BA (Hons) In Business Management

Bucks New University

It takes around 10 months to complete the Bachelors program. After completing the Qualifi Level 5 diploma, students can apply for the BA (Hons) programme at Bucks New University.

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Course Title

BA (Hons) Business Management

Study Method

Distance Learning                   

Awarded & Delivered By

Bucks New University

Course Type

BS(Hons) Top-Up

Start Date

24 Jan / 11 April / 04 July / 26 Sep

Course Duration

12 months

Registration Deadline

1 month before the starting date


  • The minimum entry requirements for the programme are as follows:
     Applicants for Direct Entry to this Level 6 Top Up programme will be expected to have 240
    credits or equivalent gained on a business-related programme such as Foundation Degree,
    HND or Advanced Diploma acceptable to the university.
  • No specific syllabus mapping is required but successful applicants will have covered all the
    functional areas of business (i.e. Operations, Finance, HRM & Marketing)
  • In general, for all Business Management students, a typical offer would be made to those with
    GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above or IELTS 6 or equivalent
  •  Mature students without formal qualifications, but with appropriate experience, may be admitted
    to the course in-line with the university’s admission statement regarding mature students.
  •  Students whose first language is not English will be required to show some evidence of
    appropriate English language proficiency
  • Mature students will also need to demonstrate how they will benefit from the programme
    through the submission of a personal statement
  • Admissions will be in line with university’s standard procedures for business management

Recognition of Prior Learning

In other cases, applications for advanced entry with specific credits towards the degree will be dealt
with under CATS/APEL regulations and procedures.


On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded the BA (Hons) Business Management Degree


We recommend an average of 12-15 study time per week for this programme

Employability Statement / Career Prospects

On completion of the programme, students will be able to progress to a range of opportunities and careers in general management, or developing their own business. The programme provides a broad background in the area of business management, which offers the opportunity to focus on a particular area of interest for post-graduate study, either full time or part time whilst working, should the graduate wish to follow this route. Overall, this is a flexible business programme allowing students to prepare themselves for a professional role that suits their skills and interests.

Level 4 Diploma in Business Management Provided by Qualifi

Mandatory Units
You must take all six of the following:

Mandatory Units



Mandatory Units




BUS 1.1

Communications in Organisations




BUS 1.2

Leadership and the Organisation




BUS 1.3

Financial Awareness




BUS 1.4

Managing Change




BUS 1.5

Business Operations




BUS 1.6

Developing Teams




Level 5 Diploma in Business Management Provided by Qualifi

Mandatory Units
You must take all six of the following:

There are six mandatory units for each qualification. All units cover a number of topics relating to learning outcomes. Each unit has the equivalency of 20 credits.

Learners are required to complete six units at Level 4 to achieve the 120 credits required to gain the Level 4 Diploma in Business Management. Learners achieving 120 credits for the Level 4 may then opt to progress to either the Level 5 Diploma in Business Management to gain a further 120 credits or The Level 5 Diploma in Business Enterprise.

Learners will be expected to attend lectures and workshops that will introduce the subject matter. Formative assessments (weighted at 0%) may be used in lectures or tutorials to check knowledge and understanding of specific topics and subject areas

BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-Up)

Online Provided by Bucks New University

Mandatory Units

You must take all four of the following:

Module Code

Mandatory Units


Semester Taught




Strategic Marketing


Sem 1



BM629 Managing Innovation in Business


Sem 1




Leading and Managing Change


Sem 2




Corporate Strategy and Governance


Sem 2



The overall structure of the course is based on 4 units that cover a number of topics relating to learning outcomes. Each unit has the equivalency of 30 credits.

Learners will be invited to attend lectures and workshops that will introduce the subject matter. Learners must complete all units successfully and achieve 120 credits before the degree can be issued.

Formative assessments (weighted at 0%) may be used in lectures or tutorials to check knowledge and understanding of specific topics and subject areas.

Units require reflective exam sets and/or summative assessments for marking.

BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-Up)

Assessment Regulation

This programme complies with the approved University regulations Academic Assessment Regulations
and procedures as detailed on the University website.
The following modules will be non-compensable:
The calculation of this award will be BA (Hons) Business Management


Exits Award Available

To achieve the BA Ordinary Degree students must pass two out of three of the modules which are not deemed to be research based i.e. MG626, MG627 and BM629. Students therefore cannot be awarded an ORD for passing BM630 with one of the other modules.

To achieve the BA Honours Degree students must pass all four programme modules.
The calculation of this award will be BA (Hons) Business Management

. The following modules will be non-compensable:

  • BM630

Course Description

The main aim of the BA (Hons) Business Management Programme is to enable you to perform effectively at middle management level and aspire to senior management positions. It is internationally recognised as a career-development programme that builds on your previous learning and experience and opens doors that might otherwise be closed to you. Typically, students will be junior or middle managers with ambition to develop their careers in different ways.


Distance Learning

We understand that you may wish to study at home, or are unable to get to one of our campuses. We have courses on offer as distance learning. Your work may be accessible online via a range of options, for example our Virtual Learning Environment; Blackboard, with tutor support via telephone, email or Skype.

Bucks New University

Originally established as a School of Science and Art in 1891, our University has been transforming lives for 130 years. We’re proud to make a difference because of the education we provide, our research, and the positive impact we make to the environment and in our communities. 

Our campuses are safe and welcoming places, where everyone can be themselves and know that they belong. We embrace and celebrate diversity in our University community where we all respect and support each other.  

We deliver an education that works for all, regardless of background or circumstance, and provides skills for life, to meet the global challenges of the 21st century. Student satisfaction is at the heart of everything we do. We pride ourselves on ensuring our students reach their full potential through our employment-focused and skills-based education.  We work hard to provide students with highly interactive, quality teaching, in our caring, inclusive and supportive learning community. 

We’re ambitious for all our students and their future employability is very important to us. That’s why we work tirelessly so that every student is well-prepared and confident to succeed in their chosen careers. We blend academic and hands-on practical learning with work placements to inspire, challenge, and motivate our students to aim high and achieve their career goals. Our lecturers are industry and sector professionals to ensure our graduates are armed with the know-how to hit the ground running in their future careers.  

Our partnership with Bucks Students’ Union provides our students with many different opportunities to try new things, develop additional skills and make friendships for life. We make a significant financial investment in the Students’ Union to ensure that almost all their activities are free of charge. It’s part of our ethos that there should be no barriers to embracing all that life at our University offers.  

We continue to be open to new ideas and innovative ways of doing things. From inspiring teaching to our tireless efforts to do the right thing by our students, staff, to the environment and as a good community neighbour.

According to Complete University Guide our university is ranked 26 in Accounting & Finance, 96 in Business & Management Studies (UK) , 108 in Computer Science, 117 in Psychology, 76 in Art & Design, 86 in Communication & Media Studies, 102 in Sociology, 71 in Nursing, 

63 in Media & Film Studies, 70 in Law, 26 Journalism, Publishing and PR, 105 in Business, Management & Marketing, 43 in Mechanical Engineering by Guardian

What makes us so special

1. Employability
95% of our graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduation and we’re a top 10 uni for postgraduate employability. (HESA 2021)

2. Top quality teaching
We’re proud to be a top 30 UK university for student satisfaction with our quality of teaching, which we rank fifth for in London and the South East (Complete University Guide 2022).

3. Employer-led
We’re dedicated to teaching you the skills to future-proof your career. We’ve invested £100 million in our facilities so you have access to the latest industry-standard equipment and software.

4. Top Students’ Union
Our SU is in the top 5 in the UK (NSS 2021), and our BIG DEAL means that all our students can take advantage of FREE social, sporting, personal development and fun activities.

5. Student-focused
Our students are core to everything we do, we don’t just teach you, we know you, nurture you and cheer you on. You are never just a number to us.

Did you know?

Bucks New University is one of the Top 10 UK universities mostly likely to produce graduates who go on to own or manage a business (Capital on Tap, 2021), find out more about this excellent news.


  • HESA ranks BNU in the top 10 universities for graduate employment rate


  • BNU stands strong in the top 20 universities for student experience by National Student Survey 2020.

Secure Career Prospects

  • As per HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) 2020, 92% of graduates from the BNU work or further study six months after graduating.

Progression Pathway

If you have any general questions before you start please email us at [email protected] 

We look forward to welcoming you soon!