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BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies

Business and Management Studies (with specialist pathways) - BA (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

​​​Accredited by:
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)**

UCAS Codes:
BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies*​

N1N3: with Finance
N1NP: with Human Resource Management
N1GM: with Information Systems Management
N191: with International Business Management
N1M1: with Law
N1NM: with Marketing

*Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Management

Course Length: Three years full-time or four years full-time if undertaking year long industry placement. Four years full-time if undertaking foundation year. Five years full-time if undertaking foundation year and year long industry​ placement.

**Membership of CMI is not compulsory but students can decide when they join the programme  if they want to have the accreditation. Membership is paid by students. After successfully passing particular core modules at levels 4, 5 and 6 students’ will receive the CMI Diploma in Leadership and Management.


Course Overview

The BA (Hons) Business and Management Studies degree is a very popular and vibrant programme within Cardiff School of Management . The programme aims to provide a high quality and professionally relevant undergraduate programme, developing in students a critical appreciation of the role managers undertake in the modern business world. Graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge for a multi-disciplinary approach to diverse business and management problems.

The degree offers the following specialist pathways of study:

  • BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies with Finance

  • BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies with Human Resource Management

  • BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies with Information Systems Management

  • BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies with International Business Management

  • BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies with Law

  • BA (Hons) Business & Management Studies with Marketing

Other exit awards are BA (Ordinary), Diploma in Higher Education, Certificate in Higher Education​​.

Course information on this page relates to September 2019 entry.

​Course Content​​

​Foundation Year (Year 0):​​​

This programme incorporates a foundation year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the three-year honours degree, who fall into one of the following categories:

​​1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
2. Mature students who ​have been out of the formal education system for some time.

Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.


The course structure develops from a compulsory first year, consisting of seven modules, to only two compulsory modules in the final year of study. This will enable you to direct your interests into a specialised pathway or specific set of option modules, whilst ensuring that you receive a sound understanding and appreciation of the central tenets required of all business and management students.

The programme also allows for considerable flexibility to ensure that you are academically guided in your ultimate choice as to whether to graduate with a BA (Hons) Business and Management Studies degree, or a BA (Hons) Business and Management Studies degree with one of the available named pathways.

You will undertake a compulsory work placement module in the second year as this is considered an essential requirement for all business and management students. For those who wish, there is the additional opportunity to take a sandwich year between years two and the final year.

All modules are taught in English although there is provision for the Welsh language equivalent in a few modules in Levels 4, 5 and 6.​

​Year One (Level 4)

​All modules are compulsory and designed to give you sound grounding in business and management studies and your personal development.

Compulsory modules for all pathways:

  • Business in a Global context

  • Introduction to Marketing/Cyflwyniad i Farchnata*

  • Foundations of Law

  • Finance for Managers

  • Foundations of HRM*

  • Developing Academic Practice*

  • Business Research Skills​

International Business Management pathway:

Languages on the International Business Management pathway are optional. Entry is at ab-initio or post A-level. This enables students to continue with a language option at Levels 5 and 6 if they so wish. Students not undertaking a language option at Level 4 remain eligible for the International Business Management pathway at Level 5 via the non-language route.

Therefore, students will select either the 'Foundations of Law' module OR one of the following language modules:

  • Spanish in Professional Contexts

  • French in Professional Contexts

  • Mandarin Chinese in Professional Contexts

  • Applied Business Spanish 1

  • Applied Business French 1

*Can be studied through the medium of Welsh.​

​Year Two (Level 5)

​At Level 5, students taking the generic degree (BA Business and Management Studies) study 80 credits of compulsory modules and choose two 20 credit option modules. Students taking a pathway also take 80 credits of compulsory modules and 40 credits in their pathway specialism.

Compulsory modules for all pathways:

  • Contemporary Issues in Political Economy (20)
  • Contemporary Operations Management (20)
  • Business in Action / Busnes ar Waith (20)
  • Summer Experience of Work with Personal Development Planning (PDP) / Profiad Gwaith a Chynllunio Datblygu Personol/ Work Experience with PDP/ Employability Skills Project with PDP
  • Research Methods for Business/ Dulliau Ymchwil ar gyfer Busnes* (10)

Option modules for the generic Business & Management Studies degree (worth 20 credits each):

  • HRM in Context
  • Employment Relations
  • Digital Business
  • Data & Knowledge Management
  • Consumer Law
  • Business Obligations
  • Consumer, Culture, Commerce
  • Integrated Marketing​ Communication / Cyfath Rebu* Marchnata Integredig*
  • Investment Markets and Principles
  • Money, Banking and Risk

Note: option modules are subject to sufficient demand and availability

Pathway specific modules (worth 20 credits each unless otherwise stated):

A minimum of 40 credits in the pathway subject are required.

Finance Pathway:

  • Investment Markets and Principles
  • Money, Banking and Risk

Marketing pathway:

  • Integrated Marketing Communication/ Cyfath Rebu Marchnata Integredig*
  • Consumer, Culture, Commerce
HRM pathway:
  • Employment Relations
  • HRM in Context

Law pathway:
Choose any two:

  • Consumer Law
  • Business Obligations
  • International Economic Law

Information Systems pathway:

  • Digital Business
  • Data & Knowledge Management

International Business Management p​athway:

Choice of 40 credits but please note: language modules have a prerequisite at Level 4.

  • International Economic Law
  • Digital Business
  • Law for International Business (10)
  • Digital and E-Marketing (10)
  • Spanish in Professional Contexts 2/French in Professional Contexts 2/Mandarin Chinese in Professional Contexts 2/Applied Business Spanish 2/Applied Business French 2

*Can be studied through the medium of Welsh

​Year Three (Level 6)

​At Level 6, students studying the generic degree (BA Business and Management Studies) study 40 credits of compulsory modules and choose 80 credits of option modules. Students studying a pathway at Level 6, take 40 credits of compulsory modules, 40 credits in their subject specialism and 40 credits of option modules.

Compulsory modules for all pathways:

  • Strategic Management / Rheoli Strategol*
  • Change Leadership / Arwain Newid*

Optional modules for the generic Business & Management Studies degree (worth 20 credits each):

  • International and Comparative HRM
  • Contemporary and International Issues in Business Ethics
  • Investment Management
  • Financial Management for Managers
  • European Business Law
  • Business Structures and Regulations
  • Legal Framework of Employment
  • Contemporary Business Communication 
  • Strategic Brand Management and Effective Advertising
  • International and Global Marketing
  • Industrial Work Experience
  • Visioning Sustainability for Change
  • Technology Project Management
  • Analytics and Business Intelligence
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Launching an Enterprise/Sefydlu Menter (worth 40 credits and an option for all pathways below)*
  • Marketing Plan (worth 40 credits and an option for all pathways below)*
  • Dissertation/Traethawdh Hir (worth 40 credits and an option for all pathways below)*

Note: option modules are subject to sufficient demand and availability​

Pathway specific modules (worth 20 credits each):

A minimum of 40 credits in the pathway subject are required.

Finance pathway:

  • Financial Management for Managers
  • Investment Management

Marketing pathway:

  • Strategic Brand Management and Effective Advertising
  • International and Global Marketing

HRM pathway:
Choose any two:

  • HR Strategy and Professional Practice
  • People Resourcing and Development

Law pathway:
Choose any two:

  • Legal Framework of Employment
  • Business Structures and Regulations
  • European Business Law

Information Systems pathway:

  • Analytics and Business Intelligence
  • Technology Project Management​

International Business Management pathway:
Choose any two pathway modules:
Note: language modules have prerequisite at Level 5

  • International and Comparative HRM
  • International and Global Marketing
  • Spanish in Professional Contexts/French in Professional Contexts/Mandarin Chinese in Professional Contexts/French Business Communication and Contemporary Global Issues/Spanish Business Communication and Contemporary Global Issues

*Can be studied through the medium of Welsh

Learning & Teaching​

Lectures are a major part of the teaching strategy for the programme. Lectures are an effective way of delivering core material and establishing a framework for a module against which other material can be set.

Modular Subject Tutorials

Tutorials are meetings of a student or group of students with a lecturer or lecturers and are used in two ways within the programme:

  • Expanding upon material covered in lectures th​rough an enquiry-driven problem solving approach
  • Remedial work to overcome any deficiencies in a student’s background knowledge.


Seminars involve a student or students presenting previously prepared work to peers and a lecturer. This strategy is used to extend specific theoretical or practical concepts as well as introducing problem solving exercises. Seminars are used in most modules and provide students with valuable experience in presentational skills, blogs, wikis or podcasts, as well as providing staff with a method or assessing student-centred learning, While virtual learning environments such as Moodle, webinars, recorded lectures, allow uploading of course content, in cases where this may occur students will continue to benefit from staff contact/expertise.

Practical Workshops

Practical workshops are used extensively in a number of modules throughout the programme. In these classes students are able to practise and refine their skills in a supportive environment where they can get feedback from a member of academic staff. Practical workshops represent a valuable transition between theory and practice.

Case Studies

Case studies are a teaching and learning strategy which are employed in a range of modules. They also are a useful assessment tool. Students are presented with or asked to develop real or simulated complex problems which they are required to analyse in detail and then synthesise/present their own solution in writing or orally.

Business Experts

A key component of the learning experience is to invite business experts, academic and in practice, to provide insights into their research work or business activity. A network of experts help provide specialist knowledge as well as bolstering and promoting the credentials of the programme. Such experts might be invited as guest speakers or requested to provide a more interactive workshop experience where appropriate.

Support for students in learning:

Personal Tutors

All students studying in Cardiff School of Management benefit from the team of dedicated tutors who provide a point of personal and regular contact for students. They guide students in such matters as, finance, welfare, career development as well as helping where needed with the planning of effective study patterns, exam preparation and a range of other important issues. The Personal Tutors work closely with the Programme Directors and Year Tutors to ensure that the needs of the students are effectively met and that their time at Cardiff Metropolitan University is both a pleasant and successful experience.

In addition to the Personal Tutors, the individual course specific academic support and guidance is provided by the Programme Director and the respective Year Tutor. This is particularly important in relation to both the choice of options which are available at level 5 and 6 and the selection of pathways. To ensure that the students make an informed decision, there is a dedicated webpage accompanied by podcasts available. This is further supported by a compulsory plenary session for each year of the programme, together with an Options Fair to give further individual guidance.

The programme provides further general support to the students through the following:

  • An induction programme both for level 4 students and direct entry level 5 and level 6 students
  • Student handbook, programme handbook and individual module handbooks
  • The Moodle Virtual Learning Environment
  • Library and study skills packages
  • Library and learning resources of both Cardiff Metropolitan University campus
  • Specialist computing facilities including interactive and multi-media labs
  • A 24-hour open access IT facility on the Cyncoed and Llandaff campuses
  • Unlimited worldwide web access
  • Access to student services including those offered by careers, welfare, disability, counselling, chaplaincy and medical centre.

The University operates an outward mobility programme and funding is available to encourage cultural visits to other countries in support of understanding business in its global and political contexts


The assessment strategy covers a wide spectrum of approaches. Each module has its own aims, objectives, learning outcomes and methods of delivery and assessment. Assessments may therefore take the form of assessed written papers/essays/reports, oral presentations, group and individual research projects, posters, reflective papers which may involve compiling scrapbooks, case studies as well as open/closed book formal examinations.

The work based placements at level 5 require the submission of a CV, reflective logs/diaries, employability presentation. Individual lecturers may use class-based peer assessment if they consider this appropriate.

Preparation and support is available for assessment through various activities designed by module leaders, personal tutors and library.​

Employability & Careers​

Knowledge and understanding of business management, in conjunction with the development of graduate employability skills required from employers is paramount. From the moment of induction, to completion of your final year, employability is an important aspect of your degree programme.

​As well as a compulsory work experience module in year two, which we can arrange for you, we hold careers fairs and social networking events with employers. Alternatively, if you intend to become a young Entrepreneur and start your own business, the Centre for Student Entrepreneurship will aid you in business practice and help develop your business idea while you are a university student. The work experience module in year 2 (level 5) seeks to offer you real world experience. A module is also available between years 2 and 3 where students take a placement in industry for one year which is awarded 20 credits in their third year. Our work placement officers can assist in finding year long placements.

Most of our students enter the business world after graduation and will find employment in a wide range of organisations, in both the public and private sector. For example students have found employment as business sales executives, marketing associate professionals, financial account managers, managers and directors in retail and wholesale, estate agents and auctioneers, and human resources and industrial relations officers, to name a few.

There are opportunities for students to continue their study at postgraduate level at courses with Cardiff School of Management, such as the MSc International Business Management, LLM International Business, MSc Strategic Marketing, MSc Human Resource Management and the MBA. In addition graduates will be well prepared to undertake professional qualifications or programmes.​

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Foundation route:

Applicants will preferably have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England)​ and 32 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 1 A level (or equivalent).


Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England)​, plus 112 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent). 

Typical offers may include:​

  • 112 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject  
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM  
  • 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4 
  • 112 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD 
  • 112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma 

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.  

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search​ for entry requirements​. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels or equivalent, this will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at​.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the ago of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact Admissions on 029 2041 6010 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Director, Chris Parry:
Tel: 029 2041 6378



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