Business and management studies

Dive into the world of business and management, where every challenge is an opportunity, and every decision is another step forward to organisational success.

Choosing business and management will give you a versatile skill set covering strategic planning, leadership and problem-solving, all essential for navigating the corporate world. This popular field opens doors into dynamic careers, spanning corporate management, consulting, finance, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

Armed with a degree in business and management, individuals become catalysts for organisational growth, driving innovation, leading teams, and shaping the strategic landscape of multiple sectors and industries on a global scale.

The impact you could make
  • Contribute to the success of businesses on a global scale.
  • Drive organisational success and innovation.
  • Advocate economic growth and job creation.
What you could study
  • Leadership
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management theory
  • Human resources
  • Strategy
  • Market analysis

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Example module
"Live client – you get given a business and have to provide an appendix either going for or not for the business to continue. I particularly like this one as it lets you give your thoughts and understanding and possibly make a chance for the business."
Second year business and management student, Oxford Brookes University
Example project
"Creativity, Design and Innovation had you create your own product then make a crowdfunding pitch for it. It let students have full control over their creative process which made the assignment really fun."
Second year business and management student, University of Winchester

Subjects it's useful to have studied first

Some business and management studies courses or apprenticeships will have requirements for previous qualifications in certain subjects. Entry requirements vary, so always check with the provider.

Maths
English

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Hard skills you'll develop
  • Strategic planning
  • Market research and analysis
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
Soft skills you'll develop
  • Communication
  • Team collaboration
  • Project management
  • Networking

Careers: Where it can take you

Find out more about your career prospects from studying business and management studies. The following information is based on a typical business professional role.

Available jobs
176,178 vacancies in the past year
1.92% growth over next eight years
Average salary
£28,820
Up to £48,327

What is a… corporate innovation specialist?

In this role, you'll be at the forefront of driving creativity and growth within organisations. Collaborating with cross-functional teams, your focus will be on identifying opportunities for innovation, implementing strategic initiatives, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. As a corporate innovation specialist, you'll be instrumental in helping businesses adapt to change, stay competitive, and thrive in dynamic markets.

Getting in: Entry requirements

Find out more about what you'll need to study business and management studies at university or as an apprenticeship.

Average requirements for undergraduate degrees

Entry requirements differ between university and course, but this should give you a guide to what is usually expected from business and management studies applicants.

 

A levels
BBB – CCC
Scottish Highers
AABB
Vocational
BTEC DDM – MMM

The expert view

Steve Jobs
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

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Considering an apprenticeship?

Applying for an apprenticeship is just like applying for a normal job. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Deadline

    Apprenticeships don't follow the same deadlines as applying to uni, the deadline is down to the employer.
  2. Where to apply

    You apply directly through the employer.
  3. No limits

    You're not restricted to one apprenticeship application; you can do as many as you like.
  4. Apply to university and apprenticeships

    There's nothing stopping you applying to university through UCAS, while also applying for apprenticeship vacancies.

Explore further

Go deeper into topics around business and management studies with the following:
  1. BBC One – Dragons’ Den

    Be inspired by the latest entrepreneurs breaking into the business world.  
  2. BBC One – The Apprentice

  3. TED Business

    A series of podcasts that aim to solve business conundrums and bring new ideas in business to life. 
  4. Professional bodies

    Follow the relevant professional bodies to keep yourself up-to-date with the latest industry news.

75%
of students studying business and management would recommend the subject to others
(UCAS subject guide survey 2023)

Chat to a current business and management studies student

Chat to a current business and management studies student using UniBuddy.

Some conversation starters for you:

  1. Ask which modules they really enjoyed.
  2. Find out how easy it was for them to make friends on their course.
  3. Do they have any tips on your personal statement?
  4. Did they do anything to prep for uni before they went?
  5. Are there books, podcasts or YouTube channels they would recommend?
     

Application advice

Whether it's personal statement tips or what to write in a cover letter for an apprenticeship application, our application advice will help you get ahead in your business and management studies journey.
Skills, experiences, and interests to mention
  • Would you say you’re tech savvy? That’s a great asset in the business world.
  • Have you always been a bit of an entrepreneur? Did you have an idea as a child that made you some pocket money?
  • Have you delivered presentations at school or anywhere else where you’ve communicated ideas in front of an audience?
  • Showcase any customer service skills you’ve gained through part-time work or volunteering roles.
  • Show examples of instances where you took the initiative or contributed to innovative ideas.
  • Are you good at building professional networks and connections? That’s a great skill that all successful managers have.
 

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