100% of our students said that they were satisfied with the BA (Hons) Business Management course (National Student Survey, 2013).
100% of graduates who studied BA (Hons) Business Management (In Company) are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (DLHE survey 2011/2012)
Developed with leading businesses, this course is rich in practical experience. While most courses offer a year’s work experience, the innovative two-year opportunity to work in a company is designed to give you a clear advantage over other graduates.
Why choose this course?
The course is suited to students who are motivated and have a passion for a career in business. It is very demanding, so you will need to be good at time management to balance working and studying.
The taught elements of the course will enhance your business knowledge, whilst the two year placement allows students to apply their knowledge and skills in a practical setting. Both will make you highly employable.
Your placement company will cover your tuition fees during Year Two and Year Three. They will also pay you a bursary to cover living expenses. Placement companies that have sponsored the course previously include:
This course provides a fantastic opportunity for students, as many tend to progress quicker and graduate with less debt.
Students have been extremely successful at graduation, with 100% securing employment or deciding to undertake further study*. Many of our students stay on with their placement companies after graduation, securing well-paid positions.
*of those available for work, DHLE 2011/ 12
What our students say
"It's a unique opportunity – and the experience gained on this course is much more valuable than a degree from many other universities."
Penni Gibbons, BA (Hons) Business Management (In-company)
Want to know more?
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Course length: Three years
Study location: City site
Fees and funding:
Students pay full University fees in Year One. See our applying and fees section for full information. For details on what is included in the fee, please see our Course Fees and Funding page.
97% of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2013).
100% of students agreed that the course is well organised and running smoothly (National Student Survey 2013).
Start date: September
You will only be a full-time student during Year One. Years Two and Three are spent working full-time and studying. The academic content during this time will be delivered in study blocks lasting three weeks, for which you will return to Nottingham Business School twice a year.
What will I study?
Year One - Full-time study at Nottingham Business School
The first year of the course is full-time at Nottingham Business School and provides a thorough grounding in personal / professional skills and business disciplines. During the year you will:
- Spend time developing and running real projects
- Develop your understanding of the business environment and law.
- Gain insights into core business functions and their operations.
- Develop your skills for study and work, and understand recruitment processes and requirements.
Towards the end of this year, students are introduced to the range of companies offering placements for Year Two and Year Three of the course. Progress to Year Two is on merit and depends not only on academic performance, but also on your performance at the company selection event and the subsequent company interview and selection process. The placement process is competitive and ultimately the responsibility for securing a placement will be yours.
Year Two and Three - Learning in the workplace (subject to securing a placement during Year One)
During the second year you will complete the below study blocks.
Global Business Contexts and Markets (study block), which includes:
- Critical Enquiry
- International Business Environment
- Marketing Management.
Business Resources Management (study block), which includes:
- Financial Management
- Human Resource Management
- Information Management.
Your full-time work during the second year will focus on the following aspects.
Comparative Problem Analysis: You will undertake an investigation into a contemporary business issue and report your findings.
Skills and Reflective Development: Alongside developing your business knowledge, you will focus and reflect upon your skills development and report your findings to company and Nottingham Business School mentors.
Year Three (In-Company)
During your final year you will complete the below study blocks.
eBusiness and the Global Supply Chain (study block), which includes:
- Internet technology and the Customer Interface
- Data Information and Knowledge
- The Global Supply Chain.
Strategy for Global Change (study block), which includes:
- Strategic Thinking and Practice
- Organisational Change
- Corporate Strategy
- Strategic Analysis.
While working full-time during your final year you will also complete the following.
A group development project: investigating an issue of strategic importance to your placement organisation and business in a wider context.
Individual research project: you will need to write 12,000 to 15,000 words.
Skills and reflective development: You will further reflect upon your skills development and report your findings to company and Business School mentors.
Contact hours and assessment
Your learning and assessment will reflect the work-based nature of the course. We use a variety of methods including:
- project work
- debates and company projects
- consultancy reports and skills portfolios.
You will be taught as a single group meaning you get a lot more tutor attention.
Where will I study?
During Year One, you will attend lectures and seminars at NTU's City site, in the impressive Newton building, home to Nottingham Business School. You will return to Nottingham Business School during the study blocks in your final two years, but will spend the rest of your time at your placement company.
How will I be assessed?
You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.
Welcoming students from across the world
The University has a diverse student community, with a significant number of international students choosing to study here from across the world. We provide specialist staff, services and facilities to help you through all stages of being a student. Find out more on our International Students' pages.
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
The School is based in the impressive Newton building on NTU's City site. In 2009 the building was involved in a £90 million regeneration project on the site. The Grade II* listed building was transformed into an ultra-modern complex, while maintaining its historic beauty.
- You will enjoy the NBS Link Lounge, a space just for Business School students, located on floor seven of the Newton building.
- Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the Internet. They will be available in the University's Career and Placements Centre.
- You will have access to spacious teaching rooms and lecture theatres.
- You will enjoy variety of social spaces.
- All students have access top £13 million pound Boots Library. 24-hour IT facilities are available on the fourth floor.
- Our Student Services Centre will also be on-hand should you need support.
The location of the City site also means that you have easy access to:
- sports facilities
- student accommodation
- music venues
Your career development
Students from BA (Hons) Business Management (In-Company) have been extremely successful at graduation, with 100% securing employment or deciding to undertake further study (of those available for work, DHLE 2010 / 11).
