BA (Hons)

Business Management (1 Year In-Company)

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In the UK for Business, management and marketing
in The Guardian University Guide 2020
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: Three years


Do you want to study something different and stands you out from other graduates?

Then our Business Management (1 Year In-Company) course is for you!

Nottingham Business School created this distinctive course to offer a unique work-based learning experience, which will enhance your employability and enable you to have an impact in the workplace.

This course will enable you to develop your self-confidence, self-reliance and independence and enable you to take responsibility for your own learning and career development. It will help develop your professionalism and ability to work as part of a team and as an individual.

During your first year you will be studying at Nottingham Business School and will be introduced to the basics of business and also prepare you for employment by adopting a professional approach to learning and work. During Year Two, you will complete work-based learning whilst on placement. You will then return to full-time studies in your final year.

Due to the nature of the course you will pay attention to problem solving and explaining how things occur rather than simply knowing more.

In some circumstances students choosing this course may have the opportunity to switch to the BA (Hons) Business Management (2 Year In-Company) course after their second year and complete their final year in employment.

If you are motivated and passionate for a career in business then this could be the course for you.

Nottingham Business School have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

Accredited by:

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What you'll study

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

This course starts in September 2019. In Year One, you'll study a common first year at Nottingham Business School.

During Year Two, students will complete work-based learning on placement. Your final year will be back in full-time study at Nottingham Business School.

  • Year One

    Principles of Marketing

    Provides you with an understanding of the essential marketing concepts and frameworks, including the role of marketing within businesses, segmentation, targeting and positioning, creating customer value, satisfaction and loyalty.

    Accounting and Finance for Managers

    This module provides an overview of the finance function and how it supports and leads judgements, measurements and, ultimately, the management of value.

    Foundations of Managing and Organising

    Focuses on the management of work in organisations, introducing you to key applications, policies and practices involved in the management of human resources.

    Realities of Enterprise and Business

    This module is focused on learning by doing and the ‘creation’ of something (an organisation, project etc.) that delivers value or benefits to identified stakeholders and/or clients.

    Personal and Academic Development

    This module helps you recognise the personal skills, behaviours and attributes you currently have, and supports you in formulating a continuous personal and professional development plan to develop the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your future ambitions and realise your full potential.

  • Year Two

    During your second year you will be in full-time employment whilst still learning the below modules delivered through recall / study days.

    Business Models and Strategy

    This module underpins your understanding of strategy and management in practice.  It will support all your work in Year 2 and supports strategy modules and other work in Year 3.

    Stakeholders, Funding and Value

    The module extends understanding of financial management by examining how tools, models, techniques, metrics and practices are used to assign investment and allocate resource(s).

    Systems and Processes

    This module can in some ways be seen to be about organisational design but fundamentally it is about exploring the way in which information is gathered and the processes that are available/used to make sense and act.

    Human Resourcing

    This module building on Year One understanding but with a specific focus on managing human resourcing and related areas of practice.

    Comparative Problem Analysis

    This is again a module grounded in learning by doing and focuses on addressing practice-based, ‘real-world’ problems.

    Managing Learning Practice and Employability

    This module supports transitions to learning, developing and performing in a professional, task focused, work-based context and beyond in a career and autonomous life-long learning perspective.

  • Final year

    Thinking Leading and Managing Strategically

    This module takes a global view of thinking and acting in contemporary organisations with a focus on what informs understanding of leading and managing strategically.

    Managing Strategy and Change

    This module questions how is, or how will, change and difference be achieved and this is done through the conduction of a ‘consultancy project’.

    Group Development Project

    This module again focuses on learning through doing and the focus is the arrangement, design, production and delivery of an ‘event’ to audience of selected stakeholders.

    Research Project

    This module gives students the opportunity to express and support a view and/or perspective on contemporary management and managing thinking and practice. It forms the ‘capstone’ for the final year of study.

    Leading Learning Practice and Career

    This module supports the transition to final year undergraduate study and beyond in the context of continual professional and career development and autonomous life-long learning.

    Optional Modules - Choose one from:

    Managing Information and Knowledge Strategically

    Explores the nature of strategy and knowledge, looking at areas such as the neglect of data, the role of information and communication technology (ICT) today, and the organisational responses to the changing needs in this area.

    Strategic Marketing

    You will examine key concepts and frameworks that are involved in the strategic marketing process, as well as challenges encountered in the implementation and control stages.

    Managing Creativity Design and Innovation

    The development of successful products and services is dependent on how well the research, design and innovation activities are integrated within an organisation.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Ranked 11th in the UK for Business, Management and Marketing (The Guardian League Table 2020)

How you’re taught

The assessment methods we use reflect the work-based nature of the course. Most assessments are practical focused and will include individual and group coursework and presentations; investigative and problem focused reports; learning and development portfolios, journals and reports; showcase events and consultancy project; case studies and action-orientated research projects.

When learning in the workplace the course and assignment design provides benefits for both you and your placement company, and unlike traditional four-year placement degrees, learning during this time will count towards your final degree.

All students will attend lectures and seminars at NTU’s City Campus, in the impressive Newton building, home to Nottingham Business School.

You will also have a number of one-on-one tutor sessions during each year, which will allow you to:

  • discuss your personal and professional development
  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your University experience.

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that gives you 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (90%) and written (10%).
  • Year 2 coursework (100%).
  • Year 3 coursework (92%) and Practical (8%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%) and independent study (76%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%) and independent study (77%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%) and independent study (80%).

100% of students say the course has provided them with the opportunities to apply what they have learnt (National Student Survey 2018)

Careers and employability

100% of our undergraduates were in employment, or further study, just six months after graduating from NTU. (DLHE 2016/17)

Graduates from this course have gone onto working in both public and private sector, undertaking positions such as:

  • assistant branch manager
  • business improvement analyst
  • commercial officer
  • brand manager
  • coordinator.

In the last few years, graduates from this course have gone onto securing roles with well know employers such as:

  • Aldi UK
  • Barclays
  • Centre Parcs
  • E.ON UK
  • Pattonair

Students on this course tend to earn the average salary of £28,300 six months after graduation. (DLHE 2016/17)


Our partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) means that when you graduate you'll also receive the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Management and Leadership.

We’re ranked 28th / 121 for Business in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following:

  • A-levels – ABB, excluding General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 128 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, excluding General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

We will consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS Course Search for details.

The UCAS Tariff

We have created this calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-Masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you are already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-Masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English Language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

University preparation courses

If you do not meet the entry requirements you may be interested in our pre-Masters / Foundation courses at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC) which leads onto this postgraduate / undergraduate degree if successfully completed. NTIC students are based on the City Campus and have access to all the University facilities.

Find out more about the university preparation courses at NTIC.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please note: All applicants will be asked to attend an interview at Nottingham Business School for BA (Hons) Business Management (1 Year In-Company) prior to being made an offer.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an Undergraduate Course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK University you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Apply now (UCAS)

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please note: All applicants will be asked to attend an interview at Nottingham Business School for BA (Hons) Business Management (1 Year In-Company) prior to being made an offer. For international students this may be done via Skype.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

For details on course fees and any funding available please visit our fees and funding page for further information and any additional support.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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