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Management and Leadership - BA (Hons) Degree

Entry Year

The BA (Hons) Management and Leadership degree programme is designed to build and enhance students' skills and capabilities to become effective future 21st century business leaders and managers. This degree in Management and Leadership focuses on key 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 aim is to provide a leadership development degree that is academically challenging, practically inspiring, developing personal growth. The ethos of the course is that rigorous, cutting-edge, theoretical knowledge will be combined with a special focus on developing the practical and development skills required to become 21st Century effective managers and leaders in a global world.

The degree in Management and Leadership enriches students' knowledge in a range of leadership, management and business areas, including strategy, marketing, finance, human resource management, entrepreneurship and personal development.

This degree course contributes to career development through combining teaching, real life business and leadership with the development of key skills that employers are looking for. This programme will enable students to learn about the challenges of leadership in the 21st century. 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 Management and Leadership programme will combine contemporary academic theory with real-world application learning from a diverse team of academic, business leaders, professional accredited professionals who collectively offer cutting edge expertise and decades of management and leadership experience – bringing theory to life.

This degree will undergo a periodic review in 2023/4 to ensure the course content is and remains current. Should any changes to course content be made as a result of the review, all applicants will be informed once changes are confirmed.

Please note: The BA (Hons) Management & Leadership is not running for September 2024 entry and will therefore not be accepting applications.

The BA (Hons) Business & Management​ is accepting applications for September 2024 entry.

Course Content

The degree in Management and Leadership 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

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.

Dr Catherine Wilson:
Programme Director for the BA (Hons) Management & Leadership at Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Catherine joined the Cardiff School of Management in 2010, and is a Senior Lecturer in HRM. Catherine has worked in the field of Human Resource Management (HRM )for the past 10 years within two business schools. She has taught local, national and international students at postgraduate, undergraduate and foundation levels. She has also taught and trained Public, Private and Social Sectors in Leadership And Management.

Key areas of teaching include: HRM, leadership and management, performance, people and change management, equality and diversity, organisational culture and behaviour, employee relations, employment law, strategic people management, professional practice and research skills.


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

Typical Offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • Contextual offer: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Five GCSEs at Grade C / 4 or above to include English Language / Welsh First Language, Mathematics / Mathematics – Numeracy.
  • English Language Requirement: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in all elements, or equivalent.
  • A level subjects: Minimum three A levels to include Grades CCC. No specific subjects required. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject.
  • BTEC National / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM
  • T Level: Merit.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 2 x H5. No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 2 x H2 grades. No specific subjects required. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: Grades DD. No specific subjects required. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers.

If you do not meet the above entry requirement, we also offer a Foundation Programme which allows progression to Year 1.

Combinations of the above qualifications are accepted if they meet our minimum requirements. If your qualifications aren’t listed, please contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search.

Further information on Overseas qualifications can be found here.

If you are a mature applicant, have relevant experience or RPL that you would like us to consider, please contact Admissions.

How to Apply

Further information on how to apply 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

We endeavour to deliver courses as described and will not normally make changes to courses, such as course title, content, delivery, and teaching provision. However, it may be necessary for the university to make changes in the course provision before or after enrolment. It reserves the right to make variations to content or delivery methods, including discontinuation or merging courses if such action is considered necessary. Please read our Terms and Conditions for the full information.

Key Course Information

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 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.

Degree Highlights

In this short introduction video, Dr Catherine Wilson tells us more about the BA (Hons) Management and Leadership