied. The course will also develop many other transferrable skills to boost your employability prospects, such as time management and organisation; resilience; cultural understanding; working both independently and as part of a team.

Your main campus is de Havilland 

You’ll share this campus with students from business, law, sport, education, and humanities subjects. The student housing is close to our Sports Village which includes a gym, swimming pool and climbing wall. You can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner in our on-campus restaurant or bar (in the newly built Enterprise Hub) on days you don’t feel like cooking. You can also use the common room to play pool, video games or just to hang out with friends.  Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.  

What will I study?

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.

Student Blogs

Jess - Week at a glance

My week at a glance

So, I applied for this course through clearing and it has been a highly educational and enjoyable two years and I am incredibly happy that I was told about this course through my teachers at the other campus. The way that our course works is that you go to your local consortium college (whether that be: Oaklands, West Herts, North Herts or Herts Regional- my college) and you learn a similar specification to those at the university campus, however, the material taught varies slightly in the way we carry out tasks; taking a more practical approach instead helps prepare us more for the workplace!

In the second year of our course, the biggest project we completed was a work-based learning project worth 30 credits. If we failed this, we would fail the entire year. This project asks for us to carry out research and make our own report. Having finished this project, I really enjoyed the process. This is the module with the most focus in year two due to the fact it carries the most marks!

My course is taught from Hertford Regional College, Ware Campus, one of University of Hertfordshire’s consortium colleges and the requirements are for me to be in two days a week. In the first year of my foundation degree, I needed to come in on Tuesday and Thursday. In the second year, it was Thursday and Friday. A typical day of a student at our college as part of the HE (Higher Education) department would look like:

09:30 Lecture starts - Our one to one lecturer would begin their lecture at 09:30 in comparison to a normal 09:00 start at University. Our first day in the week would normally consist of a 09:30 lecture until 11:00. However, despite that fact that this may seem quite long it goes by quickly as the information we learn is never too bulky to keep and is delivered in a fun and educational way.

11:00 -15/20 minute break

11:20-12:30 - Group discussion and extra topics normally discussed- we would normally discuss in our small class size (around 10 of us) about what we think about the topic we are learning about, whether we agree/disagree with each other,

12:30- 13:30 - An hour lunch break

13:30-14:30 -Class resumes

14:30- 14:15 - Second section of the day

14:30-15:15 - Lecture two

15:15-15:45 - one to one tutoring- progress checks- are you meeting your targets? what is your weekly attendance, have you been attending on time? how do you feel you are getting on? what is something you are struggling with?

15:45-16:15 - Last section of the day- Something which may at first appear off-putting about the foundation degree course is the normal day of our class and how similar it may appear to a normal school or working day. Personally, this has been very good in getting me into work mood which is the main aim of the course as it tests your punctuality, your ability to present original and organic ideas with substance and lastly tests your ability to get on with others (ie future colleagues). The course really prepares you for the real and competitive working world.

Student Blogs

Jess - Things you should know

Something interesting for a prospective student to consider

Something I think would be interesting to a prospective student when considering the FDA course is how great it is to commute to if you live within the Ware/Hertford area. For me, I lived a seven-minute drive from the facilities, so it was in perfect distance. I would really say this may be a massive positive for prospective students who do not wish to go far away from home/are unable to study far away from home due to medical or personal reasons.

An added element worth noting is that our course is cheaper. The standard course at the university is a fair amount more expensive in comparison; per year our course costs £6,165 compared to £9,250 at University.

Another thing worth noting is that the experience feels more personal compared to a larger course with lots of people. You get to know everyone on your course so that you are very comfortable with all of them by the time that your course ends. When you enter your third year you are taught on campus.

A final thing to consider is if you feel it has all gone wrong on results day, whether that be in your A levels or your Level three BTEC. This course is a great alternative for students who did not do as well as they may have hoped for whatever reason that may be! Another thing which is good for potential students considering this course is that you can still retake Maths/English alongside side the course. If there is a grade you were previously unhappy with you can still retake it, however, after 19 there may be fees that apply for you to be able to retake your Maths and English qualifications. The course is very welcoming and after the two years you can then go to the main campus with everyone else and by that stage, you would have built up your confidence and be ready to take on University life! Enjoy!

