BA Business and Management

UCAS codeN202
Duration3 Years
Typical offerAAA-AAB; IB: 36-34
DisciplineBusiness, Management and Leadership
LocationTaught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)


BA Business and Management examines the purpose and functioning of organisations, and the associated global business environment. The course contains significant practical elements designed to enhance your understanding of the roles, expectations, and skills required to excel in your chosen fields of work.

Technology, marketing, ethics, and the environment are considered, in addition to economics, statistics, and accounting. In the second year, the functional operations of organisations are the focus. The programme integrates the various components studied through the final year Business Strategy module. Another feature of the programme is the option of a final year business project, which will develop your research skills and involves their application to problems in the local or wider business community.

You will gain detailed knowledge of the various functional areas of a business, a broad appreciation of the environment in which businesses operate, the theory and practice of management, and the range of skills necessary for high employability in the administrative and managerial job market.

If desired, students can opt to undertake a year abroad, or a year in industry to further increase their employability. No previous study of business is required or assumed.

The best thing about studying at the Business School is the people you come into contact with. The Business School provides plenty of chances to develop as an individual thanks to the variety of people you will work with, and the range of teaching methods you are exposed to, from presentations, to guest lectures, to seminars and tutorials. Among other events, I attended a mock interview with an alumnus from Deutsche Bank.

Another key part of the experience at Exeter is the community feel, due to the campus and the city all being within easy walking distance. The university surroundings are stunning, with a leafy and green campus and lots of great places to relax and grab a coffee in between lectures. I also joined the surf club and tennis club this year and have been to socials, surf trips and played tennis competitively with the tennis performance squad, which has been great fun.

Andy Chebsey, BA Business and Management.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Year 2

Year 3

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34

Required subjects

GCSE Maths minimum grade B or GCE AL/AS Maths. GCSE English Language minimum grade B.

Candidates may offer GCE AL/AS Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.

Additional selection criteria

We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.

We receive a large number of applications from well-qualified applicants and may not be able to make offers to all those applicants who have achieved or are predicted to achieve grades in line with the typical offer shown above.

In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.

*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

Our undergraduate programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.


Lectures of either one or two hours in length are held once a week for the duration of each module. The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.

Seminars and tutorials

Seminars and tutorials are held either every week or every other week throughout the duration of each module. They involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments. Some modules do not have tutorials and others in the final year are taught solely by tutorials.

Study hours

Timetabled contact hours, made up of lectures, seminars and tutorials, vary over the duration of programmes and between programmes and are on average between 11 and 14 hours. In addition, you will be expected to complete an average of 20-25 hours of independent or group study per week.


Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Coursework assignments are typically between 2,500 and 6,000 words in length and examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.

You must pass your first year assessments in order to proceed to the second year. There is provision for students to be referred in examinations in August/September if they fail any exam in any year. Degree classification is awarded on the basis of performance in assessments at the end of the second and final years.


A degree in a business related subject will help you to develop a wide range of employable skills such as analytical problem solving, teamworking, research, and organising and communicating information. The majority of graduates from the Business School follow their degree with a career in finance, banking or management both in the commercial and public sectors. A large number of graduate recruiters in these sectors visit Exeter to recruit our students. Some of our graduates pursue their interest in their studies to a greater depth by following a higher degree, often here at Exeter.

Find out more about the destinations of Business and Management graduates on the University’s Careers website.

Developing your skills and career prospects

The University of Exeter Business School provides a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. Visit our undergraduate Building brilliant careers web pages for more information.

Further information

Further information is available through the Careers pages.

Contact us


Entry requirement enquiries


Programme enquiries

Phone: +44 (0)1392 723200

Website: Visit the Business School undergraduate web pages

BA Business and Management (Dual Degree)

Students studying BA Business and Management (including those with European Study, International Study or Industrial Experience) have the option to transfer to the BA Business and Management (Dual Degree) programme. Entry is conditional on students achieving a first year average of at least 60%.

Equip yourself for a global career in industry, commerce or the public sector, through a blend of academic study, intercultural awareness and employment skills development, earning two Bachelor degrees in four years.

Location University of Exeter and EBS Business School, Germany 
Duration 4 Years
Entry Via transfer from BA Business and Management

On this programme you will study at the University of Exeter (Semesters 1-4), followed by a semester-long internship or study at another foreign university (semester 5), before you progress to the second part of the programme at EBS Business School in Germany for three further semesters (semesters 6-8). Successful completion of the total study period of 4 years (8 semesters) will lead to the award of two Bachelor degrees:

  • BA Hons Business and Management (Dual Degree) from the University of Exeter
  • Bachelor in General Management (International Business Studies) from EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht

EBS Business School is one of the leading private business schools in Germany, with international employer recognition and accreditation by EQUIS and FIBAA. EBS has the largest Business and Management faculty in Germany and offers a unique personal development programme to all students.

During the first part of the programme, at the University of Exeter, you will gain a detailed understanding of the functional areas of business, and the relationship of management theories and practice. In addition to modules covering accounting, economics, marketing and human resource management, you will have opportunity to develop a level of German language proficiency, and undertake an internship as part of the dual degree set-up

In the second part of the programme, at EBS Business School, you will study a range of modules encompassing management, marketing, finance, accounting and economics, with a choice of optional modules in semesters 7 and 8. In addition, an integral aspect of EBS Business School are the unique “Studium Universale” modules, which aspire to produce leaders who have a heightened awareness of their social responsibility. To this end the curriculum at EBS also incorporates philosophical and ethical issues.

Year 1

University of Exeter

BEA1006 Accounting 1 15
BEE1025 Statistics for Business and Management 15
BEE1034 Economics for Management 15
BEM1016A Theory and Practice of Management 15
BEM1018 Business and Society 15
BEM1019 Fundamentals of Marketing 15
  • 30 credits of optional modules*

Year 2

University of Exeter

BEA2010 Managerial Accounting 15
BEM2020 Organisational Behaviour 15
BEM2021 Human Resource Management 15
BEM2016 Consumer Behaviour 15
BEM2007 Operations Management 15
  • 45 credits of optional modules*

Year 3 

Semester 1

6 month internship supported by University of Exeter Career Zone and EBS, or study at choice of other European partner university (subject to availability/compatibility). 

Semester 2

BSc General Management (IBS) 6th semester at EBS, taught in English

Managing Strategy
Investment and Finance
Accounting and Control
Business German
Studium Universale (modules dedicated to personal development)

Year 4

BSc General Management (IBS) 7th and 8th semester at EBS taught in English

Managing People
Scientific Methods
Socio-Cultural Impact
Business German
Bachelor thesis

*Normally at least 30 credits of German language must be taken throughout Year 1 and 2.

Completing this distinctive programme will give you two degree awards from two prestigious institutions, the possibility of real world work experience, intercultural awareness, German language proficiency, and additional key personal skills. This will make you a highly employable graduate with a unique CV and the relevant experiences to support it. 

For more information about this programme please contact the University of Exeter Business School International Development Team:

Entry requirements for Dual Degree programme

  • No previous German language ability is required.
  • Entry is via transfer from BA Business and Management.
  • Students must achieve a first year average of at least 60%.