Business and Management at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

Business and Management

University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Overview If you've got the ambition to become a successful business professional, and lead and manage teams and organisations, this accredited BA (Hons) Business and Management degree course will kick-start your career. In your first year, you'll get a grounding in the essential topics that underpin the functions of successful businesses. You'll also develop the transferable skills you'll use throughout your degree and career in areas such as team working, prioritisation, planning, IT, entrepreneurship and communication. In your second and third years, you'll tailor your degree to focus on the business subjects that match your ambitions and interests. You'll get to grips with overcoming the challenges global businesses face and have the chance to apply your skills in industry on a summer internship or placement year. The course sets you up for a career across plenty of sectors and industries in the UK and beyond. You'll have the skills to get ahead as a business professional in areas such as business consultancy, marketing, finance and risk analysis. Accredited by This course has EPAS accreditation, a scheme operated by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). This network promotes excellence in management development, and means you’ll be studying a course recognised for its high-quality student experience. What you'll experience On this degree course, you'll:

  • Develop the knowledge and skills to become highly effective in business and management
  • Get a rich understanding of core business areas such as marketing, accounting, operations and leadership
  • Tailor your studies in the areas you're most passionate about, by choosing from around 40 module options in areas such as business decision making, analytics, business sustainability, economics, team development, business law, and strategic management
  • Learn leadership and management theories and apply this knowledge on group projects in scenarios that mimic what you'll experience in your career
  • Hone your entrepreneurial skills, build your network and demonstrate your skills to potential employers by working with local businesses on projects that contribute to their success
  • Develop transferable life and career skills in areas such as time management and prioritisation, planning, presentations and IT
  • Study alongside students and teaching staff from diverse backgrounds and cultures, giving you the ability and awareness to operate successfully in the global business environment
  • Get lots of support from teaching and Faculty staff, including access to teaching staff outside of scheduled teaching activities
  • Attend lectures and talks from industry experts and experienced professionals
You can also:
  • Get industry experience on a placement year, taking advantage of our excellent links with local, national and international organisations including well-known companies such as IBM and Rolls Royce
  • Bring your business ideas to life by setting up your own start-up on your placement year
  • Learn a foreign language such as French, German, Italian, Spanish or Mandarin as part of your studies
  • Study at partner universities such as San Jose State in California and the University of Stockholm, experiencing different cultures and language that will prepare you for a career in international organisations
Careers and opportunities What can you do with a Business and Management degree? Previous graduates have secured roles in areas such as:
  • business development
  • project management
  • consultancy
  • recruitment
  • marketing
  • publicity
  • finance
  • risk analysis
Graduates have gone onto work for companies large and small including Rolls Royce, L'Oreal and BAE Systems. You could also go onto study a postgraduate qualification in a specific business-related area such as project management, digital marketing or human resource management or join a graduate development scheme.

Course details


Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Business Accounting
  • Business Operations and Systems Management
  • Economics for Business
  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Marketing Principles And Practice
  • Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis
  • Business Innovation Development Project
Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Business Analysis And Decision Making
  • Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability
  • Employability, Research And Professional Development
  • International Business
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • Business And Employment Law
  • Business Venturing
  • Developing Individual and Team Creativity
  • Enterprise Systems and Process
  • Human Resource Development
  • Innovation Management
  • Legal Issues in Procurement and Supply
  • Managerial And Decision Economics
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 in this year include:
  • Strategic Management
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • Business Forecasting and Data Analysis
  • Business Research Project (HRM)
  • Business Research Project (Marketing)
  • Business Research Project (Strategy)
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 method

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

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • European Foundation for Management Development

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 - 120 points 112-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.
A level 112-120 Tariff points from 3 A levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM - DDM
Access to HE Diploma 112-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 112-120 Tariff points.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points 29 points from the IB Diploma, with 655/754 at Higher Level - 29 points from the IB Diploma, with 664 at Higher Level.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 - H3, H3, H3, H3, H4
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 54-60.
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.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14300 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,500 Year abroad of a language course £2,500. For further fee information please see **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**
Business and Management at University of Portsmouth - UCAS