Many of our students have gone on to secure middle management positions within one year of graduating. The fact that you spend two years in-company results in higher level work roles being assigned to you when you graduate.
Lots of our students have also chosen to stay with their placement company. This is because they have secured well-paid positions such as product managers and purchasing executives. Other students have also gone on to gain graduate positions in other blue-chip organisations.
What our students say
"On graduation I had a number of job offers and decided to remain with my placement company, Rolls-Royce. I joined the company's graduate scheme. After only six months on the scheme I was selected for a secondment to Rolls-Royce Canada and spent three months living and working in Montreal. This was not only a fantastic experience, which I'm sure the BABM course helped me to secure, but it also played a part in my selection as Rolls-Royce's Purchasing Graduate of the year, and subsequent runner-up position in the Rolls-Royce Plc Chairman's Awards."
Chris Jones, International Business Supply Chain Development, Rolls-Royce.
Excellent placement opportunities
Years Two and Three are spent on placement with one of the companies who sponsor the course.
Partner organisations will advertise their vacancies during Year One. You will need to secure a placement with one of these organisations, or, if you wish, you may find your own placement. The placement process is competitive and ultimately the responsibility for securing a placement will be yours. Each company has their own selection process. We cannot guarantee you a placement. It is the company's decision who they offer places to and this is dependent on your performance during their selection process.
However, you will be supported through the process and so your chances of securing a placement should be very good. We also run a dedicated company placement week in March as well so that you can find out as much as possible about each placement before you apply.
Some placements are focused on a specific area of business, such as marketing or human resources, and others involve a number of different roles.
You must be geographically mobile as we can't guarantee that you will end up in a specific area or company.
Placement companies have previously included:
You will need:
- 320 UCAS Tariff points minimum achieved from three A-levels at grades ABB or equivalent (excluding AS-levels and A-level General Studies)
- five GCSEs at grades A to C, including Maths and English Language which are required at minimum grade B.
Please note that applications for Advanced Entry to this course will not be accepted.
A limited number of students will be recruited onto the course. Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend a day-long business style assessment centre during which their competencies will be assessed via:
- a group exercise
- an individual interview
- a written exercise.
You will also need to meet the English language requirements if you are an international or EU student.
- Ensure your VISA allows you to work whilst completing your course. You can email our International Team for further advice and support on this.
- Attend an Assessment Centre as part of your application. No alternative will be given.
A full list of the alternative qualifications we accept, including international ones, can be found on our entry requirements index.
Please note: This role does not meet the UK Border Agency requirements for Tier 4 sponsorship and therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require a Tier 4 visa under the Points Based Immigration System. Applicants to this course must be eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the course, and after graduation. Please contact our International Team for further advice and support on this.
Please note that applications for Advanced Entry to this course will not be accepted.
How to apply
You can follow our step-by-step instructions when applying through UCAS.
Also ensure that you check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder, when you have applied. We may need to contact you during this time.
The assessment centre will assess skills and competencies in communication, team-working, adaptability skills as well as self-motivation. Following assessment, offers of places will be made through UCAS.
Writing your personal statement
Your personal statement should give us:
- an insight into your academic aspirations
- details of your experience (work experience, positions of responsibility and any extracurricular activities)
- details of your achievements (academic / non-academic), motivations and ambitions.
Take a look at our guide to writing an effective personal statement. Use it when you start writing your UCAS application.
Fees and funding
Students pay full University fees in Year One. See our applying and fees section for full information.
If you are successful in securing a placement, your placement company will sponsor your course in Years Two and Three and pay students a bursary to cover living expenses (currently between £8,000 and £12,500 depending on company and location).
Please note the following information for applicants
Studied: BA (Hons) Business Management (In-company)
"I applied to Nottingham Trent University as I knew that by attending, I would get more than just a degree. By choosing the BABM course, I would not only have the chance to gain a BA Honours degree, but also two full years of work experience, which would be invaluable when applying for jobs.
"The highlight of the course for me was the Business Enterprise module that I undertook in my first year. Our group was given a real budget and had six months to go out and run a business in the city. I learnt a huge amount about the practicalities involved in running a business, and it was great to work so closely with those on my course in a live business scenario. I don’t think that many of my friends on other courses were given that sort of responsibility in their first year!
"Nottingham Business School really stood out for me because of its excellent industry connections. I knew if I studied at NBS, I would be able to get great exposure to and support from some of the worlds most respected organisations, supporting my learning experience, but also helping me jump onto the employment ladder.
"I believe that I have developed a huge amount, both personally and academically, since starting at NTU and I definitely feel prepared for the world of work. I’m now a much more commercially-minded individual and feel a lot more ‘wise to the world’. I was brought up in a small village and went to school in a small market town so living, studying and working in a big city has been a real eye opener.
"I’m currently working for Sagar Wright, a specialist headhunting company based in Leeds, and also the company that I completed my placement with. My job involves sourcing some of the most sought after individuals in the country within the Investment Consulting sector and using advanced communication, persuasion and selling techniques to get them to move to my client’s job. On a normal working day I could be phoning clients; presenting a job offer; interviewing my candidates; negotiating new terms of business or even flying to a client meeting! NTU were fantastic in providing CV writing seminars, interview training sessions and even tips on how to get ahead of your peers. It’s safe to say the support offered played a key part in me securing my placement job and ultimately my full time job.
"My plans for the future are to develop my skills to the highest possible level and ultimately run my own business. I feel that my time at NTU has definitely helped to prepare me for this."
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