Business Administration BSc (Hons)

4 years including placements, starting in September 2018

This popular and practical course will prepare you for a variety of business roles. You’ll gain a good grounding in business and develop transferable skills.

This highly-ranked and flexible business degree is different from many others. You will complete two six-month placements with separate companies rather than 12 months with one. Experience of two roles will help you decide on your future career direction.

You’ll also interact with businesses through practical research including the Final Year Project. You will enjoy teaching informed by the latest research and our industry links.

Year 1 covers the core subjects relevant for business. These principles will provide context for the rest of your course.

From Year 2 onwards you can customise your degree with optional units. These let you explore other areas of interest from a wide range of topics.

In your final year you can apply for our International Academic Exchange programme. Gain international exposure by spending a semester studying abroad at one of our partner business schools.

Teaching

You’ll learn from academics with expertise in business and management. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience.

Careers

Our graduates have an excellent record of success. 85% of employed Business Administration and 100% of International Management with Modern Language graduates are in a professional or managerial job within six months of graduating (Unistats).

Recruiters include:

  • Accenture
  • BMW
  • Danone
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Google
  • Vodafone

Our management courses launched in 2014 and we do not have career data yet.

Find out more about what our graduates go on to do.

Course structure

This course lasts 4 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2 with placement
  • Year 3 with placement
  • Year 4

Units

As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Placement

Placements are real jobs and usually paid. The average salary in 2015 was £21,000 and the highest was £47,000. Our dedicated Placements Team will liaise with employers, arrange interviews and help you apply. Read more about the School of Management placement scheme.

Placement opportunities may not be guaranteed. Find out more about placements.

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Written examination
  • Other

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam % practical exam % coursework
Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 1 65% 0% 35%
Year 2 20% 0% 80%
Year 3 24% 0% 76%
Year 4 24% 0% 76%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching % time in independent study % time in placement/year abroad
Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 27% 73% 0%
Year 2 14% 36% 50%
Year 3 10% 40% 50%
Year 4 18% 82% 0%
Henry in front of a HelloFresh noticeboard
“Lectures and theory can only prepare you so much and there’s no substitute for putting what you learn into practice”
Henry Penniall

BSc Business Administration with seven month placement at HelloFresh (2017)

Read Henry's full story

Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should explain your motivation for choosing this degree and any relevant non-academic interests and achievements. When describing relevant experiences you should reflect on what you have learnt from them, how they have influenced your development or how they are relevant to business or your future career.

Because this course involves a work placement in Year 2, your application is more likely to be successful if you demonstrate an active interest in understanding people, work and organisations. This should include evidence of working with others and developing transferable skills from your studies or through work experience or involvement in extra-curricular activities.

Your previous academic study is also important. For example, if you have taken GCSEs then we prefer applicants with a strong set (such as grade A or 7 or above in the majority of your GCSEs).

We prefer applicants with entry qualifications that demonstrate a high level of study in both essay-based and numerical or analytical subjects. For example, if you are studying qualifications with a narrow range of subjects (such as A levels) we prefer both a mathematical or science subject and a humanities subject. Some subjects, such as Economics, may demonstrate both skills. We also prefer more traditional subjects (like History) over less traditional subjects (like Accounting). If you are taking a qualification which includes a wider range of subjects (such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma) it is likely you have studied the desired breadth of subjects.

If you are taking A levels, we may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. Your offer can include A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics, but not both. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level

AAA or A*AB

AAA or A*AB in 3 A level subjects.

Preference for A level subjects that include a combination of mathematics/sciences with arts/humanities.

Alternative offer A level

AAB

AAB plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Typical offers for other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall and 6, 6, 6 or 7, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer:
Pass the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 36 credits achieved at Distinction and 3 credits achieved at Merit or above.

We are able to consider the Access to HE Diploma for entry. Your Access course units should demonstrate a broad skill-set that includes both numerical skills, such as those developed in Mathematics or science-based units, and discursive reasoning skills, such as those developed in essay based subjects such as English or humanities.

Studying Business units as part of your Access course is beneficial but not essential. However, as we are keen for you to have developed a broad range of skills, no more than 30 credits should be from units within the Business Studies subject area.

BTEC and Cambridge Technical

Typical offer:
D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF)/ Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma.

We are able to consider the above qualifications in Business. You should be studying units that provide preparation for both numerical and essay-based study. We may be able to consider BTEC/Cambridge Technical qualifications in other subject areas if they provide the same balance of numerical and essay-based study and you are able to demonstrate your aptitude for Business in other ways: please contact us to discuss your profile.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical offer:
D3, D3, D3 or D2, D3, M1. Preference for subjects that include a combination of mathematics/sciences with arts/humanities.

Alternative offer:
D3, D3, M1 plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Preference for subjects that include a combination of mathematics/sciences with arts/humanities.

Open University Credits

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 30 credits at Level 2.

This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. Please contact us to discuss your profile before making an application.

Typical offer:
Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 2 with 75% in a relevant Level 2 unit.

Please note that taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Scottish Highers

AA in Advanced Highers plus AAAAB in Scottish Highers

Preference for Advanced Higher subjects that include a combination of mathematics/sciences with arts/humanities.

Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC:

  • AA in two A level subjects plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF). A in one A level subject plus D*D in the BTEC Diploma (QCF)/National Diploma (RQF)
  • AA in two A level subjects plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject
  • AA in two A level subjects plus 6 in an IB (HL) Certificate. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations
  • AA in two A level subjects excluding Accounting, plus A in the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies. While we can consider this qualification as an equivalent to a third A level, please see the information above for guidance about preferred subjects

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications in the same subject area.

United States of America qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

5, 5, 5 in 3 APs.

We accept no more than one Calculus AP as one of these 3 subjects.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 30 or SATR scores of 720 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

India qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 80% across 4 subjects with 85% one subject.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, HSSC and ISC boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

European Baccalaureate qualifications

European Baccalaureate

82% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics (5 periods) or a science subject (4 periods) or Economics.

France qualifications

French Baccalaureate

15 with 15 in a mathematics or science subject and 15 in either Economics and Social Sciences or History and Geography.

Option Internationale Baccalaureate (OIB)

14 with 15 in a mathematics or science subject and 15 in either Economics and Social Sciences or History and Geography.

Hong Kong qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

555 in 3 elective subjects OR 5*5 in 2 elective subjects plus 5 in any Mathematics extended paper.

Ireland qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H2, H2, H3, H3 in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates.

Singapore qualifications

Singapore A levels

AAA in 3 H2 level subjects.

Polytechnic Diploma (3 years)

3.4 overall.

We are unable to consider applications for entry into year 2 with a Polytechnic Diploma for this degree.

Turkey qualifications

Lise Bitirme Diplomasi

CGPA of 80% with 85% in a mathematics, science or social subject from the final year.

Greece qualifications

Apolytirion

19 in the Apolytirion plus AA in two A levels.

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels. We do not accept Pan Hellenic examinations in place of an A level.

Cyprus qualifications

Apolytirion

19 in the Apolytirion plus AA in two A levels.

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels.

Spain qualifications

Titulo de Bachiller

A score of 9 overall with 6 in Mathematics.

Germany qualifications

Abitur

1.4 overall with 11 in Mathematics in your final examinations.

If you do not take Mathematics in your final examinations, you will need an average grade across 4 semesters in it.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options

Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Business Administration
  • Final award
    BSc (Hons)
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    N100
  • Institution code
    B16
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

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