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Course Essentials

Arden's BA (Hons) Degree in Business, will develop your management skills while exploring both internal and external business environments.

This Arden University Degree is taught via our Blended Learning programme, which lets you combine online study with lectures 2 days a week at one of our LondonManchester or Birmingham based study centres. 

Part of the School of Business and Management, this Business Degree will not only teach you the basics of Business, but will also explore topics such as Management Skills, the Principles of Marketing, Business Analysis and Managing Change.

When you finish your Arden qualification you will be an adaptable ‘all-rounder’ in Business – essential in today's modern, ever changing business world.

 

When can I study?

Requiring just 8 hours of classes a week at your chosen UK study centre, courses are scheduled as follows: 

  • Weekdays*: 2 days per week, 4 hours per day (either 9.00–13.00 or 13.30-17.30)
  • Evenings**: 2 evenings per week 17.30–21.30 
  • Weekends**: Saturdays

In addition to the 8 hours of face-to-face teaching each week, you will have an additional 12 hours online tuition.

This is perfect if you want more guided learning but need the flexibility to study around work, family or other commitments.

*hours will be allocated by Arden
**available from February 2020 - subject to numbers

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CMI Accreditation

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accreditation gives your Degree an added mark of quality, valued by employers across the UK.

When you enrol with Arden, you’ll get FREE CMI Membership throughout your studies, which gives you access to a range of useful resources that will assist you in gaining your qualification.
 


 

Boost your CV with FREE industry-certified courses

In addition to this course, you’ll also have the chance to become certified on Salesforce technology - the World's #1 CRM system - and access to the industry-renowned Cisco Networking Academy.

These FREE business and technology courses complement our degree modules, are valued by employers and will further enhance your CV, helping you stand out in the sector. See the 'Industry Skills' tab below for more information.

Salesforce and Cisco Networking Academy logos

Key Information

Award:
Degree
Credits:
360
UCAS Course Code:
N001
Course Title:
BA (Hons) Business (CMI)
Duration:
3 or 4 years
Intake Status:
Accepting applications
Study Mode:
Blended learning
Exemptions Available:
No
Course Fees:
See Course Fees and Funding tab
Study Centre:
LON, BIR & MANC Based
Next Open Day:
Weds 15th Jan
  • Course Details & Modules
  • Entry Requirements
  • Course Fees & Funding
  • Career Prospects
  • Study Centres
  • Industry Skills

You’ll start your Business Degree at Arden University by studying the core areas of business and best practices, before choosing an area of business you’d like to specialise in. You’ll then come to understand the role your specialism plays in the wider business environment.

Core Modules

Year 1

  • Developing Personal and Management Skills
  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Introduction to Finance
  • People in Organisations
  • Management Information Systems

Study skills

During the first 6 weeks of year 1 (Block 1) you will also attend 4 study skills workshops, providing advice and guidance to help you achieve university success. Sessions may include Reading & Note-Taking, iLearn Online Library, Referencing & Plagiarism and Approaching Assignments. This will bring your weekly class time up to 9.5 house a week for Block 1. The following study blocks will be the usual 8 hours classroom time (+ online tuition and self-guided study time).  

Year 2

  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Business Processes
  • Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
  • Business Analysis
  • Managing Knowledge
  • Managing Change in Organisations

Year 3

  • Contemporary Management Issues
  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Self and Others
  • International Management
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

Please note that the modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change.

Assessments

We use a wide variety of assessment methods at Arden, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in more ways than one. These could include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work

To support your development and ensure that you’re on the right track with your Blended Learning studies, you’ll receive tutor feedback for every assessment you submit.

If required, your tutor may be able to give you suggestions and tips for improvement and help you understand how to apply your newly acquired skills into real-life settings.

Your Arden University module tutors have been selected for their teaching experience and industry expertise. As experts in their respective subjects, they’ll present theories you can apply in a professional setting and engage you in topical discussions throughout your Blended Learning Degree course.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing the relevant Programme Specification, which you can download from our Policies, Standards and Procedures Page, or you can apply for this course online here.

This BA (Hons) Business Degree course at Arden University has standard entry requirements. To be eligible for this course you must have either:

  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR
  • Have completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent

Don’t meet the standard entry requirements, but have work experience?

We are happy to consider an application from you at Arden if you can show us you have the motivation to study our Blended Learning programme.

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We’ll also ask you for references and evidence of relevant work experience.

Don’t have any of the above?

We also offer this course as a 4 year Degree which includes a foundation year (subject to validation). This first year prepares you for university-level study and is ideal if you don’t have the formal qualifications or work experience detailed above.

Non-native English speaker?
If your prior learning was not taught in English we require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element).

How much is my course?

2

Funding

Undergraduate courses

You can support your study in a variety of ways.

If you are a UK student, the most common funding of undergraduate degrees is a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government. The key information about these loans is:

  • You must be a UK resident
  • You can get a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees
  • You only start to pay it back when you are earning over £25,725 a year.
  • Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate Student Loans for UK & EU Students

As a Postgraduate student, you can now apply for a student loan of up to £10,000, for taught and research Masters courses, including MBAs. Find out more at www.gov.uk/masters-loan

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary

Looking for additional funding as a Postgraduate? Postgrad Solutions now offer 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. Click here to apply

Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds or, because your studies will develop you as a professional, your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship. Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds or, because your studies will develop you as a professional, your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship. Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

What can a Business Degree do for me?

As an Arden Business graduate, you’ll have developed a wide range of transferable skills – and this will help you stand out in today’s competitive jobs market.

While studying you will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of business functions
  • Develop an analytical eye and critical thinking skills
  • Become an expert problem solver and confident communicator in business settings
  • Acquire an appreciation and understanding of organisational behaviour and structure
  • Start to have a strong idea of which career path you want to pursue

What can I do after Arden University?

After graduating, you’ll be prepared for a vast range of professional roles. These could include:

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Business Development Executive
  • Business Performance & Transformation Consultant
  • Marketing Executive
  • Operations Manager
  • Financial Controller
  • Retail Manager

Business graduates who have studied with us (or in partnership with us) at Arden have gone on to fulfil roles such as Brand Manager, Business Analyst, Digital Marketing Specialist and Project Manager.

What do Arden's Business alumni say?

“Having completed the programme, I feel more confident especially in human resources, and better able to view many aspects of the business from a strategic perspective. I feel I have a better understanding of my own strengths - and weaknesses - and am able to apply my learning effectively to add value to my day-to-day business life.”

Justin Smith, Arden University Business Graduate

What study centres are available at Arden University? 

Blended Learning courses are available at the following study centres throughout the UK:

  • Arden Tower Hill, London
  • Arden Ealing, London
  • Arden Holborn, London
  • Arden Birmingham 
  • Arden Manchester

Or you can find out more about Arden study centres

Studying via Blended Learning with Arden

When you sign up for one of our Blended Learning Degrees and become a student at an Arden University study centre, you get the best of both worlds. All the structure and personal tuition of a full-time course, coupled with the rich online resources and materials that our Distance Learning students benefit from. This option is ideal for students who want the routine of a full-time on-site Undergraduate Degree, without the full-time commitment.

What can I expect from this Blended Learning course?

  • You will spend 2 days a week at your chosen study centre
  • These classes will be led by your module tutor
  • During these sessions you will be encouraged to debate, discuss and ask questions to develop your understanding and acquire key skills
  • Because it combines online learning you can access materials and resources online 24/7
  • The online content includes tutorials, lessons, exercises, study support and chat forums
  • All your coursework and assignments are uploaded to a secure online zone for marking
  • You can contact your tutor via email or the support team via email, Livechat or phone

Arden's Blending Learning model is a modern, engaging way to learn that lets you balance learning with the other priorities in your life.

What facilities are available at Arden study centres?

Giving you access to the technology and services you need to support your studies, our modern study centres are buzzing with students, tutors and staff. Our great city-centre locations mean plenty of local restaurants, leisure facilities and culture around you as you study. 

Outside of your classes, you can expect access to things like:

  • Computers and IT equipment
  • Internet
  • Printing facilities
  • Individual and group study space

Next steps

Applying for BA Business course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Enhance your career prospects with Salesforce and Cisco Networking Academy

Arden are pleased to offer students studying this degree course the opportunity to develop additional skills. You have the chance to develop your own learning journey towards Salesforce accreditation via the 'Salesforce Trailhead' programme. Salesforce have been an industry leader in customer relationship management (CRM) for more than 20 years, so this gives you the opportunity to gain an extra self-managed certification while studying your Arden degree.

Similarly, Cisco Networking Academy is a platform providing Business and IT professionals with a space to develop their careers in the industry, with study-at-home courses helping them acquire new skills at a pace that suits them. With Arden you have the opportunity to study these courses alongside your degree.

About Salesforce certification

By studying a Salesforce-certified course, you’ll have access to professional-level materials, ensuring your industry knowledge remains current.

There are 140 Trails and 520 badges to choose from, covering many aspects of business, computing and using Salesforce as a management tool.

About Cisco Networking Academy

Take a look at the video below to learn all about Cisco Networking Academy, how it works and how it can benefit you.

 

 

Key Benefits

Gain industry-relevant skills:
Develop additional skills relevant to roles in marketing, business, sales and technology, allowing you to stand out in crowded jobs markets.

Add value to your CV 
Gain a competitive advantage in the jobs market, as well as proving your enthusiasm for your industry, dedication to self-development and eagerness to learn to potential employees.

Access professional-level content and a student community (Salesforce only)
Access materials used by industry professionals, and join the Salesforce student community, interacting with others and sharing your experiences

Get your LinkedIn badge (Cisco only)
For each course you complete, you can acquire a badge for your LinkedIn profile, highlighting your skills to potential employers, and proving that you’re highly engaged and proactive in enhancing your self-development.


How does it work?

Once you enrol with Arden, you will receive access to both Salesforce and Cisco’s online, self-paced courses through your learning platform, iLearn. Here, you’ll be able to pick and choose which courses you’d like to study.

You’ll study the course content as and when it suits you. The hours required to complete a course vary; the amount of time needed to complete a Salesforce course ranges from 35 minutes to 21 hours, while the majority of Cisco courses take between 30 and 70 hours.

These courses are an added extra – it’s entirely up to you whether you complete one, 10 or none at all! Your participation (or decision not to study these additional extras) won’t have any effect on your degree or the grades you receive.

Fees

The Salesforce Trailhead and Cisco courses are completely free to study, but there is a fee of £150-£200 per badge for LinkedIn badge certifications from Cisco.

Course Details & Modules

You’ll start your Business Degree at Arden University by studying the core areas of business and best practices, before choosing an area of business you’d like to specialise in. You’ll then come to understand the role your specialism plays in the wider business environment.

Core Modules

Year 1

  • Developing Personal and Management Skills
  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Introduction to Finance
  • People in Organisations
  • Management Information Systems

Study skills

During the first 6 weeks of year 1 (Block 1) you will also attend 4 study skills workshops, providing advice and guidance to help you achieve university success. Sessions may include Reading & Note-Taking, iLearn Online Library, Referencing & Plagiarism and Approaching Assignments. This will bring your weekly class time up to 9.5 house a week for Block 1. The following study blocks will be the usual 8 hours classroom time (+ online tuition and self-guided study time).  

Year 2

  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Business Processes
  • Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
  • Business Analysis
  • Managing Knowledge
  • Managing Change in Organisations

Year 3

  • Contemporary Management Issues
  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Self and Others
  • International Management
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

Please note that the modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change.

Assessments

We use a wide variety of assessment methods at Arden, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in more ways than one. These could include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work

To support your development and ensure that you’re on the right track with your Blended Learning studies, you’ll receive tutor feedback for every assessment you submit.

If required, your tutor may be able to give you suggestions and tips for improvement and help you understand how to apply your newly acquired skills into real-life settings.

Your Arden University module tutors have been selected for their teaching experience and industry expertise. As experts in their respective subjects, they’ll present theories you can apply in a professional setting and engage you in topical discussions throughout your Blended Learning Degree course.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing the relevant Programme Specification, which you can download from our Policies, Standards and Procedures Page, or you can apply for this course online here.

Entry Requirements

This BA (Hons) Business Degree course at Arden University has standard entry requirements. To be eligible for this course you must have either:

  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR
  • Have completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent

Don’t meet the standard entry requirements, but have work experience?

We are happy to consider an application from you at Arden if you can show us you have the motivation to study our Blended Learning programme.

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We’ll also ask you for references and evidence of relevant work experience.

Don’t have any of the above?

We also offer this course as a 4 year Degree which includes a foundation year (subject to validation). This first year prepares you for university-level study and is ideal if you don’t have the formal qualifications or work experience detailed above.

Non-native English speaker?
If your prior learning was not taught in English we require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element).

Course Fees & Funding

How much is my course?

2

Funding

Undergraduate courses

You can support your study in a variety of ways.

If you are a UK student, the most common funding of undergraduate degrees is a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government. The key information about these loans is:

  • You must be a UK resident
  • You can get a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees
  • You only start to pay it back when you are earning over £25,725 a year.
  • Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate Student Loans for UK & EU Students

As a Postgraduate student, you can now apply for a student loan of up to £10,000, for taught and research Masters courses, including MBAs. Find out more at www.gov.uk/masters-loan

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary

Looking for additional funding as a Postgraduate? Postgrad Solutions now offer 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. Click here to apply

Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds or, because your studies will develop you as a professional, your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship. Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go if you have the funds or, because your studies will develop you as a professional, your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. Feel free to call the team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss steps to employer sponsorship. Find out more about fees and funding and employer sponsorship on our dedicated information pages.

Career Prospects

What can a Business Degree do for me?

As an Arden Business graduate, you’ll have developed a wide range of transferable skills – and this will help you stand out in today’s competitive jobs market.

While studying you will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of business functions
  • Develop an analytical eye and critical thinking skills
  • Become an expert problem solver and confident communicator in business settings
  • Acquire an appreciation and understanding of organisational behaviour and structure
  • Start to have a strong idea of which career path you want to pursue

What can I do after Arden University?

After graduating, you’ll be prepared for a vast range of professional roles. These could include:

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Business Development Executive
  • Business Performance & Transformation Consultant
  • Marketing Executive
  • Operations Manager
  • Financial Controller
  • Retail Manager

Business graduates who have studied with us (or in partnership with us) at Arden have gone on to fulfil roles such as Brand Manager, Business Analyst, Digital Marketing Specialist and Project Manager.

What do Arden's Business alumni say?

“Having completed the programme, I feel more confident especially in human resources, and better able to view many aspects of the business from a strategic perspective. I feel I have a better understanding of my own strengths - and weaknesses - and am able to apply my learning effectively to add value to my day-to-day business life.”

Justin Smith, Arden University Business Graduate

Study Centres

What study centres are available at Arden University? 

Blended Learning courses are available at the following study centres throughout the UK:

  • Arden Tower Hill, London
  • Arden Ealing, London
  • Arden Holborn, London
  • Arden Birmingham 
  • Arden Manchester

Or you can find out more about Arden study centres

Studying via Blended Learning with Arden

When you sign up for one of our Blended Learning Degrees and become a student at an Arden University study centre, you get the best of both worlds. All the structure and personal tuition of a full-time course, coupled with the rich online resources and materials that our Distance Learning students benefit from. This option is ideal for students who want the routine of a full-time on-site Undergraduate Degree, without the full-time commitment.

What can I expect from this Blended Learning course?

  • You will spend 2 days a week at your chosen study centre
  • These classes will be led by your module tutor
  • During these sessions you will be encouraged to debate, discuss and ask questions to develop your understanding and acquire key skills
  • Because it combines online learning you can access materials and resources online 24/7
  • The online content includes tutorials, lessons, exercises, study support and chat forums
  • All your coursework and assignments are uploaded to a secure online zone for marking
  • You can contact your tutor via email or the support team via email, Livechat or phone

Arden's Blending Learning model is a modern, engaging way to learn that lets you balance learning with the other priorities in your life.

What facilities are available at Arden study centres?

Giving you access to the technology and services you need to support your studies, our modern study centres are buzzing with students, tutors and staff. Our great city-centre locations mean plenty of local restaurants, leisure facilities and culture around you as you study. 

Outside of your classes, you can expect access to things like:

  • Computers and IT equipment
  • Internet
  • Printing facilities
  • Individual and group study space

Next steps

Applying for BA Business course takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Industry Skills

Enhance your career prospects with Salesforce and Cisco Networking Academy

Arden are pleased to offer students studying this degree course the opportunity to develop additional skills. You have the chance to develop your own learning journey towards Salesforce accreditation via the 'Salesforce Trailhead' programme. Salesforce have been an industry leader in customer relationship management (CRM) for more than 20 years, so this gives you the opportunity to gain an extra self-managed certification while studying your Arden degree.

Similarly, Cisco Networking Academy is a platform providing Business and IT professionals with a space to develop their careers in the industry, with study-at-home courses helping them acquire new skills at a pace that suits them. With Arden you have the opportunity to study these courses alongside your degree.

About Salesforce certification

By studying a Salesforce-certified course, you’ll have access to professional-level materials, ensuring your industry knowledge remains current.

There are 140 Trails and 520 badges to choose from, covering many aspects of business, computing and using Salesforce as a management tool.

About Cisco Networking Academy

Take a look at the video below to learn all about Cisco Networking Academy, how it works and how it can benefit you.

 

 

Key Benefits

Gain industry-relevant skills:
Develop additional skills relevant to roles in marketing, business, sales and technology, allowing you to stand out in crowded jobs markets.

Add value to your CV 
Gain a competitive advantage in the jobs market, as well as proving your enthusiasm for your industry, dedication to self-development and eagerness to learn to potential employees.

Access professional-level content and a student community (Salesforce only)
Access materials used by industry professionals, and join the Salesforce student community, interacting with others and sharing your experiences

Get your LinkedIn badge (Cisco only)
For each course you complete, you can acquire a badge for your LinkedIn profile, highlighting your skills to potential employers, and proving that you’re highly engaged and proactive in enhancing your self-development.


How does it work?

Once you enrol with Arden, you will receive access to both Salesforce and Cisco’s online, self-paced courses through your learning platform, iLearn. Here, you’ll be able to pick and choose which courses you’d like to study.

You’ll study the course content as and when it suits you. The hours required to complete a course vary; the amount of time needed to complete a Salesforce course ranges from 35 minutes to 21 hours, while the majority of Cisco courses take between 30 and 70 hours.

These courses are an added extra – it’s entirely up to you whether you complete one, 10 or none at all! Your participation (or decision not to study these additional extras) won’t have any effect on your degree or the grades you receive.

Fees

The Salesforce Trailhead and Cisco courses are completely free to study, but there is a fee of £150-£200 per badge for LinkedIn badge certifications from Cisco.

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