BA (Hons) Business

Students become confident and capable of tackling any business challenge with an array of management skills at their fingertips. This course will help students develop an understanding of the relationships between different business disciplines and examine how constraints in one area affect decision making in another. Gain a variety of skills during an induction programme, including time management, presentation skills and report writing, and develop them throughout the degree and beyond.

This course marries the academic and the vocational in order to maximise students' career and lifetime opportunities.

Key features

  • Students have the opportunity to work with businesses, not-for-profit enterprises, charities, schools and colleges on real consultancy projects.
  • Students can discover the nature of dynamic business through a variety of teaching methods. Our lectures, videos, student centred learning materials and a range of group activities will ensure students are accomplished in the key business fundamentals.
  • Students benefit from our friendly, informal learning environment.
  • Students enhance their career and lifetime opportunities with this course’s balance of the academic and vocational modules.
  • Students learn about key sustainability issues in contemporary business management during their third year.
  • Students can become one of a large number of our graduates who have successfully entered the business world in a wide range of commercial, manufacturing and service organisations in both private and public sectors in areas such as accounting and finance, management and marketing.
  • Wide range of elective modules on offer; especially in the final year, which provides flexibility and allows students to specialise in a particular aspect of business.
  • In the final year, students have the flexibility to complete either an individual research project (STO310) or a live consultancy group project (STO312), with both options leading to an honours degree. The live group project uses real employer briefs and engagement.

Course details

Year 1

Students examine all aspects of the business world, its operations, and the strength and limitations of its disciplines. Students learn how to get the most out of their degree and time at university.


Core modules

  • ACF103 Business Accounting
  • ECN1013  Introduction to Business Economics
  • ENT101 Entrepreneurial Thought and Action
  • HRL100 Organisational Behaviour
  • MKT110 Essentials of Marketing
  • STO102 World of Enterprise


Year 2

Students gain the skills to assess how and why businesses innovate and determine why enterprise is critical to success. Students discover how different areas of business require different managerial approaches. Students explore subjects such as Operations, People Management and Enterprise and Innovation, and have the opportunity to choose 2 elective modules from a range of subjects; including languages.


Core modules

  • ENT200: Enterprise and Innovation
  • EPIE200: Placement Preparation
  • HRL200: People Management
  • HRL201: Professional Development Planning
  • STO200: Introduction to Operations Management


Optional modules

  • DEAS200: Academic Skills for International Direct Entry Second Year Students
  • ELC203: English for Academic Purposes
  • FREX01: French 1
  • FREX02 :French 2
  • HRL203: Project Management
  • SPNX01: Spanish 1
  • SPNX02: Spanish 2
  • STO202: Management Decision Making
  • STO204: Business Ethics
  • STO205: An Introduction to International Business
  • STO206: Shaping the Future: creating sustainable organisations


Placement year (optional)

Students gain valuable on-the-job experience through an optional placement year. Supported by a dedicated team, students can undertake a paid position within a public or private sector organisation relevant to their interests. While following a training programme agreed with an employer, students can also be supervised by academic staff throughout the year. Students may even decide to set up their own business. If students choose to undertake a placement, they can do so after their second year.


Core modules

  • EPIE300: Placement Year
  • EPIE301: The Placement Project


Final year

Students take the opportunity to practice new consultancy skills on challenging operational or strategic real-life projects, or carry out an individual research project. Students can tailor their final year to have a focus on a particular theme, such as human resources, or strategy, or a combination of subjects that are relevant to wider business activities.

Please note in semester two, students will need to complete either STO310 or STO312.


Core modules

  • STO302 Strategic Analysis and Research Methods


Optional modules

  • ACF312B Financial Management
  • DEAS300 Academic Skills for International Direct Entry Final Year Students
  • ECN3013 International Trade and International Finance
  • ELC314 International Business Communication
  • ELC315 Professional and Academic Communication
  • ENT300 Enterprise Creation
  • FREX01 French 1
  • FREX02 French 2
  • HRL300 Organisational Leadership
  • HRL305 Human Resource Management
  • HRL306 Leadership Practice
  • HRL310 Equality and Diversity in the Workplace
  • HRL314 International Human Resource Management
  • HRL316 Managing Change
  • LAW3233 Commercial Law
  • MAR330 Procurement Management Processes
  • MKT321 Marketing Management
  • SPNX01 Spanish 1
  • SPNX02 Spanish 2
  • STO301 Operations Management for Competitive Advantage
  • STO306 Current Issues in Management
  • STO308 Current Issues in Information Technology
  • STO310 Project
  • STO312 Business Management

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment. The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

Programme Specification

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

104 - 120

A level: 104-120 points from a minimum of 2 A levels. This course considers general studies.

BTEC: 18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM in any subject.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access: Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction.

IB: 26 - 30 overall to include 4 at any subject at Higher Level.
English and Maths accepted within: Higher Level = 4   Standard Level = 5

All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade 4/C or above.

English language requirements

How to apply

Applications should be made through our partner institution:

Peninsula College Malaysia