Business Studies Sheffield Hallam University


On this course you develop the skills to succeed in the business world, and gain the confidence and qualities that employers really want.

No two students have the same experience on this course. The variety of optional modules means you create your own business studies degree, exploring which areas of business you want to work in and specialising in your areas of interest.

During your first year you study the core areas of business. These give you knowledge in the key areas of • finance • human resources • international business • marketing • operations management • business environment.

Each year the number of optional modules increases, allowing you the freedom to pursue your interests. You choose from options including • a foreign language • contemporary issues in marketing • operational project management • managing the digital enterprise • financial performance management.

You develop key skills and knowledge for business, including the ability to • analyse business issues • present your opinions and make recommendations • work independently and as part of a team • manage people and projects. You also gain skills in • problem-solving • creative thinking • team-working • communication • leadership and management.

Placements and work experience

In your third year, you apply what you have learned with a one-year paid work placement, earning a salary between £14,000 and £26,000. The placement is your chance to apply your academic knowledge in the work environment – and, in the process, improve your career prospects. It can even lead to the offer of a permanent job with your placement employer.

Previous placement students have worked • in PR for Canon's headquarters, dealing with the media and helping to organise National Photography Week • managing a sales territory for Schweppes Coca-Cola • as trainee manager at Aldi • on the sales team at IBM • creating marketing collateral for manufacturer Cummins.

There are also opportunities to work abroad – recently our students have taken placements at Walt Disney in Florida and HotelBeds in Mallorca. If you study abroad, or do your work placement, in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.


Our tutors have significant experience in business management. They regularly run leadership training for directors and senior managers in organisations such as Nestlé, SIG and the Post Office, so you receive the very latest thinking in business.

You can apply to take part in the Common Purpose leadership scheme, where you network with leaders and role models from the world of business. We arrange guest lectures and seminars from relevant and credible professionals, who come and talk about the projects they are working on.

We also pay for you to be an associate member of the Chartered Management Institute during your course, giving you access to their networking events and helping you build up your LinkedIn contacts for when you start your career.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    3 years

Course details


Year one core modules- • data analysis for business decisions • people and organisations in context • customers and markets • contemporary organisations • enterprise change and creativity
Year one options- one from • global business environment • foreign language

Year two core modules- • strategic planning (shaping the future) • financial fluency for management decision making • leading innovative organisations • responsibile and ethical practice • business project management.
Year two options- one from • managing international business • planning your own business • business law • services and retail marketing • essential IT skills for business • performance measurement and operations • leading and managing teams • foreign language

Year three- • optional paid work placement

Final year core modules- • implementing strategy and change • research and enquiry • leadership in contemporary organisations • business studies project
Final year options- Two from a wide range of modules including • consultancy skills for organisational change • financial performance management • contemporary issues in marketing • individual customer psychology • managing the digital enterprise • operational project management • sustainable and responsible business in the c21 - contemporay challenges • contemporary issues in international business • business in the european economy • financial fluency for decision-making • managing for success • foreign language

Assessment method

• Coursework
• Examinations

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code N100
Institution code S21
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points • 112 UCAS Points, including at least 64 points from two A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications We accept AS levels and general studies.

Where an applicant has not taken AS Level qualifications we may make a lower offer.
Access to HE Diploma M: 15 credits Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Normally, five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 With a minimum of 5.5 in all skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £12,750 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

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