Business with Management (with Industry Year) BA (Hons)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: YP01
Code: BS3001A15P
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Start Dates: september 2019
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Our BA (Hons) Business with Management (with Industry Year) course is the broadest, traditional Honours degree in Business we offer and allows you to undertake a 9-12 month placement.  You will also study on site at your work placement during your industry year.

The BA (Hons) Business with Management route does not focus on one narrow area of a business, but instead allows you to study a wider range of business practices, including marketing, finance, human resources and operations.

The Business with Management degree is designed for students who want to work in the fast-paced global world of private and public organisations, coordinating teams and using resources efficiently, or perhaps establishing and running their own business.

The Business and Management course aims to combine intellectual rigour with personal development, as well seeking to offer a grounding in the core principles of business such as marketing, finance, human resource management, operations and decision making.

You will develop powers of analysis, problem solving skills, research skills, critical thinking, team work and interpersonal skills.

The degree is a modular programme which enables you to study a wide range of business related topics. Our supportive, qualified and experienced staff, together with accessible and interactive lecture/seminar formats, all help to ensure you will have a rewarding academic experience.

What will I study?

This degree programme includes a Year in Industry which you will undertake when you have completed Level 5 modules and before you return to study Level 6 modules.

At Level 4 you will study a range of introductory modules designed to familiarise you with business topics.

As part of your course, you will develop employability skills across all modules. In particular in the ‘Career Planning and Personal Development’ module you will begin to consider your own career and personal development. This module complements the broader skills that you’ll gain in understanding how businesses create success, how to manage business operations, how to make informed decisions and how to lead change in organisations.

At level 5, you develop these further to encompass all the skills necessary for a successful career in any type of organisation.

The year in industry / Work Placement

The year in industry must last between 9 and 12 months. You will be required to complete work during the industry year and then present this to students on the programme when you enter the 4th year.

During your year in industry you will receive two visits from a member of staff to check on your progress with your employer.

The year in industry will commence with a short series of lectures introducing the benefits and requirements of undertaking a placement, and developing the basic skills needed to gain a placement and benefit from the experience.

Your industry placement is expected to have a focus on applying the knowledge from your degree programme in an employment context.

Please note: Industry placements are subject to availability.  You are also responsible for any costs in travelling to and from your work placements, for any accommodation costs and in some instances the cost of acquiring a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.

At Level 6, you will have a number of optional modules to choose from to enable you to focus on a topic which you find most interesting.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Introduction to the Business Environment
  • Principles of Human Resource Management
  • Understanding Organisations
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Business Study Skills
  • Career Planning and Personal Development
  • Business Environment : Economic Context
  • Business Environment : Integrated Perspectives

Level 5 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Information Analysis and Decision making
  • Understanding and Managing People
  • Operations and Quality
  • Research Methods
  • European and International Dimensions of Business
  • Business Marketing and Promotions

Level 6 Modules (there are 5 mandatory modules and 3 optional modules as indicated by *) include:

  • Strategy
  • Business Operations and Change
  • Research Development and Planning
  • Enterprise
  • Advanced Leadership and Management
  • Development and Evaluation (case study) Project*
  • Business Project*
  • Dissertation Project*

Optional Modules

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.  If an optional module will not be run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Download the Programme Specification for Business with Management (with Industry Year) BA (Hons). The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomeFdA Criminology & Criminal Justices and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need 80 UCAS points to join this programme (formerly 200 UCAS points). 

Applicants without formal qualifications but with relevant work experience will be considered for entry to the programme subject to an interview or an appropriate diagnostic test that involves the current recommendation process.

All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You will be assessed by;

  • Individual and group assignments
  • Presentations
  • Time constraint assessments
  • Examinations
  • Professional dialogue
  • Academic posters
  • Projects

This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions. 

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities could include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.  

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.  You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.


We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course.  Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.  Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week. 

Overall Workload

You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.

Academic Support

We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;

  • Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English
  • Academic Writing (including referencing)
  • Research Skills
What can I do next?

Our graduates are knowledgeable, confident, socially aware, imaginative and enthusiastic individuals and they are actively sought after in a wide number of business related occupations and professions.

The skills gained on a business degree allow you to build commercial awareness and start contributing to your chosen employer quickly and effectively.

