BA (Hons) Business Management

There is a growing need for graduates who have a strong foundation across the disciplines of both business and management, coupled with practical experience. This EPAS and CMI accredited programme provides a broad knowledge-base and understanding of managing organisations across local and international contexts.

The initial years of this programme will provide a broad business and management curriculum including: financial management, international economics, marketing, human resource management and law, from both a UK and international perspective.

As the programme progresses there will be a greater emphasis on strategy, leadership, managing people and operations, entrepreneurship and innovation and technology management.

A key feature of the programme is the development of employability skills, encompassing communication, team work, problem solving and leadership skills, through specialist modules including the option to learn a language and undertake a year-long placement in Year 3 (not direct entry students).

Your career

Graduates have gone on to rewarding careers in a variety of functions including general management, management consultancy, accountancy, retail management, sales and marketing, human resource management and public relations.

Year 1

Workplace Culture and Behaviour, The Business of Social Science, Foundations of Marketing, Fundamentals of Financial Management, International Economic Issues and Challenges, Law in Business or language option

Year 2

Society, Employability and Business, Essentials of Managing Human Resources,Management Issues and Concepts, Contemporary Cultural Challenges in International Business, Financial Management for Decision Makers, Business Management or language option, or Law if not studied in Year 1

Year 3

Work placement or Enterprise Value Challenge, International Business Strategy,Business Research Methods & Skills, Operations Management, Managing People and Diversity at Work, Business Management or language option module

Year 4

Honours Dissertation or Project, Leading Organisations in a Changing Global Context, Management of Innovation & Creativity, Managing Sustainable Business Excellence and a Business Management or language option

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

  • 2019/20


Mode of study


Start date




BA (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BA (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1

SQA Higher
ABBBB including English PLUS Nat 5 Maths at C
A Level
BCC PLUS GCSE Maths and English at C/4
ILC Higher
H1, H2, H3, H3, H3, including English at H2 or above PLUS Maths at O1
IB Diploma
25 points must include Maths
Level 3 Extended Diploma in relevant subject at DMM PLUS GCSE Maths and English at C/4
Access to Humanities at ABB

Year 3

HND Business, HND Administration and IT or HND Retail Management with AB/ABB in the Graded Units

Other business-related HND programmes may be considered.

English Language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional Information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International Pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the Academic English course.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £1820** 
RUK: £9250*
EU: £1820** 
International: £11,845 

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.

**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

View our Undergraduate scholarships.

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

This programme has been awarded EPAS accreditation by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). EFMD is an organisation that promotes excellence in management development internationally and accredits programmes throughout the world that meet the high-quality standards it sets for programme delivery.

Find out more at EFMD

You can choose to study a language at each level of this degree. GCU offers modules in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese from beginners to professional level. You can also choose Mandarin at beginners level.

Instead of choosing the work-based placement in 3rd year, you can decide to study abroad for part or the whole of Year 3 at one of our partner universities in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia or Latin America.

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.

The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers. We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.

In addition to traditional lecture, seminar and workshop formats, we adopt a multi-platform approach to learning that offers access to a wide range of resources including podcasts, webinars (internet-based seminars), discussion boards and independent (including web-based) study.

Our approach to learning provides a balance between knowledge transfer, knowledge exchange, co-and creation of knowledge based on interaction with peers, academics, and business leaders. We expect students to adopt an active stance to their own learning, and that of others.