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BA (Hons) Management Practice is a part-time, work-based qualification designed around the needs of you and your employer.
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.
Year 1 core modules
This module introduces you to the principles underpinning markets operating in a modern western economy and deals with the micro and macro economic environment. You will also consider the environment from the viewpoint of the firm and society as a whole, looking at ways of manipulating the market through marketing. You will also study welfare economics, government operations and legislation.
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.
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.
Marketing plays a significant role in any industry, but particularly in the service sector. Organisations cannot operate without promotion or market research for communicating with a range of customers. Examine factors that influence the marketing of products and services and analyse the effectiveness of promotional campaigns for organisations to achieve their marketing objectives.
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.
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
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.
You learn knowledge and skills in planning, managing and reflecting on organisational change. It is suitable for aspiring leaders in a range of professional contexts, involving consideration of change processes and impacts at a variety of scales. You develop understanding of the complexities and challenges in organisational change including organisational culture and resistance, as well as being creative and innovative in application of theory to propose solutions and overcome barriers in changing organisations.
You develop knowledge and understanding of some of the theories in the human resource elements of the business including the nature of human resource management and HR as a strategy capability, talent recruitment and selection, employee retention and total reward, employee engagement and development, and performance management and consider conflict management, negotiation and dispute resolution
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.
You conceptualise the fundamental principles of planning and managing projects whilst also being introduced to key tools and framework used in Project Management industry. The role of the project manager will be investigated in managing teams and providing support for organisational change, whilst also introducing established project planning techniques. You develop competent awareness of project planning value and helping to plan large, complex projects.
You learn knowledge and skills in conducting effective research in preparation for future research projects you will undertake. You gain an understanding of the principles underpinning ethical and rigorous research methods and how to conduct yourself in a research setting or project
Year 3 core modules
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.
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.
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.
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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You must be in employment and have 80-104 UCAS points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent), together with GCSE English and maths grade 4 or above (or equivalent). We welcome applications from students without conventional entry requirements and consider alternative qualifications or other relevant experience.
For general information please see our overview of 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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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.
Through collaborative projects with our international partners, you gain the skills and confidence to succeed in the world of work on a global scale. You work with SMEs and large corporate organisations, developing practical business skills by formulating solutions to real-world challenges. We ensure that you acquire a unique mix of ability, knowledge and experience to secure the perfect role.