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Business and Management

Entry requirements

A level


We also accept other combinations equivalent to 120-128 Tariff points from 3 A levels.

122-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 56-60.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


29 points from the IB Diploma. 664 at Higher Level - 30 points from the IB Diploma. 665 at Higher Level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)


Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


120-128 Tariff points.

T Level


UCAS Tariff


120-128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

About this course

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Course option


Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022


Business studies


Stand out in the job market with this BA (Hons) Business and Management degree that focuses on enterprise, ethical management, sustainability and global business.

This course takes an entrepreneurial approach to big business ideas. You'll learn by engaging with local small businesses and creating and testing ideas and theories in group work. If you take a placement year you can then apply these skills in the sector you're most interested in, whether that's a start-up, or a large, global business such as Rolls Royce or IBM.

Don't worry if you're not sure which industry you'd like to work in. This degree keeps your options open. You'll get a strong foundation in all the key business areas of management, marketing, accounting, operations and leadership. If you want, you'll have the chance to specialise as you progress through the course.

With over 50 optional modules to choose from, you can tailor this degree to your interests. Module options cover a wide range of subjects, from new product development, to event planning, to public sector economics.

**Course highlights**
- Explore lots of different areas of business and management to find the specialisms that interest you

- Work in creative, small teams that replicate the working world

- Get hands-on experience as part of our Business Consultancy Project, offering advice to local small businesses

- Take an optional placement year or summer internship with a business such as L'Oreal or BAE Systems

- Get support for setting up your own business from our Entrepreneurs in Residence

- Gain an understanding of ethical and sustainable business practices

- Finish the course with skills that are in demand in the modern workplace, such as creative thinking, business innovation and decision making

**Careers and Opportunities**

This degree will open doors to a wide variety of careers in the business world.

Previous graduates of this course have secured jobs as:
- HR manager

- business transformation consultant

- marketing manager

- project manager

- army officer - squadron operations

- business development executive

- product marketing executive

- account manager

- personal banker

- compliance analyst

- supply chain manager

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as:

- Tesco

- British Telecom

- Deloitte

- HM Government


- Disney

- BAE Systems


- John Lewis Partnership

- Estée Lauder

- Volkswagen Group UK

- Microsoft

(Data taken from HESA Graduate Outcome surveys)

This degree also offers options to improve your business research skills. You could go on to do a postgraduate qualification in a business-related area such as project management, digital marketing or human resource management.


**Year 1 core modules**
Business Accounting – 20 credits | Business Operations and Systems Management – 20 credits | Economics for Business – 20 credits | Managing People in Organisations – 20 credits | Marketing Principles And Practice – 20 credits | Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis – 20 credits | Business Innovation Development Project – 0 credits

**Year 2 core modules**
Business Analysis And Decision Making – 20 credits | Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability – 20 credits | Employability, Research And Professional Development – 20 credits | International Business – 20 credits

**Year 2 optional modules include**
Business And Employment Law – 20 credits | Business Venturing – 20 credits | Developing Individual and Team Creativity – 20 credits | Enterprise Systems and Process – 20 credits | Human Resource Development – 20 credits | Innovation Management – 20 credits | Legal Issues in Procurement and Supply – 20 credits

**Placement year (optional)**
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

**Year 3 core modules**
Strategic Management – 20 credits

**Year 3 optional modules include**
Business Forecasting and Data Analysis – 20 credits | Business Research Project (HRM) – 40 credits | Business Research Project (Strategy) – 40 credits | Critical Leadership: Theory And Practice – 20 credits | Public Sector Economics – 20 credits | Trends in Technology – 20 credits

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

- individual and group coursework
- examinations
- online tests
- practical exercises
- independent research

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

- Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 32% by written exams and 64% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 24% by written exams and 76% by coursework

Tuition fees

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The Uni

Course location:

University of Portsmouth


Faculty of Business and Law

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What students say

We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

Business studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Business studies

Teaching and learning

Staff make the subject interesting
Staff are good at explaining things
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

Library resources
IT resources
Course specific equipment and facilities
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

UK students
International students
Male students
Female students
2:1 or above
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)


After graduation

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Business studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

Average annual salary
Employed or in further education
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
Business, finance and related associate professionals
Public services and other associate professionals

The number of business studies graduates fell significantly last year after a long period of increase. But there were still more than 14,000 degrees awarded and this is the third most popular subject for new graduates. Because so many graduates get business studies degrees, you can find them everywhere in the economy, and very few jobs are completely out of reach for a good business studies graduate. Around 40% go into jobs in finance, sales, recruitment, management (particularly retail) or marketing. There is also a small (but well paid) group who take their technical skills into computing and IT. Thousands of graduates from this subject go into professional jobs every year, and average starting salaries are above the average for all subjects and particularly healthy in London where they top £25k. Graduates with good degree grades in business studies are much more likely to get good jobs, so don’t be complacent, and keep a close eye on your grades.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Business and management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.







Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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