BA (Hons)

Study level
3-9 years
Study locations
London, Birmingham, Manchester, Berlin or Online
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BA (Hons) Business

Course Overview

Looking to sharpen your business mind with a degree designed to launch your career as a smart, forward-thinking professional? Then look no further. This business course is designed to equip you with the skills you need to demonstrate to employers that you can support real change in their organisations, and graduate with a qualification that keeps your career options wide open.

This bachelor’s degree 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. As you cover aspects of business such as finance, marketing, economics and human resources, you’ll start to form ideas about where you want to go in the future. To be suitable for our BA (Hons) Business degree, all you need is a desire to learn and the hunger to do your best at every stage of the journey. Think this sounds like you?

As with all our degrees, the BA (Hons) Business course is strongly career-focused and has been developed by industry experts with your long-term future in mind. When you graduate from this programme, you’ll do so as a well-rounded, highly-employable and self-motivated individual ready to enter the world of work – whichever pathway you choose.

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This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), so you’ll leave with a CMI qualification in leadership and management alongside your degree. The cost of CMI membership is included while you are actively studying with us, which gives you access to a range resources and events.

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By providing you with the knowledge of the fundamentals of business - and teaching you exactly how an organisation works - we’re preparing you to become a skilled and well-informed employee who can take on all manner of challenges in your professional life.

On this degree, you’ll develop a wider understanding of business strategies and operations in a range of exciting industries. You’ll also gain personal and management skills throughout your studies and in dedicated skills-related modules to help build your professional profile. As well as gaining an understanding of the world of business and management through practical case studies on a range of international organisations, you’ll also acquire research skills using academic and industry focused texts, articles and reports.


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.

Level 4

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

Level 5

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

Level 6

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

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your academic strengths in a number of ways. That’s why we choose a range of methods to keep track of how well you are progressing. These include:

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

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.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.


To be eligible for our BA (Hons) Business CMI 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
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study this course. 

Do you have work experience? We’re happy to consider an application from you if you can show us that you have the motivation to study this Arden business degree. We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course, along with references and evidence of your previous work experience.

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Use the dropdown above to find course fees and funding information for your country. If you can’t find information for your country in the dropdown, visit our International support page.

Before you decide to enrol on a degree programme, it’s always nice to know exactly who you’ll be learning from. The School of Business and Management is formed of a group of experienced, qualified and enthusiastic tutors who design the courses alongside leaders from the business community. 

Perhaps you have a strong idea of where you want to go with your business degree or perhaps you're willing to try anything! Either way, don’t worry if you’re still a little unclear as to what the future holds. This degree will prepare you with a range of transferable skills that will allow you to understand an organisation at all levels, so you can eventually decide where in the business ecosystem you fit best.

So, what can a business degree do for you? In short, everything! By covering a breadth of topics, you’ll have your pick as to which career path to choose upon graduating. Whilst studying you’ll:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of all business functions
  • Develop an analytical eye for important detail and sharp critical thinking abilities
  • Become an expert problem solver and a confident communicator in business scenarios
  • 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?

As mentioned above, you can do almost anything! Business degrees open up a world of opportunity across all aspects of the business sector. Here are some of the professions our previous graduates have gone on to explore:

  • Brand Manager
  • Business Owner
  • Business Analyst
  • Digital Marketing Specialist
  • Project Manager

Prepare for the next step in your career

Achieving a business degree will help you accelerate your progression into a role that you love. Beyond the degree itself, Arden students are also offered several more opportunities for professional development, enhancing your CV even further.

Throughout your studies, you’ll also have access to student support advisors who are here for you 24/7. They’ll help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll have guidance at every stage of your degree from our extensive community of students and fellow alumni, who can offer 1-2-1 advice for your future beyond Arden University.

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, iLearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 

Which study mode is right for you? You’ll have the choice to do this business degree via online learning or blended learning. Take a look at the difference between the two to see which best meets your needs as a student.


"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
Adrian Williams
BA Business (Human Resource Management)
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Blended Learning

How does it work?

Blended learning involves face to face, on campus, teaching, including eight hours of time-tabled classes spread over two mornings, afternoons, or evenings, at one of our study centres. This study mode provides an element of structure to your day, where you’ll join your fellow classmates at specific times to learn. 
Students are then required to complete the rest of their studies online at a time and place that suits them.

With blended learning you can choose to study weekdays:


  • two mornings (9.00am to 1.00pm)


  • two afternoons (1.30pm to 5.30pm)

Find out more about Blended Learning.

Online Learning

How does it work?

With online learning, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also communicate and collaborate with your tutor and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.