BA (Hons) Business Management

Business Management

BA (Hons)

Summary

Study level
Award
Degree
Full time
3 years
Part time
3 years+
Location
Berlin or Online
Faculty of Business

Course Overview

In today’s interconnected global economy, graduates with strong business management skills and in-depth knowledge of the latest business technologies are in high demand. Arden’s undergraduate degree in business management will teach you the modern skills, competencies, and technological know-how required to lead and manage successfully in today’s business environment. Our aim with this newly updated business degree is to help you make a valuable and lasting impact, wherever your professional career takes you.

The BA (Hons) Business Management will provide you with a taste of all the fundamentals of business, so you don’t need to have a particular career path in mind to enrol on the course. As you explore areas of business such as finance, digital marketing, innovation, people management, and data analysis, you will start to form ideas about where you want to go in the future. This broad range of subjects will help you identify and evaluate the roles and contributions of the key business functions applicable to contemporary business, helping you become a well-rounded professional with a keen awareness of how business works. In your second and third year of study, you’ll start to identify and assess which business solutions best meet the challenges and hurdles organisations face today. 

This degree has dual accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). Not only will you graduate with a recognised degree, but you’ll also receive a CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership and an ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management. This will help you show employers that you have both the modern skills and professional recognition to fill current skills gaps in the field.

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This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, supporting your career and connecting you with likeminded professionals.

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Course details and modules

By providing you with the knowledge of the fundamentals of business - and teaching you exactly how an organisation works – we will prepare you to become a skilled and informed business practitioner, leader, or entrepreneur. 

During your studies you will gain a wider understanding of business functions, operations, and cutting edge technologies in a range of exciting industries. You will also develop inspiring personal and management attributes in dedicated skills-related modules to help build your soft skills and leadership abilities. Learning research and data analysis techniques using academic and industry focused texts, articles, and reports, you will gain a better understanding of contemporary business and management, with the ability to analyse practical case studies drawn from a range of international organisations. 

Using our business simulation software, you will be able to access a virtual business and run it as your own enterprise – managing activities such as marketing, sales, finances, people, product development, operations, and your supply chain. This will give you the chance to practice making critical decisions within a safe environment, helping you develop your ability to interpret commercial information and apply your learnings to generate a profit for your enterprise. You will also have access to our Digital Enterprise Hub throughout your course, which provides you with additional software and resources as well as real-world mentors and industry experts to draw knowledge from. The Digital Enterprise Hub also gives you the chance to engage in social learning with your classmates, developing your collaborative skills and providing the opportunity for networking with fellow professionals.

Modules

You have 3-9 years to complete this course, which means you can take up to 3 years to complete each level. Most of our students, however, aim to complete the course within 3 to 6 years.

  • Digital Skills & Professional Development (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Business Environment (20 credits)
  • Marketing Dynamics (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Business Finance (20 credits)  
  • People Management (20 credits)  
  • Technology & Innovation (20 credits)  
  • Data Analytics & Management (20 credits) 
  • Business Start-up (20 credits) 
  • Sales Management (20 credits) 
  • Digital & Social Media Marketing (20 credits) 
  • Blockchain & Applications FinTech for Managers (20 credits) 
  • Operations & Supply Chain Management (20 credits) 
  • Business Transformation (20 credits) 
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation (20 credits) 
  • Corporate Governance, Law & Ethics (20 credits) 
  • Independent Study (20 credits) 
  • Project Management (20 credits) 
  • International Business Management (20 credits) 

How do we assess you?

Assessments

Unlike on more traditional degree courses, you do not need to sit any exams on the BA (Hons) Business Management, and you will not need to spend the summer at home writing a dissertation either. Your assessments have been designed to help you apply your learning to real-word scenarios. This means you will be better prepared to apply the skills you have gained on the course to your professional role after graduation. 

As you work through your course modules you will have the chance to complete a range of useful assessment methods such as individual reports, case study analyses, group presentations, and personal independent assignments devised in consultation with your course module leader. Your assessments will have an emphasis upon personal discovery, digital technology, the application of theory to real world business, and management practice and innovative thinking. 

We encourage you to be innovative when carrying out your assignments and assessments. You can create podcasts, videos, infographics, consultancy reports, campaigns, posters, interviews, debate sessions, and more. This approach will help you develop skills you will use in the real world, and most of all, is a fun and engaging way to demonstrate your knowledge and development.

Study options

This course is available to study through Arden’s blended learning study mode at our study centres in Berlin, Germany

The course is also available to students via online learning. This gives you the convenience of being able to study worldwide, providing you with the same high standards of teaching but with lower tuition fees.

Adrian Williams

"I was already in the working world and running two businesses. Not to mention I also have a young family, so the freedom online learning offered, and the cost effectiveness of the course, was a big draw for me."

Adrian Williams
BA Business (Human Resource Management)

Full time study in Berlin

How does it work?