Student Blogs

Jess - Choosing my course

What I love most about my course

Over the past two years, What I love most about my course is the flexibility, confidence-building opportunities and the ability to investigate weaknesses in my skills and improve them as well as my and confidence in my abilities. Although the course is not taught directly from the university over the last two years, I felt highly independent.

As time when on I felt that being independent was very easy compared to when I was at college because if I were unsure about the quality of work I was producing, I would always ask questions. The course allows you to develop your skills individually and the small class sizes are great for those who may not learn well in a large lecture full of people. The smaller class size allows individuals to receive the help that you won’t get in a lecture class size.

For someone who suffers badly with social anxiety this course has been ideal as I now feel much more comfortable in my surroundings and environment and find it easy to relax and learn, therefore, if you feel overwhelmed with big lecture halls that have a 200-student capacity, this course is perfect for you. We are also able to see other Higher Education (HE) colleagues on the top floor art department who are studying HE Visual Merchandising and Graphic Design. This is nice as sometimes it may feel as though we aren’t at university so when we see students who are also studying HE courses, it makes us feel like we belong.

The graphic design and visual merchandising students also have a separate room upstairs- so if anyone is interested in studying one of the creative subjects, I would definitely say that Herts Regional College (HRC) cater well for it- especially as the campus itself is commonly known as the “creative enterprise campus”.

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Alumni Stories

Alan Chu

Meet Alan Chu who utilised the placement year on his course to gain valuable work experience enabling to land his dream job. He is currently the Finance and Operations Director at Beechbrook.

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Current job roleFinance and Operations Director
Year of graduation1999
Course of studyBA(Hons) Business Studies

University experience

Alan grew up in London and was looking for a university which wasn’t too far away from home but would also enable him to live independently. The University of Hertfordshire was perfectly located for him. Alan loved the sense of freedom he had and felt secure knowing he could still travel home easily. He enjoyed student life and made good friends, which he’s still in contact with today. Alan also met his wife while studying with us.

Alan applied to his chosen course because the variety of modules allowed him to keep his options open as he hadn't decided the area of business he wanted to work in. Our course was ideal because Alan could discover his interests and strengths along the way. A work placement year was another big deciding factor. Alan had little work experience before starting his degree and was highly motivated to change this. His sandwich year with the Audit Commission in London gave him the chance to learn essential office and IT skills. He became more confident and his insight into business was a valuable talking point at interviews.

Career progression

Alan joined the graduate audit trainee scheme with PricewaterhouseCoopers and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He then worked as a Financial Controller at a mid-market private equity house, Graphite Capital. After spending seven years in the finance industry he joined a private debt fund manager, Beechbrook, as the Finance and Operations Director. This has given Alan the opportunity and responsibility to provide loans and equity solutions to small and medium-sized businesses across northern Europe.

I managed to get a placement year with the Audit Commission in London. This really helped boost my confidence and provided me with experience. I would recommend a sandwich year out in industry; it is really valuable.

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Alumni Stories

Abies Iriowen

Meet Abies Iriowen who has applied her degree to improve diversity and equality in businesses. She currently works as a Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator at Goldman Sachs

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Current job roleDiversity and Inclusion Coordinator
Year of graduation2018
Course of studyBA (Hons) Business and Event Management
Abies Iriowen

University experience

Abies has fond memories of her time at the University of Hertfordshire and is grateful for all of the opportunities she had within and outside of her studies.

She stresses the importance of joining societies, going on trips and taking advantage of tutors. She says, that her studies gave her ‘the push to get practical work experience as they taught me great organisation skills and how to work well in a team.’

As part of her degree, Abies secured a placement at FDM group who then asked her to come back after she graduated. ‘I got to this point in my career by getting as much work experience as possible. I completed two summer internships before securing my placement.’.

Current career and future

As a Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at Goldman Sachs, her role involves ‘managing school engagement programmes across the UK, supporting external conversations and diversity and inclusion, and delivering all Diversity and Inclusion Events across the country.’

In the future, she hopes to work her way up in an organisation to promote and support inclusive working environments.

I got to this point in my career by getting as much work experience as possible. I completed two summer internships before securing my placement.