Business and Management BSc (Hons)

Course overview

  • Course level
    Undergraduate
  • Course type
    Full-time
  • Duration
    4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for international students
  • Course options
    Placement year (UK/abroad)
  • UCAS code(s)
    NN12
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A-levels
    ABB - BBB
  • BTEC extended diploma
    DDD
  • International baacalaureate diploma
    32 points overall with 6,6,5 - 6,5,5 at HL. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths.
  • Further requirements
    GCSE: 5 GCSEs at C or above, including Maths Grade C/4 and above and English Language OR English Literature Grade C/4
More information

Gain experience for your CV with the integrated placement year

Business and Management studies ranked in the top 10 for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide, 2019)

Five years after graduating, employed Aston business graduates earn an average of £35,900 (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO), 2018)

TEF Gold Award for teaching quality (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017)

Course summary

Get a comprehensive understanding of the various functions of management, alongside the opportunity to specialise in areas of business that interest you. You will develop the breadth and depth of business knowledge required for a successful management career. Our graduates go on to work at companies such as Google, KPMG and Santander. This course offers a double degree option. Achieve two degrees for the price of one, and study abroad at one of our partner institutions.
Entry requirements and fees

Entry Requirements

4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for non-EU students

UCAS Code: NN12
Typical offers:
A Levels: ABB - BBB 
IB: 32 points overall in the IB diploma with 6,6,5 - 6,5,5 at HL. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths at Standard level.
BTEC, Access & other: BTEC National Diploma DDD. Access to HE students are eligible to apply for this course.

Further requirements:
5 GCSE grades A* - C to include:
GCSE Maths – grade C/4
GCSE English Language OR English Literature– grade C/4
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

UCAS applicants who select this course as their Firm choice may be eligible for a lower offer. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.
Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £15,250 (£2,500 during placement year) for International students (2019/20). More on fees

Other routes

You can also study business at Aston through the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship route.

Find out more 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

International students:

Applicants whose first language is not english will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Course outline

The Aston Business and Management degree is a 4-year integrated sandwich programme that provides a comprehensive understanding of the various functions of management, alongside the opportunity for you to specialise in areas of business that interest you. You will develop the breadth and depth of business knowledge required for a successful management career. 

In a rapidly changing business environment, graduates with specialist knowledge underpinned by a broader understanding of how businesses and managers operate will be well placed to succeed.

Subject guide and modules

Year 1

In your first year you will study a wide range of management related subjects, designed to ensure you have a broad foundation and knowledge of management. You will consider the economic, financial, human and legal issues managers deal with, and learn the tools and techniques they use to resolve them. You'll be introduced to the key areas of business as well as carrying out project drawing together the subjects you have studied.   

  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Law for Business  
  • Introduction to Marketing Management 
  • Principles of Operations Management
  • Foundations of Business Analytics
  • Information Technology for Business 
  • Introduction to Business Economics

Year 2

In your second year you will select elective modules from the list below. In addition to this you will study the following core modules:

  • Virtual Business Simulation 
  • The Professional Manager 

Students must choose one from the following optional modules (please note only one of Strategic Finance or Corporate Financial Management can be selected): 

  • Business, Government and Society 
  • Strategic Finance 
  • Corporate Financial Management 
  • Fundamental Strategy 

You can then select your remaining credits from the following specialist areas:

  • Accounting 
  • Finance
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Psychology
  • Business Economics
  • Information Systems
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management

Year 3

You will spend this year in a professional placement or you may choose to take up an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions. This year is compulsory for all UK and EU students.

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year 

In your final year you will study a range of modules along with elective modules from specialist areas:

Students must choose at least one of the following modules: 

  • Effective Management Consultancy 1 
  • Effective Management Consultancy 2 
  • Knowledge at Work 
  • Implementing Business Decisions 

Students must then choose at least one of the following modules:

  • Strategic Management 
  • Strategic HRM 
  • Theories and Practice of Leadership 
  • Marketing Strategy 
  • Operations Strategy 

Choose the remaining credits from the following specialist areas: 

  • Accounting
  • Finance 
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Psychology
  • Business Economics
  • Information Systems
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
Learning, teaching and assessment

Personal development

Our business degrees are designed to also give you a range of business skills needed to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops your team working and negotiating skills.

The Aston placement year gives you genuine practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues such as office politics which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.  

Assessment

Assessment is provided by a mixture of coursework and examinations.

Teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. 

Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials. For example, all business students undertake the Business Game module and compete in teams in a computer simulation exercise that culminates in a presentation to a panel of internal employers.

Course Director

Dr David Carrington 

Professional accreditations and exemptions

Aston Business School graduates can claim exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies. Exemptions are dependent upon the options you have followed.

At present exemptions are available from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Accreditation is a stamp of quality and prestige for a business school and its programmes. Aston is proud to be among 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation. 

Placement year

Our four year course with an integrated placement during the third year gives you the chance to put theory into practice, gain relevant work experience, and develop professional and transferable skills.  

We have a dedicated Employer Team within our Careers and Placements department who have links with local, national and international organisations, and advertise vacancies to students through an online platform exclusively for Aston students and graduates.  

The opportunity to undertake a study placement with one of our international partner institutions is also available if you would prefer.

Find out more about the Aston placement year, and view the careers and placements page.

Career prospects

With its combination of broad-based and specialist knowledge alongside the placement year, this degree offers a route into general management as well as specialist areas such as accounting, marketing and market research, administration, banking and finance/economics, human resources and operations management.

Our graduates are extremely successful in finding employment in a range of business roles such as Corporate Marketing Graduate Scheme, Associate, Area manager, project manager, event management, Sales and Marketing Graduate Scheme, Operations Graduation Scheme, Associate Accounting Strategist, Product Marketing manager, and Credit Risk Analyst at companies such as Samsung, Coutts, Amazon, Hewlett Packard, Santander, Chamber Of Commerce Birmingham, KPMG, Lloyds Bank, Google, Channel 4 and West Midlands Police.

What's it like to study at Aston?

The quality of teaching at Aston is high, and focuses more on practical aspects which prepared me for my future career. There is also excellent student support which guided me in my career search. Apart from lectures and seminars, Aston University also provides a wide range of opportunities for students to attend internally and externally held business events and talks for free!

Arthur Phang
Customer Supply Chain Management Trainee, L'Oreal

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