Jobs where your degree would be useful include: Human Resources officer, Logistics and Distribution Manager, Marketing Executive, Retail Manager, Sales Executive and Systems Analyst and many more.

You may also choose to progress onto a Graduate Management Scheme or postgraduate study. Many of our graduates choose to progress on to a Professional Qualification upon successful completion of the course. You can continue your study of Professional Qualifications at University Centre at Blackburn College.


Supplementary Information

Download the Programme Specification for Business with Management (with Industry Year) BA (Hons). The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomeFdA Criminology & Criminal Justices and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

Career Options

Business Development Manager

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 40 hours per week

Business development managers are senior sales people who create opportunities for an organisation's growth. They find new customers and persuade existing ones to buy extra services. If you’re interested in sales and building relationships, this job could be ideal for you.

In this job you’ll need excellent communication and IT skills. You’ll also need to work to deadlines and have an understanding of how businesses operate.

To get into this job, you'll need a good standard of education including maths, English and IT. Some employers may ask for a degree. Experience of sales or marketing is usually required. It may also be possible to start in a junior role and work your way up.

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Business Adviser

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

As a business adviser you would give advice and support to help new businesses to start up and established businesses to grow. You might advise on a range of issues including finance and marketing. If you want to use your experience to help businesses, this job could be perfect for you.

You will need excellent spoken and written communication skills. A positive, problem solving attitude will also help you be successful in this job.

To work as business adviser you need experience and a good track record in business management. Most business advisers have run their own business, or worked in management, finance or human resources.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Business Analyst

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 40+ hours per week

Business analysts work closely with companies and organisations to help them change and improve the way they do things. They work in many industries from IT and financial services to telecommunications and retail.

If you like solving problems, are good at analysing data and have excellent communication skills, this could be an ideal career for you..

There are several ways to get into this career. You can complete a degree or postgraduate qualification in a subject like business or IT, or you can use your experience and expertise gained from managing projects.

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Purchasing Manager

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

As a purchasing or procurement manager, you would be responsible for buying the best quality equipment, goods and services for your company at the most competitive rates. If you are good at negotiating, networking and dealing with figures, this job could be a good choice for you.

You will need a well organised approach to work, the ability to analyse data and have good business sense.

There are different ways into this job, including starting out as an assistant and working your way up, getting a relevant higher education qualification, or going through a management training scheme. Professional qualifications are also important in this job.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Marketing Executive

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

As a marketing executive, you would promote your employer's products, services or ideas. If you love using your communication skills in a creative way, this could be the ideal job for you.

You would need organisational skills to plan product launches, market research and public relations events. Using your confidence and creativity you would also market your products across TV, radio and the press.

Most marketing executives get into this role through completing an HNC/HND or degree. Entry is also possible with relevant experience and professional qualifications.

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Human Resources Officer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

If you enjoy working with people and you're looking for an office role, this could be the perfect job for you. Human resources (HR) officers, also known as personnel officers, look after hiring and developing employees. They look after their welfare too.

Most employers will want you to have qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. You will also need to have a good standard of general education. Previous experience of office work would help.

To become a human resources officer, you need to be tactful and friendly. Sometimes you’ll need to be firm too. You will also need to be careful with confidential information.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Customer Services Manager

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 35-40 hours per week

If you have good motivational skills, enjoy leading a team and always put the customer first, then this could be the right job for you.

You would need to be well organised, have excellent communications skills and be able to make decisions.

Qualifications in customer service and previous experience of supervising staff, and dealing with customers face-to-face or over the phone would also be helpful.

You could work as a customer services manager in many areas from finance to retail and from health to telecommunications.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Management Consultant

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 50 hours per week

Management consultants help businesses and organisations to solve problems, improve efficiency and manage changes to the way they work.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Management Accountant

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

Management accountants are responsible for managing a company's finances. They look after a company's accounts. They also find ways of improving profitability and growth. So if you are interested in finance and business, this could be just what you're looking for.

To do this job you will need to have good maths and computer skills. You’ll need accuracy and attention to detail. You’ll also need good communication skills.

To start working you will have to finish training with one of the professional bodies. Most management accountants choose to do this with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire