Management BSc (Hons)

4 years with placement year, starting in September 2018

Develop advanced knowledge and skills in a range of business functions. Gain the practical experience you need for a variety of management careers.

Year 1 covers the core subjects relevant for business such as marketing, accounting, finance and operations. These principles will provide context for the rest of your course. During this first year, you’ll study with International Management and Management with Marketing students.

In Year 2 you’ll build on this foundation, developing your knowledge of these subjects. You will be able to customise your studies with optional units. These let you explore other areas of interest such as digital marketing and management consulting.

In your final year you will study strategy and take part in the entrepreneurship project. You’ll apply what you’ve learned to developing a business plan and putting it into action.

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
  • Placement
  • Year 4


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.


Apply your skills and knowledge in a practical business environment with a placement year. Placements are real jobs and usually paid. You will gain a competitive advantage in the graduate job market with this valuable experience.

Our dedicated Placements Team will liaise with employers, arrange interviews and help you apply. We have links with over 300 companies of all sizes across a variety of sectors. Recent employers include Unilever, eBay, Zurich and Accenture. Read more about the School of Management placement scheme.

Placement opportunities may not be guaranteed. Read more about placements.

Learning and assessment


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials


  • Coursework
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Written examination

Contact time with staff

In your first year, you should expect to spend 34% of your time in a lecture or seminar setting and 66% of the time in independent study, including reading, preparation, coursework and revision. Your unit option choices will determine your future contact hours.

Find out more about contact time with staff
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BSc Management with placement at Unilever (2017)

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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.

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 of GCSEs (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.


Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level


AAA or A*AB in three A level subjects.

Desirable A level subjects

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

A level subjects that will not be considered in your application

A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). Offers can include Mathematics or Further Mathematics but not both.

Alternative offer A level


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.


Typical offer:
Obtain D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF).

We are able to consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF) in Business. You should be studying units that provide preparation for both numerical and essay-based study. We may be able to consider other BTECs in relevant subject areas: please contact us to discuss your profile.

If you are studying towards a Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma or a new specification BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF), please contact us for guidance.

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 prior to 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

Typical offer:
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 if they are in the same subject area.

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


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.


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
  • Final award
    BSc (Hons)
  • Mode of study
  • Course code
  • Institution code
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

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