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BA (Hons) Business Studies with Leadership & Management

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

You’ll be supported in your studies and preparing for your future
You’ll be supported in your studies and preparing for your future
Tailor your studies around your core strengths and interests
Tailor your studies around your core strengths and interests
Learn from staff with industry and research rich backgrounds
Learn from staff with industry and research rich backgrounds

This course includes the sandwich year options of:

Work Placement*

Study abroad*

*No fees are charged for this year

Why choose this course?

  • A focus on applied learning enables students to develop the skills and practical insights that employers want and need
  • Students benefit from teaching informed by leading researches in the field of leadership and management  
  • A programme route commended by the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce for its relevance to business leaders as being “critical to helping take their business forward against the volatile and uncertain complexities facing them today”
  • Develop an appreciation of themes and issues of direct relevance to today’s business environment, and the intellectual tools needed to navigate them  
  • Attain an award title that reflects your aspirations for a successful leadership and management career 

What's the course about?

Indicative course structure

Leadership and management skills are critical to the success of all organisations. Future leaders require both the knowledge and soft skills to deal with complex, uncertain and dynamic situations. This programme route provides you with the opportunity to engage with a range of contemporary management issues and themes, and to apply such learning through a range of real business scenarios, live case studies and collaborative activities. You will explore what it takes to lead innovation and change, collaborate across industries and sectors, deliver sustainable strategies and flourish in a global and diverse environment. 

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”.

Student Blogs

Sarah - Buisiness

Alumni Stories

Alan Chu

  • Current role: Finance and Operations Director
  • Year of graduation: 1999
  • Degree course: BA Business Studies

We asked Alan...

What is your current role and how did you get to this point in your career?

I am the Finance and Operations Director at Beechbrook. We are a private debt fund manager providing loans and equity solutions to small and medium-sized business across northern Europe.

Having graduated, I applied for the audit trainee scheme with PricewaterhouseCoopers and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. I left to take on a Financial Controller role at Graphite Capital, a mid-market Private Equity house, where I spent seven years in the industry before moving to my new role at Beechbrook.

How did your studies at the University of Hertfordshire help shape your career?

It provided me with a degree which was the stepping stone to being accepted on the PwC graduate scheme.

What made you decide to study at this University?

I hadn't really decided at the time which area of business I would be interested in and the Business Studies course kept my options open. I grew up in London and wanted a place which was not too far from my friends and family, but enough to develop my own self independence.

What was the best or most useful thing about your course?

I specifically chose a course with a placement year as up to that point, I had very little work experience and felt that this would be seen as a weakness by prospective employers. I managed to get a placement year with the Audit Commission in London. This really helped boost my confidence and provided me with office and IT experience which I could convey at my interviews with prospective employers. I would really recommend a sandwich year out in industry. It really is invaluable.

What is your stand-out memory from your time at the University?

Being independent and the sense of freedom

Are you still in contact with friends you met at the University of Hertfordshire?

Yes I have made some good friends who I am still in touch with. I also met my wife at University, so be warned!

What advice would you give your younger self if you were starting at the University tomorrow?

Work hard but also enjoy the life experiences and opportunities that University life presents.

Do you have any advice for University of Hertfordshire graduates who are considering a career in your industry?

My advice would be to go for a graduate scheme and aim for a specific qualification (eg. Accountancy or CFA). These are typically well run, structured and financed. There are also sometimes internships available for final year or new graduates which may lead to future job opportunities.

What are your future career plans/ ambitions?

I'm enjoying my time at Beechbrook and the plan would be to contribute to making it the best private debt fund manager in its class.

'I managed to get a placement year with the Audit Commission in London. This really helped boost my confidence and provided me with office and IT experience which I could convey at my interviews with prospective employers.'

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 and Inclusion Advisor at FDM Group.

Current job roleDiversity and Inclusion Advisor
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 Advisor, 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.

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