BA (Hons) Business Administration

Key information

Why choose this course?

  • You’ll be supported in your studies and preparing for your future
  • Graduate with professional qualification exemptions (CIPD and CIM)
  • Language option (Japanese, Mandarin, French, German or Spanish)
  • Are you passionate about business, do you have an aptitude for leadership? This course is perfect if you are interested in being part of a corporation or even starting your own business. 

  • Broaden your understanding of business. This course provides you with a thorough grounding across the core knowledge areas of business and management, to prepare you for a career in your own business, and transferable skills to apply in the workplace. 

  •  You will study subjects such as marketing, business strategy, economics, leadership and enterprise, with a variety of options to explore specialisms in your second and third years of study.  

  • 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. 

  • Benefit from range of learning opportunities. In the 2021 NSS, 86% of students said that the Business Administration course provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics and 83% said that the course gave them the opportunity to explore ideas and concepts in depth.  

  • Become a part of a vibrant, international and collegiate community which is comprised of both student and tutors. 

  • You will be taught by a skilled and supportive group of academics and professionals, who bring together years of extensive knowledge and experience from different industries and academic institutions. They will challenge you, develop you and equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills required to thrive in today’s business landscape. 

Careers and employability  

86% of UH Business Studies graduates are in employment or further study within 15 months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-2019). The average salary of our Business Studies 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 Accounts Assistant, Administration Officer, Auditor, Marketing Officer, Project Manager Assistant and Data Analyst 

Our graduates have also gone on to work for reputable employers such as Ernst and Young, British Airways, Royal Bank of Scotland, GlaxoSmithKline, Rolls-Royce, KPMG 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

The Business Administration programme has been designed to give you increased choice, as it provides a generalist route for which you can choose optional modules to meet your individual needs and career aspirations. It offers a business education, geared to professional practice, self-employment and to the demands of careers in general business management. You also have the option to go into further postgraduate study, as many students on this programme do.  

International students who join the University at Levels 5 and 6 are supported with additional language sessions which are designed in conjunction with key core modules.  

In the first year, you will study introductory modules on Accounting for Managers and Economics for Business, providing a foundation in the key drivers of business performance. Accounting for Managers introduces accounting from the manager’s viewpoint. Areas covered include the collection and reporting of accounting information to both internal and external users, as well as the use and interpretation of publicly available accounting information. The role of accounting in supporting the management functions of planning, control and decision-making is also covered.  

Economics for Business will allow you to understand the economic context of modern business by introducing and developing an appreciation of the utility of economic approaches in studying the business environment. The basic tools and approaches which economists use; demand and supply and industry analysis, among others; will be introduced and applied to help you understand the economic issues involved and the public policy which can be derived.  

The Business Professional is another core introductory module which develops both your academic and study skills to support you if you decide to make the change to degree level study and becoming a Business Professional in the future.  

Business Technology Trends is an exciting new module which will help you understand the importance of technologies for the growth of business and some of the issues associated with technology. The internet and development of mobile technologies and social media are changing the way in which businesses communicate with consumers and this will be explored along with other emerging technologies. All students will then progress to study The Principles of Marketing, Quantitative Methods of Business, People and Organisations before taking a wider view of the Global Business Environment.  

In the second year, you will study a skills-based module focusing on enhancing your employability, a key business module exploring business ethics, a module focusing on managing people in the workplace and a new exciting module focusing on Enterprise. The skills-based employability module is designed to equip you with knowledge and understanding pertinent to employment and your personal skills to assist you in enhancing your employability prospects while maintaining and enhancing your academic skills. It will enable you to research employment in your chosen sector or role and to develop an action plan to help you secure eventual employment. It will also help you continue developing your employability skills. 

These core modules provide a broad yet detailed curriculum allowing you to develop your business knowledge and awareness across a range of key business areas. Alongside these core modules, you have a wide choice of optional modules including areas such as Project Management, Digital Marketing, Cross-cultural Management and Mobile Business Technologies.  

In the final year, you will study Leadership and Organisations, Business and Commercial Awareness, Strategic Management and the Digital Economy. These core modules provide you with a detailed and critical analysis of the key areas on Business equipping you with the skills and knowledge necessary for future employment.  

Business and Commercial awareness is a key module which involves you experiencing being part of an organisational management team as they develop plan and implement a new product or service for their organisation. This module consolidates functional business knowledge and provides you with an opportunity to integrate theories and gain experience in a simulated business environment. 

 Alongside core modules, you will study four optional modules with a wide range of choice including Social Networking and Enterprise, International Human Resource Management, Integrated Marketing Communications and the financial aspects of International Business. The balance of core business topics alongside a wide range of optional modules allow you to create your own unique professional profile ready for graduate employment or further study.  

Study a language

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.

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”.

Student Blogs

Sarah - Business

Alumni Stories

Claire Rimington

Meet Claire Rimington who utilised the skills she gained during her MBA to move up the career ladder. She currently works as a Principle Commercial Manager for MBDA Missile Systems.

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Current job rolePrincipal Commercial Manager
Year of graduation2017
Course of studyMasters of Business Administration

Claire Rimington, who currently works as a Principle Commercial Manager for MBDA Missile Systems, explains how studying an MBA at the University of Hertfordshire has helped her into her current role. Claire is responsible for the contract management of some of the MBDA’s contracts with customers and says, ‘Although I am a small cog in a big organisation where I am now, the MBA helped me into this role from a smaller organisation.’

University experience

Although the MBA requires a lot of time and dedication, Claire describes how it helped her to take a break from  work life and do something she enjoyed. She says, ‘I was extremely busy at work. The MBA weekends provided a respite! There was always something going on at work, but the MBA gave me the chance to step away from it and focus on learning and developing new skills and myself.’

However, Claire encourages other students who are considering doing an MBA to give themselves a break. She explains, ‘In the first semester, I was disappointed when I didn’t get distinctions! I would now tell myself to have a break as I made life very difficult for myself. Be consistent in your level of work. If you are consistent from the start, then it is easier to maintain that level throughout and be realistic.’ She urges prospective students to, ‘Ask for support from other students and staff because it is there.’

Aside from the workload, Claire says that studying an MBA with such a diverse range of individuals was extremely beneficial. She notes, ‘I loved the learning and it was easy to become hooked on learning and different ways of thinking. It was a diverse group and as everyone’s experiences and backgrounds are different, you learn as much from the students as the lecturers. We shared experiences and having the opportunity to work with different people who do not work the same way, have the same work ethic and different pressures but have the same goal was itself a learning experience.’

Studying the MBA at the University of Hertfordshire provided Claire with the qualifications to back up her existing experience. Yet  the most valuable thing that she has taken away from the MBA has been ‘the ability to think differently about things and to think strategically.’. She says, ‘It has enabled me to see the big picture but maintain the narrower focus needed on my own role.’ In addition to the skills she has learnt, Claire reveals that she has met some great people along the way. She says, ‘I learnt so much from each and every one of them, and have made good friends, one of whom is now also a colleague.’

The future

Looking ahead, Claire says she is seriously considering doing a DBA. She explains, ‘I want to continue to study and learn, and I am interested in finding out about a DBA. Really interested in this as my next step.’

‘I loved the learning and it was easy to become hooked on learning and different ways of thinking. It was a diverse group and as everyone’s experiences and backgrounds are different, you learn as much from the students as the lecturers. We shared experiences and having the opportunity to work with different people who do not work the same way, have the same work ethic and different pressures but have the same goal was itself a learning experience.’

Alumni Stories

Elizaveta Zaskalko

Meet Elizaveta Zaskalko who has explored the tourism industry and shared her passion for travel. She currently works at Expedia Inc as Associate Market Manager.

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Current job roleAssociate Market Manager
Year of graduation2016
Course of studyBA (Hons) Tourism Management with French

Elizaveta Zaskalko headshot

A passion for travel

Elizaveta always had a passion for tourism and knew her career would be within the industry. She currently works at Expedia Inc as Associate Market Manager in the Join Expedia Team (JET) and is responsible for the acquisition of new hotels in Kent.

She started at Expedia straight after graduating from the University in 2016, in the role of Market Associate in the Account Management team. After a year in post she decided to step out of her comfort zone and apply for a promotion in the expanding JET team.

Studying at the University gave her a vast knowledge of the tourism industry which she previously lacked and prepared her for entering the sector. Tourism is a diverse and global industry with many career opportunities for new graduates.

She says, 'When I started my studies, I knew that I wanted to work in the tourism industry but had no idea which part of it. As I progressed, I learned about so many different branches of the industry and it really helped me to narrow it down to the one I actually really enjoyed.'

Strong employment links

'The best thing about my course is that it prepared us for the working world. The programme had a huge focus on employability, which I think was incredibly useful. Coming out of university I knew where I wanted to go, what I wanted to do and how to achieve it.'

The employment focus and links to industry embedded into Elizaveta's degree are what persuaded her to study at Herts. Our courses are designed to give students great opportunities, prepare them for professional life and provide them with direct access to their chosen profession through expert teaching and tangible industry connections.

Elizaveta says, 'An important factor for me choosing to study at the University was being able to do an industry placement year, as it's very hard to get a job without work experience nowadays. My placement year was very challenging but it was one of the most useful experiences I have had so far.'

The best thing about my course is that it prepared us for the working world. The programme had a huge focus on employability, which I think was incredibly useful. Coming out of university I knew where I wanted to go, what I wanted to do and how to achieve it.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2021/2022. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.