Business Management BA (Hons) (with Foundation Year)UCAS Code: N201|Duration: 4 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
Accredited|Work placement opportunities|Study Abroad opportunities
About the course
The world of Business Management is fast-moving and dynamic: Business organisations are facing unprecedented change and complex challenges both within the UK and globally. This demands that students who enter the business sector understand the dynamics of the business environment and how organisations operate in increasingly uncertain situations. The Business Management degree at Liverpool Hope University examines small to medium-sized enterprises to global multi-national companies – public, private, not-for-profit with a focus on business principles, organisational dynamics and management processes.
Liverpool Hope Business School holds the prestigious AACSB accreditation and has an enviable reputation for developing students with sound theoretical principles, thorough understanding of contemporary business practices and informed by the latest research. The links we have with local and national businesses, plus links with professional bodies, ensure you are well prepared for the world of work.
This in-depth degree gives you the opportunity to understand how businesses operate and the ethical and social impact they have on communities. An experienced, student-focused team will develop your understanding of this business context and develop the critical business skills and transferable skills that future employers will demand.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, and smaller groups of seminars and tutorials. The lectures will provide you with a general framework in Business Management, whilst the seminar activities and discussions, help your understanding and application of the subject. In tutorial sessions you will not only develop your understanding of Business Management, but also at times, work together in student led activities. Seminars and tutorials are also designed to enhance your leadership and employability skills.
If you are studying Business Management as a Single Honours degree, in your first year of study there are approximately 12 teaching hours per week, which will decrease to approximately 10 teaching hours per week in your second and third years. If you are studying Business Management as a Combined Honours degree, in your first year of study there are approximately 6 teaching hours each week, which decreases to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and third years.
On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend more time studying independently each week. This could include additional research and reading, attendance at guest lectures and industry related events, preparation or completion of set tasks for taught sessions, revision for exams, work for your assessments and participation in group work.
Assessment and feedback
Throughout your three years of study, you will have a number of assessments. Exams are normally held at the end of each academic year and you are required to complete a series of assessment tasks during each year. These typically include business reports, essays, and a portfolio. In your final year, you are also required to complete a research project/dissertation.
In addition to this, you are given opportunities for formative feedback on assessments, with opportunities to improve before your final submission.
You will be given feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.
*Please note topics marked with a * are studied by Single Honours students only.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year will enable you to progress into the first year (Level C) of your chosen honours degree.
Introduction to Business Management
You will be introduced to the underlying principles of Business Management that will lay the foundations for progression through your degree. You will study four component parts (4Cs) to understanding what a business is (the Company), how it interacts with its environment (the Context), how it serves its customers (the Customers) and how it manages its competition (the Competition). Additionally, in your first year, you will gain an appreciation of fundamental business structures and functions and the management challenges posed by the contemporary and ever complex business environment.
You will be introduced to the underlying principles of Marketing and the relationship between Marketing and the global business context. Study of this relationship can help contextualise marketing theory and practice and further help you understand the dynamics of contemporary marketing management, as you explore concepts such as the marketing mix, segmentation, targeting and positioning, and consumer behaviour.
This year will equip you with the fundamental skills for employability. Group-based work will develop your ability to work as part of a team, whilst student-led tutorials will enhance your competence in relation to interpreting, producing and presenting information in a variety of formats. At the end of this year, you will have the ability to deliver multiple projects within given timescales. Topics typically studied in this year are:
- Introduction to Business Management Theory & Practice
- Analysing Business and Marketing environments
- Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
- The Marketing Mix: (7 Ps: Product, Price, Place, Promotion, People, Process, Physical Evidence)
- Customer segmentation
- Understanding Buyer Behaviour*
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods*
Explorations in Business Management
In Year two, you will be introduced to the dynamic relationship between a variety of business functions and management. This will allow you to consider the operational challenges facing contemporary organisations. You will be equipped with not only the understanding for enterprise, but also an appreciation of how the nature and scope of the internal and external operating environment will impact on business and management decisions – both nationally and internationally.
Topics typically studied in your second year are:
- Research Methods
- Operations Management
- Human Resource Management
- Business Law*
- International Business*
- Project Management*
- Decision Making using Quantitative Data*
Advanced Studies in Business Management
You will take on more strategic, global and contemporary perspectives. You will also undertake a research project/dissertation on an organisational issue of your choice. You will adopt a more strategic lens, through which to consider the nature and scope of business and management in an ever changing, increasingly global and dynamic context.
Both academic and professional competence will be refined in your final year. Critical evaluation is a key component at this level of study and this will lay the foundations for reflective thinkers and practitioners. The undertaking of an individual research project or dissertation will help you develop a proactive mind-set that will prepare you for the world of work or further study.
Topics typically studied include:
- Strategic Management
- Business Sustainability
- Contemporary Business Issues
- Final year Research Project
- *Ethics and CSR
- *Globalisation and Development
- *Social Entrepreneurship and Third Sector organisations
- *Final Year Dissertation
There may be some flexibility for mature students offering non-tariff qualifications and students meeting particular widening participation criteria.
Our Business Management degree is designed to prepare you for a career in any aspect of management and business, equipped to set up your own business or to work as a business advisor. It also equips you with those transferable key skills that are required in today’s industry sectors. You will have developed skills such as problem-solving, resilience, flexibility, critical analysis, teamwork, giving presentations, report writing and reflective practice, all of which are demanded by top employers.
Recent graduates of the Business Management degree have gone on to have a variety of careers, including Customs Relations Manager, Human Resources Assistant, Retail Supply Chain Graduate Scheme, Business Development Assistant, Account Manager, Business Research Internship and Event Coordinator.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
As well as the cost of your tuition fees, you will need to consider the cost of your core textbooks which we estimate to be around £180. There is also a voluntary contribution cost of £5-£10 for the Young Enterprise venture.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
International tuition fees
The International Tuition fees for 2022/23 are £12,500.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This course is also available with Foundation Year as a Combined Honours degree with the following subjects: