Full-time undergraduate (2 years, 3 years, 4 years with foundation year, 4 years with placement)
The world of business never stands still, which is why – with input from our students and employers – we're refreshing this course. Taking real-world challenges as our starting point, there'll be even more of a focus on practical, hands-on learning – and more opportunities to ignite your career. This page has details of the modules we'll be introducing from September 2020
You can choose to study this course over four years, with a foundation year. If you choose this option, the first year of your study will be delivered by our partner, Cambridge Ruskin International College (CRIC) on our Cambridge campus. In years 2 to 4 you have the option to study with us in Chelmsford or Cambridge.
You want a solid foundation in business, a place to launch your career from when the time is right. Our full-time Business Management course is made for you. Based in Cambridge, you’ll interact with businesses and get inspired by guest speakers. Plus there’s the chance to take a placement year in industry. Our partnership with the Chartered Management Institute gives you advanced management training and a competitive advantage that will make you stand out from the crowd.
Employers look for business graduates with a range of solid, relatable skills, like you. Our Business Management degree combines knowledge and awareness of current issues such as globalisation, sustainability and social change, meaning you'll understand the factors affecting businesses.
Study with us and by exploiting our links with businesses in the rapidly growing Cambridge and wider area, you can build on your network for when you graduate. And when you do graduate, it will be with a sound appreciation of management practice, including human resources, marketing, accounting and finance, and information management. By using mock interviews to grow your confidence and help you figure out how to approach the job market, you'll be developing the interpersonal skills demanded by employers
The advanced management training during our three year degree, with professional accreditation through the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), is essential for its considerable competitive advantage and effective route to a real career. The cost of your membership to the CMI whilst you are studying with us is included in your annual course fees. On graduating, you can continue this membership from £145 per year with the CMI directly.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Throughout your Business Management course, you’ll attend lectures and seminars on career-relevant issues such as CV preparation, job-hunting, obtaining work experience and using social media to enhance your profile and employability. With your range of transferable skills, you are prepared for a career that can cross any sector or industry. Regular visits from employers, guest speakers and business events, mean you can build your network, speak to potential employers about your CV and how hiring you will benefit them.
By choosing the placement option for your degree, you'll graduate in four years having been able to put all these skills into practice with invaluable work experience. Our placements and employability team will give you information that’s relevant to your vocation, help you find your placement and strengthen your skills and experience in preparation for employment.
You can expect an interesting mix of coursework, essays, exams and activity-based assignments. Your coursework could include problem-solving activities, consultancy projects, presentations and group or individual reports. You'll also be able to access support materials supported by materials accessed through our learning management system (Canvas).
All assessment is designed to allow you to demonstrate what you’ve learned, and to make sure you’re developing the knowledge and skills you need to complete the course.
Alongside your core modules you will pick a number of optional modules. Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.
You have a highly active mind and see opportunity everywhere. Now you need theory and life-changing skills to sharpen your approach to management. At the Faculty of Business & Law, you will immerse yourself in a multicultural environment where technology blends with teaching to create a dynamic and innovative learning environment. An environment to help you gain those skills.
We want to make sure that you’re fully prepared for an increasingly competitive job market, so we offer a four-year degree option which includes a work placement in the third year. It’s an opportunity to apply and enhance your skills while developing new ones. You’ll also build valuable professional networks.
It could be that you have one placement during Year 3, or you could have two or three, giving you the chance to experience different organisations and working practices. Many of our students find that their placement company hires them when they graduate. We have a specialist team to help you find a placement and support you during this year. You might work in the UK or go abroad: our students have worked at leading organisations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), Bosch, BMW, Airbus, BskyB and KPMG. This period of work experience can help set your final-year studies in context and may well help with your dissertation topic. All in all, it’s a fantastic way to stay ahead of the competition.
You could broaden your horizons by spending time living and studying abroad. This could be a short study visit or a semester spent in Europe, Canada, the USA or Malaysia. It will look great on your CV and help you take advantage of opportunities in the international job market.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
Full-time, full-time with placement undergraduate (2 years, 3 years, 4 years with foundation year, 4 years with placement)
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