- 91% of students are satisfied with the overall quality of our Business courses (National Student Survey 2019)^
- You’ll graduate with a powerful combination of qualifications which add prestige to your CV and set you on your way to Chartered Manager status
- Ours was the first course in the country to ensure every student is supported by an external CMI mentor – a senior business professional – at every stage
- We offer real flexibility and choice: you can opt to specialise in Marketing, HRM, Finance or International Business or take a broad-based pathway in business management
- Work placement opportunities, live consultancy projects, topical case studies and business simulations give you plenty of hands-on experience
- Global perspectives enrich your learning: our students have broadened their horizons with study exchanges in Barcelona and fieldtrips to Copenhagen
- You can also gain exemptions from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) professional qualifications, depending on your module choice
^ includes BA (Hons) Business Management, BA (Hons) Business Management (Marketing) and BA (Hons) Economics for Business
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This is your opportunity to combine a highly regarded Business Management degree with an internationally recognised professional qualification – and stand out from the crowd in a competitive graduate job market.
Studying Business Management with a Foundation Year is for you if you have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly on to the Honours degree programme.
It provides you with a firm grounding in the skills and knowledge you need and introduces you to the subject of business, enabling you to achieve your full honours degree in four years, or five if you choose to take an optional placement year.
Flexibility and choice success
We give you plenty of choice in charting your route to a high-flying, high-achieving career. Flexibility is a cornerstone of the BA (Hons) Business Management so there is ample scope to focus on the areas that reflect your interests and career ambitions.
All students take the same core modules in the first year to give them a solid grounding in the key business disciplines. After that, you can opt to transfer to one of our specialist pathways, combining Business Management with Marketing, HRM, Finance or International Business. Alternatively, you can continue on the core Business Management route, developing a broader, rounded skillset while drawing on our extensive list of optional modules.
The BA (Hons) Business Management is offered as a four-year degree to include a placement year. You can, however, study on a three-year full-time basis, with opportunities for internships in the summer breaks.
We have developed the BA (Hons) Business Management in close consultation with the premier professional body for managers, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). It is one of the few degrees in the country where you can graduate with the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership alongside your degree.
The Diploma is the benchmark qualification for full CMI membership and takes you a step towards Chartered Manager status, signalling to prospective employers that you’re suited for senior leadership roles and rapid promotion. You won’t need to take extra exams or coursework to achieve the Diploma: our combined module and CMI assessments offer a smooth route to both qualifications.
Throughout the degree, you’ll become an affiliate member of the CMI, at no extra cost, with access to networking events, online resources and additional benefits to support your career development and enhance your employability.
If you aspire to a career with a financial focus, the course also features an optional module offering exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) papers. It gives you a head start if you would like to qualify as a chartered management accountant eventually.
Mentoring at every stage
With our CMI accreditation, we can introduce you to a privileged network of contacts. Ours was the first degree in the country to offer every student the chance to receive support and guidance from an external CMI mentor at each stage of the course.
Your mentor will be a senior business person, either a Chartered Manager or Fellow of the CMI, with a wealth of experience and insights to share with you. From day one, they will advise and coach you from a business perspective, showing how the management theory you are learning can be applied directly to the workplace.
You’ll take the theories off the page and put them into practice in real-world scenarios. You can test your ideas through business simulations, topical case studies and employer-led projects. A live consultancy project, where you help an employer to improve business performance, will build your research, project management, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
We support and encourage you to take an optional placement year or summer internship. Our students have gained invaluable experience with major names like DHL, Rolls-Royce, Wincanton, GE and Enterprise. You could also benefit from fieldtrips to see business in close-up: one recent example was to the Sony UK Technology Centre, the company’s manufacturing and customer service base in Wales.
Your learning will be enriched by international perspectives. Ours is a global student community and the BA (Hons) Business Management not only attracts students from all over the world to Derby but is also delivered for our educational partners across Europe and Asia. This means there is a lot of potential for inter-country debates, seminars and guest lectures delivered online, international case studies and joint projects.
In your second year, you’ll have the option to spend an exchange week in Barcelona studying at the EU Business School, one of our academic partners which runs the same degree and where teaching is in English. You could also take advantage of other optional visits overseas: a trip to Copenhagen saw our students investigating issues such as art fraud.
You’ll be taught by an experienced and highly qualified team with an impressive track record for research and a national reputation for excellence. They have received recognition in the CMI Higher Education Awards, including runners-up places for the Outstanding Innovation and Delivery Award and the International Award in 2018 and winner of Student Ambassador of the Year 2019.
The team has extensive contacts in the business and professional community regionally, nationally and internationally – and can draw on those connections for inspiration and insight.
Responsible business leadership
One of our priorities is to foster a new generation of responsible business leaders with a strong moral compass – forward-thinkers who take decisions based on the interests not only of shareholders but also of other stakeholders.
Throughout the course, you will therefore look at the role of business in wider society, exploring issues ranging from environmental sustainability to child labour, ethical governance to responsible innovation.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Our ‘scaffolded’ approach to learning provides a smooth transition so that you can ease your way into both university-level study and business management practice. You ca be assured of our full support in the early stages of the degree but will gradually move towards greater independence as your knowledge deepens and you start to immerse yourself in the wider business community. By stage three, you will be able to take more charge of your own learning, with module tutors advising and directing your studies.
Through the contact with personal tutors, engagement with CMI mentors and participation in University events, you’ll become more attuned to professional behaviour and build your skills in creativity, critical thinking, and self-reliance.
Another of our priorities is to foster a new generation of responsible business leaders with a strong moral compass. Throughout the course, you will therefore look at the role of business in wider society, exploring issues ranging from environmental sustainability to child labour, ethical governance to responsible innovation.
You’ll learn through different methods including:
- formal lectures, sometimes involving guest speakers
- tutor-led and student-led seminars
- one-to-one and small group tutorials
- work experience projects
- work-related learning
- self-directed study
- optional placement and internship opportunities
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
Your qualifications will equip you for a rewarding leadership career in any area of business and management, from sales and marketing to HR and operations.
They will also mark you out as having the potential for rapid promotion to senior positions, someone who can work competently and ethically in global and cross-cultural environments.
You could progress to roles such as operations manager, business analyst, business development manager, sales executive, marketing officer, HR advisor – the list is endless.
Our former students now work in a wide range of companies, from major names such as DHL, Barclays, Tata and IBM to small or family-owned businesses. Some have gone on to use the skills and entrepreneurial spirit they gained during their degree to set up their own businesses after graduating.
If you’d like to take your studies to the next level, you can also progress to any business masters programmes.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
5 with an optional placement year
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- CMI membership
- Level 5 diploma
- Part funded trip to Copenhagen for 2nd and 3rd year students. Optional with limited places available.
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Two company visits per foundation student approx-£60 per student
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.