Business and Management with a work-based placement year will equip you with a thorough understanding of work and management in the ever-changing context of world business. It will help you appreciate how organisations market themselves and their products / services, deliver them through networks, lead and manage their employees and stakeholders whilst being socially and financially responsible. It will also broaden your comprehension of contemporary issues in business (the sorts of things that you will see and hear in the news) and nurture you to be an engaged and critical learner.
Buckingham has a proven track record of producing the most satisfied students and being top for teaching quality. Our excellent staff-student ratio allows us to teach our students in small classes with Oxbridge-style tutorials that give you a platform to enhance your knowledge and understanding about organisations, the external environment they operate in and the way in which these businesses are managed.
Why study this course
You will be taught in small group settings, by an experienced team of academics and practitioners, who will use a wide range of innovative and established methods to transfer their knowledge and experience to you. We take great care in selecting employers to support placements and these are regularly reviewed to ensure that they remain both great places to work and learn. You will be paid, as an employee, at the same time as learning and will receive individualised support and guidance to prepare you for the workplace and be part of a nurturing, positive learning environment. You will be encouraged to challenge current thinking and engage in debates in contemporary issues and topics.
Who is this course for?
This course is only available to UK and EU-based students at present.
Skills and experienced gained
By the end of the course you will have a deeper understanding of many aspects of the business world. Your work-based placement year will afford you a first-hand experience of the world of work, and an opportunity to see how theory works in practice. You will develop the skills and qualities necessary to work individually, in groups and in teams, as well as strengthening academic reading and writing skills, public speaking and presentation delivery.
This degree has been recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). On successful completion of this course you will also receive a CMI level 5 Certificate in Management & Leadership.
A CMI qualification better equips you for the professional world, giving you qualification that is highly sought-after in my employers.
CMI is the largest professional body for Management in the UK with over 100,000 members. To find out more about CMI please click here.
Modules available on this course
- Understanding Business and Management with embedded academic skills
- Information-based Decision Making
- Contemporary Issues in Business and Management (September entry)
- Personal Effectiveness 1 & 2
- Accounting for Business
- Economics for Business
- Marketing Fundamentals
- Accounting for Decision-Making
- Behaviour in Organisations
- Marketing Management
- Cross-Cultural Management
- Globalisation and International Business
- Process and Operations Management
- Interpersonal & Communication Skills 1 & 2
- Managing People and Change
- Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- One of:
- Game Theory in Business
- Psychology of Work
- Supply Chain Management
- Consumer Behaviour
- Finance for Managers
- Corporate Strategy and Strategic Management
- Two of:
- Business Success through Service Excellence
- Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Behaviour
- Digital Economy & E-business
- Game Theory in Business
- Legal Aspects of Business
- Operations Strategy
- Business Simulation
- Research Skills for Business
- Managing your Career
- Critical Perspectives in Business and Management
The A-level (or equivalent) requirements for this course are shown in the silver box (above). Applicants must also have GCSE English and Maths at Grade C / Grade 4, or above (or equivalent). If you do not meet our minimum requirements at A-level you may be considered for our Foundation Pathway, depending on grades.
Applicants with no previous knowledge of the chosen language must begin in September for a fast-track induction programme.
You may apply either through the national UCAS university admissions system, or at any time directly to the University using our own online application form.
Because of our two-year degree we find that the age range of our student body varies between those who have recently completed A-levels (or equivalent) to more mature students. Age is no barrier to learning and we welcome all applications from suitably qualified students.
We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements from your home country.
The University is a UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor.
If English is not your first language, please check our undergraduate English language requirements. If your English levels don’t meet our minimum requirements, you may be interested in applying for our Pre-sessional English Language Foundation Programmes.
Wherever possible, you will be invited to the University to meet the Admissions Tutor for an informal interview and to have a tour of our campus. If you are an international applicant, it may not be possible for you to visit in person, so if the Admissions Tutor has any queries about your application you may be conducted by skype, email or phone.
The Admissions Team for Business would be happy to answer any questions you may have:
Terms and conditions for prospective students
When you are offered a place at the University you will be notified of the terms and conditions between the University and students on our courses of study. When you accept an offer of a place on the course at the University a legal contract is formed between you and the University on the basis of the terms and conditions outlined in your offer letter. Your offer letter and the terms and conditions contain important information which you should read carefully before accepting any offer. Read the admissions terms and conditions > >
We offer high quality, traditional Oxbridge-style teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work.
High calibre staff
Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in business or industry and can offer networking opportunities for students.
Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures supported by seminars and tutorials. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups which provide the most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal. It is also the philosophy of Buckingham’s faculty to be available to students outside the scheduled tutorial times and to encourage good working relationships between staff and students.
The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two. Please check module information for more details.
Assessment during the work placement year is based around a reflective / learning log (4 x 1,500 words) compiled during the placement with a final presentation summarising learning and experience. You will have regular reviews with your placement tutor.
Preparation for work
All our degree courses combine academic challenge with the transferable skills that will stand you in good stead for future employment. Many of our more vocationally-focused degrees offer the opportunity of work placements and experience in industry.
Our graduates have gone on to further study at most of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, London, Oxford and Cambridge and secured jobs in senior positions around the world. Among our alumni we have a graduate who became the head of his country’s civil service and one who became a leading Formula One motor-racing driver. Another secured a position as the Minister of Sabah and one female law graduate became the first British lawyer to become a French Advocate.
What our students and alumni say
“I came to Buckingham because of the two year duration of the degree programme. I’m eager to get out into the working world, so the shorter, more intensive degree suits my needs better.
I’m nearing the end of my course and I feel I made a really good choice in coming to Buckingham”.
Business and Management, 2007
Fees based on a September 2018 start
This course is only available to UK and EU-based students at present.
|Total Year One||£12,600|
|2019 – Work Placement Year||Autumn||£473*||–|
|2020 – Work Placement Year||Winter||£473*||–|
|2020 – Work Placement Year||Spring||£473*||–|
|2020 – Work Placement Year||Summer||£473*||–|
|Total Year Two – Work Placement Year||£1,892*|
|Total Year Three||£12,600*|
|Total Tuition Fees||£27,092*|
*The University reserves the right to increase course fees annually in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering educational services. If the University intends to increase your course fees it will notify you via email of this as soon as reasonably practicable.
The following fee illustrations provide an insight into the cost savings which can be made by studying at the University of Buckingham.
You may also find it useful to visit the following fee-related information on our site:
Students who graduate from the University and plan to continue their studies with a postgraduate degree at Buckingham can benefit from a very generous automatic discount on their fees:
- 33%, those with a first class honours degree from Buckingham
- 25%, those with a Second Class Honours, Upper Division (2:1) degree from Buckingham
The following automatic awards are available to undergraduate Home students:
- Five Counties Scholarship
If you live in Buckinghamshire (including Milton Keynes), Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire or Oxfordshire, you will be entitled to a local scholarship of £2,000 per annum for Years 2 and 3, providing you meet the conditions of your offer. This scholarship is dependent on your making Buckingham your firm choice. You are not eligible for this award if you hold another scholarship from the University.
- Buckingham Bursaries
If, when you join the University, you are in receipt of a Maintenance Loan of £5,000 or more from Student Finance, you will receive a further bursary of £1,100 towards your tuition fees. This bursary may not be held with any other scholarship from the University (please note that because of the significant increase in the Five Counties Scholarship, this bursary is no longer awarded in addition).
Details of other scholarships can be found on our main Bursaries and Scholarships page.
We guarantee on-campus accommodation to all new students for their first four terms of study, as long as it is booked and paid for in good time, so you’re assured of a safe and secure home from home when you arrive at the University. Most new students choose this option.
Living on campus enables you to become involved in University activities, make friends, and integrate with the University community. For some of you this will be your first time in the UK; for others it will be the first time living away from home – and independence brings its challenges as well as its excitements. Whatever your circumstances, we know how important it is for you to feel comfortable in your accommodation.
All our study bedrooms are fully furnished, centrally heated, and connected to the internet. With few exceptions they have a wash basin and small refrigerator. We have a large number of ensuite rooms, and are upgrading more rooms each year. There are shared kitchens for when you wish to cook for yourself.
Find out more
We recommend that all prospective students visit our campus if they are able to, and campus tours include a typical student room. Arrange a tour via your Admissions Officer.