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Undergraduate study

Course overview

BA (Hons) Management Practice is an industry-driven degree and is professional-body aligned. It combines excellent business education, work-based learning and professional development. This course is for you if you want to become, or be recognised for being, a professional manager – taking responsibility for projects, people, operations and/or services to deliver long-term organisational success.

BA (Hons) Management Practice is a part-time, work-based qualification designed around the needs of you and your employer. The programme is aligned to the Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship standard, developed by a consortium of national leading employers in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Association of Business Schools, adding currency and relevance to your part-time degree.

As a student you will be in either paid or unpaid employment and apply your learning to your organisation, thus supporting and adding value to the organisation while you learn. Successful completion of the course gives you an honours degree and the opportunity to apply for membership of the Chartered Management Institute, a professional body membership that is recognised and valued across all sectors.

You could be from any sector, in any size organisation – wanting to become a professional manager. Or you could be an existing manager with practical experience wanting a more structured learning approach and further development.


Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Business Operations

This module provides you with the foundation knowledge of the general principles of business operations and strategy management. This module introduces the importance of the business environment, the impact of organisational behaviour, resources, capability and competency, leadership and management, function and structure of organisations and organisational culture. It prepares you for the Business Operational Strategy module.

Introduction to Business Finance

You are introduced to the principal areas of business finance and related commercial activities – ideal if you have limited training or experience in this area. Key topics include the principles of financial management accounting, planning and budgeting, and procurement. During this module you critically reflect on the links between theory and practical application.

Personal Effectiveness

You develop personal and professional effectiveness through an awareness of yourself and others in an organisational context. You develop key skills including developing and managing your awareness, effective communication skills and understanding learning opportunities. The focus of the module is on creating a personal development plan to demonstrate learning.

Sales and Marketing

You are introduced to key themes associated with marketing and selling business products and services, from defining a market segment through to closing a sale. Key skills developed are market appraisal, researching competition, understanding customers, preparing marketing plans and understanding the selling process.

Work-based Learning Skills

You prepare to become an effective higher education work-based learner by focusing on reflective practice. This module equips you with the skills to critically reflect on professional practice. You are provided with a personal perspective on your own learning, encouraging professional and personal development.


Year 2 core modules

Business Operational Strategy

Building on the learning from the Business Operations module, you further develop your understanding of the principles of business operations and strategy. Evaluating factors outside individual roles, you consider the concepts of organisational change, stakeholders, customer and supplier management, and facilitating cross-functional working. You also consider entrepreneurship and innovation, and the wider managerial approaches to business development including human resource management.

Digital Business

You develop your knowledge and understanding of the diversity of technologies and approaches available to exploit new business opportunities by using advanced contemporary technologies. You expand your understanding of a range of e-based technologies and their use in supporting business operations including e-commerce, e-customer relationship management and e-marketing.

Leading and Managing People in Organisations

This module helps you understand the concept of leadership and management in the 21st century. It focuses on the skills required for collaborative working relationships to improve performance within a diverse range of organisational situations. You develop an understanding of your own leadership style and how this can be adapted within different contexts.

Project Planning and Research Skills

You learn through two essential components of the degree – investigating how projects are managed and how to conduct research as a practitioner researcher. You explore how to manage projects from feasibility to post-implementation, including risk and contingency management. Through this module you become prepared for the Professional Project by considering the skills of research methodologies including data collection and analysis tools.


Year 3 core modules

Advanced Leadership and Performance

You learn how to identify authentic and ethical leadership by considering the importance of concepts such as trust, resilience and adaptability to meet business needs and achieve organisational goals. Developing professional knowledge, evidencing competencies and action planning underpin the learning on this module.

Contemporary Issues in Management and Practice

You develop an understanding of contemporary issues in management practice and the diverse issues faced by organisations. You explore the key concepts of corporate social responsibility, managing across cultures, knowledge and talent management, and the importance of the global regulatory frameworks affecting international trade – all essential issues irrespective of your industry.

Professional Project

Through negotiation between the University, workplace and learner, you design and carry out an inquiry-led activity (project) demonstrating research and development approaches to your own professional development and the development of your organisation. You manage a work-based project to initiate and lead change. The content and context of your project is unique to you or your group.

Strategic Management and Intrapreneurship

You are provided with an overview of strategic management and intrapreneurship. You take a transdisciplinary approach to strategic management to enable deep learning to support a negotiated, flexible pathway that addresses your individual learning requirements and your organisation’s strategic development needs.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

BA (Hons) Management Practice recognises the workplace as a centre of knowledge building and, as such, has an explicit work-based learning strategy that emphasises learning from and for experience and professional practice. The programme supports you by combining learning opportunities within the workplace and the University learning environment. By focusing on the higher learning and skills required for success, this degree combines both academic and vocational learning and fully tests both to provide you with a robust platform on which to build a career in leadership and management.

A workshop style enables you to share knowledge whilst working with your peers to identify solutions to organisational problems. Structured student-led activities are a significant feature of the programme, providing opportunities for you to engage in critical dialogue about professional and organisational practices. The assessments enable you to apply this knowledge and learning directly within the workplace.

All modules on the programme are delivered through blended learning, which uses a combination of face-to-face learning and online delivery.

Assessments allow you to reflect on and analyse your own personal practice as a manager or aspiring manager as well as your organisation’s practices against accepted business models and approaches. You are assessed through collaborative group activity, reflective reports and essays, project planning, interviews, presentations, situational analysis, along with a work-based project in your final year.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 80-104 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).

We welcome applications from mature students without conventional entry requirements. We take into account any alternative qualifications or other experience you may have.

For additional information please see our entry requirements

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

For individuals from a range of sectors and in a variety of roles at manager or senior management level who want to develop their career.



  • Not available full-time


2020/21 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

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  • Length: 3 years
  • Attendance: One day per week - 9.00am - 5.00pm
  • Enrolment date: September
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    BA (Hons) Management Practice

    Dr Gill Owens, Senior Lecturer in Leadership & Management, discusses our BA (Hons) Management practice degree.


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