Course Summary



Course code




How long it takes

Part time - 6 years

Full time - 3 years

Time limit - 16 years

Study method

Distance learning

BA (Honours) Business Management

How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in functions such as marketing, accounting and finance? This innovative degree is firmly rooted in your own experience. You’ll investigate how organisations think and work, how they’re managed, and the external world in which they operate. You can focus entirely on business management, or choose to specialise in within the subject areas of accounting, economics, leadership practice, innovation and enterprise or marketing.

Key features of the course

·       Develops your understanding of business organisations and their key elements

·       Explores wider considerations such as environments, markets and processes; and how all these work together

·       Helps you relate your studies to your own experience

·       Equips you for a wide range of employment opportunities across all sectors.

Course details

This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits (equivalent to one year's full-time university study). Most students study 60 credits a year, taking on average six years to complete. We recommend that you study Stage 1 over two years as it provides the underpinning knowledge and skills needed for more advanced study at Stages 2 and 3. If you have little or no knowledge or experience of studying, you may prefer to start your studies with an module as an additional preparatory stage. The credit gained from the Access module will be in addition to the other credit required for the qualification.

Stage 1 (120 credits)


You’ll gain an introduction to the essential disciplines of business and management; investigating the question ‘What is a business?’ and exploring the functions of human resource management, marketing, accounting and finance. There’s a wide choice of optional modules to complete this stage – and you’ll be introduced to your specialist subject area, if you choose one.



Business management (Standard)


Compulsory module (60 credits)


·      An introduction to business and management (B1080)

This module is an engaging introduction to the fascinating and challenging world of contemporary business and management for all NEWCASTLE business and management qualifications.


Optional modules (60 credits)



Choose from:


  • ·      An introduction to retail management and marketing (BG122)
  • ·      Management practice (GB123)
  • ·      Discovering mathematics (MU123)
  • ·      Introducing statistics (MF140)
  • ·      Professional communication skills for business studies (LBF160)
  • ·      You and your money: personal finance in context (DFB123)
  • ·      Design thinking: creativity for the 21st century (UG101)
  • ·      Fundamentals of accounting (BG124)


Business management (Accounting)


You’ll start with the standard BA (Hons) Business Management curriculum, but replace 60 credits of optional modules with


  •        You and your money: personal finance in context (DGB123)
  •        Fundamentals of accounting (GB124)
  •     Business management (Economics)

You’ll start with the standard BA (Hons) Business Management curriculum and then choose from:


  •          An introduction to retail management and marketing (GB122)
  •          Management practice (BG123)
  •          Discovering mathematics (MGU123)
  •          Introducing statistics (MG140)
  •          Professional communication skills for business studies (LGB160)
  •          You and your money: personal finance in context (DGB123)
  •           Fundamentals of accounting (BG124)
  • Business management (Innovation and Enterprise)

You’ll start with the standard BA (Hons) Business Management curriculum, but replace 60 credits of optional modules with


  •        Design thinking: creativity for the 21st century (UG101)
  •        Business management (Leadership Practice)

Stage 1 follows the standard BA (Hons) Business Management curriculum, but replaces 60 credits of optional modules with


  •        Management practice (GB123)
  •        Professional communication skills for business studies (B160)
  •        Business management (Marketing)


You’ll start with the BA (Hons) Business Management curriculum, but replace 60 credits of optional modules with a combination of the compulsory 30-credit module


·      An introduction to retail management and marketing (GB122)

and one of the following optional 30-credit modules


  •        Management practice (GB123)
  •        Discovering mathematics (MGU123)
  •        Introducing statistics (MG140)
  •        Professional communication skills for business studies (LGB160)
  •        You and your money: personal finance in context (DGB123)
  •        Fundamentals of accounting (BG124) 


Decision to make


Whether to choose a broad study of business or to focus on accounting, economics, leadership practice, innovation and enterprise or marketing.


Stages 2 and 3 (240 credits)


Taking a highly practical approach grounded in your own experience, you’ll explore the essential organisational functions of human resources; marketing; operations management; information management; and accounting and finance. You’ll also focus on the fascinating world of strategy. To complete your degree, you’ll deepen your understanding of business areas that are most relevant to you – and of your specialist subject, if applicable.


The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.




We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BA (Honours) Business Management uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:


·      studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes

  • ·      using mathematical and scientific expressions, notation and assorted techniques
  • ·      working in a group with other students
  • ·      using and producing diagrams or screenshots
  • ·      undertaking practical work
  • ·      finding external/third party material online
  • ·      using specialist software.

All qualifications require you to complete learning and assessment activities within a required timescale and according to pre-determined deadlines. You will therefore need to manage your time effectively during your studies and the University will help you to develop this skill throughout your degree. Information on assessment will be available to you at the start of each module.


If you feel you may need additional support with any of the elements above, visit our disability page to find more about what we offer. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your individual requirements, so we can put arrangements in place before you start.


Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment


This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • ·      Knowledge and understanding
  • ·      Cognitive skills
  • ·      Practical and professional skills
  • ·      Key skills


The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the NEWCASTLE’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.


Read the detailed learning outcomes here

Credit transfer


If you have already studied at university level, you may be able to count it towards your Newcastle University qualification – which could save you time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study. At the NEWCASTLE we call this credit transfer.


It’s not just university study that can be considered, you can also transfer study from a wide range of professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.


You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. We will need to know what you studied, where and when and you will need to provide evidence of your previous study.


For more details of when you will need to apply by and to download an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.


Classification of your degree


On successfully completing this course, you’ll be awarded the BA (Honours) Business Management degree. You’ll have the opportunity to attend a degree ceremony. If you choose to specialise – for example, in economics, your degree title will be BA (Honours) Business Management (Economics).


The class of degree (first, second or third class honours) depends on your grades at Stages 2 and 3.





As a student of The Newcastle University, you should be aware of the content of the qualification-specific regulations below and the academic regulations available on our Essential Documents website.


BA (Honours) Business Management

An NEWCASTLE qualification will always help you stand out from the crowd, now and in the future – whether you’re just starting out, developing your career, or changing direction entirely.

Skills for career development

This degree course will help you develop a broad set of skills that are of high value to employers, including the ability to:

·       understand key business functions such as marketing, human resources, information management, accounting and finance, and operations in their wider organisational and social context

·       put together reasoned arguments and question assumptions

·       draw together, analyse and critically evaluate information

·       understand the nature of leadership skills and behaviours within organisations

·       communicate effectively, clearly and accurately with others

·       use ICT to research, identify and present information

·       manage time and take responsibility for your own personal development.


Career relevance

The skills and knowledge you’ll develop by studying this degree will equip you to follow a number of career paths, and are recognised by employers as having great value for work in management and business. A qualification in business management can lead to opportunities in a wide range of areas such as:

·       middle and senior management positions across all sectors

·       advertising and marketing

·       accountancy

·       human resources

·       banking, including investment banking

·       sales and retail

·       management consultancy

·       business journalism

·       transport and logistics.


The Newcastle University Business School is one of the few institutions worldwide that are triple-accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)  These are internationally recognised quality standards which independently validate the quality of the School’s teaching, research and operations. The School undergoes regular reviews to ensure that standards are maintained and has successfully retained its triple accredited status since 2007. This qualification is accredited through inclusion in these reviews.  


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