Business and Management at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

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Course summary

This is a Connected Degree Portsmouth is the only University in the UK with the flexibility to choose when to do an optional paid placement or self-employed year. Either take a placement in your third year, or finish your studies first and complete a placement in your fourth year. You can decide if and when to take a placement after you've started your course. Overview Stand out in the job market with a BA (Hons) Business and Management degree that gives you the skills and knowledge you need to excel in today’s evolving global business landscape, as well as a professional qualification from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Develop your professional skills and business understanding with opportunities to work on live client projects and industry problem solving tasks throughout your course. You’ll have support in every step of your journey with initiatives such as our mentoring scheme with industry professionals, and grow your confidence with client work and optional industry placements — including a paid placement year — so you’ll graduate ready to make an immediate impact in the workplace. With opportunities to hear from industry guest speakers, join networking events, and take part in our 'Big Business Convo' topical discussions, you'll set yourself up for success in your career every step of the way. Starting with a detailed core curriculum including marketing, finance, managing people and operations, this degree gives you strong foundations on which to build your business knowledge. After your first year you’ll choose which direction to take your learning, with a choice of specialisms such as sustainability or analytics. Course highlights

  • Graduate with a professional qualification from the Chartered Management Institute alongside your degree, to really make your CV stand out
  • Feel workplace ready with dedicated professional skills development and practical learning opportunities throughout your course
  • Get hands-on experience such as offering advice to local small businesses as part of our Business Consultancy Project
  • Take a paid placement year with a business such as L'Oreal or BAE Systems
  • Build a strong foundation of global business and management knowledge with comprehensive core modules
-Take your learning in the direction that reflects your interests, such as finance, analytics, marketing, or sustainability
  • Benefit from a range of support including initiatives such as our industry mentoring scheme
  • Grow your own network by joining extra-curricular events with industry professionals
  • Get support for setting up your own business from our Entrepreneurs in Residence
Accreditation We have partnered with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) so that you can gain a value added professional qualification alongside your degree. Students on our BA (Hons) Business and Management can be awarded a CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership upon successful completion of their degree programme. Upon joining their degree course, students become members of the CMI and are able to access a range of benefits, resources and events to support their professional development. 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:
  • British Telecom
  • Deloitte
  • HM Government
  • IBM
  • Disney
  • BAE Systems
  • NHS
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • Estée Lauder
  • Volkswagen Group UK
  • Microsoft
(Data taken from HESA Graduate Outcome surveys)


Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Business Accounting (20 credits)
  • Business Operations and Systems Management (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Business Analytics (20 credits)
  • Managing People in Organisations (20 credits)
  • Marketing Principles and Practice (20 credits)
  • Professional & Academic Skills for Success (20 credits)
Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Business Analysis and Decision Making (20 credits)
  • Employability, Research and Professional Development (20 credits)
  • International Business (20 credits)
  • Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability (20 credits)
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
  • Business & Employment Law (20 credits)
  • Business Analytics in Practice (20 credits)
  • Business Venturing (20 credits)
  • Corporate Financial Management (20 credits)
  • Electronic and Mobile Commerce (20 credits)
  • Financial Reporting and Financial Statement Analysis (20 credits)
  • Human Resource Development (20 credits)
  • Human Resources for the Professional (20 credits)
  • Innovation Management (20 credits)
  • Intermediate Economics (20 credits)
  • Managerial and Decision Economics (20 credits)
  • Managing Product Portfolios (20 credits)
  • Procurement and Supply (20 credits)
  • Risk Management and Supply Chain Vulnerability (20 credits)
  • Study Abroad 120 Credits (Year Long) (120 credits)
Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Strategic Management (20 credits)
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
  • Advanced Corporate Financial Management (20 credits)
  • Business Consultancy Project (20 credits)
  • Business Forecasting and Data Analysis (20 credits)
  • Business Improvement & Creativity (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Product and Service Development (20 credits)
  • Critical Leadership: Theory and Practice (20 credits)
  • Discrimination and Conflict in Employment Law (20 credits)
  • Dissertation - Accounting, Economics and Finance (40 credits)
  • Dissertation - Organisations Systems and People (40 credits)
  • Dissertation - Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (Marketing) (40 credits)
  • Economics and Finance of Sport (20 credits)
  • Managing Equality & Diversity at Work (20 credits)
  • Operations Strategy and the Supply Chain (20 credits)
  • Project Management for Enterprise (20 credits)
  • Responsible and Sustainable Business (20 credits)
  • Strategic Managerial Accounting (20 credits)
  • Transformative Marketing (20 credits)
  • Work Based Learning (40 credits)
Placement year (optional) On this course, you can do an optional work placement year after your 2nd or 3rd year 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. 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

How you're assessed will depend on the modules you select. As well as online assessments and coursework you may be assessed using:

  • practical exercises
  • written reports
  • presentations
  • portfolios
  • research proposals
As a guide, students on this course are 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
You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. We'll give you feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Professional bodies

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

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

How to apply

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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.

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

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
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £17200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,385 EU – £1,385 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,875. 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. For more information about fees, go to
Business and Management at University of Portsmouth - UCAS