When you choose our blended learning study mode, you’ll have eight hours of timetabled classes spread over two days at our centrally located Berlin campus. This is combined with around 25 hours of independent study, which takes place through ilearn, our online learning platform and university campus in the cloud. ilearn contains all the resources you need to study your degree successfully when you’re away from campus. You’ll also have access to our online library, BibliU, which contains almost half a million books, journals, and industry literature which you can make use of throughout your studies, removing the need to buy expensive course books in order to study successfully.
 
Full time study in Berlin is the best option for students who prefer the structure of regular face to face classes with their tutor and fellow classmates, and is particularly suited to students who are attracted by the opportunity to move to Germany to study, where you can take advantage of the employment opportunities available for overseas students. 

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Part time online learning

How does it work?

Studying your course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location. 

Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud. ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, BibliU, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us).

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy. 

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

Eligibility

To be eligible for our BA (Hons) Business Management course, you must have:

  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent

If you do not currently hold the above qualifications, we also offer this course with an additional foundation year, which is designed for students who need extra support when starting their degree course.

English proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English, such as a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English can be accepted.

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide the above evidence of English proficiency. More information can be found here.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Professor Dilshad Sheikh

Here at Arden University we strive to provide a fresh and unique approach to your business and management education. With ideas and experiences taken from employers and thought leaders across the world, we give you the opportunity to put proven business skills and techniques into practice during your studies. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Professor Dilshad Sheikh
Dean of the Faculty of Business

Career prospects

Perhaps you have a strong idea of where you want to go with your business degree, or perhaps you want to keep your career options open for now? Either way, do not worry if you are still a little unclear about what the future holds. Your business management degree will give you a range of in-demand and transferable skills that will help you understand how modern organisations work. This gives you the freedom to take your time deciding where in the business ecosystem you will fit best, be it as an entrepreneur, manager, or if you are an experienced professional looking for a career change.

What will the BA (Hons) Business Management do for me?

As well as developing important soft skills, up-to-date knowledge of business functions, and career planning abilities, you will also be encouraged to develop a Personal Development Plan as you work through your degree. With support from our lecturers, this will help you track your progress and identify areas where you excel. 

On the course, your assessments will be linked to real-world workplace issues and practices. Added to the benefits of our enterprise simulation software and Digital Business Hub, you will graduate with hands-on experience in problem solving and identifying areas for business growth – all highly desirable skills for today’s employers. 

The BA (Hons) Business Management will also give you the chance to: 

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of contemporary business functions, with particular focus on the latest digital technologies.
  • Develop an analytical eye for important detail and through keen critical thinking abilities.
  • Become an expert problem solver, confident communicator, and informed leader.
  • Understand all levels of organisational structure and how to evaluate the positives and negatives of these with real-life case studies.
  • Begin to form a clearer idea of which aspects of business you enjoy learning about the most, and develop ideas about where your career path might lie.

What can I do after Arden University?

Your degree in business management will open up many opportunities across all aspects of the business sector. As you study with us you will have access to our dedicated career services portal, where you can access additional 'bolt-on' e-learning courses, employer presentations, and search for jobs worldwide. Of course, your course lecturers are always on-hand to provide advice and guidance when it come to your professional future. Just a few of the possible roles you might want to consider after graduation could include:

  • Business Analyst
  • New business owner
  • Project Manager
  • Data Analysist
  • Careers is AI & Machine Learning
  • Big Data Specialist
  • Digital Transformation Specialist
  • Digital Marketing Specialist
  • People manager

Industry skills

  

This course accredited by both the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). It is also aligned with available certificates from Amazon and Salesforce which you will be able to pursue.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) 

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. The institute aims to boost career development across the management sector and connect you with likeminded professionals.

 

Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)

This course is accredited by the Institute of leadership and Management (ILM). That means you’ll graduate with a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management, which costs up to £3,000 if pursued independently.

The ILM is a professional membership body for leaders and managers, with a mission of inspiring great leadership through qualifications, training, and cutting-edge research. The institute is a globally recognised mark of quality for its members and provides valuable insights through its vast industry links and publications. 

As an Arden student, you’ll have free membership to the ILM throughout your studies, giving you access to over a thousand comprehensive learning resources, including webinars, videos, leadership assessment tools, a dedicated e-learning tool, careers advice, and networking opportunities. 

Aligned to Salesforce and AWS Educate (Amazon) 

During the course you will learn about some of the most prominent cloud-based tools used in business currently, allowing you to independently acquire certification from Salesforce and Amazon to add to your degree qualification. Certification from Salesforce and Amazon will help you understand how to process real time data and insights to create more meaningful relationships with your customers.

Business Graduates Association (BGA) 

Arden University’s Faculty of Business is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA).

Fast Track Your Career

Fast-Track Your Career 

Our Fast-Track Your Career promise has been developed to allow you to pursue your master’s degree with us - with no tuition fees to pay - once you have successfully completed your Arden undergraduate degree course.  

On successful completion of your bachelor’s course, you can simply apply for the Arden master’s degree of your choice and you will then be able to progress with your postgraduate education completely free of any additional course tuition fees. 

To see the full terms and conditions, please visit https://arden.ac.uk/terms-and-conditions