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Management and Leadership - BA (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

UCAS Code: N201
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 

Meet the Team
Meet Dr Catherine Wilson, Programme Director for BA (Hons) Management & Leadership

Course Overview

Please note this course is for 2021 Entry

Become the Next Leader/Manager 

The BA (Hons) Management and Leadership degree programme is designed to build and enhance student’s skills and capabilities to become effective future 21st century business leaders and managers. 

Employers want all higher education students to enter work with practical management and more importantly leadership skills.  This degree most certainly provides this. Students will develop a strong understanding of the strategic and operational context of businesses and SMEs. Their knowledge will be contextualised and employability enhanced, through a strong emphasis on practical, real-world business experience in management and leadership. 

This unique and innovative programme focuses on students personal and interpersonal competencies that employers are looking for, these include: self-belief, awareness and motivation, intellectual skills in relation to management and leadership, adaptability, respond to challenges quickly and decisively, adopt a growth mind-set and build resilience.

The degree will enrich students’ knowledge in a range of leadership, management and business areas, including strategy, marketing, finance, human resource management, entrepreneurship and personal development. It will also provide further knowledge around areas such as innovation and creativity, high performing teams, executive coaching and training on emotional intelligence ready to build the next generation of leaders and managers. 

Students will have the opportunity to learn from a highly experienced team and World Class Speakers. Students will have access to inspirational speakers and a diverse network of successful business leaders, practitioners and entrepreneurs who will deliver workshops and lectures throughout their degree. This will give students the opportunity to network and learn from other leaders in the field. 

The degree also involves a work placement within a company of the student’s choice, this will enable them to prepare and complete a ‘Leadership Project’ that transfers the learning from the classroom to the workplace. This project will enable students to hopefully secure employment upon graduation.  The degree also offers the opportunity to gain an additional professional qualification to enhance their employability. 

Please note: BA (Hons) Management & Leadership is not running for September 2020 entry and will therefore not be accepting applications. The next intake for this course will be for September 2021 entry. 

The BA (Hons) Business & Management (with specialist pathways) is accepting applications for September 2020 entry. 

Course Content

The programme is designed specifically to provide students with the ability to work and research, with increased independence, through exposure to theories, models and approaches to management and leadership. Students will also be exposed to knowledge of how to shape solutions and strategies for particular management and leadership scenarios and, to think in a creative manner in order to develop creative and nuanced solutions and outcomes to given issues and problems. The modules contained within this programme use a wide range of teaching and learning approaches.

Lectures are supplemented by group discussions and group problem solving exercises in order to consolidate learning and apply theory in to a range of simulated business environments.

The leadership project at Level 6 encourages students to work within an organisation in order to apply their research work in to a real life setting. A significant amount of work will be required by the students through independent learning and self-study. Also, students will have their learning supplemented by the Moodle VLE where key texts and research papers will be available for them to use. The Programme team led by the Programme Director will provide strategic leadership and direction to the programme and the team will take responsibility to act as Personal Tutor to student groups by providing pastoral support to each student.

Level 4 - 1st Year (120 Credits) 

• Introduction to Management and Leadership (20 credits)
• Principles of Leadership and Management (20 credits)
• Finance for Managers (20 credits)
• Introduction to Marketing (20 credits)
• Managing People at Work (20 credits)
• The Value Centred Entrepreneur (20 credits) 

Level 5 - 2nd Year (120 Credits) 

• Management and Leadership: Theory and Practice (20 credits)
• Leading in a Changing World (20 credits)
• Business In Action (20 credits)
• People Management and Engagement (20 credits)
• Ethical and Sustainable Business Practices (20 credits)
• Work Experience (20 credits) 

Level 6 -3rd Year (120 credits) 

• Leadership Project (40 credits)
• Developing the Global Leader (20 credits)
• Change Leadership (20 credits)
• Strategic Management (20 credits)
• Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Culture (20 credits)

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. 

Seminars involve 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 Director and Year Tutors to ensure that the needs of the students are met effectively and that their time at Cardiff Metropolitan University is a pleasant and successful experience.

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

• An induction programme for level 4, 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 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, Vlog, Blog and case studies. 

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

Employability & Careers

From the start of the degree students are encouraged to think about career, work and skills. The second year offers further opportunities to gain a compulsory work experience. The work experience module in year 2 (level 5) seeks to offer you real world experience. The work placement officers can assist in finding a suitable placement. 

Alongside the degree and the practical skills students will obtain, the Cardiff Met EDGE also supports students to thrive in the modern world. Throughout the degree students will experience a range of opportunities to develop your ethical, digital, global and entrepreneurial competencies through problem-based learning, real-world industry case studies, and opportunities for work-based learning placements off campus. The Cardiff Met EDGE will ensure that students get a range of opportunities to develop transferable skills such as communication, team work and leadership. 

It is expected that many graduates from this course will go on to obtain management positions across the public, private and third/voluntary sectors. The course also enables students to apply for leadership development programmes with companies such as Network Rail, Deloitte and Dunelm etc. 

There are opportunities for students to continue their study at postgraduate level at courses with Cardiff School of Management, such as the MSc Human Resource Management, MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, MSc International Supply Chain and Logistics Management and the MBA.

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). 


Applicants should 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), plus one of the following:

  • 112 points from at least three A Levels to include grades CC (Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma considered as the third subject)
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit
  • 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x H2. H4 minimum grade considered towards points offer
  • 112 points from Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers 
  • 112 points from Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma considered along with grades CC at A level or equivalent
  • Students whose first language is other than English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each area.

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 the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact Dr Catherine Wilson:
Tel: +44 (0) 29 2041 7189

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting