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BA (Hons) Business Course Essentials

Studied over 3 years, there are 13 core modules looking at the fundamentals of business management. You then have 4 specialist modules that will take you on a more in-depth journey into a specific business function.

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You’ll have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of resources.

Key Information

UCAS Course Code:
Course Title:
BA (Hons) Business (CMI)
3 or 4 years
Intake Status:
Accepting applications
Study Mode:
Exemptions Available:
Course Fees:
See Course Fees and Funding tab
Meet the Tutors

Your module tutors have been selected because of their teaching and industry experience. Identified as experts in the subject they teach, you can expect in-depth topic discussions and explanations that you can apply to a work-life setting.

Watch this short video [01.17] and meet Paula Reilly, the module leader for BA Business at Arden University.

Entry Requirements

This course has standard entry requirements. To be eligible for this course through the standard entry requirements 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

• Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent.

For students whose prior learning was not taught in English

• IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

If you have work experience

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study the 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. This first year prepares you for university level study. It’s perfect if you don’t have the formal qualifications or work experience required above.

Next steps

Applying for this 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.

Course Details & Modules

You will start the degree with introductions to business best practice before choosing the area of business you’d like to specialise in. Once decided, you will begin to understand the relationship and important role your specialism plays in the wider business environment.

Your core modules are:

Year 1 (Level 4)

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

Year 2(Level 5)

  • Managing across Cultures
  • Business Processes
  • Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
  • Business Analysis

Year 3 (Level 6)

  • Contemporary Management Issues
  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Self and Others
  • Dissertation

Your optional modules

The options you choose will tailor your degree to a particular area of business. Your optional modules are subject to availability.


If you choose to continue on with the general business degree, you will study:

  • Managing Knowledge and Managing Change in Organisations in year 2
  • And International Management in your final year


If its tourism that really grabs your interest, you’ll be exploring:

  • Contemporary Issues in Tourism Management and Sustainable Tourism Management in year 2
  • And International Destination Management in your final year


Some people find they have a natural creative flare and energy, so our marketing course is a great fit. Your modules will include:

  • Market intelligence and Marketing Planning in year 2
  • And finally International Marketing in your last year

Human Resource Management

If people management is where your heart lies, you’ll enjoy then the Human Resource Management (HRM) route. Modules cover:

  • Planning Human Resources and Managing Change in year 2
  • Strategic Issues in HRM will be your HRM modules for your final year


Are you drawn to the numbers side of the business? If so, make more sense of them with a finance specialism. Covering the essentials, you will study:

  • Financial Reporting and Financial Auditing in year 2
  • And then Financial Decisions Making in your last year


Assessments are designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of methods are used, these could include:

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

To support your development and ensure you are on the right track with your studies we will provide you with tutor feedback on 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.

Next steps

Applying for this 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.

Course Fees & Funding


UK Fees & Funding

The tuition fee for this course is £6,000 per level.

The most common funding of undergraduate degrees for students in the UK is a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government. The key information about these loans is:

• 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 £21,000 a year.

• Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

UK students who study our full-time blended courses may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan from the UK Government. This is to help with costs such as food, accommodation and travel. Further information can be found at

If you aren’t looking to fund your course via UK Government Funding you can explore other possible payment options such as instalments, on the Fees & Funding main page.

EU & International Fees & Funding

This course is available to people who are already eligible to work or study in the UK. If you are based outside the UK, we run this course as a distance learning programme and you can make your application here.

Next steps

Applying for this 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.

Careers Impact

Want to know exactly what a BA (Hons) Business degree could do for you?

Because Business degree graduates develop a wide range of transferable skills they have a variety of employment opportunities open to them. When you’ve completed the degree you will:

  • Have an in-depth understanding of business functions
  • Be able to demonstrates your ability to learn and solve problems
  • Be able to make a decision about where to target your career planning as a result of your module choices
  • Be an attractive proposition to many employers due to your transferable skills

It is your graduate status that most employers will be interested in and the transferable skills your degree studies have conferred on you, including analytical and critical thinking, problem solving, strong interpersonal and communication skills as well as an appreciation of organisational behaviour and structures. These indicate strong potential for future development in multiple areas.

So, where can you go after Uni?

Generally, graduates have a much wider range of options available to them than just the subject matter of their degree.

Typical business graduate job titles:

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

Some of the Business Graduates who studied through us have gone on to become:

  • Brand Managers
  • HR Managers
  • Business Analyst
  • Project Managers
  • Communications Consultants
  • Digital Marketing Specialist

For a range of companies including KLB Group, Standard Chartered Bank and Clarins.

How does being a graduate feel?

“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. Additionally 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, Business Graduate

With a BA (Hons) in Business from Arden University, you could be an ideal candidate for any of the above and more!

Next steps

Applying for this 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.

Study Centres

What study centres are available?

Blended courses are available at study centres throughout the UK and include:

Studying via blended learning with Arden

When you sign up for one of our compressed blended 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 degree, coupled with the rich online resources and materials that our online students benefit from. This option is ideal for students who want the routine of a full time campus-based degree, without the full time commitment.

So, what will it be like?

  • You will have 2-3 set days per week on campus
  • 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 a tutor or the support team via Skype, email, webchat or phone

It’s a modern, engaging way to learn that lets you balance learning with the other priorities in your life.

And the facilities available at study centres?

Giving you access to the technology and services you need to support your studies, the modern centres are buzzing with students, tutors and staff.

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

  • Computers and IT equipment
  • Internet
  • Printing facilities
  • Individual and group Study space
  • Restaurants
  • Leisure facilities

Next steps

Applying for this 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.

If you’re not 100% comfortable with university level study choosing 4 year degree would be a smart choice. The first year is designed to give you the basics needed to successfully complete the rest of the degree as it focuses on essential study skills. You will build your confidence and become a capable, well equipped student who is able to complete the full degree.

The four year degree is perfect for you if:

  • It’s been a while since you studied
  • You don’t feel you did well in previous academic study
  • You want to improve your time management skills
  • You’re not confident in writing assignments and would like some support
  • You want to learn research skill that can support your studies and assignments
  • You want some extra knowledge of the degree subject before beginning the course.

This foundation year is part of the full degree. If you are funding your degree by Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government, your tuition fee for the foundation year will also be covered in this loan.

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