An innovative Business and Management course offering a choice of specialist pathways.
- Take advantage of our professional accreditation opportunities in marketing, management and specialist certificates.
- Choose either a ten-month or ten-week work placement and apply what you've learned in the real world.
- Join our community of close-knit students and supportive and experienced academic staff.
Budding entrepreneur? CEO of the future? Marketing Director in the making? Whatever your aspirations, our Business and Management course will give you a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of modern business.
Along the way you'll develop the core skills you need to excel in all kinds of businesses and start to build a clear picture of exactly where those skills could take you.
Ways to study Business and Management
Our BA (Hons) Business and Management offers maximum flexibility and choice.
You can choose a specific pathway through your Business and Management degree:
Alternatively you can study Business alongside another subject as part of a combined course.
'The Bath Business School team are very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and dedicated to helping you achieve your potential.'
Alex Appleton, Business and Management graduate
What you'll learn
We'll help you develop as a person to achieve your potential through teaching you about business and how it works. You'll graduate with potential for employment in different businesses; this could be an organisation, the private or public sector, a charity or possibly your own business. We aim to give you the skills to apply your knowledge in a wide range of situations in any sector.
You'll have flexibility to choose modules that are of particular interest to you. You can also bring in modules from areas outside your course if you want to explore issues around a particular 'theme', such as sustainability or global affairs.
Gain a broad understanding of today's business environment - from the context that organisations operate in through to trends in economic thinking and the importance of data in business. Modules will cover topics such as organisations and the business environment, economics and globalisation, and managing data.
Focus on the inner workings of businesses - use business techniques to solve problems and start developing the skills that employers look for. Modules include a key module in creativity and innovation and a compulsory module in financial accounting.
Optional topics include: human resource management, marketing, information and operations management, and international business. At the end of the year, you can choose to embark on a ten-month business placement or a ten-week summer placement - applying what you've learned so far in the real world.
Develop and explore your business learning and focus on the role of management. Undertake an in-depth business research project in your specialist area. You'll also have a chance to set up a business on your own or with fellow students. Other topics to explore include: managing sustainability, marketing for managers, new trends in management, and strategic human resource management.
How will I be assessed?
You'll be assessed in a wide range of ways that will test your business knowledge and management skills. These could include presentations, work related projects, group-work, computer based simulations, podcasts, examinations, essays, videos and business reports.
How will I be taught?
We offer variety in the way we teach: sometimes we will set you problems so you can find the answers for yourself, sometimes we will lecture. Most modules use a mix of lectures and small group seminars. There is a good blend of online activities using our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva. We invite business leaders in to talk about their experience and we arrange visits to local businesses. All of our teaching methods facilitate your development as a self directed learner.
You'll be given personal support in your study - we are a friendly team of academics who are committed to helping students achieve their goals.
You'll have the opportunity to study in a wide range of locations around the world. Our students have completed Erasmus+ and Exchange programs in a variety of countries including Holland, Belgium and China.
Business community projects
We give you the opportunity to work with regional and national businesses in and around Bath. You'll be working on live project briefs, helping organisations find creative solutions to their business issues.
Depending on your pathway and the modules you study, you can gain accreditation by professional bodies and get exemption from professional exams.
BA (Hons) Business and Management (all pathways)
- AQUIROS Prince2 ® Project Management (Last confirmed: 2017)
PRINCE2 (an acronym for Projects in Controlled Environments) is a process-based method for effective project management. Used extensively by the UK Government, PRINCE2 is also widely recognised and used in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally.
People Cert has officially Accredited Bath Spa University on behalf of ACQUIROS, as an Accredited Training Organization (ATO) for delivery of the PRINCE2 ® Foundation Certifications. Students who take the Level 5 Operations and Project Management will have the option of taking the AQUIROS online test to achieve the Prince2® Foundation Certificate.
The CIM is the world's leading professional marketing body with over 28,000 members worldwide, and a Royal Charter. Our BA (Hons) Business and Management students can gain exemption from the marketing module of the CIM Level 4 Professional Certificate in Marketing.
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) (Last confirmed: 2016, Renewal date: 2022)
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), founded in 1919, is the world's leading and largest professional body of management accountants. Bath Business School have secured professional body recognition of the BA (Hons) Business and Management which provides graduates with exemptions from the following:
CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting:
- BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics- BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting- BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting- BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law.
CIMA Operational Level:
- E1 Organisational Management
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)/SAGE (Last confirmed: 2016)
Bath Business School has partnered with CIMA / SAGE who produce the UK's market leading accounting software, to offer a new training qualification that will offer an excellent grounding in computerised accounting. The qualification will offer benchmarked skills that will enhance employability and put control into a business.
Students who take the core Level 4 Managing Data module to have the option of taking the online test to achieve the CIMA accredited SAGE foundation certificate.
BA (Hons) Business and Management (Festivals and Events) and BA (Hons) Business and Management (Tourism Management)
- Institute of Hospitality (IoH) (Last confirmed: 2017, Renewal date: 2022)
The IoH is an international hospitality professional membership body for managers and aspiring managers who work and study in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries. Established in 1938, the IoH helps more than 10,000 hospitality professionals in 100 countries grow their knowledge, professional profile and expertise by offering a wide range of high quality membership services.
Graduates are eligible to apply for the Associate (AIH) grade of membership, and following an assessment may also meet requirements for the member (MIH) grade.
- Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) (Last confirmed: 2017)
CABS holds a Royal Charter, and is the voice of the UK's business and management education sector. CABS support members to maintain world-class standards of teaching and research, and help shape policy and create opportunities through dialogue with business and government.
Bath Business School are members of CABS, and the Dean of Bath Business School, Professor Georgina Andrews is the Vice Chair of CABS Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee.
Work placements, industry links and internships
In addition to the business community projects, you'll have fantastic opportunities to work closely with business and industry through placements, projects and internships.
Employers such as Logica, NHS, Liberty, Ocado, IBM, Marks and Spencer, American Express, Sky and Numatic International have recruited graduates from this course. Students have also gone into roles including Business Analyst, IT Services Analyst, Project Officer, Business Development Manager, Account Executive and Brand Planner.
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
You'll have access to excellent facilities on Newton Park campus. These include:
Our library offers a wide range of business materials. There is also a wealth of material available via electronic sources. These include Business Source Complete, Mintel, Newsbank and an increasing range of e-books. This online material can be accessed on and off campus enabling you to work at times that suit you.