Business, management, and administrative studies

Most business courses develop a solid grounding in key elements such as business theory, management, economics, entrepreneurship, marketing, accounting, and business law.
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Key stats

223,585 students were studying this subject in 2014/15.

  • 73% UK
  • 27% international
  • 86% full-time
  • 14% part-time
81% of graduates went directly into employment.

Top five graduate destinations:

  1. Wholesale and retail trade
  2. Professional, scientific and technical industries
  3. Financial and insurance
  4. Administrative and support services
  5. Accommodation and food service

What courses are available?

Universities and colleges in the UK are offering courses in the following subject areas:

You can also decide on your specialist study topics to suit your interests and career aims. Some elements may be core, required study with an additional range of optional, specialist modules to choose from. Many courses also include work placements and the option to spend a year working in industry.

Some degrees are accredited by one or more of the national professional bodies that certify qualifications for careers in management and accounting. This can mean students are exempt from some of the exams required to become a chartered accountant or manager, for example.

Subject combinations and available course options include:

  • single, joint, and multiple subject combinations
  • full-time, part-time, and flexible study options as well as courses with a placement (sandwich courses)
  • qualifications ranging from BA and BSc (Hons) degrees through to HND, HNC, and Foundation Certificates

Apprenticeships

 Apprenticeships are available in the following areas:

Degree apprenticeships:

  • Leadership and management, e.g. chartered manager
  • Accountancy – e.g. professional accountant (coming)
  • Banking and financial services e.g. relationship manager

Higher apprenticeships:

  • Accountancy – e.g. management accountant, actuarial technician
  • Banking and investment – Level 4 – e.g. financial adviser, investment operations specialist
  • Business and Professional Administration – e.g. office manager
  • Hospitality management
  • Insurance – e.g. insurance underwriter
  • Management – e.g. contact centre operations manager, human resource management
  • Legal services – e.g. conveyancing technician, chartered legal executive
  • Retail management
  • Supply chain management

Find out more about apprenticeships


Entry requirements

A levels – To get on to a business-related degree, you will usually need a minimum of two A levels, with three A levels and A/B grades required for the most popular courses. Most courses do not have specific A level subject requirements. In addition, you normally need five GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths and English. Be aware that some courses require at least a B grade in GCSE maths. For other courses such as HNDs and foundation years, you will typically require at least one A level or equivalent.

Vocational courses – Other level 3 qualifications (e.g. BTEC extended diploma in business) are accepted as an alternative to A levels by many universities. It is essential that you check alternative entry requirements with individual universities.


Personal statement

In general, admissions tutors are looking for:

  • why you have a particular interest in business
  • evidence that you have an enthusiasm for the subject, which could be demonstrated by:
    • relevant work experience/shadowing or voluntary work
    • additional reading and research around business topics
    • membership of related societies/clubs
  • a range of interests outside of academic study – e.g. sport, music
  • a well written statement that shows you are a motivated individual who has something to contribute to the university
  • the ability to work individually and in teams

How to write your personal statement



Where can I find out more?

Visit the websites of the following professional bodies to find out more about courses and careers in business, management, and administrative studies.